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Russian/Soviet guitar anyone?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by galaxiex, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Afflicted

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    I did a search and found a couple of threads on the Tonika and Aelita guitars.

    I bought this Aelita a few years ago.
    It was a mess when I got it.
    Completely un-playable.

    Horrible frets, very soft brass-like material.
    Non original bridge.
    Original 5 pin jack socket.

    Unfortunately I didn't take any "before" pictures,
    so you have to take my word for it.
    The finger board was black with grime, and the frets and board were so uneven
    it was like a cross of the grand canyon and the rocky mountains.

    So I fixed it up a bit...

    The goal was not to restore it, but to make it playable.
    All original electronics. Dated 1982.

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    Here's some of the old parts...

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    The frets have this crazy zig-zag tang.

    Doing the refret was "interesting"...

    Note the laminated finger board.

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    Looks like a great "wall-hanger"....:)
     
  4. galaxiex

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    Made a new string guide/nut from a scrap of oak.
    Notice the zero fret.

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    The tuners looked like they were hand made.
    Very stiff and rusty.

    Got new tuners from StewMac that almost exactly match the originals.

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    If that number on the back of the pickguard is a date, it was made in Nov 4 1982. It looks like what Harmony was making in the 50's.
     
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    It actually plays quite well now.
    Can get some interesting sounds from those Soviet pickups.
     
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    Well yes, I believe it's the date.
    As to Harmony, I had this shipped to me from Belarus.
    Did Harmony have a factory there? :D
     
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    I've seen some cool russian stuff. Never really got into it though. The weird/cool factor wasn't high enough for me to pay what the sellers were asking. Cool to look at though.

    If I had an in with some Russian garage sale cruisers, it might be better.
     
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    Those strip neck inlays are a nice touch.

    Good to see another guitar back in playable service.

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    I got this quite cheap, even including the (reasonable) shipping.

    Lately prices for these guitars have not exactly "taken off"
    but they are higher now, than when I bought this.
     
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    Thanks, I had to repair the top corner of the fingerboard and small piece of that inlay.
    It's just plastic BTW.

    I used sanding dust from the board and superglue to fill the broken piece.

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    I'd love to try one, I see some cool looking ones on eBay etc., often at quite easy prices.
     
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    Yep, but count on doing some work to make it playable.
     
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    Funny that they copied the cheap Japanese guitars of the 60s.

    Really cool, any way you can post some clips of the sound?
     
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    Well, I installed that cheap Japanese reproduction whammy bar setup.

    The original was more like a Jazzmaster/Jaguar trem knock-off.
    Completely useless... really poor knock-off design.

    I had to fill some holes in the body where the original trem and bridge were mounted.

    Sorry, I don't have a setup to record... :oops:
     
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    I didn't notice the trem, I was just noting the tiesco like switches and pickups
     
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    I just meant that it looks 30 years older than the 80s.
     
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    I have an old Sekova JBass copy. Well, I have most of it. I took it apart long ago and missplaced the parts. Also I broke the fingerboard off for reasons I can't remember. I still have the body and neck, and plan on rebuilding her some day.

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    OIC,

    Ya, the pickups do look like Teisco style but pretty sure they are made in USSR somewhere...

    As for the switches, they are not at all like Teisco or other Japanese switches except maybe in how they look.

    They are very clunky "push on-push off" type that stick and jam and make changes a guessing game. :eek:

    Speaking of the switches...

    The bass side switches turn pickups on and off.
    The treble side switches modify the tone and might turn back on, a pickup that is selected "off".... depending.... :rolleyes: :eek::eek::eek:

    The control knobs are all volume, one for each pickup and one master volume.

    Really, the electronics are a bit of a nightmare, but fun to play with, just not in a performance way. :lol:
     
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    Uh ya, I guess it does... :D
     
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