Espana 6-Str Electric - I need help identifying this model!

Can anyone help me track down the model and name for this puppy?

http://homepage.mac.com/bunstondesouza/PhotoAlbum29.html

I've had her for 15 years now and am just now doing some research on its origins.

I did not realize that there were various models built by the same company under various business names. I've found that this model is nearly identical the Vox Super Lynx. IE:

http://www.fetishguitars.com/html/crucianelli/335/1965espanacherry.html

I've noticed that thre are key differences in the style and construction of the neck in the model linked to above.

I am wondering if mine is a reproduction, or if it could possibly be from the 1960's.

JB

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I doubt its a reproduction. Whoever made reproductions of Italian guitars? (Before Eastwood guitars, of course!)

It's certainly a very nice looking beastie. How does it play and sound?

The sound is nice. I play classical guitar more, but and like this model for it's warmer tones when I can plug her in. I really love the low set action so havign tried a few more electics since buying this one I'm pretty happy. I hardly play it as I don't have an amp with me these days (small child in the house). The classical suits my needs more.

I dismantled the guitar soon after I bought it to clean and inspect the parts and finish/fit. The only thing that was wonky was one of the volume controls, which I refurbished and no no longer crackles from time to time.

She originally had heavy guage strings on it, and I think the original owner was playing it as a blues guitar. I have used much lighter guage strings since then due to the low fret profiles and light neck. Less bowing if you know what I mean (ugh).

I had a guess that no repros exist for Italian models...however I'll be mighty surprised if this guitar is as old as I think it is. I juts can't find any stickers/stamps or serial numbers to confirm. The finish and brightness of the binding and purfling made me think it was fairly new.

JB

Hi JB,

It looks to be EL-36 model built around 1967. The guitar is pictured in the 1967 Espana catalog I have posted on VintAxe.com if you are interested in taking a look for yourself. SB

I'll go check out your site...I just sent you 5 bucks.

The teaser catalogues look nice.

Very helpful indeed.

Thanks for supporting the site JB.

I guess the thumbnails of the catalogs are in some ways teasers but that wasn't the original reason I set the catalog sections up that way. Dating catalogs can be a tricky business even if they are dated. Catalogs from many companies have a publication or copyright date that is the year before the catalog was sent to dealers. So it is not unusual for a catalog dated 1967 to depict guiars in the companies 1968 model lineup. I post a thumbnail of the catalog covers so that potential subscribers can see the exact catalog I am offering even if we may disagree by one year on the date. Again, thanks for your subscription. There is a vintage guitar education worth thousands of dollars in the VintAxe catalog section if you have the time to take advantage of it. SB

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