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1977 Electra MPC Ultima X960 Walnut Working Modules Pro Setup Original Hard Case
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Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting..
A really cool all original 1977 Electra MPC X960 Ultima guitar. This is the first year for this model and only 700 were produced that year. This one is in the Walnut finish over a beautiful Ash Body with a Rosewood Fretboard…AND…it includes two original working Modules. A Phaser Shifter and Power Overdrive. Both were checked out and working great!
This all original Electra plays as good as it looks. Very little player wear on this one. We had it Professionally setup with new 10’s and it has great awesome low playing action that very easy on the fingers. The gold hardware is still nice and bright… The guitar even has the original Electra Branded Tuners .. The only malady is two small holes behind the bridge were filled. Not sure whey they were there..we fixed it.. see pic 3.. Also, it appears the tuners had been replaced with Electra Chrome Tuners. Correct tuners now, just not Gold... Just player dings and scratches beyond that. Check those pics!
The Original Frets and still in very good shape. The original 1 11/16 inch brass nut is still with it and gives the guitar a really cool biting sound with lots of attack.. Very few of these models are ever offered for sale. This one is awesome and in fabulous shape …This guitar is beautiful!
Heres some info I found from the new Electra Company regarding these cool guitars…
Looking back at the original Electra Guitars, over four decades ago, a group of creative entrepreneurs wanted to make state of the art, affordable guitars available to musicians. They decided to pool their talents to create a new line of guitars. The challenge was to design, build and market instruments that were well-built and innovative while still being a great value.
The MPCs were manufactured in the same factory, side by side, at the same time as the Ibanez Les Pauls and were not only High Quality Copies as described but, most would say, they were actually better than the original mid to late 70’s Gibson Les Pauls they were copying. What this means is that as the factory was manufacturing the Ibanez run, a portion was pulled aside and outfitted as Electra MPC’s and sold as such.
As fate would have it the founding fathers of Electra Guitars would build guitars with innovations far ahead of their time. New switching concepts for pickups, onboard effects and aesthetic upgrades to classic designs, would become the cornerstone of Electra Guitars’ popularity.
In 1975, Tom Presley was hired as Electra Guitars product manager. His vision included guitars with innovative switching combinations of pickups and onboard guitar effects. John Karpowitz was hired to make Tom’s vision a reality.
The first Presley/Karpowitz project was the Super-Magnaflux humbucking guitar pickups. The pickups, along with their wiring assemblies, were entirely US made. These proved to be such an improvement over existing selector switch systems that several Nashville pros started using them in their USA-made guitars. Next was the Tone Spectrum Circuitry. A five-way variation on the Gibson six-way Varitone selector switch. Tone Spectrum provided in- and out-of-phase, series, parallel, and access to two more toggles wired to tone capacitors. This was introduced on the Electra Guitars Omega.
This Electra has all of those innovations as well as the Super Magnaflux Humbuckers.. Check those pics. With the MPC Modules for both Phaser and Power Overdrive, its quite the guitar. The Modules themselves have been selling for over $150 each lately. If you can find any…Very scare…..The effects are somewhat primitive relative to todays pedals, but really cool sounds and way ahead of the times with having them on board a guitar at the flick of a switch..
This cool guitar even has the original Electra Hardshell Case. Its in as nice of shape as the guitar. Beautiful Bronze Plush interior and the Electra Logo is still on it …A great home for your cool Made in Japan Electra….
Sold as-is no returns as its vintage and used, however, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for over 18 years now and they have all loved the instruments I found for them. This cool guitar will not be an exception.
Thanks for checking out our cool guitars.
Mike at Lawman Guitars