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1960s Eko 700 3V Vintage Electric Guitar Silver Sparkle, 100% Original, Italy


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Up for sale, a 1960s Eko 700 3V in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare, exceedingly well-kept vintage Italian-made instrument, this Eko is as visually dynamic as a guitar can be, boasting a Silver Sparkle celluloid wrap with red tortoise accents over an "all-wood" body (this nomenclature, quotes included, comes straight from Eko's original catalog description).

Via the trio of single coil pickups and the press-button Tone Selector circuitry, a broad range of sounds is available. There's a clear treble snap and authoritative percussive cut with the neck and bridge pickups engaged together, while the bridge singled out has a chewy twang, and the neck pickup on its own is smooth and pillowy with a certain wooliness. All three pickups engaged together offer a balanced, bouncy quality with great breadth. This Eko is featherweight at 6lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action, accurate intonation and fresh 10-46 strings.

The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and a substantial, yet fast feel, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has white cross inlays and original frets, just shy of medium jumbo with good meat and flat crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The fretboard measures 1 11/16" in width at the zero fret just forward of the nut. The original open-gear tuning machines are intact, and "Made in Italy" is stamped on the back of the headstock.

All of the electronics function as intended, and the six-way Tone Selector mechanism has five pickup settings and a kill switch marked "0". The hardware has gleaming chrome plating and the bridge with threaded saddles even retains its stock cover. The vibrato has a very smooth response and can provide notably deep dives for a vintage unit, jumping back to its target pitch quite reliably. The dark red meatball tortoise material frames the pickups and vibrato, and the Silver Sparkle finish has taken on a subtle golden hue, framed by gold binding and accented by silver sparkle knob caps. Cosmetic wear is limited to some scuffing on the back, one ding on the body perimeter just north of the rear strap button, and a few faint pick and string marks on the pickguard and vibrato surround. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.

A modern gigbag is included.