Up for sale, a 1960's Goya Rangemaster model 116 SB in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. This Italian offset guitar was produced in the Galanti factory and features Z coil pickups with ingenious switching that allows you to select individual coils in tandem from both the neck and bridge pickups. With each bass and treble side pickup coil conveniently numbered 1-4, this Goya provides a stunning range of dynamic tones via the push button switches on the bass side upper bout of the instrument. Combined with three tone switches and a Master Volume control, this Goya is the ultimate in 1960's Italian guitar kitsch and an instrument for the serious player as well. Everything from thinned out hollow twang to meaty, midrange rich rhythm heaven is accessible via the pickup switches, and this guitar excels in truly providing significant tonal variations "at the push of a button." The instrument has a surprisingly full acoustic voice as well, weighing 7lbs 4oz. Professionally setup with low action and 10-46 strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Goya is a clean and complete example of the rare Rangemaster model.
The maple neck has a fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. On the thick slab rosewood fretboard, the original slender frets are intact with low crowns, showing just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 24 3/4" and the nut measures 1 5/8". On the exceedingly large headstock, the original tuners with lollipop buttons are present and have clean chrome plating. The "Goya Rangemaster" logo is completely intact and mint, and we simply can't get over how much we love this giant, melty gumbi-esque headstock shape!
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, including every selection made with the push buttons. The wiring is untouched save for an upgraded USA-made CTS Master Volume pot. The pickguard is flawless with a three-dimensional woodgrain quality, while actually having a purple tint not unlike a vintage Ludwig oyster drum wrap. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, including the roller bridge and vibrato tailpiece. The vibrato is very responsive, smooth and easy to use, with adjustable tension and the ability to jump back to its original pitch well.
Exceedingly well-kept, the Red Sunburst gloss finish exhibits just a few tiny dings on the body as a whole, a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and a couple small nicks on the top headstock edge. The smooth gloss on the neck profile has just a couple minor nicks.
The original molded plastic hardshell case is included, and equally as clean as the guitar.