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1970s Univox Hi-Flier Phase 2 Vintage Electric Guitar, Japan


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Up for sale, a circa 1970 Univox Hi-Flier Phase 2 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This Univox has been refinished in a dark shade of red with subtle metalflake and purple hues, pushing it towards a dark Burgundy Mist. The perfect confluence of early Hi-Flier features, most notably the three-way toggle which replaced the pickup on/off rocker switches on the Phase 2 models, this Univox delivers a range of rich and snappy tones. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has large pearloid dot inlay, and the original medium jumbo frets have a fairly low fret dress and show virtually no wear, playing cleanly in every register. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock features the raised Univox badge only seen on earlier Phase 2 models, along with an upgraded set of Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well with liberal vibrato use.

The electronics function as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls governing the single coil pair which meter at 6k ohms. The roller bridge with nylon saddles works in concert with the Jazzmaster-style vibrato for smooth warbles and dives. Further pushing the Mosrite visual influence beyond the prominent German Carve on top, the guitar has been fitted with a pair of smooth, chrome-plated knobs. The dark burgundy finish has subtle metalflake, semi-professionally applied and in great shape with just a few minor dings and faint finish scuffs on the body. The gloss finish on the neck is smooth and ambered with only a few minor marks on the profile length.