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Electra guitar from Japan with MMK 45 pickups


Other than this is an Electra guitar, supposedly Matsumoku-made, I know very little about this beastie. The seller of this particular example on eBay (Buy It Now price is $265) is keen to point out that the MMK 45 pickups sell for $125 each on eBay. These, it seems are desirable pickups, but I confess I am not a pickup nerd; I know what I like and what I don't like (let's not go there again) but I don't really know a great deal about pickups. An online forum tells me that MMK 45s have 11.8K coils with ceramic magnets, but please don't ask me to dissect that information!

Anyway, it's a fine looking guitar from 1980s Japan, and for a guitar which is basically derived from the Les Paul (two pickups each with a volume and tone control, three-way selector switch, tune-o-matic style bridge and separate tailpiece) I much prefer this layout with the pickup selector adjacent to the other controls, i.e. somewhere I wouldn't be hitting it by accident.

G L Wilson

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