Review: Electra Glide Guitar in Black — Video

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80sfan

I saw these at Summer NAMM last year. I was so excited as my very first electric guitar was an Electra Omega x240 back in the early 80s. Identical to this one:
http://www.rivercityamps.com/electrapage/index.php?m=09&y=07&entry=entry070923-035125

I regret selling it to this day. However, I was deeply disappointed with what I saw at NAMM.

The new Electra is not the same company. The trademark had expired on the name and someone bought it to revive the brand. But the guitar is NOTHING like the Omega I had. The neck is completely different. The "Magnaflux" pickups are just G&B pickups, same as in PRS SE models and may other import guitars. (Although I was told the Electra pickups are made to their specs by G&B.) The 3 knob configuration is just weird looking on a LP shaped guitar. The price is ridiculous for a Korean import. I can buy a made in America Godin or CMG Guitar for the same or less.

I wish them well but I won't be buying one. Now... if I could find an original Omega X240 somewhere that would be another thing all together!

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stratcat33511

Omegas have Ebony fingerboards. I can tell you that the Omega is an LP KILLER, is way better in that it solves a few of old design flaws the LP still has today. The Omega sounds nothing like a PRS SE. The new Electras are awesome playing, sounding, looking, functional musical instruments . To each his own, but I'll take modern design improvements and quality over 'legend and mojo'.
I've played the Omegas, the Invictas, the Phoenix and the Talon.
These are absolutely fine musical instruments indeed. Well done Paul and Electra guitars.

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Thorny64

Hey -

I am very active on the Electra Forum (the site you referenced for your vintage pic), first setup in the 90s online. It has only been concerned with vintage Electras from Japan until we just recently added a section for the new Electra company because of all the interest. I guess what I am saying is I am not associated with the new company at all. I have gotten to "know" some of these people from conversing with them online. But I started out a decidedly vintage electra fan. I bought my first in the 80s, and started collecting them in the 90s. I have had very many. So I am starting off decidedly biased toward the vintage Electras.

I am glad these people went to the trouble to resurrect the Electra name. Good for them. I wish I thought of it myself! These guys aren't just anybody. They are an innovative group of talented and respected industry professionals, including a head designer and lead of the custom shop for a major US manufacturer. I have bought guitars already designed by the lead designer under two different Major brand names (a few of them were custom shop guitars). So I am happy they resurrected the name. I was already buying guitars from him, and just didn't know it. I am so glad they are not stamping out clones made in China - where the Crate Electra brand sadly ended. That was a very sad ending to a glorious name. We all were fans of SLM, they were sold in every mom and pop shop in the towns we grew up in.

The new Electra guitars are influenced by the vintage, but not the same as the old. Strict copies of the old products while very innovative for the time would probably not sell well today without a few updates. After all it has been 35 years or so. Maybe they will do a historic line someday? But the original electras were were made by 3 different Japanese manufactures (depending on years and models) and the pickups were made by at least two manufacturers. What I liked was the quality and innovation I got for the money with the Electra name. I love the old ones. But I also like the new ones for what they are too. They pay homage to the vintage ones and are built as good or better. Controls are different (I'd say improved). They don't have the big plastic bat switch - thank goodness. Two volumes allow different volumes to be set and switched between, push/pulls allow single or humbucking modes. So yes, the controls are different. And that is not a bad thing.

The new Electra Omega is influenced by the Omega and includes some features that were offered in higher-end Electra models from the past. The newer Omega model has a bigger neck profile than the originals (more like a "50s" gibson style profile and I happen to really like this). Different models have different profiles (just like their vintage guitars). Other models of the newer Electras have medium and smaller sized necks. The new ones are solid tops (for sure), and the heel-less neck design is fantastic. This was only offered on the old Vulcan and Endorser series from the early 80s (and those were not as smooth or as well-executed as this), and was not offered on the Omega. The ebony board on the new ones was not an option on the original Omega as well. These differences are considered upgrades to most people. It costs more to build them this way too.

As for the G&B pickups, they are made to Electras specs and they are not the same as PRS's specs (at least from the models I have had my hands on). I happen to own a PRS SE model too. G&B makes them for lots of brands. Most guitar companies don't make their pickups - a handful of manufacturers make most of them. G&B is as well or better made than the originals made in Japan (they aren't 40 years old though). Electra didn't make their own pickups in the 70s either (other than prototypes), they were made by at least two Japanese companies that made most of them for their competitors as well. G&B seem to be high quality and well-made and PRS SE line priced in the same general segment uses them too (as do many in that price range). They make them for many without the G&B logo. I think they may make Duncan's Designed line of pickups for them (don't know). The Electras are every bit as good as the PRS SE line or better (pickups depend a lot on personal preference). Many of us change pickups like underwear, including on our $3000+ Gibsons. But the originals are pretty good.

Godin made in America? Primarily a Canadian-made guitar (some assembly in US for certain models). Not really US-made. The other brand I have not heard of or tried, but again, apples and oranges comparison. Even those tended to be more from what I could find on price, and their low cost instruments they said had mighty-mite pickups (a Cort Korea brand). Finishes were not gloss, no binding, no inlays that I saw. They seemed to be quite heavy from what I have heard online. Honestly, never played them but would not mind to try them sometime. Specs listed several options but anything better tended to raise the price. True that the newer Electras are in the price range of the least expensive US models from Gibson or even higher-end Epiphones. Nothing wrong with that. The closest instrument to this particular model Electra that Gibson makes is a Les Paul Custom. And those are $3000+. You might find a tribute model or something like that at a similar street price, but tribute model Gibsons are not for everyone. They have their own set of compromises. I can't even get a get a used "real" Les Paul for this kind of money (a standard or custom). New ones are 3X that price or more. The build quality of mine rivals a Les Paul Custom, I like the neck heel a LOT MORE, I like the "50s" style neck, it has a beautiful ebony finish, ebony board, similar binding, mine has nickel hardware, real inlays, and tone pros. A killer package. It is fanstastic. You owe it to yourself to spend some time with one.

I really like both - old and new Electras. I currently have a dozen or so vintage Electras and my new one (and I am looking at possibly another). They will make you a US-made Electra exactly the way you want it if you contact their custom shop (and it will be priced similarly to other US custom shops). If you want one exactly like your old one they will do it for you. I suppose they could have made them in China and priced them like Epiphones, but I don't think we need another Squier or Epiphone (or Crate Electra) - they pretty well have those bases covered. And 70s Electras, they were not inexpensive back then, a really good model would cost about half of what a Les Paul Standard would and if that is the measure, they are even a better value now.

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HamSalad

This is cool! Tone is amazing. Got me eyeballs on this one...

http://www.electraguitar.com/pages/electra-omega

Cool stuff!

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OneManRiot

Had one for a while. Fretboard is definitely ebony not rosewood. Great guitar with a diverse set of tones. Specs are at

http://www.electraguitar.com/pages/electra-omega

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IndustryVet

The fretboard on the Omega is actually REAL Ebony with REAL Mother-of-Pearl block inlay (not plastic). It also has 7-ply, multilayer binding on the body and 5-ply, multilayer binding on the headstock.

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