For sale here is an electrified parlor guitar from the king of Italian guitar companies, Eko. This one has pretty low action and plays pretty well given the age of the guitar.
These electrified parlors are a little pet project of mine, I have probably made over four dozen of them now. I found these goldfoil pickups online and have been adding them to parlor guitars that are not in collector shape, but still play pretty decently.
The goldfoil simply mounts in the sound hole, and then I added a jack plate on the bottom and a simple volume control on the face. These goldfoils sound great in these old acoustics — very clear and shimmery tone.
Other than that, all I had to do was set up the action, shine it up and change the strings. The patina is to die for, it gives this guitar a ton of character. There are some weather cracks in the face, but I used a glue wash to seal those back up, so they are as good as new now and 100% structurally sound!
The tone is wonderfully full and the action is decently low for a guitar this age. Obviously not “modern guitar” action, but not uncomfortable by any stretch of the imagination. (Pics of action included in gallery.)
As always I oiled the board, changed the strings, polished the finish and tweaked the set up. This one is strung with electric strings, but you could use bronze acoustic strings, just make sure they are super light gauge acoustic strings. I like the .10-.50, and I order mine from a company right here in Nashville called Stringjoy. These old girls were not meant to handle large amounts of string tension, so getting light gauge strings on your first string change is CRUCIAL.
As with all of my pre-1980 acoustic guitars without adjustable truss rods, this guitar is being sold “as is” regardless of condition. (See my shop policies for more information.) This guitar comes with the original chipboard case. I pack my guitars up tight and always ship with full insurance, so you can buy with confidence.
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