Electra basses are just barely
what I would call vintage only because they are not extremely
old. They do however have every other quality that would make
them vintage. They originated in 1970s. These bass guitars
were made in Japan and have become a favorite amongst collectors.
During production Electra basses came from many different
factories in Japan and as a result they all vary just slightly
and tracking down the actual origin of one can be very difficult.
They were distributed in the United States by a company called
Saint Louis Music or SLM.
Many Vintage Electra bass guitars were attempts at copying
a more successful brand. The Electra F-series is known as
a Fender Jazz copy and it looks and plays the part. It is
one of the must haves of the Electra line. If you do not look
closely you would not be able to see a difference. It has
the Nick name of the Longnecker. The 2261 is modeled after
a the world famous Gibson SG.
Electra slowly pickup a following that included famous musicians
like: Peter Frampton, Lynyrd
West of Mountain and many others.
There are only a few ways to get your hands on an Electra
bass. If you are lucky you might know a family member that
has one or you can find a private seller. If you are looking
for an Electra bass the best way to find the best deal is
at auction. You can find them at just about any price range
and if you are lucky, you can really find a steal of a deal.