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Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2433
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

Here is my latest ebay acquisition and the newest member of my "Alembic-inspired" collection. It is an El Maya EM-1300, probably from the late 70's or early 80's. I haven't found too much info on the manufacturer, Maya Guitars, other than they usd to be in Kobe, Japan, but were destroyed in the great quake of '95. The seller thinks this was a salesman's sample and a prototype of which only 3 were made. A couple of people listed reviews on harmony-central, so I suspect there are more than 3 out there. Nevertheless, I'm surprised at how little info I've found on the net, so far. If anyone knows anything about these, please don't be shy.

The guitar is beautifully constructed, though a bit on the heavy side. The carved top is way cool. I haven't had the chance to plug it into my full rig yet (this weekend!), but it sounds pretty sweet on my little at-home amps. Here she is:

(Message edited by davehouck on June 16, 2007)
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2435
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a close-up of the herringbone trim:

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 661
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post

Yes! I took a long look at that one on eBay myself. The binding and inlay look superb. I read some really good things about these guitars. Nice catch.

Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1198
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 16, 2007 - 1:49 pm:   Edit Post

Oh yes, that's a Japanes copy of the rarely seen 'El Mica' guitar prototype . . . .

J o e y

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