Omega X230 review by Electra

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (8 votes)
Electra: Omega X230

Price paid: $ 450

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 9
This guitar can sound like anything it wants to with the wiring, which is still much for a stock guitar two decades later. It almost everything, but it can have a little trouble cleaning up. I play though a Vox AC15 CC1 most of the time. The numerous wirings make it seem as though it's a Jimmy Page model, but it gets that famous Peter Green sound with ease. Any humbucking tone can be achieved with this guitar.

Overall Impression — 8
This is way better than any mass produced copy on the market today and it sounds incredible, plays incredible. I love the flamed (or birdseye) maple, it is stunning, and the inlays only complement it. I chose this guitar due to it's rarity and beauty (its more of a collectors). If someone stole this I would probably look on the market for a guitar that more of a players' guitar than a collectors' item.

Reliability & Durability — 8
The guitar has stood the test of time and it will most likely continue to. The strap buttons are excellent and the guitar rarely falls (I have yet to put on strap locks as the need is low). It is hard as a rock, and being from the era the era it's from it's probably has a longer tenon neck, which would make it even more reliable. I would never gig without a backup, regardless, you never know. This guitar has obviously seen a lot of use and it's amazing that it's still in it's condition, it's built like a rock.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
For 20+ years old this guitar was beautiful when I got it in the mail and it was surprisingly not in very bad need of a setup. The action is fairly low, which makes it a little hard to bend, but it great for speed. The finish is immaculate and even though the parts were rusted they still worked fine, with one exception. Adjusting the Tune-o-matic bridge can be a hard, because of all the rust.

Features — 8
Mine is the Gibson headstock version, only made in 1976. This is a MIJ lawsuit LP copy. There are 22 frets, but I'm not sure of the radius, it seems big though like 14" or so with a slim neck, it seems a bit too wide to me. I'm pretty sure it's all maple, with a flamed (or birdseye) cap neck, and fingerboard. It truly looks beautiful, especially with the black fingerboard binding and black block inlays. It reminds me of the Billy Corgan Jaguar The wiring is custom.

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    Electra Guitars had two different type of "Tone Circuits" at different times of it's manufacture. In 1975 and some earlier models it had the "Tone Spectrum Circuit" (TSC) which was similar to Gibson's "Vari-Tone" available on the older Gibson L-6's and 1976 and betond they were built with the MPC-"Module Power Circuit" where you could get Electras with these various "mods" installed into routed cavities on the guitar-such as a "Distortion Module" or a "Vibrato Module" etc. I believe that each guitar was limited to a total of only two modules, but they may have offered more. Initially these guitars were very inexpensive and were built all over Japan-virtually any factory that had the capability to build guitars, so the early models were "sketchy" but by about the mid-70's they were being built exclusively at the Matsumoko Factory in Japan which is famous for it's high quality craftsmanship. There is a new model "Electra Omega Prime" coming on the market in November 2013 and is believed to be "street priced" at $979.
    i'm not 100%, but the 5 way tone circuit may be similar to a strat style selector switch, splitting the pick-ups in different combinations.
    I have the same guitar, a '76 X230 Omega. Can anyone help me find replacement tuners for this? One has broken off, rendering the guitar useless. I don't want to redrill the headstock... Please help! Thanks, Chimpy