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1962 Eko 500 3VTO Offset Electric Guitar Gold Sparkle (Made in Italy) (w/ OHSC)

1962 Eko 500 3VTO Offset Electric Guitar Gold Sparkle (Made in Italy) (w/ OHSC)

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1962 Eko 500 3VTO Offset Electric Guitar Gold Sparkle (Made in Italy) (w/ OHSC)

An incredibly rare and incredibly cool piece of Italian musical history, this Eko 500 3VTO is a truly outstanding piece of work from the boutique manufacturers of electric and acoustic instruments, Eko, that have been operating since 1959 with the company being established in Castelfidardo, Italy. The guitar is suitably designated as the 3VTO, meaning 3 pickups, V for vibrato, and TO equating to the gold sparkle finish.

A suitably bizarre yet stylish instrument for the 1960s era, it features a trio of Eko's proprietary single coils, a plywood body with laminated mother of toilet seat back and deeply flaked gold sparkle top, a maple neck, and the so-cool-that-it-never-gets-old organ style switching system that controls the pickups. Seriously, you'll want to switch your pickups all day with this system. This particular example has been seldom played and been in storage for some decades before being obtained by us, and the condition really does speak for itself.

Featuring a maple neck with a bound rosewood fingerboard at 24.75" Gibson scale length, the guitar also features a 0 fret (a very 60s guitar feature), a 44mm nut width and a 7.25" radius. The guitar has been professionally refretted at some stage, and although immense attention to detail was taken on the frets, they were fretted into the binding. Although a small detail, it should be noted, however the fret ends are extremely smooth and the fretwork is impeccable. The 3 pickups have a unique tone thanks to their square poles and unique switching system, all pickups have a healthy reading although it should be noted the bridge pickup does have a slightly weak tone. The remaining 2 pickups have a chimey and twangy single coil sound suitable for all styles of music.

Professionally setup with 10-46s, the guitar is in incredible condition for its age with barely a scratch on it, and aside from the refret is 100% original and in fantastic working order. As an added bonus, the guitar comes with its original and supremely rare hard shell case!


Make: Eko

Model: 500 3VTO

Origin: Italy, 1962

Body: Plywood w/ Sparkle Laminate

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Neck Profile: 24.75" Scale Length, 44mm Nut Width, 7.25" Radius, Medium U Profile w/ Rolled Fingerboard Edges

Pickups: Eko Single Coils, Neck: 4.3kOhms, Middle: 4.4kOhms, Bridge: 4.4kOhms

Frets: 21

Finish: Sparkle Orange

Weight: 2.7kg

Shipping & Returns:

Domestic AU Shipping (Insured) - $Free

International Shipping (Insured) - $199.99

Local Pickup/Click & Collect - 135 New Canterbury Road, Lewisham 2049

The item is sold as is - if it is broken or damaged on arrival, we will offer you a return/refund. We cannot accept returns for change of mind or offer any warranty on used/vintage items.

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We offer free Australia-wide shipping for orders over $200 via standard courier services. For smaller items such as small parts and screws, we send via Australia Post regular mail service. All items below $200 are a flat $8.99 shipping rate. Express services are also available at an extra cost, just select it at the checkout and we'll get your order out extra fast!

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It varies based on the destination and the products ordered. Orders for items that are in stock with our Lewisham store "135 New Canterbury Road, Lewisham 2049", are usually shipped same day, however items ordered from "Deep Tone Warehouse Supply" are special order items that are not stocked in the store. These items can take 2-4 business days to arrive to us from the supplier; from there, the item will be dispatched from our store and the nominated method of shipping will be followed:

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  • QLD: 3-5 days
  • NT, WA and TAS: 5-10 days +
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  • QLD: 1-2 days
  • NT, WA and TAS: 1-3 days

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