I Found This Crazy Guitar on Craigslist! | Trade Tuesday S2 E5 | Electra MPC Outlaw X710

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Episode Guide:
0:19 – The Story
1:02 – My Experience with Electra
2:09 – Electra History (Initial Look + Cleaning)
5:06 – Inside Look / Specs
11:14 – Built-In Effects
14:58 – Tone Talk
18:53 – Effects Demo
23:10 – Dirty Tones
24:37 – Final Thoughts
26:07 – Blacklight Test
27:26 – Case
28:29 – How to Trade Me

In today’s episode, I show you guy my AMAZING local find of an Electra MPC Outlaw X710 model. I had never seen one of these until my wife messaged me that this one had just shown up on facebook for her. I knew I had to be quick to secure this one for trade Tuesday! It just fit in our budget of $120 and was a steal at that price! It has potentially 3 repairs and needed a bit of a fixing up, but I got is mostly playable and I had a great time with this one. I’d love to keep this quirky thing! It is so fancy~

This is an Electra MPC Outlaw X710 model. The brand name Electra existed from 1970-1984 and was used mainly on Matsumoku-made Japanese imported guitars for the store St. Louis Music. This new branding replaced the store’s old line up called Apollo. The first instrument made in 1970 was a copy of the Dan Armstrong lucite bodied guitar and many copy-cat bolt-on neck designs followed soon after. In the mid-70s things started to expand with more models being introduced. Pre-1978 Electras will actually have a headstock similar to that of a Gibson, but were later changed to a wave/fan shape due to legal troubles. The company produced many Les Paul, SG, 335, some explorer/flying V shapes and other designs in its history before being rebranded Electra-Westone in 1984 and then later that year just Westone retiring the Electra name. This brand was recently revived in 2013 for guitars being built by Ben Chafin and Mick Donner in Tamp Florida, USA.

Within this line up of guitars existed the MPCs, which this guitar is a member of. MPC stands for Modular Powered Circuit. What this means is they have built-in effects that you can load into the guitar by placing a cart in the backside. The available effects for purchase were Phase Shifter, Dynamic Fuzz, Treble/Bass Boost, Tank Tone, Overdrive, Filter Follower, Auto Wah, Tube Sound, Octave Box, Flanger, Frog Nose and Compressor. Two could be place in the guitar at a time and used independently or at the same time, powered by a 9v battery.

This body style within the line up was named the Outlaw after the band. It is a neck-through body design with a double cutaway and a signature covered and uncovered pickup look. There were also 335, Explorer and Les Paul MPC Styles available that were promoted by famous musicians such as Leslie West, Rick Derringer, Peter Frampton, ELO, Allen Collings and Chris Squire.

While many people wrote these off as gimmick guitars back in the day, these are some of the most valuable models Electra produced on the second-hand market.

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  1. This video took a while to make so TradeTuesday became TradeWednesday this week – but I sure had fun with this one!
    Check Availability: https://reverb.com/item/26099923-video-1981-electra-mpc-outlaw-x710-natural-mahogany?_aid=growsumo&gs_partner=Trogly
    Trade Offers to tradetrogly@gmail.com
    0:19 – The Story
    1:02 – My Experience with Electra
    2:09 – Electra History (Initial Look + Cleaning)
    5:06 – Inside Look / Specs
    11:14 – Built-In Effects
    14:58 – Tone Talk
    18:53 – Effects Demo
    23:10 – Dirty Tones
    24:37 – Final Thoughts
    26:07 – Blacklight Test
    27:26 – Case
    28:29 – How to Trade Me

  2. Incredible for $120. Still well worth what you’re listing it for. Really cool. I’d love to own it. I’m a big Outlaws fan. I’m actually seeing them play a show tomorrow night for my birthday. Fun coincidence.

  3. nice. i love this freaky 60/70s japan guitars. check out some early kawaii guitars. they are kind of weird, but actually very well build. i once picked a 1964 "Hound dog style) kawaii up that could not have been more dirty and rusty…. guess whos pots were still working without any scratching noise? 😀

  4. I want to mention I don't think its an original case for the simple fact I have a case for a Electra Outlaw and it is form fitting in side ,Its shaped just like the body of the guitar inside .Now I just need a guitar .ha ha ha

  5. I like the effort to be innovative..its uniqueness is a testament to its failure to be so..however I do love it! Sounds terrible, horrendous pick ups but it is unique..nintendo cartridges?? VERY cool! Abalone also cool! Peace sign on deck..ultra cool! Love to have one with a healthy headstock with all of the effect cartridges.. But that neck being snapped for me is a deal breaker.. Had it been repaired proper ..maybe but that is buying a Opel GT with a twisted frame…cool if it was mint but its far from it and likely not worth the $$$ it would take to straighten it out.. Great vidTrog!! I shared this with a friend in Brazil..it was that interesting! First I have ever seen..likely the last..but it was awesome to get your low down on it! Thanks!!

  6. My first "real" guitar was an Electra LP copy, and I had several other models over the year. My favorite was a strat-style H/S/S. Wonderful instrument, and Westone made the same model for quite a while and I had some of those too. Great guitars for the budget-minded, back in the day.

  7. Hey, a few things about your electra! Pickups are humbuckers and I am glad you didn't open them up – they probably would have been destroyed if you did. the broken FX paddle switch can be picked up at radio shack (will probably have to order online) and is an exact replacement and cheap if they still have them (if not, contact me). Yes the brass nut was standard. The 150K pots are only the two rear ones, the front two (Master Volume and Tone) should be 500K pots. Occasionally some were shipped with 50K pots by mistake. This was an easy mistake to make because the numbers on the Pots look very close to the same between 50K and 500K and If yours are 50K, put some import 500Ks (like Alpha or Bournes) for the Volume and Tone and it will sound much better and less rolled off and compressed. Never mess with the 150K pots, as they are required for the FX and they are very difficult to find replacements because they are a non-standard value. The flanger module may have some caps failing due to old age, they do weird things (noises) when they are on their way out. It is common to have to replace the electrolytic capacitors in 40 year old effects – it is the same way with pedals that old too. The extra hole in the back with the piece of cloth is for a spare 9v battery. The numbers stamped on that cloth usually are the date of the guitar. The brass "sustain block" for the bridge was for sustain and tone but also to give strength because of the cutout for the FX modules behind it made for a thinner piece of wood in that area. That particular electra was likely not Matsumoku – but more likely Terada or Kasuga – no problem though because they were excellent Japanese brands too. Electra used those until by around 83 they were nearly all Matsumoku. Earlier on a lot of us thought they all were Matsumoku, but we later found out that was not the case. The magnaflux pickups may have been made by Maxon in Japan or possibly another similar Japanese pickup maker. The Matsumoku model Electras had MMK pickups, and they were usually much hotter. There is a vintage electra page with a lot of information online as well as a facebook group. Good luck! Enjoy!

  8. Hetfield brought back his famous white Electra V from the dead and used on last 2 Metallica albums. He says it has something about the mid range that Gibsons and ESPs just don't have.

  9. I may have to try 150 pot's on my twin humbucker to darken it a bit. I loved the sound and it's a testimony of the quality of Japanese guitars especially back in the day….everything still works, including the modules.
    Great grab and thanks for sharing.

  10. So I had to look up Bryan on google maps. Your not that far away from Fort Wayne. Ever road trip to Sweetwater just for kicks?
    …Oh, I grew up in Ohio. Vermilion. Live near Rochester NY for a long time now.

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