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1980’s Vintage Guitars

Well, here she is again. NOS Mosrite from 1987. I’m still speechless. No wonder I have hundreds of guitars from every decade except the 1980’s. What more could I possibly get? This baby needs her own page. Well, I have a few other 1980’s guitars, so perhaps a whole row instead of a full page. Yes, front row. Here you go. Can I get you anything else, Sweetheart? Popcorn? Licorice? Please, enjoy the show.

Vintage 1987 NOS Mosrite Ventures Model Electric Guitar

Vintage 1987 NOS Mosrite Ventures Model Electric Guitar

Below: OK, so here we have some non-Mosrites for you. First up, Aria Set Neck double cutaway. This guitar has many charateristics of the 80’s guitars. Switchable humbuckers with their own little toggle. This was a common theme. Set Neck for sustain matched with a variety of tone controls though multiple pickups and wiring configurations. If you did not play a synthesisor or disco, then you played solo guitar. Set neck, tone controls. That fits the bill. Similar in the Lotus. Set neck with a variety of tone controls. The other issue in the eighties was the post-lawsuit guitars. “If we can’t copy Gibson and Fender, what the hell are we going to do?” Next to the Lotus are a couple of Washburn Eagles that were brought to my attention from a visitor to this page, John Trentes from Cleveland, Ohio. It seems that the Lotus is a copy (and a pretty damn good one at that!) of the late 1970’s Washburn Eagle (that is John’s Eagle next to the Lotus). I found a picture of another one in the ABBA Museum in Stockholm. The only difference is the Washburn Eagle has some nifty push/pull pots for switching to single coil mode where the Lotus added some mini-toggle switches. One of these days I’ll need to get some Mother of Pearl and fix my guitar up with the ABBA neck inserts…. Right. Thanks John!

Vintage 1980's Aria Electric Guitar (set neck)

Vintage 1980's Aria Electric Guitar (set neck)

Vintage 1980's Dixon Strat Variation Electric Guitar

Vintage 1980's Dixon Strat Variation Electric Guitar

Vintage 1980's Lotus Electric Guitar (set neck)

Vintage 1980's Lotus Electric Guitar (set neck)

Vintage 1980's Washburn Eagle Electric Guitar

Vintage 1980's Washburn Eagle Electric Guitar

Vintage 1980's Washburn Eagle ABBA Electric Guitar

Vintage 1980's Washburn Eagle ABBA Electric Guitar

Vintage 1982 Burns Marvin Electric Guitar

Vintage 1982 Burns Marvin Electric Guitar

5 thoughts on “1980’s Vintage Guitars

Phil CoatesPosted on  1:32 pm - Dec 2, 2013

Beautiful Washbourne Eagle! Why oh why did I sell mine!!!

chrisPosted on  12:52 am - Jan 12, 2014

what about O’Hagan?

Ricky waynePosted on  1:56 am - Jun 7, 2014

Do you have any info on your dixon strat….I have this model but sunburst with single coils…I would appreciate the help if you could…thanks

oviPosted on  10:59 am - Sep 11, 2014

i have 1960 lotus stratocaster and i want to sell this guitar >send me a feedback 🙂

Joey dPosted on  6:45 am - Oct 29, 2016

I have Washburn eagle electric mint condition for sale

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