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Aelita 2 electric guitar, made in U.S.S.R.

This is a '72 Aelita 2 guitar. The baby is absolutely unplayable. The greatest thing about it is that when you losen the strings the tremolo leaves its place and hangs on the strings. You can also notice a wise location of the strap button on the upper horn, opened tuners, a cool bridge cover and blue mother-of-toilet-seat plastic pickguard which makes it look similar to some eye-catching Hagstorms from the end of the sixties. The lower cutoff is a bit weird - I guess the original design had two similar cutoffs, but then the main constructor tried the prototype, realized the cutoff in not sufficient and took a saw... or at least it looks like this is what had happened.
Aelita 2 was manufactured at Rostov Na Donu (Rostov on Don) together with Aelita 1, Stella, Bass, and Bass 2.
Compared with Aelita 1 this model is more "designed". It's possible that the plant started its production with Aelita 1 which took some of its features from the Ural and Tonika, which were already in production by the end of the 60's in Sverdlovsk (for example, the headstock shape on Ural and Aelita 1 are quite similar). Later, as the Rostov-on-Don plant gatered some experience, they took their designs further and introduced original headstock and body shapes etc.

The price (190 roubles) shows it's a high-class instrument, more complicated than most of the other Soviet guitars - and so it was.


Tremolo unit of the guitar (click to enlarge).

the neckplate



Credits:
Andrei Nedvetsky,
Studio 1525,
Valerie Carrell.

Both guitars were sold by Studio 1525 on ebay.

Here's a letter we've got from Valerie Carrell, a happy Aelita2 owner who purchased it from Studio 1525:

The Aelita2 is actually not a bad guitar, it is really easy to play, smooth action, although the tremolo is rather awkward, since it is reverse that of American tremolos (the sound comes from pulling the strings to cause the bend). Overall it really is a neat guitar to play (I do seem to collect rather strange guitars). I have had no problems with it, and I must say that Studio 1525 has kept the guitar in excellent condition, it is a 1975 production and looks like it was just made (aside from the rather old electronics, I agree with you on that, it looks like a 1950's TV, wires and transistors everywhere). My favorite part of the whole guitar is probably the most cheesy part: the selector buttons. The top row of buttons cycle between the 3 pickups, the lower buttons are a sort of pre-set tuner, to me it is like having an effects pedal built right into the guitar.

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