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Ultra rare 1985 Bond Ultraglide Electric Guitar. Carbon Graphite neck and body with a stairstep fret fingerboard and digital readouts for the controls. Crazy high tech guitar when it was introduced in 1984. This one is serial number 833 and is all complete and original (including manual). Works 100% and is a blast to play! Comes with the original power supply box, cable, owners manual and hard shell case (the handle has been replaced but could do with further attention). Apart from the plastic pickguard lifting slightly near the cable socket this guitar is in very good condition (minor marks commensurate with age - nothing serious) and all original. Note that that the voltage switch in the power supply has been modified for UK only. These guitars are noted for having a slight characteristic hum (just mentioning it now to avoid any ambiguity).
CASH on collection from Dunstable, Beds (3 miles from junction 11 on M1) or bank transfer (the latter before despatch). Sensible offers considered. Any questions or to view, contact me by phone or email. NO SWAPS OR TRADES THANKS.
The Bond Electraglide was a carbon fiber electric guitar manufactured by Bond Guitars between 1984 and 1985. It resembled a matte-black, 3-pickup Gibson Melody Maker (although with the 1962 onwards double cut-away), with a unique stepped aluminum fingerboard (anodized black) instead of traditional frets. Pickup switching, volume and tone controls were completely digital, powered by a large internal motherboard.
The player selected pickups via five pushbuttons; volume, treble and bass were incremented numerically via digital rocker switches, confirmed by a three-colour LED readout.
The guitar required an external power supply pack and given the state of engineering at the time, was relatively bulky; it never really caught on in the marketplace and only about 1400 units were ever manufactured.
British guitarist Mick Jones is known to have used a Bond Electraglide with his band Big Audio Dynamite in the mid 1980s. The Edge used his extensively on The Joshua Tree, including the solo on "One Tree Hill", as well as on "Exit," and "Mothers of the Disappeared". Will Sergeant, John Turnbull, and Dave Stewart were also Electraglide users.
Bond Guitars was set up by Andrew Bond (d. 1999) in Muir of Ord, Scotland, in 1984. The company ceased trading in 1986.
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