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1967 Goya: Rangemaster 116-SB

Magazine article Guitar Player

1967 Goya: Rangemaster 116-SB

Article excerpt

WE SURE LIKED OUR GUITARS TO have buttons back in the '60s. Before our love affairs with pedalboards and rack systems, the more buttons, knobs, and switches a model had, the more potential it had to help one find his or her voice on the guitar. The Goya Rangemaster, with its nine pushbuttons, offered more choices than just about any guitar out there, aside from Vox models that actually had built-in electronics. This specimen was manufactured in Italy--perhaps by EKO--but the bridge was made in Sweden by Hagstrom.

WEIRDO FACTOR

Other than all of the buttons and the special quad pickup design, one of the weirder features of this instrument is the elongated headstock that looks like a large fish scaler.

PLAYABILITY & SOUND

Weighing in at about eight pounds, the Rangemaster 116-SB is a double-cutaway model with a very subtle contour. The 25"-scale maple neck plays great, and there are 21 perfectly dressed frets on the rosewood fretboard. A slotted string spacer on the headstock levels out tension while feeding the strings into the 15/8" plastic nut. There are six chrome machine heads that feet great to the touch and are nicely accessible, due to the crescent-moon shaped head-stock cutaway. The Rangemaster also includes a faux wood-grain pickguard, an adjustable neck, a chrome vibrato with a detachable bar, and a three-way adjustable bridge. The low-mass, surface-mounted Hagstrom bridge feels remarkably smooth and holds its tune fairly well.

Living up to its name, the Rangemaster has quite a variety of tonal possibilities. …

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