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    I found this oddball Carlo Robelli at the pawn shop for a dirt cheap price. The pickups and electronics seem to be shot, but everything else seems to be okay. I know these are the Sam Ash house brand. The older Korean ones were made by Peerless. The newer ones, I believe, were made in China by Samick. I don't know what this is. There is no label in the F holes and the headstock doesn't say, but it seems to be decent quality even if it's beat up a bit. I haven't been able to find another one like this. It's kind of a semi hollow thin semi hollow L-5. I can find almost exact L-5 copies, but not this one. So I really have no idea what this is. Either way, here are pics.
    Found an oddball at the pawn shop-1478604290_carlorobellifront-thumb-jpg-d68d7ccb2b168cedf7602a6cab0c1d27-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-683203492_carlorobelliheadstock-jpg-5d24d2c79d3b3a79f549bd360380c321-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-1108697369_carlorobelliside-thumb-jpg-bc195d45eee95f8c19456453d983cbf0-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-1307176599_carlorobelliback-thumb-jpg-8f132da75e22395ade34ee1960fd8fc5-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-573686084_carlorobellihsback-thumb-jpg-61d6958ed99ff8081855874f24204b28-jpg

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    Sweet!

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    You can turn that into a great player!

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    Tip: replace the bridge for one with nylon saddles..... you can thank me later Found an oddball at the pawn shopFound an oddball at the pawn shop

    Does it have a full centre block btw? Or just a block under the bridge?

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    That’s cool! Good find!

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    It looks like a full center block.

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    This appears to be the same guitar. If that's the case, this was probably made by Peerless.
    https://reverb.com/item/6038674-carlo-robelli-jazz-archtop-hollow-body-electric-guitar-sunburst?show_sold=true

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    Quote Originally Posted by PunkKitty
    I found this oddball Carlo Robelli at the pawn shop for a dirt cheap price. The pickups and electronics seem to be shot, but everything else seems to be okay. I know these are the Sam Ash house brand. The older Korean ones were made by Peerless. The newer ones, I believe, were made in China by Samick. I don't know what this is. There is no label in the F holes and the headstock doesn't say, but it seems to be decent quality even if it's beat up a bit. I haven't been able to find another one like this. It's kind of a semi hollow thin semi hollow L-5. I can find almost exact L-5 copies, but not this one. So I really have no idea what this is. Either way, here are pics.
    Found an oddball at the pawn shop-1478604290_carlorobellifront-thumb-jpg-d68d7ccb2b168cedf7602a6cab0c1d27-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-683203492_carlorobelliheadstock-jpg-5d24d2c79d3b3a79f549bd360380c321-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-1108697369_carlorobelliside-thumb-jpg-bc195d45eee95f8c19456453d983cbf0-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-1307176599_carlorobelliback-thumb-jpg-8f132da75e22395ade34ee1960fd8fc5-jpg Found an oddball at the pawn shop-573686084_carlorobellihsback-thumb-jpg-61d6958ed99ff8081855874f24204b28-jpg
    We are nosey bunch how cheap did you get it for? Buff it out with some compound and a set of decent pickups ( most important) and you are ready to L5ish. A good wiring harness can be had with CTI pots for I think around $75. Lots of pickups to choose from that would work well.

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    $75. I have pickups and the parts to build a wiring harness. I'll do that work myself.

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    75$ is good...but is that a long crack running up the neck & back of the headstock?

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    75$ is good...but is that a long crack running up the neck & back of the headstock?

    cheers
    No. It's the wood grain. I checked that carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PunkKitty
    $75. I have pickups and the parts to build a wiring harness. I'll do that work myself.
    Yes! That’s the spirit! It will save you $60 Found an oddball at the pawn shop

    I like using braided wire for my harnesses:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    Yes! That’s the spirit! It will save you $60 Found an oddball at the pawn shop

    I like using braided wire for my harnesses:

    CTS Emerson spec pots, Russion PIO caps, Braded or vintage wire.

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    Ya done good!

    Congratulations & enjoy it in good health.

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    Nice find! Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    Nice score - Congrats!

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    Yeah, that’s a real score! Awesome!

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    I think I'm going to switch the hardware to chrome. I have most of the parts. I just need a tailpiece. It's less expensive than buying gold covers for a set of pickups I have. Maybe Duncan Phat Cats? I have a set on my bench.

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    This is the hollow body I got last week after a full rewire and new pickups. I used a set of DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAF's and some gold covers that I had. I made the covers work. Surprisingly, the wiring harness worked right the first time I installed it. That's good.



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    Very awesome indeed!


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    looks great
    old Korean jazz boxes can be great
    Samick and Cort factories etc

    go on ....
    how much did you pay ?

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    $75. I rewired it myself. I had the parts.

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    yay !
    my kind of guitar !