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#688740 - 02/04/09 12:28 AM 1973 Eko Ranchero VI  
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Hi.
I picked up an old guitar, a while ago, from an old church that I was helping clear out. I've played it for a while, now and it sounds great. Stays in tune, sounds clear and looks pretty nice, too.
Only problem was the lack of a model name. It's got a faded sticker, but the name had faded away. So, I've done some research and, from what I can tell, it's a '73 Ranchero VI. It's got a few chips and cracks in the finish and a flattened cent glued to the body, but, apart from that, it's in good condition. I'm just wondering, what kind of price should I look at, if I were to sell it? Would I be able to get another acoustic, of greater or equal sound quality, for the money I get for it and would you recommend selling or keeping hold of it?
I make a profit, if I sell it, like I said, I got it for free. But I like it. It feels robust.
I'm 16 and not really wisened up, with folk guitars, so I'd be grateful for any advice. Thanks in advance.
Tucker.

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#688757 - 02/04/09 01:01 AM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Tucker]  
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Tucker,

Check Craigslist, or Ebay and see if there are any other guitars like that. Also there are various guitar books that you might look at.

#688777 - 02/04/09 02:21 AM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Howdy EKO are an italian made guitar, aimed at the cheap end of the market.... I own a Ranger 6 .... bought 2nd hand 15 odd years ago, I've just retired it as the cracks (it had when I bought it) are starting to get wider.... When I have unlimited funds I'll pay to get it restored.... I love it... easy to play stays in tune and great sound... ok it's no gibson and there are better sounding guitars but you are looking $1500 plus... If you sell it,...... in 20 years time... YOU'll BE SORRY....

There are reviews on this guitar on ....
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Acoustic+Guitar/product/EKO/Ranger+VI+J54/10/1

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#688782 - 02/04/09 02:32 AM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Noel Downs]  
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There is a least one post on EKOs in the guitar forum.....




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#688788 - 02/04/09 02:44 AM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Originally Posted by Marc Barnette
Tucker,

Check Craigslist, or Ebay and see if there are any other guitars like that. Also there are various guitar books that you might look at.


Had a look on Ebay, returned no results on the UK or US site, haha. I'll check Craigslist, thanks.

Wow, thanks, Noel. Actually pretty surprised at that. Looks like I'm gonna be keeping it, 'til I can afford full restoration. Like I said, it's a solid guitar, should last me until I can afford a new one and put this one away to keep.

#688794 - 02/04/09 03:05 AM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Tucker]  
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Australia

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/EKO-RECANTI-RANGER-VI-DREADNOUGHT-48-YRS-OLD-XLNT_W0QQitemZ170295822972QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Musical_Instruments_Instruments?hash=item170295822972&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

UK

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/VINTAGE-EKO-...370154148782&_trksid=p3286.m63.l1177

Paketversand
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/wunderschoene-alte-E-Gitarre-EKO-Modello-J-56-ANSEHEN_W0QQitemZ260353441013QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAntike_Musikinstrumente?hash=item260353441013&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

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#688895 - 02/04/09 12:59 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Noel Downs]  
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Hi Tucker,

In the early 70's I was a guitar teacher for the Ali Music Store in Chicago. The store was owned by Peter Cora, an Italian immigrant who also owned the Ali Coffeehouse. Peter imported Rancilio Espresso machines, when his coffeehouse's music scene started expanding (he once had the Smothers Brothers, and Keven Cronin from REO Speedwagon was a regular performer along with myself), Peter decided to open a music store and I was his teacher.

Peter imported Italian made guitars including the EKO. They compared well in sound to my Guild F-50. The EKO's had a fret right in front of the nut, this is called a zero fret. This was thought of as a cheap way to offer low action with no fret buzz. I don't know why more guitar makers don't continue the zero fret...it works. Peter sold quite a few of these, but around that time Yamaha imports started showing up and they ate up the market. I've always thought that was mostly through name recognition of the Yamaha motorcycles. So the EKO guitars never took off, but they were a good, easy to play, decent sounding acoustic guitar.


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#688914 - 02/04/09 01:50 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Mike Dunbar]  
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Yeahh, it's a good idea.

I googled 'eko ranchero -ford' (Pesky Ford Ranchero!) and this is the guitar in question.
http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/NeptuneUK/pictures/gear/50150/
All the other results are people discussing it. The fourth is this thread, so there's not much I can find on the guitar.
Also, this is where I first identified the guitar.
http://www.fetishguitars.com/html/eko/catalogues/73/11.html
Thanks again for your help.

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#688997 - 02/04/09 05:49 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Tucker]  
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Ask a question, you get an answer from some of these "Real old guys" LOL! Ask Mike about his first co-writer, MOSES! He was used to writing on those big stone tablets and a chisel! LOL!

Great advice Mikie! What was your first guitar? Mine was a Stella which was truely one of the biggest pieces of crap ever made. and imagine flipping that sucker up side down for a lefty.

MAB

#689022 - 02/04/09 06:57 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Marc Barnette]  
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Hey Marc,

My first guitar was a Stella smile My first decent guitar was a Silvertone nylon string (at least you could hold down the strings) and my first good guitar was a Harmony Sovereign. I've got a buddy who bought probably a hundred Sovereigns and hot-rodded them, shaving the struts and putting on a thinner saddle. They scream.

Marc, Moses and I had a great plugger!


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It's only music.
-niteshift

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#689027 - 02/04/09 07:22 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Mike Dunbar]  
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A friend just sold an EKO 12 string for $226 on Ebay. I played it and it was pretty nice other than the baseball bat neck.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120357214068

There's a lot to learn about acoustic guitars so I recommend hanging on to it for a while until you learn more about them.


Colin

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#689031 - 02/04/09 07:40 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Colin Ward]  
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For those who are iterested try this web site

http://www.eko.it/

These are the guys who make them smile




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#689080 - 02/04/09 09:41 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Noel Downs]  
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Hey now, dontcha go knocking Stellas. That's the brand Leadbelly played.

Guitars are weird things...you never know how they're going to sound, and time hardens the wood and shapes the tone. As a result, cost doesn't always mean too much. There are high end guitars that sound lifeless to me (go visit Guitar Center and just play them and listen to them...you may start to wonder about the pricing). And there are cheap little no-name guitars that just blast with excellent tone.

You never know until you hear 'em.

#689091 - 02/04/09 10:01 PM Re: 1973 Eko Ranchero VI [Re: Noel Downs]  
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Thanks for all the info guys, I think I'll hang onto it for a few years. Might take it to an independant valuer, just to see what it's worth now and how much it'll appreciate/depreciate, in years to come.


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