Orfeus violin-shaped bass

This solid body, violin shaped bass seems to be one of the first Orfeus-designed instruments, probably from early to mid 60's.

Plovdiv is not the original model name , but used since one of the pu's (neck) carries the Orpheus brand name and city (Plovdiv) in Cyrillic letters. The second (bridge) pickup is labelled only with the Orpheus logo.

The bridge is wooden with only screws as height adjustment, and a preset mensur adjustment. The body has, as many early Orfeus's, bidings around the body (copied from some German brands s.a. Höfner and/or Klira ?). Perhaps it was intended to use vinyl covering instead of paint. On the back the "tigerstripes"- burst is applied. The bolt-on neck has an "ebonised" fretboard and a Fenderish headstock. The tuners are rather small, but original. The headstock has the black paint removed, unfortunately together with the Orfeus logo.

Ivan alias Lordbizarre
"lordbizarre's electric guitar and amp museum"
Rock! electric guitar and amplifier repair
Leuven, Belgium, Europe.

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