Some of the most obscure Soviet models were made in Erevan, Armenia. It took some serious research to identify these beasts, because the Erevan factory models almost never have any logos on them. Some originally had small pickguard stencils, but most of these rubbed off and became invisible long ago. Here's a rare example of an Armenian guitar that still retains its logo. The model is called "Krunk", which is Armenian for "Crane" (a large bird).

Logo enlargement

Guitars from the Erevan factory are among the worst of all Soviet models as far as quality goes, but you have to give them credit for coming out with such fanciful cheeseballs like the doubleneck and the electric mando. Besides the Krunk guitar, the doubleneck and the mando, there was also a violin-shaped shortscale bass and probavbly other models too. Very little is known about the Erevan factory, so if you know something, please share it with us.

Common features of models made at the Erevan factory:

  • All models have a black metal-flake finish.
  • All models have a pick-shaped, three-bolt neckplate with serial number on it (except the mandolin, which has two bolts without neckplate).
  • Not a single Erevan model has a truss-rod, not even basses. The necks are obviously very thick.
  • All models have pickups with chrome covers and either red or green plastic inserts.
  • Fretboards are usually unfinished, with pink plastic dot markers.
  • Extremely sloppy assembly quality.

  • Credits:
    Big Beat (Junkguitars.com)
    Studio 1525

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