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Eko Rio Bravo Bridge

Hi everyone,Now I've retired from the day job ( Still playing and Teaching though ) I thought I would refurbish my Eko 12 string which has a bit of belly bulge and a slightly raised bridge. My…Continue

Started by John Buckle May 2.

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Comment by Robert Alan Kershaw on May 3, 2015 at 5:50am


In my youth I played many EKO guitars although I never owned one back then. This website may be of interest:

 My wife and I were in Perugia, Italy for the month of May 2013 and the weather was awful. So that I'd have something to do whilst she was pursuing her language studies, my wife suggested I buy a cheap guitar. So, I bought a black Chinese made Eko Ranger for about $50. Believe it or not, it was a cannon and I wished I could have brought it back home with me but you don't want to get into negotiations with our low-cost airlines about bringing instruments on board. I gave the guitar to a German guy whom I met in Perugia, with the the advice that he should replace the rather awful medium-guage Chinese strings (I was too cheap to do so) with a set of extra lights (he was learning on a nylon strung guitar). He subsequently emailed me that he was having great fun with the Eko. 


Alan Kershaw


Northern Ireland

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on May 2, 2015 at 11:30am

My first Dreadnought was an Eko Eldorado, and I live near Recanati where they were made. I've been in the old factory many times before the bankruptcy and the closure. Now they're again on the business but don't produce here in Italy. As I repair guitars, I know them very well. So... I think I can stay in this group too. I'm sure I have some old tuners for the 12 str. Ranger. If I can help...

Comment by Alex Scott on January 23, 2014 at 2:18pm

Hi all... this is my EKO - the Laredo 018 CW...

Comment by Ted Hechtman on September 1, 2013 at 8:22pm
Comment by claudio olivieri on May 1, 2012 at 10:01am

where is my old 12 strings Eko Ranger ? she was my acoustic guitar when I played  in 1971 in a progressive band......(I have a lot of nostalgia, of those days and of my EKO)

Comment by Seamus1967 on March 16, 2012 at 10:52pm

Seamus, UK. My dad gave me his J64 22 years ago. He got it in the early 60's. It still has the label from the music shop in Glasgow where it was origionally bought.

It's been a good friend. I took it tramping with me round the UK many years ago. I don't play it now, the neck is warped from all the sleeping rough we did together.

Comment by John Buckle on September 9, 2011 at 12:18pm



john from UK here. Just bought an Eros 12 string from a music festival in the Summer. The Eros bran was pretty similar to Eko, ie use of bolt on necks etc, and this ones no exception. I will post picture when I get back from Italy.

The owner of the company is reputed to be the brother of the mnan that ran Eko.

Comment by Ted Hechtman on March 12, 2011 at 7:57pm
I've probably mentioned this previously but I have a Silvertone (Sears) made for them by EKO in the (what?) early sixties late fifites. Has the bolt on neck. A concertish shape and a nice tone considering it is from the tree of Ply. The top layer of the laminate has split a bit on the back and it doesn't have the delightful interior of a higher priced guitar but I like it. Nice action. SHould probably change the strings. I have coated strings on it and, I don't know, I'm not a fan. What do you think?
Comment by Ted Hechtman on March 7, 2011 at 10:23am
John, Is is quite something! Beautiful!
Comment by John Buckle on March 7, 2011 at 10:15am

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