The Univox Coily Hollowbody Electric – A True 1970’s Sleeper
The Univox Coily is one example of a guitar that no one wanted in the 70’s, but would die for today. This thing just rocks!
Back in the 70’s, Univox was known as the U.S. distributor of Marshall amps… and… that’s about all they were known for! They did have their own line of guitars and amps, but most everyone wanted to rock a Les Paul with their Marshall, not a Univox, or even a Fender for that matter.
But the Coily has that Epiphone Casino-like mojo. It’s a full hollow body Maple thin line guitar, with a pair of P-90 type pickups, similar to John Lennon’s Casino. And these pickups are hot!
The 1975 Coily featured a flamed Maple body, fully bound, in a sunburst finish, P-90 type pickups, a ball-bearing Vibrato arm (Whammy Bar), Matsumoku’s three-piece Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid “Box” inlays.
The Coily was based on the Epiphone Casino, made popular in the 1960’s by The Beatles. John Lennon was the first Beatle to get one; and later Paul and George each got their own. The Casino was the only guitar that was owned and played by all three. You can see John playing his Casino in several Beatles films and videos. But the Abbey Road Rooftop Concert might be the most famous, with John playing it during their recording of “Get Back.”
- 1975 Univox Coily
- Model number U1825.
- Full Hollow body thin line body (no center block), arch top, electric.
- Maple ply top, back and sides.
- Bound body with Flamed Maple finish.
- Sunburst body in Orange, Red, and Jade Green (rare color).
- P-90 Pickups (made to look like Humbuckers).
- Separate volume and tone controls for each pickup.
- Three-way pickup switch.
- Black pick guard.
- Ball-bearing Vibrato Tailpiece.
- Made in Japan by Matsumoku, mid 1970’s.
- Similar to Epiphone Casino, Epiphone EA250, Epiphone 5102T.
- Original sale price: $122.50.
- A bass guitar version of the Coily was also available.
Photos: The Univox Coily