NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

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NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

Post by Kinx » Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:13 am

Story time:
I have been looking for a Jolana Hurricane for some time, they are pretty rare and can be described as a solid body version of the popular Jolana Tornado guitar, but with proper offset styling. Perharps the closest attempt at a proper offset guitar made in the eastern bloc for a long time. I've seen the ad for this particular guitar a year ago on fb marketplace, messaged the seller like 15 minutes after the ad was published, but I was told I am already too late!

fast forward one year later: last friday, I did a gig with my band that doubled as my 36th birthday party and all of a sudden, in the middle of a set, the lights go on, happy birthday starts playing from the PA and I recieve this guitar as a gift on stage : :w00t: turns out our bass player bought the guitar and then organized a fund raise amongst my friends to have it restored. Amazing.

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check out the beautiful figuring on the neck! Very rare with Jolana guitars

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This guitar is pretty incredible and also pretty rare. It features two separate circuits (like a jazzmaster or jaguar), three single coil pickups and pretty quirky tone controls. The switch on the upper horn switches between lead and rhythm circuits (each has it's own volume control), switches on the lower bout are as following (left to right): bass cut, treble cut, middle pickup on off, neck pickup on off. the bridge pickup is turned on only with the lead circuit and it bypasses the tone controls completely. I love the sound!

This particular guitar is from the earlier run made in Hradec Kralove, Czechoslovakia sometime between circa 1963 and 1965. It features gold plated hardware and ebony fretboard (later examples from the Krnov factory feature stained beech fretboard and nickel plated hardware). This particular instrument has been thoroughly restored by amazing luthier Ondrej Vlk from Wolf Guitars, it needed a new fretboard (the old one had cracks and had unrecoverable humps), reconstructed switches, new schaller roller bridge and new volume pots.

here's a quick demo I recorded (while experiencing an enormous hangover)

Youtube Demo
Check out my band, The Atavists ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-HZtrljMg

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Re: NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

Post by Kinx » Mon Sep 18, 2023 4:24 am

I did another demo while waiting for a corporate zoom call, I think it sounds a bit better

Check it out here
Check out my band, The Atavists ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-HZtrljMg

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Re: NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

Post by windmill » Mon Sep 18, 2023 4:58 am

Sounds good !

nice playing as well

Congratulations

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Post by ThePearDream » Mon Sep 18, 2023 5:31 am

Cool guitar and great story! That neck looks nice and playable.
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Post by Surfysonic » Mon Sep 18, 2023 7:26 am

Awesome story (and great friends!). Congrats! Sounds wonderful - really liked the song you were playing in the 2nd video, too! 8)
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Post by Embenny » Mon Sep 18, 2023 12:40 pm

That's a cool guitar and an even cooler story. Congrats! What a fun birthday.
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Re: NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

Post by shigginpit » Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:00 pm

Great story and a great guitar, what wonderful friends and such a nice surprise, they had very good timing to present the gift and must have been quite a feeling to receive it in such a way! Congratulations on your new guitar.

By the way, the second demo sounds really good, is this a 25 inch (635mm) scale length? Or is it the full fender scale length? Looks a bit shorter perhaps. Also very interesting that it has the zero fret design like a mosrite.
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Re: NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

Post by CivoLee » Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:06 pm

I've always found Eastern Bloc guitars to be kind of cool and they can be found relatively cheap, but I'm afraid to actually get one; because who knows what corners were cut in proper grounding or material safety to achieve their monthly quota...

Happy NGD, anyway

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Post by BoringPostcards » Tue Sep 19, 2023 2:34 am

Sweet. Sounds great.
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Re: NGD: mid 60s Jolana Hurricane - the Jazzmaster of the eastern bloc!

Post by Zork » Tue Sep 19, 2023 1:57 pm

Cool guitar and great playing. Do those early ones also have that screwdriver in the lower strapbutton? It's my favourite thing about Jolanas.

(Congratulations for having very cool friends!)

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