Here's the story: Usually around this time of year my wife, rather than go through the pains of shopping, just tells me "you have X amount of money to buy yourself something".
As such, I've been browsing the local shops, Reverb & E-Bay looking for things that might be in my price range. I had a few on short list when she finally gave the green light on how much I could spend, the Ravelle I was looking at was $510 + shipping, which put it out of range. The next day, I got a notice from Reverb that the price was lowered by 19% which put it at $425 (including a hardshell case). So, I spent the night thinking about it and before work the next morning I got another notice that someone had sent the seller an offer.
Now, it's "sack up" time. If I wait until I get home from work, there's a good chance it'll be gone. Needless to say, I snagged it right away and since the seller is in Canada I won't get dinged for import/duty charges. I've been wanting a Ravelle for years but always kind of hesitated to get one because a) I've been playing in drop tunings for quite some time and guitars with a 24.75" scale don't do so well if you go too low and b) any ones I've come across have been way too expensive.
Since everything seemed to be falling into place, it would have been tempting fate to NOT buy it. Even more, about 20 years ago I had a trans-red double cutaway Washburn that I really regretted selling and along comes this Ravelle that's EXACTLY the same color.
So, without further ado:
It's in perfect condition aside from a small chip in the clear coat on the front. The pickups are a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge & a Jazz in the neck and the action is probably the lowest I've ever played without having dead spots in the upper frets. I'll even go so far to say that it'll probably be the nicest guitar I'll ever own.
Nice. I've always had a soft spot for the Ravelles. They're ugly in an endearing way.