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Subj: Barnes & Mullins Guitar
Here are a couple of picture of my rare Barnes & Mullins guitar, which was built by Shergold, which I thought might interest you.
Thanks for your message and photos. This is a very rare guitar and, of course, it's a similar instrument to my Shergold PD custom which was a one-off built for Paul Day. We have no idea how many B & M guitars were built but it could be as little as one batch of, perhaps, ten. It's certainly a very interesting guitar and thanks for sending me the photos.
Subj: Gibson Flying V
I refer to our previous correspondence regarding my Besson Aristone Bass and others..
I had a look at the complicated three humbucker electrics in my Flying V today. To my astonishment written inside is Kiss (like 2 sideways zeds) 21/8/83. Please see photos attached. The guitar is 1981, serial no. 81141006.
I am wondering if there is a connection and if that is when the third humbucker was introduced. What do you think?
I recently bought a 1982 Ibanez Blazer Bass in great condition. It plays like a dream.
I've just spoken to Paul Day and he believes that the 3rd Humbucker was added in 1983. He feels that it could have been modified for one of the members of Kiss -- perhaps Paul Stanley or Ace Frehley. Is there any way you could track the previous owners as if you could prove this it would make the guitar very valuable. But, even if you couldn't, its certainly a very interesting discovery!
Subj: Gene Simmons Axe
When a Kiss fan asked Jim Cara to create an exact copy of the Gene Simmons Spector bass that made history in the 1970's he had no idea that it would impress the man himself. The client handed the bass to Gene Simmons at a show and Gene actually thought he had his old bass back or at least a perfect clone!
See the Cort booth at winter NAMM 2013!
Subj: Unknown Bass
Here are a few pix of the bass we discussed and I've never seen one like this before. In my opinion it probably originated from East Germany and dates back to either the late 1950's or early 1960's. It may have been made by Musima and the pick-ups are Rellog but, of course, it may be a one-off. If you have any ideas please let me know.
I have just put new strings on it and it plays really well.
Subj: 1st Kramer Guitar!!!
Hi, If you know anyone who wants to buy a piece of rock history please let me know. The guitar is in very good condition & I have a lot of paperwork to prove it.
Thanks for your message and photos. Its certainly an interesting piece of guitar history and I'm pleased to add this information to my Guestbook. And, of course, I'll let you know if I have any enquiries.
Subj: Old guitar
It's your swedish friend Åke Banksell writing again. Most of my precious time off from work is spent with my new Deering Sierra banjo these days. But now and then Iím asked to help people clear things out concerning guitars.
When it comes to really old guitars it's hard to find information on the internet. I tried to find out what brand my very first guitar was but haven't succeded so far. I got it from my father but can't find information as he's left earth long time ago and so did the guitar. Thought I'd ask if you can help me here as I still have some photographs.
I got it in 1965 as a second-hand gift. He said he'd got it from a friend by 1934 and it was already old and worn out by then. It was stringed with 6 steelstrings but the fifth was gone. The neck action was horrible, probably as it wasn't meant for steel strings. Steel strings puts a much harder pressure on a guitarneck than nylon strings do. Talking about blisters on my fingers...
I didn't even know how to tune a guitar but I found out ways to make music with it anyway. I used it as a four string unit. The strings were probably as old as the guitar itself. I hope this can be of use if you want to help me identify the guitar.
I attach my best photo.
The best / Åke
Thanks for your message - it was nice to hear from you again. Also a great vintage picture of you and the guitar!
I'm sorry to say that I know absolutely nothing about accoustics but it looks old to me - maybe from the 1930's? However it might be worth your while contacting Pamela at the Musical Instrument Collection (see my links page) I'm sure she will be able to help. But I've added your message and my reply to my Guestbook and hopefully someone reading it may be able to help.
All the best,
Subj: Fenton Weill Delux
Subj: Rare Kawai Moonsault for sale
We have this rare plexiglass guitar KAWAI MOONSAULT for sale, maybe you want to post this in your guestbook or spread the message?
Thanks for letting me know - I'm happy to add this to my Guestbook and will forward on details of anyone interested in buying.
Description from the sale:
Limited Edition Plexi Glass Kawai Crystal MoonSault Guitar
Here it is for sale , a very limited Plexiglas Kawai Crystal MoonSault Guitar . This guitar has an amazing sound, crystal clear, warm sound. It is not just a beauty put also a masterpiece in japanese craftsmanship. The guitar is in very good condition. Thre is a crack on the laquer on the backside between head and neck that can be see on the picture below, only the laque not the wood! . As I said nothing to worry about. This MoonSault is rare, and the Plexiglass version is ultra rare! You are looking at one of the most rare and coolest guitars of an original design that ever came out of Japan. Below you can read other peoples opinium about this guitar.
This guitar has been reissued many times since it's debut in the early 1980s, but this one here is an original.It is such a screamer, it's unreal. The tone knob is push/pull for coil-tapping, so you can get both humbucking and single-coil tones, of which can hardly be matched by any other pickup out there. The tone of these pickups cannot be overstated. They are truly the thickest, richest tone monsters you can get. This guitar is all-original with the exception of the missing clear pickguard that can be easily overlooked. This is a rare opportunity, as these guitars do not come up for sale often, and are coveted the world over. These are great investments as well as guitars to be reckoned with. This is no toy, that's for sure.
The "Moonsault" electronics are designed to give incredible tonal flexibility. It has a master volume with individual tone controls for each pick-up. Each tone pot is push/pull, yielding coil tapping on one and phase reversal on the other.These electronics are great!!! And there are more pick-up configurations then you'll know what to do with. Add-in a gain-boost switch, which requires a 9-volt battery... Ya' got some Serious Tone. There is nothing "Absolutely Nothing" that compares with this guitar... Musicians & collectors alike refer to the incredible Kawai "Moonsault" as the ORIGINAL "Dangerous Curve".
The guitar on the right in the photo of the second photo is the one in the sale. This is from the original series.
Collection possible in Berlin!
Subj: Fenton Weill
I am Hanz from Belgium... and got your link from my brother, - he gave me this guitar too a few weeks ago... asked me to fix it up a bit ... and when i turned this piece of wood into a kind of guitar hehehe, i was amazed to hear the sounds... the action close to the body is way to big, this i need to solve somehow in the future... but o k ...
since then, i started to wonder what it actually was ... so my brother told me it was a fenton weill model... made by hohner ,he thought... But, we can't find any more information about it... till he found you and your collection... -maybe this person knows some advice, he told me...
so that's why i write you my friend... do you have any clue??? What i am playing on for the moment?? Well, my brother said, i could keep it for playing... and i had fun so far... this sounds very typical, like some old surf bands, but also warm.... it looks there is one button missing too on the body... and that somebody did place two click buttons on it too... here i can change the pick-ups with... make it from cool surfy, to warm and warmer... sound...
the body had 3 buttons, volume, tone, and other tone for the two pick ups, this all works too... but there is room for another button, but there is simply 'left a hole'? next to the 3 buttons, then a hole and then the plug -in jack...
well... if you know something or anything about this guitar, it is welcome...
thank you very much and kindest regards... you have a wonderfull collection there, be proud of it ....
merry Christmas and happy 2013
Thank you for your message.
Your guitar dates from about 1962 and it was made by Fenton Weill in London and would have been part of at least one batch of 100 made exclusively for Hohner. You can see something about Fenton Weill in my archive page as I met Betty Weill (Henry Weill's widow) in London last year and actually saw the factory (their garage) which they used at that time!
It's certainly had some modifications to the vibrato tailpiece (which won't have improved the action) along with extra knobs. But its still an interesting and playable vintage guitar - with great pickups.
Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
Best wishes and very happy new Year.
How wonderfull, my friend... that you send me this information... I don't know what to say, THANK YOU so much, this made my Christmas period better for sure ...
Well... my brother was a bit right,when he told me about the 'Fenton Weill' and did send me to your 'awsome' site because you own several... and so, he was right too about the info you could give me...
well, the guitarpick-ups are sounding wonderfull, the action of the strings (close to the body), is something else ... i have it now as low as possible, but still it's pretty high, but... on top of the neck the guitar plays fantastic and the sound is wonderfull... 'very typical', and exact what i was looking for, without realising -this guitar would come my way
.... normally i play bass... in bands, and sometimes i do sing and perform acoustic too(Johnny Cash songs only)... but now some guys of the bands asked me to start a new project, with old-bluesy and surfy sounds... and that very SAME day, my brother comes to me with THIS guitar, -WHY??? -we don't know, but some POWER high above us in the sky decided this all, i think ....
well Guy, THANK YOU very much for this great info yet, and maybe more to come... hehehe 'goodluck and succes' with the let's say MUSEUM there, best wishes and a happy 2013 for you all...
PS i have a Hayman too... for years made by Burns... the one with the 3 pick-ups... but this sounds different...
Subj: Fenton Weill Deluxe
I was hoping you might be able to help me, I have a Fenton Weill Deluxe that someone stripped off all the paintwork a long time back. They done a good job and I'm now in two minds as to leave it as it is or get it resprayed.
Could you tell me what colour yours is as its hard to tell exactly on your site pic. Also do you know if the bridge on mine is original?
Thanks for your message - its great to know that there's another FW Deluxe in Cornwall!
The colour of mine is a sort of mahogany colour and has, in fact, been respainted. It has also undergone an ageing process to make it look as original as possible.
The bridge on mine is not original it is a copy of the bridge on my Dualtone in Gallery 2 and was made up by Kif Woods. There is a link to his website on my links page. I'm certain that the bridge on yours is, in fact, original.
All the best and thanks for contacting me,
I know you have an interest in the Meteor and other quirky guitars, so I thought I would send you this photo. They were both purchased from Grimshaw in 1983 and 1984. The one one the left was purchased 1984 and made to special customer order. The Meteor on the right was bought off the shelf in 1983! I think this guitar was made up from a body which had been lying around since early 1960s which they put a contemporary neck and hardware to and sold it as a new guitar.
By 1984 Grimshaw was in its last throws as a company and they did seem to make more specials and very few production instruments, most of the business being done at this time was repairs etc to all makes. There are many one off guitars from the 1980s which are very interesting and they just keep turning up, one interesting guitar from 1982 recently appeared in Latvia of all places.
I am going to put some more photos of the two attached guitars on the web site www.grimshawguitars.co.uk as soon as I can get round to it and also some history from the owner who still (and has for 30 years) plays these two guitars in a semi pro band, quite amazing.
Keep in touch
Did the Teisco SS4L come with different company badges on the headstock? Or was it just Teisco?
PS - Very nice SS4L by the way..let me know if you ever want to sell it.
Thanks for your message. Yes the SS4L was marketed under different brand names and, apart from others, was sold in the UK as an Orbit 4.
It's unlikely that I'll ever sell it but they do come up for sale occasionally on ebay.
Subj: Re: My Dallas accoustic found in a skip covered in industrial filth!
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Hope you are well and have found some guitar bargains to add to your collection.
Just thought I'd tell you I've found another Dallas 12 string identical to mine that I sent you photos of last June which I found in a skip, that you thought rare. The new one is not in such good condition as mine, but the seller said it was very rare as you thought of mine. There is no serial numbers on these guitars, but I now know the model number of these guitars which has been scrubbed out on my guitar before my ownership probably before it was thrown in the skip! So the model number of the new guitar is 9404 MIJ, and I assume its the same on my guitar because they are identical down to the smallest details.
In the sellers written sales blurb he refers to a third identical guitar he knew of that sold in a private auction for £330. So that's three of these odd 12 string Dallas acoustics that are known of now, and I now own two:-)
I've done some research on your Dallas 12 strings but we're a bit hampered by the fact that neither I nor the experts I know, know much or anything at all about accoustics! But hopefully someone reading this may be able to help.
But we understood that John E. Dallas operated as a company until about 1966 when he joined forces with Ivor Arbiter to form Dallas Arbiter which carried on, (until the demise of Hayman) importing Fender and selling of the remainder of Vox, in about 1975.
As far as we knew the Dallas name disapeared until about 10 years ago when it was successfully revived by Jim Dunlop. After 1975 Arbiter took over the importing of Fender and became CBS Arbiter.
If this is correct where does it date your 12 strings? Certainly the mid 60's was the time for folk/12 strings etc but yours seem to have metal Japanese tuners and we'd have expected plastic buttons.
So we think, with reservations, that the mid 1960's was when yours were made but there may be someone out there who knows differently and that, despite everything, there were some accoustic instruments manufactured in the late 70's or 80's using the Dallas brand name. If you find out anything else do let me know!
Re; Fenton Weill Dualtone
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I'm getting ready to move for the 15th time and I was surveying all my worldly goods that I can't be without. It was only last year I found out that my dear old first electric guitar was a Dallas branded Fenton Weill Dualtone, in fact I do apologize if it was you that informed me through a guitar site.
I read your piece on the gallery today and I still can't believe that they were made in 1962 because that was only four years before I bought when I was fourteen. It seemed so worn already and yet I've been playing it on and off from its original condition for the last 45 years!!!!
When I move and release some cash, should I have it restored? What's your opinion? I kind of think I should leave it forever the same with all the memories, but it would be nice if the E's wouldn't slip off the frets!
Thanks for your site it's great to see all the guitars.
Subj: Ye Old Fenton Weill Guitars
Thought I'd share a short story on my Fenton Weill electric guitar. In the early 60's I was learning how to play an acoustic guitar, a small 4 member band came out of England and drove us crazy in the USA with their music and long hair. That band was called the Beatles and I talked my parents into getting me an electric guitar (future Rock Star). As I was very young at the time, my parents made the purchase of a Fenton Weill electric guitar. A couple of years later my parents divorced and I ended up 3000 miles away from my guitar. My father kept the guitar for 43 years inside the hard case and I saw it three times.
The last time was in August of this year when my father past away at nearly 91 years old. I now have my Fenton Weill electric guitar at my home and coupled it with a Marshall (MG100DFX) amp. I took the time to have the guitar checked out to insure there was no problems. It has two "pickups" and looks very much like the red guitar you have listed in the guest book. The hard case has the blue velvet interior and is in very good shape.
Having looked enviously at your wonderful collection on your website, I thought that you might be able to help me as you are obviously something of an expert.
I am trying to find out what a Burns guitar I owned in about 1956 to 1961 is called. It had a very small neat body, 2 pick-ups and quite a long headstock. It played like a dream. If you have any ideas please let me know and once more congratulations on your collection.
I would hate to think of the number of guitars that have been through my hands over the years and the value of some of them today!
Thanks for your message and kind comments on my collection.
From your description ,the guitar you remember is a Burns Sonic which would have been manufactured between 1960-4 and cost £52 new.
Just for the record, Jim Burns started trading as Ormston Burns Ltd (initially from his rented flat at 131 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill) in November 1959.
Certainly I'm sure that many people can relate to your comments on the guitars you once owned!
I recently bought a Brunswick electric guitar A red strat copy.
I know that Brunswich import cheap accoustic guitars but no one knows anything about this electric.
Any ideas or do you know anyone who could shed any light on this?
Brunswick is a brand name of importers Barnes & Mullins which they started using in about the mid 80's. Your guitar was built in Korea but unfortunately, as of now, I'm unable to date it. I understand that they don't sell guitars under this brand name any more.
I hope this helps,
Very interesting site and gallery which I found while researching Antoria. My first electric in 1972 was a second hand Antoria which I never found out much about but had 2 pick-ups and was therefore a 992 and cost £14.50. Unlike yours it was powder blue and had the pick-up selectors on the other side where yours says "Antoria". It had been fitted with a Bigsby vibrato which made me think it was an expensive guitar. Don't remember it being so Bison-y but it was long time ago!
I always struggled to get a good tone out of it but then I didn't have very good amp either. No longer have it and would like to replace it but until today, when I saw you website, I'd never seen one in 35 years...
I'm also keen to get hold of a Vox White Shadow. I just think the shape is brilliant. As you say ,odd that its red--I've actually seen then in white with black hardware which looks quite cool but I'd really like a metallic blue one.
Anyway, as I say, its interesting to see all these unsung guitars..
Thanks for your message and comments. It was interesting to read your memories of your Antoria which must have looked cool with a Bigsby!
I absolutely agree with you on the shape of the Vox White shadow - that was exactly the reason I bought mine! And I like the headstock shape too. Best of luck in your search for a metallic blue one - please send me a picture if you manage to get hold of one.
Re. Fenton Weill Mono tone
Interesting stuff! But I'm not totally convinced. There has been some additional chiseling to get the single pickup to fit, as the bar on the back stands proud, but no indication of similar work to the bridge pickup pocket, and the scratchplate looks spot on, with its bevelled edge and the material it is made from. No sign of any mini guard applied to it though.
Either way, I've just put a pair of better looking knobs on it, and have been enjoying playing it!
Fenton Weill Mono tone
I couldn't resist any longer, so I gently popped the FW apart.
Indeed she was routed for two . . . why the neck pickup hole has had further work done I'm not really sure. The puzzling bit is that the scratchplate looks pretty original to me (complete with bevelled edge), despite the component changes, and the amended bridge and tailpiece. No sign of the standard FW tailpiece ever being fitted either though? The pocket behind the bridge might suggest that there was once a string retainer there, but that area is under the scratchplate?
Ho hum, but she plays and sounds lovely despite the DIY.
The frets looks quite wide, but some of the tangs are under the neck varnish. Pickup puts out 6.56 on my meter. It's much tidier in there than inside the Burns-Weill I have to say, the body routing in that has to be seen to be believed!
Sorry its taken so long to get back to you but I finally caught up with Paul Day over last weekend.
Paul's conclusion, in brief, is that FW never did a factory single pick up Dual tone and as it was routed for two pick-ups he believes that it was originally a 2 pick up model which has been modified - probably quite early in its life. However he wonders if there is any sign of a mini scratch plate (ie. marks on the scratchplate, different colouring underneath where it might have been etc) then quite possibly it was "factory" built as every Dual tone was completed with a mini scratchplate.
Paul also reminded me to tell you that the reason the routing was so basic on the BWs' was because Jim Burns didn't own a router at that time!
Thanks for putting up your pages, have you ever seen a single pickup Dual Tone? My friend Will christened this a Fenton Weill Mono Tone, just to be funny! It is a bit dusty, I should have cleaned it up before I took the pic, but looks like a factory original single pickup without trem. Do you have any information on this model please?
I have most of an early Burns-Weill too, but had to cobble together the scratchplate and electrics . . . You can see the similarity to the Guyatone model here, thought it might give you a chuckle.
Keep up the good work!
In the early '70s I bought a Futurama 6-string bass from a junk shop in Oldham - I thought it was a guitar - if not an extremely heavy one. Anyway it was missing the top "E" string so i went to a music shop in Deansgate with a piece of string the length of the "E" string and the only one they could match it with was cello string! Can't see a pic of it in your Archive but wish I still had it.
Thanks for your email and comments. I hadn't heard of a Fururama bass 6 string so I contacted Paul Day and here are his comments:-
Selmer imported the Hagstrom Coronado Basses (4 and 6 string) under the Futurama brandname in 1963/4. Neither model crops up very often over here and, in keeping with my fondness for baritone guitars, I still have a hankering for the six-string version. I know of one in captivity but the owner wants more than I'm willing to pay and, actually, his example may have once belonged to me as I did have one but foolishly, in hindsight, parted with it many years ago. A current price should be around £350, after all, who wants such a niche market
quirky beast, apart from me that is!
Re. Tremo Twenty
Just to let you know there is another one!
I bought it from someone at work in about 1967. The model no was 1978 and it was red. It came with a grey/blue "cardboard" carrying case and skinny red leather carrying strap.
In the '80's I lent it to a workmate who lost the tremelo arm and returned the guitar with the carrying case smoke damaged due to a house fire.
Controls crackly and some paint chipped.
Didn't realise there were so few of them about.
Thanks for your message - interesting to know that another one has surfaced. I now know of 2 others branded Tremo Twenty - one is in a aguitar museum in Switzerland and the other, by a strange coincidence, belongs to someone just six miles from where I live in Cornwall.
Of course there were plenty of guitars branded Top Twenty but obviously very few "Tremos".
I hope alls well with you. I thought I would send you some photos of the 1963 Watkins Rapier I bought.
All original parts on it, except the scratchplate. My daughter works at a film Studio. She got a guy who works there to put the gold Watkins logo on the new scratchplate (cool eh!) I've had it checked and set up. The machine heads needed attention. But we managed to get 4 original 1963 heads, to replace the damaged ones. I'm so happy with it . It sounds great. As I'm a better player than I was in 1964 I can play 4 chords now!
Swinging Blue Jeans.
I was really pleased to know that you've managed to buy an early Rapier which I know you've been looking for for some time - complete with the "Pifco" switch and the vibrato arm which is, as you know, so often missing. They are pretty rare in this condition and yours looks great too!
Please let me know if you ever plan to use it with the SBJs' as I'd love to have a photo of you playing it live with the band for the Archive page of my website.
Glad to know that you can play 4 chords now - that's 4 more than I can play, as you know!!!
Re. Supersound Vibrato unit
Thanks for your reply - I've heard from Paul (thanks for forwarding my email!) and am very interested by this info from the Weills regarding Roger...
I've also now got the mysterious body blank and Roger's fitted neck in hand... the guys who bought the Roger factory stock advise me that they originally had 4 guitar bodies, all sycamore but 3 with Mahogany veneering front and back. Plus one Bass body, again mahogany veneered. I've never heard of Burns veneering bodies, but perhaps it was a refinement of the plastic plate seen over the back of some very early models? Paul seemed to suggest that this plate and the sometimes-seen raised area under the volume/tone controls etc was a result of having to work around the unavailability of wood of the correct thickness. He mentioned your Ike Isaacs-ish one as having an added Oak front?
I've read on Stephan Loss' site shlaggitarren.de that Roger's archtop sales slumped c.61/62 and they turned to importing solidbodies...
If there is no connection between Weill and Roger, my latest revised theory is that perhaps Jim Burns had parted from Weill with a stack of uncompleted RP2G bodies without necks, and having moved on to other designs offloaded them (somehow) to Roger? How that might happen, and why he wouldn't simply reshape them and reuse the wood himself, I don't know.
The bodies do seem identical, in particular there is a sharp edge on the body in the middle of the flat bottom-edge 'base', where the wrap-around tailpiece might have sat. Roger's model had a face-mounted vibrato unit, so this sharp ledge would make no sense for his design. You can just about make it out in outline of the catalogue photo.
Weird, eh? Well... I love a mystery!
All the best - and let me know if you have any ideas!
Thanks for your message and the interesting photo of a Roger guitar which appears to have a Burns Weill Super Streamline body and a Roger neck.
By the way, you no doubt noticed my "deliberate" mistake (being a drummer!) when I previously referred to "Roger" guitars as "Rogers" guitars - Roger, of course, being the name of Wenzel Rossmeisl's son, after whom he named the guitar brand.
When Jim Burns parted company with Supersound (for more information see the Jim Burns page of the Supersound website), he did take the Ike Isaacs bodies with him--hence the appearence of several "Burns" and Burns Weill versions of this guitar appearing for sale in early 1959. However when Jim Burns split with Henry Weill it was something of a clean break and he left all the BW bodies with Henry. In fact he was actually marketing the Burns Artist guitar by December 1959.
So the bodies which you mention would have come from Henry Weill and, no doubt, Henry Weill would have supplied then as a result of meeting Wenzel at the Frankfurt show where he had a stand which displayed complete guitars and components.
I checked with Paul Day about the veneering and he confirms that he's never seen a veneered Burns Weill instrument so he concludes that the veneering was carried out by Roger.
Incidently when Paul Day interviewed Henry Weill, prior to writing the Burns Book in the mid 1970s, he recalls a garage full of guitar bodies left over from when production ceased in c.1965! When we met Betty Weill recently we asked what had happened to these bodies and she told us that they had been put in a skip many years previously!
Supersound Vibrato unit
As a long-time late-night admired of your collection and website, I thought I should write and ask if you could offer any advice regarding a vibrato unit which I recently bought on ebay and I've never seen one before... it looks to be a completed unit (missing the bridge) of the Wooton-designed Supersound vibrato for guitar (for which blue-print drawings from August 1960 appear online on the Supersound website).
I bought it because I'm currently trying to assemble the parts to build a fantasy 'New Old Stock' Burns-Weill RP2G Super Streamline, and intended to use this unit in the build... I have a Roger-built body and neck (I am certain circumstantially that Roger were briefly supplying woodwork to H Weill after Burns departed, but before the design was refined and went 6-a-side on the headstock), and plan to flesh it out with era-correct suitable parts and some modern Adeson Classic Brit Pickups...
I guess you've seen the speculations about the Roger/Weill connection here?
Incidentally, has anyone to your knowledge ever seen a true Burns-Weill RP2G guitar? Basses, yes - several, but the six-stringers? I've only seen the photo in Per Gjorde's book, which has 'burns' clipped from the badge... clearly indicating that it was made post-Jim Burns' involvement...
Have you any reference photos of Super Streamlines which might help me on my way?
Kind Regards, and thanks for sharing all you have online!
Thanks for your message and kind comments on my site.
Re; the Supersound Vibrato unit (see the Supersound website for more music accessories). A number of these appeared for sale a year or two ago - evidently they turned up in a shop in London and yours is one of these.
Re; the Rogers connection to Burns Weill. Rogers never supplied woodwork to Henry Weill although Henry may have given or sold a neck and/or body to that company when he did the Frankfurt show. Although Paul Day was certain of this (Paul did a recorded interview with Henry in the 70s, and I have a copy, prior to writing "The Burns Book") we did double check with Betty Weill when we met her and she confirmed that Rogers had never supplied any woodwork to Henry.
Paul Day has a library of over 2,000 different guitar brands and within this has details of the RP2G guitar. You can contact him direct and I'm sure he will be happy to help.
I do hope my reply has dispelled the myth of the Rogers connection to Henry Weill!
I'll look forward to seeing photos of your fantasy "new old stock" Burns Weill when its completed.
Rare sighting of USO (Unidentified Supersound Object)
(More information on Supersound Guitars can be found at the Supersound website.)
Apologies for using an old email to convey a new subject, but I wanted to ensure it arrived okay and I'm not sure which of your seemingly many email addresses is currently functioning!
So, what do you think of this six-string being earnestly strummed by one of the members of Rory Blackwell & The Blackjacks, way back in 1959. The more I peruse the pic, the harder it is to work out just what there is on board a very familiar - looking chassis, but that scratchplate is a dead giveaway for a start. I look forward to hearing your comments, so give me a ring when it's convenient.
All the best,
So a picture of another Burns Short Scale guitar has surfaced - amazing after over 50 years! There is no question that that is what it is and this one is a single pick-up version too. In fact the only single pick up instrument that has come to light. I wonder if its still in existence today?
I've done some research and I think the guitarist is Kenny Fillingham so I hope that if he reads this, or anyone who knows him or gigged with him looks at my website, he or they will contact me. (Of course I'm always delighted to hear from anyone who owns or has pictures of old, rare or unusual vintage electric guitars).
Thanks again for forwarding on the picture.
Fenton Weill question from the Pacific Northwest...
Greetings from Seattle!
Please forgive the unsolicited attachment! Got this beautiful instrument from the original owner, who apparently purchased it in London in the early 60s while he was in the Army stationed in the UK.
I'm having a difficult time finding any information (other than the obvious...erm...Fenton Weill, London....)... I was curious, given the breadth of your gorgeous Anglocentric guitar collection, if you could tell me ANYTHING about it?
I am aware of the Weill/Burns history - just haven't found another photo of a comparable guitar. I have to say the SOUND of this instrument is spectacular! Quiet pickups (like a humbucker) and a sweet bold tone. PLUS the previous owner says that these are the ORIGINAL strings!
ANY guidance would be greatly appreciated!
My apologies for taking so long to reply to you but i just wanted to double check a few facts with Paul Day, who is the UK vintage guitar expert, before replying.
Your guitar is a rare Fenton Weill Twistmaster from the short lived Twister series and the only price list we can find dates this to late 1962. In the UK it retailed at 70 gns (Guineas - a Guinea was £1 and 1 shilling. Today that would be £1-05p). That was lot of money in the UK at that time as, I think, an average wage then was about £12 per week.
A leaflet on the Twister range describes it as the "Fenton Weill American Label guitar" with "high gain pick-ups", a "featherlite Vibrato which cannot be improved in any way". Also the "tuss rod is controlled from a counter sunk Allen nut at the blunt end of the fingerboard" with a 1/4 turn producing 1/8" on the neck of the guitar.
You may also be interested to know that I recently had the pleasure of meeting Betty Weill who with her husband Henry owned and ran the Fenton Weill Company. You will see a couple of pictures from that meeting on my Archive page and the first Fenton Weill factory really was their garage although they moved production to a factory unit in about 1962. Incidently Henry Weill and Jim Burns ceased working together in December 1959.
All in all its a very rare and interesting guitar and it seems in very good condition too. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.
A very sincere thank you for all the information! And could there possibly be a more perfect name for this guitar than the "Twistmaster"?!? Spectacular!!!
When I got the guitar I was woefully unaware of the Fenton Weill story....(I mainly collect Rickenbackers.... and oddball 60s Hagstroms).
When I first saw the guitar (and before I read the label) it looked very "Burns-like" (and after learning what I could about it - I found out why!). Obviously a VERY well built instrument, beautiful lines and > workmanship - and the gold hardware leads me to think that it was a "deluxe" model.
As for condition...It's really clean! There's some cowboy chord wear on the lacquered fingerboard - (and I didn't mention the original strap and truss rod adjustment wrench in a little envelope!) ... And I'm a huge fan of tatstefully checked finishes... I particularly enjoyed seeing the photos of "Kingsize" Taylor as I'm a lifelong Beatles-nerd - and he looms rather large in their early history (no pun intended).
Well - I'm sending a few more photos - I know you didn't ask...but it is a very cool axe....enjoy!
Again, Thank You so MUCH!
Best of everything,
Very happy to know that you are always OK, me too I am always very busy, I understand.
Thank very much for your response and your courtesy to use your photos/infos for my article on Broadway guitars in Vintage Guitare. No Broadway guitars were sold in France so there is not much information here.
I am also doing an article on Klira guitars and attach a photo for your information. I'll have 2 more questions if you have time to respond:
Do you mean that the Burns Sonic and this Broadway Bass were made in England (Fenton Weill?) or Japan (Guyatone?) or both..:-)
I don't know the English market of guitars during the sixties, do you know a good book that I can buy on the guitars sold in Great Britain for that period?
For example in France we have this one: http://livre.fnac.com/a2004000/B-Iffra-Guitares-des-annees-60-rock-twist-et-jazz
Merci beaucoup Guy
et portes toi bien
PS: Sorry for my poor English
Thanks for your message and for sending on a copy of Vintage Guitare which I've included on my Media page. I'll also look forward to reading your article on Klira guitars when its published.
I've just bought a copy of the book you recommended "Guitares" and there are some makes that I've never heard of - so thank you for that info!
Re; Burns Sonics and Broadway basses. The brief answer is that all Burns Sonics were UK built and most Broadway basses were built in Japan although we now know that a few were built in the UK.
The UK book on guitars that inspired me is "The Ultimate Guitar Book" written by Paul Day and Tony Bacon and, as you can see from my Media page, I'm now the proud owner of several guitars which were actually featured in the book.
P.S. I apologise for my French...its almost non-existant!
Just a short note to keep in contact.
Thought you might like to see another Grimshaw Meteor which has surfaced. This makes three that I know of and is interesting in that it has Fender style head. It is in full working condition and is pretty much all original.
Thank you so much for sending me a picture of the latest Grimshaw Meteor that you've found. This must be the most rare British built solid of the 1960's (all hand built too) and I'm amazed that as many as three have surfaced!
Also many congratulations on your collection of Grimshaw guitars and, of course, your definitive Grimshaw guitars website.
Memories of a great night - my 80th birthday!
Congratulations on your 80th birthday and I wasn't surprised that you spent some of it behind your drum kit!
You are an inspiration!
Keep on rockin'
Note: Raye Du Val is the drummer of the Checkmates and played with Emile Ford when "What do you want to make those eyes at me for" reached No 1 in the charts in 1959. He still gigs with the band today and when I last spoke to him was off to do a lunchtime gig, followed by another the same evening! No wonder that, back in the day, he achieved the world non-stop drumming record -- not once but three times. The last time over 100 hours of playing his drums non-stop -- a feat which was verified by the Guiness Book of Records!
A photo has turned up of the Al Kline Five featuring the elusive early Burns guitar. Thought you might like to see it.
Thank you so much for sending through what is a fantastic photo of you with your Burns Short scale guitar (with your name on the headstock) which you bought as a prototype (because you'd never seen anything like it and "just had to have it") at the end of 1958. Of course its a really important piece of UK guitar history as its the very first Burns guitar (apart from the one Jim Burns built for Pete Dyke in about 1957/8 which was a "one off" for a friend) and I'm so pleased that you managed to find the photo! Perhaps the guitar will turn up one day too!!
I'll also send a copy of your email and photo to Frank Allen as it was, of course, his memory of seeing you with the guitar all those years ago which resulted in me tracking you down (which wasn't easy, as you know!) and of course the photograph turning up. And now, of course, it will be appreciated by anyone interested in vintage guitars...
Note: Alan Klein or Kline (not to be confused with the impressario of the same name) is a sucessful singer/songwriter/musician and composer who wrote and appeared in the film "What a Crazy World" and his many compositions include "Three Coins in the Sewer" produced by Joe Meek and "Sally Anne" recorded by Freddie and the Dreamers--in 1966 he toured as vocalist with the "New Vaudeville Band". More recently, in the 1990's, his "Well at Least its British" LP has been an inspiration to bands such as Blur and Pulp.
I love your site. Very Interesting indeed.
Last month I was luck enough to have the winning bid at Bonham's for the Dallas Tuxedo guitar (and partial strap) found in John Lennon's Mendips Liverpool home. I guess I am a collector of Beatles guitars. I have an acoustic used in the studio by Paul in 1968 and also the guitar George used in an LA studio to record a solo overdub for Got My Mind Set On You (the last Number 1 hit by any Beatle).
Anyway, I am searching for historical information about the Dallas Tuxedo and I have not been able to find any books that discuss the history of the famous guitar. Considering it is the first British made commercial electric guitar, I thought there would be plenty of information. I am also trying to date when the guitar was manufactured and sold.
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
All the best,
Thanks for your message and glad to know that you liked my site.
Congratulations on buying the Tuxedo found in John Lennon's home, its a real piece of guitar history in itself apart from the Lennon connection. I understand from the Bonhams website that it was sold for £4,375 inc. premium. Also that the guitar was sold with letters from 2 local residents one who personally witnessed John Lennon in posession of the guitar at his home, Mendips, and the other at a local musical instrument store (Rushworths)trying to buy a case for the guitar.
The Dallas Tuxedos were made by Dallas Arbiter in the UK and the first models were launched in April 1959 with the Framus "add on" single pick-up and "add on" controls (see my Galleries) but they were not the first commercially UK built solid electrics. In fact they were the third after Supersound which first appeared in late summer 1958 and Burns Weill in Feb 1959.
There is an article on Burns guitars which has been reproduced several times (by guitar journalist Roger Cooper) included on my Background page -- also Guitar & Bass magazine (see my Media page) from July this year which confirm these details.
Incidently the first UK built electrics were the semis built by Grimshaw from about 1957.
The 2 pickup Dallas Tuxedo first appeared in about August/September 1959 following the launch, in August 1959, of the Dallas Tuxedo with a single Fenton Weill p/up and scratchplate mounted controls. Certainly this date fits in with the quoted October/November '59 date when the instrument came into John Lennon's posession.
All the best,
Reg Godwin at the WEM/Wilson guitar site, suggested I contact you regarding the guitar pictured to the right. It belongs to a friend and we're making a valiant effort to identify it and if possible restore it.
Would you happen to know the maker of this guitar? Some specifics: the scale length is 26.125" and it has 19 frets, there are no markings found as of yet. Any help or leads would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Sorry its taken so long to reply to your email but we've had several discussions about the guitar and our conclusions, to date, are as follows:-
Firstly we've never seen anything quite like it and, having looked at it carefully, we can be sure that its definitely not a Supersound and not UK made. We believe that it was built in the 70s (note: 70s copy of a Gibson 3 way switch and 70s style bridge) or possibly the 80s either as a home made one off (brass is easy to work) or by a skilled small luthier--probably in the States. Alternatively, just possibly, by a small maker in Eastern Europe or New Zealand.
We consider that the neck and headstock are fairly basic however the body and ebony fingerboard are well made and these variations in quality make it difficult for us to determine its origin along with the fact that we've never seen one before.
Its certainly an unusual and interesting guitar so please if you get any more definite information on its origin, do let me know.
I wonder if you can give me any information on this guitar (see right). It has the name Bendix Bel on the neck plate but I've never heard of a guitar called a Bendix. In any case I thought Bendix only made washing machines! So any help you can give me will be much appreciated.
I attach Paul Day's comments on your guitar. However since writing this, I told him that there had been a logo on the headstock and we both believe that this probably was an officially built guitar although it may have been a prototype or a very short run. If that's the case then probably the reasons that it didn't go into production are simply that , although innovative at the time, it wasn't of the quality to match the Bendix amps.
Hope this all has been of help to you!
All the best Guy.
Here are Paul's Comments:-
The Bendix solid is certainly intriguing. It's very primitive in some ways, certainly to the point of looking home-made, but other aspects suggest better-informed involvement. The woodworkng is pretty basic and quite crude in places, but the neck seems to be better quality in comparison. The scratchplate is equally more adept, complete with neatly executed control legends, which again suggests a proper, proprietary source. The pickups ring a bell with me and I'm sure I've seen the self-same type carrying the 'Plato' logo, offered as an add-on item back in the Sixties. Either that, or they've cropped up on some cheap Japanese electric. The other hardware isn't too helpful. The bridge is very basic and certainly suggests Far Eastern origins, but it could be a replacement, as there are no screw holes in the body. The tailpiece has also cropped up on various budget models of the period - I even have this selfsame component in my spares stock.
The styling is quite good and well-proportioned, not looking awkward and unbalanced like so many home-made efforts of the period. Like you, I put the latter at the early 60s. The scratchplate looks equally okay, seemingly quite well made and complementing the body outline, while controls are arranged in a logical, reasonably ergonomic way. The neckplate worries me, as this seems somewhat crude in comparison. The neck looks to be glued-in, so why the need to put a plate on anyway? It's almost as if such a component was expected to be there, regardless of actual construction.
In contrast again, the electrics are very advanced for the time. Assuming they work/did work and the date is indeed early 60s, then this has to be one of the first active six-strings, probably pre-dating the Burns TR2, commonly regarded as the first production example of its kind. But, assuming that IS a battery compartment on the back, it looks very rough and unfinished, unlike the rest of the body. Then again, the switch panel looks pretty pro and unlike any I've seen elsewhere.
Due to all these contrasts, contradictions and conflicting components, I do have my doubts about any 'proper' parentage. Maybe it was built by a Bendix employee, using components then available and maybe he built them for his band, or mates in one, hence the 'E.E.3' serial number (lead, rhythm, bass - the common line-up back then). I can't see it being an official Bendix venture, because, despite the innovative electrics, it's really too basic and cheap compared to the amps they actually produced. Also, why go the trouble of all that info on the neckplate (for impressive effect perhaps?) but not come up with a suitable company logo on the headstock? The model number is an oddity too, why T.B.1? Could it stand for 'Treble Boost One' or 'The Bell ( Bel) One'?
As you can tell by all this prevarication and pontification, you have indeed stumped the old guru. Although, if I'm being honest, I must admit to often being confounded in this way, usually at least once a week!
All the best,
Dear Mr McKenzie,
I found a Dallas Rangemaster guitar (see right), in a jumble sale over 40 years ago, but have not been able to find out much about it on the internet. I've discovered Dallas Tuxedos, and Rangemaster Amps and Treble Booster, and brief histories of the John E. Dallas company, but this particular guitar remains a mystery.
I would be interested to know if you have any information about it, especially more pictures.
It once had a tremelo arm, which I would like to replace, but no pictures, no copy!
I spoke to Paul Day on Sunday and we both agreed that your Rangemaster has been really interesting and puzzling too. But Paul's conclusion thanks to all the extra info you provided (and I agree with him) is that it is a factory made one off and built specially to promote the Rangemaster vibrato unit and that is why there is an extra badge below the unit. It dates almost certainly from c.1961 and it is an important piece of UK guitar making history.
I was delighted to hear from you - really pleased. I guess we could talk about guitars all day long. EXCELLENT.
Well here goes here is my little collection.
First and perhaps the most precious in emotional and value is a 1968 GIBSON J2OO CUSTOM which I have had from new (well I actually bought it of a John Cullivan who was the lead guitarist for Tah Mahal. He bought it at Mannys in New York and brought it to this country in order to sell as he thought at a vast profit. He was unable to do that but spotted my advert in Melody Maker and called me; I nervously went to London and did the deal for I think it was £240.00!! It was just two weeks old and unplayed when I got it. Its glorious. A natural front (which has now darkened a little and shows the lovely striping in the spruce) and a very dark rosewood back and sides. I have played this ever since and it has great meaning to me. (I actually sang with it at the funeral of my mother!)
I would add that I have had groups since I was 17 and played and gigged all my life and still am. I shall rock til I drop!!! Now I am the leader of The Rokkits!
Next I recently bought a Gibson Pete Townsend J200 which I use in the band as I was advised not to have a pick up system installed in my 1968 J200.
Then there is a early 80's Gibson Everly (J185) which I love. Well I love em all!!! as we do!!! I used this on stage and took it to Hanks in London and had a Martin thinline pickup installed and its great.
Now lets go electric.
4 yrs ago I got my pride and joy a FENDER CUSTOM SHOP MASTERBUILT 'MASTER SALUTE' STRATOCASTER built by Yuri Shiskov. I took one look at the white gold body and anodised scratchplate and the deal was sealed in my brain!!!! When I played it unplugged I had never heard such a ringing tone; its fantastic. Its very light and the tones are superb. Far too good for me really !!!!! this is my no.1 machine.
I have a Fender strat plus with the lace sensor pickups which is very powerful and totally different tonally to the Master Salute which has vintage 50 pickups. (less output BUT more tone!) the strat plus or strat PUS as it is sometimes known as it is in vintage white, is too a great guitar.
I have a Fender AMERICAN STANDARD TELECASTER in vintage white which had a black scratchplate fitted having seen the mighty Keef! (what a show the stones did aaah)
I have a MUSIC MAN ALBERT LEE in pearl blue which is sensational too. Its active and has the most superb neck with the gun stock oil finish.
I have a re issue BURNS MARVIN. As I guess the Shads and Hank were and still are my inspiration. Having had the pleasure and privilege to meet them on several occasions (and their boss too!!!) I can say that they are complete gentlemen and legends. So many stories to tell but I'd be here all night.
HOWEVER I MUST TELL YOU THIS. When my first engagement went down the tubes (HOORAH) I used the £100 I got on the refund for the engagement ring and bought from Pete Dyke the demonstrator at Burns in London - their first BURNS MARVIN GUITAR. When I opened the case and saw the guitar for the first time !!!!!!!I can still feel the excitement (sad - but true). Well I used this for some time in a Christian Beat Group (!!) one of the very first really in this country, called The A-Men!!!!!! We were mentioned in the Daily Mail.
When I met the Shads I got them to sign it on the reverse. In order to preserve the signatures, I had professionally made a perspex scratchplate fitted on with small screws. BIG MISTAKE!!!! One day I found to my horror that the polyurethane finish was splitting from all round the screws . SO what did i do. Sent it back to Burns to be re sprayed!!!!!!!!! BIG MISTAKE no2 Well then eventually as one had in those days - this was traded in for another machine.!!!!!!! I could go on !!!
I have a pretty stunning GRETSCH WHITE FALCON. Which all who see - fall in love with. I used this for some time in the band.
I also have a GRETSCH SILVER FALCON (which in fact is black with silver sparkle trim). Both the Gretsches have superb tone.
Then there is my precious HOFNER CLUB 60. I in fact as I didn't want to bore you; only told you part of the story. Really its even stranger.
I used this in my very first Christian group The Gospel - Tones! I got it from Norman Hackett in Reading arcade. Played it and loved it for some 3 years then decided to trade it in for a natural Hofner President. Very soon after I began to have qualms and felt upset and wished I hadnt sold it!!!( moral NEVER SELL A GUITAR). Well some 12 years later a small guitar shop opened in town and I got to talking and raving on about my guitars and I told lhim about the Club 60.
"Thats funny he said because I have a club 60 which I keep under my bed; never play it but I just like it".. I said REALLY ; I'd so love to see it. WHEN HE BOUGHT IT IN I WAS STAGGERED. Thats my actual guitar I told him because I had re finished and lined the case and to my amazement there it was!!!!!!! Well I was so emotional about it and I eventually persuaded him to sell it back to me. So I had it again; I was so thrilled.
THEN I got married; and times seemed so tough and tight money wise and stupidly I decided one day to sell it again. I put it in the window of the the family business we had in town and it sold and I made a profit of £100 so I felt quite pleased until- again- the old feelings came on and I thought "what have I done". SO now we track on another 15 years and I'm rocking and rolling and fronting "Live on stage" which eventually turn into THE ROKKITS and I was thinking and talking often about the Club 60 to friends etc., and something quite spooky happened. I thought first of all that Yes I would try and find my Club 60. Nothing ever showed up in the guitar mags; so I advertised in all of them but got no response at all.
I then had an old picture of my playing the Club 60 blown up and put into the local press in the hope that it would jog some memories- but again - NOTHING
SOME 6 MONTHS OR MORE after this, quite unconnected; one day I was walking through the town and this guy comes up to me out of the blue and says "Dunno If you remember me but I bought a guitar from you once". Immediately my brain started as you can imagine going into overdrive. "What was it like I askled - was it smallish and natural colour with lots of fancy pearl on the neck?"
I dunno really he said cos I gave it to my brother and he plays a bit!!!!!! Well to cut a very long story short I went accross to his brother and asked to see the guitar and to my amazement and horror THERE WAS MY CLUB 60 - AGAIN. But this time in a very sorry state!!!!! The guy didnt want to sell it and I think was himself in a pretty bad way. I talked at length with him and eventually after much discussion I persuaded him to sell. I was ecstatic. I have had her restored and NEVER EVER WILL I PART WITH HER AGAIN.
Sorry to go into "waffle" mode Guy. But I hope you understand.
Then there is the slightly strange DEPT. I have a DANELECTRO Pro. Which I like. It is a squarish shape with a triangular scratchplate; its quirky and clanky and I really like it. It has been likened to a tea tray!!!
I have one of the Gretsch Americana series of Cowboy acoustics with the Cowgirls on. I love a bit of QUIRK!!! I am on the look out for more of these.
I also have 3 ukeleles. A very old 1930s. "The Gibson" which is lovely with snowflake inlays and sounds great.
An aria current model and a really great "Recording King" chromium resonator uke which I love and looks fabulous.
Well Guy I do so hope I wont have bored you; I just love everything about guitars I really do. I havent told you about the ones that got away!!!!!!!!!!!!! Epiphone Frontiers/Epiphone Texans/Les Paul Juniors AAAAAAAAGH!!!!!!! Then there are the AMPS!!!!!!!
Well Guy in closing; my very warmest rocking good wishes to you and I'm now about to warm up the valves and get the Master Salute ready for tonights rehearsal.
I just wanted to say how much pleasure your article in Guitar and Bass gave me. TREMENDOUS. I have read it and re read it so many times. Like you I came up right from the 60s and simply love guitars and all the sounds with a passion. I have played in bands since I was 14!! Better not tell you my age!!!
All the guitars mentioned : Dallas Tuxedo, Guyatone LG50, Burns Vibra Artiste - I had all of these and of course your pics brought back so many many images and memories. I have so many stories of guitars I have had (though not as many as you!!) and unfortunately sold on to get the next classic. The very first demonstration BURNS MARVIN which i bought from the Burns Showroom in London and was subsequently signed by my (still) heroes- THE SHADOWS!
Will I could go on and on and on but I dont wish to bore you Guy!!! However two guitars I must tell you about. I still have my 44 yr old Gibson J200 custom which came from Mannys in New York and has such a glorious tone and is very special to me. It is in wonderful condition as I treasure it . (It has of course been lovingly played all these years) Recently I had a wonderful little job done on it as the scratchplate had just slid down the front slightly and was off position. It was re positioned and checked over by Bruce Welch's guitar tech Mick Johnson from Reading who did a WONDERFUL job.
The other is my precious Hofner Club 60. I love this guitar. I played it when I was 17 first then it was traded in at Norman Hacketts of Reading ( where I first gasped in amazement at a Fender Stratocaster )!. Then after about 30 years in a wonderful and mysterious way it surface again and I was able to buy it AGAIN.! This is so special to me.
Well I dont wish to sound crazy - but I think you will understand and I know share this love of the greatest instrument. Hoping perhaps one day that our paths will cross.
With kindest regards
ps . I too have a collection which I treasure ; though not as large as yours!!!!!
I've been trying to fix the guitar i own, butt never took care about the guitar i had, always tried to think that this guitar was special, but never realized how until i saw your page. I'd like you to give the most of info that you can provide about this model EP-8I. It's the one i have and i'd like to know more about it.
Great web-site. Back in 1969 bought a Rapier33 for thirty-three pounds that I paid one pound a week for out of my papaer round, when I was a boy back in Belfast N.Ireland. Unfortunately my Mother give it away when I joined the Navy. Now own several guitars Eko, Gibson, Fender's, etc, to name but a few, none of which will ever hold the memory my Rapier33 still holds for me. I'm sure it would be a collectors item now!!
Superb site, Guy, a true labour of love. Glad we found it!
twangCORP always carries a small but regular stock of ex-private collection guitars for sale online, which invariably tends towards the more unusual. At the time of writing this we have a superb (and rare) Teisco May Queen '99 (deluxe MIJ) reissue.
I have a question. I recently obtained a Zenon ZES-70 and i was wondering if it was worth anything at all? It is in good condition and really fun to play.Thanks
Hi fellow guitar collectors. We have a new website selling a small catalogue of collectable guitars from the USA and Japan. Please feel free to tell us what you think of the website, good and bad?, we are always looking to improve and evolve. Keep twanging!
Great site and a really wonderful collection that I keep coming back to. I have about 15 myself and of a similar era so really useful. All the best and look forward to seeing the collection grow. Jonathan
I have a Fenton Weill De-Luxe which I bought on H.P. @ 50 shilling a week in 63 and stilll going strong. I have allways wondered of the value of it. Can anyone help?
Graham (Robbie) Robinson
hello i've got a dallas tuxedo the same as the 1 on page 8 on galleries was wonderin if anyone would like to tell me what they think it might be worth cheers email me chris
Hi great site, had a few of these old guitar's wish i still had them today. I used to make the old watkins guitars back in the 60's/70's at Chertsey with Charlie and Syd. Many thanks, Pete Jessop.
Hi guys - Like the sight.
What also impresses is that your women seem to understand too this guys and guitars thing.
Used to own a splitsonic that I acquired for peanuts back in the 70's.
Unfortunately I let it slip through my fingers in a moment of madness for peanuts also. I have more sense now and am actively seeking a replacement.In the meantime I still cherish my '64 Epiphone Casino. I also own a rather nice American series Bad Boy Blue limited run deluxe Strat, a cheap and cheerful but very well made Korean Telecaster (nocaster), Burns Brian May special, Vintage Icon series PGM Les Paul, PRS SE Soapbar & finally another Korean made Ovation. Keep pluckin' !
What a brilliant site. Exceptionally informative and an absolute gift of marvellous photos of bygone mastery of the electric guitar. I shall spend some time in study of this very very interesting site. Thankyou.
Nice collection and a trip down memory lane to a few of my first 'finger slicing' guitars! My dad new Jim Burns in the late 50's / early 60's in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear and he gave my dad and the other guitarist (who were both in a band called the Dynatones) a couple of his guitars for free but they went on the purchase the first Fender Stratocasters in the North East from Windows in Newcastle (Fiesta Red of course!) I got the guitar bug also and have acquired a few Strats of my own.
Very interesting site - thanks!
I bought a Marlin Masterclass identical to the one in your collection about 15 years ago in a junk shop for £20. It was missing bit and pieces so I had to spend about £50 getting it put right at a music store. I was a bit gutted at the time spending so much on an unknown brand but the action was so sweet I kept it. I haven't played it for a while and was looking to sell it. Didn't realise till I looked at your site that it was a collectors piece!
Great site and great collection by the way.
Thanks David K
Superb collection... time & money both well spent.
A great website taking me back to my first foray into the world of music in 1962 when I, with friend John Penfold, ventured from the wilderness of Windsor (Berkshire) to Tin Pan Alley and purchased a second-hand (now vintage! but long gone) Broadway Bass Guitar - no case but I was King on the way home on the underground then GWR Paddington to Windsor with the final walk home (out of money). That was my first guitar and it took me into the Slough 'Blue Notes' occasional backing for the legendry Chuck Berry and a lifetime of in and out of music. You have restored my interest. BTW I used to work (after school) in Stones of Peascod Street Windsor selling such early guitars as the Hagstrom and others you are showing - such halcyon days. Check out the blogs on InTouchRadio as I bring that history forward.
Thank you for such a well documented site - should you need any info let me know.
Michael Dixon ITR-UK & Global
great website...solid archive information and quality images...good luck.
Could spend hours on here - and Guy is really interested in hearing from people about their guitars too.
I own a Teisco VN-4 in great condition. I recently pulled out of storage to begin playing the blues after going to a concert. It's hard to find anyone who owns one them. I love the guitar's sound, very 60s. Thanks for posting your collection online. Bob
Great site - it is always good to find other guitar enthusiasts out there. My first guitar was a Rossetti Lucky 7 f-hole acoustic in white, followed by an EKO jumbo acoustic.
I now have an Antoria Les Paul, a Freshman Telecaster, a Roberts Music Man copy, a Satellite short scale bass, a Jasmine semi-acoustic single cutaway, a couple of nylon strung spanish guitars, 2 mandolins and a 5 string banjo.
hi from dan, i own a framus p series 68 6string, hondo2 ricky 4001copy (which sounds awesome) also a fender p bass copy solid with no markings exept letter 'H' written in pencil when you take the neck off, any thoughts on this one guy. And of course the columbus constellation 13/0 which i have used many times in my funk jazz rock trio. pretty sure these guitars we'nt meant to be played like this but sound great thru 80's boogie and peavey 400 bass monster cab yipppy ! cheers guy and all dan
I have a 1961 Gibson ES330TD that I used when playing with Deke Rivers & The Big Sound in Manchester around 1962/3. Can anyone find me a catalogue with this guitar listed.
Great site & collection Guy! You helped me ID a Zenon last year & I just sent a picture of another guitar I bought with no markings.
some days ago I saw at the street a beautiful abandoned guitar, so I decided to take it to my home, I fixed the wires, and when I conect the guitar it worked, wonderful, I imagined,,jajaja,,I woud like that sombody help me to fix the last details of my telestar guitar,, tank you.
When I first started playing guitar, I got a dusty old guitar off of one of my friends dads for free, he said he got it for £5 at a junk sale.
I took it home and it was in great condition apart from the screws rusting.
I tried replacing the screws myself, but I gave up, I bought a new guitar and threw the old one out, without even realising it was the same as the sakai on your gallery until now.
This isn't cool.
I own a Shergold Modulator bass. Apparently it is one of the last to be made and was sold at the time that Shergold were going under. Found it in a 'junk' shop in Torquay while on holiday. It has the basic module - others are very rare and expensive! Great rock guitar! Got an original fretless neck to go with it! Nice site by the way.
Used to have a Wilson Rapier 44 in red, with the 4 single-coil pickups and rotary selector switches. Can't remember what happened to it but I wish I still had it <sigh>
I have a Burns Split Sonic which I have had since late 60's. All orginal and in good condition. Still play in a couple of bands. Anyone any idea of its value?
what!, been looking for a site like this for ages and went online as soon as i saw artical in helston news. great to see columbus which is identical to the first guitar i bought in 93 for £70 ( minus gibson neck i think! ) what a beaut. also framus in the frame good show, dan