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Vintage Guitar Bible 2016

Absolute Beginners

In an article by Paul Day, the early British electric guitars between 1958 & 1962 are charted. All guitars in the article were supplied by The Guitar Collection.

 

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Al Rideout Band Featured in Charity Concert at the Freemason's Hall Helston

The Al Rideout Band (with Guy Mackenzie on drums) featured in a charity concert held at the Freemason's Hall in Helston in aid of a mobile chemotherapy unit.

 

Newspaper clipping about a charity concert featuring the Al Rideout Band
Al Rideout Band helped raise money for a mobile chemotherapy unit

 

Gaby Roslin Interviews Guy Mackenzie on BBC Radio London

Gaby Roslin talks guitars with Guy Mackenzie on 'Collectors Corner' on her show on BBC Radio London, Sunday March 6th 2016.

 

 

Rock 'n' Roll Charity Concert 2015

On Wednesday the 18th November 2015, the Guitar Collection proudly presented a fabulous rock 'n' roll charity concert featuring Charlie Gracie with proceeds going to the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

 

Helston Advertiser, Tuesday October 27th 2015
Helston Advertiser, Tuesday October 27th 2015
West Briton, Thursday October 15 2015
West Briton, Thursday October 15 2015
West Briton, Thursday November 5th 2015
West Briton, Thursday November 5th 2015
Falmouth Packet, Wednesday 4th November 2015
Falmouth Packet, Wednesday 4th November 2015

 

Guitar & Bass Magazine September 2015

Vintage early British electrics, Part Two.

Part two of the article where Paul Day charts the evolution of UK electric guitars between 1958 & 1962.

All pictures by Lars Mullen and all guitars supplied by The Guitar Collection.

 

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Guitar & Bass Magazine August 2015

Vintage early British electrics, Part One.

Paul Day charts the evolution of UK electric guitars between 1958 & 1962.

All pictures by Lars Mullen and all guitars supplied by The Guitar Collection.

 

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Rock 'n' Roll Charity Concert in the Air Ambulance Spring 2015 Newsletter

This concert, presented by The Guitar Collection and featuring Charlie Gracie was mentioned in the recent Spring 2015 issue of the Air Ambulance newsletter.

 

The Cornwall Air Ambulance Newsletter, Spring 2015, Issue 10
The Cornwall Air Ambulance Newsletter, Spring 2015, Issue 10
Rock 'n' Roll Charity Concert Feature in the The Cornwall Air Ambulance Newsletter
Rock 'n' Roll Charity Concert Feature in
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Rock 'n' Roll Charity Concert

On Wednesday the 12th November 2014, the Guitar Collection proudly presented a fabulous rock 'n' roll charity concert featuring Charlie Gracie with proceeds going to the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

 

West Briton, Thursday September 25th 2014
West Briton, Thursday September 25th 2014
West Briton, Thursday October 30th 2014
West Briton, Thursday October 30th 2014
Helston Packet, October 29th 2014
Helston Packet, October 29th 2014
What's On, Thursday 5th November 2014
What's On, Thursday 5th November 2014
The Packet, Wednesday 26th November 2014
The Packet, Wednesday 26th November 2014

 

Ultimate Vintage Guitar Collections 2014

The Guitar Collection features in the latest issue.

 

Ultimate Vintage Guitar Collections 2014
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BBC TV's Antiques Road Trip, January 2014

 

Guy Mackenzie and his Guitar Collection featured in a recent edition of the BBC TV's Antiques Road Trip:

 

1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die, 2013...

Both editions feature over 70 of Guy's guitars!

 

1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die - Paperback Edition
Paperback Edition
1001 Guitars to Dream of Playing Before You Die - Hardback Edition
Hardback Edition

 

The Complete Illustrated Book of the Electric Guitar

Front cover to The Complete Illustrated Book of the Electric Guitar

Features 32 guitars from my collection!

 

Cool and Classic Basses - Music Radar

Hayman 4040 Bass

Guy's Hayman 4040 Bass also featured in the Music Radar "Cool and Classic Basses" article by Roger Newell.

In the article Roger Newell gives these details about the Hayman 4040 Bass:

PRODUCED: 1970 - 1973/4
ORIGIN: UK
TYPE: Solid slab body, Passive 4-string
BODY: Obeche (African hardwood), twin cutaway
NECK: Maple, 20 jumbo frets plus zero fret
SCALE LENGTH: 864mm (34-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Maple, very thin black binding to edge
HARDWARE: Steel & Perspex, sturdy 4-saddle bridge, open gear shamrock tuners
PICKUPS: Superflux double-pole staggered pick-ups positioned over a metal 'vibrosonic chamber' plate.
CONTROLS: Volume & Tone plus a 3-way selector switch
FEATURES: Name featured on the rectangular control plate, two smoked transparent Perspex cover plates, same material for complex scratchplate, round hole through the headstock for a clear H disc insert, hand-carved ivory nut
FINISHES: White, Tobacco 2-tone, Cherryburst, Black & Natural

COMMENTS: The Hayman Company was formed in 1969 when Jim Burns and Ivor Arbiter went into partnership. Also involved was Bob Pearson from Vox (designer of the Phantom range) and two former Burn's colleagues, Jack Golder and Norman Holder, who took care of the woodworking and truss rod engineering.

Hayman produced three guitar designs but the 4040 was the only bass. Something of a heavy weight however, these basses were good to play and produced sounds somewhere between a P-Bass and a Rickenbacker.

Each Superflux pickup had eight adjustable screw pole pieces so it was easy to balance the output from the strings, and they benefited from the hidden vibrosonic chamber beneath. Joint string trees neatly feed the strings from nut to tuners.

The bridge was a curious affair with a clear plastic anchor and the steel saddles on a separate plate. The slab body had minimal curving to the body edge front and back, and the overall shape is similar to the early Wal Pro basses that would appear a little later on.

The neck was fixed using a standard 4-bolt plate with a separate chromed plate displaying the serial number. Lefties were made to order. The company morphed into Shergold, controlled by Golder and Holder, after Jim Burns pulled out.

The confusion as to when production finished is due to their serial numbering system, which suggests some Hayman basses appeared in 1974. Our sincere thanks go to Guy MacKenzie for allowing access to his fascinating guitar collection.

Read more about the Hayman 4040 Bass in the Galleries.

 

Cool and Classic Basses - Music Radar

Supersound Single Cutaway Bass

Guy's Supersound Single Cutaway Bass featured in the Music Radar "Cool and Classic Basses" article by Roger Newell.

In the article Roger Newell gives these details about the Supersound Single Cutaway Bass:

PRODUCED: 1958
ORIGIN: UK
TYPE: Solid body, single cutaway, 4-string
BODY: Mahogany
NECK: Non specific, glued-in, V-profile, 20 heavy frets plus zero
SCALE LENGTH: 775mm (30-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Bound rosewood, white plastic block inlays
HARDWARE: chrome, single bar bridge, Framus guitar tuners with fancy buttons and bone posts, block-type tailpiece with metal cover
PICKUPS: Supersound Hi-Fi single-coil. Equipped with a bar-magnet and suitably branded black plastic cover
CONTROLS: Volume and Tone
FEATURES: Front & rear contouring, long smooth and chamfered heel
FINISHES: Originally white as requested, resprayed black later on

COMMENTS: Back in 1958 Supersound added guitars and basses to their amplifier range, and enlisted the help of Jim Burns who was experimenting with instruments at that time. It was a short lived association but it did produce this, the first solid bass guitar built in Britain, commissioned by Teddy Wadmore who was the bassist with the Ted Taylor Four.

Hed managed to borrow a Fender Precision Bass from a US serviceman and was totally blown away with it, so showed it to Alan Wootton and Jim Burns at Supersound. The SCB (Single Cutaway Bass) is obviously far from being a clone but it does have the badged pickup in the same position as the Fender. Its a shorter scaled instrument too with guitar sized tuners, and in order to produce enough clearance for the posts they are fitted into a recess at the rear of this substantial headstock.

Not only was this the first British solid bass guitar, its currently the only known example in near-original, fully playable condition and indeed it still feels and sounds amazingly good. Our thanks go to Guy MacKenzie for the picture and for allowing us to play this historically significant bass and to the legendary Paul Day for the historic details.

Read more about the Supersound Single Cutaway Bass in the Galleries and more about Supersound the company at the Story of Supersound website.

 

The Ultimate Guitar Sourcebook, 2012 by Tony Bacon...

Marlin Masterclass

Several of Guy Mackenzie's guitars feature in the newly published The Ultimate Guitar Sourcebook.

Page 151 features the 1988 Marlin Masterclass. More information on this Marlin can be found in Gallery 3.

The book also features the Aria Diamond ADSG-12T on pages 158-159. This guitar can be found in Gallery 5.

Aria Diamond ADSG-12T

And finally on pages 168-169 the book also features the Starforce 8007 from Gallery 2.

Starforce 8007

 

Guitar & Bass July 2012 Vol.23 No. 10

Dare to be Different

 

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Vintage Guitare (France) #7 March 2012

So British, Les Guitares Broadway

 

Vintage Guitare, Number 7 March 2012
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Guitar Family Trees, 2011...

Examples from Guy Mackenzie's Burns collection feature in a new book

Guitar Family Trees is a striking visual account of 500 of the most prominent guitars in the instrument's illustrious history, from early 19th Century acoustics right up to state-of-the-art 21st Century models.

Guitar Family Trees
Burns Guitar Family Tree

 

The Ultimate Guitar Book, 1991...

Although published back in 1991, The Ultimate Guitar Book features several guitars which are now in Guy Mackenzie's collection

Prominently featured is the eye catching Blue Moon Guitar. More information can be found on the guitar in Gallery 9, in the Archive and further down the Media page, the Blue Moon Guitar is briefly reunited with Showaddywaddy in Falmouth.

The Blue Moon Guitar

Also featured in the book is the Marlin Masterclass which can be found in Gallery 3.

Marlin Masterclass

The Onyx 1030 can be found in Gallery 10.

Onyx 1030

And finally the Starforce 8007 from Gallery 2.

Starforce 8007

 

west briton newspaper, thursday 5 may 2011...

Thursday Profile:

Collector has his music at the Freddie

West Briton Newspaper, Thursday 5th May 2011

 

bbc radio cornwall...

Thursday 7th April 2011

Guy Mackenzie interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall--Freddie and the Dreamers memorabilia Guy Mackenzie interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall--Freddie and the Dreamers memorabilia (8MB file)

 

bbc cornwall, 6 august 2010...

Cornwall's Guitar Man

"Guy Mackenzie has always been fascinated by guitars. The west Cornwall drummer played in bands in the '60s, which was when his love of guitars started."

BBC - Cornwall's Guitar Man, 6 August 2010

 

bbc cornwall, 5 august 2010...

In Pictures: Guy's Guitars

BBC - In Pictures: Guy's Guitars

 

the beat magazine, june 2010 no 99 vol 8...

Fast finish guitar meets original owner

"The Showaddywaddy "Blue Moon" guitar, one of the UK's most unusual and photogenic electric guitars was briefly reunited with its original owners."

The Beat magazine, June 2010 No 99 Vol 8

Main photo: Guy Mackenzie with the "Blue Moon Guitar" and Showaddywaddy

 

west briton, 13 May 2010...

Collector acquires his 'Holy Grail'

"George Harrison may well have written While My Guitar Gently Weeps, but it is possibly Guy Mackenzie's bank balance that is sobbing at the moment."

West Briton, Thursday May 13, 2010

 

western morning news, 12 May 2010...

Band reunited with guitar for once in a blue moon

"One of Britain's most unusual and photogenic guitars was briefly reunited with its original owner after being acquired by a Westcountry collector."

Western Morning News, Wednesday May 12 2010

 

bbc radio cornwall...

Tuesday 19th January 2010

Guy Mackenzie interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall--Mick Green Guy Mackenzie interviewed by BBC Radio Cornwall--Mick Green (8MB file)

 

vintage guitar, november 2009...

Saga of The Lost Supersounds

"Electric guitars date back less than a century, but the stories of their development sometimes seem as lost as those of antiquity! Then a forgotten closet will open and out will tumble dusty skeletons of wood and wire, offering new insights, and often posing new questions."

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guitar & bass magazine, may 2009...

Rockets From The Crypt

"Have you ever seen one of these? Supersound guitars show the early handiwork of the legendary Jim Burns, but his involvement is a matter of controversy. Lars Mullen assembles the evidence"

More information on Supersound Guitars and the company itself can be found in the Story of Supersound website.

Guitar & Bass Magazine, May 2009 page 94
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gibson guitar, 15 april 2009...

Rare Collection of Supersound Guitars Found in British Basement

"A rare collection of British-made Supersound guitars has been found in the basement of a house in the U.K., according to a report from the BBC."

More information on Supersound Guitars and the company itself can be found in the Story of Supersound website.

Gibson Guitar, 15 April 2009

 

bbc news, 15 april 2009...

Rare guitars found after 50 years

"A collection of rare British-made electric guitars has been discovered in the basement of a house in Cheltenham."

BBC News, 15 April 2009

 

bbc tv points west, 15 april 2009...

 

supersound interviews...

Radio 5 Live, 10 April 2009

Guy Mackenzie interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live Guy Mackenzie interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live (2MB file)

Radio Cornwall, 09 April 2009

Guy Mackenzie interviewed by Radio Cornwall Guy Mackenzie interviewed by Radio Cornwall (20MB file)

 

western morning news, thursday april 9 2009...

Guy tracks down Holy Grail of rock world: earliest electric guitars

"They may look like beaten up, standard-issue electric guitars, but when Guy McKenzie clapped eyes on them he knew he had found the Holy Grail of the rock world."

Western Morning News, Thursday April 9 2009
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west briton, thursday april 2 2009...

Scarlet's very special guitar lesson

"At seven months old, a lucky Scarlet Worsley received her first guitar lesson from rock legend Frank Allen, ofThe Searchers."

West Britain, Thursday April 2 2009
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guitar & bass magazine, winter special 2008...

Enter Sandman

"Two years have passed since we first met Guy MacKenzie, and since that time he's been acquiring mad guitars at the rate of one a fortnight. Words and pics: Lars Mullen"

Guitar & Bass Magazine, Winter Special 2008 page 100
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collect it!, august 2008...

A collection that rocks!

"A collection that brings back memories of the music scene of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s"

Collect It!, August 2008 page 16
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Collect It!, August 2008 page 17
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cornwall today, february 2008...

Strings attached

"Drummer Guy [Mackenzie] has an impressive collection of rock guitars"

Cornwall Today, February 2008 page 145
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antiques roadshow, 25 september 2007...

 

guitar & bass, february 2007...

Economy Class

"Guy Mackenzie doesn't give a fig for established classics: he's obsessed by the cheesy, near-forgotten models that fuelled so many teenage rock'n'roll dreams. Lars Mullen steps into the time capsule"

Guitar & Bass, February 2007 page 88
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western morning news, december 2006...

Drummer who's known as the guitar man

"A Westcountry musician who has spent decades building a collection of rare and unusual guitars is to appear in a national magazine."

Western Morning News, December 2006

 

The Guitar Collection has been featured as follows:

  • West Briton Newspaper · Thursday November 23rd 2006
  • Helston Packet Newspaper · Wednesday December 13th 2006
  • Western Morning News · Wednesday December 13th 2006
  • Mid Devon Star Newspaper · Saturday 16th December 2006
  • Guitar & Bass Magazine · February 2007
  • Helston Packet Newspaper · Wednesday October 17th 2007
  • Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News · Wednesday 17th October 2007
  • West Briton Newspaper · Thursday October 18th 2007
  • BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow · Sunday 25th November 2007
  • Helston Packet Newspaper · Wednesday 28th November 2007
  • West Briton Newspaper · Thursday 29th November 2007
  • Cornwall Today Magazine · February 2008
  • BBC Radio Cornwall The David White Show · Tuesday 15th April 2008
  • Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge · 5th June 2008
  • Docu-Film: "Finding Jonestown in Cornwall" by Tatblue Productions, San Diego, USA · UK Premiere 6th June 2008
  • Collect it! Magazine · August 2008
  • Helston Packet Newspaper · 3rd September 2008
  • West Briton Newspaper · 11th September 2008
  • Guitar & Bass Magazine · Winter Special 2008
  • The Column · Issue 8 2008
  • British Library-U.K.National Web Archive · Monday 5th January 2009
  • Guitarist Magazine · March 2009
  • Plymouth Herald · Wednesday 1st April 2009
  • West Briton Newspaper · Thursday 2nd April 2009
  • Helston Packet Newspaper · Wednesday 8th April 2009
  • Western Morming News · Thursday 9th April 2009
  • West Briton Newspaper · Thursday 9th April 2009
  • BBC Radio Cornwall the David White Show · Thursday 9th April 2009
  • The Daily Telegraph Newspaper · Friday 10th April 2009
  • BBC Radio Five Drive Programme · Friday 10th April 2009
  • The Guardian Newspaper · Friday 10th April 2009
  • Gloucestershire Echo · 10th April 2009
  • BBC Radio Five News · Saturday 11th April 2009
  • BBC News Online Worldwide · Wednesday 15th April 2009
  • BBC TV Bristol Points West · Wednesday 15th April 2009
  • The Gibson Guitar Official Website · Thursday 16th April 2009
  • Total Guitar Magazine Website · Thursday 16th April 2009
  • Guitar & Bass Magazine · May 2009
  • Rock Radio Breakfast Show · Monday 11th May 2009
  • Guitar & Bass Magazine · June 2009
  • West Briton Newspaper · Thursday 13th August 2009
  • Vintage Guitar Magazine (USA) · November 2009 vol 24 no. 01
  • Guitar & Bass Magazine · January 2010 Vol 21 No.3
  • BBC Radio Cornwall The David White Show · Tuesday 19th January 2010
  • Plymouth Herald · 10 May 2010
  • Western Morning News · 12 May 2010
  • West Briton · 13 May 2010
  • The Beat Magazine · June 2010
  • The Beat Magazine · August 2010 No. 101 Vol 8
  • BBC Radio Cornwall News · Friday 6th August 2010
  • BBC Radio Cornwall James Churchfield Show · Friday 6th August 2010
  • BBC Cornwall News Online · Friday 6th August 2010
  • BBC Cornwall Martin Bailie Show · Monday 9th August-Friday 13th August 2010
  • The Beat Magazine · September 2010 No. 102 Vol 8
  • Beat Magazine · January 2011 No. 106 Vol 8
  • Guitar & Bass Magazine · February 2011 Vol 22 No. 05
  • Daily Mail - Questions · 3rd February 2011
  • BBC Radio Cornwall interview - Freddie and the Dreamers memorabilia · 7th April 2011
  • West Briton newspaper - Freddie and the Dreamers memorabilia · 5th May 2011
  • Thunderbolt magazine · June 2011 No. 62
 
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