This Hofner Galaxie would have been top of the range of guitars by Hofner. Built in Germany in 1963 and cost c.£70 in the UK when new.
Built in the UK with Electrics by Fenton Weill and body by the Darkins factory this guitar dates from 1962 and was described at the time as a “solid guitar for the advanced player”. It has now been expertly restored by the Guitar Guru himself…Paul Day!
Dating from the early 1970s, built in Japan and imported by J.T.Coppock of Leeds this is a great looking and high quality instrument and rare today especially with single coil pick-ups.
This Limited Edition guitar is very playable with a standard scale neck and portable too with a built in one watt amp and 10″ speaker. Built with the collaboration of FIFA this compact instrument features a headstock in the shape of a boot and in line tuners tuners to represent the boot’s studs!
Built during the 1959 partnership of Jim Burns (who built the bodies) and Henry Weill (who provided the electrics) this rare early example, with rosewood fingerboard, was the Burns Weill budget model which retailed for £35. The styling was based on the Guyatone LG50 (which was also branded as Antoria and Star).
Dating from c.1959/60 and built in the UK by Dallas Arbiter this was the UK’s first “mass produced” electric bass guitar. This was also a first instrument for bass guitar legends like Mo Foster and Bill Wyman (who converted his to “fretless”) and they both still own their Tuxedos…Bill Wyman’s is on display at his “Sticky Fingers” restaurant.
This Dallas Tuxedo Bass features in the following videos at The Guitar Collection YouTube Channel:
Plus: See how the Dallas Tuxedo Bass compares to the Burns Weill Super Streamline:
Dating from possibly as early as 1958, this east German built Musima with Rellog pickups was one of the earliest solid body electric guitars to be offered for sale in the UK. This example has a non standard c.1963 Fenton Weill vibrato tailpiece. One of these guitars was famously used by UK blues legend Alexis Korner!
In September 1965 Jim Burns & partners sold Ormston Burns to the American Baldwin Piano & Organ Co. for £250,000. This rare Vibraslim is the same as the previous Burns Vibraslim with the controls in the pick guard. It retailed for £133 and, in 1966, was replaced with the “scroll head” version with body mounted controls.
This bass also stars in the second Bass Wars video! David Greenaway plays Guy’s Baldwin Vibraslim and Grimshaw Short Scale – watch the video to see his verdict:
Watkins Rapier Deluxe. The first Watkins guitars with US style Supro style body and 3 a side headstock, the Rapier Deluxe, were sold in the summer of 1959 (not as stated elsewhere in either 1957/8!) about 6 weeks after the launch of the Dallas Tuxedo. This early second generation example with a Fender style headstock and a serial no. of 80 dates from probably 1960.
Check out Phil Walker playing this Watkins Rapier Deluxe at The Guitar Collection YouTube Channel: