This guitar, hand made by Dartmouth, Devon based John Bailey in 1968 for a customer in Kent, has an ebony fingerboard, hand made pickups and tailpiece. The body has been carved to facilitate ‘finger style’ playing – an innovation of its builder.
From 1985. Very rare and built in the style of the Roland G707 guitar synthesiser. A totally stunning guitar and how could I refuse the opportunity to have it in my collection.
From 1985. A ‘one off’ design made in the UK by Alan Page and Alan Exley of Redditch with an aluminium body and hand made pick-ups. A work of guitar art and should be in a gallery – thankfully in mine!
A superstrat but with less derivative styling – note the heavenly fingerboard inlays. This stunning ‘looker’ is the actual guitar featured in the Ultimate Guitar Book by Paul Day and Tony Bacon and was built in Korea c.1989.
A rare guitar from the DDR (East Germany) built in the late 70s and similar to the Eglita. However, this one survived undamaged: communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, a trip through Europe, but sadly, not Parcelforce 24 from Manchester to Penzance!
My mystery guitar, but recently identified as Teisco built and sold in the States as the Teisco MJ-2 (Starway MJ-2L), marketed by Rose Morris in the UK briefly in the mid-60s as part of their Twenty range. A rare bird indeed.
A matching pair of limited edition ’20th Anniversary’ Squiers. What more can one say but great quality budget guitars from Fender and still customised by their previous owners.
Rescued from a Birmingham second-hand shop 25 years ago, this 4 pick-up Antoria solid has been identified as the 994 model marketed by J.T. Coppock in their 1963 catalogue and selling for £40.
This A15 (modified with humbucker replacing bridge single coil) dates from 1981 and retailed for £280. The “Stage Series” guitars targeted the rock market after the Washburn name was revived in 1979 and I love the style!
Mexican neck, ash body and American hardware. A beautifully balanced guitar, with that great ‘Strat’ sound, hand built with care by Cornish luthier Ed Simons.