Featuring built-in amp and speaker, this “take-away” guitar was built in Korea in 1989/90 and retailed in the UK for around £100. A budget “modern” version of Davoli’s 60s Krundaal Bikini, Teisco’s (Silvertone) TRG 1 and 80s Kay Busker.
Built by Tombo in Japan, imported/marketed by Strum ‘N’ Drum Inc. of Chicago, inspired by Eko these Norma Sparkle guitars appeared later in the 60s than Crucianelli and Wandre which started the Sparkle craze in the early to mid 60s.
A rare series 111 Yamaha guitar built in Japan in 1973 with large cast vibrato system. This Yamaha mixes design ideas derived from both Mosrite and Gibson and is the actual guitar featured in Guitarist magazine dated Sept 2006.
Manufactured by Zen-on in Japan and marketed in the USA, this great sounding guitar dates from c.1960 and reached me via Mike Aceto a.k.a. Pieruixmaster (creator of the “Monsters”) see my Links page and Guestbook!!
Built in Czechoslovakia c.1962 and marketed in the UK by Selmer, this is one of the last Czech built Futuramas before production was switched to Hagstrom in Sweden. George Harrison’s first electric was an early Czech Futurama.
Built in Bavaria in the mid 60s this innovative and now totally original guitar features chrome and tiger stripe scratchplates, a Bill Lawrence organ swell function and a bridge damper. Definitely a German classic.
Launched on August 22nd 1959 by Dallas Arbiter with electrics by Fenton Weill and scratchplate mounted controls, this is an example of the UK’s first “mass produced” solid electric guitar and a first guitar for Martin Barre of Jethro Tull. A 2 pick-up version was found in John Lennon’s Woolton home in 1996.
Dating from around 1960/1 and built in Holland by Egmond, this starter semi was marketed in the UK under the Rosetti brand name. Certainly ugly but collectable today and I love the name “Lucky Squire”!
Built in Japan in 1965 by Teisco, this baritone guitar was marketed as the Teisco VN-4 and features chrome scratchplates, a bridge damper, two “wheels” and multiple “mic” buttons! The USA Ayar brand name is rare today, especially in Europe.
Built in Japan in about 1968 by Sakki Mokko (Sakai) with electrics by Mitsuya Electrics, this instrument features a futuristic mirror scratchplate. Prestige, the Canadian importers/distributors, are still sucessfully building and marketing guitars today.