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Date:18-November-16
Name:Lars
Number:325

Subj: Kris Barras Band

Hi Guy

I've recently met an amazing blues/rock guitarist called Kris Barras - here in Torbay! And, believe it or not ,he's a cage fighter as well!!

I feel that you should interview him and ask him to play some of his guitars - what do you think?

All the best,
Lars.

Guy's response:

Hi Lars,

Thanks for your message. Yes, lets arrange an interview as soon as possible as, judging from his videos, I think he's amazing and must have an interesting story with the cage fighting!

All the best,
Guy.

And here is the interview plus Kris playing is Cigarbox guitar:

Blues/rock guitarist Kriss Barras interview »

Kris playing his Cigarbox guitar »

Date:7-November-16
Name:Paul
Number:324
Headstock of an unknown Les Paul-style electric guitar
Headstock of an unknown Les Paul-style electric guitar
Front of the body of an unknown Les Paul-style electric guitar
Back of the body of an unknown Les Paul-style electric guitar
Unknown Les Paul-style electric guitar

Subj: Unknown Les Paul Style Guitar

Hi There

I notice you have one unknown les paul guitar. Does it happen to be hollow and have metal gold knobs?

What do you know about it as I appear to have one that either myself or my brother has owned for about 40 years or so.

Regards
Paul

Guy's response:

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your message. Yes mine is a hollow body with gold knobs and looking at your pictures (click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the photos) and compared to mine they are identical!

It belonged to a friend of mine who sadly died recently and his family wanted me to have it. It was his favourite guitar of several.

After having done some research, we believe that it was marketed by Bells of Surbiton and dates from around 1970ish. How does this seem to you? I'd anyway like to add our exchange of emails and some pictures to my Guestbook if that's ok with you?

All the best,
Guy.

Paul's response:

Hi Guy

Yes that's fine.

I was told by a chap from the States who is a self proclaimed MIJ Guitar expert that it was Teisco gen gakki factory that is not to be confused with Teisco.

I got the Guitar in a sorry state off my brother about 15 years ago as payment for repairing one of his amps. I'd always liked it when I was a kid my brother brought it in about 1975 or 1976 from Andertons in Guildford. It was second hand at the time. I tried to find out about it about 5 years ago on "My Les Paul" forum. One of the posters there thought it was the exact guitar he sold in 1975 to a shop in Horsham.

Mine is stuffed with a white cloth which the chap informed me was Kapok that he had stuffed in there to try to cut down on feed back. It would be interesting to see if yours has this as if not mine is definitely this chaps ex guitar.

My brother was told it was a Suzuki guitar and the chap on the Forum said he was Told it was an Antoria. I remember that my brother undid the wrong screws and dropped the neck pick up inside the body as he was trying to turn it round as it had been fitted back to front during a recent repair.

I am almost certain that at the time under the pick up there was a label. I looked and there is nothing there now it may be somewhere in the body or not. You may be lucky and still have it fitted on yours.

Bells did import a lot of stuff and in the day was one of the places Surrey residents went to buy Musical instruments. Apparently they imported an Organ similar to a Hammond that was branded with their own name. My mate knows quite a lot about them.

What is strange about the guitar other than it being hollow is that it has a Zero fret not much neck angle and a Gibson style head-stock. It's made more like an acoustic. The hardware which was gold (mines worn silver now) has a tail piece nothing like a gibson and as you say those metal knobs. I always thought the machine heads would be the clue as the pattern is very distinctive. You mentioned Ibanez?

Mine plays really nicely and has a clean jazzy sound. I have declined many good offers to buy it over the years. I had believed up until the other night that it was maybe a sample supplied to someone like Rose Morris as an example of build quality they could expect on their own branded guitars hence why it is hollow demonstrating the factory's ability to produce both electric and acoustic instruments.

Also being hollow would have been cheaper to ship as there would be no sense in shipping a heavy solid guitar to try to secure an order or contract. However yours is a game changer and points more towards a production model.

The other thing is that the neck is very thin in profile and this is actually very common with guitars made for the far eastern market.

But that's about it from my knowledge base as it were. Hope that helps and do let me know if you unearth and more info.

Regards
Paul

Date:27-October-16
Name:David Greenaway
Number:323

Subj: Youtube videos

Hi Guy,

I never realised till I saw one of your recent posts on Facebook, that you had basses as well as guitars.

If you'd ever like to do some you tube videos of your basses being played, I'd be up for that! No money involved - just a bit of fun as I've never heard or seen some of the early basses you own - let alone played them!

Just let me know either way,
Regards,
David Greenaway

Guy's response:

Hi David,

Thank you for your message and offer. Yes I'd really appreciate it if you'd come and play some for me! In fact I'd be really honoured to have a professional who has literally toured all over the world, for many years, come and play my basses - and,just for fun, is a real bonus!

I'll be in touch very soon!

All the best and thanks for your offer,
Guy.

This exchange has now resulted in the Bass Files on Youtube:

B.C. Rich Warlock Bass Played by David Greenaway »

Burns Weill Superstreamline 1959 Played by David Greenaway »

Grimshaw Short Scale Played by David Greenaway »

Baldwin (Burns) Vibraslim Bass 1965 Played by David Greenaway »

Hagstrom H8 8 String Bass 1968 Played by David Greenaway »

Burns Flyte and Status Custom Fretless Bass - Jammed Live by Lars Mullen and David Greenaway! »

1963 Framus Star Bass Played by David Greenaway »

1970s Arbiter Bass MIJ Played by David Greenaway »

David Greenaway plays and talks about his Ibanez BTB 1606 6 string bass »

David Greenaway plays and talks about Guy's 70s Hayman 4040 bass »

David Greenaway plays and talks about his Shergold Marathon Bass »

Date:27-October-16
Name:Peter
Number:322

Subj: JBSG-2

Dear Guy (if I may),

I write to say what a wonderful collection you have. I was drawn to it by the John Bailey guitar.

My interest in it is that I knew John a bit back in the Ď60s. I was an enthusiastic bluegrass auto harp and guitar picker at the time in Sevenoaks, Kent. I saw the guitar when it was first owned by Andy Townend, the prodigious mandolin/fiddle and guitar picker for whom the guitar was built, and with whom I played Bluegrass for 5 years in a school boy band. We also played some swing and jazz which is what the Bailey guitar was used for as I recall.

Do you ever sell your guitars because I would be interested in this one if you do.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes
Peter

Guy's response:

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your message - it was very interesting to hear from you as you know the guitar. I had some contact with John several years ago which was very interesting - he seemed such a delightful person too.

Re your enquiry as whether I ever sell guitars, the answer is that I don't and especially with this instrument - it is a one off and, as such, irreplaceable. But maybe one day and I'll keep you in mind just in case.

Best wishes and please keep in touch.
Guy

PS as you probably already know, there is an excellent Wikipedia page on John - under John Bailey Luthier.

Date:25-September-16
Name:Donna
Number:321
The singer Donna with two vintage electric guitars

Subj: Ovation 12 String

Hi Guy

This was a country show. On the left Pete Pinkney, and my then husband Steve Bailey. We weren't a trio although we did get together to do a few country shows.

Pete was a great guitarist who in my opinion was equal to Eric Clapton, and strangely as he grew older looked like him too. Steve Bailey was an excellent performer and writer, having written songs and a rock opera. He now resides near you in Looe in Cornwall. I at a later date did quite a few blues gigs with Pete. He at the moment is living in France. I carried on singing a mix of music. Liking blues I sang in France with the John Morgan Blues Band. Did lots of gigs here and abroad, until losing my voice some years back.

Had a good innings though, happy memories.

PS. Quite. The ovation was a dream guitar for Steve then. He said he didn't want birthday or Christmas presents for the rest of his life. I think it cost around 400 which was a lot of money then. I wonder where it is now?

Guy's response:

Hi Donna,

Thank you for sending on the picture and sharing some of your memories! Apart from being an interesting picture of 2 interesting guitars (and a very rare Ovation 12 string) you look fantastic!

Best wishes
Guy.

Date:24-September-16
Name:Matthew
Number:320
Body of a Fenton Weil Fibratone vintage electric guitar
Close up of a Fenton Weil Fibratone showing a pick up

Subj: Fenton Weil Fibratone

Hi

I wonder if you can help me, I've stumbled across the picture of your Fenton Weil Fibratone, I picked up a loaded Fibratone body at a house clearance which I'm hoping to undertake as a project but I can't find anything about the 335 shaped one other than your photo, I'd love to restore it and find out what else I need, I am fortunate that the body still has all the electrics and Fenton weil pickups still in it, Matthew.

Guy's response:

Thanks for your message! Great find! Can you send me some pictures and then I'll have an idea of what you need?

Guy

Matthew's response:

Cheers, I was pretty chuffed, I got this and a second fiber glass 335 body for 36 quid, the second one I have no idea on and its in much worse condition.

Guy's response:

The body seems in great condition and with the correct pickups, scratchplate and knobs too - what a great find! All you need now is a standard FW neck (which won't be easy to find although I did see one for sale on a Facebook page either Fetishguitars.com or on one of Bill Lovegrove's Burns guitars facebook pages - it would be worth joining Bill's page and sending him a message) also a tailpiece and some Van Ghent open tuners (or closed if you can't get the open ones).

Front of the body of a 335
Back of the body of a 335

By the way I'd love to see a picture of the second body you bought. And, if you don't mind, I'd really appreciate adding your emails and pictures to the Guestbook of my website.

All the best,
Guy.

PS the missing backplate, you could make yourself out of fibreglass - of course.

Matthew's response:

Thanks so much, the condition is stunning. Of course I don't mind you adding the bits least I can do for the help. I have a neck that fits it for the time being.

Here are pictures of the second body I bought! (See the photos to the right.)

2nd body is littered with laquer cracks and the back panel is coming away, my guess is previous owner was trying to get at the holes for the electrics, unusual thing is there are no strap button holes, and I assume the 5 holes are 2 volume 2 tones plus input, but no hole for switch, also worth a not the neck pocket is its own sealed unit, segregated from the rest of the body with holes that don't go through to the rear. As I say it has a back panel, and the rest seems to be one formed fiber glass unit, my guess is neck and electrics were loaded from the back then the rear fixed on.

Date:4-July-16
Name:Absolute Music
Number:319
The Shark Guitar - a custom electric guitar in the shape of a shark

Subj: Shark Guitar

Hi Guy,

In answer to your question about the Shark Guitar on the wall above the till, this is one of a couple of guitars custom built by one of our customers.

It certainly creates a lot of interest but is one of our own collection and, just in case anyone asks, its not for sale!

Best wishes,
Absolute Music, Bournemouth

(Click on the photo to the top right for a larger version of this great guitar.)

Date:3-July-16
Name:Maxime
Number:318
An electric guitar made by Plantegenet Guitars
An electric guitar made by Plantegenet Guitars

Subj: Plantegenet Guitars

Hello, sorry I speak little English, here are photos of my guitar to your website. It's nice of you.

Maxime

(Click on the photos to the right for larger versions.)

Date:2-June-16
Name:Simon
Number:317

Subj: Early Burns-Aristone Connection?

Hi Guy

Every so often I trawl the internet for clues about my Aristone-branded Burns Sonic. Usualy all I come up with is a link to my own blog post Simon's Musical Den: Burns Sonic guitar, 1960 ("The Aristone") that you may have seen, since it's been online since 2008.

Today I came across some extra info, not new info but new to me - that the Burns Ike Isaacs guitar included some parts from Aristone. This is first time I've seen the two names linked. The source (https://gypsyjazzuk.wordpress.com/36-2/ike-isaacs/ike-burns-guitars/) says they used Besson Aristone parts, which would be Framus I assume. I've seen a couple of other guitars with the same 'The Aristone' logo, which the Gypsy Jazz site suggests were made in England by Jack Abbott (see https://gypsyjazzuk.wordpress.com/gypsy-jazz-uk-home/uk-luthiers/aristoneguitars/)

The '58-'60 period is quite confusing to me, but it seems like the different deals and partnerships overlap. Any thoughts on my guitar? I know nothing is definite, but I've been curious about it for a long time.

Thanks for your time, and your excellent website!

Simon Murphy London

Guy's response:

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your message and my apologies for taking so long to get back to you.

Your guitar is a Burns Sonic and dates from 1960/61 and was branded Aristone and marketed by Besson. We don't know how many of these were built for the Company but probably somewhere in the region of perhaps a couple of dozen. So, in this guise, its a rare instrument.

As you rightly say, Jim Burns did have dealings with Besson. After he parted company with Supersound in early Dec '58 he retained bodies (a total of "less than 20" were built) of the Supersound Ike Issaacs guitar. But lacking pickups and tail pieces, due to the split with Supersound, he bought these from Besson and finished the guitars with these products. However, when he joined forces with Henry Weill in c.February '59 he used Weill parts on the remainder.

Best wishes and hope this helps,
Guy

Date:5-April-16
Name:Pete
Number:316
Hofner Galaxie vintage electric guitar

Subj: Hofner Galaxie

Hi Guy,

I'm in the process of reducing my guitar collection with a view to adding some different instruments and have a Hofner Galaxy which might be of interest to you. Please let me know if you are interested and, if not, I'll put it on an internet auction site.

Regards, Pete.

Guy's response:

Hi Pete

Thanks for your offer, yes I'd love to add it to my collection as I know that its in A1 condition!

All the best,
Guy.

Note: Of course I bought Pete's Hofner Galaxy and I recently uploaded a video to YouTube of it being played live. It sounds great! And here is the link on my new YouTube Channel:- Hofner Galaxie On The Guitar Collection YouTube Channel

Date:29-March-16
Name:William
Number:315
Fenton Weill Triplemaster vintage electric guitar
The headstock of a Fenton Weill Triplemaster electric guitar

Subj: Fenton Weill Guitar

Hello Guy,

Somewhere in the 80s I bought a special guitar in Turnhout, Belgium.

Last week a friend of mine gave me a few old issues of the Guitar & Bass Classics magazine. There I read an article about you and your guitar collection. That's why I think you can tell me more about the guitar I own, see pictures in attachment.

Regards,
William (Belgium)

Guy's response:

Hello William

Thanks for your message. I can't see the name plate clearly but I'm sure it says...Fenton Weill? And, if so its an early Fenton Weill Triplemaster built in the UK in about 1960 and fairly collectable today.

Fenton Weill built guitars from 1960-1965 although their first entry into building electric guitars was in February 1959 when Henry Weill formed a partnership with Jim Burns called Burns Weill. The partnership ended in November 1959 when Jim Burns went on his own with Burns guitars (Ormston Burns) and Henry Weill formed (Weill then) Fenton Weill guitars.

Your model uses a left over neck from the B.W. partnership coupled with Henry's new body - an updated B W Superstreamline body (see Betty Weill in my Archive page and the 2 B W Superstreamline instruments in my Galleries pages: Burns Weill Super Streamline Bass 1 & Burns Weill Super Streamline Bass 2).

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:29-March-16
Name:Martin
Number:314
Close up detail of 1959 Super Streamline electric guitar
Close up detail of 1959 Super Streamline electric guitar
1959 Super Streamline electric guitar
Close up detail of 1959 Super Streamline electric guitar

Subj: Burns-Weill related questions

Hi Guy,

Martin Kelly here.

I hope this finds you well?

I have a couple of Burns-Weill related questions for you and hope you donít mind me asking.

I have '59 Super Streamline bass but don't have the correct lead to plug the thing in!! As Iím sure you know these came with a tiny - and unusual - socket on the side of the body.

Like a mini male phono on the guitar that needs a female jack to link it to the amp. Iíd rather never hear the bass than change the original socket.

With that in mind, might you have a spare of the correct lead or know which type of jack socket was used?

If you have pictures of the lead/socket that would be appreciated.

Also, do your two basses have serial numbers? Mine does and I only just found it hiding under the Burns - Weill headstock logo.

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks,
Martin

Guy's response:

Hi Martin,

Thank you for your message - good to hear from you and I'm well and hope you are too.

I was surprised to know that your BW SS bass has a serial number! Is it printed on or engraved into the headstock?

Re: Mine.

The John Godfrey one has been modified with updated jack socket (and bridge). The headstock badge is a raised oval edged badge which I have never taken off and am a bit reluctant to do this myself. So I'm unable to answer this part of your question.

The one that I have which is still stripped down does have a sort of coax-socket (like a TV) and, although I've never tried it (as it unconnected) it appears to fit the made up lead I have which came with my Vox Shadow - which has a similar jack socket. The body has been stripped and sanded and there is no sign of a serial number. But, of course, if it was stamped or written on then its probably been sanded off.

I hope this helps - a bit anyway! But I'd be interested to know what the serial number of yours?

For the past nearly three years, a local film company down here in Cornwall has tried to put together a proposal to BBC4 for a film of the story of British Electric guitars. Quite honestly, it never really got off the ground.

But it seems to me that there is a story to be told and consequently I've just launched my own Youtube channel. OK it's very small as of now but who knows... My plan being to do the story of British electrics in about 25 chapters and release it weekly on Youtube. Well that's the idea anyway - time and other commitments permitting! Of course I couldn't do the Vox chapter with out your involvement - would you be prepared to be involved? I'd come to you sometime in the future at a time and place to suit you.

Basically the headings are as follows:-

Guitars - the Story of British Electrics.

And the part they played in the story of British music - which conquered the world.

Told through the musicians who played them, the authors who write about them, the collectors who collect them and the stars who's careers started with them.

All the best,
Guy.

Martin's response:

Hi Guy,

Thanks for your mail.

I attach a few pictures of my RP1/B Super Streamliner.

It's the only one Iíve seen in sunburst other than the one shown (with Burns Weill logo) in the first Fenton Weill catalogue. The serial number was located under the headstock plate and seems to be genuine - 14002.

The control cavity has pencil marks under the paint that read "Weill 2 Red Sunburst" there is also a number 2 scratched into the paintwork in that spot. Could it be the second bass made? Who knows?

You can see from the picture of the input socket that it's quite tiny. Much smaller than a standard - Vox type - co-ax.

I'm sure it'll be some sort of hi-fi lead of the day but I'm yet to source the correct item.

Your program on British guitars sounds interesting. Being a film maker I know how hard it is to score a commission. I did however, get a film I made on the band Dexys shown on BBC4 during 2015 but that wasn't easy.

Yes, I'd be happy to help you on a Vox episode or two. I have a lot of Vox's here - over 100 at last count.

I'm pretty certain that Vox were the most prolific - in terms of different models - of all the UK makers. There were close to 150 different models produced by JMI between '59-67 (the same sort of number from the Italians!).

Something that has made writing my book a long process. That said my brother and I are almost finished.

Speak soon and let me know if you have any ideas re that jack socket!

Cheers,
Martin

Guy's response:

Hi Martin,

Thanks for your offer of help with my films - I can assure you that any assistance you can give me will be very much appreciated!

In the meantime, I hope someone reading this will be able to help with your Burns Weill jack socket issue. I will pass on any emails regarding this.

In the meantime, best wishes and please keep in touch!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:22-February-16
Name:Andrew Hunt
Number:313
A photo of the rock 'n' roll band The Driftin' Strangers

Subj: Fenton Weil band sponsorship in the 1960s

Hi Guy,

My dad's band in the early 60s were sponsored by Fenton Weil.

Andrew.

Guy's response:

Hi Andrew,

We'd like to know more about the band and what guitars they used...everything really!

All the best,
Guy.

Andrew's response:

The band was called THE DRIFTIN STRANGERS. The members were made up from serving members in the RAF that were based at RAF WYTON which is near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire.

The photo you see is from 1961-62...my dad was the bass player. I'm led to believe that the guitar on the right was stereophonic,as it had twin jack plug sockets in the guitar itself...as you might be able to see that guitar has at least 5 volume/tone pots on it.

The bass I'm led to believe is a CONTRA model? Dad says they spent at least a day at the factory getting shown round. He was even shown the piece of wood that ended up as his bass...he doesn't think he spoke to Mr weill when at the factory.

As I said the back drop behind them, they had to use that at every public performance they did...oh before I forget they got the deal through their manager at the time via an booking agent called Glenn Craig. Theatrical agency.

That's all I know.. I'd like to know more myself just to relay anymore information to my father.

Hope it helps.

Date:13-February-16
Name:Bill
Number:312
Guy Mackenzie and Bill Lovelace with their Burns Mirage vintage electric guitars
Guy Mackenzie and Bill Lovelace with their Burns Mirage vintage electric guitars

Subj: Is this a Mirage or is it two!

Hi Guy,

I thought you'd like to see a picture of us with our Burns Mirages which was taken before the Charlie Gracie Concert last November. Bearing in mind just how rare these guitars are, I wonder if we'll ever see another picture of two together? Or even one!

Regards,
Bill.

Guy's response:

Hi Bill,

Thanks for sending on the pictures! But, I understand from Paul Day, since you wrote to me, that you have sold yours and at an amazing profit too! Although I know just how much you wanted one, I do accept that every guitar (or Guitar Collector!) has his price!

But I do know that I never want to be parted from mine!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:2-February-16
Name:Stephanie
Number:311

From: Stephanie De-Sykes

Hello Guy,

I wonder if you'd be kind enough to like my new Facebook music page? I hope you'll find it more interesting in the music department as time goes on!

With very best wishes,
Stephanie X

Guy's response:

Hello Stephanie,

Thank you for your message. I've always liked your music as you know and I'd be delighted to like your page! I'll also add a link, on my website, to the new CD, which you've been involved in, "Not in Our Name" which I know means a lot to you and I support too: www.peaceinourname.com.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Stephanie's response:

Thank you for your kind words, Guy, and for adding a link to NION....you've no idea how much that means to me. The continuing project goes on...just wanted to let you know.

Thank you again-very, very much,
Stephanie X

Date:13-January-16
Name:Dave
Number:310
Solid 7 by Rosetti guitar

Subj: Solid 7 by Rosetti Guitar

Hi Guy

I don't suppose you'd have any information on this guitar I've come across?

It says on the body SOLID 7 by Rosetti and under that it just says "foreign". No other markings at all.

I think it is from around 1959??

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,
Dave

Guy's response:

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your message. This is an easy one for me to ID as its actually an Egmund Solid 7 built in Holland in about 1963. Rosetti is the brand name mainly used in the UK - see the Egmund on my website which is almost identical to yours. The interesting fact about this particular guitar is that the earlier model with 3 a side headstock was identical to Paul McCartney's first electric which he played upside down as he was left handed!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:13-January-16
Name:Matthew
Number:309
Burns Double Neck Guitar?
Burns Double Neck Guitar?

Subj: The Burns Double Neck

Hiya Guy

My name is Matthew, and I'm the owner of the Burns prototype, from the 60s that you've seen on Facebook, it's very nice that you have shown some interest in my guitar!

As you can see it is a very unique one, I know of only one other that I have found, and it is in very poor state of condition in comparison to mine.

The way I came about to aquiring it was, a gentleman was selling it after his father had passed away, and the guitar and case was found in his father's house after his passing.

I have attached some photographs for you to look at, I would love to hear what you think of it.

Best Regards,
Matthew

Guy asked Paul Day for a second opinion:

Hi Paul, I'd be interested to know your comments on this... which I came across on Facebook on a little used profile.

All the best Guy.

Paul Day's reply:

Hi Guy

This particular one-off example has unfortunately crossed my path on numerous occasions during the past 30 or so years. I've known several of its owners, most of whom believed they were in possession of a real Burns rarebird, while one or two others were, in my opinion, dealers more than willing to support such a belief and elevate the selling price accordingly! As I've always told anybody and everybody who has come into contact with this instrument this is NOT what it appears to be, i.e. a prototype double-neck made by Burns, as in this respect it is an out and out, 100% fake, although I don't believe it was originally built with any such deception intended.

The instrument incorporates some serious concept flaws that any builder with basic knowledge would have avoided, while design and construction has little in common with that employed by Burns at any time. Some of the components are obviously genuine Burns or Baldwin parts, but these were readily available after Baldwin ceased all production in 1970.

Please do feel free to pass my comments, if you wish, but I'd also be happy to speak in more detail to the present owner - if he'd like to contact me.

All the best,
Paul

Date:18-October-15
Name:Mo Foster
Number:308
Mo Foster's Book Launch Party

Subj: Mo Foster's Book Launch Party

Hi Guy

I'm gathering pictures from my book launch party to put on my website (which is being rebuilt) I noticed you have one of Frank and Paul - could I use it? Perhaps you could let me know what other pics you have?

Ta
Mo

Guy's response:

Hi Mo,

Thanks for your message - good to hear from you.

You are welcome to use anyphotos on my website. If you have space I always appreciate a reference to either me or my website but no problem if you haven't.

I think there are about 8 photos from your book launch party (which was a really great evening, thank you again!) on my website but I'll check my photos and see what else I have but I may have to put them on disc as my email attachments are not working very satisfactorily just now.

All the best,
Guy.

P.S. I'm now also the proud owner of a Dallas Tuxedo Bass! There are some good pictures of it in Paul Day's Guitar & Bass magazine article - see the media page.

Mo replies:

Hi Guy

I finally decided - after 54 years! - to make Dallas Tuxedo playable. Martin Petersen at the Gallery is doing fine work. He has also just restored my Alembic which came back to me after 30 years (the whole story will be in Bass Guitar Magazine).

I've attached a photo for you from my book launch party. And if there's any way you can send me the photos you took then of my with my Tuxedo Bass and the one of Frank Allen and Paul Jones, I'd appreciate it as I'd like to add them to my new website.

Cheers
Mo

Date:18-October-15
Name:Steve
Number:307
Vox LG50
Vox LG50 Headstock
Guyatone Collection

Subj: Guyatone/Vox guitar

Hi Guy,

It's been a while but I hope you've been keeping well?

I wondered if you could help with a bit of guitar detective work!? I have received an email from Nate DeMont, who's just purchased a Guyatone-built guitar, labelled Vox. It looks a bit like an LG-50 but with some discrepancies.

As you know, the Guyatone LG-50 and Antoria LG-50 were both built in Japan, the latter re-branded Antoria for the UK market.

My understanding is that the Vox Shadow (their LG-50 copy) was certainly constructed at Stuart Darkins & Co. in Shoeburyness, around 1962 before outsourcing to the G-Plan factory in Hemel Hempstead in 1963, giving way to the revised Shadow body shaping.

However, Nate's Vox looks different to the LG-50 in some respects. It was purchased on eBay in the States as a 1958 Guyatone built Vox.

Do you have any information on this particular guitar? I will certainly pass it on, if you have. Is this possibly a Guyatone-built early Vox 'Shadow; (their LG-50 copy) built at the Guyatone factory prior to the Darkins-built guitar? It's different from the 1962 Darkins Vox Shadow illustrated here: www.voxshowroom.com/us/guitar/lg50.html

I've attached photos of Nate's guitar.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Steve

Guy's response:

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your email - good to hear from you. Actually the LG-50 was sold in the UK branded as a Vox and also Guyatone and Star as well as Antoria. The guitar pictured is the single pick-up version of the LG50 and would date from about 1958-61 I would guess (then the headstock changed). Annoyingly I can't immediatly turn up the Guyatone number but as a Star it was the EG1590. And of course they were all built in Japan.

This was Vox's first entry in the solid elecric guitars but quickly followed by the early Shadow and Stroller which were very basic with "Guyatone shaped" bodies - see the example in my guitar collection website.

All the best,
Guy.

Steve replies:

Hi Guy,

I've passed the info onto Nate, who's delighted with the ID and some of the history associated with the guitar. It's a nice addition to his already large (and reputedly the world's largest) collection of vintage Guyatones! I've attached a photo which gives an idea.

All the best
Steve

Date:15-April-15
Name:Harry
Number:306
Home made electric guitar by Harry Ellis

Subj: Burns Guitars

Dear Guy,

Thank you for your interest in my home made guitar and thank you for the offer. I will certainly bare you in mind if I decide to sell it.

However, this currently not under consideration as I want to renovate it and maximise its playing potential, given that I was 15 when I made it in 1961 and did not really know what I was doing.

It was my first electric guitar and made while I was at boarding school in Hampshire and coupled to my school band (The Problems), it was the thing that kept me sane, though obtaining some of the guitar parts involved surreptitious trips to London involving great cunning and deception...etc etc.

Needless to say I always enjoy visiting your guitar collection. It is a great site.

Kind regards
Harry

PS: while I am writing this, you might have some thoughts on who might have squirreled away some 1961 to 1963 Burns Bison Ultra Sonic pickups. I am looking for four...(actually I have two projects on the go and so I need 7 but 4 would be a start!!!). I live in hope that some may turn up because I have on 5 or 6 occasions seen 4 & 3 pickup Bisons with non original pickups...If you could keep your eyes open for me on your travels it would be appreciated.

Guy's response:

Hi Harry,

Thanks for your message. I really didn't think you'd want to part with it but, just in case you did, I thought I'd just put myself forward as a potential buyer! I liked the look of it because it seems to sort of fit in with the Supersound look and the BW Superstreamline instruments. Also I think you did very well making such an interesting looking guitar at a time when UK built electrics were very much in their infancy! Would you mind if I add your picture to my Guestbook?

I remember that I tried to build a canoe at school but I could never get the wood to bend from one end to the other (can't remember why!) so it was abandoned! My parents were not happy as I recall!

If I come across any of the pick-ups that you are looking for I'll let you know. But I don't hold up much hope of being able to help.

All the best,
Guy.

Harry replies:

Dear Guy,

I am flattered that my 1961 guitar effort warrants global exposure on your amazing site and am happy to accept having the picture added to the Guestbook.

Certainly the headstock shape and scale was copied from a Hofner Club and the body shape was a composite effort with some input from a school chum, which I recall was suggested after he had seen a particular guitar. What that was is open to conjecture.

The physics of the Mk1 vibrato were a failure...the arm bent but did not shift the tone, either up or down, so I abandoned it and never attempted a Mk2. However, the jack socket was a great success and involved the use of a recessed sliding door handle made from brass...an obvious reference to Hank's Strat...!

Not only did it get played in public at various school functions and end of term dances (with girls!), it did honour me with the school handicrafts prize for the second year running. Other than being awarded with my rugby colours (which required me to parade a highly coveted tie and cap complete with tassel), that is the sum total of my school honours other than a handful of O & A levels. (Note by Guy Mackenzie - I never managed to get any "A" levels!!)

It is in need of a bit of TLC, sorting out my rough / first attempt at fret work, intonation (what was that in 1961?) and the wiring messed up when my younger brother got his hands on it. I am quite interested to know what it sounds like. Sadly I have lost all the recordings we made.

Curiously, the unreinforced neck remains straight despite 54 years of tension!

I accept that finding spare Ultra Sonics is unlikely as they are somewhat rare but I live in hope.

Kind regards
Harry

Date:26-March-15
Name:Bill
Number:305

Subj: Burns Guitars

Hi Guy

Just to let you know have now returned back from Cornwall. I would thank you so much for the chance to see your collection and discuss them with you. It sure is impressive. My older guitars are mainly Burns from the 60s as I told you but I have been interested in both Weill and Supersound guitars and their relationships with Burns.

I look forward to coming down in November and hopefully spending some more time with you. I tried the Steer I bought tonight and really like it. I also picked up a 12 string revelation to compare to my Double Six.

Cheers for now
Bill

Electric Guitar in CaseVintage Electric Guitar
BAck of the Body of an Electric GuitarVintage Electric Guitar in its Case
Baldwin Vintage Electric GuitarBurns Vintage Electric Guitar
Date:09-March-15
Name:Paul
Number:304
Roger 1963 Guitar

Subj: Roger 1963 Guitar

Hi Guy,

I trust you received my previous email with the Burns Double Six pics attached, but I forgot to include that Roger 1963 guitar I mentioned, so here it is, second time lucky. I'm sure we'll be speaking again very soon.

All the best,
Paul

Guy's response:

Hi Paul,

Thanks for sending on the picture of the Roger guitar with Burns Weill Superstreamline body supplied by Henry Weill. Here's hoping one will surface...I'd certainly like to add one to my collection!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:09-March-15
Name:Paul
Number:303
Burns Double Six Prototype
Back of the Burns Double Six Prototype
Detail from the Burns Double Six Prototype

Subj: Burns Double Six Prototype

Hi Guy,

I've attached some shots of HBM's Burns Double Six prototype, just to give you an idea of how this deviates from known Burns design of the time.

Creating an accurate copy will be quite challenging, but ultimately rewarding for Colin and myself, as it's already opened up new avenues of research for me.

All the best,
Paul Day.

Guy's response:

Hi Paul,

Thanks for sending me the pics of the Burns 12 string prototype...now I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the (or the actual) completed copy - which you are building for Colin Pryce Jones, legendary guitarist of The Rapiers. I'll also hope to see him playing it one day.

In my opinion, The Rapiers are one of the very best bands around...their Shadows tribute is amazing and not forgetting that they do a fantastic Johnny Kidd show too!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:05-March-15
Name:Jan
Number:302

Subj: found Rellog Guitar in your guitar collection

Hello,

I remember a few months ago, there was a "Rellog Guitar" on ebay UK. I missed my chance to make an offer - now I found a new picture of the same guitar - so you bought it.

I am a luthier/guitarbuilder/guitar maker and a "guitar collector" of german guitars. This musima is an "only export" model, no chance to get one in Germany. Because of the missing "Musima Label" is it nearly impossible to find one on "ebay UK" - because nobody knows how to tag those guitars right.

I have not really much money I can offer you, but I have some guitars you might be interested in to change?

Please think about it and let me know:- Are you searching for special guitars - labels?

If you don't want to change it - ok.

Thanks for reading this terrible German English

Greetings from Germany Jan Steinbrecher (www.steinbrecherguitars.com)

Guy's response:

Hello Jan,

Thank you for your message. I'd been looking for a Musima Rellog for several years and I was delighted to be able to buy this one so I really don't want to sell it. In fact I now have a second one but I don't want to sell this either! However I would be interested to know what collectable guitars you own.

All the best,
Guy.

Migma Meister Bass Guitar
Migma Marma Musima Jazz Guitar

More information from Jan:

You have a second one! Red or black or new colour I not know yet?

My collection is small and based on East German Archtop Master Guitars, but some electric and semiacoustic guitars too, all East German. The Musima Electrina and the one/two you own are very nice conceptions - a want these to understand forms and feelings better to build perfect electric guitars. And who don't want to own such nice historic guitars?

Here are some of my official propositions.

This one is a really crazy contruction, like a candy!!

Migma Meister

Migma Marma

One of my guitars you might be interested in is a rare Pearl Les Paul Recording, with open book headstock, bordaux.

Thanks for reading this terrible german english

Greetings from Germany Jan Steinbrecher (www.steinbrecherguitars.com)

Guy's response:

Hi Jan,

Thank you for your email. You have some interesting guitars and if you weren't so far away I'd like to see them. Especially the Migma Musima Jazz guitar - which is a very unusual shape.

Re. my 2nd Rellog. It is black but is missing the scratchplate but it has the original tailpiece but I don't really want to sell it. In fact none of my guitars are for sale as I'm simply a collector.

Don't apologise for your English it is far better them my German!!

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:02-March-15
Name:Errol
Number:301

Subj: Burns Mirage

Hi -

I read the interview with you in Collectors Club from 2008 regarding your collection and would like to introduce myself. My name is Errol, and I'm a musician and guitar collector in the U.S.

I'm also contacting you because I've been searching for a Burns Mirage for quite a while and saw that you have one in your collection. I believe you had said in the interview that it was the most expensive guitar you had purchased.

I'm very interested in purchasing the Mirage from you, and even if you had not considered selling it, I would be pleased to make it worthwhile for you to consider.

I would greatly appreciate your emailing back to me. I have over 200 guitars in my collection - including a Burns Flyte and a Burns Artist - and would like to "talk guitars" with you.

Best regards,
Errol

Guy's response:

Hi Errol,

Thank you for your message. You are absolutely right, I really don't want to sell my Mirage and, in fact, I'm a collector and none of my guitars are for sale!

I'd be interested to know what guitars are in your collection and, I must admit, one of the guitars I'd still like to add to my collection is a Flyte although I wouldn't of course trade my Mirage for one!

Best wishes,
Guy.

More information from Errol:

Hello Guy -

Thank you so much for getting back to me - greatly appreciated.

I completely understand your collecting philosophy. That being said, I've like purchased and sold over 500 guitars to end up with the 200 I have now, and even at this point my collection continues to evolve depending upon my evolving tastes, market values, and opportunities that may arise.

The other Burns guitars I own are a combination of original and reissues. I have the Flyte and an Artist prototype, then some reissues of the Bison, Red Special (including a gold prototype), an Aero, a Marquee and a Steer.

Look forward to hearing back from you soon!

Best regards,
Errol

An odd shaped electric guitar
An odd shaped electric guitar

A couple of examples from Errol's collection:

Hello again -

I wanted to mention a few more guitars I own so that you will get an even better sense of why I would like so much to purchase your Mirage.

I've attached two photos of some of the oddest shaped guitars in existence, and which I believe may be unique, or close to unique examples. One is a Kay Solo King, which has been called both the Map of Ohio Guitar and The Ugliest Guitar Ever Made, and the other is a Berke, which was the very first aluminum neck guitar produced.

While beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, I've come to appreciate these guitars for their challenge to the accepted shapes of guitars that existed before and since. Hence, my love of Burns guitars as well!

Best regards,
Errol

Guy's response:

Hello Errol,

Thanks for sending on the pictures of the Kay ... I've actually bid for one on international ebay but didn't win it! But the Berke is a new one to me and really interesting too ... what a great shape.

Re; the Mirage. As I said, I really don't want to sell it but, if I did, where would I get another and one in almost unplayed condition too? There were so very few of them made ... I don't know how many but surely no more than a dozen or two as the Burns Co. went out of business at the time.

Best wishes and please keep in contact and I'm always interested in seeing pictures of unusual guitars,

Guy.

Date:26-February-15
Name:Piotr
Number:300

Subj: Weill Guitars!

Hi,

I noticed the purple plated guitar in the earlier post, and I think it may be a stripped Apache model. There has been a bit of confusion online about the various (admittedly similar) Hohner guitars that emerged during the early 60s.

With experience working on, or playing all of these (I own two genuine examples) Id like to shed a bit of light on the subject.

Starting with the Hohner Holborn...

This guitar was presumably made by G plan or an associated company. It featured a bolt on neck, Fenton Weill pick-ups, a fixed Telecaster style hardtail bridge and a mahogany body with a "maple" top. It had a see through pearloid scratchplate, with the "Holborn" legend engraved into it.

This guitar has no connection with Fenton Weill, apart from the pickups Fenton Weill also built similar designs for Hohner, releasing three models, using the same shape, although making considerable differences to each one.

Firstly, the "Apache".

Solid mahogany construction, set neck and finished in an unusual beige nitro finish. Two Weill bar magnet pickups fitted onto a dark purple scratchplate. No mini scratchplate.

Typical Weill electrics and trem. Also open backed van ghent tuners.

Second in line was the "Zambezi".

Solid mahogany construction, set neck and finished in a clear nitro finish. The finish showed off a "maple" top,(basically a very thin veneer) very much like the previously mentioned Holborn. Two bar magnet Weill pickups fitted onto a black scratchplate. The mini scratchplate was white with "Zambezi" engraved into it.

Typical Weill electrics and trem. Also open backed van ghent tuners.

The third and final guitar in this line was the luxurious "Amazon".

The same type of body, however it was sculpted and sanded with a blended in heel-less neck. Finished in a clear nitro finish. Two powerful separate magnet Weill pickups fitted onto a red or sometimes black scratchplate. Mini scratchplate was either black or white (depending on main plate colour) with the "Amazon" legend engraved in.

Typical Weill electrics, trem and teardrop shaped van ghent tuners.

Obviously Fenton Weills vary a lot, and there have been the odd unbranded and unusual Fenton Weill branded anomalies crop up. The list above are the pretty much "official" designations for these particular guitars.

Thanks.
Piotr, the Weill lord!

Guy's response:

Hi,

Thank you for your email - I'd like to include it my guestbook, if that's OK with you. Of course I'll leave out your personal contact details.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:26-February-15
Name:Will
Number:299

Subj: Apache/Amazon

Hi Guy,

Just a note to say the guitar recently added to your guestbook is a Hohner Apache, not an Amazon.

They are pretty similar, but the Apache has no contouring to the body, undrilled pickup covers and was originally offered in the unusual 'beige with maroon plate' colour scheme. Amazons as you know had the red plate, black engraved mini plate, plus heavily contoured bodies in a natural mahogany or sycamore finish.

The 'Fenton Weill Amazon' is not something that ever existed - this range (including the Zambesi which is essentially an Apache with a sycamore veneer on the top and bottom of the body) were only ever sold as Hohner here in the UK (although I've seen a Swedish advert that has them branded as FWs, but with different names ... Tuxmaster maybe?).

While we are on the subject, my feeling is that the other Hohners made to this shape - the "Holborn" are NOT the work of Fenton Weill. I've owned an Apache, Amazon and Holborn in the past, and the Holborn has none of the signifiers of early Fenton Weill manufacture (set neck, little red switch), but is almost identical to several Vox models, which shared the beech with sycamore veneer with bolt on neck construction. Possibly made by g-plan?

Will
Hand Of Glory Records

Guy's response:

Hi Will,

Thank you for your message and info. I'd like to post your email in full on my guestbook if that's ok with you.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:23-February-15
Name:E
Number:298
Fleishman Bassic 3 Octave Bass Guitar

Subj: RARE Fleishman Bassic 3 Octave Bass Guitar

Good morning and greetings from the U.S.,

I would like to interest you in a very rare, but used Fleishman Bassic guitar ... Authenticity has been confirmed as I emailed Harry Fleishman himself as I researched this piece. He's considered by many as the finest Luthierist of our time and is perhaps best-known for designing Dave Pomeroy's bass "the beast". This baby will be a wonderful addition to a collector's repertoire; with it's 3 octaves and 36 frets!

Best,
E

Guy's response:

Hi,

Thanks for sending on the picture. I'd like to add your message to my Guestbook as its such a rare and unusual instrument.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:16-February-15
Name:Paul
Number:297

Subj: Fenton Weill Amazon or Hohner Apache???

Guy,

About 5 years ago, I purchased what I think it an Amazon or Apache from a car boot sale for £20.

The guitar is pretty shot to bits, it plays however the wiring could be re-done, the person who owned it in the past, drilled the input jack into the base of the body rather than up front on the scratch plate and obviously the Fenton Weill labels and brand name have all but gone.

The scratch plate is purple?? Having seen the red variety online, I was wondering if this purple version was stock, it seems to look as though it came with the guitar.

I would love to get this guitar back to some sort of authenticity, despite the drilled input jack at the bottom of the guitar..... do you know where I can start??

Paul

Amazon 444 electric guitar

Further information from Paul:

Hi Guy,

Please see to the right a picture of said guitar.

The thing that bugs me the most, is the fact the name section is missing, it's mostly an annoyance as we don't know which model this guitar is, but also, I bet its impossible to find one of those things.

The wiring is a bit ropey, and I think the pick-ups could do with some new soldering... it does play though.

Obviously it'd also need to be professionally set-up.

I do have two of the three original tone/volume switches, however replaced them with these three switches which were originally from my Vox bass.

I've picked up some true bargains living in Sussex, believe it or not, had more "beat" bands than Liverpool, sadly however the Bognor Beat didn't seem to have the same ring to it as Mersey Beat and most of the bands didn't really get anywhere with the exception of say five groups who actually managed to get a record deal, the truth is however there were hundreds of beat and instrumental groups in the south coast and thus, cool guitars used to be easy to find at car-boot sales and guitar shops which just wanted to get rid of the things, its probably much different now, however, I have a keen eye for old guitars and thankfully managed to get a few before people became aware in the mid 2000s.

I got a Hagstrom Futurama 2 in really good nick for £70, I love that guitar, I'd love to find a bass version however know I'd never get it for anywhere near £70.

Cheers
Paul

Guy's response:

Hi Paul,

I've managed to discuss your guitar at length with Paul Day who is, as you probably, know the recognised expert on UK built guitars.

Here are our conclusions:-

It is an Amazon 444 and dates from 1962 and it retailed then at £54, which was quite a lot of money at that time!

Do you think its been refinished? They were built in natural, by the way.

You could leave the jack socket where it is because it does look period. But the original jack socket was a mini jack socket which is why it was changed.

The scratchplate was, we now consider, a replacement and the original colour would have been either red with a black sub scratchplate or black with a cream mini. A new one could easily be made by Alan Exeley (see my links page).

The bass of the bridge seems correct but the top isn't. Once again Alan could help with this and also with a correct knob to match the 2 original ones you have.

I hope this helps and please do let me know how you get on and also with any photos of the guitar completed. I'd also like to add part of your email and some pics to my Archive page but I will, of course, leave out your contact info.

Also Paul and I met Betty Weill a few years ago and she still lives in the same house the she and Henry Weill owned when they were building Fenton Weill guitars and, for that matter, Burns Weill. I've done a write up of our visit on my Archive page which you may find interesting.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:16-February-15
Name:Trevor
Number:296
Custom Bo Diddley style guitar
Close up of the custom Bo Diddley style guitar

Subj: My latest creation!

Hi Guy, this is my latest creation, it's great for slide, and has a lot going on. (The arty bits are from the first time Superman appeared in a comic!)

I am very happy with it, should make a nice present for someone.

Let me know what you think.
Trevor.

Guy's response:

Hi Trevor,

Thank you for sending me photos of your latest creation! It looks great and with more than a hint of Bo Diddley about it!

I'm sure it will be appreciated by someone as much as the wonderful guitar you very generously built for my Charlie Gracie Concert which sold for £400 with Charlie's signature on it. And helped raise over £2,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust - which is entirely funded by donations!

Best wishes and please keep in touch. I'd also be like to see photographs of any others guitars you build.

Guy.

Date:16-February-15
Name:Geoff Cheers
Number:295
Geoff with the Dallas Rangemaster
Kay electric guitar in action

Subj: Dallas Guitars

Hello Mr McKenzie,

During one of many scourings of the web, looking for information about guitars which I used to own, or currently own, I came across your very interesting site. It did not actually supply me with the information about Kay guitars for which I was searching BUT, I spotted a picture of a very unusual guitar, and read the accompanying text.

The guitar in question was made by Dallas, back in the early 60s, and I recognised it instantly.

For your reference, the picture and text was dated 18th July 2012, and was supplied by John, and your reference number was 217. I recognised it because, if as you say it was a "One Of", then I used to own it, and I have an old black and white photograph which was taken in 1964, (or maybe 1965), of me holding it, just before going on to play a gig in the NAAFI at RAF Ballykelly, in Northern Ireland.

I purchased it from Frank Hessy's in Liverpool sometime in late 1961

The photo is in pretty fair condition considering how long ago it was taken, and the Rangemaster plate and Dallas logo can be seen clearly, as can the location of the tremolo arm.

The arm was very basic, being just a length of of chrome plated rod, threaded at one end,(don't ask what the thread was, certainly not metric), with a black plastic cap on the other end. It was bent as shown in the photo. As far as I can recall it worked quite well and did not effect the tuning too much.

I somehow doubt that the guitar was a one of, but it is a possibility I suppose. I traded it in, part-ex, when I purchased a semi-acoustic Kay (Trutone, I think) in 1964 (or maybe early '65) from a music shop in the Diamond in the centre of Londonderry. I often used to wish that I had not made the trade, as the Rangemaster was a much better guitar than the Kay, although the guy to whom I eventually sold the Kay, absolutely loved it. I have photo of that one somewhere too.

Anyway, if you or John are interested in this info, and would like to see the pic just get back to me as and when.

Regards,
Geoff Cheers.

Guy's response:

Hello Geoff,

Thank you so much for your interesting email. And of course you are correct, yours was not a one off because someone else has written to me with a similar story to yours so there were at least three!

However it was an instrument that escaped my knowledge and, more significantly, the attention of the Guitar Guru...Paul Day! Of course we have no idea how many were built but most likely only a handful. Now if only a twin neck turn up (see my later post)....It was also interesting to hear your impression of the guitar and to know more about it too.

I'd really appreciate seeing any pictures you have including one of the Kay as I'd like to add them and your email to my guestbook.

With best wishes,
Guy.

Geoff's response:

Hi, again,

Many thanks for your speedy response,....... I just love guitars, I only wish I could play better!

The best shot I have of the Dallas Rangemaster is attached. As I said, in my earlier message, the photo was taken just prior to a gig, in 1964 (or maybe 65), in the NAAFI at RAF Ballykelly.

I have several shots of myself with the Kay guitar, but they are all at obscure angles and reveal little detail. Oddly enough, the best shot I have, was taken after I had sold it to a mate. The attached pic shows my musical mate, Malcolm, with the Kay, and that's me with the daft hat and the 12 string Framus in the background. Happy days. The photo was taken during a performance on Gibraltar TV, sometime in 1967. Fame indeed.

As far as I can remember the guitar had a single pick up and just the two controls, one for tone and the other for volume. It was purchased, when I traded in the Dallas, in Londonderry in 64/5, but I never really enjoyed playing it when performing our rock group at RAF Ballykelly.

I took the Kay with me to RAF North Front in Gibraltar, where I formed a new group, but seldom used it, preferring to use a borrowed Hofner Verithin. In most of my old group snapshots, both at Ballykelly and Gibraltar, the Kay can be seen languishing in the background, just in case a back-up might be required. It eventually came into its own after I sold it some time in early í66, at which time I purchased a Gretsch Corvette.

When our RAF Gibraltar based R&B combo packed up in late í66, with the demise of 224 Squadron, I was asked to join this, sort of, cabaret, comic outfit, to which my mate Malcolm (and the much maligned Kay) belonged.

They played all sorts of stuff, performed sketches and told a lot of jokes, a bit like an early day Grumbleweeds. They even enjoyed the benefit of having a banjo player. I stuck with this outfit for about 12 months until my tour in Gibraltar finished in December 1967.

Just as a matter of continuity, I sold the Corvette when our Rock group folded, in í66, and I purchased the Framus 12 string which was a bit of a bugger to play, and keep in tune. I eventually got rid of the Framus, back in the UK, in late í68 and bought an EKO Rio Bravo 6, which I still possess. It now hangs on the wall in my study, being no longer very playable. I also own a Breedlove Atlas, and a Washburn Festival. I used to own a Gretsch 5120 Electromatic, but sold it recently as I could not get to like it, as pretty as it looked. I ended up buying a Fender Precision bass with the proceeds.

Sadly I have a "house-rule" which means if I want to buy another guitar, then one that I already own has to go.

The first guitar I owned was one that I built myself, and a bit of a joke it was too, but it worked, for a while. I then moved on to a Lucky Seven, made by Rosetti (?) I have snap of that somewhere, then the Dallas, the Kay, the Corvette, the Framus and the EKO. After that there was a bit of an hiatus, when I left the RAF, and guitars and groups faded into the background. I still had the odd twiddle down the years, and my old, and now very battered, EKO came in handy at many a social gathering.

In later life I took up the interest again with gusto and in the late Ď90s I purchased the Washburn, then the Breedlove and the Gretsch, and as I say, a couple of weeks ago the Fender Bass.

Such is life!

Feel Free to publish the photos and any text extracts from my e-mails on your site.

Just refer to me as Geoff, ............... although some know me as Monty Zoomer - https://www.youtube.com/user/BravosUK/videos

Regards,
Geoff Cheers

Date:16-February-15
Name:David
Number:294

Subj: Post 217 - Dallas Rangemaster

Hello Guy

I was very interested in the post number 217 from 2012 regarding a Dallas Range master guitar.

I also have one of these. I believe that it was bought for me in 1960 by my Grandmother. She died shortly afterwards so, whilst the guitar was superseded by better and more expensive instruments, I have kept it all these years until just before Christmas my Son secretly took it Nigel's guitar workshop in North Yorkshire and Nigel made it playable. (One of the best presents I've had.)

My one is a bit more battered and used than the one in the earlier post having been constantly gigged for over three years. It's base colour is the same cherry red as the other but mine fades to gold sparkle in the middle around the pickups. It is my understanding that it was bought brand new from a small music shop in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, North London.

When I have a little more time I'll take and send you a photo along with the serial number on the back of the head and any other info I can find. Like you and the other owner I believed this to be unique. Clearly not and I am now even more interested to find out more.

Hope you find this interesting.
All the best,
David

Guy's response:

Hello David,

I've now had two messages concerning these guitars and clearly several were built!

We'd really appreciate seeing some pictures of yours when you get time.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:4-December-14
Name:Trevor
Number:293
Possible Framus Archtop Guitar.

Subj: Possible Framus Archtop Guitar

Hi Guy,

I've just bought this old guitar at an auction here in Scotland as it interested me. But I have no idea where or when it was made or, for that matter, who made it. Can you help?

Thanks,
Trevor.

Guy's response:

Hi Trevor,

I sent on pictures of your "new" guitar to Paul Brett who is an expert on vintage acoustic guitars (and has a large collection too) that I know and here is his reply. It's certainly an interesting guitar and, as I said, I'd have probably have bought it if I'd seen it.

All the best,
Guy.

German made. I don't think the globe logo was originally on the guitar. I'm not an arch top expert but my gut is with Framus. Voss also used similar tailpieces in the 50s. Can't be exact but I think it's pretty close. Paul

A couple of example archtops can be seen here: Example 1 and Example 2

Date:31-October-14
Name:Doron
Number:292
Doron Markowitz with his Millenium Falcon guitar.

Subj: Hayman Guitar

Hi Guy,

I don't usually build guitar out of toilet seats, millenium falcons and guitar boxes - I'm a real luthier who prides himself on crafting instruments from raw wood! However novelty guitars like this one are just that...novelty and fun to build too! And they don't cost as much as my hand crafted guitars either!

Regards,
Doron.

Guy's response:

Hi Doron,

You have built some amazing guitars and I'd like to add this picture to my Guestbook as I think visitors to my site will be interested in your creations!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:30-October-14
Name:Guy
Number:291

Subj: Hayman Guitar

Hello Guy,

I thought that I would never meet another guy named Guy, let alone a guy named Guy who also has a Hayman! I was extremely impressed with your collection, however, I was a little surprised that you had the bass model only. If it interests you I have a Hayman 2020 posted on ebay at this time of this email.

Just enter Hayman guitar and its the natural finish model on there, well there is also a bass that someone seems to be selling for parts. I'd prefer to keep the guitar in tack, after all I'm hoping that it goes to someone who appreciates it for its specialty, seeing that it's all original except two of the knobs. The case is banged up a bit, but I believe it to be original as well. There is a sticker on the back of the headstock showing where the guitar came from. Some shop in Philadelphia, PA., U.S.

Well happy collecting and keep up the good work!

Guy's response:

Hi Guy,

Thanks for contacting me and, yes, there can't be many other guys' with a Hayman guitar!

I think that by the time I replied to your email your guitar was sold but best wishes anyway!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:30-October-14
Name:Glenn
Number:290
Sakai Electric Guitar.

Subj: Sakai Guitar

I wonder if you can give me any information about this guitar?

Cheers,Glenn.
Australia.

Guy's response:

Thanks for the pictures.

Actually it seems in good condition. It was certainly built in Japan in the 1970s but its almost impossible to identify the factory although it may be by Kawai. The guitar appeared under several brand names depending on the importers and what brand name they wished to give it and was certainly available in the USA and the UK and most likely anywhere else they could sell it. That's about as much info I can give you from memory and hope it helps - I'd like to add a picture to my Guestbook if you wouldn't mind.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:30-October-14
Name:Julie
Number:289
Sakai Electric Guitar.

Subj: Sakai Guitar

Hi

I came across this guitar when cleaning out my loft was wondering if you knew any info on it please it's got a badge at the top saying sakai at the top tried searching the Web and could not trace any like it.

Thank you for reading and I hope u can help me. Julie.

Guy's response:

Hi Julie,

Thank for your message.

Your guitar was built in Japan in probably the mid 1970s and Sakai was a budget brand in the UK. The instrument was based on the style of a Gibson SG guitar and, in fact, probably plays quite well. Today these Japan built guitars from the 1970s are becoming quite collectable (they are affordable!)and it probably has a value of somewhere between £70-120.

I actually have never seen one exactly the same as yours although there were several different models of Sakai guitars.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:30-October-14
Name:Cathy
Number:288
Ayar Bass Guitar in its case.
Ayar Bass Guitar close up.

Subj: Ayar Bass Guitar

Hello,

Your collection has guitars that look very similar to my late uncle's. I am hoping you might be able to help me identify it. I would love to know the history. I've attached two pictures. I appreciate any assistance you can provide.

Thank you,
Cathy

Guy's response:

Hi Cathy,

Thank you for your message. Your late uncle's bass guitar was built in Japan in, I believe, the mid -late 1960s. It's certainly a lovely looking and good quality instrument and in excellent condition too. Ayar (a US brandname) is very rare in Europe and was, we believe, only used in Germany.

That's about as far as I'm able to help - but I would like to add a picture of it to my Guestbook and maybe some more info will be forthcoming.

All the best
Guy.

Date:30-October-14
Name:Trevor
Number:287
Supersound guitar amplifier.
Supersound guitar amplifier.
Supersound guitar amplifier.

Subj: Zenith Supersound amp found in Johannesburg

Hi Guy

I am Trevor from South Africa. I have just found an old Supersound Zenith amp here in Johannesburg. I am trying to find info on this amp.

I was wondering if this looks familiar to you. I saw a Zenith amp on Trevor Midgley's site, but it looks like a bigger model. I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards Trevor

Guy's response:

Hi Trevor,

Thank you for your message. Yes it is familiar to me it dates from probably 1958 (maybe '57 or early '59...the company relocated to Hastings then) and its a rare example of an amp built by the Supersound Company and branded Zenith by that organisation and sold by them.

If you were in the UK and the amp was for sale, I'd love to own it as a piece of history - but they do come up for sale from time to time but not always in great condition!

I hope this helps and I'd like to add one of your pictures to my Guestbook... if thats ok with you.

All the best,
Guy.

Trevor's response:

Hi Guy.

I was wondering if you knew how to correctly read this model number. I'm not quite sure if it should read as M17, or should it be read as N'117. I suspect it would be more on the M17 side. I am taking it to a techie friend of mine to fire it up for the first time. I'm a bit nervous to just plug it in for fear of thing blowing up. I'll let you know how it all goes. I do intend to keep it as it's the only true vintage amp I have. Do you have a collection of Supersound amps. I'd love to see it if you do. Take care.

Regards Trevor

Guy's response:

Hi Trevor,

Unfortunately I don't have any Supersound amps so I'm sorry to say I can't help with the model number - but it seems to us that its more likely to be M17.

It should have a great vintage sound if it fires up OK and I'll look forward to hearing from you to see how that goes!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:30-October-14
Name:David
Number:286
Teisco Tremo Twenty electric guitar.
Headstock of the Teisco Tremo Twenty electric guitar.

Subj: Teisco Tremo Twenty

Hi, I was reading an article by you about your guitar collection in which you mentioned the above guitar.

When I was about 15 my parents bought me a guitar and amplifier, the guitar was called a Tremo Twenty and would now be about 50 years old. In your article you say not many were made, and I wonder if I own one of the remaining few. I attach two photos, and would be pleased to hear from you.

Best regards David

Guy's response:

Hi David,

Thank you for contacting me. As you know, these Teisco built guitars were marketed under various different brand names. However these Tremo Twenty instruments were marketed by Rose Morris, as part of their Top Twenty range, with painted bodies.

It seems to us that very few were made in this guise but certainly very few seem to have survived - I know of only about half a dozen that I've been aware of in the last 10 years or so.

Yours seems to be in very good condition despite being about 50 years old.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:28-October-14
Name:Frank
Number:285
Hofner 172 vintage electric guitar.

Subj: Hofner 172

Hello Guy

I was interested to find your website after seeing you on "Antiques Road Trip" and it turns out that I have the exact same model Hofner 172 as in your collection with original fake snakeskin case.

I bought it in 1972, when I was 18 but have not used in for many years. I recently dragged it out of my garage after being inspired by your program plus a visit to the Gibson factory in Memphis (60th birthday trip).

I'm currently having the pickups rewound by Alan Exley, a Hofner expert in Redditch, and then I plan to sell it on to buy an Epiphone Acoustic/ Electric (as I can't afford a full Gibson).

I hope you find the attached picture of interest. You have an amazing collection, good luck with your future plans for gigs.

Best Regards
Frank

Guy's response:

Hello Frank,

Thank you so much for your message and for sending on the picture of your Hofner. I know Alan Exeley well and in fact own a guitar made by him with an aluminium body! (The APX Falcon in the Galleries) And he certainly is the right person for you to go to.

Thanks for your good wishes - my current project is to promote the Charlie Gracie Concert which takes place next month which has taken up a lot of my time but, as its for charity, its really worthwhile too. Of course it will be great to play with one of the R n R legends too.

Best wishes with the sale of your guitar and proposed purchase.
Guy.

Date:14-August-14
Name:Martin Kelly
Number:284
Page from the Dallas catalogue showing the Rangemaster Twin neck electric guitar.

Subj: Dallas Rangemaster Twin Neck

Hi Guy,

Martin Kelly from the Vox Guitar book here. I hope this finds you well.

While looking over your site which I often do, I espied an email from a guy with a rather interesting Dallas Rangemaster guitar.

This rang a bell in my mind so I started looking back through a bunch of Dallas catalogues I have here.

In the '60 full line which came out in late 1959 there it was!

Well - not a single neck six string like the one you have in the pictures but the Rangemaster "Twin". Could it be the first UK made double neck electric? (Click on the image above to see a larger version.)

It's certainly the Elephant Man of '50's UK guitars.

Perhaps Dallas made a standard Rangemaster "single" too - or maybe both instruments were follies that never made it.

Either way the the Rangemaster single isn't pictured here or in any other Dallas cats I have from the era.

There's definitely a similarity between the 2 guitars - check the switching - and I though you might be interested.

Cheers,
Martin

Guy's response:

Hi Martin,

It was really good to hear from you and thank you so much for your really interesting message. I must admit I was really amazed to see the catalogue picture of the Dallas Twin neck Rangemaster!! Of course I had no idea that one had ever existed and, of course, I had no idea that the Dallas single neck Rangemaster had ever existed until I was contacted by the owner of one!

Your catalogue is an amazing find and one would presume that at least one must have been built? Of course I now wonder what happened to it.

And now you have set me off on another search... so, firstly, do you know of anyone who had an involvement with Dallas back then who might be able to shed some light on the range (!) of Rangemasters?

And of course it must have been the first UK built double neck electric..... I've never heard of any others from this era, i.e. Supersound, Burns Weill, Watkins etc. And I've interviewed Batty Weill, Mary Wootton and, of course, I'm in close contact with Reg Godwin...

Of course if you ever come across any other unusual or one offs pictures please send them through as I'm always interested.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:28-July-14
Name:Chris
Number:283
Burns Fenton Weil Electric Guitar
Headstock of a Burns Weil Fenton Elctric Guitar

Subj: Burns Weil

I have a Burns Weil guitar which I know nothing about and wondered if you can help. If you could at least tell me how old it is. It has a fantastic sound and plays really well.

Chris.

Guy's response:

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the latest picture and I can confirm that this is a Burns Weill Fenton guitar and dates from between Feb '59-Dec'59 - which was the period when Jim Burns and Henry Weill were in partnership. It is the six string version of the bass I own and which is shown in Gallery 9 of my website - although the bass had a much larger body.

Its a rare instrument today and yours looks great in red! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

Best wishes,
Guy

P.S. I would like to add your email and a photo of the guitar to my if you wouldn't mind - as it will be of interest to visitors to my site.

Date:26-July-14
Name:Jamie
Number:282

Subj: Teddy Wadmore

Hi Guy,

My name is Jamie and my grandfather was Teddy Wadmore, did you ever meet him or know much about him?

Best Jamie.

Guy's response:

Hi Jamie,

Thank you so much for your message. No I never met your grandfather but I have heard quite a lot about him as I collect vintage guitars and his name has been mentioned several times as one of the leading upright bass players of his day and as a real innovator as far as electric bass guitars are concerned.

As I'm sure you know, he played the very first solid electric bass commercially manufactured in the UK. This instrument was built by the Supersound company. In fact the company made another for him with his name engraved on the scratchplate but he never collected it and they still have it today!

I've met Mary Wootton who with her husband formed the Supersound company in 1952. When her husband died in 1973 she folded the company, although in her 80s she is in contact with me and in fact I had a Christmas card from her. If you would like I can contact her and maybe you could contact her direct? She knew Teddy well.

I've also met Bob Rogers who was in the Ted Taylor four with your grandfather and if he is well enough I'm sure he would be happy to be in contact with you. Of course it was when he was with the Ted Taylor Four that he first used the Supersound bass on the Jack Jackson TV show in late summer 1958. His bass was very similar to the Supersound Single Cutaway which I own and is featured on the "Historic Guitars" Page of my website www.theguitarcollection.org.uk and of course he is mentioned in my write up.

I would be delighted to speak to you if you would like to ring me and also Paul Day who is the UK's leading vintage guitar expert and he could give you more information although he never met him.

In the meantime I would love to see a picture of the guitar he owned which is still owned by your family..and maybe a picture of him holding a bass guitar--if one still exists.

I'll look forward to meeting or speaking to you in due course.

Best wishes,
Guy Mackenzie.

Date:19-June-14
Name:Martin
Number:281
Tremo Twenty Guitar
Detail of Tremo Twenty Guitar

Subj: Tremo Twenty

Good Evening Guy

I've just stumbled across an interview you gave on Collectors Club of Great Britain, as I was just trying to find out more about a guitar that belonged to my Dad. The guitar in question is a Tremo Twenty and unfortunately it's in a bit of a sorry state. It's repairable though and I fully intend to bring this guitar back to life. My Dad told me that it had a very unique sound and we spent a little bit of time before he passed away, restoring the electrics and machine heads. Anyway, I don't wish to go on too much about it, but I read with great interest how rare these are and that you know of only 3 in existence so I felt compelled to email and let you know of a 4th, safely tucked away in my loft for the moment but soon to be dusted off and restored fully.

Kind regards,
Martin

Guy's response:

Hello Martin,

Thank you very much for your message. Yes in the Tremo Twenty guise these are very rare and I've only seen or heard of two others and one is in a museum in Switzerland. However with a different branding and a natural body there were others marketed back in the day and in fact Brian Eno owned one branded Starway as a first guitar - he wrote and told me so.

Especially as they are so rare, your Dad's is very interesting and I wonder what colour it is? If you are happy with this I'd love to add your letter to my guestbook along with a picture of the guitar ... regardless of the condition it is in now. It will be of interest to my website visitors however it looks.

Yes they do have a great and unique sound and there are of some historic interest too.

All the best and look forward to hearing from you,
Guy.

Martin's response:

Good evening Guy,

I'm sorry for the long delay in my reply. I found your reply buried amongst other emails and had completely missed it (who said smart phones are the future?).

Attached are a couple of pictures of the guitar I've taken for you. You are more than welcome to add them to your guestbook and do with as you please. As you can see the guitar has seen better days, but I really would like to get it up and running again. It's in need of a new bridge and one of the pick ups has take some dings to the metal. As I mentioned in my earlier email, before my Dad passed away, we restored the electrics inside and we had removed the original bridge at that time with a mind to sourcing a replacement.

Thank you for the information you've given me. It's certainly very interesting, especially the part about Brian Eno owning one.

I hope this email finds you well.

Once again thank you and all the very best wishes,
Martin

Date:13-June-14
Name:Peter
Number:280

Subj: JBSG-2

Hello Guy

I was amazed to come across this guitar in your collection, whilst cruising around trying to find any guitar made by John Bailey. Your electric number was made by John for Andrew Townend, a boy I went to school with in the 60s. Andy and I used to play together in a bluegrass band back then. His Bailey, now yours, was, and still is I guess, was a great instrument!

Great collection!

All the best
Peter

Guy's response:

Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for your email. It was really interesting to hear from from someone in the band and, yes, it is still a great instrument and I'm delighted that is included in my collection.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:30-May-14
Name:Ron Barrett
Number:279
Guild Stratford X350B guitar
Guitarist Ron Barrett with his Grimshaw guitars

Subj: Guild Stratford and Grimshaw Guitars

Hi Guy

I've been meaning to send you a picture of my Guild Stratford X350B which is, as you know, very rare. I also include a picture of me in 1985 with my two Grimshaws - The M57 and my custom built Barney Kessel style guitar, which I still have as you know.

Best wishes
Ron Barrett

Date:29-May-14
Name:Jim Knight
Number:278
Guitarist Jim Knight with his Shergold 12-string guitar

Subj: Shergold 12-string Masquerader

Hi Guy

It was really good to meet you recently and, as promised, here is a picture of me with my Shergold 12-string Masquerader - which I still use in my act today.

Best wishes
Jim Knight

PS - I thought you'd be interested to see the backdrop to this picture... Carn Brea Castle!

Date:21-May-14
Name:Klive
Number:277
Musima/Rellog Gitona Electric Guitar
Full Photo of Musima/Rellog Gitona Electric Guitar

Subj: Musima / Rellog Gitona guitar

Hi Guy

I have just bought a guitar with Rellog Gitona pick ups and Fenton Weill vibrato arm from ebay (haven't received it yet tho!).

It caught my fancy, because I collect a lot of early Hofner guitars. But after searching for more details on the internet I saw your page with the Alexis Korner & Cyril Davis photo (the guitar looks exactly the same with original 2 plug cord).

Do you have any further details?

Best wishes
Klive

Guy's response:

Hi Klive,

Thank you very much for your message and may I say I'm very jealous that I didn't see this as I certainly would have tried to buy it. And if you ever decide to sell please contact me first!

Of course it is a Musima Rellog exactly the same as Alexis Korner's one and it looks in very good condition too and all the electrics are original. However someone has fitted a Fenton Weill vibrato tailpiece at some time probably in about 1963 - apart from that it looks absolutely original. OK its not a great player but it is a piece of musical history and one of the earliest electrics available for sale in the UK - as no USA built guitars could be sold here until 1959 due to the embargo on imported goods following the Second World War.

All the best,
Guy

Date:04-May-14
Number:276
Alexis Korner with Cyril Davis

Subj: Alexis Korner and Cyril Davis

I'd like to thank one of my Facebook friends for letting me add this great vintage picture of Alexis Korner and his "Rellog" guitar to my Guestbook.

This is of course one of the earliest electric guitars available in the UK, dating from 1958/9, and imported in very small quantities from East Germany. Although I refer to it as a Rellog the body was, in fact, built by Musima and the pickups are Rellog Gitona. Of course it was fairly unplayable by today's standards with a thick neck etc - but it was one of very few available at that time.

I know of only one other example in the UK and, despite my best efforts, the owner won't sell it! And you can be sure that I've tried my best to buy it!

But if anyone reading this knows of any other or can add any more information, please contact me.

Guy.

Date:04-May-14
Name:Mark
Number:275
Fenton Weill Badge

Subj: Fenton Weill (finished at last)

Hi Guy

Just wanted to thank you for the information you gave me on the colour and headstock badge of this Fenton Weill.

After some time I have finally finished it and am now pretty pleased that I finally went for the restoration. I found a bit of the original colour under the scratch plate in the router holes so was able to match it up best I could. The headstock badge was made up from that grainy picture off the internet, it has turned out a little thinner, maybe I should have taken up your offer and looked at your one first. With your advice I managed to source an ivory acrylic sheet!

All the best
Mark

Guy's response:

Hi Mark,

Thank you for forwarding on the picture of the badge you made - you've really done a superb job and I'll know where to come if I need one!

I'll be happy to add your email to my Guestbook and if I get any enquiries I'll pass them on to you.

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:04-May-14
Name:Lukasz
Number:274
Defil Baston
Defil Baston Detail

Subj: Defil Baston

Hello there

I'm writing from Poland. I wanted to sell my Defil Baston 22 and some guy from the guitar forum send me your site and adviced me to write to you. I'm sending few photos of the bass. The photos were made with my phone and they are quite bad, so if you are interested - please tell me.

Rock on,
Lukasz

Guy's response:

Hello Lukasz,

Thanks for forwarding on the pictures of your Defil. Although its not an instrument I'd be interested in I'd be happy to add your message and pictures to my guestbook and, if I get any enquiries, I'll pass them on to you.

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:04-May-14
Name:Christopher
Number:273
1963 Hagstrom Futurama Coronado Automatic Electric Guitar
1963 Hagstrom Futurama Coronado Automatic Electric Guitar

Subj: 1963 Hagstrom Futurama Coronado Automatic (serial number: 568079)

Hello, God dag!

I am writing to ask for some information regarding a 1963 Hagstrom Futurama Coronado Automatic (serial number: 568079) that I have come into possession of. Or rather the remains of this guitar.

The Guitar has been woefully mistreated over the years. The paint has been very badly sanded off, it is missing 2 of the pickups and all of the switches. It still has the original vibrato/tailpiece, the truss-rod cover and machine heads.

Originally I was hoping to refurbish this guitar to its original condition. However it seems that it will be incredibly difficult to find all the necessary parts to do this. So I am thinking it might be useful to others to sell the parts to be used for replacement in other Hagstrom guitars.

I am therefore looking for help finding people who would be interested in these parts Ė or who can help me source replacement parts to refurbish this guitar.

Any help or advice that you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for your time,
Chris

Guy's response:

Dear Christopher,

Thank you for your message. As you know these are very rare guitars and only about, I recall, 200 were made so spare parts are going to be almost impossible to find unless you are very lucky. Of course ebay is always a source of spares but I wonder if you've contacted Hagstrom?

OK, it's extremely unlikely that they will be able to help but it would be worth an email.

Also if you intended to sell it, ebay would be the place to try for the same reasons as above. I have no idea what it would be worth but let me know if you do sell and I just might bid on it for the same reason...for spares! And I'd be happy to add your email to my Guestbook and pass on any enquiries.

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:30-April-14
Name:Frank
Number:272

Subj: Sakai

Hi Guy,

I too suffer from serious gear acquisition syndrome Ė I have 45 guitars in my collection. Like you, I find the more obscure and unusual guitars to be far more interesting than the run of the mill Teles and Strats etc.

A couple of days ago, I was walking past a pawn shop in my local town when I saw hung up on the wall a little Japanese Sakai. I just had to have it! Imagine my surprise to find that you have one exactly the same, especially as Iíve never seen one before.

(You can see the Sakai referred to here in the Galleries: Japanese Sakai.)

I know that you are a drummer, but I can tell you that little Sakai has a great tone and plays really well. To think that years ago you used to pick this stuff up in Woolworths for about nine quid! Over the years so much of this stuff has been broken up or chucked away, so finding a good example is becoming increasingly difficult.

Keep collecting Guy, I always find your magazine articles really interesting.

Cheers
Frank

Guy's response:

Hi Frank,

Thank you for your message. Yes it's always exciting to find something unusual or interesting hung up in a local shop and, like you, I seldom walk out empty handed!

With the numbers of guitars that you have I would have thought that you'd qualify for an article in Guitar & Bass magazine - would you like me to pass on your contact details to Lars Mullen? Or perhaps you'd prefer to remain "undercover".

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:28-March-14
Name:Ake
Number:271

Subj: Playing with my new Telecaster

Hi Guy,

I thought you might be interested to see and hear my new telecaster: New Telecaster

Regards,
Ake.

Guy's response:

Hi Ake,

Thank you for your message and, as you know, I always appreciate recordings that you send on to me.

I agree your new Tele sounds fantastic and I hope you wont mind me adding this clip to my guestbook.

Best wishes and please keep in contact.
Guy

Date:5-March-14
Name:Judy
Number:270
ZZ Top Drum Kit

Subj: ZZ Top Drum Kit

(Click on the photo to the right for a larger version.)

Hi Guy,

I've just seen for the first time, ZZ Top, and they are an amazing band. Knowing your interest in drums (and guitars too) I thought I'd send you this picture of Frank Beard's drum kit - what a contrast to the drums kits used in the early days of rock 'n' Roll!

And if you haven't seen ZZ Top, don't miss them. They are a fantastic band and Frank Beard never missed a beat all evening!! Oh yes, and their guitars were amazing too!!

Love and best wishes from Tampa,
Judy.

Guy's response:

Hi Judy,

Thank you so much for sending on the picture and, no, I've never seen ZZ Top but if they come to the UK I'll make sure that I will!!

What a fantastic picture and, you are absolutely right Frank's kit is amazing!! I just hope you don't mind me adding your message to my Guestbook as, completely by chance, it arrived the day after I'd added the picture of the Al Kline Five!! What a difference 55 years has made in rock drumming!

Great to hear from you from sunny Florida - we could do with some of your weather here in the UK right now!

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:3-March-14
Name:Guy Mackenzie
Number:269
The Al Kline Five

Subj: Re: Al Kline Five and Early Burns Guitar

(Click on the photo to the right for a larger version.)

Alan Klein sent me this picture of him and his band, the Al Kline Five, about 18 months ago. I then added his email and the picture but only of him with the early Burns guitar which he bought in either late December 1958 or early January 1959. Its identical to mine!

When I was going through my old emails I looked at it again and decided to add it to my Guestbook as it's a great vintage picture with 2 wonderful Hofners and a Framus Star bass, again, identical to mine. And for any drummer reading this...who needs more than a snare and bass drum to play rock 'n' roll?!!

Alan's original email:

Hullo Guy

A photo has turned up of the Al Kline Five featuring the elusive early Burns guitar. Thought you might like to see it.

Best Regards
Alan Klein

Date:9-February-14
Name:Phil
Number:268

Subj: Satellite 65/T

Hi,

The first guitar I ever owned was a Satellite 65/T. I bought it off a guy in the back room of a petrol station when I was 15 for £20. That was 25 years ago and I have progressed to a proper Strat since then, but I suddenly go the itch to fix up that little guitar and make it playable.

Here's the problem; the IDIOT I bought it off had taken off the bridge and replaced it with a different one Ė not knowing that the distance between the nut and bridge is set in stone, he just screwed it on anywhere that looked about right. This is the reason why when I would put on new strings and tune the guitar, as soon as I laid a chord on, it didn't sound right. I fought with the Satellite for about a year before figuring this bridge problem out, and upgrading to a little Encore.

So now I have the urge to restore it, I looked online to see what sort of bridge it should have, and that's when I came across the photo of your Satellite 65/T. Damn. That doesn't look like a bridge that's going to be easy or cheap to find. Do you even know what that bridge system is called so I can look online for one, or failing that, do you know where I can get one?

I know these are little cheap guitars and I'm really only doing this for a project (and nostalgia), so I'm not going to spend a fortune on it, but any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Phil

Guy's response:

Hi Phil,

Thanks for your message and an interesting story!

Actually you should be able to get a suitable bridge quite easily and cheaply. There are lots of guitar parts on ebay and this would be a good place to look. Alternatively you could try asking Alan at Project Guitar Parts (see my Links page) as he always has a host of spares and if he can't help I'm sure he would point you in the right direction.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:5-February-14
Name:Mark
Number:267

Subj: Fenton Weill

Hi Guy,

Was hoping you might be able to help me out.

I am going to spray the Fenton Weill I asked you about last year. The guitar is missing its headstock badge as the one pictured.

I am going to try and get one made up but can't really tell from the picture if the writing is engraved in or just printed on, also if it is plastic? And is the black edging part of the decal?

I have seen that you have this decal on your Fenton Weill so hope you don't mind me asking. I have the size as there is a visible outline left on my guitar.

Thank you
All the best
Mark

Guy's response:

Hi Mark,

Good to hear from you again!

The headstock decal is made of plastic and the lettering is engraved. The correct colour is an off white - if you can get it! And the black border is not part of the decal.

In the meantime, I'd appreciate adding your email to my guestbook as it may well be of interest to others.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:2-February-14
Name:Peter
Number:266
Barnes & Mullins Electric Guitar
Headstock of a Barnes & Mullins Electric Guitar

Subj: Shergold BM (Barnes & Mullins) SG2 (1968)

Hi Guy,

I was wondering if you have any idea about the value of this SG2 I've had since I was 16yrs old - I'm now 60!

I've read on your site that's its very rare with perhaps only one or two others like it (Barnes & Mullins SG2)?

Some images attached for you (to the right).

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,
Peter

Guy's response:

Hi Peter,

Thank you for sending on details of your B&M guitar. I can tell you that it is only the second one we've ever seen! Of course we now wonder if, in fact, a batch of them were made - possibly half a dozen or so?

Yours, interestingly, has a slightly different headstock logo to mine and it is more in keeping with Barnes & Mullins products of the time which leads us to believe that mine is the prototype and yours may be a production model and, apart from anything else, the tuners on yours have been installed the correct way round...unlike mine!!

It's all very interesting and hopefully someone reading this may be able to provide more information on this very unusual guitar. As to value... it's hard to know but it must be worth at least £350 and maybe a lot more to a Shergold collector.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:2-February-14
Name:Paul
Number:265
Burns (Baldwin) Vibraslim Electric Guitar
Burns (Baldwin) Vibraslim Electric Guitar

Subj: Burns (Baldwin) Vibraslim

Hi Guy,

I've owned a Burns (Baldwin) Vibraslim from May 65 serial 18047 for 30 years. This was made by Burns before Baldwin acquired his company. It's time to consider giving someone else the chance to own this vintage original.

Regards
Paul

Guy's response:

Hi Paul,

It's a really great looking instrument and I'd be glad to add your message to my Guestbook. If anyone contacts me regarding it, I'll be delighted to pass on their details to you.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:25-January-14
Name:Ernest
Number:264
Hofner guitar catalogue
Hofner guitar catalogue
Hofner Super Solid 2 Electric Guitar

Subj: Hofner 172

Hello Guy

The guitar that you show in your gallery as a Hofner 172, is in fact a Hofner Super Solid 2. It looks like one of the pickups is not original. My guess is that you have a 1963 model (as it does not have the later added micromatic bridge), and the bridge pickup comes from a later (1964) model. I had this same model myself in the mid-60s, and more recently acquired the exact same model (for posterity!).

I hope you don't mind me being pedantic!

Best wishes
Ernest

Guy's response:

Hello Ernest,

Thank you for your email. I don't pretend to be an expert on Hofner guitars - so accept that you may very well be correct. I must admit that I always wondered about one of the pick-ups myself but it does look original and I was assured that that was the case. However I did "hedge my bets" on my description and wrote "nearly original" just in case!

I'd like to add your email to my guestbook as I'd be interested to have more comments on this.

All the best,
Guy.

Ernest's follow up:

Hello Guy

I too, am not an expert on Hofner guitars, but I know this particular model inside out! I attach a photo of my own Hofner Super Solid 2. It is in near-immaculate condition as I got it refurbished by Martin Sims of Ashford a couple of years ago.

The second attachment shows a picture of the Super Solid 3 in the (I think) 1963 catalogue - the Super Solid 2 cost 48 guineas new! Notice the pickups - the same as your neck pickup - your bridge pickup was introduced in 1964.

The third attachment shows the Super Solid 2 in the following years' (1964) catalogue. This shows the newer pickups, the newer tremelo arm, and the micromatic bridge. The price is now 50 guineas (including case).

Bearing in mind that your guitar has the old tremelo arm and bridge, this leads me to conclude that you have the 1963 model, and that the bridge pickup was replaced at a subsequent date.

Please do add me to your guestbook
Best wishes
Ernest

Date:10-October-13
Name:Geoff
Number:263
Framus Billy Lorento guitar

Subj: Framus Billy Lorento Guitar

Hi Guy

Greg from Rock Star Guitars gave me your email said you might be interested in my old 53-55 Framus Billy Lorento guitar just thought I would make a connection to check this email is correct.

Cheers
Geoff

Guy's response:

Hi Geoff,

Thanks for your message. Yes I am interested in your Framus Billy Lorento and look forward to hearing from you again.

Regards,
Guy.

Geoff's follow up:

Hi Guy,

Re; Framus guitar.

I thought you'd be interesting in seeing a picture of my Framus Billy Lorento guitar.

It dates from 53-55 it is in need of a few things doing to it but it is a collectors guitar and about 60 years old.

I spoke to someone in the Framus German Museum he said this one was a special because of the unusual Mother of Pearl inlay on the fretboard and according to him the Billy Lorento are the first signature guitars ever made.

Cheers
Geoff

Date:3-October-13
Number:262
Hondo H935 Eagle Copy

Subj: Hondo H935 Eagle Copy

Hi,

I was wondering since I only seen I of these guitars if it was a collectors item? Here is a picture of it.

Guy's response:

Thanks for your message.

It's an interesting guitar and certainly collectable but not hugely valuable. Guy.

Date:2-October-13
Name:Eric
Number:261
Two Grimshaw Guitars from the 1970s and 80s

Subj:Re; Grimshaw Guitar history.

Hi Guy,

Good to hear from you again. The Hohner Holborn you have just added is very similar in body shape to a Grimshaw Meteor dont you think?

I have emailed Paul Day about the Giles pickups but have not, as yet, had a reply.

In answer to your question re first electric Grimshaw, you will be surprised to learn that it was 1937 that they first listed an electric guitar which could be played through a special amplifier or a radio (according to the catalogue). This guitar was made from parts imported from Rickenbaker in USA, although some parts were made in UK (including the amplifier in the case). The first Grimshaw electric guitar was 1948 this was an archtop (called a Plectric) which was modified to take a pickup in the neck and switches and controls attached to the scratchplate (Grimshaw applied for a patent for both in 1948 and was granted in 1954, which means it only ran out in 2004). This system they used a lot until 1960. The first purpose made electric was the semi acoustic SS Deluxe in 1957. Hope that helps.

I just love these later solid body Grimshaws from mid 70s to mid 80s, they are really unusual and are still very capable guitars today. See the photo (to the right) of two Grimshaws which date from 1978 and 1980, both bought new and the owner still gigs with them in his blues band in Northampton. I have heard them and they are a great blues band and the guitars sound as good as any yankie guitar!! They really would make anything you wanted as they were desparate for any work by 1980, even advertising refrets.

Look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Eric,
www.grimshawguitars.co.uk

Guy's response:

Hi Eric,

Thank you so much for the information on Grimshaw electrics. That of course confirms that Grimshaw built the UK's first commercially made semi accoustic electric guitars in 1957. And of course Supersound in 1958 built the UK's first commercially built solid electric guitars in summer 1958.

Thank for sending on the pictures of two late Grimshaw solid body guitars - they look fantastic and its great to know that they are still being gigged!

Re; the Giles pick-ups we can't help at all on these but hopefully someone reading this may. Or if you find out anything, please do let us know.

Very best wishes to you and your family,
Guy

Date:18-September-13
Name:A
Number:260
Dallas Tuxedo bass guitar Dallas Tuxedo bass guitar body

Subj: Dallas Tuxedo bass

Guy,

I thought you might be interested to see pictures of my Dallas Tuxedo bass which dates from probably late 1959.

Best wishes,
A.

Date:18-September-13
Name:Doss
Number:259
Hayman 4040 bass guitar
Hayman 4040 bass guitar neck plate

Subj: Hayman 4040 bass

Hi Guy

I've been told you're the man in the know. I've had in my small guitar collection a bass that's been with me since my punk days and served me well. I swapped it for a packet of fags and a fiver in 1977.

As you can see it has seen better days could you tell me if its worth bringing back to its former glory or is it worthless. I would appreciate any info you may have.

Regards Doss

Guy's response:

Hi Doss,

Thanks for forwarding on the pictures of your Hayman bass. It certainly isn't worthless even as it is and, if you are able to do it, it will be well worth bringing back to its former glory.

Please do let me know how you get on.

Best regards,
Guy.

Date:18-September-13
Name:Hugh
Number:258

Subj: Dallas Arbiter 12-string

Hi, Guy from the guitar collection org ...

I noticed someone called Julie inquiring about Dallas Arbiter 12-string acoustics. For many years in the seventies I played almost exclusively on one of these wonderfully robust yet LOUD instruments. It features on several of my earlier recordings, especially on the vinyl album "Largo" from 1979. There are a couple of tracks taken from it out there on you tube that I ran into recently, which give a good idea of the sound. Here's what I wrote recently about it, in context, from a section of an article to be published soonish:

"... My very first guitar, after the one I had borrowed, was an Eko. This Italian brand was famous for making rugged instruments with rigid, easily fingered, electric-style necks. But they were equally famous for building so rugged that the guitars absorbed most of their own tone, so my big instrument produced a thin sound that didnít get much fatter even when I hit it really hard ... just louder and more jangly.

However, the feel of the neck did influence me to play in a more electric style than most other acoustic guitarists who were all a bit folky at the time and I wasnít scared of having it damaged while playing in the subways. Fortunately, Paul and I were lucky to have the use of a nice pair of matched Yamahas for our recording sessions (and many gigs too), otherwise Iíd never have made the grade in the studio.

Then, soon after moving to Germany, and just in time to save me from tonal meltdown I found my first satisfying instrument: a Dallas Arbiter 12-string. This was a surprise offering for a firm that was known for building sound equipment. The Arbiter range of guitars never caught on, but I loved mine. It had a big, gutsy sound, despite (or maybe because of) being lightly built out of spruce veneered cedar-ply. It became my trademark sound: big, airy cathedrals of piled-up chords, as can be heard on "Saints", "Streetcar Magic", "Peace on Earth", "Thursday at Eleven" or "Carry on the song". Unfortunately I could not find anyone to re-fret it for me quickly enough (it was my only 12 and I had a lot of gigs at the time) so I was obliged to sell it. Iíd been through a similar experience with my first electric - an early sunburst Fender Jaguar that collectors would kill for these days - and although I'd vowed never to part from a favourite again ... here I was, constrained to do so. It hurt me."

I hope this information is useful. My guitar was sold and resold, but the owners have contacted me in the last few years, so it should be traceable. A fan also found one in a flea market (a cheaper model, I think, from the bridge design) and gave it to me, it needs some restoration work. I haven't got around to that yet, so I don't know how it sounds.

Kind regards,
Hugh

Guy's response:

Hi,

Thank you for your interesting email and with your permission I'd like to include it in my guestbook.

Yes Julie was trying very hard to find out about Dallas 12 strings and I know she will be interested to read what you've written.

Best wishes and thanks for your very interesting message,
Guy.

Date:18-September-13
Name:Eric
Number:257

Subj: Rare Grimshaw

Hi Guy,

Hope you are well? I know you like odd ball guitars so I am letting you know about my latest find which is a very rare (even by Grimshaw standards) GSC.

It has had two owners since new in 1978 and has its original case. I only know of two others like it, one is in Belgium and the other in Latvia. I have asked Paul Day if he can help with the pickups fitted to this model, they are proffessionaly made items by "Giles". Both the other two GSCs have the same pickup so they are the original fitment. Do you know anything about Giles pickups?

Look forward to hearing from you again soon.

Eric,
www.grimshawguitars.co.uk

Guy's response:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for letting me know. You seem to be making a habit of finding rare and almost unknown Grimshaw guitars!

I must admit that I know nothing about Giles pick-ups but hopefully Paul may be able to help and I'll look forward to hearing from either him or you.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:18-September-13
Name:Ian
Number:257
Vox Clubman Bass

Subj: Vox Clubman Bass 1961 vintage

Hi Guy,

I thought you might be interested in seeing a picture of my original single pick-up 1961 Vox Clubman Bass with original tape wound strings all in brilliant playable condition and complete with original gig bag?

This is an etremely rare and collectable instrument and was almost certainly a very limited production run.

Regards,
Ian

Date:18-September-13
Name:Jay
Number:256
Teisco Heit Deluxe 2PL

Subj: Teisco Heit Deluxe 2PL guitar you might be interested in

Hi Guy,

I noticed you have a vast collection of guitars on your website. I am selling a Heit Deluxe 2PL guitar on ebay right now. Check it out!

Best wishes.
Teisco Heit Deluxe 2PL on Ebay (note auction has ended!).

Guy's response:

Thanks for letting me know. I'd like to bid but i'm in the UK however I'll be interested to see how much it sells for.

Note: The guitar sold for $977!

Date:18-September-13
Name:Paul
Number:255

Subj: Can you clear something up for me...?

Hi Guy,

Were there two Birch Super Yobs (the Dave Hill of Slade guitar) made?

I know someone who worked there from 75-77 and he tells me that a duplicate silver one built.

How many Framus copies are you aware of? About 7 years ago there was a new orange copy always on Ebay (new). I wish I had bought one then. Do you own Gerry Springateís (of the Glitterband) Star Guitar?

Regards,
Paul

Guy's response:

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your message.

As far as we know only one Super Yob was made by John Birch although work may have started on another one which was to be named the Super Gob for Noddy Holder - but this has never surfaced.

It was originally finished in black but, because this colour didn't show up well, it was refunished in silver.

There was one Framus copy made by Framus and presented to Dave Hill and it was Framus who made the Flame guitars for the Film "Slade in Flame" (although they were never working instruments).

Re; Gerry Springate's star guitar I personally had some correspondence with the band management a few years ago and, if I remember correctly, being told that it is currently in retirement and is not for sale!

I hope this answers your queries and, if you do find out anything about the Super Gob ,please do let me know.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:21-July-13
Name:Jeff
Number:254
Akron Electric Guitar
Headstock of Akron Electric Guitar

Subj: guitar of unknown origin

Guy,

I have shown these pictures to the most knowledgeable people I know to no avail. I thought perhaps you might be familiar. I've decided it might not be U.S. made even though it has Akron Ohio stamped in ink.

I have also forwarded the pictures to Geoff Gruhn here in the United States who tells me that he can't determine what it is - so any help you can give me with an identification will be appreciated.

It has Clarostat pots in it.

Thanks.
Jeff

Guy's response:

Hi Jeff,

Sorry its taken so long to get back to you but Paul Day and I are now certain of the following:

It's definitely a Carvin neck with Carvin parts. The body and scratchplate are custom made - surely by the maker in Akron - and it dates from the late 50s - early 60s and we can confim this as we have Carvin catalogues from that period which also confirm that the parts are supplied by Carvin too.

It's certainly an interesting and very rare guitar - possibly a one-off or made by a small maker in Akron. Where would anyone find another??

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:21-July-13
Name:Mike
Number:253
Norma Electric Guitar
Headstock of Norma Electric Guitar

Subj: Vintage Guitar

Guy,

I have this guitar from my Aunt with no markings except AKB136 on a plate on the back. I found a picture online that appears to be an exact match.

The picture shows a Norma name on the guitar yet the label for the picture says Guyatone. Could you help me identify this guitar for my Aunt?

Thank You

Guy's response:

Mike,

Thank you for your message.

Your guitar was made in Japan in the late 1960s and was imported into the US by Importers/Distributors Strum 'n' Drum of Chicago and it is a Norma.

When I purchased my example the research I carried out indicated that the manufacturers were Tombo of Japan (a small maker) however the importers did market guitars manufactured by Guyatone so it could have been built by Guyatone. In fact this model of guitar could have been built by 2 different manufacturers depending on demand and capacity at the time.

Guitars built by Guyatone were sometimes sold as Guyatone and sometimes by the importers brand names. For example in the UK the Guyatone LG 50 was marketed under the Guyatone, Star and Antoria brand names.

I hope this is of help,

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:30-May-13
Name:John
Number:252
1967 Fender Coronado

Subj: Fender Coronado

Hi Guy,

I thought you'd be interested to see a picture of the Fender Coronado which I purchased recently. Its not completely original as you can see and, of course, it's missing the scratch plate but it plays really well.

If you get time I'd really appreciate meeting up with you and comparing them.

Look forward to hearing from you,
John.

Guy's response:

Hi John,

Thanks for your message. Yes your Coronado looks great and, as you know, they are very rare too -- especially in this part of the world.

I'll look forward to meeting you soon and we can compare!

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:7-May-13
Name:John
Number:251
Barnes & Mullins guitar in case
Barnes & Mullins guitar detail

Subj: Barnes & Mullins Guitar

Hi Guy,

Here are a couple of picture of my rare Barnes & Mullins guitar, which was built by Shergold, which I thought might interest you.

Regards,
John.

Guy's response:

Hi John,

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.

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:7-May-13
Name:Eric
Number:250
Flying V in case
Flying V showing Kiss written inside

Subj: Gibson Flying V

Hi Guy,

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.

Thanks
Eric

Guy's response:

Hi Eric,

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!

Best wishes,
Guy

Date:22-Jan-13
Name:Jim
Number:249
Gene Simmons with a copy of the Spector bass replica

Subj: Gene Simmons Axe

Hi,

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!

Jim.

Date:22-Jan-13
Name:Simon
Number:248
Unknown bass guitar
Unknown bass guitar

Subj: Unknown Bass

Hi Guy,

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.

Simon

Date:15-Jan-13
Name:Scott
Number:247
Front of an early Kramer guitar
Kramer guitar serial number

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.

Thank you,
Scott

Guy's response:

Hi Scott,

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.

Best wishes,
Guy.

Date:15-Jan-13
Name:Åke
Number:246
An old acoustic guitar

Subj: Old guitar

Hello Guy.

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

Guy's response:

Hello 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,
Guy.

Date:13-Jan-13
Name:Chris
Number:245
Plexiglass Kawai Moonsault Guitar
Kawai Series

Subj: Fenton Weill Delux

Hi Guy

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
Chris, Berlin

Guy's response:

Hi Chris,

Thanks for letting me know - I'm happy to add this to my Guestbook and will forward on details of anyone interested in buying.

Best wishes,
Guy.

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!

Date:13-Jan-13
Name:Hanz
Number:244
Fenton Weill Guitar

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
hanz

Guy's response:

Hi Hanz,

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.
Guy.

Hanz's response:

HELLO GUY,

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...

greeeeetz
hanz

Date:13-Jan-13
Name:Mark
Number:243
Fenton Weill Deluxe
Fenton Weill Deluxe bridge

Subj: Fenton Weill Deluxe

Hi Guy

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?

Thank you.
Regards
Mark

Guy's response:

Hi Mark,

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,
Guy.

Date:06-Jan-13
Name:Eric
Number:242
Grimshaw Guitars

Hi Guy

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
Eric

Date:08-Nov-12
Name:Guest
Number:241

Hi,

Subj: Teisco

Did the Teisco SS4L come with different company badges on the headstock? Or was it just Teisco?

Thanks,
PS - Very nice SS4L by the way..let me know if you ever want to sell it.

Guy's response:

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.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:08-Nov-12
Name:Julie
Number:240
Dallas Acoustic 12 String Guitars

Hi Guy,

Subj: Re: My Dallas accoustic found in a skip covered in industrial filth!

Click on the image to the right for a larger version.

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:-)

Regards Julie

Guy's response:

Hi Julie,

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!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:06-Nov-12
Name:Dave
Number:239
Dallas branded Fenton Weill Dualtone Headstock
Dallas branded Fenton Weill Dualtone Guitar Body
Dallas branded Fenton Weill Dualtone Neck Detail

Morning Guy,

Re; Fenton Weill Dualtone

Click on the images to the right for larger versions.

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.

Kind regards,
Dave

Date:31-Oct-12
Name:Dennis
Number:238

Subj: Ye Old Fenton Weill Guitars

Hi Guy,

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.

Best Regards,
Dennis

Date:28-Oct-12
Name:John
Number:237

Hi Guy,

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!

Kind regards,
John.

Guy's response:

Hi John,

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!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:28-Oct-12
Name:Rob
Number:236

Hi Guy,

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?

Thanks,
Rob.

Guy's response:

Hi Rob,

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,

All the best,
Guy.

Date:27-Oct-12
Name:David
Number:235

Hi,

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..

Regards,
David.

Guy's response:

Hi David,

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.

All the best,
Guy.

Date:24-Oct-12
Name:Matt
Number:234
Fenton Weill Headstock
Fenton Weill Guitar Body

Re. Fenton Weill Mono tone

Click on the images to the right for larger versions.

Hi Guy,

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!

Matt

Date:02-Oct-12
Name:Matt
Number:233

Hi Guy,

Guitar taken apart - scratchplate removed
Guitar taken apart - behind the scratchplate

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!

Matt

Click on the images to the right for larger versions.

Guy's response:

Hi Matt

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!

All the best,
Guy.

Date:01-Oct-12
Name:Matt
Number:232

Hi Guy,

Mono Tone
Twin Planks

Super site!

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!

Matt

Click on the images to the right for larger versions.

Date:28-Sept-12
Name:Phil
Number:231

Futurama

Nice site.

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.

Phil.

Guy's response:

Hi Phil,

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!

All the best,
Guy.

 
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