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Hell Guy,Greetings from Ballachulish, I had a visit yesterday from our mutual friend Lars. He came up to photograph some of my collection and told me about yours.
I think I must have had every one of yours at some point in my life. He was not sure exactly where you are from, but thought it was either Mull or Mull of Kintyre. Have a peek at my stuff, I have one or two you probably have never seen. Take care. Slainte!
What a nostalgic trip into yester-year. I recognise many of the guitars. I started in the late 50's with a Hofner Colorama 2 pick-up, then 1961 a Broadway single pick-up, then 1963 a Futurama II deluxe in cool blue. My first Strat was 1966 also in ice-blue. I'm now 61 and still playing in a band. I'm currently using an American deluxe Strat in sunburst, Gibson Les Paul in wine, and an SG in cherry tuned to open G. I also own a Hohner Rockwood LX2550G Les Paul copy.
Happy days!!!!. Keep up the good work. Regards
my grandpa gave me a Heit Deluxe guitar that was made in Japan.. It needs to be totally redone.. but i cant find any info on the guitar... its just like the' Queens of Stone Age" guitar... what do i do?
I have some of these.
Wish to have more.
Keep it up.
Most wonderful to see I'm not as crazy as I think I am at times.
Hi Guy. Just letting you know Ray Ennis is on The Steve Wright Show on the 29th of August. Plugging the just realeased E M I years
4 C D pack. Hopefully. Picture and Message from Ray to follow. Cheers S B J s
Brilliant collection. Discovered it doing some research on Antoria guitars and found a link to your 994. I had what must have been a 992 (two pickups) in the 1970s and was never able to find anything out about it - this is the only other one I've ever seen, except for one on ebay (it went for about £150).
Mine was light blue and had had a Bigsby vibrato fitted, and I think my selector switches were where yours says ANTORIA. It's more Bison-y shaped than I remember.
I could never get it to sound much good, but maybe that was me, or my amp which was also not much good. Didn't get on with the very thick neck, though.
A few weeks after I bought it my local shop had a secondhand Vox teardrop for £20, or £5 more than I'd paid for the Antoria (a lot at the time) - if I'd bought that it would be worth about £1000 now. Still, what I'd really like is a Vox White Shadow like yours, except preferably in blue. Really like the shape...
Unteresting pictures of John Leyton I went to same school and was friends with Hedley. Good collection
just passing by and thought i'd say hello! :-D
Great stuff man. Ipicked up a used guitar that everyone said was a Teisco. Someone pointed me to your site & it's the Zenon in gallery 7, except mine is a tobacco sunburst. Now, to find a new trem for it......
Guy - you have a great site here.
Well done, and thanks for adding to the sum of man's knowledge of Fenton Weills!
All the best -
BURNS GUITARS SINCE 1992
Great site. While I'm strictly an acoustic player, I can appreciate the "Dark Side."
My own collection includes a 1964 Martin 00-21NY that I bought new; a ca.1990 Martin D-42 that I bought new; a Takamine F-400 12-string; and a Wildwood 5-string banjo.
Darling! Loved the site.At least unlike me you dont collect hay burners!XXXXXYour friend KarinaX
"hey that collection is phenomenal, I would love to see all them."-.patience
You promised you would stop at 80 guitars! This isn't helping me cope with my own guitar collecting addiction. Seriously though, it's a wonderful eclectic, electric collection and you are doing a great job keeping these old and occasionally eccentric guitars in preservation.
Looks like we're both on the road to ruin courtesy of those irrestistible painted planks with strings.
All the best,
Guy, Thanks so much for the photo.
Here's the story again for anyone else who's interested.
I've got a Dallas Tuxedo Bass which I was given in 1975 as my first bass.It's not really up to gigging now but I am in the process of restoring it to it's former glory.
Generally speaking I wouldn't restore a guitar of this age as I feel that 50 years of playing wear can only add to it's charm, however on this occasion I think i'm justified as prior to starting the restoration you would struggle to recognise the bass as a Dallas Tuxedo. Heres how.......
In a moment of madness when still very young and uninformed I removed the edge binding, gave it a second cut-away and fitted another pick-up near the bridge.
The original natural mahogany finish was stripped and it was painted white and the edge binding rebate painted black.
The body is now back to it's original shape and the second pick-up hole is filled. My intention is to veneer the top with a thin layer of mahogany veneer and re-fit an off-white edge binding as per the original spec followed by an aged natural finish.
Now thanks to Guy's photo I can get an accurate Water slide "Tuxedo" transfer made to finish the job. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on this and any photos of original Dallas Tuxedo Basses as the only one's i've ever seen are Mo Foster's and Bill Wymans highly modified and now fretless "Tux" as photographed in issue 24 of Bass Guitar Mag and my letter in issue 25.
Hi Guy, well you did it again, identified a real mystery guitar for me. A Klira tolex covered solid body found in a basement in Omaha, Nebraska! Thank you for all your help, I'll bring you more mysteries as they surface in the midwest. Barb
Big Thank's from France !!
Your web site is very marvellous.
Thank you very much for your help......
Jean Michel from France .
Hey great collection,
exiting to ransack through the old cuties
Really good website, great collection with lots of info. Keep up the good work
Hi Guy (and Paul). What a wonderful collection you have and thank you for sharing it with all us enthusiasts. Most of all I want to thank you for identifying ALL the guitars on my website which were used by Irish bands during the '60s. Friends forever!
Great to meet you the other day and what a fantastic collection!! Let's hope we can get some of your babies up to the Royal Cornwall Show so you can exhibit them, I know the crowds will be as fascinated as I was.
All the best, see you soon behind the drum kit!!
Have you ever owned an Overwater guitar (not bass) ?
I did years ago. Small body, rosewood neck ,double octave, actives and finished in metallic green. Bought new in Truro in the 80's. Wish I hadn't sold it. Would love to know if anyone has one.
Hi Guy was great to hear you on radio Cornwall and what a great guitar collection
Great to hear you on the David White Show (Radio Cornwall 15/04/2008).
Your collection keeps on growing and I look forward to administering to your M & H.
P.S. For more information on the last of the 100 numbered Limited Edition Handle guitar auction see:
Great website and incredible collection! Big compliments! Here is a bit of information about a one time auction that could be really of interest to you:
XOX Audio Tools , producer of one of the most revolutionary award-winning carbon fiber guitars, the Handle, has decided to put the last of 100 numbered limited edition guitars up for auction to the highest bidder and all proceeds will go directly to Guitars not Guns.
Guitars not Guns is a non profit making organisation based in the USA, Canada, UK and expanding. They offer free guitars,lessons, encouragement and confidence building to underprivileged children and at-risk youth. They operate entirely on donations and volunteer efforts. They use music as an alternative to violence by providing ambition, a hobby and career possibilities to these needy children.
XOX Audio Tools will be putting their number 100 Handle guitar on ebay on April 21st and it will be auctioned on May 1st 2008.
Just got a Honher Shark Fin SE603. Like the one in your collection.
I just had to look!
Hello again Doug. Just seen John Leyton at Milton Keynes (1996) on your web site. I was the guitarist on the gig that day. Great fun ! Cheers again. Alan. (SBJs)
Hi Guy. Thanks for letting me know my first electric guitar was a Dallas Tuxedo.(I often wonderd what the make was?) It was my first electric guitar. After that photo was taken, the guy holding the Dallas Tuxedo (Keith) bought a Bass guitar (Then the group sounded a lot better ! ) I also had a Club 40 (Hofner) at that time ! I have a photo to prove it! ha ha . What would Ray's (S B Js) Cherry Red Gibson be worth now ? If it had'nt been stolen in the 60s ., Lets not go there ! Thanks for emailing me. Dont be a stranger. All the best. Alan. (SBJs)