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The guitar collection of Guy Mackenzie www.theguitarcollection.org.uk

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Date:10-Jan-07, 8:18 am, GMT
Name:Per Myklebust
Email:per.myklebust@nrk.no
Location:Bergen, Norway
Number:65

I just read the article in GUITAR. Wonderful guitars! I have a small collection myself, and among them a Guyatone Lafayette similar to yours. It plays great, but I had to change the plastic bridge to a metallic one with roller saddles (I have kept the original, of course). The vibrato arm is among my favourites ever. And I just love those quirky pickups. This guitar is a keeper and I use it all the time.

Date:09-Jan-07, 8:22 pm, GMT
Name:GAZ DYTOR
Email:GDYTOR@AOL.COM
Web:http://MYSPACE.COM/SWINGJAZZ
Location:WOLVERHAMPTON
Number:64

GREAT COLLECTION MATE. BRINGS BACK SOME GOOD MEMORIES. GOES TO SHOW YOU DONT NEED TO SPEND MILLIONS TO GET GREAT AXES!!

Date:01-Jan-07, 1:24 pm, GMT
Name:coppo
Email:i.coppinger@tiscali.co.uk
Location:uk
Number:63

hi cool stuff here i also have a traval guitar had it since i was around 15 keep up the great work coppo xxxx

Date:28-Dec-06, 12:22 pm, GMT
Name:Caroline
Email:willhoddinott@yahoo.co.uk
Location:Fowey
Number:62

I will want a full translation of Russian when we next meet! Can't remark on the guitars being tone deaf etc but still wondering where you manage to store them all.
Thanks for being my claim to fame as well as a good friend.

Date:24-Dec-06, 10:56 am, GMT
Name:Peter
Location:Russia
Number:61

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Date:12-Dec-06, 1:15 pm, GMT
Name:shelley clayton
Email:cshell9@hotmail.co.uk
Location:cornwall
Number:60

very impressed, especially the clothes!!
look good Guy

Date:12-Dec-06, 9:07 am, GMT
Name:Colin Mather
Email:cjm@manx.net
Location:Douglas Isle of Man
Number:59

A friend of mine forwarded me a link to your site. it's great to see such a collection especially as it includes "regular guitars" (ie not just the mega-expensive examples!) such as the lovely old Broadway. There are many examples of guitars that launched people playing such as the Satellite and the Kay as well, and next to the "regular" classics such as the Gibson Flying-Vee. Great site, great work - thanks for putting it on the internet and sharing it with us all!

Date:09-Dec-06, 11:12 am, GMT
Name:John Aziz
Email:johnaziz1@yahoo.co.uk
Location:Oldham
Number:58

Guy,
Thank you so much for your information regarding my 1964 Futurama Guitar.
Keep up trhe good work
Regards,
John

Date:06-Dec-06, 5:05 pm, GMT
Name:Lorna Willhelm
Email:lornasblues@hotmail.com
Web:http://www.lornasblues.com
Location:Waco, Texas
Number:57

Hello Guy,

Thank you for signing my guestbook. Great to hear from another lover of the BLUES!!!

Best Wishes to you and have a GREAT 2007!!!

Lorna

Date:04-Dec-06, 6:05 pm, GMT
Name:Guy Mackenzie
Web:http://www.theguitarcollection.org.uk
Number:56

Ian,

Thank you so much for your message. As soon as I received it I contacted The Guitar Guru, Paul Day, (the Fender Book, the Burns Book, the Ultimate Guitar Book etc etc) for his opinion and I can do no better than reproduce his reply here:-

"Rowe Industries never made guitars, but produced De Armond pickups, as fitted to many US instruments. If you unscrew the pickup you will find Rowe Industries stamped on the underside, along with a date of manufacture. De Armonds were of course fitted to Harmony guitars and your six-string is indeed from this Chicago maker.

It's actually an H14 model, from the company's Silhouette series, no relation to Music Man of course and quite a few years earlier! It came in a shaded walnut finish, so yours has had a respray, hence the absence of the Harmony logo on the headstock. This was the cheapest example in the line and was also offered with a vibrato (the H14V), along with three other Silhouettes, the H15/H15V, H17 and H19.

This obviously Fender-influenced series is advertised as new in the 1965 Harmony catalogue, appearing alongside the Les Paul-like Stratotone range. This was the last appearance of the latter, so the Silhouettes were obviously intended as successors, reflecting a general swing from Gibson to Fender styling around that time.

In the 1969 catalogue, the Silhouette title is dropped in favour of new model names. The H14/H14V and H15/H15V become Bob Kats (note spelling and spacing!), now joined by the H16 Colour Kat, while the H17 and H19 are dropped.

By 1973 this solid six-string line comprises the H616, H617 and H618, all with twin pickups and vibratos. In 1974 the H19 makes a surprise return, revamped to become the H619, and this was just about the last gasp from the US Harmony company, before it finally succumbed to ever-increasing competition from the Far East. Sorry to go on so, but I thought I'd provide the complete chronology of this particular solid shape. You know me, why say one word when a 1000 will do!

Dependent on the date stamped on that pickup, yours could be an H14 Silhouette (1965-68) or Bob Kat (1969-??). You mention an exact date of Feb 15th 1965, which sounds like someone has taken it from the pickup, so yours IS an H14 Silhouette, from the first year of issue and retailing back then for $64.95. Welcome to the Silhouette Owners Club!"

So that settles the matter - it is a Harmony Silhouette H14 and, as you say, that DeArmond pick-up it has a great, great sound. The guitar feels good and has a nice action too!

Regards and thanks for your help !
Guy.

Date:04-Dec-06, 5:45 pm, GMT
Name:Ian Crueller
Number:55

Hello--just a note:
I'm fairly certain your "Rowe Industries" solidbody is in fact a refinished Harmony Bobcat. The pickup was indeed made by Rowe Industries but not the guitar itself--Rowe supplied pickups to many makers, like Gretsch in the 1950's.

There's a very similar guitar to yours for sale here:

http://www.gbase.com/Stores/Gear/GearDetails...

My friend owns one of these and it has a great, great sound...

-Ian

Date:04-Dec-06, 5:43 pm, GMT
Name:terrydobson
Email:terrydobson@blueyonder.co.uk
Location:wakefield, west yorkshire, England
Number:54

Hi Guy
I'm glad you like the Burns Mirage you purchased from me on behalf of Colin Routh of BLACK LACE fame.. fantastic collection you have and i hope you continue to add further,,

Terry Dobson (drums black lace)

Date:04-Dec-06, 4:59 pm, GMT
Name:Lorna Willhelm
Web:http://www.lornasblues.com
Location:Waco, Texas, USA
Number:53

Howdy Guy!

Guess that's a proper Texas hello, ha.
Thanks for visiting lornasblues.com and signing the guestbook. You've got a great collection of guitars.

Ya'll wiggle waggle down now!

Date:27-Nov-06, 4:31 pm, GMT
Name:Amanda Mackenzie
Number:52

Thank you so much for taking us to see The Pirates - they were brilliant! They were both happy to pose with us - even after doing their gig. They were so nice. Fantastic music and we danced all night.

Thanks! When's the next one.......

Date:23-Nov-06, 11:15 am, GMT
Name:nigel
Email:nigelvaughan@netscape.net
Number:51

A lovely website -great to see some familiar old cheapies and other unusual stuff. I'm collecting obscure lefties - hard to come by! If you see any...

Date:22-Nov-06, 5:44 pm, GMT
Name:Splendid!
Email:plumbutterworth@gmail.com
Location:UK
Number:50

Good luck to you, and thanks for your enthusiasm. I was hoping to see a telecaster, I love em. But enjoyed your collection none the less!

Best wishes, Plum

Date:22-Nov-06, 10:01 am, GMT
Name:erik walet
Email:chiefbomdog@yahoo.de
Web:http://www.myspace/bomdog
Location:Amsterdam the Netherlands
Number:49

Hello There,
you have some wonderful guitars here wow !
Still what you call a burns magpie in g5 is as far as I know a Burns Mirage ! (even though you never know with burns) The magpie (II) is a guitar from around '81, looks very much like a telecaster and is more 1 for the sounds instead of the looks.

greatings
Erik Walet

Date:21-Nov-06, 8:13 pm, GMT
Name:Prince Valery Rakotsi-Tsytsak
Location:Russia
Number:48

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Date:21-Nov-06, 2:12 pm, GMT
Name:minxymanc
Location:North Wales
Number:47

Hi Guy,
Greetings from Wales...Looks like you've got a few spare slots in your gallery for some more guitars there! Where do you keep them all??????

Date:17-Nov-06, 2:16 pm, GMT
Name:Alme
Email:alme@list.ru
Number:46

Je ne parle pas en Englais, mais, je peux parler en Fransais. J'aime la guitare et le blues.
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Date:15-Nov-06, 8:23 pm, GMT
Name:Vladimir
Email:purple@online.ru
Location:Russia
Number:45

Hi from Russia, guitars Guy.

Very good vintage guitars.
May be some of rock heroes, like Ritchie Blackmore or Jimmi Page or any was playin on this guitars?

Good site - good guy - good luck - good buy

Vladimir Maluik.

Date:15-Nov-06, 8:14 pm, GMT
Name:Kostya
Number:44

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Date:15-Nov-06, 7:34 pm, GMT
Name:Halford
Email:Halford2001@Rambler.ru
Web:http://www.fight-right.narod.ru
Location:Russia
Number:43

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Date:15-Nov-06, 2:27 pm, GMT
Name:Vincent
Email:Vincent_lifeshit@list.ru
Location:Russia
Number:42

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Date:14-Nov-06, 4:41 pm, GMT
Name:Nastya
Email:your-lover@yandex.ru
Location:Russia
Number:41

Howdy Guy,
hope your collection will increase. My guitar which I play, she’s not expensive – only Squier Strat, but she is dear for me nevertheless. Thanx for your interest. Anastasia

Date:14-Nov-06, 4:26 pm, GMT
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Email:suvernev@mail.ru
Location:??????, ?????????
Number:40

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Date:13-Nov-06, 5:23 am, GMT
Name:Rashid
Email:rashid_talyshinsky@hotmail.com
Web:http://edu.of.ru/ezop/default.asp?ob_no=...
Location:http://www.stihophone.ru/users.php?user=Rashid
Number:39

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Date:12-Nov-06, 4:36 pm, GMT
Name:MiGallo
Location:Russia
Number:38

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Date:11-Nov-06, 10:48 am, GMT
Name:Alex White
Email:alexwhite2@inbox.lv
Web:http://www.alexwhiteband.com
Location:Latvia.Riga.
Number:37

Hi!I am from Latvia!This site is very good!Respect!

Date:10-Nov-06, 11:20 pm, GMT
Name:Anastasia
Email:your-lover@yandex.ru
Location:Russia.Moscow
Number:36

You have the fabulous collection! I'm a guitarwoman, I know, thanks!
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Date:10-Nov-06, 12:44 pm, GMT
Name:LisaG
Email:LisaG18@yandex.ru
Number:35

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