In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles — and of course others — stopped all that. Suddenly, electric guitars were 1 on every kids Christmas list.
Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars. EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10, electric guitars to USA per year. Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Rickenbacker… these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
Hence, the foreign guitar manufacturers gave us what we wanted. Tip of the iceberg! A nifty Fender Musicmaker. I took it to the local luthier and asked him to refinish it, to remove the awful sticker. The Airline Guitars were sold through Montgomery Ward. They are fun to fix up and fun to play. Domino made one of the better quality reproduction guitars in the late sixties. The Spartan pickguard was autographed by Edwyn Collins. Here are a few from the mid-sixties. No wonder guitars became so popular in the sixties, would you rather be playing a Teisco Del Ray or an accordion?
Then, a couple of Italian masterpieces: The Cobra is one of a dozen or so NOS guitars that I picked up when the Milwaukee connection flushed their last holdings.
The Galanti, on the other hand, is quite a rare bird. It is an extremely well made piece. I must say that this is perhaps one of the coolest guitars I have. This is truly a work of art. It was recently re-issued through the Eastwood Custom Shop. A few more Guyatones, the second one has a set neck, may be from the late fifties.
Check out the pickguard on the middle one. Next to it is an inexpensive Prestige Mosrite copy. Far left is a guitar I lust after, but have never owned. I installed a tune-o-matic bridge and a Bigsby.
I picked this up from the LoDuca remnants. It is a semi-hollow that looks like a cross between an SG and a Believe it or not, it plays like a dream!.
Next to that is a Hi-Lo also available from Ibanez. The funniest review I have ever read on Harmony central was about a Hi-Lo guitar. Wickedly popular Univox Hi-Flyer. This photo is one of the earliest Hi-Flyer models.
A Welson Concord from Italy. Nice guitar and hard to find. A Stafford semi-hollow body. Hagstrom made some wonderful guitars with exceptionally fast necks. The greenburst is a Kawai and then a single pickup version of the Domino Baron. Equally nifty is the 3V. According to my neighbor, one of the best playing guitars in the entire collection, the single pickup Red Cobra. According to me, one of the best playing guitars in the collection, the Goya Rangemaster.
As is the beautiful Red Galanti and the Espana The GL Rangemaster is another outstanding Italian guitar. Lastly is a token Airline Bass with a white Gumby headstock. As you can see, we got our walls painted the other day, hope you like it! This baby looks, feels, plays like no other Bass from its time.
Next to that is a nice Silvertone Mosrite with slider controls. You can see the inspiration for the Sidejack Series in many of these guitars. Interesting because it as an indiviual slider volume for each pickup, so you can dial in an unlimited variety of tones.
A Hofner Galaxie. Wee guitar, HUGE head. Cool, Rare, but wacky! Next is one of my current favorites, a 6-string Espana Viola shaped guitar. Extremely well made guitar. This guitar was also made at the VOX factory, and shares all the same parts and finish ast the style Espana pictured way up above. This is exactly the same as the Univox, but was imported to Canada under the brand Raven. It is from Italy, and looks, feels, smells, just like the JG Italians.
A true work of art. This guitar is extremely rare. It is owned by a friend of mine that brought it over last week to tease me!
Fortunately he agreed to let me share some pictures with you. The Airline 59 3P. Just give it time… After all, this is the beauty of vintage guitars: