One of these days I'll get around to doing a proper photo gallery with hundreds of images of various guitars. For now, this is just a small sample of some of the guitars that I restored over the years. Most of these pics are from the last few years, taken after I discovered the wonders of digital photography. My prior exploits will have to remain shrouded in the mists of time until I scan in some of the older "analog" photos (remember those?). To answer the inevitable question, no, none of these guitars are for sale. Most of them I no longer own. Some were sold locally here in New York, some went to many different parts of the world from Russia to Japan to France to Australia… Somewhere, somebody is playing one of my old "junk" guitars, and I love it.
A trio of 1966 Decca guitars, two DMI-201's and a top-of-the-line DMI-203. These were made by Teisco for Decca Records. These particular three were originally bought together in early 1967 for a family band, a father and two sons. Guess who got the fancy three-pickup model. All three plugged into a single Decca amp, bought at the same time. Can you just imagine the horrible racket they made?
These Russian beauties were made at the Rostov-On-Don factory in the 1980's. The two sisters are called Stella (left, no relation to old American Stella guitars) and Aelita (right). See the family resemblance?
Russian Tonika guitars from the 1970's. These are more like cousins, because even though it's the same model, they were made at different factories. The Tonika on the left was made in Sverdlovsk (Ural) and the one on the right is from Rostov.
This early 1960's Kawai was also sold under the Kingston brand. The Pace SG from the late 1960's is a bit more obscure, but otherwise it's a fairly typical eample of an early "copy era" Japanese model.
Another early 1960's Kawai, a cool little shortscale bass. It was the very first guitar I sold on eBay some years ago. On the right, the legendary 1968 Avalon "Shaggs" model. This one now belongs to a Japanese collector. Only yours truly can manage to sell an old Japanese guitar back to the Japanese, mostly they just come here to buy Fenders!
Two Univox Hi-Flyers. The bass is a late 1960's model, made for Merson (Univox) by Aria. The guitar is a slightly later series from the early 1970's and was most likely made to similar specs by Matsumoku.
This pair of junkers were literally junk when I got them. The 1959 Kay bass (model K-5965 "Pro") was rescued from the New York City garbage, while the yellow Ibanez Tele (c. 1972 model 2352) was found totally trashed at a flea market for $20. Keep your eyes open folks, you never know what you'll find.
Two elegant old gals from Eastern Europe, a Musima Elektra Deluxe V (East Germany, mid 1960's) and an Orpheus Hebros bass (Bulgaria, early 1970's). This is how they rocked behind the Iron Curtain.
Green guitars are always fun! Left: 1966 Klira Star Club (Germany, dig the cool pirate sticker!). Right: mid-1960's Sekova thinline (Japan).
Funny shapes are cool, too. Left: c.1983 Arbor Explorer, heavy metal, baby! Right: 1968 Domino Californian, surf's up!
Two classic 1960's European models, a 1965 Jolana Alfa (Czechoslovakia) and a late 1960's Watkins Rapier-44 (Britain).
More crazy Russian electric madness! In the bad old days, you either bought a flashy Ural guitar and were the envy of your friends, or you made your own axe. Left: 1983 Ural guitar. Right: a fairly typical c. 1970's Russian "samopal" (an instrument built at home by an amateur).
Tiger examines a c. 1970 Sekova.
A big pile of "junk"!
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