The most popular instrumental rock of all time (and first record ever released by Virgin) was recorded using this guitar. In fact, it was the only six string used for the entire album. I’m talking about Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, of course.
This 1966 Fender Telecaster was originally blonde, and the property of Marc Bolan. An extra Bill Lawrence pickup was added to the classic Tele configration.
The guitar went up for auction in 2007, but didn’t reach the reserve price. Hear it
This stompbox is the iconic fuzz of the sixties. Many reissues exist, but the original production stopped in 1975. The simplicity of the circuit is, up to this date, a subject of admiration, especially when it has been (partly of course) responsible for the sound of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and David Gilmour. Hear it
Roger Rossmeisl was an outstanding luthier. Before collaborating with Fender, he had worked for Gibson, Rickenbacker and perhaps Mosrite. His first contribution at Fender came under the form of the Coronado series, a set of semi-hollow and thinline guitars sporting DeArmond pickups. Whether the “Hockey cross” headstock was an answer to a design problem or simply a touch of fantasy remains unsure, but it made the Coronado XII one of the most peculiar and unmistakable Fender ever made.
Edit: The hockey headstock was actually designed a year earlier by M. Leo Fender himself for the Fender Electric XII. Hats off, Leo…
1966 Gibson Super 400 with a custom retrofit pickup. It was not unusual for players to mount pickups on Super 400, Gibson’s biggest acoustic archtop. Gibson replied to this trend by launching the 400CES in 1951 (basically a Super 400 with a pickup. )
Marauders never made it to Fender’s catalog. No more than 8 prototypes would have been made, which makes this model Fender’s rarest. The first four had three pickups mounted below the pickguard. The guitar looks amazing and is even more mythical… Although everyone agrees on their existence, not a single of them has been produced. The last four had three pickups mounted as usual, one slanted like on the strats, and a myriad of switches and knobs.
Fender reissued a Marauder in 2011 that is loosely based on the original model.