Gretsch, Gibson and others came up with their own version of split pickups to capture a stereo sound, effect highly sought in the late 50s. Yet, none of these brands went as far as Vega. The Vega 1200 Stereo had no less than 12 pickups (2 for each string!) Perhaps too complex, this model never found its audience…
SOME of Jimi Hendrix’s guitars. From left to right: 1968 Stratocaster Olympic White (the Woodstock strat), 1965 stratocaster 3 tone sunburst that Jimi burnt at the Finsbury Astoria in 1967, 1968 three-tone sunburst stratocaster, 1967 Gibson Flying V he painted himself, 1969 Gibson Flying V used at the Isle of Whight.
If you were in 1958 and an avant-guardist, you would probably have purchased the very early version of a now popular model: The gibson Korina Explorer. For merely $250, you would have brought home this model and every one around would have told you you’re weird (even Gibson.) Against all odds, you’d have kept that baby hanging around, and today you’d have been the lucky owner of one of the 100 original models ever produced. Nowadays, these rarities trade on auction for about half a million.
pictured is the early prototype, then called the “futura”
Check out the lines of this 1964 Framus 5/170 Electrona.
This guitar made by the now deceased German constructor has much more detail to offer than an eye can take in a day. Note how the beautiful metallic pickguard delivers a lovely retro-futuristic look, and how that same metallic feel extends to the coils.
The endless number of switches and controls are making me almost as intrigued as the strange bridge and tailpiece.
And what to say about those lines on the bottom horn? Could that be a built in amp?
Would be a joy to place even one finger on this beauty.
The very first guitar burned by Jimi was at the Finsbury Astoria in London, in March 1967. It’s a 1965 3tone Sunburst Fender Stratocaster, and was sold at auction in 2008 for £280,000. Needless to say… I want it :P
Pete Townshed’s 1967 SG special was auctioned in July 2008 at Christies London for $64,219.
Lot notes from Christies
It appears from his letter that Townshend gave this guitar to Haslam in gratitude for the help he gave him in facing up to his problem with alcohol addiction in the early 1980s. Tony Haslam is selling this guitar to cover medical expenses for himself and for another former Who crew member, Mike Shaw, who was injured in a car crash whilst working for the band in 1965.