Hi, and welcome to Tone Gems!
This site is dedicated to vintage bargain brand guitars, tube and transistor amps, effects, and other analog jewels of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Airline, Alamo, Danelectro, Harmony, Kalamazoo, Kay, Magnatone, Silvertone, Teisco, Truetone, Univox and Valco just to name a few. Sometimes a later or brand new piece of gear will sneak in, as long as it’s a classic analog design. No digital!

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Murph Alert: Another Murph Guitar on eBay

Murph Alert! Now on eBay, a rare 1960s Murph Squire 6-string electric guitar. If you are into rare electric guitars made in SoCal, in the category of “not made by Leo Fender” then this may be for you! Designed and built near my hometown of Riverside CA by WWII Navy pilot, Patrick Murphy.

Larry Holley Passes Away

Larry Holley, Buddy Holly's brother passed away on Thursday at age 96. Here's Larry Holley speaking from his home in Lubbock, Texas, about his brother Buddy Holly.