Vintage 1965 Murph Squire original condition with single pickup

1965 Murph Squire

Check out this extremely rare Murph electric guitar being offered on eBay. These guitars were built in Southern California in the mid-1960’s by a World War II Navy vet turned guitar luthier and entrepreneur.

eBay: 1965 MURPH SQUIRE 1 SINGLE PICKUP IN WHITE VINTAGE GUITAR ORIGINAL COND Strat

Tone Gems is not affiliated with eBay, or the seller, and does not endorse this purchase.

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The Beatles 1964 Cowbell


So when did the cowbell become a thing? You can hear Ringo banging on it in each bridge of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in 1964.

#morecowbell #thebeatlesdiditfirst

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Buddy Holly Day 2019


Buddy Holly Day is coming September 7, Buddy’s birthday. Stay tuned for more details.

#BuddyHollyDay

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Texas Blues – A 60-Second Primer

Texas Blues Greats: Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Here’s your Texas Blues primer in just 60-seconds…

Blind Lemon Jefferson


Blind Lemon Jefferson

T-Bone Walker


T-Bone Walker

  • Born in Linden, Texas, 1910. Died in Los Angeles, California, 1975.
  • Recorded from 1929 to 1973.
  • Traveled and played with Blind Lemon Jefferson.
  • Songs: Woman You Must Be Crazy, Stormy Monday, T-Bone Shuffle, Mean Old World, T-Bone Blues, Shufflin’ Blues, Wichita Falls Blues.
  • Inaugural member of Blues Hall of Fame, 1980.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1987.
  • T-Bone Walker – Wikipedia
  • T-Bone Walker Discography – Discogs

Lightnin’ Hopkins


Lightnin' Hopkins

Janis Joplin


Janis Joplin

  • Born in Port Arthur, Texas, 1943. Died in Los Angeles, California, 1970 (drug overdose).
  • Recorded from 1962 to 1970 (just 8 years).
  • Songs: Piece Of My Heart, Me And Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz, Summertime, Down On Me, Maybe, Ball And Chain.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1995.
  • Janis Joplin – Wikipedia
  • Janis Joplin Discography – Discogs

Johnny Winter


Johnny Winter

Steve Ray Vaughan


Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • Born in Dallas, Texas, 1954. Died in East Troy, Wisconsin, 1990 (helicopter crash).
  • Recorded from 1983 to 1990 (just 7 years).
  • Songs: Pride And Joy, Crossfire, Little Wing, The House Is Rockin’, Life By The Drop, Superstition, The Sky Is Crying.
  • Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Award), 2000
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2015.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Wikipedia
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan Discography – Discogs

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1965 Bartell Spyder Spotted on eBay


A very rare 1965 Bartell Spyder electric guitar, labeled and marketed by house brand St. George, was spotted this week selling on eBay. The seller from Aurora, Ohio has listed a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $1585.95.

Here is the original eBay post: 1965 Bartell Spyder Electric guitar CANDY BLUE CALIFORNIA ORIG

Bartell was a family-owned musical instruments company from about 1964 to 1968, making guitars in my hometown of Riverside, California.

Learn more about the Bartell company and their electric guitars and basses at this great website dedicated to Bartell: Bartell Guitars and Bases

Here are some photos of the guitar for sale.

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The Night the Music Died

KCTV5 news reporter Amy Anderson transports you back to the Surf Ballroom and the Winter Dance Party.

Kansas City news reporter Amy Anderson and producer Zoe Brown interview two ‘teenagers’ who were at the Surf Ballroom on February 3, 1959 and then travel to Clear Lake, Iowa to file this exceptional story about ‘The Night The Music Died.’ Also, the story includes a connection to original Cricket rhythm guitar player, Niki Sullivan.

Link to the KCTV 5 News Report: Fans, descendants remember impact of ‘the day the music died’ 60 years later

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The Day The Rock Star Died on AXS TV


Axs TV has a full night of Buddy Holly on tap for tonight!

9:00 PM – First, Gary Busey sings and plays electric guitar in his Oscar-nominated role as Buddy Holly in the Academy Award winning movie ‘The Buddy Holly Story.’

11:15 PM – ‘Rock Legends: Buddy Holly’ – A 30-minute mini-documentary on the life and musical impact of Buddy Holly.

11:45 PM – ‘The Day The Rock Star Died’ featuring the life of Buddy Holly. Another mini-documentary created for the 60th Anniversary of his death.
Here’s the trailer.

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Silvertone 1428 (Sears 60BXL) Solid-State Bass Amp

60-Watts of Transistor Power! (meh)

The Sears 60BXL (labeled as Silvertone model 1428) was a electric bass amp similar in design and appearance to guitar and bass amps built by Danelectro in the late 1960’s. It appeared in the Sears Catalog from 1971 through 1973. According to the catalog, the 60BXL was a two transistor-powered 60-watt (marketing hype) bass amp with a 15-inch speaker. It seems that very few of these amps were sold, maybe because the more powerful 200BXL met the needs of electric bass players.

Not much is known about these amps; they are rarely seen in the wild. Here is an image from the 1971 Sears Catalog.

Page 928 excerpt from the 1971 Sears Catalog

Here is a posting about this amp in the Talk Bass Forum: NAD – 1971 Sears 60 BXL Combo.

Below are some photos courtesy of Chicago Music Exchange and eBay.

 

Silvertone 1428 Sears 60BXL Electric Bass Amplifier
Courtesy Chicago Music Exchange
Silvertone 1428 Sears 60BXL Electric Bass Amplifier
Courtesy Chicago Music Exchange
Silvertone 1428 Sears 60BXL Electric Bass Amplifier
Courtesy Chicago Music Exchange
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Courtesy eBay

 

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Bartell Apache Guitar Spotted on eBay

Bartell Apache Electric Guitar


A 1960’s Bartell Apache was recently spotted for sale on eBay. With a ‘Buy It Now’ price of only $350.00, it was scooped up pretty quickly.

Here is the original eBay post: VINTAGE 1960S USA BARTELL APACHE OF CALIFORNIA ELECTRIC GUITAR LUTHIER PROJECT

Bartell was a family owned company located in Riverside, California.

Learn about the Bartell company and their electrics guitars at this great website dedicated to Bartell: Bartell Guitars and Bases

Here are some more photos of the Apache guitar.

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Buddy Holly Remembered in Special Edition

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Special Anniversary Edition

Vintage Rock Magazine of Britain has issued a special 132 page edition honoring the 60th anniversary of The Day The Music Died.

Exclusive interviews include intimate discussions with Buddy’s widow Maria Elena Holly; Bobby Vee, who took the unenviable position as Buddy’s replacement to close out the final tour; Crickets members Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis, who share their fond memories of Buddy – and producer Nick Patrick, whose True Love Ways project brought Buddy’s music together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Click here to order your copy:  Buddy Holly and The Day The Music Died

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