If you are into rare electric guitars made in SoCal, in the category of “not made by Leo Fender” then this is for you! Designed and built near my hometown of Riverside CA by WWII Navy pilot, Patrick Murphy.
Welcome to my auction! Here we have a very Rare Rare 1966 Murph Squire 2 Electric Guitar with rare tobacco burst finish. This guitar was USA made in San Fernando California in 1966. I had wanted a Fender Jag in this color, when this guitar presented itself I fell in love. This falls into the category of RARE, and where are you going to find another”. Please read copied description that will go with guitar. This guitar is ALL original and unmolested condition. The pictures are the description. There are very minor handling marks on body, and slight buckle rash. This is a 56 year old beauty survivor, that should be in a rock in roll museum somewhere. This has the original luggage case as well. This item is sold as is with no refunds or warranties. Please see my feedback and bid with confidence. This is from my personal collection. I only collect the best. This ships Fed Ex ground. Payment through PayPal. Thank you for your interest in my auction. This is a USA SALE ONLY!
Over the years, the Orpheus brand is a name has been used on several lines of guitars in different parts of the world: from Bulgaria to the former Soviet Union, to the United States and Japan.
Through research, we found that in the late 1960s through mid-1970s, Coast Wholesale Music Company of California imported a line of electric guitars made in Japan under the Orpheus name. It is suspected, but not proven, that these electric guitars could have been made in the highly respected Matsumoku factory of Japan.
Luckily, we found this Orpheus 12-string hollow body electric back in May 2019 at Centaur Guitar in Portland, Oregon (BTW: The guys at Centaur really know their stuff when it comes to 1970s made in Japan guitars, so give them a call or stop by). Since I already owned a mid-1970’s Univox Coily, I recognized that the build and the pickups were very similar. The body, the neck, the triple edge binding, the cherry burst finish, and the pickups all resembled other guitars we’d seen from Matsumoku.
Built by Matsumoku Industrial of Japan (we think, we’re not sure!) and imported to the U.S. by Coast Wholesale Music Company of California, this 12-string semi-acoustic hollow body electric from the 1970’s is a rare bird.
A rare 1966 Murph electric guitar surprisingly shows up on eBay, but that’s only part of the #AlmostFamous story. Read on…
1966 Murph Squire II-T
From the Listing
“Up for auction is a rare Murph Squire II-T made in 1966. These were produced between mid-1965 and around March or April of 1967 by Murphy Music Industries located at 1817 First Street in San Fernando, California. The company was owned by Patrick Murphy (1920-2009) who was born in Illinois, raised in Detroit, and settled his wife and 5 kids in California following World War II.”
Continuing the saga of how a WWII Navy fighter pilot-turned-entrepreneur to design and build his own brand of electric guitars in the 1960s. Guitar player and author of the book series Guitar Stories, Michael Wright tells the unique story of Patrick Murphy and Murph Guitars. The story is told here by Michael Wright in Vintage Guitar Magazine.
A very rare sighting of a Murph Squire 12-string electric guitar!
As seen on Ebay, this Squire 12-string is in pretty good shape for its age. The Murph Squire 6 and 12-string guitars were built by Murphy Music Industries – a company started by WWII veteran Patrick Murphy – in the San Fernando, California in the mid-1960s.
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 Patrick Murphy, a World War II Navy vet turned guitar luthier and entrepreneur.
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.
Also known as the Teisco ET-460 or K4L “sharkfin” guitar.
Check out the photos of this super cool, vintage 1969, made in Japan, Sears Silvertone 1437. The 1437, more commonly known as the “Sharkfin Guitar,” has a mean-looking hand-carved body, four (4!) pickups, and a machine-striped solid aluminum pick guard. Sold in the U.S. by Sears & Roebuck in the late 1960s and early 70s as Silvertone model number 1437, it’s known in Japan and other markets as the Teisco ET-460 or Teisco 4KL. Could have been sold elsewhere under other names as well?
Made in the now-defunct Teisco factory of Japan.
This particular guitar was recently purchased from eBay seller mwbutler. The excellent photos below are by mwbutler.