1965 Sears Silvertone 1438 Bass Guitar by TEISCO (NB-4)

COOL! Check out this a very cool, very red, made in Japan, 1965 Silvertone bass with a hard case up for auction on eBay. Appears to be in pretty good condition.

Sears 1965 Silvertone 1438 Bass Guitar by Teisco (NB-4)
1965 Sears Silvertone 1438 Teisco NB-4 Electric Bass Guitar, Rare Red!

DISCLAIMER: Bid at your own risk. We just like pointing out the cool guitars we find along the way on the World Wide Web. Tone Gems is not associated with the seller; nor have we inspected or played this instrument and make no claim to it’s condition.

The Real Story Behind Marty McFly’s 1955 Guitar

Marty McFly's Gibson ES345 TDCCompliments of the good folks at Reverb.com, here is the true story behind Michael J. Fox’s “Johnny B. Goode” guitar, played during the 1955 Enchantment Under the Sea Ball – in the first Back to the Future movie. This very unique and rare Gibson ES345 TDC – which didn’t even exist in 1955 – was something of a time traveler itself.

Here is the link to the story:
The True Story of the Time Traveling Gibson in Back to the Future

Here is the clip from the movie:

Hashtags: #BackToTheFuture #BTTF #Gibson #ES345TDC #MichaelJFox #JohnnyBGoode

More Murph

Murph Squire IIT, 6-string electric guitar

More Murph Sightings

Just one day after we reported the #AlmostFamous story of Murph Guitars, one of the rarest 1960′s guitar shows up on eBay. Interestingly, the seller has misnamed the Squire II-T as the Squire 11-T. Same naming mistake that Michael Wright made in his article.

Here’s the link: Vintage 60′s MURPH SQUIRE 11-T Made in USA ALL-ORIGINAL RARE !!!

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Murph Guitars


Almost Famous

Here’s the story of Murph Guitars. It’s the story of how Patrick Murphy, a WWII Navy pilot from Detroit, who moved to California in the 1960′s – and for a brief period – became a designer and manufacturer of some groovy electric guitars.

The story is told here by author Michael Wright of Vintage Guitar Magazine (www.vintageguitar.com).

Find Out More

More about Patric Murphy and Murph guitars at the fan website dedicated to the history Murph Guitars.

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John Lennon’s Gretsch Up for Auction

John Lennons Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120

The guitar John Lennon played on Paperback Writer

Guitar Player magazine (www.guitarplayer.com) is reporting that John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 will be auctioned in November. This is the same guitar that was played by Lennon in April 1966 while recording The Beatles hit “Paperback Writer.” It is estimated that the guitar might fetch as much as $1 million!

The early 1960′s Gretsch is a Chet Adkins model with a pair of Gretsch FilterTron humbuckers, gold-plated hardware, Space Control bridge, and a Bigsby B6-C.

Here is the link to the article: John Lennon’s ‘Paperback Writer’ Gretsch Could Fetch $1M.

According to the Gretsch Guitar Database maintained at The Gretsch Pages, it is a 1963 Chet Adkins 6120, serial number 53940. Link to database here: 1963 Gretsch 6120: 53940.

The Guitars – Chapter 7 (Part Two of Two)


The Guitars – Chapter 7. The Guitars is a 15-part series of videos featuring the fantastic guitar collection of Mike Campbell, lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Here is the continuing story of Mike’s many Rickenbacker guitars, and one very special model built in 1967.

Keywords: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, TPATH, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, The Beatles, Rickenbacker, Guitars.
Hashtags: #TomPettyandtheHeartbreakers, #TPATH, #MikeCampbell, #GeorgeHarrison, #Beatles, #Rickenbacker, #Guitars.

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The Guitars – Chapter 6 (Part One of Two)

The Guitars – Chapter 6

The Guitars, is a 15-part series of videos found on Tom Petty’s website (www.tompetty.com) featuring Mike Campbell’s collection of guitars. Here is Chapter 6, the story of the Rickenbackers…

(Sorry for the advertising. It’s not me; it’s built into video)

The story continues. Click here for Chapter 7.

Keywords: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, TPATH, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, The Beatles, Rickenbacker, Guitars.
Hashtags: #TomPettyandtheHeartbreakers, #TPATH, #MikeCampbell, #GeorgeHarrison, #Beatles, #Rickenbacker, #Guitars.

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Univox Coily U1825 Electric Guitar

Univox Coily U1825 Casino

The Univox Coily Hollowbody Electric – A True 1970’s Sleeper

The Univox Coily is one example of a guitar that no one wanted in the 70’s, but would die for today. This thing just rocks!

Back in the 70’s, Univox was known as the U.S. distributor of Marshall amps… and… that’s about all they were known for! They did have their own line of guitars and amps, but most everyone wanted to rock a Les Paul with their Marshall, not a Univox, or even a Fender for that matter.

But the Coily has that Epiphone Casino-like mojo. It’s a full hollow body Maple thin line guitar, with a pair of P-90 type pickups, similar to John Lennon’s Casino. And these pickups are hot!

The 1975 Coily featured a flamed Maple body, fully bound, in a sunburst finish, P-90 type pickups, a ball-bearing Vibrato arm (Whammy Bar), Matsumoku’s three-piece Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid “Box” inlays.

The Coily was based on the Epiphone Casino, made popular in the 1960’s by The Beatles. John Lennon was the first Beatle to get one; and later Paul and George each got their own. The Casino was the only guitar that was owned and played by all three. You can see John playing his Casino in several Beatles films and videos. But the Abbey Road Rooftop Concert might be the most famous, with John playing it during their recording of “Get Back.”

Specifications

  • 1975 Univox Coily
  • Model number U1825.
  • Full Hollow body thin line body (no center block), arch top, electric.
  • Maple ply top, back and sides.
  • Bound body with Flamed Maple finish.
  • Sunburst body in Orange, Red, and Jade Green (rare color).
  • P-90 Pickups (made to look like Humbuckers).
  • Separate volume and tone controls for each pickup.
  • Three-way pickup switch.
  • Black pick guard.
  • Ball-bearing Vibrato Tailpiece.
  • Made in Japan by Matsumoku, mid 1970’s.
  • Similar to Epiphone Casino, Epiphone EA250, Epiphone 5102T.
  • Original sale price: $122.50.
  • A bass guitar version of the Coily was also available.

Photos: The Univox Coily

 

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Michael Simpson April 19, 2017 at 11:57 am

I have the same model, but in green sunburst , serial#0166981 can you tell me how many were made in green?

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alex April 30, 2017 at 9:53 pm

Hi Michael,

The Japanese guitar factories didn’t maintain accurate records back then, so it’s hard to know. Sunbrust green does seem to be more rare. I would guess that they made about 1 green Coily for every three or four cherry sunburst.

~alex

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1965 Murph Bass Guitar

How rare is this?!

A 1960’s Murph bass guitar. King of the “made-in-a-garage-in-California” #BudgetBrand guitars. Designed and built by Patrick Murphy for a brief time in the mid 60’s.

eBay Link: VINTAGE 1965 MURPH BASS GUITAR SUNBURST FOUR STRING RARE PATRICK MURPHY

More info about Patrick Murphy and Murph guitars: Murph Guitars

Lyle C-600 Acoustic Guitar

Lyle C-600, 000-size Acoustic Guitar

Say hello to Lyle

The Lyle C-600 is an excellent 1970’s reproduction of the Martin 000-18 guitar. The C-600 was made in Japan at the Matsumoku factory and sold in the United States by L.D. Heater Music Company of Portland Oregon.

This particular guitar came to me as a gift from my family last Christmas. My son found this Lyle online at a Goodwill Store in Seattle. When the guitar finally arrived, it looked a bit rough: with a few scuffs, marks, dings, and plenty of scratches. Not to mention a few decades of dust!

The passing of time had not been kind to this Lyle, which resulted in a bowed neck. Poor Lyle. Here’s a picture of Lyle the day he arrived in his original chipboard case.

A New Life

Lyle spent quite a bit of time earlier this year at Barrett Coughlin’s repair shop. Barrett straightened Lyle’s bowed neck, lowered the bridge saddle, treated the fingerboard, filed and polished the frets, and generally brought this old instrument back to life.

A Good Build

  • Crafted in Japan, in the Matsumoku factory.
  • Imported and sold by the L.D. Heater Co. of Portland, Oregon.
  • 000 size.
  • Solid Spruce top.
  • Martin X-bracing.
  • Laminated Mahogany sides and back.
  • Mahogany neck.
  • Rosewood fingerboard and fixed bridge.
  • Simple Dot inlay markers.
  • Inlay headstock.
  • Black (vinyl?) pickguard.
  • Cheap tuners.
  • Unknown (plastic?) nut.
  • Chipboard case.