About Martin Cilia
Martin is an Australian guitarist and vintage guitar collector. Apart from his solo work he is a member of The Atlantics, Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs and is currently guitarist in Mental As Anything.

Vintage Guitar Scene: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top

July 17, 2018 Martin Cilia

Ok take a deep breath… This is about as good as it gets… This one guitar literally cost me – a 1957 Stratocaster, 1964 Stratocaster, 1956 Les Paul Custom, 1956 Les Paul Soecial TV, an L series Fender Jazzmaster, and a refin but otherwise all original 1962 strat. All these guitars were 100% original bar the ’62 refin strat. […]

Vintage Guitar Scene: 1961 Fender Bass VI

April 17, 2018 Martin Cilia

1961 Fender Bass VI (Serial Number 70174)

Original Sixties Fender Bass VI’s are not very common here in Australia. I found this one in a guitar shop on Coogee Bay Road (not far from where I was living) and the shop’s owner had just returned from the US with this instrument. […]

Video Scene: End of Summer from Going to Kaleponi

February 8, 2018 Martin Cilia

Growing up in Perth, especially in the 80s (when I was in my 20s), was a time of growth. In fact Western Australia was known as the “State of Excitement”. There was Alan Bond, of America’s Cup fame (whose front lawn I use to park my ford panel van on when visiting his next door neighbour), Lang Hancock, and all the corporate types. […]

Vintage Guitar Scene: 1962 Gibson ES-175D

February 6, 2018 Martin Cilia

I’d been quietly looking for one of these guitars for years and was very happy to find this one. It’s a great sounding and playing Gibson ES-175D which was made late 1961/early 1962.  It has 2 excellent sounding PAF pickups and is from what is considered the holy grail period of 175s. […]

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