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. […]

Vintage Guitar Scene: 1962 Gibson J-200N – Blonde

January 18, 2018 Martin Cilia

I was always in awe of Gibson J200 guitars. I first saw and heard the one that was used on The Shadows version of Apache. That guitar was borrowed from Cliff Richard. Bruce Welch from The Shadows played the great sounding rhythm guitar on Apache  (it was also used on other Shadows & Cliff Richard recordings). Cliff’s guitar has a sunburst finish. […]

Video Scene: Makua Beach

December 8, 2017 Martin Cilia

The Makua Beach video was shot on location at Makua Beach (hence the song title) in Hawaii by master underwater videographer Ray Hollowell in 2011. We wanted to capture the feel of Hawaii in both the music and the vision. We think that was achieved. […]

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