Guitar Scene: The Spira “Unk” Guitar

September 20, 2018 Ben Rogers

John Joseph Rogers from Millicent (South Australia) and Grace Mabel Beatrice Fitzgibbon from Williamstown (Victoria) were married in 1917. They lived in a modest weatherboard house on a vineyard in Merbein, North-West Victoria. John Rogers had purchased the virgin land and planted it with grapevines – primarily sultanas – soon after the Merbein irrigation settlement was established in 1909. John and Grace raised 13 children on the property. My father John (Jack) was the first-born, whilst the last was Kevin, born in 1931, and later to be known throughout the clan as “Unk”. […]

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. […]

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. […]

Vintage Guitar Scene: 1935 Martin 00-17 acoustic

November 27, 2017 Martin Cilia

fter I played it I put it back in the case and she took it home with her. The following Thursday I said, if you ever want to sell the guitar I’m your buyer. About a month later she asked if I was still interested in the guitar, the following week I was the proud owner of a 1935 Martin acoustic guitar. […]

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