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Latest update from "lordbizarre's electric guitar and amp museum"-website : 2-feb-2018
Latest additions to the collection (click on the items)
February 2, 2018
Bulgaria : Kremona Mustak Double Soundhole acoustic
Bulgaria : Kremona Staff Scale flat acoustic
Bulgaria : Kremona Staff Scale double soundhole acoustic pré ‘65
January 26, 2018
Bulgaria : Orfeii electric Mandolin 2 pu
Bulgaria : Kremona acoustic Mandolin 1964
December 24, 2017
Bulgaria : Orfeus Oreus, 1972, no f-holes, prototype? Very heavy: 3,75 kg!
Romania : C.I.L. Reghin Jazz sn. 15619 black
October 28, 2017
Bulgaria : Harmonija LC (Long cut) 3pu special shape
Bulgaria : Kremona Rozov розов 50’s hardware
USSR : M.E.M.I.F. art.410 acoustic
September 28, 2017
Romania : Doïna Melodia 1pu fixed cable
September 23, 2017
Hungaria : Moni Second shortscale sn 585
Welcome to "lordbizarre's electric guitar & amp museum" situated in Wange, Belgium, €pe.
Already 351 electric guitars & 50 amp's; ... and still growing!
It all started in 1968, when I made my first 'electric' guitar out of cardboard and poplar (for the body) and oak... for the arm. Since I hadn't the money for the frets I made them of flattened 2,5 mm² electrical wire. Unfortunately, the measures I took from a friend's guitar weren't correct: so the guitar was only playable until the 5th fret.
It even had a pick-up: a telephone microphone, which I played trough an Emmerson FM-radio as amplifier (that's what you can call distortion!...)
After a few months I bought a Fuji post order guitar from a friend and learned to play for real.
But you know... the birds and the bees (and artistic differences with the group)... so it stopped...
I finished my school as an electro-technician and after several years I started repairing old Juke-Box valve amplifiers as a hobby.
In 1995 I found a Gibson SG for a very reasonable price; had the money from all those years amp-repair and bought it! A few weeks later an Ibanez RocketRoll II; one month later a Framus Hollywood (with sliding pu)....and yes: the collection started.
I already had some old amplifiers (such as Schaller KV50ST; Dynacord DA20; etc...) so the amp-line was also already there! Nothing can't stop me now!
Personally I don't care much for the "well known" brands, because everything is known and prices are too high. I like to check out some "No Names" from Japan and see what's there to be found; or some "behind the Iron Curtain"-guitars from Poland; Chzechoslovakia; USSR ...
I'm trying to give as much info as possible, but feel free to mail me with more, so all info can be as accurate as possible! Therefore: thanks!
OK, enough words, let the tour begin..!..
This is the one, number one !! I made it in 1969. It's made of several layers of carton wood, glued on a poplar body. The arm is made out of an oak beam, which I saw manually at the right size. The frets (I hadn't the money to buy new fret wire...) are made of flattened 2,5 mm² copper electricity wire. As you can see Ibanez (Jem series/Satriani...I believe) wasn't the first to use wood screws as marking dots ! Since I hadn't the money for the perloid I used this easy solution. The problem with the frets were that you only can play up to the 5th fret, 'cause I probably took the wrong dimensions on a friends guitar. As pick-up I used a telephone mike, which I amplified through a Emmerson FM radio,with a self made distortion... that's what I call distortion !
The "guitar" even had a tremolo bar, but to change the strings one had to unscrew the protection plate !
The external wiring was made of an old automobile radio-antenna cable.
Like the Dutch Egmond Super Solid 7 with tremolo this trem only worked "up",couldn't get lower.
All these parts (except the tuning devices) were made with simple hand drills, wood saw, file etc...
A nice example of old 1963 Kawai's who where sold in the late 60's and early 70's as postal order guitars. I've some indications that these guitars (simple version) where sold under the "Shadow" brand. I've them in different kinds: bolt-on necks with different thickness and different lenghts of necks. Also with different neck plates.
- right: the most simple version S-70;
- middle(white) S-70T: a more luxury version (with Hagström Tremar-like tremolo)
- left: de luxe version S-80T (sparkle gold, two pu's and tremolo)... and shining on stage as an asteroid!!!
A very lucky strike, only happens once in a lifetime: a Wandré "Spazial" and a Davoli "DTC-44C Blue Jeans" valve combo (ECL82). Wandré and Davoli worked together in the 60's and both produced special design musical items. I've a few Davoli's such as the "8036-P" Davoli / Krundaal (duo EL34) and the organ&bass "A.Or.ba.ch B6" Davoli / Krundaal (duo EL504). Seems to me that Krundaal ran also an amplifier chain, 'cause I've a "Storm 50", a solid state amp from the 70's, although a very vintage look!
Another problem ... which guitar is this? No brand, no original keys, but at least in reasonable shape. Eye-strucking is the chrome pick guard and the rather large headstock. On the back is only indicated "EG-35".
It seems that the headstock indicates a Guyatone, but the two switches indicate Teisco ... who will tell?
In the 60's and 70's a lot of those guitars were sold via postal order company's, without brands ... a clearance-sale to get rid of old stock? ...
Although the quality of this guitar stands far more than the most postal-order guitars, it's still a question why! This one has been played, worn out; she must have been suffering on stage, at home, in dark and dangerous spaces ... who will tell? But now she's coming to the end of the road, in the company of so many friends to whom she tells her story! Wish I understood their language ....
To determine which brands the No Names had one must sometimes completely take the guitar apart and take note of every detail on every piece. Here for instance the pot meters (Daïto and Cosmos). Then the biggest problem is to find another guitar with the same hardware, but with it's brand name. Even with this very special heel plate with 5 screw holes I still didn't find out which brand and / or factory build this guitar!