lordbizarre's electric guitar & amp museum

Latest update from "lordbizarre's electric guitar and amp museum"-website : 17-may-2017


Latest additions to the collection (click on the items)

May 17, 2017

Japan : Guyatone 2pu (end 50’s ?) & original case

April 28, 2017

Romania : Hora Titan Les Paul copy

April 12, 2017

Poland : F.I.L.L.L. 1958 é-coustic with Muza pu

April 10, 2017

Bulgaria : Orfeus Skurril 3B 3 button controls

March 26, 2017

The Netherlands : Egmond Astra .. or Astra by Egmond?

Romania : Doïna Negru ‘65

Romania : Doïna Star3

Romania : Doïna Cruc perloid (green-white)

March 8, 2017

Bulgaria : Kremona acoustic mid 60’s teardrop soundholes

Bulgaria : Kremona ‘65 solid body EKO 700 copy

Bulgaria : Orpheus Borovez violin shaped guitar

Romania : C.I.L. Reghin archtop jazz guitar

Januari 27, 2017

Romania : Doïna Bucuresti end 50’s é-coustic

Januari 25, 2017

Bulgaria : Orfeus Paddle early version

Bulgaria : Orpheus Paddle s.a. Bass

Bulgaria : Kremona Mustak (early ?) acoustic

Bulgaria : Kremona or Shipka/Orfeii open book head

The Netherlands : Symphonie acoustic paper logo (latest version)

The Netherlands : Symphonie acoustic paper logo

Romania : Doïna Serenada I (cupper logo) & 2x3 tuners

September 18, 2016

The Netherlands : Symphonie 1pu floating pu

The Netherlands : Symphonie 2pu floating pu

Romania : Doïna Sângerat ‘61 1pu & Amphenol plug

September 14, 2016

Bulgaria : Orpheus Borovetz bass

Bulgaria : Shipka é-coustic (Orfeii brand) Gorovladelska cooperative

September 9, 2016

USSR : GONG (ГОНГ) 2pu solid body

August 30, 2016

Romania : Doïna mid 60’s Vox copy shortscale bass

August 28, 2016

Bulgaria : Kremona Metal ‘88 IronBird copy

The Netherlands : Symphonie s.a. Schaller pu Special head

Hello !

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! Therefor: 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 kind: bolt-on necks with different thickness and different lenght off neck's.Also 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!

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