To kick off the opening of our new Liverpool warehouse, I spend more than half of November in UK and Europe. We started in London, headed to Denmark Street to visit a couple of our dealers there – Macari’s Music and WUNJO Guitars – two of London’s finest guitar shops. Our 4-day road trip pushed on to visit existing and perspective dealers in London, Brighton, Southampton and in Thame – just east of Oxford – we visited new Eastwood Dealer VINTAGE and MODERN Guitars who were preparing for their grand opening.
Well, well, well. What have we here? On the surface, of course, it’s a 1968 Guyatone LG-350T Sharp 5. A sight little seen in North America, but not uncommon in Japan, at least once upon a time. And if it makes you think of a little bit of a Mosrite on drugs, well then you’re not too far off the mark! Welcome to a bit about the Ventures and the early world of copy guitars!
I’ve only owned two Kay tube amps, and they were both keepers. One was a pretty standard (for its era) dual 6V6 with tremolo (a really rich and deep tremolo). It had a tone pretty close to the Silvertone 1482, its Dano-made Airline counterpart, the rare 1964 Ampeg Reverberocket with 6V6’s (wow, what an amp!) Lectrolab 600B (though this is the best of the bunch, IMO) and any number of other cheapie versions/variations of a Tweed Deluxe.
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