Uilke Egmond (1878-1959) founded a music school and a music shop in Valkenswaard, that was named Musica. In the shop he sold instruments imported from the Eastern Europe. In 1935 the business moved to Eindhoven. The import of instruments ended and they decided to make the instruments on their own.
In the early 50’s there were 20 employees making 50 guitars a week and by the early 60’s there were 80 employees cranking out 2000 guitars a week.
Egmond was the largest luthier in Europe and they were more known for quantity than quality. Cheap instruments were made in large numbers that everyone could. The cheapest models had a price tag that was one tenth the cost for a comparable model of a Gibson or a Fender.
But Egmond also made high quality instruments, the Egmond 2 and 3, 2V and 3V. They had 2 or 3 pickups, as the number states. 2V and 3V (V=vinyl covered body) had the body shape of a Fender Jaguar or Fender Jazzmaster. Later the Egmond 2 and 3 got the name Egmond Thunder, and the Egmond 2V and 3V got the name Egmond Typhoon. A more advanced and luxury guitar, with the same body shape as the 2V and 3V, was the Egmond Tempest.
Here is a fine example of the Egmond Thunder:
3 thoughts on “Back Catalog Memories: Egmond Thunder Electric Guitar”
Yes I still remenber of this nice guiatar of the sixties Egmond was very commoned at that time,many Bands owned one or two it was sensational at that time,
Now it will great if could have one in very good condition to Buy , let me have news if available still and send a message to my mail , Thank you
DANIEL THIBAUD ,
Hola tengo una EGMOND AÑO 1964 restaurada y completamente original . Esta en venta suena increiblemente bien sonido años 60. Si interesa puedo enviar fotos. Un saludo
I love Egmond/Rosettis. I have a mahogany bodied Airstream 3. It has the Solo switch and 3 slider switches for the pick ups. At some point in it’s life it got fitted with Fender tuners that date from 1965. Apart from that it’s all original. I have a White Lucky 7 in my collection too. Both guitars have white pearloid on them. My 7 is a late 50’s. It’s amazing how such old guitars can sell for so little money. It means ordinary people can hunt them down and afford them.