The Galanti, on the other hand, is quite a rare bird. I found it in a shop in San Diego but they were asking around 00 for it. Next to that are a couple of Norma’s and another attempt at copying the Burns pickguard. Next to that is a Hi-Lo (also available from Ibanez). Below: As you can see, we got our walls painted the other day, hope you like it! This baby looks, feels, plays like no other Bass from its time.I found the one next to it on EBAY – in a severe state of dsrepair – for 0. Below: One last entry level Norma, then a totally cool EKO Florentine. It is a semi-hollow that looks like a cross between an SG and a 335. The funniest review I have ever read on Harmony central was about a Hi-Lo guitar. REALLY well made, big and heavy (the picture scale looks small but this is bigger than a Fender Precision). Eastwood has been making some excellent re-issue versions of this in fretless EUB-1 and fretted EEB-1 versions.
It is hard to imagine today, but in the early 1960’s having an electric guitar in your home was rare.
In fact, it was likely that your parents were steering you in the direction of accordion lessons. The Beatles – and of course others – stopped all that.
Exceptions: Some high-end models and lap steels from 1939-1940 have been added the letter A, to the prefixes D, E or F.
Factory Order numbers with a letter from 1952 to 1961.
Interesting because it as an indiviual slider volume for each pickup, so you can dial in an unlimited variety of tones. An early 1960’s Vivona which was made by EKO, and a wee Hi-Tone. It is from Italy, and looks, feels, smells, just like the JG Italians. Below: On the left is a RARE Wandre Doris from the mid 1960’s. Next is a nice ’67 Fender Jaguar and the ’67 Domino Spartan, costing about 7000% less. ) Though nothing really beats the mojo of owning a true, vintage instrument, at least Eastwood have, over the past decade, done a great job at bringing back some of those gems, as mentioned before.
Lastly, an EKO Florentine Bass with it’s partner 6-string.
EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.
For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
Suddenly, electric guitars were #1 on every kids Christmas list.
Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.
Below: One last Teisco, a Mosrite Joe Maphis copy, which was also the inspiration for the Eastwood Sidejack Series. I must say that this is perhaps one of the coolest guitars I have. Below: A few more Guyatones, the second one has a set neck, may be from the late fifties. Another 2015 Eastwood Custom Shop project was the Guyatone LG-50. Below: Another of my favorite designs, the EKO 700, in two models, 4V and 3V. According to my neighbor, one of the best playing guitars in the entire collection, the single pickup 1967 Red Cobra. Below: According to me, one of the best playing guitars in the collection, the Goya Rangemaster. As is the beautiful Red Galanti and the Espana 335. The GL Rangemaster is another outstanding Italian guitar. Then, the ever-popular but VERY hard to find 1967 Teisco May Queen.