Vintage Guitars - Burns, Egmond, Eko, Vox used by Irish bands in the '60s

On these pages we share vintage photos of musicians with their instruments. If you can identify any of the musicians, please let us know. We are indebted to Guy Mackenzie, Paul Day, John Doyle, Stefano Aria, Steve Russell, Jack Marchal, Mike Robinson, Alfons Lahaye, Martin Kelly and Tommy Dunne for their very generous expertise in identifying most of the guitars. Where possible, we have credited vintage guitar websites with photos. If your website has been omitted, please let us know and it will be added.

A Vox Mark I Phantom from 1962 owned by Donie Marron of The Woodpeckers from Dundalk

The Fugitives from Skerries


Bobby Hastings in 1968

The Southlanders guitarist (name?) with his Burns Vibra Artist 1962. Photo on right courtesy of

Ronnie Clugston playing his Burns Jazz guitar in Vancouver in 1967 (thanks to Ronnie)

Two unusual guitars played by members of The Laredo Showband. An Egmond-made Rosetti Airstream 3 (c.1961-'62) and a Rosetti Bass 8 (c.1961-'62)

A rarity made in Italy for the American market. This is actually an Eko 720 V4 owned and played by Joe Gillespie of The Chord-en-Aires. Legend says that the body was designed to look like a map of North America! Stefano confirms that  the brown guitar is a very rare 720. The one in the catalogue is a 700.

A Vox "New Escort" played by The Steelmen guitarist (c.1965)

Bassist (name?) with Dave Dixon's Band with his 1960/'61 Rosetti (Egmond) Solid 7 bass guitar.
John Browne (Limerick) also played with The Ohio Showband Alan Carr of The Silver Clouds with an Eko 500/3V (c.1962-'63). Photos courtesy of Alan Carr and RudysMusic.Com
Two members of Waterford's Atlantic Showband with their Burns Jazz bass c.1964 and Burns Split Sonic guitar c.1963. Do you know their names? The Heartbeats' bassist with his Burns Vista Sonic bass (c.1962-'63). If you know his name, please let us know.

This is Pat O'Hare of Dundalk's Vikings Showband with his Burns Sonic bass. The band later became The Toronto Showband. Thanks to Anthony B. for info and to for colour photo.

Noel Morrison of Sligo's Savoy Swing Seven pictured with his Burns Bison bass c.1963. Photo on left courtesy of Burns-Guitars.Nl Maxie McEvoy of The Strangers playing his Burns Burns Marvin bass c.1964-'65. Photos courtesy of and Maxie McEvoy
Jack Costello (Granny's Intentions) with his Vox Phantom bass in 1968 at the Top Hat, Dun Laoghaire.
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