Vintage Guitars - rare guitars and basses 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 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.
Speedy McCormack of The Crackaways with his Italian-made Crucianelli Ellisound Triple guitar. Thanks to Stefano of for identification and lower photo A Dallas Tuxedo bass c.1959-'60 played by Jim O'Dwyer of The Black Aces Unknown guitarist (name?) with unknown Dublin group (name?) plays a rare Wandré Bikini guitar with built-in amp and speaker. Photos courtesy of Kate Horgan and
Jim Ruane of The Swingtime Aces with his rare Hopf bass c.1958 (thanks to Jimmy Reilly). This is a Fenton-Weill Contra bass c.1960-61 played by Sean Hunt of The Clefonaires. Colour photo courtesy of Toddie Lehane of the Kingdom Showband plays an Arbiter Soundmaster EB1 made by Teisco
A young Brendan Quinn who later went on to great success as a country singer pictured with his Harmony H78 when he was in The Signs Showband. Bassist with Tuam's Olly Maloney Showband - can you identify his bass?
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