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.Suddenly, electric guitars were #1 on every kids Christmas list.Companies that had been manufacturing Accordions for 20 years, retooled for electric guitars.EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.
Below: Perhaps my favorite 1960’s guitars, the Domino’s.
I have owned many Domino Californian’s over the years (the VOX Phantom copy). Domino made one of the better quality reproduction guitars in the late sixties.
The Spartan pickguard was autographed by Edwyn Collins.
Below: If your first electric guitar was in the 1960’s, there is a good chance it was a Teisco. The Teisco Del Ray was perhaps the most popular student guitar from the 1960’s. It was recently re-issued through the Eastwood Custom Shop. Hagstrom made some wonderful guitars with exceptionally fast necks.
No wonder guitars became so popular in the sixties, would you rather be playing a Teisco Del Ray or an accordion? The Regent is from Canada, the name Regent was a Canadian label for GUYATONE. Next to it is an inexpensive Prestige Mosrite copy. The greenburst is a Kawai and then a single pickup version of the Domino Baron.