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MY FIRST GUITAR..

"That first 'one' was so special.."

 

 

Hofner Club 50 - check the lip!

 

MY FIRST GUITAR

By Bob Nasca

 

"My first guitar and receipt along with a photo of my first paying gig with my first band The One Way. I am on the left and have replaced my Silvertone guitar body with a 'custom' home-made guitar body using a majority of the Silvertone guitar parts. I now also sport a big Silvertone amp' instead of the amp' in the guitar case!

 

 

THE ONE WAY

  I grew up in Chicago and was one of thousands of kids that bought guitars or drums when

The Beatles invaded the US. There were three bands on my block alone! Kids would practice in their basements or garages all the time - garage bands - driving their parents absolutely crazy.

 

  I was in several Chicago bands from 1965 until 1972. The One Way, The New Generation Five, a three-piece Cream/Hendrix/Blue Cheer band with no name and The General Assembly - soul music with horns. We played all over Chicago at clubs, school dances, proms, etc. I was also in Cold Smoke, a house band in Old Town around 1967 - Chicago's Haight Ashbury. We played five nights a week during the time Janice Joplin was down there recording her first album with Big Brother.

  I also spent all weekends going to see all the great bands that played in Chicago: Hendrix, Cream, Iron Butterfly, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, James Gang, etc. Too many bands to list or remember!

 

  I quit music for awhile and later had an all original band - Dream Circus - and have copyrights on about a dozen songs that I never promoted.

   In the 90's my neighbour Frank Guignon - drummer - and I jammed on occasions and hooked up with various musicians we knew just for fun. A neighbor recorded a lot of our songs when we played the neighborhood block party in 1996 dubbed 'Abbeystock' - we lived in Abbey Hill. Here is a link to one of several songs: www.youtube.com/user/rnasca#p/u/3/0w6rPgsTnj4 
 

  Many musicians I knew throughout the years dropped out of music, but some became professionals playing with major acts. I still play today only for fun in my room full of toys! I also have a great time connecting with musicians and people from that era in my three Facebook groups: Chicago rock bands 1960's, Liverpool rock bands 1960's and 70's and Chicago Old Town in the 1960's. A lot of people share many great stories from that very special time."

Bob Nasca: March 2011

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MY FIRST GUITAR

By Mitch Mitchinson
 

"Well its January, 1963 and I'm fifteen years of age. Just an average sort of kid, rubbish at sport, no good looks to interest girls and little or no interest in music at all. This however, was all to change very very quickly with my first visit to Wigan Empress ballroom.

 

I went with three of my mates Harry, Terry and John because we had heard this place was where the 'birds' were. I can't for the life of me undestand how we managed to gain access as we were seriously under age, but we managed it. What happened next as I walked up the staircase has been burned indelibly into my brain ever since and sent me down the rocky-road to oblivion.

 

 In short, I saw The BEAT BOYS.  
                                                                       The Antoria LG50
 

  It was like a religious experience. I'd never seen or heard anything like it before. Songs I'd never heard on the radio. Kenny with a yellow Gibson Les Paul Special, Alan Parky' doing the front-man thing to perfection, Ronnie Carr with his blond hair looking cooler than a Pendleton's Twicer.Malc Grundy,with his Burns Bison playing Hava Nagila behind his head and harmonies; I'd never heard harmonies before? - and the crowd was going nuts!!!

 

  I thought, wow!!! I wonder if I could do that? And another thing, the girls were ten-deep in front of the stage and the lads in the group were as ugly as me! So I thought, 'I gotta get me one of those!' 

 

  So I bought my first guitar. Names like Gibson or Fender were yet to enter my vocabulary, I just wanted 'any' electric guitar. To get one, I sold loads of stuff, even my treasured Perdio Piccadilly Radio for the five pounds - yes FIVE POUNDS! 

 

 For my first love: 'She' was a 1959 Antoria LG50 and what's more, the guy I bought it from told me he got it from Kennny Filligham of the The Beat Boys.
This was true, as there are many Beat Boys pics showing Kenny with it. This model was made by Guyatone in Japan, and was sold under many names by its importers. It had a great sound, but terrible to play, the action was so high you could play slide 'under' the strings, but i loved it,

 

  It served me well, through my early days learning these impossible things called chords, through to my days in The Frenz.When we formed Ipso Facto My old mate Colin gave me a Hofner Colorama which was a far better guitar, so the Antoria got put to one side. I kept it at my mothers house along with the Hofner and played it when i visited her. Sadly, she developed Alzheimer's disease and both guitars went missing from her house. She must have either given them away or thrown them out. I missed that guitar so much I've been making a replica from old pics..

 

   Vince Taylor & The Playboys during a three week tour of Brighton and Wales.
 in September 1959. Kenny Fillingham joined them for the tour. Kenny in the back of a 'Brand New Cadillac' to quote the groups big hit. He is holding my first guitar the Antoria LG50 that I bought for a fiver in 1963.

 

  It's the same model that Hank Marvin used in The Drifters before he was the first Fender Stratocaster owner in the country.

Well! thats my story.
I rest my flightcase.."
 
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MY FIRST GUITAR

By Ronnie Carr

The Beat Boys

 

White Hofner Bass

 

I traded-in for my Framus with Ma’ Kearns on Wigan Lane. Tony, her son Tony - a great drummer - should be proud of her; a real lady. I then bought a 1963 Epiphone Rivoli, made in the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, which I still use today.

 

 

MY FIRST GUITAR

By Phil Coggan

The Five Commandments

 

My white January 1965 Fender Stratocaster

                                                            

 

MY FIRST GUITAR

By Phil Taylor

 

 

   

 

An early left-handed Vox Bassmaster. The early ones only had one pick-up.

 

 

 

 

MY FIRST GUITAR

By Bill Hart

 

"I'll buy you a gold watch for you 21st Birthday," said mi mam.

 

  I soon got down to thinking carefully about this.. All my mates seem to get gold watches for their 21st birthdays too.. but I already had a perfectly good watch; a Seconda: Russian technology bells and whisles in all its glory. So did I really need a new watch? "Nope," I thought. "I want something much-much better."

 

"Yeh lad," said mi dad. "It'll last you a lifetime. A keepsake. Something to remember your

21st by."

 

 I'd seen it in a tiny music shop in Millgate called Melody House; Just behind the Bricklayers Arms just off Market Street in Wigan town centre. Anyway, earlier in the month I'd seen a brand spanking new Champagne Glitter Ludwig Drum Kit in this shop window too... My heart nearly lept out of my chest when I first saw that. But now that had well been and gone, gone to some other lucky drummer with too much money in his pocket (Jealous: Who me?). Who it was who bought it I never got to know and not much did I care? I could recognise a school-boy fad even way back then and anyway.. I was soon over it.. and anyway, I had my heart set on something far more important elsewhere inside this wonderful little shop.

 

 

  And here it is today; my Eko six-string Acousic circa: 1967 - £21 on my 21st birthday and much cheaper to than a rolled-gold Timex with a faux leather strap at £25. It has always been 

treasured pressy from mi' mam and dad Hart. I liked it back then because it had a narrower neck than most other acoustics - almost an electric guitar style neck. I like its deep rich tone too. However, somehow, I lost its black scratch plate.. dunno where? It was poorly glued-on but I never missed it.

 

  I used it to learn simple chords because I wanted to play 'Norwegian Wood' by The Beatles with thanks to the patience of my tutor Alan Turner. My first chord was E minor followed by A major then A minor then E major and D Major 7th. My fingers ran to blood but the pain barrier just had to be overcome. I soon learned and mastered 'bar' chords too, but that was about it - I always stuck to playing drums; it was safer. I'd sing and play stuff to the kids when they were young. Yes, Norwegian Wood and '1 2 3 4 Can I have a little more'?" I sang The Beatles back then more than any other but today... I rarely play it.. because it still hurts mi bloody fingers!"

 

 

 

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