Also to be auctioned is a Koontz “Triple Neck” guitar commissioned in 1965 and delivered two years late by New York luthier Sam Koonz. The one-of-a-kind custom guitar sports a unique multi-bound, flamed maple, chambered body with “Florentine” cutaways and three 1-piece, bolt-on mahogany necks with Grover tuners. This is the second Triple Neck guitar ever constructed, but is the first Triple Neck to integrate a standard 6-string, 12-string, and 6-string bass. The pre-auction estimate is $6,500+.
The “Ventures Model,” later named the “Mark 1,” was considered to be the flagship of the Mosrite guitar line. This exceptionally rare, Pacific blue custom color guitar named after the Ventures — who have sold 110 million records worldwide — was signed by four band members: Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Mel Taylor and Harvey Newquist. The signatures are on the pickguard of the genuine vintage Mosrite Ventures model. Pre-auction estimate: $8,000+.
Doug Irwin’s (noted luthier of “The Grateful Dead” founder and guitarist Jerry Garcia) screaming dollar sign custom-made masterpiece electric guitar is a one-of-a-kind guitar, master built for Bob O’Connor, the lead guitarist of the 70’s West Coast band “$27 Snap on Face.” Auction estimated at $7,500 +, the incredible artistic piece of rock-n-roll history features a three-piece thin maple neck with two mahagony strips, beautifully grained walnut-face headstock with Irwin’s famous Mother-of-Pearl inlaid “Eagle.”
Additional guitars being offered include: the exceptionally rare and unique custom color translucent 2- piece flamed maple Mosrite California grape “Double Axe” Electric Guitar (pre-auction estimated at $5,500); the Mosrite “Joe Maphis” double neck six and twelve string electric guitar ($4,500+); The “Barry Collier” custom-made British Rebeth Gothic Cross Electric Guitar ($3,200+); The custom-built Porno for Pyros 1987 Gibson EDS 1275 six string & twelve string guitar acquired and toured by Peter DiStefano which was featured on stage at the 1994 Woodstock festival ($5,000+); and the Dean “Playboy Playmate Victoria Fuller” hand-painted ML Guitar signed by Hugh Hefner ($6,000+).
In addition, the music memorabilia also features the wonderful vintage 1970s classical acoustic “Elvis Presley” Concorde guitar from the collection of Joe Esposito ($15,000+), along many other rare items.
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