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1966 Goya Electric Guitars catalogue
1966 Goya Electric Guitars catalogue, Goya was well-known for it's acoustic guitars, produced by Levin in Sweden; but in the mid 1960s they added a number of Italian-built electric guitars and basses. Semi-acoustic models such as the 105, 107 and 109 Rangemaster guitars and Panther II bass were made by Polverini, whilst solid body models 116 and 118 were made by Galanti. These were well-built good quality instruments, but perhaps too expensive to sell in large numbers.
1965 Vox Ace electric guitar
1965 Vox Ace electric guitar The Vox Ace was one of the early UK-designed Vox guitars produced by JMI in Dartford, Kent. It had been in production since at least 1962, but was redesigned for late 1963 with a more current look and a higher quality feel. The pickups were upgraded, as was the body; it was now thicker and made of solid wood. Despite this the guitar was now actually lighter in weight, due to a shorter overall length. Have a closer look at a sunburst-finished Vox Ace from 1965.
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  1. #1
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    Feb 2004
    Buckinghamshire, UK

    Default Ralphe Armstrong interview

    I'm pleased to announce the FlyGuitars Ralphe Armstrong interview

    Its another by John (Redbird) Fertig, and just like the last, he gets some great responses to some key questions.

    Find out a little about Ralphes bands, approach to playing... and find out a lot more about the very many Gibson basses he used - including a fretless mahogany RD artist. How many people do you know who played one of those?

    By John Fertig, June 2007 Ralphe Armstrong was born into a family of musicians, and with the help of classical training as a child, he was a professional musician before he had finished his teens. His talent caught the eye of Gibson; he was chosen to endorse their basses from the mid 1970s, and as an advisor, he had input on new products such as the Ripper, G-3, RD Artist and Victory.

    His early career placed him with a wide range of musicians, most notably jazz fusion acts Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jean-Luc Ponty. Later, he took time out to raise his children, but soon returned, playing jazz, funk, and even hip-hop, with the likes of Eddie Harris, James Carter, Curtis Mayfield and D-12.

    Ralphe talks about his playing, musical career, Gibson endorsement, and of course, his Gibson bass guitars.
    Thanks Ralphe, and thanks John!

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    Cleveland82 Guest


    GibsonBass: What was it like being a young kid thrown into Mahavishnu Orchestra? At 17 was it a bit intimidating?

    Ralphe Armstrong: Not at all, I was classically trained.

    What a professional he is!

    Probably one of the greatest.

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