Vintage Gibson guitars used by Irish bands in the '60s
A feature of Irish '60s bands was their quality instruments. There was no shortage of Fender and Gibson guitars, Selmer saxes and Ludwig drum-kits. 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

Henry McCullough of The Skyrockets with his first Gibson 335

Jim Gunner came back to Ireland with one of the very first Gibsons on the showbands' scene

Jimmy Phelan of The Blue Aces (Waterford) with his Gibson ES-330 with Bigsby tremolo Jim Prendergast with his 1964 Gibson ES175 and Joe with his Fender Jazz bass. Both brothers joined The Victors Showband. Joe died in 2006. Guitarist with the Pat Campbell Showband pictured with his Gibson Les Paul Standard c.1961 (SG-shape) with Gibson Deluxe sideways vibrato unit.

Isn't it slightly ironic that the lead guitarist in The Fendermen played a Gibson ES-335!

Jimmy Dumpleton (Pacific Showband) with his cherry red Gibson 330 with Bigsby tremolo

Tommy Fitzpatrick of The Kings Showband pictured in Dublin's Olympic Ballroom playing his sunburst Gibson Gibson ES-345
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