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Shergold guitars were pretty well known in 1970s Britain, but they didn't last too long, and perhaps the company's reputation didn't extend too far overseas. Here's a quick recap: Manufacturing began in late 1967 when ex-Burns employees Jack Golder and Norman Houlder started producing models for other British companies, such as the Hayman guitars for Dallas Arbiter, as well as several guitars for Rosetti (Triumph and Ned Callan), and Barnes & Mullins. By 1975 Shergold were building guitars for themselves, by 1982 (with a brief reprise in the 1991) they were gone. So although Shergold guitars were not especially rare, their short period of production means that neither are they particularly widely available. But they were pretty innovative in their time. In 1977 they produced a double neck guitar / bass system for Mike Rutherford of Genesis.
The following segment comes from an interview with Mike from UK music magazine Beat Instrumental
"I tried a Shergold 12-string in a shop, and I liked it very much, so I said 'Do you make basses?' And they said yes, and I tried that. Very nice sound - it had the sort of treble attack I like, and the bass warmth. I said 'Can you do me a double-neck?' I've always had this idea of a changeable instrument, to give me the scope during a live show to swap over easily, and they came up with that."
Mike's contribution to the design was actually little more than the idea of being able to detach the two halves and clip on separate pieces to convert them back to "single-neck" guitars. "It was fairly easy, really. They had to come up with just a system of screws, and the electrics from the top half all come out of one cannon socket at the bottom. There are little prong things that connect them."
They made Mike a bass lower half (based on the Modulator bass), and two 12-strings and one six-string upper halves (based on the Shergold Meteor). The six-string being the guitar for sale here. The guitars could be joined as a doubleneck, or separated to be played as individual instruments. Shergold made just one more of these detachable double neck guitar systems, the other in dark brown, which was given to Genesis assistant, Dale Newman.
So this is an exceptionally are and historically important guitar, both in terms of Genesis, and British guitar manufacture. Having been used live and in the studio, it's a pretty special instrument. And it's not too often that such a rare guitar hits eBay with no reserve and a low start price. There's quite a lot of interesting information on this guitar here - well worth checking out!
With such a unique instrument, it's almost impossible to predict a sale price, but it's currently on eBay and looking very reasonable. Check it out here
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