Guitars 

Mark Griffiths – A Collection of Guitars and Related Items

A young Mark Haydn Griffiths

Mark Haydn Griffiths was born and educated in Northampton, England. At school, his only real interests were sports and music. Mark’s love of the guitar started, when he heard recordings by Hank Williams , The Everly Brothers and James Burton (with Rick Nelson ). His father encouraged him and bought him his first guitar and it soon replaced sport as the most important thing in his life. He left school at fifteen after being offered a job teaching guitar to young students at the Northampton Guitar Studios. Listening to many different guitarists, such as Lonnie Mack, Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Johnny Smith and Hank Marvin, Mark’s musical tastes and influences grew ever wider. Most evenings and week ends were taken up playing with hometown groups, until the offer came to join Harsh Reality a blues/rock group singned to Phillips records. They made one album ( ‘Heaven & Hell’ ) that disappeared without trace. The producer of that album ( Fritz Fryer) recommended Mark on to other artists and through those connections, he was asked to join Matthew’s Southern Comfort on lead guitar. Their MCA recording of Joni Mitchell’s ‘ Woodstock ‘ became a world-wide hit reaching number one in the U.K.

Mark with Matthews Southern Comfort on Top of the Pops

In 1972, on Mark’s first ever U.S.tour, he got hooked by the groundbreaking album ‘ What’s Going On ‘ by Marvin Gaye. The bass parts, by the late, great James Jamerson, inspired him to take up the bass virtually overnight. This move to bass, almost eclipsed his guitar playing for the majority of his career. Mainly known as a bassist, he has now rediscovered his love for the guitar and now splits his playing time between the two instruments.

Mark, live with the Shadows

Since those early days, some of the artists Mark has recorded and toured with include …. Al Stewart, The Everly Brothers, Sonny Curtis, Duane Eddy, David Essex, Mark Knopfler, Tom Hall, Bonnie Tyler, Mike Berry, Billy Connolly, Deniece Williams, Jeff Lynne, Neil Innes, The Rutles, John Verity, The Ginger Pigs, Dobie Gray, Willy Russell, Bill Perry, Gallagher & Lyle, Nina Hagen, Dennis Loccoriere, Iain Matthews, Peter Frampton, 3 Boxes, Plainsong, Any Trouble and Sir Cliff Richard. Mark has been The Shadows and guitar legend Hank Marvin ‘s regular bassist, for many years. Mark was a guest on Albert Lee’s 70th birthday party and has recently finished a tour of Holland and Germany with old friends Iain Matthews and Andy Roberts, as Plainsong. Promoting the album ’ Re-inventing Richard, ‘ the songs of Richard Farina.

Mark, live with the Everly Brothers

We are delighted to offer for sale Mark’s personal guitars and related items, many of which he used as tools of his trade.

The following lot numbers are included in this collection:

Guitars: 1 – 31     Amplification: 305 & 306    Guitars effects: 351 – 353    Guitar Spares: 451

There will be further studio and pro audio equipment, published on our main website www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk two weeks prior to the auction.

Please Note: Lots marked as “details to follow” will be listed in the coming weeks, subject to CITES certificate application.

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Lot 38 – Yamaha SLG-100S silent guitar

Estimate £100 - 200

Sold for £180

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Lot 39 – Tobias Toby Pro bass guitar

Estimate £100 - 200

Sold for £85

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Lot 45 – Two electric guitars

Estimate £60 - 100

Sold for £80

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Lot 47 – Crafter GA7 acoustic guitar

Estimate £50 - 100

Sold for £40

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Lot 50 – Two guitars

Estimate £30 - 60

Sold for £50

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Lot 51 – Bass guitar & Amp

Estimate £30 - 50

Sold for £25

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Lot 53 – Godin XTSA electric guitar

Estimate £300 - 500

Sold for £520

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Lot 64 – Cort Curbow 4 bass guitar

Estimate £100 - 200

Sold for £100

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Lot 66 – Custom build bass guitar

Estimate £150 - 250

Sold for £130

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Lot 94 – Kay K30 electric guitar

Estimate £80 - 120

Sold for £75

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Lot 98 – Kay K-32 electric guitar

Estimate £40 - 80

Sold for £80

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Lot 99 – Yamaha left handed bass guitar

Estimate £120 - 180

Sold for £120

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Lot 141 – Two Squier electric guitars

Estimate £50 - 100

Sold for £75

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Lot 143 – Two Turner acoustic guitars

Estimate £100 - 200

Sold for £120

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Lot 147 – Two Vintage acoustic guitars

Estimate £100 - 200

Sold for £80

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Lot 156 – Four acoustic guitars

Estimate £50 - 100

Sold for £70

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Lot 163 – Sigma DMST acoustic guitar

Estimate £70 - 100

Sold for £85

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Lot 165 – Four acoustic guitars

Estimate £50 - 100

Sold for £180

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Lot 169 – Lindo bass guitar

Estimate £50 - 80

Sold for £65

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Lot 175 – 1960s Silvertone lap guitar

Estimate £100 - 200

Sold for £100

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Lot 183 – Parker PB51TR bass guitar

Estimate £350 - 450

Sold for £360

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Lot 195 – Two Conrad guitars

Estimate £40 - 80

Sold for £40

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Lot 255 – Daisy Rock flower guitar

Estimate £30 - 50

Sold for £40

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Lot 256 – DeArmond Ashbory bass guitar

Estimate £80 - 120

Sold for £150

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Lots 259 – 270 – No Lot


Amplification

Lot 272 – Two Fender amplifiers

Estimate £50 - 100

Sold for £60

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Lot 277 – Blackstar HT5 guitar amplifier

Estimate £150 - 250

Sold for £150

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Lot 284 – Two guitar amplifiers

Estimate £30 - 50

Sold for £25

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Lot 292 – Two Laney amplifiers

Estimate £40 - 80

Sold for £40

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Lot 293 – Four guitar amplifiers

Estimate £50 - 100

Sold for £40

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Lot 325 – Four amplifiers

Estimate £80 - 120

Unsold

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Antique & Classical guitars

Lot 345 – 1925 Hermann Hauser guitar

Estimate £4500 - 6500

Sold for £4400

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Lots 349 & 350 – No Lot


Guitar Effects

Lot 366 – TGI wah-wah pedal

Estimate £20 - 30

Sold for £20

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Lots 373 – 450 – No Lot 


Guitar Spares & Cases

Lot 461 – Acoustic guitar case

Estimate £20 - 40

Sold for £10

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Lot 462 – Acoustic guitar hard case

Estimate £30 - 50

Sold for £20

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Lot 466 – Guitar stands

Estimate £30 - 50

Sold for £55

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Lot 469 – Five Fender books

Estimate £20 - 40

Sold for £45

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Lot 472 – Sixteen guitar books

Estimate £30 - 50

Sold for £30

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Lot 482 – Four Speakers

Estimate £20 - 40

Sold for £5

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Lot 484 – Acoustic guitar hard case

Estimate £20 - 40

Sold for £20

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End Of Sale – The next guitar auction will take place on 14th September 2017