Important sale information

All lots are sold subject to our standard buyers terms and conditions. Please note comments on condition and originality are for general guidance and our opinion only.  Buyers must satisfy themselves with the originality and condition of all lots before making any kind of bid.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CITES RESTRICTIONS: Some guitars within this auction are sold with CITES article 10 certificates, allowing the commercial use of an item containing an endangered species.  Lots subject to this are marked in the catalogue. 

Please also note that as of 2nd January 2017, new laws came into effect to control the import and export of all items made with rosewood. Any guitar containing any amount of rosewood will therefore be subject to restrictions when exporting outside of the EU. It will be the buyers responsibility to make sure that the relevant paperwork is in place before shipping.

Guitars

GEOFFREY ‘BISON’ BANKS – A collection of guitars and guitar tech equipment

Geoff’s stage side equipment

Geoffrey Banks, known to many as ‘Bison’, is a well-known Nottingham based guitar technician.  He spent much of his working life touring the world as the personal guitar tech for such household names as Malcolm Young (AC/DC), Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & The Mechanics), Brian May (Queen), Steve Howe, Robert Plant, Phil Collins, Toto and McFly to name a few.  We are delighted to offer for sale Geoff’s personal guitars, many of which he customised or built himself, as well as a large selection of tools, equipment and spares, that assisted Geoff during his time as a touring tech.

The following lot numbers are included in this collection:

Guitars: 1 – 37     Amplification: 251 – 259     Guitar Spares: 351 – 408      Guitar Effects: 461 – 477

Further audio gear from the collection will be available to view online at www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk, approximately 2 weeks prior to the sale.  

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Collection of Guitars from a Deceased Estate (Lots 38 – 62)

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Please note: Any sequential missing lot numbers are guitars pending CITES applications


Amplification

All amplifiers sold by Gardiner Houlgate have passed a PAT safety inspection undertaken on the 9th March 2017, however, whilst known imperfections have been stated, all lots are sold as seen

Geoff Banks collection: Lots 251 – 259

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Antique & Classical Guitars


Guitar Miscellaneous

Geoff Banks collection: Lots 351 – 408

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Music Memorabilia from the collection of Keith Smart

Head of the Zemaitis owners club


Guitar Effects

All effects sold by Gardiner Houlgate have passed a PAT safety inspection undertaken on the 9th March 2017, however, whilst known imperfections have been stated, all lots are sold as seen

Geoff Banks collection: Lots 461 – 477

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End of sale – The next auction of guitars will take place on 15th June. Entries invited!