From the nation recognized extra for tulips and windmills than 6 strings, Egmond deserves some recognition for the corporate’s vital contribution to the guitar universe. Their electrics from the Sixties offered myriad European guitar gamers with a stable and reasonably priced gateway to rock ’n’ roll.
The story of Egmond follows an arc much like many instrument producers, in that the corporate first began out as a music retailer. Uilke Egmond appeared to have a great factor going promoting imported devices at Musica, in Valkenswaard, Netherlands. After WWII got here to a detailed, nevertheless, his three sons joined the household enterprise and started in-house instrument manufacturing. Quickly manufacturing numbers grew, and after a number of manufacturing unit upgrades and strikes, Egmond turned one of many largest guitar firms in all of Europe. George Harrison and Brian Could each began on Egmond acoustics. And the corporate’s electrics discovered their method into the palms of loads of well-known guitar and bass gamers. Even Sir Paul McCartney.
After I say microphonic, I imply you could actually speak into these pickups and listen to your voice loud and clear via an amp.
By the mid ’60s, Egmond’s electrical guitars have been flooding the European market, however simply form of trickling into the American scene. It’s a disgrace for these of us within the U.S., as a result of the guitars featured some attention-grabbing aptitude and particulars, akin to pearloid overlays, textured vinyl coverings, and closely nickel-plated metallic components. They have been constructed somewhat properly and appear to outlive the years higher than most counterparts.
The Sorkin Music Firm in New York Metropolis was importing the complete line of Egmond guitars by 1965. Wanting on the catalog from that yr is a real blast from the previous. Like different producers of the period, Egmond guitars sported some cool mannequin names, akin to Hurricane, Tempest, and Thunder (Photograph 1).
The triple-pickup EG 3 Thunder—our star this month—housed “Powertone” pickups (Photograph 2), which have been just about customary fare for the Egmond lineup. Powertone was an apt title as a result of they’re sizzling little numbers that measure within the 8k vary. I’ve to inform you they’re the most microphonic pickups I’ve ever skilled. And after I say microphonic, I imply you’ll be able to actually speak into the pickups and listen to your voice loud and clear via an amp. I’m all the time interested in guitars and pickups that combat with me, however these have been positively robust ones to wrangle!
The guitar has a 7-way selector swap that has some attention-grabbing preset tone combos, however for essentially the most half, they beautiful a lot suck the tone out of the guitar. Proper beneath it’s a trio of on/off slider switches for the pickups. The EG 3’s “Vibratone” tremolo is a superb unit and works in addition to a Jazzmaster’s, however the bridge on the mannequin floats on the pickguard and is simply held down with string stress. Sort of an odd mixture, however, hey, you may make it fly.
Our featured Thunder—aka the “Airline 3” mannequin, in some markets—has what was known as a “shaded” end, particularly “shiny golden shaded darkbrown.” I actually just like the end on this mannequin as a result of it wears fantastically with regular play. And the our bodies additionally breathe a lot higher than their vinyl-covered counterparts. I usually discover myself wishing that at the moment’s builders usually used a less complicated end method like this, somewhat than the candy-coat poly finishes we see so usually.
Because the ’60s wore on, the Egmond lineup remained comparatively unchanged exterior of some totally different end choices, though I did discover that their retail costs went down. For example, a vinyl-covered Egmond 3V had been retailing for $135 within the ’60s, however by 1970, the exact same mannequin bought for $85.
General, these enjoyable, mid-’60s electrics can nonetheless be had at a comparatively reasonably priced worth and provides gamers some attention-grabbing choices on the subject of tone. Heck, you could possibly purchase one simply to make use of the pickups as some form of cool, lo-fi microphone!