- Mar 16, 2005
Yes, it was alongside the Handyside arcade - now all replaced by Eldon Gardens,I think I can remember Jeavons. Was it just along from the Handyside Arcade? I remember a shop more or less opposite (pre fab shops) that sold things like Tokai guitars and always had (what I would consider lovely guitars now)lots of Love Rocks/reborns (that I did not like back then, cos they were not Gibsons). Then as mentioned Rock City was mega, and Windows was cool along with a few other shops dotted around the town. I'm sure one of my best pals at the time bought a lovely Ibanez semi (their version of a 335) from Jeavons, which was also a great shop.
Away from shopping, can I ask you about your cherry sunburst Custom? There was a band that used to play (a lot) on a Saturday night in Whitley Bay at Mingles club. I think they were called FM. They had two guitarists (both fantastic players), one who played an SG (but did not own it) and the other played an LP Custom in a cherry sunburst finish. I don't know what the guitarist was called, but he had a tone to die for. I wonder if this could be your guitar? If it is it's a piece of local rock history for me. The band in question was a local favourite for me and a load of other people.
I probably sold him that Ibanez Artist Semi acoustic. They're highly collectable now. Great guitars
The guy I bought my LP from lived in Cramlington so it could be the same guitar. I don't think it fair to name him on a forum. He was short with longish hair. It also belonged to a guy with a beard before that who then went to work at Rock City, a well-known local player/teacher. It probably swapped hands many times before it fell into mine. Still getting played regularly but only rarely gigged these post Covid days