B is for... Bellzouki
The Danelectro ‘Vinnie Bell’ Bellzouki was a 12-string electric guitar produced in the USA from 1961 to 1969. The idea for the wacky-looking beast came from session guitarist Vinnie Bell who wanted a 12-string electric guitar based on his traditional Greek bouzouki.
The Bellzouki was a hit with garage band alumni like late great Count Five guitarist John ‘Sean’ Byrne, who played a single-pickup model 7010, and future-Mountain guitar slinger Leslie West who used the two-pickup model 7020 onstage with The Vagrants. You can find out more about the Danelectro Bellzouki at the excellent Unique Guitar blog.
B is also for... Bass
Gut-crushingly deep bass guitar was the order of the day for most garage rock bands. Few thumped the bottom end harder than powerhouse Philip (Phil) Packham of British freakbeat band The Sorrows. His aggressive bassline on the band’s 1965 classic Take A Heart is an amp’s worst nightmare.