Jack Toogood’s Guitars
Jack at Pontin’s 1959 with Grimshaw ‘Plectric’ Guitar and Hybrid yet Tall Amplifier.
‘Park’, the amplifier company were midlands agents for Grimshaw and attached a badge beneath the Grimshaw signature on the head.
Interesting deep Venetian Cutaway Electric Guitar with control cluster on the scratch guard by the English maker Emile Grimshaw the big jazzer is a Grimshaw Plectric with integral Neck Pickup from around 1955
The Colour Image Grimshaw Plectric Supreme C1955 is slightly more decorative than that which Jack is holding.
(Jack said he bought from the big man with the big hands – Jack McKechnie from the Headley Ward Trio when he traded up)
After the death of Emile Grimshaw Snr in 1943 the business was continued by Emile Jnr and guitar production was increased, at this time all subsequent production received the ‘Grimshaw’ signature logo on the head. In the 1950s (some also received this style in the 1960s) it was hand written/painted signature on the head , it is very likely that the signature was actually done by Emile Grimshaw personally. Interestingly, over the years Emile,s signature changed slightly and it is possible to date a guitar by signature. In the 1960s the signature was a manufactured wire type badge, and in the final years the signature was a transfer type. Post war, the resonator back guitars were discontinued in favour of the electric pickup which solved the volume problem. Grimshaw Snr was Editor for the BMG Magazine 1911-33
During the 50’s Grimshaw made many archtop, acoustic and electric models including the G3, G5,G6, and Plectric single cut away jazz style electric, all were archtop styles some with pickups built into the fret board (Grimshaw patented this type of pickup in USA and GB) Grimshaw called these invisible pickups, tone/volume controls added to the scratch plate. The most popular model of the 1950s was the SS (short scale) De Luxe and Custom models, the later having humbucker pickups, the styling on this model was a cross between a Gibson 335 and a , with an individual Grimshaw style of un-equal cutaways. These were good substitutes for the American guitars which were not imported into the UK (due to austerity measures post war). Some had a Grimshaw patented tremolo system. The SS models were very pretty guitars and played well, Grimshaw should have had more success with this model than they did. During the sixties in line with the boom in guitar groups they manufactured solid bodied electric models, some were based on the Fender/Gibson designs. Grimshaw were granted a licence by Gibson to produce the Humbucker pickup, if this is correct then it would be the only occasion Gibson have done this. (Seth Lover the inventor of the humbucking pickup mentions this in his biography).
Joe Morreti of Johhnny Kidd and the Pirates fame
The thin line, with the cats eye sound holes is a Grimshaw SS.DELUXE around 1957/9 favoured by the early English rockers i.e. Joe Brown, Joe Morreti, Bruce Welch, – Keith Sellers
Grimshaw SS (Short Scale) Deluxe with unequal Cutaways
The thin line, with the cats eye sound holes is a Grimshaw SS.DELUXE around 1957/9 favoured by the early English rockers i.e. Joe Brown, Bruce Welch, – Keith Sellers Joe Morreti
Early Grimshaw Plectric – Vibrato Tailpiece had ball bearing action and note the added 2nd DeArmond Rhythm Chief Pickup