Four Les Paul reference books to include Maurice Production 'Burst Gang, For all the Les Paul

In The Guitar Auction - Three Day Sale including ...

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Four Les Paul reference books to include Maurice Production 'Burst Gang, For all the Les Paul Lovers'; Robb Lawrence 'The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy 1915-1963 and Modern Era of the Les Paul Legacy 1968-2009'; Tony Bacon 'Sunburst, How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became a Legendary Guitar'; also Larry Meiners 'Gibson Shipping Totals 1937-1979' and André Duchossoir 'Guitar Identification, Fender, Gibson, Martin' (wire bound version) * The Alan Rogan Collection
Four Les Paul reference books to include Maurice Production 'Burst Gang, For all the Les Paul Lovers'; Robb Lawrence 'The Early Years of the Les Paul Legacy 1915-1963 and Modern Era of the Les Paul Legacy 1968-2009'; Tony Bacon 'Sunburst, How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became a Legendary Guitar'; also Larry Meiners 'Gibson Shipping Totals 1937-1979' and André Duchossoir 'Guitar Identification, Fender, Gibson, Martin' (wire bound version) * The Alan Rogan Collection

The Guitar Auction - Three Day Sale including Artist Associated guitars, Memorabilia, Amplifiers, Effects, Spares & Audio Equipment

Sale Date(s)
Lots: 1-578
Lots: 601-1498
Lots: 3001-3532
Venue Address
Gardiner Houlgate
9 Leafield Way
SN13 9SW
United Kingdom

All winning bidders are responsible for arranging the collection or shipment of lots post sale. Bidders should investigate potential shipping costs before submitting any kind of bid. This particularly applies to non UK buyers. We are happy to offer advice where possible. 

CITES: Non-UK buyers should be aware of any CITES import / export implications before placing a bid and when arranging shipping. This will apply to all guitars made with an Appendix 1 listed species, for example, Brazilian rosewood. This affects all guitars that are listed as being sold with a CITES A10 certificate. Additional paperwork is required to allow export out of the UK. Please note that a CITES A10 certificate is an internal UK document that allows the commercial sale of an Appendix 1 species. A separate document must be applied for to allow for exportation outside of the UK. 

Part & Parcel UK

For buyers that do not wish to collect from our saleroom in person, our shipping partners Part and Parcel UK handle collection, packing and delivery of all lots post sale. Part & Parcel have provided us with rough prices for shipping guitars within the UK. Please contact for an exact quote

UK Mainland – Guitar: £50 plus VAT / Bass: £55 plus VAT

Prices include collection, packing and fully tracked shipping. 

Part and Parcel will also collect and deliver all other items, including amplification, memorabilia, effects units, spares, and audio equipment. Please contact Part and Parcel directly for a quote.

For further information and for non-UK shipping please contact Part & Parcel direct.

01252 545611



01252 545611


Larger and fragile items can only be sent through professional carriers. Gardiner Houlgate recommends the following companies and advise you to obtain several quotations. Once you have instructed a courier, please kindly inform us as to whom will be collecting on your behalf, failure to do so will result in an item not being released.

Len Speed Logistics

UK Mainland only. Door to door service. Competitive rates. Call directly for a quote.

07834 320015


Important Information

PLEASE NOTE – For all our auctions we use three online bidding platforms - Gardiner Houlgate, Easy Live Auction and The Saleroom.

During the sale, should any late bids come in on the ‘fall of the hammer’, the auctioneer, at his discretion may open the lot back-up making it clear to all bidders. This will apply to all bidding options and no preference is offered to any platform.

Public viewing times:

Monday 12th June 2023 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 13th June 2023 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 14th June 2023 08:30 - 10:00
Thursday 15th June 2023 08:30 - 10:00
Friday 16th June 2023 08:30 - 10:00


All lots are sold as seen and as per our conditions of sale. Comments on condition and originality in descriptions are our opinion only and not necessarily fact. Buyers that cannot view in person are encouraged to ask for a condition report and/or images before placing any kind of bid. Please do not assume that electrical items such as amplification, effects and audio are fully working. Condition reports available.

CITES - Non UK Buyers - Please be aware of CITES restrictions when importing guitars containing Brazilian Rosewood and Ivory. The presence of a CITES A10 document is for UK internal use only and does not allow legal passage outside of the UK. Please enquire for advice regarding CITES import / export before bidding.

Collection and Shipping - It is the buyers responsibility to arrange collection and shipping of any lots won in the auction. Buyers should seek shipping quotes in advance of bidding. Please see "Packing and Shipping" for further information.


DAY ONE - 14th June 2023

Guitars Part I - Wednesday Lots 1 - 373
Artist Associated guitar & Equipment, Entertainment Memorabilia - Lots 374 - 450
*The Alan Rogan Archive* - Lots 451 - 578

DAY TWO - Thursday 15th June 2023

Guitars Part II - Lots 601 - 922
Amplifiers - Lots 951 - 1113
Guitar Pedals - Lots 1151 - 1375
Guitar Spares - Lots 1381 - 1498

DAY THREE - Friday 16th June 2023

Studio & Audio Equipment - Lots 3001 - 3170
Antique & Classical Guitars - Lots 3501 - 3532

* THE ALAN ROGAN ARCHIVE - Gardiner Houlgate are proud to offer 128 lots from the Alan Rogan archive - each accompanied by a certificate of authentication.

Alan Rogan was a living legend, a guitar tech to some of the most famous names in the music business and one of the worlds most knowledgeable experts on electric and acoustic guitars.

George Harrison once described Alan as “the finest tech in the business” and it is fair to say that Rogan coined the term ‘guitar technician’ whilst roadying for The Who during the mid 1970s.

Born in Gateshead in 1951, Alan became obsessed with electric guitars from the age of 12 after seeing his first live concert - the Beatles. His school books were soon filled with projects and pictures of electric guitars and during his teens Alan furthered his passion by landing a Saturday job at Barrett’s music shop in Newcastle. By the early 1970s Rogan had moved to London working first at Maurice Plaquet instrument rental house before going back into retail at Denmark Street's legendary Top Gear shop. It was whilst working at Top Gear that Alan answered a call from the Who’s management who were looking for a roadie for an up-coming 81-date world tour. Putting himself forward for the job proved to be a life changing moment and one that would see him travel the world many times over. Alan remained faithful to the Who, especially Pete Townshend whose guitars he lovingly maintained for the next 45 years. When the Who weren’t on the road Alan worked for the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, AC/DC, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Johnny Marr, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Rush, the Shadows, Crosby,Stills and Nash among many, many others. Alan was known by everyone in the guitar world and involved in designing models for Fender, Gibson and Rickenbacker. Following his untimely death in 2019 Pete Townshend paid tribute to Rogan by describing him as “my friend, saviour and good buddy” whilst Graham Nash said “not only was Alan one of the best guitar techs but he was a remarkable man in so many ways. I will miss his smile for the rest of my life."

Alan was an avid collector of anything to do with music, be that guitars, basses, amplifiers, records or books. Since being a young boy he poured over guitar catalogues - which he often sent away for or picked up at music shops - in a never ending quest for knowledge. The lots here represent a collection that Alan had pieced together since childhood and although certain parts (literature on Fender, Gretsch and Vox) were bequeathed to close friends the bulk of his literature archive is on offer via this auction. From hand written notes by Eric Clapton and George Harrison to impossibly rare catalogues, brochures and books this is one of the most important collections of guitar ephemera ever to be sold.

Terms & Conditions

Buyer's Terms & Conditions of Sale

The Auctioneer acts only as agent for the Seller (unless otherwise specifically declared). Lots sold are likely to have been subject to wear and tear caused by user or the effects of age and may therefore have faults and imperfections. Buyers are given ample opportunity at viewing times to examine lots to be sold and will be assumed to have done so. They must rely solely on their own skill or judgement as to whether lots are fit for any particular purpose.

1. Bids
All bids made shall be treated as offers made upon these Conditions of Sale and all persons present and approved to bid are admitted to a sale on the basis that they have notice of these Conditions.

1A. Internet Bidding

There are no additional surcharges when bidding via our own bidding platform 'GH Live'

We also use two other online bidding platforms via the-saleroom.com and Easylive which will be subject to additional fees. Please see their respective websites for further details and terms.

As our 'Autobids' are anonymous, the auctioneer does not see your top bid.
This means that in LIVE auctions, you may well be holding the bid at one increment below your top bid.
In this event, you're winning the item at a lower price and cannot bid against yourself. This means that somebody else may have the chance steal your lot for your maximum bid.
In auction jargon, this is called being 'wrong-footed'.
To avoid this possible disappointment, we highly recommend you leave a commission bid direct with the auctioneer by contacting them direct 

2. Ascertainment of the Buyer
The Buyer shall be the person making the highest bid which is acceptable to the Auctioneer as signified by the fall of the hammer. No bid may be retracted. In the case of a dispute the Auctioneer may either declare the purchaser or put the lot up again.

3. Auctioneer’s discretion
The Auctioneer has sole discretion, (a) to refuse any bid, (b) to advance the bidding as he may decide, (c) to withdraw or divide any lot or combine one lot with another or others, (d) to exclude any person from the auction rooms, and (e) to require pre-payment in full.

3A. During the sale, should any late bids come in on the ‘fall of the hammer’, the auctioneer, at his sole discretion may open the lot back-up making it clear to all bidders. This will apply to all bidding options and no preference is offered to any platform

4. Reserves and Seller's right to bid

Lots put up for sale are subject, (a) to any reserve price imposed by the Seller, (b) the right of the Auctioneer to bid on behalf of the Seller, and (c) where no reserve has been imposed (but in no other case) for the Seller to bid personally or through any one agent. It is the responsibility of the Seller to ensure any reserves are received by the Auctioneer.

5. Buyer's duties
The Buyer shall forthwith or as soon as possible after the sale, (a) supply his name and address, (b) supply, if so required, bank or other suitable references, (c) pay the full purchase price in a way acceptable to the Auctioneer, notwithstanding any prior arrangement for advance payment required by the Auctioneer, and (d) on proof of payment clear the lots purchased by the times specified. Lots may not be cleared during the sale except by permission of the Auctioneer.

6. Liability of the auctioneer and Sellers
Subject to Condition 8: (a) faults and imperfections (if any) are not stated in the catalogue and neither the Seller nor the Auctioneer is responsible for any defects whatsoever, (b) no warranty is given or authorised to be given by the Seller or the Auctioneer with regard to any lot other than the Seller's right to sell it, (c) any express or implied conditions or warranties relating to description or quality, are hereby excluded.

7. Catalogue descriptions
Descriptive statements contained in the advertisements or catalogues or made up by the Auctioneer or any member of his staff should be taken as matters of opinion only, and shall not be taken as statement of fact.

8. Forgeries
Notwithstanding Conditions 6 and 7, if the Auctioneer receives notice in writing from the Buyer WITHIN 7 DAYS OF THE SALE that in his opinion a lot is a forgery (as defined in Condition 12) and on giving such notification the lot in question is returned to the Auctioneer at his working premises in the same condition as when bought, then if on considering such evidence as the Buyer supplies to prove his assertion, the Auctioneer decides that the lot is a forgery the sale of the lot will be rescinded and the purchase price repaid to the Buyer.

9. Property in lots and risk
The Buyer shall not become the owner of any lot, and the Auctioneer shall have a lien thereon, until the Buyer has discharged the purchase price in full together with any other charges due, but after the fall of the hammer the risk of damage or loss shall nevertheless be the Buyer's.

10. The Premium
The Buyer shall pay to the Auctioneer a premium of 20% of the hammer price together with VAT on such premium.

11. Default by Buyer
If the Buyer fails to make payment in a way acceptable to the Auctioneer or to remove any lot or lots bought by him within 7 days of the auction or in any other material respect fail to comply with these conditions, the Auctioneer shall have the right, (a) to resell the lot or lots by public auction or otherwise without notice to the Buyer, and if any deficiency arises on such resale, after deducting the Auctioneer's full costs and expenses, the Buyer shall be responsible to the Auctioneer therefore (but any net surplus to be the Seller's) or, alternatively, (b) to store the lot at the Auctioneer's premises or elsewhere and to release the lot to the Buyer only after payment in full of the purchase price together with any other charges due. The Auctioneer reserves the right to charge storage of 50p per lot per day on any lot or lots uncleared by the time specified together with any removal expenses. In addition, interest will be charged at 2.5% per month or part thereof (34.4% APR) on any accounts that remain unpaid in part or full 1 week after the sale. Interest and storage will be charged from the date of sale. In addition, the Buyer shall be liable for all legal and court costs incurred by the Auctioneers in pursuit of payment from the Buyer. The Auctioneer reserves the right to refuse any cheques and will not release lots purchased until evidence has been received that any cheque accepted has been cleared.

12. Definitions and interpretation
In these conditions: (a) Reference to the 'the Auctioneer' shall be taken to mean the firm of Gardiner Houlgate or any director, partner or employee thereof at the time of sale; (b) Buyers shall be deemed to be the principals unless to the prior knowledge of the Auctioneer they are acting as agent on behalf of a named principal; (c) 'Forgery' means a lot (i) which is so constituted as deliberately to deceive when considered in the light of its catalogue description, and (ii) whose value as such is materially less that if it had complied with the catalogue description; (d) The Interpretation Act 1978 shall apply to the general construction of terms and expressions used in these Conditions as if contained in a statute.

13. Law and Jurisdiction
These Conditions of sale are subject to English law, which shall apply to their construction as well as their effect. The Seller and Buyer agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Payment & Registration

For new clients wishing to register to bid at the auction photographic identification will be required in the form of either a current driving licence or passport.

If you are unable to attend the sale you can leave a written absentee bid. The auctioneer will execute the bid on your behalf and will endeavour to purchase the lot as cheaply as possible. Telephone bids may be possible on lots estimated £500 and above at the discretion of the auctioneer. Telephone lines are limited and are offered on a 'first come first serve' basis. Full contact details are required and identification may be requested for clients not known to us.


We are pleased to accept payment by the following methods: debit card, credit cards (2% surcharge) (see below), cash to a maximum of £9000, Building Society cheque or Bankers Draft.

Cheques will be accepted when supported by a guarantee card up to the limit of the card and at the discretion of the auctioneers, unless arrangements have been made with us prior to the auction. Payment direct to bank is also accepted, please contact the office for details. We do not accept American Express.


Due to a recent rise in card fraud, we are no longer able to accept payments by credit or debit cards for 'customer not present' transactions over the 'phone, unless you are known to us. Card payments will only be accepted if they have been AVS (address matched) and 3D Secure authorised through the-saleroom.com website with a maximum transaction value of £500, at the discretion of the auctioneer.

Card payments are still accepted at the saleroom, but must be supported by 'chip and pin', under no circumstances will this method be bypassed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.


Payment and clearance should be made within 7 days after the sale. Goods will not be released until full payment has been received and a paid invoice produced. All funds paid direct to bank will be checked for clearance. For clients arranging courier or third party collection – written instruction must be received from the purchaser; identification will be requested from the courier and vehicle details will be taken, unless known to us. For security purposes our premises are monitored with 24 hour CCTV.

Smaller items can be sent at the Purchaser's risk. (Minimum fee £10, please contact the office for a personal quote). Larger and vulnerable items can only be sent through professional carriers. Gardiner Houlgate regularly instruct the following companies:

MBE Mail Boxes Etc. (Chippenham)
Tel: 01249 446141
email: info@mbechippenham.co.uk

Alban Shipping
Collections/Deliveries daily in London. Airfreight & Seafreight. Covering the UK every 7-10 days.
email: info@albanshipping.co.uk
Tel: 01582 493099
Fax: 01582 490147

Local Carriers

A J Removals (Bath)
Tel: 07855 489121or 07775 694296

Cundick Transport (Bath)
Contact Lee Cundick
Tel: 07710 830384

John Wales Removals & Storage (Corsham)
Contact Wayne Munday
Tel/Fax: 01225 344636
Mobile: 07974 674514

See Full Terms And Conditions

Tags: Les Paul, Fender, Gibson, Martin, Guitar