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Tom Walker approached Leo Fender about financial help in forming Tri-Sonix.
White had worked with Leo in the very early days of Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company as the plant manager and stayed on after the company was sold to the CBS Corporation, but had grown unhappy with their management. Because of a 10-year non-compete clause in the 1965 contract that sold the Fender companies to CBS, Leo Fender was a silent partner.
The Music Man story began in 1971 when Forrest White and Tom Walker formed a company they would call Tri-Sonix, Inc (often incorrectly referred to as "Tri-Sonic").
The Galanti, on the other hand, is quite a rare bird. I found it in a shop in San Diego but they were asking around 00 for it. Next to that are a couple of Norma’s and another attempt at copying the Burns pickguard. Next to that is a Hi-Lo (also available from Ibanez). Below: As you can see, we got our walls painted the other day, hope you like it! This baby looks, feels, plays like no other Bass from its time.
I found the one next to it on EBAY – in a severe state of dsrepair – for 0. Below: One last entry level Norma, then a totally cool EKO Florentine. It is a semi-hollow that looks like a cross between an SG and a 335. The funniest review I have ever read on Harmony central was about a Hi-Lo guitar. REALLY well made, big and heavy (the picture scale looks small but this is bigger than a Fender Precision). Eastwood has been making some excellent re-issue versions of this in fretless EUB-1 and fretted EEB-1 versions.
Next to that is a nice Silvertone Mosrite with slider controls. Then two sweet GOYA Rangemasters and a wacky Galanti. Next is one of my current favorites, a 6-string Espana Viola shaped guitar. This guitar was also made at the VOX factory, and shares all the same parts and finish ast the 335 style Espana pictured way up above. Next, a MINT 60’s Airline Barney Kessel featuring the very cool “Kleenex Box” pickups, another current Custom Shop Reissue. This is exactly the same as the Univox, but was imported to Canada under the brand Raven.
You can see the inspiration for the Sidejack Series in many of these guitars. Then, a 9.5 Silvertone Mosrite and a VERY odd and curious guitar labeled CONTESSA.
The Sting Ray Bass featured a single large hum-bucking pickup (located somewhat toward but not adjacent to the bridge) with a two-band fixed-frequency EQ. Basses were produced in fretted and fretless versions.