Posted 1 week ago

Featured Guitar: 1958 Fender Stratocaster

Featured Guitar: 1958 Fender Stratocaster (Serial Number 024609)

This is the guitar I like to play at home, it has a great unplugged sound and I have written many songs on it. I got this guitar around the time of The Atlantics “Flight of the Surf Guitar” album but it didn’t get used until after those sessions.

I’m not a big fan of maple fingerboards but there is something about the 50s Fender maple boards that works. All in all a fun guitar to play.

Posted 2 months ago

Featured Guitar: Gibson 1958 Les Paul Gold Top (S/N 8 1113)

Gibson 1958 Les Paul Gold Top (S/N 8 1113)

Ok take a deep breath… This is about as good as it gets… This one guitar literally cost me - a 1957 Stratocaster, 1964 Stratocaster, 1956 Les Paul Custom, 1956 Les Paul Soecial TV, an L series Fender Jazzmaster, and a refin but otherwise all original 1962 strat. All these guitars were 100% original bar the ‘62 refin strat.

That’s how good this 1958 Les Paul (standard) Goldtop is.

It’s also the rarest PAF 50s Les Paul made with only an estimated sum of 217 being produced in 1958. How many are still around in their original condition?

Think of how many Gibson Les Paul guitars have been made.This guitar falls in that elusive top 0001 per cent of all Les Paul’s ever made. The materials, workmanship, attention to detail will never be repeated. The materials are no longer available. The metals alone are made of different materials today, different density to the originals.

A classic, often imitated but never repeated.

Posted 4 months ago

Featured Guitar: 1964 Gibson ES335 Red (Serial Number 70664)

1964 Gibson ES335 Red (Serial Number 70664)

I’ll start off by saying that this is one of the best sounding guitars ever. A big rap I know, but it’s true.

I’d previously owned several Gibson 335s, all of which were good guitars but this one really shines above them. At one time I almost traded it in on an original dot neck 335 (a very desirable guitar) but this one sounded so much better and I’m very glad I still have it.

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This is a monthly feature by Martin Cilia on his website. You can see previous featured guitars here: http://www.martincilia.com.
Posted 4 months ago

This year so far

I’ve been enjoying traveling around Australia playing guitar with legendary Australian band Mental As Anything. The last few weeks we’ve been in Queensland and Southern NSW. In June we have gigs around New South Wales and in July we’re back in WA and then SA. Check out my site for gig details.

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This is us at Cronulla on Australia Day (January 26th).

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In March this year my Spanish friends Los Coronas visited for an Australian tour. They played two gigs at the Basement in Sydney and I joined them on stage for Big Swell.

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I supported them with my band and David and Fernando got up for a jam.

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On Sunday (June 1st) I’ll be playing at the Sydney Rock N Roll Alternative Market - http://rocknrollmarket.com.au/ - again. We had a great time last year. We’re playing at 1.25pm.

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On Friday 27th June I am hosting an Instro Surf night at the Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney. The White Pointers and the Mighty Surftones will also be playing. I hope you can come along, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

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Posted 8 months ago

Mrs Moto video featuring Paul Johnson

When I brought my band to California from Australia last year I had plans to record a film clip of Mrs Moto, from my 2013 album “Going to Kaleponi”, hopefully with Paul Johnson. I ran it past him and he agreed.

We decided to film at Huntington Beach. It was the perfect day for it. We got some great footage along and under the pier and also live as part of my set. Afterwards Paul surprised me by asking if we’d like him to edit the clip. We jumped at the chance to have him do it.

Paul went above and beyond - sourcing live audio of us playing the song onstage (thanks Chrome Oxide) and some extra footage from the Purple Orchid (thanks Unsteady Freddie (would you hire a cameraman called “unsteady”?))

We love the clip. I hope you do too.

Posted 11 months ago

Manly Market Place


We recently played at the Manly Market Place in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. 

The theme for the night was “retro surf”. There was a surf movie screened before our set. It was a great spring evening an thanks to everyone for coming along.

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Posted 11 months ago

The Bridge Hotel, Sydney

Back in Sydney on a great spring evening for our gig at the Bridge Hotel, Roselle,Sydney.


It may appear to be a peaceful evening although the police were right outside with their RBT.

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There are 4 acts on tonight and I’m playing with three of them.

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Sound check - The room looks much better when people fill the room.

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Nicole Warner singing a short set of songs written by Dave and myself.

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Playing my instro set with Janette & Lloyd.

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Bright lights!!

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Leopard skin is the flavor tonight.

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Playing a great sounding white 60s Gibson SG.

Posted 1 year ago

The Evelyn, Fitzroy

Sunday we played an afternoon gig at the Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy. The day started off with the fabulous Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum

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Next the Black Molls (Fred Negro and Dave Moll) took the stage with their witty tunes, unusual props and stage banter.

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Then we did our set.

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A fun time was had by all.

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[Myself with Fred Negro & Dave Moll]

Posted 1 year ago

The Caravan Club, Melbourne

The day after Basement Discs we played at the Caravan Club in Oakleigh. 

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This is a fabulous old RSL club in the heart of Oakleigh that hosts some of the world’s best musicians. They treated us extremely well. 

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My band played the support. 

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Then Lloyd & I went on and played with Dave’s band.

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It was another fantastic crowd with many knowing all the words to the songs.

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Come and see us tonight in Sydney at the Bridge Hotel, in Rozelle. 

Posted 1 year ago

Basement Discs

On Friday we played an instore lunchtime gig at legendary Melbourne record shop Basement Discs

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They have live music every Friday lunchtime.

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They’re a great supporter of live music in Melbourne.

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The lunchtime crowd. 

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Signing CDs.

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Thanks Basement Discs. We had a great time. 

Next gig: Sat 7th Sept - Bridge Hotel, Rozelle - with Dave Warner