Like all of the Murph "Squire" models... the principal design
employed by Thomas "Pat" Murphy was a "Quasi-Jazzmaster"
shaped body. This was the case for this 1966 prototype Murph
Banjo created for the renowned artist/session-player
"Pat" Murphy was "NOT" a guitar maker, he was a guitar creator!
Murphy is one of those iconic guitar builders who exuded the
"Surf's Up" West Coast lifestyle and attitude of the 1960's. So... Why
Not build a "Surf's Up" prototype Banjo for Dick
Rosmini. This Murph Banjo remains one of the strangest stringed
instrument in my PulseBeat Guitars collection.
Dick Rosmini was one of the all time greats as far as stringed
instruments go. During the early 1960's, the iconic Rosmini was
considered one of the best 12-string guitarists in the world.
He was without-a-doubt a musician's - musician... because
he could play anything that had strings on it.
Dick Rosmini was a versatile banjoist and guitar player,
he also was a world class photographer for Tiffany in the
1950’s and 60’s. His photography enabled him to pursue
his ever growing music career.
Dick Rosmini has 2 stand-out recordings "Adventures For
12 String, 6 String And Banjo" released in 1964 and "A
Genuine Rosmini" released in 1969. But Dick Rosmini can
be heard on countless Guitar, Banjo and 12-String anthologies,
as well as on albums by Bob Gibson, Phil Ochs, Hoyt Axton,
Doug Dillard, and Jackie DeShannon to name a few.
Rosmini also recorded with Van Dyke Parks who describes
"Adventures For 12 String" as an "absolutely essential" album.
Jimmy Page agreed, by saying "it had the best-recorded acoustic
guitar sound I'd ever heard up until that point."