among the worst guitars that I have ever seen, you say? I personally contribute the lousy state of the dutch guitarscene to the fact that most of us Dutchies started on one of these things - and thus never had a chance to learn properly!
Yet.. there were even worse guitars, all made in the netherlands. Symfonie, unicon, magic and lewa, to name a few..
Still.. many older guitarist have a melancholic longing for one of these icons of their youth, Egmonds are quite sought after around here. Even I bought one, a couple of years ago - the model in the foreground. But when I tried to play it.. Let's say I sold it!
Loved the pu/scratchplate, though..the raw pu's were the best thing about Egmond. Most Egmonds were bolt ons. But I even had a ' nailed on' neck once..
Egmond had a very high output in numbers, indeed. many guitars went to England, when there was nothing else avialable there.
The Egmond family had a music shop in my town, Musica, where I bought a lot of stuff. Joep, the owner, had quite a collection of Egmonds, including some more ( relatively) high end stuff, like a prototype organ guitar and some jazzers with bodies made by Hofner or Hopf.. not sure wich.
Miller guitars are supposed to be high end egmonds, used by the very first of the dutch rockers, the Tielman Brothers.
Vega and Alpha -possibly Paesold were Martin Brands. Martin bought Egmond and used the factory in Best and a workshop in Boxtel. Vega and Alpha were fine guitars, most of them direct copies of Martin-models. nothing like Egmond!! I had a Alpha D45 model w/ solid spruce top that I never should have sold..