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Tempest 3EL3  and  Tempest 2EBL3



Tempest
 The Egmond Tempest 3EL3, and the bass version Egmond Tempest 2EBL3, as they looked like in the 1965 catalog.

The Egmond Tempest was probably launched in 1965 and was one of the finest electric Egmond's at the time. They were solid body designs in either sunburst or raven black.
The Egmond Brothers is said to have had one car each with the model name Tempest, at the time for the development of the guitar, which most likely is the reason why the guitar got the model name Tempest. The Egmond Tempest 3EL3 was basically an improved Egmond Electra 111/3, or Egmond Typhoon 3ES1, as the Egmond Electra 111/3 was designated later. The Tempest had different pickups and had ball-bearings in the tremolo-arm and, as mentioned, the body was solid, while the Electra 111/3 and the Typhoon 3ES1 were hollow body guitars. Likewise, was the Egmond Tempest 2EBL3 basically an improved Egmond Bass 9, or Egmond Typhoon 2EBS1, as the Egmond Bass 9 was designated later. But the Tempest 2EBL3 doesn't have any pickup selector switch. Instead it has separate volume controls.


The Egmond Tempest was introduced in the 1965 catalog, like this:


Tempest 1965



Egmond Tempest disappeared from the market after a couple of years but was reintroduced in 1968 as the Egmond Tempest 2ES1 having a slightly different shape of the body and of the pickguard. It was equipped with the simpler tremolo-arm, that was used on several other Egmond models, like the Rambler 2ES1 and the Typhoon 3ES1, to mention some. The pickups were also the same as on the Rambler 2ES1.

Tempest
The Egmond Tempest 2ES1, as it looked like in the 1968 catalog.


But in 1969 the original Egmond Tempest design was back, having new pickups and having the same metal knobs, for the potentiometers and for the pickup selector, as most other Egmond's had.

Tempest
The Egmond Tempest 3EL3, and the bass version Egmond Tempest 2EBL3, as they looked like in the 1969 catalog.


The only real difference between the Tempest 3EL3 and the Typhoon 3ES1 is that the Tempest has the better tremolo-arm with ball-bearings and a solid body. The pickups, etc. are now in common.

Tempest / Typhoon

The Egmond Tempest 3EL3 and the Typhoon 3ES1, as they looked like in the 1970 catalog.





 

Tempest


My Tempest 3EL3 is from the time period of 1965 to 1967 (probably 1965) and it
is in a nice condition.

Tempest


It has
ball-bearings in the tremolo-arm, but the bridge was missing when I bought it, so I have mounted a Tune-O-Matic bridge.

Tempest


7 positions pickup selector.

Tempest


The cover of the truss rod is missing.

Tempest





Sound sample #1.  The Tempest 3EL3 and the solid state amplifier Traynor TS-25 
 

Sound sample #2.  The Tempest 3EL3 and the solid state amplifier Traynor TS-25 and distortion (fuzz) 
 

Sound sample #3.  The Tempest 3EL3 and the solid state amplifier Traynor TS-25. "The House of the Rising Sun"






When I got my Tempest 2EBL3 it was equipped with the pickups that was introduced on the 1969 design but the potentiometer knobs are the kind that were on the first 1965 design and were used until 1967. So, maybe it is made in early 1969 and they might have had too many old potentiometer knobs left and decided to use them. The pickup winding in the neck pickup was broken, so I replaced that pickup with a Höfner pickup, that I already had.

Tempest 2EBL3


Tempest 2EBL3


My Tempest 2EBL3 was worn and dirty. The fret board was loose and the potentiometers were not working very well, either.
So, I cleaned it and painted the black parts of the body and the headstock, since those parts were quite worn and scratched. Then I gave it a couple of layers of clear varnish. I also glued the fretboard back, replaced the potentiometers and put new strings on
. It is as good as new, then. After these pictures were taken, I also mounted two new finger supports, since the original support (one) was also missing.

Tempest 2EBL3


Tempest 2EBL3


Tempest 2EBL3


Tempest 2EBL3



               
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