product types: 

  • solid state amplifiers
  • tube amplifiers
  • bass guitars
  • electric guitars


Murph Guitars was founded by Thomas Patrick ‘Pat’ Murphy. Murphy was born in 1920 in Illinois and was an air force mechanic in the US Navy during World War II. By 1960 he had moved to California and had a family of 5 musically talented kids - they had a family singing and dancing group called The Murphys. The oldest two boys played the guitar. It was their guitar teacher who convinced Pat Murphy to try his hand at making a line of electric guitars. Murphy Music Industries began in 1965 in San Fernando in 1200 square foot building at 1817 First Street. By 1966 Murphy had a range of solid body guitars and amplifiers and had 22 workers. At this point Murphy Music Industries received a ‘cease and desist’ letter from CBS -Fender  which claimed that the body shape of the Murph Squire guitar was too much like the Fender Jazzmaster & Jaguar. It has also been claimed that CBS put pressure on music stores to return any Murph guitars they had on consignment - all of this caused insurmountable cash flow problems for Murphy Music which filed for bankruptcy in 1967.

Source: Murph Guitars tribute site (5 July 2018)


Murphy Music Industries 1817 First Street
San Fernando , CA
United States
California US