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Old guitar adverts are just so cool.. not only do they show some great old guitars, they demonstrate how and where the manufacturers or distributors were pitching these instruments, and are very much a snapshot of guitar players and the guitar market at that time. Adverts shown here are sorted chronologically - but you can use some of the filters below to narrow down the vintage adverts you are interested in. Only electric guitar adverts are included on this page. See also the advertisements for acoustic guitars, basses, amps and effects pedals.

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Rickenbacker 1934 Spanish Tenor Electro Guitar and matching AMP Super Rare

MIAMI, FLORIDA, 33179, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$499000

One of the rarest guitars in the world .for a true collector. All original with matching amp. www flickr com / photos / ericernest / 4518500979... more

1957 Fender Stratocaster "Mary Kaye"

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98104, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$115000

1957 Fender Stratocaster "Mary Kaye " One of the holy grail Fenders! These rare Blonde ’50s Strats with gold hardware are often referred to as “Mary Kaye” Strats due to Vegas lounge music pioneer, Mary Kaye, posing with one in an early Fender promo. With only a handful in existence, this beauty is one of the cleanest examples out there and 100% stock! The Blonde finish on this Ash body is absolutely stunning and the gold hardware is a classy touch, extending to all the way to the gold ... more

1951 Fender Nocaster

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98104, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$114995

1951 Fender NocasterA very clean Nocaster! All original with the exception of a partial refret from frets 1 through 11. This guitar has a great feel with a chunky, easy playing neck and resonant body. Outstanding tone with an incredible liveliness. The bridge pickup delivers a punchy snap, while the neck pickup is warm and open providing a wide range of classic Fender tones. Includes original hardshell “thermometer” case which has some non-professional repair to the bottom using lacing. An ... more

Gibson 1954 Les Paul GoldTop - Historic ~ Collectible ~ Original BEAUTIFUL CONDITION

TACOMA, WASHINGTON, 98409, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100000

This is a Beautiful 62 years old, gracefully aged Authentic 1954 Gibson Les Paul Guitar!! The Gibson Les Paul Standard stands as one of the most widely played and universally recognizable guitars ever. First marketed as the Les Paul model in 1952, the Les Paul evolved throughout the '50s until the design was replaced by the SG in late 1960. Up until 1958, the Les Paul sported a gold finish, and guitars from this era are collectively referred to as Goldtops. Goldtop Les Pauls are extremely prized... more

1972 Jimmy D’Aquisto New Yorker 17” Vintage Archtop Guitar

SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY, 07901, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $86576

This is the Real Deal ! D’Aquisto New Yorker 17″ arch top hand-built by Master luthier Jimmy D’Aquisto in 1972. This guitar has stunning hand-carved, master-grade flamed Maple back & sides with a lovely hand-carved European Spruce top. Excellent, near mint, condition. This fingerboard, bridge & faceplate are all made of very clean, streak-free Ebony with a brass tailpiece. The original DeArmond Gold adjustable floating pickup is installed & ready to go with a lead and rhythm switch, ... more

1959 Fender Stratocaster Fiesta Red

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 98104, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75995

1959 Fender Stratocaster Fiesta RedThis guitar has an amazing provenance having originally been owned by Carl Burkowske of the Baltimore-area band, The Sentries, who recorded a 45 (a copy of which is included) in the 60’s using this very guitar! There are also many photos of Carl during that time with this very instrument! Very good condition with some finish wear and the common pickguard cracks. Plays well and features the typical slim profile neck often seen on ’59s and ’60s. This guitar... more

Original 1957 Custom Black Fender Stratocaster

LENZBURG, ILLINOIS, 62255, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$65000

History: My dad bought the guitar used and an old Gibson amp for Christmas in 1963. it is black with a maple neck. I have it in it's original case. I played this guitar almost every day until May 1982. that May I decided to send the neck back to Fender, as the frets were shot and I was wearing through the lacquer on the neck. Anyway in June of that same year I was in an auto accident that left me a quadriplegic. I never played it again. It's only been out of the case one other time since then ... more

1961 Fender Esquire, Rare Olympic White (FEE0993)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $54544

1961 Fender Esquire, Rare Olympic White, Slab Board, Clay dots, Spaghetti logo, Green pickguard, Gorgeous Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, Bridge cover, Lively player, Very cool! VG , Original Brown hard case Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4... more
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dugg Comment left 5th July 2012 10:10:30 reply
what a fabulous, fascinating collection! i've yet to see a better one on the net. these images and the descriptions are a hugely under-valued part of music history and it's good to see some of it saved and celebrated.... all the best, d

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