1981 Gibson guitar and bass catalogue (Rosetti, UK)

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1981 Rosetti Gibson catalogue, 20 pages, colour cover, black and white internal pages 30cm x 21cm.

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Gibson had been distributed in the UK by Selmer (who were actually owned by Norlin, by the end of the 1970s), however, in the middle of 1981 distribution was awarded to Rosetti, who very quickly put out this 20-page catalogue/price list. This is a very interesting item for a number of reasons. Firstly, it did away with the formatting of the Norlin period catalogues, which were largely versions of their US equivalents; the vast majority of guitar images differ from the ones in US publicity material - this might suggest Rosetti rephotographed some of these guitars in the UK? But it also contains several guitars not included in any US catalogue at all. Gibson put out full-line catalogues in 1980 and then again 1983, with just a few publicity sheets in the intervening years, but some of these guitars were so short-lived (most notably the GGC-700) that they seem to have missed even those.

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Les Paul Deluxe
Les Paul Pro Deluxe
Les Paul Custom
Les Paul Standard
Les Paul XR-2
Victory MV-2
Victory MV-X
L5S
SG Standard
SG Firebrand
Explorer II
Flying V II
Paul Firebrand
GGC-700
EDS-1275
335S Standard
335S Custom
335S Deluxe
Sonex 180 Deluxe
Sonex 180 Custom
Sonex Artist
ES-335 Dot
ES-335 TD
ES-335 Pro
ES-347 TD
ES-355 TD SV
BB King Standard
BB King Custom
ES-175D
Howard Roberts Fusion
Byrdland
L5 CES
Super 400 CES
Kalamazoo Award Model
Super V CES
Johnny Smith

Basses:
Victory Standard Bass
Victory Artist Bass
Flying V Bass

Acoustic guitars:
J40, J45, J50, J55
J200
Heritage
Hummingbird
Dove

Banjos and Mandolins:
RB250
RB800
'All American' banjo
F5-L mandolin

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