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Selmer

United Kingdom amp manufacturer and guitar distributor

1960s Selmer Advertisement

Selmer was one of, if not the most important name in musical instruments in 1960s Britain. It was an offshoot of Selmer Paris, that had been trading since 1928. Aswell as being the major UK and Commonwealth distributor of guitars for the likes of Fender, Gibson and Hofner, it also had it's own brand of guitars Futurama, which were rebranded guitars by Swedish manufacturer Hagstrom and Czechoslovakian manufacturers Resonet and CSHN.

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Selmer Catalogues
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But the guitar brand most strongly associated with Selmer has to be Hofner. Selmer had been selling Hofner guitars since 1953, but the early 1960s were definitely their heyday. Hofner made distinct (though similar to European models) guitars for Selmer, which were given American sounding names: President, Congress, Senator etc; typically hollow bodies in the style of Gibson, and solid bodies in the style of Fender. These guitars played very well with the American-minded British public who could not afford the American equivalents, priced many times higher.

In the summer of 1967, Selmer also introduced a number of guitars actually branded Selmer: The Emperor, Diplomat, Astra, Triumph and Arizona; all manufactured by Hofner.

But Selmer also produced it's own excellent guitar amplifiers, that, at the time, were somewhat eclipsed by Vox (with their Beatles and Stones product endorsements), and later Marshall. But many of these were actually very good amplifiers and are still well regarded, and used in the studio as great recording amps - such as the Selmer Treble 'n' Bass.

The 1970s were a troubled time for guitar businesses worldwide. Selmer found itself changing hands a number of times, being owned briefly by two separate Gibson parent companies CMI, and later Norlin.

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US ebay listings

VINTAGE 1963-65 SELMER FUTURAMA CORVETTE CROC SKIN GUITAR AMPLIFIER TUBE AMP

Current price: $206.49
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Vintage rare mid 1960s Selmer Treble + Bass 50 MkIII amp head amplifier Mullard

Current price: $1150.00
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1964 Hofner 173 Vintage Electric Guitar Red Croc Selmer Super 3 w/ 510 Pickups

Current price: $649.99
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Gitane DG-250M Pro Selmer Vintage Style Gypsy Jazz Acoustic w/ NEW Hard Case!

Current price: $749.00
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Gitane DG-250M Django Selmer Vintage Style Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar - Natural

Current price: $829.00
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NEW GITANE DG-250M Pro SELMER VINTAGE STYLE GYPSY JAZZ ACOUSTIC GUITAR w/ Case

Current price: $909.99
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NEW GITANE DG-250 Pro SELMER-Maccaferri VINTAGE STYLE GYPSY JAZZ ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Current price: $789.99
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D2F® Padded Cover for Selmer Zodiac Twin Thirty Combo

Current price: $79.95
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UK ebay listings

Selmer Rancher Vintage Acoustic Guitar Rare Late 60's Early 70s All Solid Wood

Current price: £119.00
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Very rare vintage 1970s SELMER COMPACT 30 SV watt VALVE/TUBE AMP amplifier FANE

Current price: £174.99
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Time left: 5d 22h 20m
Selmer Croc Skin Truvoice Treble & Bass Valve Amplifier & 2x12 Speaker Cab Rare

Current price: £1395.00
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Vintage Selmer Electric Pro Hawaiian Lap Steel Slide Guitar 1940s

Current price: £300.00
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Vintage Selmer Zodiac MKII All Tube GZ34 2x12 Greenback Combo from 1966

Current price: £820.00
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Time left: 17d 19h 48m
Selmer 50 Watt Treble/Bass Valve/Tube Guitar Amplifier 1960's electric vintage.

Current price: £375.00
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Time left: 13d 13h 43m
Selmer Electric Pro Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar -VINTAGE

Current price: £595.00
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Vintage RSA (Selmer) U12 Valve Amp | Original 1946 Mic Amp | CHARITY LISTING

Current price: £2495.00
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Time left: 11d 16h 54m
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