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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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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

NEW GITANE DG-250M Pro SELMER VINTAGE STYLE GYPSY JAZZ ACOUSTIC GUITAR w/ Case

Current price: $909.99
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NEW PRO GITANE SELMER VINTAGE STYLE GYPSY JAZZ ACOUSTIC STEEL STRINGS GUITAR

Current price: $849.95
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Time left: 6d 20h 59m
Gitane DG-250M Django Selmer Vintage Style Gypsy Jazz Acoustic Guitar - Natural

Current price: $829.00
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Time left: 8d 2h 31m
NEW GITANE DG-250 Pro SELMER-Maccaferri VINTAGE STYLE GYPSY JAZZ ACOUSTIC GUITAR

Current price: $789.99
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HOFNER TWEED BEATLE BASS CASE NEW DELUXE PLUSH INT FROM GERMANY SELMER 60s STYLE

Current price: $169.95
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Time left: 4d 20h 16m
D2F® Padded Cover for Selmer Zodiac Twin Thirty Combo

Current price: $79.95
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Time left: 11d 18h 45m
Vintage Combo by Selmer GS10 Acoustic Guitar sn 73110374

Current price: $24.99
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Time left: 1d 15h 11m
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UK ebay listings

Selmer Croc Skin ‘Truvoice’ Treble & Bass Valve Amp & 2 x 12 Speaker Cab

Current price: £1995.00
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Time left: 23d 19h 30m
Vintage Selmer Zodiac MKII All Tube GZ34 2x12 Greenback Combo from 1966

Current price: £820.00
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Time left: 19d 19h 46m
Selmer Electric Pro Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar -VINTAGE

Current price: £595.00
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Time left: 6d 11h 31m
Vintage Selmer Electric Pro Hawaiian Lap Steel Slide Guitar Retro 40s 50s

Current price: £575.00
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NEW PRO GITANE SELMER VINTAGE STYLE GYPSY JAZZ ACOUSTIC STEEL STRINGS GUITAR

Current price: £560.47
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Time left: 6d 20h 59m
Selmer RSA Truvoice TV10 Vintage Guitar Amplifer - Amazing - Rare - Warranty

Current price: £499.99
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Time left: 1d 12h 12m
D2F® Padded Cover for Selmer Zodiac Twin Thirty Combo

Current price: £52.72
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Time left: 11d 18h 45m
Selmer Croc Skin ‘Truvoice’ Treble & Bass 2 x 12 Speaker Cab

Current price: £50.50
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Time left: 8d 18h 52m
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German ebay listings

70's SELMER MADE IN ENGLAND TREBLE & BASS COMPACT 50R AMP AMPLIFIER VERSTÄRKER

Current price: €1249.00
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Time left: 17d 10h 23m
1977er FANE Vintage 12" Speaker Fullrange Tube SELMER Hiwatt VOX, WHIZZER CONE !

Current price: €79.90

Time left: 2d 18h 16m
Vintage 12" GUITAR Speaker GOODMANS Red Label 60/70's Selmer Sound City Vox Wem

Current price: €49.99

Time left: 1d 19h 27m
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