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Gibson's low impedance guitars of the early seventies were superb instruments, though the controls did need some explanation. The guitars in question are the Les Paul Recording and Les Paul Triumph models. So in 1971, Gibson published a fold out cardboard brochure explaining some of the guitars features and it's operation. It came with a flexi disc with Gibson's Bruce Bolen demonstrating the guitar, and narrated by Les Paul himself. With the guitar's sauces, the brochure was reprinted in 1973 - identical in content though printed on slightly larger board. This example is exceptional condition, and somewhat unusually, still has the original flexi-disc. You can have a listen top a recording of the disc here.
This is just great case candy, and in considerably better condition than most examples on the market - check it out on ebay.com
The long scale version of Gibson's EB0 bass was first shipped in very early 1970. The seller lists this as a 1968 EB0, but it is clearly a '70s bass (MADE in USA says 70s; serial number suggests early '71; lack of mute concurs), and 34" scale like a Fender Precision or Jazz (the bridge is further forward on short scale models). Overall condition isn't great, but neither terrible - it obviously has had a life of use, but the dreaded headstock break (so common on these slotted headstock basses) is yet to happen (don't drop it!), and the finish, though dulled and scratched is still the original translucent cherry. There is a missing truss rod cover (that would have held the scripted EB-0L model designation) and the glued-on pearl Gibson logo is also damaged.
It has also had several hardware changes. The pickup has been replaced by a Dimarzio model one - designed specifically for brightening up the fat EB tone. Thankfully, the accompanying coil tap switch has not been fitted - so no extra mini toggle by the controls. The original control knobs would have been black witch hats. The bridge posts and saddle screws look to be non original, and the bridge cover is missing. So by no means an immaculate or completely original bass. But nothing done to this bass is irreversible. One could restore this fairly easily, with most parts popping up on ebay every month or two (also check out the Gibson bass parts on vintageguitarparts.co).
This bass is priced to sell. It has a .99c start price (though with a reserve) and a buy it now of $600. The EB-0L is a rarer, more useable version of the EB0, and if you actually prefer a less wooly tone than a typical Gibson EB, the Dimarzio is probably the best choice. Frankly, this is about as cheap as a Gibson bass gets, and if you don't like it, you will almost certainly be able to flip it and get your money back in no time at all. Have a closer look on ebay.com
1950s Fenders go for big money. BIG money. They are highly collectable, and generally great playing instruments, though the Musicmaster, tends not to attract the same attention as a Stratocaster, for example. Although every bit as well made as any other 50s Fender, with a solitary pickup, and no tremolo they are perhaps under-equipped - at least compared to a strat or tele. Furthermore, this example is a 3/4 size instrument (i.e. with a 22 1/2" scale). Whilst it is old, and relatively rare, it is of limited use to a typical player. With it's non-original pickup, and missing bridge cover, it is also less appealing to a collector.
But it isn't in bad condition at all. Like all early Musicmasters, it was finished in Desert Sand, and fitted with a gold anodized aluminium scratchplate. Great condition examples sell generally get listed around $1500 - $2000. Although it is missing the forementioned parts, it looks to be in pretty sound condition otherwise. With a start price of $400 and no reserve this could very likely represent a good deal for the lucky winner. Someone out there will have an original pickup, and maybe a bridge cover. This one just begs to be re-completed.
Check out this guitar on ebay.com
Replacement parts for some guitars are harder to source than others, particularly those produced by small manufacturers, or from brands that never offered their parts as aftermarket upgrades. Pickups can be easier to source due to the fact that players often 'upgrade' their guitars (even though they may simply need a set up - but that's another story). This listing is for a bunch of parts for a 1975 Hayman 3030: pickups, scratchplate, wiring loom, bridge, neck plate, serial number plate and strap buttons. There are also a few bits (notably the tailpiece and a rosewood bridge base) that do not belong. These are hard to find parts, that could easily have been listed at a significantly higher start price - but with an opening bid of just £1, the seller is letting the market decide their value. Someone out there will desperately need these parts; let's hope they spot the listing. Nothing worse than seeing the final piece of your jigsaw go for a pittance the week you neglected to look!
These parts are in Blackpool, UK, and can be seen on ebay.co.uk
The Gibson ES-120T (like it's Epiphone companion model, the Granada) was the entry level model in Gibson's thinline electric acoustic range. Like the ES-330TD it was a thin, completely hollow body guitar, (i.e. no feedback reducing maple center block) with a body depth of 1 3/4". Well built, out of nice woods, double bound (front and back) with a mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard. They are nicely made instruments, but with limited fretboard access (no cutaways), and just one PU-380 Melody Maker pickup in the neck position.
This one has been poorly listed - maybe deliberately, maybe not. There are insufficient images, and even less description. There is no mention or picture of the neck (is it cracked and in need of work? previously repaired? totally fine? Who knows?). The tuning keys have been replaced (twice, by the looks of it). But even with a little work required, at it's current price, this guitar is a bargain.
This is unlikely to go too high - just not enough information to instill confidence in most bidders. Probably worth contacting the seller for further details, but a potential great deal for the right buyer, especially if the neck is unbroken. See this guitar on ebay.com
Some guitars are desirable due to their rarity.. others because of their reputation as players. The Gibson Melody Maker was neither produced in sufficiently large numbers to be considered especially rare, nor equipped with sufficiently notable hardware to out-compete more expensive guitars. But original Gibson Melody Makers are desirable, both by collectors and players alike. But in my book, the best Melody Maker is one that has had a few upgrades - nothing irreversible, mind, just a few direct replacement parts to give a stronger output and a little more tuning stability. Early and mid-sixties Gibson guitars were exceptionally well made, out of really nice woods. This two pickup guitar with original case, despite the refin, has got to be worth the opening bid of $750.
You can find this Melody Maker on ebay.com
The ASB-1 Devil Bass was only made for a brief time, with perhaps only 75 instruments produced. Like the AEB-1, it has an unusual cut-through body and scrolled headstock like an upright, and was available with either a fretted or fretless fingerboard. Early Ampeg basses are highly desirable, and pretty rare to boot. Examples listed on Reverb tend to be priced $4000 and up, so it's good to see this one listed at 0.99c! Obviously there's a reserve, but for once we shall see what the market deems this rare bass to be worth.
This bass has some finish wear, but seems to be complete and original. Rare, collectable, and freakishly interesting in equal measure. Definitely a bass to watch!
Check out more pictures on ebay.com
EDIT: Bidding got up to $2000, but the reserve was not met. Currently relisted an accepting offers.
Now this is a great bass - and one that doesn't come up too often. Ampeg, were obviously better known for their amplifiers, but were also producing fretted and fretless AEB / AUB basses from 1966 until the end of the decade. Along with the ASB-1 Devil basses, these had a scroll headstock, like an upright bass, and like the Ampeg Baby bass electric upright that had preceded them. These horizontal electric basses are often referred to as Ampeg scroll basses. Pretty distinctive looking, and great sounding. I always associate these basses with the Hendrix / Curtis Knight sessions of 1967 (check out Hush Now, if you don't know it ), and Funkadelic circa 1969/70. This one seems to be in pretty good condition. Nice bass.
See more of this bass on ebay.com
EDIT: This bass sold for $2531.88
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