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Vintage Guitar Values

What is my guitar worth?

How much is my guitar worth? How can I value my guitar? These are very common questions. Before buying or selling a guitar, knowing its value is important. Guitar values can range from practically nothing, to an astronomical sum for the right guitar - and to an untrained eye, guitars at either end of the spectrum can look very similar. Once you have correctly identified your guitar, you can look up the specific model in a guitar value guide. But even when you have a ballpark value, selling the instrument at that price is more than just a formality. Have a look at our guide on selling vintage guitars online for some ideas on getting the best price for your vintage guitar.

The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide continues to be the industry-leading reference for values on vintage and collectible guitars, basses, lap steels, mandolins, ukuleles, banjos, amps, and effects. The 2017 edition spans 624 pages and includes detailed information aswell as current pricing (in $US) on more than 2000 brands and more than 1,300 photos, plus a detailed look at the hows and whys of the collectible instrument market. This guide is the only such work to cover all this in one very affordable volume!

How accurate are the guitar price guides?

The price guides above give a good ballpark figure for many models - however these are very much the authors opinion - and naturally their opinion is based on their locality and experience with the instrument in question. An unusual guitar in the US might be commonplace in Japan, or Europe. Likewise, collectors of certain guitars are not equally spread around the world. Such factors have to be considered. There are other places to get vintage guitar valuations, and some of these may be more relevant, especially if you don't live in a major US city. Any notional value will relate to the price a dealer can sell it for. Having said this, the Vintage Guitar magazine guide is internationally recognised, and although it is intended to report prices it does have a hand in setting them to.

Vintage guitar values can go down aswell as up

Vintage guitar collecting, like anything else is subject to fashion. If you already own an older edition of this book, you can not get a current price, simply by adjusting for inflation. Collectors who grew up in the 1950s often want different guitars to those that grew up in the 1980s. As demographics change, so do the guitars that people collect. Likewise the financial status of a country can massively impact values. Pre-2008 high end guitars truly had high end prices. If somebody paid $10000 for a vintage guitar in 2007, they may well struggle to get their money back today. True a 50s strat or Les Paul will always be valuable, but precisely how valuable will be subject to various factors. Vintage guitar values are NEVER absolute. Never.

Please note, This site gets a lot of valuation questions, and we will freely give our opinion if asked - however, we can only respond to requests made on the vintage guitar forum - please also post images of your instrument.


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Vintage RARE DESIGN Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar Black Guard #13

Vintage RARE DESIGN Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar Black Guard #13

Puyallup, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$36

This is listing is for a Vintage (USA American?) RARE DESIGN Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar Black Guard #13. The overall length is about 9 " . I've seen many hummingbird PG's over the years none like this one! These are pg's from the past so may have pick marks. Have about 50 listed. Pls check them out!... more
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Vintage 1960s Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton!

Vintage 1960's Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

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Stunning Nickel plated cover with great wear from 55 years of service!
This is an original early 1960's Mini Humbucker - as found on the high end Epiphone Electrics of the era
A FANTASTIC sounding example truly unique and amazing sounding ... more
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1969 Gibson EBO Bass Truss Rod Cover Screws Eb1 Eb2 Eb3

1969 Gibson EBO Bass Truss Rod Cover Screws Eb1 Eb2 Eb3

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

See pictures ask questions

No returns or exchanges on used parts
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Vintage Hyland 12" Speaker For Guitar Amplifier / Cabinet Raw 60W 8ohm Model 12G27

Vintage Hyland 12" Speaker For Guitar Amplifier / Cabinet Raw 60W 8ohm Model 12G27

Keystone Heights, Florida, 326**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$99

Very nice condition. Came out of a 2x12 cabinet that the wood was a little to damaged for my taste and the other speaker has a tear so See pics Will be shipped USPS Ground Advantage Mail. Payment must be made within 3 days from end of auction or BIN. USA SHIPPING ONLY. Please ask any questions before purchase. Thanks for looking and have a great day!
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Rare Vintage late 70s / early 80s L-6S style Electric Guitar MIK

Rare Vintage late 70's / early 80's L-6S style Electric Guitar MIK

Lubbock, Texas, 794**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

Rare Vintage late 1970's / early 1980's Gibson L-6S style Electric Guitar MIK==Korea was just beginning to manufacture decent quality guitars when this version of the Gibson L-5S / L-6S design was made==The wider and thinner LP-type body is more comfortable to me than a Standard-style -- 13" wide lower bout, 10 3 / 4" upper, 1 3 / 8" thick, 3-piece body (seams are visible in the finish, but paint is smooth with no cracks; see pictures)==Original tuners are teisco / MIJ ... more
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The Realist RLSTVNQT Copperhead Violin Pickup - Acoustic Instrument Pickup

The Realist RLSTVNQT Copperhead Violin Pickup - Acoustic Instrument Pickup

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200

The Realist RLSTVNQT Copperhead violin pickup allows for excellent sound amplification on acoustic instruments. Crafted by The Realist, this model is specifically designed for violin use. The RLSTVNQT Copperhead is a top choice for musicians seeking to achieve an authentic and natural sound during live performances or recordings

This high-quality instrument pickup is crafted to meet the demands of professional musicians. It accurately captures the nuances of the violin's sound, ... more
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Vintage Brown Wooden Acoustic Guitar

Vintage Brown Wooden Acoustic Guitar

Northwood, Ohio, 436**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

-THERE ARE SEVERAL CRACKS IN THE WOODEN BASE AS SHOWN IN THE IMAGES ABOVE, THERE ARE ALSO OTHER DAMAGES TO THE GUITAR. SOLD AS IS AND FOR REPAIR
-NO CASE INCLUDED
-Measurements: 42 " x16 " x4 " .
Product Description:Please view the images that are provided in the listing to get an accurate feel for the condition of the item. This listing only comes with the items that are shown in the pictures provided
Returns: We pride ourselves on providing high quality items and delivering ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES-355 Patent Num

Vintage 1960's Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES-355 Patent Num

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$495

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Very nice original late 60's PAF cover This is a standard spaced cover - perfect for your late 60's Les Paul / SG custom, ES-345, ES-355 and any PAF equipped gold hardware guitar.
This is 1 / 2 we have available - it's mate is available in our other auctions.
Nothing looks or sounds like REAL DEAL PAF covers - very nice worn ... more
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Borys B420 Carved 17?? Archtop Electric Guitar

Borys B420 Carved 17?? Archtop Electric Guitar

Summit, New Jersey, 079**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

Borys B420 Carved 17?? Archtop Electric Guitar

Borys 1996 B420 Carved archtop electric guitar
Luthier Roger Borys began guitar repair work in the early 1970s, and completed building his first guitar in 1976. Borys has concentrated on building versatile, high quality instruments designed for the jazz guitarist. In 1980, Borys united with James D??Aquisto and musician Barry Galbraith to design the BG 100 Jazz electric. This Custom B420 Special 17?? bout, beautifully carved ... more
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Vintage Rickenbacher Electro Lap Steel Guitar 1930s 1940s Era Rickenbacker

Vintage Rickenbacher Electro Lap Steel Guitar 1930s 1940s Era Rickenbacker

Rancho Cucamonga, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This listing is for a Vintage Rickenbacher electro lap steel guitar. Not sure the exact year - possibly late 30s or early 40s. This guitar has been in our family for many years now and has been passed down. We would like to sell it to someone that can appreciate it. Please see all listed photos. Feel free to message any questions or concerns. Open to offers! Thanks for stopping by
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Vintage Luna Classical Acoustic w /  HSC

Vintage Luna Classical Acoustic w / HSC

Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500


Item: Vintage Luna Classical Acoustic w / HSC!
Description: You are purchasing a Vintage Luna Classical Acoustic w / HSC! The acoustic currently has a broken string but there are otherwise no issues regarding playability. A true vintage Japanese made classical that is ready to be enlisted as a workhorse. Please inquire with any questions prior to purchase
Shipping: $80 00 shipping to the Lower 48 States! We ship overseas. Overseas shipping prices will vary. Overseas buyers ... more
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1967 Fender Guitar & Amplifier Service Manual

1967 Fender Guitar & Amplifier Service Manual

Andover, Connecticut, 062**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$65


Nice original 1967 FENDER GUITAR & AMPLIFIER SERVICE MANUAL showing various Guitars & amps. Very good condition with creasing on upper RH side. No writing or marks. There are 15 pages of content. Measures 8-1 / 2" x 11 " . Dated MARCH 1967. An excellent collectible Fender item. Photos are considered part of the description & condition. Please look at the photos and ask questions prior to bidding / buying. Sold as is - no returns
PLEASE VISIT MY EBAY ... more
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Vintage 1965 Magnatone X5 Zephyr White Sparkle! w / OHSC

Vintage 1965 Magnatone X5 Zephyr White Sparkle! w / OHSC

New Egypt, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1289

1965 Magnatone X-5 Zephyr! Made in the USA. Very cool White Sparkle finish on double-cut Poplar body. Maple neck, topped with a 20-fret Rosewood board with dot inlays. Tone supplied by a pair of singlecoils with volume, tone, and individual on / off slider switches. Chrome hardware, including 'lever-lock' trem. All original with no mods, breaks, or repairs. Guitar has expected play marls and the aging marks these all get, but is in overall very good condition. Ships in its original hardshell ... more
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Vintage 1970??s Fender Blue Label Oxford 10J4-6 10?? Speakers Pair - cone tears

Vintage 1970??s Fender Blue Label Oxford 10J4-6 10?? Speakers Pair - cone tears

Canyon, Texas, 790**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$129

original working 10?? speakers, 32 ohms each, has a few cone tears as shown that will need sealed before use, sold as is -- $20 S / H to U S.

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Vintage LYLE LOGO + Fasteners Headstock For Guitar & Bass MIJ Japan Matsumoku

Vintage LYLE LOGO + Fasteners Headstock For Guitar & Bass MIJ Japan Matsumoku

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

Vintage LYLE LOGO + Fasteners Headstock For Guitar & Bass MIJ Japan Matsumoku


Comes with original fastening nails shown.
Genuine original part from 1960??s-1970??s Japanese made guitar.

No other parts included
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vintage Ludwig black&white badge for Rockers series good condition

vintage Ludwig black&white badge for Rockers series good condition

Pembroke, Massachusetts, 023**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Nice vintage Ludwig black&white badge for Rockers series drums. #6098055 good used condition. Check my other items for more Vintage Ludwig and more.... more
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~ 1965 Hofner Model 173 Solid body Electric White Vinyl

~ 1965 Hofner Model 173 Solid body Electric White Vinyl

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1795

Vinage original circa 1965 Hofner Model 173 in original White Vinyl
Nice and clean and all original
Original electronics are working great, pickups sound super warm and organic. All three pickups fully functional and sounding great
Neck is straight and playing well all the way up and down. Just set up at our shop so it's playing great
A nice and clean example for the player and collector alike
Comes with chipboard case
Guitar is exactly as pictured.
Buyer pays ... more
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Vintage Gold Righty Tapered Block Roller Saddle Guitar Bridge

Vintage Gold Righty Tapered Block Roller Saddle Guitar Bridge

Coldwater, Michigan, 490**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$110

Vintage Gold Righty Tapered Block Roller Saddle Guitar Bridge
Very good condition
See photos for exact condition
See my ebay store for more vintage guitar gear
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1968 Gibson SJ Souhern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

1968 Gibson SJ Souhern Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4695

1968 Gibson Southern Jumbo, ??SJ?? Tobacco Sunburst Finish, Double Parallelogram inlays, Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, Finesounding, Ready to play, One owner, EC+, Original soft case
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Vintage Seymour Duncan  Hot stacked humbucker pickup fender. 2B-S

Vintage Seymour Duncan Hot stacked humbucker pickup fender. 2B-S

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$129

Vintage Seymour Duncan Hot stacked humbucker pickup fender. 2B-S... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

1961 Hofner Colorama I

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

1961 Hohner ZambesiThis very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.