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Musitronics advertisement (1975)

George Duke. Mu-tron III Plus Mu-tron Phasor

Musitronics Mu-tron III effects unit, Musitronics Phasor effects unit

Mid seventies add featuring George Duke
GEORGE DUKE increases the innovative capabilities of his instruments with the Mu-tron III and Mu-tron Phasor. With this compact, inexpensive equipment, he originates some of the most exciting effects ever produced on keyboards. Mu-tron III creates synthesizer sounds through most electrified instruments- keyboards, guitar, or any percussive source as well as microphone. Mu-tron Phasor, with 6 phase shift stages, creates the deep, rotating, spatial sounds once obtained only with speakers or expensive studio equipment. Together, in your hands.. - dynamite!

Musitronics advertisement (1975) George Duke. Mu-tron III Plus Mu-tron Phasor

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Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Patent Sticker Pickup 7 40k Purple Wire 1959 Les Paul

Vintage 1960's Gibson PAF Patent Sticker Pickup 7 40k Purple Wire 1959 Les Paul

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


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A completely original and fantastic
One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960's DOUBLE BLACK "Patent Number" PAF pickup
This is a Standard Spaced (not archtop spaced) "Patent Number" PAF pickup.
Nice mid-wind output reading at 7 40k
Great for neck or bridge application! This PAF is in incredible example, great cosmetic condition . this PAF has never been rewound, never been repaired and is exactly as it left the Gibson... more
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Longs, South Carolina, 295**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Epiphone FT 150 1970's Japan Made
Great condition

EPIPHONE manufactured the FT-150 between 1972 and 1979. The Epiphone FT-150 was a Japanese dreadnought acoustic guitar. It had a natural laminated spruce top, rosewood rims and back, a three piece adjustable neck, rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, adjustable bridge and chrome plated hardware. The mahogany neck was bolted on internally.

Finish colors blonde finish, natural finish
Made in Japan
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Vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster refin blonde OHSC old NR

Vintage 1974 Fender Telecaster refin blonde OHSC old NR

Athens, Georgia, 306**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A vintage Fender Telecaster with many original parts. It's from circa 1974, give or take a few years 1973, 1975, or possibly 1976. It plays and sounds good. the neck is completely flat and has a minor amount of buzzing in the lower frets. It has a nice twangy tone from the bridge pickup, and a warmer sound from the neck. The neck is thick and chunky (read below) . The guitar weighs 9 pounds, 5 oz.
Neck: An original 1970's telecaster neck. The fretboard was replaced with a flamed ... more
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Steel construction, nickel chrome finish, grooves are good. Original weathered patina . Mounting screws are new replacement. Original Vintage Magnatone part, thanks for looking!
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1976 Fender Telecaster Custom

1976 Fender Telecaster Custom

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


1976 Fender Telecaster Custom, Gorgeous Natural Ash body, Sought after Seth Lover humbucker and single coil bridge pickup. Fast Mapleneck, True Rock ?n Roll Machine, Excellent condition with correct style hardcase
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Vintage  Washburn New Model 1897 234 Acoustic Guitar W /  Hard Case

Vintage Washburn New Model 1897 234 Acoustic Guitar W / Hard Case

Federal Way, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Looks like there was a repair on where the neck meets the base. There also is a crack on the bottom of the base. I did my best too document in photos. Neck is straight and does sound really nice. Hard cases lock has damage and one hinge is broken

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Sold as is. Everything you see in the pictures is what is included in this lot. Photos are the best description. Please look at ALL pictures ... more
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Ibanez Edge Bridge - Cosmo

Ibanez Edge Bridge - Cosmo

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


One Ibanez Edge bridge in Cosmo. See the photos. This one has less wear than many we see here. Enjoy
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1920s National Style 4 Tri-Cone resonator ROUND NECK!!!

1920's National Style 4 Tri-Cone resonator ROUND NECK!!!

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this late 1920's National Style 4 Tri-Cone resonator with a round neck. This guitar has seen a lot of use and shows natural play wear. The neck is playable, but has a bit of relief resulting in high string height. The frets are in great condition and the ebony fretboard has a long hairline crack running from the 5th fret to the 16th fret. There are a couple small areas in the wood at the neck heel where there is some ... more
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original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double cut 1st edition FIGURED MAHOGANY!!!

original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double cut 1st edition FIGURED MAHOGANY!!!

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special in its original Cherry finish which shows off a very rare figured mahogany body. This is the first version with the larger control cavity and the lower switch position. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original chipboard case (missing handle). It's in great shape with some nicks + dings, finish checking and other... more
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Flat Top Guitar Tailpiece. Vintage

Flat Top Guitar Tailpiece. Vintage

Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Flat top guitar tailpiece. It's a common design, probably made by Kluson in Chicago, Illinois. Made of steel. It's tarnished, but in good structural and functional condition. I have not steel wooled at all; that's up to the next person
Otherwise, it's in good strong condition.
For store use only: no. 5... more
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Guitar Trapeze Tailpiece

Guitar Trapeze Tailpiece

Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


It's an old guitar tailpiece. Trapeze. I don't know what make or model guitar it went on. It's probably from the 1950s or 1960s, by its looks. It's tarnished, but in good structural and working condition. I have not steel wooled it at all to clean it up.
For store use only: No. 8... more
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Vintage Gibson 1968 Les Paul Custom Stoptail Tailpiece - Aluminum Featherweight

Vintage Gibson 1968 Les Paul Custom Stoptail Tailpiece - Aluminum Featherweight

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1968 - 1970 Les Paul Custom Gold Stoptail
Rare and correct for that awesome 1966-1970 Gibson LPC Black Beauty!
Also correct for a stoptail ES-345 or ES-355!
This is an awesome original gold plated aluminum stoptail
Featherweight, just like a 1950's Tailpiece, these are in fact largely interchangeable with a 1950s stop tail - the only minor difference is the ... more
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1976 Takamine F-400 12 String Guitar Lawsuit Era Very Good + Condition

1976 Takamine F-400 12 String Guitar 'Lawsuit Era' Very Good + Condition

San Fernando, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a very good condition 1976 Takamine F-400 12 string guitar made in Japan. Appears to all be original. Machine heads turn fine. Bridge doesn't appear to be lifting. Nice easy action. Straight neck. Excellent playability. Has just been restrung with Ernie Ball Earthwood 10 gauge phosphor bronze 12 strings $68 00 shipping to any lower 48 USA address. #2300408
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Vintage 1989 Fender 1957 Reissue V0 Stratocaster 57 AVRI Strat - Super Clean!!

Vintage 1989 Fender 1957 Reissue V0 Stratocaster 57 AVRI Strat - Super Clean!!

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
1989 Fender 1957 Reissue "V0" Stratocaster!
You're looking at a very fine original "V0" Stratocaster reissue.
Fender got it's groove back in 1980's and got it back hard.
Now nearly 30 years old these reissues have MOJO!
Using thin nitro finishes and vintage-correct pickups, wiring assemblies and body / neck routes, these 80's reissues have earned their reputation as being the ... more
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Vintage Harmony Guitar Tube Type Amp H303A

Vintage Harmony Guitar Tube Type Amp H303A

Chariton, Iowa, 500**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Harmony guitar amplifier is a treasure for any music lover. With its tube type design, it delivers a warm and authentic sound that is unmatched by modern amplifiers. The amp has been well-preserved over the years, with only minor signs of wear and tear that add to its character.
The brand name Harmony speaks for itself, as it has been synonymous with quality instruments for decades. This amplifier is perfect for collectors and musicians alike who appreciate the unique tone and ... more
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Rare Vintage 1960s Red Electro Rickenbacker Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case

Rare Vintage 1960's Red Electro Rickenbacker Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case

Loveland, Colorado, 805**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Rare Vintage 1960's Red Electro Rickenbacker Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case i88555
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1962 Fender Jazzmaster Jaguar Bridge Assembly Pre-CBS

1962 Fender Jazzmaster Jaguar Bridge Assembly Pre-CBS

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for one (1) bridge off a 1962 Fender Jazzmaster. It is of course the same as a Jaguar. The saddle configuration is the first version 1958-1962 style where all are the same coarse thread. During 1962 they began adding 2 fine thread saddles for the plain strings. Bridge base is correct for pre 1966 guitars (the appearance of the bridge plate adjuster hole changed from rounded to a sort of rivet). This bridge has been serviced. All worn out, seized and stripped screws removed, ... more
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1965 / 67 Vox Mark VI

1965 / 67 Vox Mark VI

Providence, Rhode Island, 029**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is A Rare 1965 / 67 Vox Mark VI . Almost 60 years old it??s in Collector Grade Condition with a few Minor dings and or scratches. One of the all-time great ??posing?? guitars, the Vox Mark VI is a true 1960??s classic. Made in Italy, sunburst finish and With the exception of a Pro Re-Fret She??s All Original. Not 100% positive the case is the original
Just completely checked By Jim @ Noll Guitars so she's 100% Ready to GO
The unmistakable teardrop-shaped Mark series guitars were ... more
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Vintage 1967 Epiphone E360 TD Riviera 12 string Kalamazoo electric guitar

Vintage 1967 Epiphone E360 TD Riviera 12 string Kalamazoo electric guitar

Roselle, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This to the best of my knowledge is a 1967 Epiphone E360TD Riviera Cherry 12 string Guitar Serial # 390054 made in Kalamazoo MI. Comes with original hard case. This guitar was owned by my father in law for the last 40 some years and he just fiddled around with it occasionally. Please see pictures for condition and ask any questions as I do not play guitar but can send any specific pics you would like to see.... more
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1970s Sam Ash Oliver Sound Inc G-60R Amplifier Head w 2 1x10?? Speaker Cabinets

1970s Sam Ash Oliver Sound Inc G-60R Amplifier Head w 2 1x10?? Speaker Cabinets

Collingswood, New Jersey, 081**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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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 bass Rose-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 Zambesi This 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 Ace The 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 Escort The 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 Care Catalog 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 Folk The 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 guitar The 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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional