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Gibson advertisement (1972)

The Man and the Woman

Gibson ES-355TD-SV

BB King in full flow on his ES-355TD-SV. BB King has used high-end Gibson thin-line hollow bodies like the ES-355 for the best part of the last half century, all called Lucille. This finally resulted in Gibson issuing a BB King signature guitar, the BB King Lucille; effectively an ES-355 without f-holes.

The man: B. B. King.
The woman: Lucille, the King's Gibson guitar.
They've been places few ever dream of getting.
To street and alley sounds that sting like brass on brick.
To the quiet, sharp crack of heartbreak.
To the chain-heavy thunder of a troubled mind.
To the cold singing of flophouse bed springs.
To long cold ribbons of misery-crying.
To the muffled wetness of pillow-hidden weeping.
To the bluest. The lostest. The downest.
To the top of the heap. The mountain. The world.
If you're going places on the guitar, wouldn't it be great to travel with a woman like Lucille?

Gibson advertisement (1972) The Man and the Woman

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1968 Gibson EB-0 Bass Rare Slotted Head w / Original Case (EXC ) Stunning!!

1968 Gibson EB-0 Bass Rare Slotted Head w / Original Case (EXC ) Stunning!!

Racine, Wisconsin, 534**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3995

1968 Gibson EB-0 Bass w / Original Case (EXC ) Stunning!!. Slotted headstock with original Gibson tuners!! Perfect for the collector!! This bass is in exceptional condition and so is the original case!! You will not find one in better condition!! Simply amazing!! Has new strings and comes with a beautiful vintage ??Made in Mexico?? leather strap!! Everything 100% original!! Thanks for looking!!
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1969 Gibson EBO Bass Truss Rod Cover Screws Eb1 Eb2 Eb3

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

$150

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No returns or exchanges on used parts
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1962 Gibson L-5CESN Natural w / OHSC

1962 Gibson L-5CESN Natural w / OHSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$25995

1962 Gibson L-5CESN
This Guitar Is Located At Imperial Vintage Guitars Sherman Oaks
In Excellent Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
All Parts Are Original
Original PAF Pickups Sound Incredible
Professionally Reset Neck Done Years Ago, Neck Is Perfectly Straight
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1969 Gibson SG Standard "Large Guard" with Maestro Vibrola Walnut

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Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3600

Very good condition 1969 Gibson SG. This one has a bit of a unique story. The previous owner had their tech install a midi interface (it??s since been removed) in the back of the guitar. They also removed the vibrola system. That specific job was done very well, and I would say the patch joy they did afterward was decent as well, as pictured. The tuners have also been replaced for Klusons as well. Everything else is original on this guitar. The pickups sound excellent, and the the weight is ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES-355 Patent Num

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

$495

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A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1960's Gibson Patent - Number PAF cover
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.
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1959 Gibson ES 175D Natual Electric Guitar 1 of 37 Cleanest one ever

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

$37799

1959 Gibson ES 175D Natural Holy Grail PAF??s Gibson hang tag (shown in pic). This one is the cleanest one I ever saw and judging by the two for sale on now by reputable dealers both asking about $40, 000 for a ??good condition?? one not nearly as clean or all original or barely played at all like this one. This is one of 37 natural ES175D sold in 1959
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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 1976 Gibson ES 335TD Guitar Walnut Finish with a Trapeze Tailpiece

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$4900

I've owned this beautiful Guitar for 43 years. I have taken really good care of this instrument. Played it more when I was younger. Not so much anymore. One of the best sounding Guitars I've ever played. Frets are in exsquiste condition. Pickups sound great. Walnut finish. It does have some minor very small nicks and / or abrasions. Serial number on the back of the keyhead. The Black Original Hardshell Case in good condition as well. You really have to play this guitar to appreciate the quality... more
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c. 1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording Walnut w / OHSC

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San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4595

Circa 1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording Model In Walnut Finish
This Guitar Is Located At Imperial Vintage Guitars Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Light Cosmetic Playwear Throughout Including Some Marks And Small Scratches
Finish Cracks On Top As Shown
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1969 Gibson EB-0 one owner bass with original custom hard sided case.

1969 Gibson EB-0 one owner bass with original custom hard sided case.

Patchogue, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1969 Gibson EB-0 one owner bass with original custom hard sided case. See pic of original owner with the bass in the early ?70s ! Both the bass and case show wear from decades of use. There are scuffs, scratches, dings, and dents as you would expect. There is a split in the headstock that extends for approximately 7 inches, see photo. Electronics appear to be untouched all original. As shown in pic, date code on pot reads 6833, so bass was built in late 1968 or possibly early 1969. Serial number... more
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1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent w / Pro setup OHSC

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

$5825

1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent condition straight neck & very low playing time on this one. She sports a pro setup with low action. The Original Hard Shell Case well worth $500 on its own. Excellent Condition and new strings 10's. In this condition they are rare as this is one of 1151 Cherry ES-330 TDC's produced in 1966. The serial number is 887311. The neck joint at the 16th fret confirms she was born in 1966. Polished , neck lemon oiled, new set of ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175D Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES-175

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Pflugerville, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

This b-15 has only had 1 owner and it was hardly used. Gibson is in excellent working condition with straight neck. The action is low and comfortable to play. There is no buzzing and frets are in excellent condition. There are no cracks or repairs. It does have the normal wear consistent of a vintage Guitar such as hazy areas, scratches and dings. This is still one of the best looking gibsons b-15 out there. Comes with its original case. Keep in mind theses cases almost feel like cardboard so ... more
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Gibson L-50 F-Hole Archtop Acoustic- Sunburst (1952)

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Mansfield, Ohio, 449**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2850

Metronome Music inspects and test all used gear before listing and again before shipping. Photographs are of the product that will ship and accurately represent condition and appearance.
SERIAL / FACTORY ORDER NUMBER: Z1240 15 WEIGHT: 4LBS 12OZ Very Good Condition: This guitar is in very good condition overall with cosmetic wear typical of an instrument this age. The finish has nice even checking with no flaking or large areas of missing finish. The binding is in very nice shape ... more
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1968 Gibson J-45 Adj B

1968 Gibson J-45 Adj B

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

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original 1962 Gibson ES-330 Sunburst

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

$8190


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1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst

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Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9000

1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst
 
This bass guitar is the prototype for the L6-S bass, a model that was never manufactured by Gibson. Although it is the prototype for an instrument that was not produced, it also seems to be a prototype of the Ripper and Grabber models introduced later that are constructed with the same materials (maple neck and body) and similar dimensions. The look of this one does foreshadow those later models
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1967 Gibson ES-335 TD Vintage Electric Guitar

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

$10400

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Albertson, New York, 115**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$765

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1961 Gibson ES-125TCD Hollowbody Electric Guitar

1961 Gibson ES-125TCD Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

This is a 1961 Gibson ES-125TCD with its original case
The guitar has a few miles on it, but appears to all original except for a few screws
There are no breaks or previous repairs
The frets are in decent shape and have plenty of life left. The guitar is currently setup with 11's and feels pretty darn good. On the side of the guitar, near the bottom and on the underside, there is some discoloration that can be seen in the pics
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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.