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    2 vtg 1990s USA PEAVEY Super Ferrite  Electric Bass Guitar Pickup Foundation

    2 vtg 1990s USA PEAVEY Super Ferrite Electric Bass Guitar Pickup Foundation

    Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    2 vtg 1990s USA PEAVEY Super Ferrite Electric Bass Guitar Pickup Foundation. Fully tested working. Great condition. Complete set. Will ship USPS priority Mail
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    Peavey t-30 With Original case

    Peavey t-30 With Original case

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


    This Peavey T-30 electric guitar is a vintage gem for any musician. With its classic design and high-quality materials, this guitar is sure to bring your music to life. The brand Peavey is known for its exceptional sound and this guitar is no exception.

    Perfect for any musician, this guitar is ideal for those who want to take their music to the next level. The T-30 is a timeless piece that will never go out of style. Whether you're a collector or just starting out, this guitar ... more
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    1980s Peavey Patriot Electric Guitar With Hard Case

    1980's Peavey Patriot Electric Guitar With Hard Case

    Spring, Texas, 773**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Nice looking black mid 80's peavey patriot guitar with period correct hard peavey case. Guitar has some normal scratches / scuffs with what looks like a fee white paint marks. One string is not connected. I have no way to test this guitar, but it looks to be in nice condition. The case is in good condition other than the foam breaking down inside Please see all the pictures for better details, and if you have a question, please ask. I will do the best I can with answers. You can see by my ... more
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    Vintage 1980s Peavey Decade Electric Guitar 10w Amp Combo Amplifier

    Vintage 1980's Peavey Decade Electric Guitar 10w Amp Combo Amplifier

    Capac, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    Fast shipping applies only to the 48 continental United States, other US states / territories may have the option to pay for USPS Priority Shipping upon request. We reserve the right to choose a shipping carrier
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    Vintage Peavey Backstage Portable 26w Guitar Amplifier

    Vintage Peavey Backstage Portable 26w Guitar Amplifier

    Deltona, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Not fully tested, estate sale find, Powers on and responds to turning volume knob, I dont have any guitars available at the moment to test how it sounds. Sold as is, great for someone who wants to clean it up to their likening.
    Free shipping to lower 48 continental states only. PR and AK Please contact me first
    Customers with a P O. box address ... more
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    Vintage parts Lot Peavey Cabinet Amp Speaker Protective Corners Feet Hardware

    Vintage parts Lot Peavey Cabinet Amp Speaker Protective Corners Feet Hardware

    Palm Coast, Florida, 321**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    See photos for what??s included

    Shows wear from stage use

    The purchaser agrees that the seller shall not be held responsible or liable for any injuries or damages, whether incidental or consequential




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    1981 Peavey T60 Guitar T-60 Natural With Maple Fretboard Original Case

    1981 Peavey T60 Guitar T-60 Natural With Maple Fretboard Original Case

    Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Excellent condition with some very minor scratches here and there. Minor worming on the back. Plenty of scratches on the pick guard. Great action with lots of fret life. Built like a tank. Includes original hard case. Please email questions.
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    Vintage PEAVEY Minx 110 Bass Amplifier Made The USA!

    Vintage PEAVEY Minx 110 Bass Amplifier Made The USA!

    Brick, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage PEAVEY Minx 110 Bass Amplifier Made The USA! Pleae Note, Missing Peavey Logo on the front Screen
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    Vintage 1995 PEAVEY SESSION BASS AMP Amplifier Head Made in USA

    Vintage 1995 PEAVEY SESSION BASS AMP Amplifier Head Made in USA

    Springfield, Ohio, 455**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Condition: Used good clean condition as pictured in working orderSpecial Notes: None
    Please refer to the pictures for any further details on the item as well as condition and I will gladly answer any questions.
    Unless otherwise stated in the first paragraph, all items are sold in working condition. If for any reason a product is not one hundred percent functional, all discrepancies will clearly be outlined.
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    Vintage Peavey T-40 Tree Retainer

    Vintage Peavey T-40 Tree Retainer

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


    Vintage Peavey T-40 Tree Retainer is in Good Condition! Please look at the photos as they show you the condition of the items. We do offer combined shipping.... more
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    Vintage Peavey Foundation Electric Bass Guitar Made In USA W / Hardshell Case.

    Vintage Peavey Foundation Electric Bass Guitar Made In USA W / Hardshell Case.

    Marianna, Arkansas, 723**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This Vintage Peavey Foundation Electric Bass Guitar is a great addition to any musician's collection. Made in the USA, this right-handed 4-string electric bass has a solid body with a maple fretboard and neck. It has 21 frets and comes with a hardshell case for easy transportation.
    The Peavey Foundation is a classic vintage series and this particular model is in excellent playing condition. It produces a warm, rich sound that is perfect for any style of music. Whether you're a seasoned ... more
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    Vintage Peavey USA T40 Bass Guitar NECK Pickup Toaster Blade 1980??s T45 10k  /  5k

    Vintage Peavey USA T40 Bass Guitar NECK Pickup Toaster Blade 1980??s T45 10k / 5k

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


    Vintage Peavey USA T40 Bass Guitar NECK Pickup Toaster Blade 1980??s T45 10k / 5k

    Comes with pickup surround and screws shown. The surround does have a chip in it but this does not affect the operation

    Pickup tests good and strong at 10 k full humbcker and 5 k single coil

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    Ansonia, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    You are bidding on this VINTAGE PEAVEY BLACK TKO 115S BASS GUITAR AMP 15" SPEAKER 80 WATT , in original, good, working and as found condition, showing wear and tear from use and age. Works well. Needs dust cleaning , it measures 26x13x22" , weights about 71 lbs unpacked. Please look at the pictures for a better description and actual condition
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    Electric guitar, maple, 1979, Peavey, maple, fair, good

    Electric guitar, maple, 1979, Peavey, maple, fair, good

    Bakersfield, California, 933**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Electric guitar, maple, 1979, Peavey, maple, fair to good condition. Original case.... more
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    Vintage Oaktron 10?? Guitar Speakers 4 Ohm - T8425 - Peavey Cabinet - PAIR

    Vintage Oaktron 10?? Guitar Speakers 4 Ohm - T8425 - Peavey Cabinet - PAIR

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 176**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Work great?? very heavy magnets?? were loaded in old peavey guitar cabinet?? not sure If peavey used oaktron as well as eminence prior to manufacturing proprietary drivers??

    4 ohm

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    Vintage Peavey Studio Pro Amp - U S.A. Solid State - As Is - Has Buzz

    Vintage Peavey Studio Pro Amp - U S.A. Solid State - As Is - Has Buzz

    Oakland, California, 946**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Selling this 1982 peavey studio pro amplifier. 1 12?? speaker, U S. made solid state. It has a buzz when playing through it. It is because Lauryn Hill blew it during a random session. That is not a joke, it was blown by her, I??ve kept it but it sounds like crap. I wan??t the space in my storage at this point.

    Its a classic vintage amp but needs some work.
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    Vintage 1984 Peavey Horizon II electric guitar, US Made VERY GOOD CONDITION

    Vintage 1984 Peavey Horizon II electric guitar, US Made VERY GOOD CONDITION

    Frazier Park, California, 932**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1984 Peavey Horizon 2 guitar. It is a rare unique guitar. Comes with 2 ferrite humbucker pick ups and a single coil in the middle Many tonal options
    Like the T-60, T-27, it's pickups are unique as they switch from single coil to humbucker via the tone knobs
    turn the tone knobs all the way open for single coil, and when the tone knobs are turned down to 61 / 2 - 7 and lower, they become Humbuckers
    With this configuration there are many tonal possibilities. Also, middle pick up ... more
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    Vintage 1980 PEAVEY MARK III MUSICIAN 400GH Guitar Amplifier Head

    Vintage 1980 PEAVEY MARK III MUSICIAN 400GH Guitar Amplifier Head

    Pasadena, Maryland, 211**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This vintage Peavey Mark III Musician 400 guitar amplifier head is a true gem for any musician. With its classic design and powerful sound, this amp is a must-have for any guitar enthusiast. Made in the United States in 1980, this amp is a true piece of history.

    The brand, Peavey, is known for its high-quality and durable products, and this amp is no exception. With its 400-watt output and classic design, this amp is perfect for any musician looking for a vintage sound. The exact ... more
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    Peavey T-60 Electric Guitar, 1978 Model, Natural Finish and Peavey Backstage 30

    Peavey T-60 Electric Guitar, 1978 Model, Natural Finish and Peavey Backstage 30

    Pasadena, Maryland, 211**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1978 vintage, 1st generation Peavey T-60 guitar and Peavey Backstage 30 amp Hard-shell case and cover for the amp included. The guitar is in pristine condition.... more
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    1985 Peavey Predator USA Solid Body Guitar W /  Kahler Flyer Trem

    1985 Peavey Predator USA Solid Body Guitar W / Kahler Flyer Trem

    Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA



    Peavey Predator Made in USA

    Players Grade as depicted

    D??Addario .9- 42 strings

    Plays great

    Kahler Bridge

    Electronics work

    I do not have the Trem arm, truss cover &locking nut assembly

    The neck plate has some rust & pitting

    Neck pocket finish crack about half inch long on low e side
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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.