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Harmony advertisement (1967)

Want To Take A Harmony Guitar Apart

Harmony Electric Guitars, Harmony H19 Silhouette, Harmony H76, Harmony 1260 acoustic, Harmony Acoustic Guitars

Mid sixties advert highlighting some of the features of a Harmony guitar: the slim necks, truss rod, hollow body construction and De Armond pickups. The fact that Harmony was an American company (from Chicago) was also underlined; this was an era in which the American guitar industry was first starting to lose ground to overseas competitors. The guitars pictured are the H19 solid body, the thinline hollow body H76, and a flat top, the Harmony 1260.

Harmony advertisement (1967) Want To Take A Harmony Guitar Apart

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Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony guitars
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony guitars
Mid sixties Harmony advert, showing a solid-body (H19), an acoustic (1260), and an electric semi-acoustic (H75)
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony Amplifiers - Harmony Electric Guitars
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony Amplifiers - Harmony Electric Guitars
Mid sixties Harmony advertisement for five amplifiers and two guitars; the solidbody H19 and thinline hollowbody H76.
Harmony 1260 - The integrity of the Harmony guitar is known by the integrity of its maker
Harmony 1260 - The integrity of the Harmony guitar is known by the integrity of its maker
Mid sixties Harmony adverts for two instruments. The semi-acoustic H-77 and the 1260 acoustic
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Here are Harmony
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Here are Harmony's Big 3
Mid sixties advertisement for three of Harmonys best selling instruments: the H19 solid body, H76 thinline hollow-body and the 1260 flat top acoustic. These three instruments appeared in numerous H...
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Now Hear This
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Now Hear This
The three instruments appearing in this mid-60s advert are the H19 solid body, H76 thinline hollow-body and the 1260 flat top acoustic. These were Harmony's big-3 instruments and were promoted widely.
Harmony H76 - The Crafstmen Come From Here
Harmony H76 - The Crafstmen Come From Here
In 1967, the American guitar market was under attack. Skilled luthiers at Gibson and Guild were safe, even those these companies had their problems to overcome, but at the lower end, where guitars ...
Harmony 1260 - You plug it in, it turns you on
Harmony 1260 - You plug it in, it turns you on
The title of this advertisement, of course, is a play on Dr. Timothy Leary's 'Turn On, Tune in, Drop out' suggestion, so current amongst the youth of late 1960s America; Harmony new their market. U...

Harmony Electric, Harmony H19 Silhouette, Harmony H76, Harmony 1260, Harmony Acoustic

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VTG Stella Harmony Acoustic Parlor Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Set Up Left Handed

VTG Stella Harmony Acoustic Parlor Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Set Up Left Handed

Blacklick, Ohio, 430**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$230

VTG Stella Harmony Acoustic Parlor Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Set Up Left Handed... more
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1960S Harmony Rocket H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar

1960'S Harmony Rocket H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Claremore, Oklahoma, 740**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750


1960'S Harmony Rocket H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Item Details
A picture says a thousand words, please referto pictures for full condition and specific item details. Please note that youare purchasing the exact contents pictured and only what is pictured. Ifit is not pictured, then it is not included in this listing. Assume majorcosmetic wear; scratches, chips, cuts, cracks, dents, and dings on any part ofany item that is not pictured. It is your responsibility as the buyerto ... more
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Vintage 1930s Harmony Nick Lucas Hollow Body Acoustic Archtop Guitar & Case

Vintage 1930's Harmony Nick Lucas Hollow Body Acoustic Archtop Guitar & Case

Columbus, Ohio, 432**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1300

Looking at Vintage, collector's item, Harmony Nick Lucas Archtop Acoustic Guitar, damaged heel on neck, but plays well, excellent condition for a 1931, full sounding hollow body acoustic ..
Payment is due immediately after the item is sold. ??Item will ship within 24 hours of cleared payment Mon-Fri only no Saturday shipping ?? Payment is only accepted through PayPal ... more
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Vintage 1970 Harmony Sears Silver tone Acoustic Guitar S1212

Vintage 1970 Harmony Sears Silver tone Acoustic Guitar S1212

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

$250

Guitar in playable condition neck is straight bridge has lifted and been reglued could use replacement for lower action action is currently 3 / 16 of a inch at 12th fret lower bout measures 15 1 / 4 body depth is 3 3 / 4 scale length is 25 inches neck is solid in body. Case in poor condition see pics. Small sealed surface crack at front bottom right
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Silvertone Sears Roebuck Harmony 1214 1972 Natural Concert Acoustic

Silvertone Sears Roebuck Harmony 1214 1972 Natural Concert Acoustic

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

$350

1972 Silvertone 1214 Natural Concert Acoustic
Vintage USA made acoustic guitar!
Built by Harmony guitars in Chicago in 1972
This model is the natural color version of the model: 1217
The guitar has been professionally set up and is playing great with medium / low action
The guitar comes with a new Gator Case gig bag
The guitar is used and shows signs of it including nicks, dings, dents, scrapes, scratches, bumps, and bruises, but is in otherwise great shape. Behind the nut ... more
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Vintage 1965-67  Harmony Silhouette H17 Holiday-Electric Guitar 3 Gold Foils

Vintage 1965-67 Harmony Silhouette H17 Holiday-Electric Guitar 3 Gold Foils

New London, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1125

Vintage 1965-67 Harmony Silhouette H17 Holiday-Electric Guitar 3 Gold Foils

Plays great in great vintage condition. Has patina but minor. Plays and stays in tune. This is the 3 Darmond gold foil h17 model. It??s rare. All original and it will be shipped in the case pictured in a cardboard box.

Buyer pays $110 shipping
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1964 Harmony H910 Classical Acoustic Guitar Natural

1964 Harmony H910 Classical Acoustic Guitar Natural

Des Plaines, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$111

For your kind consideration is this vintage Harmony H910 nylon string guitar made right here in Chicago in the 1960s. It needs a new bridge and some strings and it will be ready to go. Being sold as-is. It's a full scale guitar with a 25 1 / 4" scale length and a 2" nut width with a smaller body size making it a comfortable guitar to play. Enjoy!
*All orders may require a signature at time of delivery unless discussed prior to shipment.

*International customers will need to ... more
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Vintage 1969 Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar USA

Vintage 1969 Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar USA

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

Here is an all original 1969 Harmony Rocket electric hollow body guitar, made in the USA. This rare guitar is in excellent condition for its age. It has some wear, nicks, and scratches. The neck is straight with good action. The frets show no real wear. All of the pickups work. It has a master volume, and three tones, with an on / off for each pickup. Included is the original soft shell case. This is a great guitar for any player or collector!
Please feel free to ask me any questions!
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Harmony H51 Vintage 1950s Electric Jazz Guitar w /  Gibson P-13 pickup

Harmony H51 Vintage 1950's Electric Jazz Guitar w / Gibson P-13 pickup

Oswego, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400



Harmony H51 Vintage 1950's Electric Jazz Guitar w / Gibson P-13 pickup
Any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Great item by DeMont Guitars!
Returns not accepted from overseas and buyer should assume item is 'as-is' please feel free to ask any and all questions prior to auction end. Please email if you plan on bidder, or would like to purchase item for out-of-USA delivery
WE DO NOT DO PARTIAL REFUNDS
will accept most returns - return shipping and / or original ... more
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Harmony Supertone Gene Autry Roundup 1939 Sunburst Guitar Acoustic - For Restore

Harmony Supertone Gene Autry Roundup 1939 Sunburst Guitar Acoustic - For Restore

Wichita, Kansas, 672**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

Estate find, has a crack across the bridge also a crack in the bottom part of the neck. See photos to view condition
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Vintage Silvertone #604 Fall 1963 Acoustic Parlor Guitar by Harmony PRETTY!

Vintage Silvertone #604 Fall 1963 Acoustic Parlor Guitar by Harmony PRETTY!

Foley, Alabama, 365**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$449


This is a Fall of 1963 Harmony-made Silvertone Model 604 guitar. I am told it is the same guitar as the Harmony-made Stella Model 929. These were sold at Sears and Roebuck, in the day. A great little guitar with a nice sound from 1963. Makes a great gift for the vintage collector or that 61 year old nostalgic in your life. You get the one actually pictured. A couple of little chips on the edges, but I have lovingly cleaned and curated this lovely. It is a sunburst faux-flamed all solid... more
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1960s Acoustic Parlor Guitar Made in USA United, Lyra, Harmony, Kay

1960's Acoustic Parlor Guitar Made in USA United, Lyra, Harmony, Kay

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$125

Acoustic parlor guitar, made in USA, and being sold for luthier project. Selling as a luthier project because of the flaw mentioned below
The first one (photos 1-5) body top has some flaws at the bottom edge (chipped veneer). There is not a nut on this guitar
Please ask any and all questions before you bid to purchase.... more
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1960s Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar Model H56

1960s Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar Model H56

Framingham, Massachusetts, 017**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar Model H56 (USED)
Our Notes: Mid to Late 1960s Harmony Rocket guitar, model H56. This guitar is in very good condition for its age. Both pickups function properly as well as the volume and tone pots and select switch. This model features a trapeze tailpiece and floating bridge. The number stamped inside is: 3975H56. The action is very good, the tuners are in very good condition. Missing are the pickguard and truss rod cover. The Volume and Tone knobs are not ... more
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1960s Harmony H1260 Sovereign Natural Finish Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

1960s Harmony H1260 Sovereign Natural Finish Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

Richmond, Virginia, 232**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$720



1960sHarmonyH1260 SovereignNatural FinishJumbo Acoustic GuitarUsed - Fair Cosmetic Condition,
and Fair / Good Playable Condition
The body has cracks in the top, back, and sides, plus the bridge is lifting a bit and the action is kind of high good for slide guitar!
With its jumbo body shape, the Harmony H1260 is known for its big, booming voice. This guitar was a popular acoustic built by Harmony during the company's peak in the '60s. Sovereign players of the era included ... more
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1960s Harmony Stella Acoustic Parlor Guitar H929

1960's Harmony Stella Acoustic Parlor Guitar H929

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$170

I am selling a Harmony H929 acoustic parlor guitar. 36" tall. The action is good on this one. A rare find!
Cosmetically speaking, the very top of the guitar took a hit and is bruised a bit at the top (not bad). 2nd photo red circle. There are numerous scratches on the front and on the back panel of the body. They are surface scratches only. The finish on the sides and back of the neck, hardly a blemish New strings (Extra Light) and a chipboard case will be included.
Selling " as is " . No... more
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vintage harmony H106G acoustic guitar

vintage harmony H106G acoustic guitar

Heber Springs, Arkansas, 725**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$250

1980s-1980s harmony company acoustic guitar model H106G made in Korea. Excellent condition. The case has some defects inside in pics shown
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Harmony H1143 Acoustic Guitar 1964

Harmony H1143 Acoustic Guitar 1964

Burlington, Kentucky, 410**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$349

This guitar came out beautifully!
-neck reset
-frets leveled, dressed and polished
-bridge has been reset and saddle reworked
-nut slots filed to proper clearance
-tuning machines and fretboard oiled
-entire finish has been wet sanded and polished

There is a superficial gash on the bottom side at the lower bout. Not a structural issue , looks to be a result of an impact with something during its life. This is not a real issue but wanted to state it and can provide a... more
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1969 Harmony Batwing Electric Mandolin Sunburst

1969 Harmony Batwing Electric Mandolin Sunburst

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

$1689

1969 Harmony Batwing Electric Mandolin Sunburst.... more
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Harmony H82 Electric Guitar Vintage 1971 Sunburst W / Hard Case Great Condition!

Harmony H82 Electric Guitar Vintage 1971 Sunburst W / Hard Case Great Condition!

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

$900

Vintage 1971
Harmony H82 Rebel Sunburst Electric Guitar
Excellent Player!!
If your seeing something of concern not described below, please ask
Condition / Description:
This is a Vintage 1971 Harmony Rebel that's truly an eye catcher, and plays great! This guitar was professionally gone over and there are no signs of breaks, repairs, damage or refinishing. The original finish will have expected scratches, dings, marks, etc . that I consider to be minor given its age (see all ... more
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Harmony Monterey H1456 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Harmony Monterey H1456 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

Appears to have its original wood tailpiece, bridge, tuners and pickguard
New set of ernie ball 11-52 strings. Guitar freshly polished. Fretboard oiled
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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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.