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Harmony advertisement (1967)

Harmonys Fine Electric Guitars

Harmony H70 Meteor, Harmony H72, Harmony H74, Harmony H77, Harmony H78, Harmony H79, Harmony H27 bass

Harmony advertisement showing a number of hollow-body electric guitars. There are three newer models, all launched the previous year: the H-72, H79 twelve string and H27 bass, and three older models: the Meteor, Neo-cutaway and H77.

"With DeArmond designed unconditionally guaranteed electronics - There are none better - in responsiveness - in dependability - in value"

1967 Ad for the following thinline electric guitars: H72, H72V, H79, H70, H74, H77, H78 and the H27 electric bass.

Harmony advertisement (1967) Harmonys Fine Electric Guitars

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Harmony H70 Meteor - You
Harmony H70 Meteor - You're in Demand with a Harmony Guitar
Gets people together

Harmony advert from December 1962 featuring the Harmony H70 Meteor hollow-body electric guitar and H306 Amp
Harmony H74 - The wonderful world of music is yours... with a Harmony
Harmony H74 - The wonderful world of music is yours... with a Harmony
Early 1960s Harmony advertisement featuring two guitars: the hollow body H74 electric semi-acoustic (Harmony Neo-Cutaway), and the and the H174 Classical guitar
Harmony H77 - Harmony guitars
Harmony H77 - Harmony guitars
Mid sixties Harmony advert, showing a solid-body (H19), an acoustic (1260), and an electric semi-acoustic (H75)
Harmony H77 - The integrity of the Harmony guitar is known by the integrity of its maker
Harmony H77 - 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 H79 - Action by Harmony. Heres Where You Find It
Harmony H79 - Action by Harmony. Heres Where You Find It
Late sixties ad for the twelve string Harmony H79
Harmony H27 - You plug it in, it turns you on
Harmony H27 - 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...

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Vintage Stella Harmony H6137 Acoustic Parlor Guitar USA Made (1972-75)

Vintage Stella Harmony H6137 Acoustic Parlor Guitar USA Made (1972-75)

Wayne, New Jersey, 074**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Stella Harmony H6137 (1972-75) Acoustic Nylon Guitar
Stamped inside #6989H6137 and 5-72
Up for sale we have a Stella Harmony Acoustic Nylon Strung Guitar, this Guitar model is a H6137, it was made throughout the years of 1972 till 1975
Here is an excerpt from the Harmony Catalog from 1974
??Harmony in a resounding Stella(tm) guitar with nylon strings
Easy fingering, fabulous tone. It plays greater than ever because nylon is softer to the touch. Spruce grained top and two ... more
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Harmony Banjo Vintage 1960s 5-String Open Back - Used

Harmony Banjo Vintage 1960s 5-String Open Back - Used

East Liverpool, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage 1960s Harmony 5-string banjo is in good condition. All parts work as they should and it sounds / plays good. The metal parts are clean and rust free. The tuning keys are a little dirty and could use a deep clean but function properly. The banjo could use a quick setup as the action is slightly higher than normal or is playable as is
Let us know if you have any questions regarding this product or any of our others and thank you for shopping with us at DC Music!
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Vintage Harmony H162 Acoustic Guitar

Vintage Harmony H162 Acoustic Guitar

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


This vintage Harmony H162 acoustic guitar is perfect for any music enthusiast! With a beautiful flat top soundboard style and a dreadnought body type, this guitar produces a rich and warm tone. It is a right-handed guitar, with 6 strings, and was manufactured in the United States.
This vintage Harmony guitar is ideal for musicians who want to add a unique touch to their music. Whether it's for practice or live performances, this guitar is sure to impress. Invest in this vintage guitar and ... more
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Vintage 1964 Harmony / Alden "Stratotone" Electric Guitar

Vintage 1964 Harmony / Alden "Stratotone" Electric Guitar

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


Up for "Buy it Now" is this beautiful 1964 Harmony "Stratotone" single Pup guitar, with original case, strap and Roy Smeck strings. I haven't seen one of these in this great shape since I was about ten .no, really! Has the "Alden" logo on the headstock. Alden was a mail-order catalog in Chicago way back when. This guitar sounds and plays as great as it looks. Has some light scratches on the back. Not sure if they can be buffed out or not. Please feel free to ask any questions before buying and ... more
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Vintage Harmony Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Vintage Harmony Acoustic Guitar 6 String

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Introducing a classic vintage Harmony acoustic guitar with 6 strings. This beautiful piece belongs to the vintage musical instruments category. The guitar is from the Harmony brand and is a part of the Vintage series. It is perfect for musicians who love to play acoustic guitars. The string configuration of this guitar is 6 strings, and it is ideal for those who enjoy playing vintage guitars It has scratches and dents ,tow cracks on bottom edge. Check all pictures as part of the description and ... more
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Vintage 1969 Stella Harmony H929 Parlor 6 String Acoustic Guitar Guaranteed

Vintage 1969 Stella Harmony H929 Parlor 6 String Acoustic Guitar Guaranteed

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1969 Stella Harmony H929 Parlor 6 String Acoustic Guitar Guaranteed. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.... more
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Nice 1964 Vintage Acoustic Classical Guitar USA Harmony H-173 w /  case

Nice 1964 Vintage Acoustic Classical Guitar USA Harmony H-173 w / case

Orange, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Made in USADates to 1964Nice shapeno issuesneck is straight and plays wellsee all picturesincludes Era correct Coast Chipboard casewill need some new stringssee all picturesno cracks or damage
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Archtop Acoustic Guitar. Unknown Maker, Possibly Kay, Harmony, Regal -  Project

Archtop Acoustic Guitar. Unknown Maker, Possibly Kay, Harmony, Regal - Project

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


This is listed as a project!
There are no labels that identify the brand
Possible Kay, Harmony, or Regal
Possibly made in the 50??s
It has been painted over
It has nickel parts
Unique open back tuners
Appears to play to scale
Back needs to be glued towards bottom end along with short section of binding .
Back lifting slightly towards bottom end. Near strap button
Photo 11 shows a crack
Frets look good
Case is included. Case is similar or may be a case for a ... 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


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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Vintage 1970s  Stella Harmony H-6128 Acoustic Parlor Guitar in Natural USA

Vintage 1970's Stella Harmony H-6128 Acoustic Parlor Guitar in Natural USA

Spokane, Washington, 992**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Some cosmetic wear due to age and use, some damage to the headstock and wear on the binding. Please see pictures.
This acoustic guitar has painted feet markers, skinny brass frets and pressed metal tailpiece was only made between 1972-1975. Rare find for Stella Harmony guitars. This guitar features the Stella logo with the star above the 'E' and 'steel reinforced neck' stamp on the headstock.
The guitar plays Great Pre-owned condition and sounds, everything is original nothing has been ... 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


1969 Harmony Batwing Electric Mandolin Sunburst.... more
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Vintage 1957 Harmony Archtop Guitar H1215 Project w / Case Ships Free to Lower 48!

Vintage 1957 Harmony Archtop Guitar H1215 Project w / Case Ships Free to Lower 48!

Warner Robins, Georgia, 310**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A worthy project in the right hands. Marked F57 and H1215 indicating the date of build as 1957 and the model of this Harmony Archtop. Missing the bridge and pickguard. Solid at the neck joint and, in my opinion, may not need a neck reset. Internal top braces are there but loose and need regluing. There is a wavy part to the top where the bridge will rest that I've tried to capture in the pictures. I think it's conceivable to shape the necessary bridge to fit the top as is, shore up the braces ... more
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Vintage Harmony Solid State Bass Amp (Circa 1970)

Vintage Harmony Solid State Bass Amp (Circa 1970)

Alamo, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Harmony Solid State Bass Amp (Circa 1970).... more
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Vintage 1950??s Wooden Red Harmony Acoustic Guitar Made In USA

Vintage 1950??s Wooden Red Harmony Acoustic Guitar Made In USA



Condition Note: See all up-close photos for condition note. We will never hide damage or signs of wear. Most of our collection is near mint condition. Any damage will be present in photos or stated in description. Refer to photos for exact details
Does not have strings
Total length 37??
Neck is 23??
Body widest ... more
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1961 Harmony Electric Guitar Control Panel w /  Four Pots

1961 Harmony Electric Guitar Control Panel w / Four Pots

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


I think, but I am not positive, that this came off of a Harmony electric guitar. I can't quite picture the model of guitar that it came off of though. If you recognize it, please let me know. The four CTS pots are all date coded to 1961 (two 137-6125 and two 137-6109). Two of the little split shaft knobs are missing. Who needs it?... more
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Harmony Sovereign 1203 - luthier X-braced - Grover tuning pegs - hardshell case

Harmony Sovereign 1203 - luthier X-braced - Grover tuning pegs - hardshell case

Port Townsend, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Harmony Sovereign 1203 that's been upgraded by a first-rate luthier with X-bracing in a Martin pattern, Grover tuning pegs, refreshed peghead. The Harmony date stamp is not visible, probably originally built in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Good shape, some minor dings and wrinkles consistent with age. Action is just a hair over 1 / 8" on the low E at 12th fret. Crisper tone than a regular 1203 with ladder bracing, good sustain. Comes in an old but sturdy hardshell case. Please ask any ... more
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Vintage Eagle Harmony Banjo H409

Vintage Eagle Harmony Banjo H409

Clearwater, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


You are bidding on a

Vintage Harmony H409 Double Eagle Banjo

In real good shape
It??s about 38 inches long

Please See Pictures to help you judgeconditions of items


Items sale shape

Note that vintage items have been used and as such should beexpected to show signs of the life they have led

Most pieces will show age-appropriate wear to the metal, ... more
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VINTAGE HARMONY 8 STRING H1240 MANDOLIN Flat Back, Solid, Tight Strings Mild Wear

VINTAGE HARMONY 8 STRING H1240 MANDOLIN Flat Back, Solid, Tight Strings Mild Wear

Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, 195**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This mandolin sounds very nice, the strings are secure and tight for its age. There is worn paint in several places and a few scratches in the wood. Please see all pics and message me with any questions. All vintage musical Instruments are sold As Is
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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

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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

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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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

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