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    Vintage Univox U-42 Electric Guitar Point to Point Tube Combo Amplifier Project

    Vintage Univox U-42 Electric Guitar Point to Point Tube Combo Amplifier Project

    Plainview, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $450

    Vintage Univox U-42 Electric Guitar Point to Point Tube Combo Amplifier Project Vintage Univox U-42 Electric Guitar Point to Point Tube Combo Amplifier Project
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    Welcome to All Music Inc's Musicdungeon, you are looking at a great piece  
    This is the Vintage 1960s Univox U-42 Electric Guitar Amplifier Project.  
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    Univox Vintage Guitar Amplifier (Amp) U-1221

    Univox Vintage Guitar Amplifier (Amp) U-1221

    Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1062

    Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is one of my Univox U-1221 Amplifier restorations. This unit is SN-59337 manufactured in Japan in the early 1970s, most likely 1970-1971. This amp is fully restored and in excellent condition. Intended for guitar, this amp's tone circuitry and effects remain true to the original designer's intentions. This amp has lots of vintage sound and plenty of punch
    This amp is equipped with two (2) channels, each with Normal and Bright inputs, Volume, and ... more
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    1969 vintage univox ulm 6 tube guitar amplifier amp

    1969 vintage univox ulm 6 tube guitar amplifier amp

    Painesville, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $675

    Very nice vintage 1969 Univox Ulm 6 tube amp in good condition! Sounds amazing, takes pedals really well. Known as the ?fender champ killer?? everything works. Sold as is thanks... more
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    Univox Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst 1960s Matsumoku Japan Made ES335 Style #310

    Univox Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst 1960s Matsumoku Japan Made ES335 Style #310

    Robertsville, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $400

    To start off, this guitar plays well and has a very nice tone to it. It has small signs of fret use and every fret plays well without buzzing. The electronics work good but sometimes the input jack can be finicky depending on the instrument cable you use. I always use high quality instrument cables so I never had an issue with it. This is a 1960s hollowbody guitar, and because of its age, it??s going to have wear. This includes scratches, indentions, slight separation of the binding and finish ... more
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    Univox Hi-Flier Phase 2 White Vintage Japan Solid Body Guitar Phase II

    Univox Hi-Flier Phase 2 White Vintage Japan Solid Body Guitar Phase II

    Fall River, Massachusetts, 027**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1800

    Vintage Univox Hi-Flier Phase 2 Guitar in White. Very hard to come by. Please view pictures for condition, thank you.
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    Univox guitar amplifier model 65 vintage solid state.

    Univox guitar amplifier model 65 vintage solid state.

    Kansas City, Kansas, 661**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $145

    Univox model 65 from unicord vintage solid state smplifier. I thought this was a bass smp but it has reverb so it is probably fir guitar or bass. It sound good especially after i relaced the blown original speaker with a nicer higher power speaker. 12" drastic improvement. I can include the speaker it came with if requested it might be extra to ship.... more
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    Univox Hi-Flier Phase II 1969 - 1974 - Sunburst

    Univox Hi-Flier Phase II 1969 - 1974 - Sunburst

    Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $995

    This is a 1970's Univox Hi-Flier Phase Two with a Sunburst finish. Taking a quirky design cue from early Mosrite Ventures, and sporting two P-90 pickups, this guitar not only looks cool but sounds awesome. It can be said (safely) that the Hi-Flier was made famous by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, and other notable players in the rock world. Its slim neck makes this thing a total pleasure to play and its pickups are hot and biting. It has a replaced string tree, does not ... more
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    Univox Vintage Guitar Amplifier (Amp) U-102

    Univox Vintage Guitar Amplifier (Amp) U-102

    Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1163

    Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is a Univox U-102 Amplifier restoration. This unit is SN-Unknown (Project #2309-1) manufactured in Japan in the early 1960s, most likely 1963-64. This amp started as just a chassis which has been fully restored and mounted in a new case. This amp is in excellent condition. You don't see many of these, and certainly, none in this condition. Intended for guitar, this amp's tone circuitry and effects remain true to the original designer's intentions. ... more
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    1970??s Univox Unicord S720L Solid State Guitar Combo Amp

    1970??s Univox Unicord S720L Solid State Guitar Combo Amp

    Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $700

    Check out this and more on instagram @brightsizesound

    Located in Los Angeles

    1970s Univox / Unicord S720L solid-state 4x10 amp. Fully functional and in very good condition
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    Vintage 1960s Univox Viola Bass

    Vintage 1960s Univox Viola Bass

    Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    Check out this and more on instagram @brightsizesound

    Located in Los Angeles

    1960??s Japanese made Univox viola bass. Brand new strings, straight neck, all potentiometers and switches cleaned, sounds and looks great. Very little wear
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    2x10 Custom Amplifier (Amp) Speaker Cabinet for Univox

    2x10 Custom Amplifier (Amp) Speaker Cabinet for Univox

    Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $544

    Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is a 2x10 Amplifier Speaker Cabinet I custom built to match Vintage Univox Black Tolex heads from the late 60s, early 70s (not including the B series amps). This cabinet is in As-New condition
    Keeping, in spirit, with what Univox used in a number of their early amps, I loaded this cabinet with new Jensen Special Design C10Q 16 ohm speakers, wired for 8 ohms. Great midrange and with the deep, open-back cabinet, good bass response. The Jensen C10Q ... more
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    UNIVOX Custom GUITAR TUNER Chrome Vintage Part Japan

    UNIVOX Custom GUITAR TUNER Chrome Vintage Part Japan

    Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $55

    Nickel chrome finish, oval press, fit button, pyramid, gear, cover, normal light vintage wear original vintage Japanese part. (1) Tuner-Sold Each. Thanks for looking
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    Univox A Mandolin

    Univox A Mandolin

    Miller Place, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $400

    Univox A mandolin looks to be made by Kay. When this mandolin came in to us the seams were split everywhere and and it needed to be completely disasseblend and rebuilt and thats exactly what we did. All new glue joints and then it was on to setup and fret work. We used GHS LS250 silk and steel strings. We dressed all the frets and the mandolin is playing great with low action and no buzzing. Glad we took the time on this one it turned out to be a nice picker!! Thanks for looking!!... more
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    Vintage Univox Les Paul Copy w /  HSC

    Vintage Univox Les Paul Copy w / HSC

    Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1100


    Item: Vintage Univox Les Paul Copy w / HSC!
    Description: You are purchasing a Vintage Univox Les Paul Copy w / HSC! Awesome & all original without any issues. Gorgeous aesthetics and comfortable playability. Please inquire with any questions prior to purchase
    Shipping: $80 00 shipping to the Lower 48 States! We ship overseas. Overseas shipping prices will vary. Overseas buyers pay their own import taxes Payment: We accept Paypal for your convenience. Payment ... more
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    Univox 2x12 Custom Combo Guitar Amplifier U-235

    Univox 2x12 Custom Combo Guitar Amplifier U-235

    Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1237

    Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Looking for something unique? Up for sale is a Univox U-235 2x12 Custom Combo Amplifier restoration. This unit is SN-47744 manufactured in Japan in the early 1960s, most likely 1969-1970. This amp started as a head chassis which has been fully restored, modified, and mounted in a new 2x12 case. This amp is in excellent condition. This amp is fully customized including tone circuitry mods intended for guitar. This amp has lots of unique vintage appeal, and plenty ... more
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    Univox Unicord Stage 720 Solid State Guitar Combo Amp with Footswitch - Vintage

    Univox Unicord Stage 720 Solid State Guitar Combo Amp with Footswitch - Vintage

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

    $450

    Univox Unicord Stage 720 Solid State Guitar Combo Amp with Footswitch - Vintage
    Discover the iconic Vintage Univox Unicord Stage 720 Amp, a treasure of yesteryears, meticulously crafted to deliver 70W of solid-state power. This vintage gem boasts two 12" speakers that resonate with rich tonal warmth, adding a touch of nostalgia to your sound. Experience the unmatched versatility of its 2 channels, channel mixing, distortion, and comprehensive EQ controls - treble, middle, and bass - allowing ... more
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    Vintage Univox  U65RN Combo Solid State Amplifier

    Vintage Univox U65RN Combo Solid State Amplifier

    Seabrook, Texas, 775**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $100

    Good condition all original volume knob is scratchy when adjusting but sounds ok once settled cool vintage amp
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    Excellent Univox Vintage Guitar / Bass Amplifier (Amp) U-235-PB

    Excellent Univox Vintage Guitar / Bass Amplifier (Amp) U-235-PB

    Denver, Colorado, 803**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $800

    BEAUTIFUL 1970 GUITAR / BASS AMPLIFIER, RARE ORIGINAL WITH VERY LIGHT USE PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES... more
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    Univox Vintage Guitar Amplifier (Amp) U-235-PB

    Univox Vintage Guitar Amplifier (Amp) U-235-PB

    Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $755

    Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is one of my Univox U-235-PB Amplifier restorations. This unit is SN42791 manufactured in Japan in the late 1960s, most likely 1967-68. This amp is fully restored and in excellent condition
    Originally sold as a Bass Amp, this amp is also good for guitar. It has Bass, High, and Low inputs, Deep and Sharp switches, and incorporates the James tone stack which uses Bass and Treble controls. This amp sounds great, has low noise, has been burned in, and... more
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    1960s Hofner copy Beatle vintage bass guitar Univox or Tiesco

    1960s Hofner copy Beatle vintage bass guitar Univox or Tiesco

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

    $456

    This is a nice Hofner copy of the Beatle Bass Paul used. We believe it to be a Univox or Teisco 1960's. Electronics all work however the tone just has a little static noise when you turn it volume works great and so does the tone other than that drop of static while turning (probably a very good electronics cleaning is in order). There are a few extra screw holes in the headstock some shown in pics. There is a ding on the fingerboard shown in pics at the 4th fret. Selling as is with the ... more
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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

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    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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    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

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    1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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    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.