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    1951 Martin 000-18

    1951 Martin 000-18

    Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $6500

    The 1950s Martins represent the beginning of affordable vintage instruments, with the construction finally remaining consistent for the next 60 years. These 18 models featured Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, South American mahogany back & sides, and Sitka spruce top. The 000, or Orchestra body size, is one of the most comfortable having the shallowest depth of all the Martin models, yet still remaining one of the largest lower bouts. These features combined create a punchy, clear ... more
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    Martin D-25 Koa Pristine 1980

    Martin D-25 Koa Pristine 1980

    Leominster, Massachusetts, 014**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3799

    Professional setup with Martin MA540 12-54 gauge strings, includes original case. This is a very special guitar- only 925 of these produced. Vintage V-neck profile, rosewood fingerboard and bridge appear to be Brazilian, Sperzel / Martin tuners. No cracks, repairs and very little wear. Neck is amazingly straight and action is low- .088?? and .059 on 6th and 1st strings @ 12th fret. There??s plenty of saddle left on the original neck joint.

    Check out my YouTube video https: / / youtu... more
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    1961 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Natural Excellent condition

    1961 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Natural Excellent condition

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

    $12699

    1961 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar in great condition
    Sn 176770
    Includes a newer Martin
    Brazilian rosewood back and sides
    Ebony fretboard
    Sitka spruce top
    This one sounds awesome and as you can see she was not abused at all. Yes there are some scuffs dings etc as shown in the pics but no lose braces and a solid guitar ready to play
    Low action new strings straight neck
    see our feedbacks
    Note: there is a handling fee that is only to cover shipping ... more
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    Vintage! 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar + OHSC

    Vintage! 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar + OHSC

    Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2695



    Vintage! 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar + OHSC

    Google us! Lovies Guitar Shop
    Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar! Martin may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think of classical guitar builders. Nevertheless, most Martin guitars made prior to 1928 were made for gut strings, even though they don't closely resemble the Spanish tradition of Classical guitars. In 1936, Martin ... more
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    Yamaki F135 acoustic guitar vintage copy Martin D35 Japan 1970s excellent w / case

    Yamaki F135 acoustic guitar vintage copy Martin D35 Japan 1970s excellent w / case

    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1225

    Yamaki F135 acoustic guitar vintage copy Martin D35 made in Japan 1970s in excellent condition with hard case

    This excellent guitar is on consignment at our shop , rare opportunity to buy a vintage Japanese guitar in this excellent condition. Action is low and it plays beautifully well with balanced chords , no buzzing , no dead spots , crisp sound and beautiful vintage tone . The guitar has slight scuffs at the bottom, few very mild scratches, one or two very small dings , no cracks... more
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    1954 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w /  Hardshell Case #50111

    1954 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w / Hardshell Case #50111

    Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $5995

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    eBay Template Design by OCDesignsOnline HomeAboutTestimonialsPoliciesContactSell your Gear 1954 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w / Hardshell Case #50111 ××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××××× Item DescriptionWORKING CONDITION: Very Good - This guitar plays really nice in the upper and middle register, but the action ... more
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    1969 Martin 00-18 C Nylon String Guitar

    1969 Martin 00-18 C Nylon String Guitar

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

    $3895

    1969Martin 00-18 C, Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, Plays great with a set ofsilk and steel strings, Beautiful sounding, Best one we have seen, Excellentcondition with Clean Original Blue Hard shell case
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    1957 Martin 000-18: Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle, Original Pickguard

    1957 Martin 000-18: Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle, Original Pickguard

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

    $7500

    1957 Martin 000-18: Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle, Original Pickguard
    Vintage flat-top collectors, we have a special piece to share with you today! This 1957 Martin 000-18 is a real gem. It has a warm, nostalgic sound that feels like stepping into a time machine. It instantly transports you back to the Laurel Canyon folk scene of the 60??s. It??s opened up beautifully over the years. It??s a true story-teller of an instrument. In a sea of Martins that have had their finish nearly ... more
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    Excellent Neck Angle! 1957 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w /  Brazilian Rosewood FB

    Excellent Neck Angle! 1957 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w / Brazilian Rosewood FB

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

    $6600

    Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle Vintage 1957 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w / Brazilian Rosewood FB, Case
    Vintage Martin collectors! We have a truly special piece to share with you today! This little mahogany wonder features an amazingly thin top that projects far louder than you??d expect for such a petite guitar. The tone is warm and open from a lifetime of being played and cherished. The lacquer checking on this instrument is almost topographical, in nature. The checking lines curve along... more
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    Vintage 1960??s Hondo HB-75A 5-String Banjo MIJ with new Martin Banjo Strings

    Vintage 1960??s Hondo HB-75A 5-String Banjo MIJ with new Martin Banjo Strings

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

    $489

    1960??s Hondo HB-75A 5-String Banjo MIJ with new Martin Banjo Strings
    This one Made in Japan MIJ
    NOT Made in Korea like the Hondo II models
    It is built well and comes with the nice resonator and seems to be all original except the bridge which we replaced with New old stock Grover
    This will need a final setup upon receipt. That will be easy as we have already cleaned the frets and fret board as well as the body except the metal parts
    The Strings are brand new Martin Vega ... more
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    1890 Martin 1-21

    1890 Martin 1-21

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

    $10995

    1890Martin 1-21, Wonderful piece of American guitar history, Dated 1 / 90 inside (1890), Made in New York, Beautiful sounding, Lovely wide grained Spruce top, BrazilianRosewood back and sides, Perfect pyramid bridge replacement, Some minorhairline repairs, Pro neck reset, Light weight, Amazing instrument, VG++, Rareoriginal wooden coffin case with crafted metal latches in stellar condition withoriginal tag... more
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    LOT OF 26 VINTAGE NOS GUITAR STRINGS MARTIN, DMERLE, DANGELICO, DADDARIO ETC.

    LOT OF 26 VINTAGE NOS GUITAR STRINGS MARTIN, D'MERLE, D'ANGELICO, D'ADDARIO ETC.

    North Haven, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $240

    I RECENTLY PURCHASED THESE AT A COLLECTIBLES MARKET. THERE ARE 26 IN TOTAL. THEY ARE NEW UNUSED IN SLEEVES.
    I AM SELLING THIS LOT EXACTLY AS I PURCHASED IT, SO PLEASE TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT PHOTOS.
    NOTE: ALL REASONABLE OFFERS ARE WELCOMED THRU EBAY.
    CHECK OUT MY EBAY STORE WITH OVER 700 COLLECTIBLE ITEMS
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    1950s Martin O-Style Soprano Uke

    1950s Martin O-Style Soprano Uke

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

    $650

    Beautiful 1950s Martin O-Style soprano uke. Mahogany top, rosewood fingerboard, ebony nut and bridge saddle Excellent + original condition and comes with original case. Professional set-up in 2020 including new strings, fret file and new Gotoh nickel replacement keys. I have the originals. Bergstrom Music Honolulu sticker on back of headstock. Bergstrom is the oldest "music house" in Hawaii. Very cool original case and brand new Hola soft travel case included. Hard to find one this old in this ... more
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    1967 Martin D12-35 12 String Guitar 1 Owner Free Shipping!

    1967 Martin D12-35 12 String Guitar 1 Owner Free Shipping!

    McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, 151**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $7999

    Up for sale is a 1 owner '67 D12-35 - Plays and sounds great w / BRW back and sides, & OHSC - Guitar has normal playwear, and the pickguard is lifting slightly around the edage .it has also had a small crack on back repaired by Martin in the late 80's (not noticeable in pics) - Message with questions and reasonable offers - Lower 48 shipping is FREE!... more
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    1973 Martin N-10 Acoustic Guitar

    1973 Martin N-10 Acoustic Guitar

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

    $6395

    1973Martin N-10, Very Rare Mahogany version of Willie Nelson??s N-20 ??Trigger??, Nylon string model suited for classical, song writer or folk styles, GorgeousMahogany back and sides, Wide neck, The action is a bit strong and may benefitfrom a neck reset, Gorgeous, clean and wonderful, EC+, OHSC... more
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    Vintage Martin 0-18T Tenor Natural 1959

    Vintage Martin 0-18T Tenor Natural 1959

    Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1999


    Vintage Martin 0-18T Tenor Natural 1959
    PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
    A gorgeous sounding tenor with a rich, robust voice. Fun to play & professionally set up by the experts here at Cream City Music
    Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some finish wear. There's about a four inch crack on the bottom side of the body that was professionally glued & cleated.
    Neck: Mahogany ... more
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    1969 Martin D-28 - Brazilian Rosewood

    1969 Martin D-28 - Brazilian Rosewood

    Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $11500

    1969 Martin D-28. This one is coming out of my personal collection. It??s among the best sounding D-28s I??ve had, but I just got a prewar Martin and need to let something go


    The guitar has a very nice, balanced tone, wonderful sustain, and is a joy to play


    This one still has Brazilian Rosewood. The wood grain is quite beautiful and decorative.

    The guitar has received all the necessary servicing and set up, including a fresh neck reset, bridge ... more
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    Vintage 1969 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar w / HSC!

    Vintage 1969 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar w / HSC!

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

    $11500


    Item: Vintage 1969 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar w / HSC!
    Description: You are purchasing a Vintage 1969 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar w / HSC! This is a super nice Martin. Plays and sounds great. Overall great condition for its age. Has a bit of overspray on the back of the headstock. Has had a neck reset in its life and plays great with no issues. Comes with a newer martin hard shell case. Please ask any questions before buying if you have any Shipping: $200 00 shipping to the Lower ... more
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    Vega tenor banjo 1916 STYLE F antique w original case Martin Vega Strings new

    Vega tenor banjo 1916 STYLE F antique w original case Martin Vega Strings new

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

    $674

    Vega tenor banjo 1916 STYLE F antique with the original case and banjo is in excellent condition This one was cleaned and the neck and frets cleaned and oiled. Extra bridge includedTuners work perfectlyMartin Vega Strings new17 Frets She weighs in at 4 pounds and .85 ouncesNewer Elite SkinIf you look at the pics you will see a small checking on the original thin wood over the heel . there is nothing wrong here and I am happy to answer questions. The Strings are new Martin Vega but we did not ... more
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    Martin Guitar D 45, 1981  Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case

    Martin Guitar D 45, 1981  Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case

    New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 321**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $10100

    Martin Guitar D 45, 1981 Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case.
    Shows only minor scuffing to polish in spots as shown in photos. Sound is powerful.
    Has been cared for & ptotected, inherited from my father- original owner & Martin devotee in 1984
    But she needs to be enjoyed & played well now
    (Also have a 1974 Martin 12 string)
    Please inquire w any questions
    ... 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

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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

    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.