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    Yamaha RSP20 Revstar Professional Series Electric Guitar - Sunset Burst

    Yamaha RSP20 Revstar Professional Series Electric Guitar - Sunset Burst

    Ogden, Utah, 844**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2200

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    Yamaha FG180 Vintage Red Label 1971

    Yamaha FG180 Vintage Red Label 1971

    Bend, Oregon, 977**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $650

    I have personally owned this guitar since 1980. I have always kept in a case and tried to take good care of it. I really love this guitar. Sounds fantastic. I had the strings lowered in the late 90s and it makes this guitar so easy to play
    Action is still really low in this guitar. There is some neck bow but pretty minor as far as I can tell.
    All I can say is that it plays and sounds fantastic. For how old it is it's in great shape! HAS to be one of the better ones out there.... more
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    1973 Vintage Yamaha FG-300

    1973 Vintage Yamaha FG-300

    Reidsville, North Carolina, 273**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1299

    This is a beautiful vintage Yamaha FG-300 acoustic guitar, made in Japan in 1973. It comes with a sturdy Yamaha hard case and has a jumbo body type with 20 frets and a 6-string configuration. The guitar is part of the Yamaha FG series and is a professional-level instrument. The guitar has a great sound quality. It is an ideal choice for musicians who are looking for a vintage guitar with a great sound
    Shipping to the lower 48 States Only!... more
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    Yamaha FG-340 II Jumbo Dreadnought 1980s Natural with Case

    Yamaha FG-340 II Jumbo Dreadnought 1980s Natural with Case

    Valencia, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $650

    This Yamaha FG-340 II Jumbo Dreadnought acoustic guitar is a professional-level instrument designed for right-handed players. It features a natural finish and is a part of the FG-series by Yamaha. The guitar has six strings and a body type of dreadnought. Included with the guitar is a hard case for protection during travel. The model was manufactured in Taiwan in the 1980s. This instrument is perfect for musicians who demand high-quality sound and performance from their guitars
    It's ... more
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    1985 Yamaha SE700E Right Handed Electric Guitar w /  Hard Case Made in Japan

    1985 Yamaha SE700E Right Handed Electric Guitar w / Hard Case Made in Japan

    Forked River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $700

    Up For Sale Today:
    1985 Yamaha SE700E Right Handed Electric Guitar
    6 String
    Made in Japan
    Serial # LKHN034
    Comes w / aftermarket Hard Case
    Neck and Middle Pickup are wired in series by original owner (the neck pickup can't be isolated)
    Pre-owned in good condition
    Shows wear from age and normal use (scratches / scuffs)
    Neck is in good shape with low action
    Frets are in good shape
    Please see pictures for more detail and feel free to ask any questions as we'd be ... more
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    1981 Yamaha SG2000DP Vintage Electric Guitar Deep Purple, 100% Original

    1981 Yamaha SG2000DP Vintage Electric Guitar Deep Purple, 100% Original

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3250

    Up for sale, a 1981 Yamaha SG2000DP in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, sporting a rare Deep Purple custom color finish. Part of a one-year run of custom color SG2000s, this variant finished in gloss Deep Purple was limited to only 600 guitars and only distributed within Japan. Known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons, the SG2000 is an incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful-sounding instrument. Boasting neck through body construction, a carved ... more
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    Vintage 1979 Yamaha L6 Luxury Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar- Nippon Factory

    Vintage 1979 Yamaha L6 Luxury Series Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar- Nippon Factory

    Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1299

    Yamaha L-6 Dreadnought Acoustic
    Manufactured in 1979
    Serial: 91109
    Nut Width: 1 732
    Radius: 12 "
    Neck Thickness at 1st Fret: 0 929 "
    Neck Thickness at 10th Fret: 1 004
    Scale: 25 5 "
    Comes in the original hardshell case
    Truss Rod Tools & a Vintage Capo included
    Projects Well and has a Martin Type Tone
    Has a Transducer Pickup (a transducer captures or senses mechanical vibrations produced by musical instruments, particularly stringed instruments and converts... more
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    1980??s Yamaha CJ818SB Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

    1980??s Yamaha CJ818SB Jumbo Acoustic Guitar

    Harbor Beach, Michigan, 484**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $850

    This is a vintage guitar and shows signs of playing and age. It has a few small tally carved into the back on the bottom of the guitar. It is fit with electronics which do work and it sounds fantastic.
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    Yamaha JX Series15 Guitar Amp Vintage 1975 15 Watt original Yamaha Speaker

    Yamaha JX Series15 Guitar Amp Vintage 1975 15 Watt original Yamaha Speaker

    Lenoir, North Carolina, 286**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $234

    This is a vintage Yamaha JX Series15 guitar amplifier, made in Japan in 1975 with an original Yamaha speaker. This amp has a unique sound and has been well-maintained over the years. It is perfect for any musician looking to add a vintage touch to their sound. With 15 watts of power, it is loud enough for small gigs and rehearsals. The amp is in great working condition and has been tested thoroughly. Whether you are a collector or a musician, this Yamaha JX Series15 guitar amplifier is a great ... more
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    Yamaha FSX800C FG / FGX Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural W / Hard Case.

    Yamaha FSX800C FG / FGX Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural W / Hard Case.

    Provo, Utah, 846**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $215

    Very nice acoustic from Yamaha
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    1982 Yamaha SG 1000 w / ebony fretboard & original tags / case candy

    1982 Yamaha SG 1000 w / ebony fretboard & original tags / case candy

    Carlsbad, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1999

    Maker: Yamaha
    Model: SG 1000
    Condition: excellent


    Description:
    One of Yamaha's most well known models as made famous by the likes of Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola, Phil Manzanera and numerous others
    Although over 40 years old this one remains in spectacular condition and includes the original Yamaha gigbag along with it's original docs & case candy. Entire guitar is very clean with only the very lightest of surface wear, no major dings / dents / chips or ... more
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    1960s Yamaha SA-30 T Tremolo Sunburst

    1960s Yamaha SA-30 T Tremolo Sunburst

    Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $979

    Up for sale is a cool, clean and rare 1960s Yamaha SA-30 T Tremolo in Sunburst. This is one of the cleaner variations of this model we have seen and is entirely original. Overall in very good condition less some light play wear and finish wear. Pro setup in house and comes complete with its original hard case and vintage Yamaha paperwork. Weight: 6lbs 13oz... more
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    Yamaha SA1100 Semi-Hollow Body - 1982 - Natural

    Yamaha SA1100 Semi-Hollow Body - 1982 - Natural

    Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $995

    Yamaha SA1100 Semi-Hollow Body - 1982 - Natural Yamaha SA1100 Semi-Hollow Body - 1982 - Natural
    This is a Yamaha SA1100 in natural finish which I believe is from 1982 if I'm deciphering the serial number correctly   Guitar has some minor scratches and one finish crack on the back of the neck (finish only, not into the wood) and... more
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    1970s Yamaha Superjam 500 Tele Electric Guitar Made In Japan With Hard Case

    1970s Yamaha Superjam 500 Tele Electric Guitar Made In Japan With Hard Case

    Lake Elsinore, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $949

    1970s Yamaha Superjam 500 Tele Electric Guitar Made In Japan With Hard Case. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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    1973: YAMAHA FG-260 12-STRING JUMBO DREADNOUGHT GUITAR, NATURAL - VINTAGE!!

    1973: YAMAHA FG-260 12-STRING JUMBO DREADNOUGHT GUITAR, NATURAL - VINTAGE!!

    Roanoke, Virginia, 240**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $150

    (Shipping cost for U S Mainland & APO ONLY, additional charges apply for shipping outside U S Mainland (Example:ALASKA, HAWAII, PUERTO RICO) ,All US Territories outside the lower 48 states of the USA, will pay additional shipping charges after purchase. Shipping cost posted only applies to the lower 48 states within continental USA ) S
    1973: YAMAHA FG-260 12-STRING JUMBO DREADNOUGHT GUITAR, NATURAL - VINTAGE!!
    PRODUCT INFO: VINTAGE!!
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    Vintage Guitar Yamaha FG200 Acoustic 1970s Era Some Fret Ware

    Vintage Guitar Yamaha FG200 Acoustic 1970's Era Some Fret Ware

    Dallas, Texas, 752**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $37

    Brand: YAMAHA FG-200
    -- As is. Good condition. --
    Type & Body Style: Acoustic
    Condition: Good - shows some sign of wear
    Case: No Case Included
    Total Length: 41 in
    Body Length: 16 in
    DONATED | SOLD AS-IS
    Your purchases today provide a second chance for those in need
    All items being sold on this ebay store have been donated and should be considered second-hand.
    Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding our active or... more
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    Yamaha G50-112 Vintage Guitar Combo Amplifier

    Yamaha G50-112 Vintage Guitar Combo Amplifier

    Dayton, Ohio, 454**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $300

    FOR SALE IS A YAMAHA G50-112 VINTAGE GUITAR COMBO AMPLIFIER. THE AMP IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND WORKS GREAT! AFTER CALLING YAMAHA CUSTOMER SERVICE I WAS TOLD THEY DID NOT HAVE COMPLETE ENOUGH RECORDS TO GIVE ME AN EXACT DATE ON THE AMPLIFIER'S AGE. THEY BEST THEY COULD TELL ME WITH WAS MADE SOMETIME IN THE EARLY 1980'S
    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE!
    (THIS LISTING IS FOR LOCAL PICKUP ONLY)... more
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    Yamaha 1985 Super Axe SA1300 Semi Hollow Body Guitar

    Yamaha 1985 Super Axe SA1300 Semi Hollow Body Guitar

    Blackwood, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1799

    Pre-Owned, in very good condition.
    This guitar is from Dec 12 1985
    Serial LZHI177
    Made in Japan
    Includes case (not Yamaha)
    This model was made for the Japan market, it was not in the US catalogs
    Specifications
    Body Bound Beech and Birch Alder block poly finish
    Neck Set Mahogany Bound C shape
    Fretboard Rosewood Dot inlays 13 75" radius 22 frets
    Headstock Black Yamaha in caps and super axe in gold script black on
    white truss rod cover with SA 1300 written ... more
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    1982 Yamaha SG 1000 w / ebony fretboard & original tags / case candy

    1982 Yamaha SG 1000 w / ebony fretboard & original tags / case candy

    Carlsbad, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1999

    Maker: Yamaha
    Model: SG 1000
    Condition: excellent


    Description:
    One of Yamaha's most well known models as made famous by the likes of Carlos Santana, Al Di Meola, Phil Manzanera and numerous others
    Although over 40 years old this one remains in spectacular condition and includes the original Yamaha gigbag along with it's original docs & case candy. Entire guitar is very clean with only the very lightest of surface wear, no major dings / dents / chips or ... more
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    Yamaha SG1500 vintage electric guitar Japan 1976, New Frets, Pots, Tuners

    Yamaha SG1500 vintage electric guitar Japan 1976, New Frets, Pots, Tuners

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

    $2300

    When Yamaha introduced the highly acclaimed
    SG2000 they also introduced a SG1500. This first SG1500 is very close to the original SG2000, but with a set neck instead of the through neck, chrome hardware instead of gold plated, dot inlays instead of block inlays
    Here the heaviest of the Yamaha SG range the phenomenal rare and all original 1st issue Yamaha
    SG-1500, 1976, good condition for its near 47 years in delicious Cherry Sunburst. A true Rock Beast! Not many of these about anymore,... 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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    It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

    1961 Hohner Zambesi

    1961 Hohner ZambesiThis very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

    1963 Vox Super Ace

    1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

    1966 Vox New Escort

    1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

    1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

    1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

    1973 Eko Ranger Folk

    1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

    1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

    1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

    1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

    1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

    1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

    1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

    1972 Fender Precision bass

    1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

    1967 Vox Stroller

    1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

    1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

    1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

    1959 Hofner Committee

    1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

    1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.