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    1979 Ovation Magnum 4-String Bass Guitar w Original Case c-x

    1979 Ovation Magnum 4-String Bass Guitar w Original Case c-x

    Owensboro, Kentucky, 423**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2000

    Slight separation from pickup area to beginning of the neck
    Please refer to the pictures to view item condition.
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    The "c-x" in the title is for our store reference only and does not pertain to the item.
    What is shown in the pictures is what is included with the item. If it's not pictured it is not included.
    Shipping address can NOT be changed after purchase.
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    1978 Ovation Matrix 1132-1 Sunburst

    1978 Ovation Matrix 1132-1 Sunburst

    Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1080

    1978 Ovation Matrix 1132-1 Sunburst
    SETUP & INSPECTED BY OUR LUTHIER
    Tech Notes: This guitar has a few things to note   There are a couple finish cracks on the top, but they are not through the wood and appear to be finish deep only   The saddle is quite low and the action is medium to medium / high with near flat relief   The neck angle is a bit low, but all in all it still plays well, albeit a bit higher, and sounds really nice   The frets have some tooling marks on them and the ... more
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    Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w /  OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA

    Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $950

    In good working condition!
    Please ask questions!
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    Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 string acoustic guitar made in USA 1979 1 owner

    Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 string acoustic guitar made in USA 1979 1 owner

    USA, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1100

    This Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 string acoustic guitar was made in the USA in 1979 and has been owned by only one person. It is a professional-level instrument with a deep bowl body type and a 1 / 2 size. The signature series 12 string model is perfect for right-handed players who want to achieve a unique and rich sound This acoustic guitar comes with a hard case and is a great addition for any musician or collector looking for a quality instrument with exceptional craftsmanship. The brand is... more
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    Ovation Deacon 1971 solid Body electric Guitar

    Ovation Deacon 1971 solid Body electric Guitar

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

    $4000

    This 1971 Ovation Deacon electric guitar features a unique multicolor solid body that catches the eye. It's perfect for any musician looking for a vintage instrument with a striking appearance. The guitar is part of the Ovation series and is an excellent choice for any collector or player looking to add to their collection. The guitar's brand and model, Ovation Deacon, are indicative of its quality and durability. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, this electric guitar is sure to ... more
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    Vintage c. 1980 Ovation 1612 Balladeer acoustic-electric guitar

    Vintage c. 1980 Ovation 1612 Balladeer acoustic-electric guitar

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

    $395

    Vintage Ovation Guitar. Repaired crack in the sound board. Guitar sounds beautiful with full Ovation back. Great user guitar with wonderful sound. Original Ovation hard shell case included. Amp components are mounted inside the guitar. The Guitar is being sold as is and a local pickup would be great, save the shipping cost. Shipping to your location will be calculated based on your location. Make me an offer for a quick sale.... more
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    Ovation Patriot 1776-1976   SERIAL NUMBER  # 1776 ! LAST ONE MADE !

    Ovation Patriot 1776-1976 SERIAL NUMBER # 1776 ! LAST ONE MADE !

    Hollywood, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4998

    In 1976, Patriot Guitars made a limited edition of this 'Patriot' Guitar series to celebrate the bicentennial celebration of the United States .
    They only made 1, 776 of these guitars .
    THIS ONE IS NUMBER 1776 !... more
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    Ovation Breadwinner 1973 - 1975 White

    Ovation Breadwinner 1973 - 1975 White

    Cincinnati, Ohio, 452**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2000

    This beautiful Ovation Deacon electric guitar has a solid body and 24 frets. Its sleek white finish is a classic look for any musician. This guitar is a great addition to any collection and will produce an incredible sound for gigs or recording sessions. The brand Ovation is known for quality and this guitar is no exception. The model, Breadwinner, was produced from 1973 to 1975. The Guitar has history with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Custom built. Great Shape, has a couple of scratches. Comes with an ... more
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    Rare Gloss Black Ovation Elite 1778 TX Guitar + Rare Vintage Ovation Hard Case

    Rare Gloss Black Ovation Elite 1778 TX Guitar + Rare Vintage Ovation Hard Case

    Asheville, North Carolina, 288**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $675

    Excellent condition. Black gloss solid spuce top with spalted maple inlay, maple neck and rosewood fretboard. OP pro series preamp. This is a beautiful, great sounding acoustic / electric guitar. The tuning posts and strap buttons upgraded to gold. Bowl is mid depth. The vintage case is in good shape and worth $200 alone. New Elite 1778 TXs sell for about $950. Thanks for looking - Rob
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    Ovation Viper (1975-1980??s) Solid Body Electric Guitar W / Soft Case

    Ovation Viper (1975-1980??s) Solid Body Electric Guitar W / Soft Case

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

    $1100

    *PLEASE READ*

    Serial number dates it as being a 1975-1980 model. I??ve owned it since the early 90??s. It fell off a stand in the late 90??s and slightly cracked the headstock. It didn??t break completely. It wasn??t even a loose crack but I didn??t want to make it worse so it sat in my closet until earlier this year. It was plugged in so the pick guard was also cracked at the jack.

    IT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY FIXED AND SET UP BY A LOCAL LUTHIER. The pick guard was replaced ... more
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    Vintage 1975 Ovation Custom Balladeer 1612-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar W /  Case

    Vintage 1975 Ovation Custom Balladeer 1612-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar W / Case

    Guthrie, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    Vintage 1975 Ovation Custom Balladeer 1612-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar W / Original CaseMade in USA6 StringShallow body " Peghead" HeadstockBeautiful brown sunburst color Photo was in the case when we got it. We don't know if this guitar is the one pictured
    Case has several cracks in the plastic which do not affect use
    Pictures are of the actual item you will receive Buy with confidence! We have over 1470 positive feedback!Free shippingthrough USPS or Fedex
    Ebay collects any ... more
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    Vintage 1976 OVATION 1617-1 LEGEND Acoustic Electric Guitar w /  OHSC bowlback

    Vintage 1976 OVATION 1617-1 LEGEND Acoustic Electric Guitar w / OHSC bowlback

    Flinton, Pennsylvania, 166**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $759

    1976 Ovation 1617-1 acoustic electric guitar. Serial #085364. Plays great, everything works perfectly. Frets look new and, even though it will probably benefit from a setup, there's no fret-out the whole way down the neck. It needs strings - these ones are probably decades old - but I don't want to guess what gauge / material the next owner will want so I'll leave the old ones on. Could use a good cleaning, as well. There are a few blemishes here and there, some crazing on the finish of the ... more
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    Ovation Vintage 1118 Glen Campbell 12-String 1981 Natural w / Case,

    Ovation Vintage 1118 Glen Campbell 12-String 1981 Natural w / Case,

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

    $1300

    Ovation Vintage 1118 Glen Campbell 12-String 1981 Natural w / Case, . This guitar sounds and plays great. It has a few finished cracks and a small little bumps and bruises. Nothing major. Recent restring . Includes original hard shell case. Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking shipping to the lower 48 States only. No Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam or PO boxes. No international shipping
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    Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst

    Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst

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

    $3195

    Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst
    This is a vintage 1982 Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 in blue burst   Guitar has some nicks / dings on the end of the headstock but overall is in very good condition   The frets are in excellent shape and the guitar plays ... more
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    Ovation Bass Guitar Magnum III (1979) Maghogany

    Ovation Bass Guitar Magnum III (1979) Maghogany

    Pasadena, California, 911**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1550

    Solid mahogany body. These pick ups are just intense. Independently adjustable. This is one beast of a bass. In excellent condition. Natural age on the color do to its age. Sounds great.

    All sales are final / no returns
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    Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar blue- Circa 1972 fine and rare

    Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar blue- Circa 1972 fine and rare

    San Bernardino, California, 924**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1650

    Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar blue- Circa 1972 fine and rare. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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    Ovation 1112 Balladeer Used in great shape 1982

    Ovation 1112 Balladeer Used in great shape 1982

    Clallam Bay, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $625

    Ovation 1112 Balladeer
    Year 1982
    Number 275040
    In great shape no check marks on sound board face of guitar, some roadrash on top of guitar head stock minimal, and some on case, closes properly. Original case has a few issues but is in generally goodshape and all four clasps work well
    Plays and sounds wonderful
    Neck in great shape as is body of guitar
    This has been in the family for years and has not beingplayed for a while.
    The strings are always de-tuned when not in ... more
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    Ovation 1111-1 Acoustic Guitar 1976 Beautiful!!

    Ovation 1111-1 Acoustic Guitar 1976 Beautiful!!

    Saint Paul, Minnesota, 551**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $699

    This Ovation guitar is in excellent condition! Near perfect condition. Plays and sounds great. No issues exist, has buzz free tone, straight neck, low action, and frets have lots of life left. The case is a THROW AWAY CASE. The original case did not come with it when I purchased it
    There are very little signs of use and no wear. No nicks or scratches other than some pick swirl.
    ?? Robs Incredible Guitars (RIGs) Oakdale, MN
    I will ship your item professionally packed the same or... more
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    OVATION 1977 CUSTOM MADE COUNTRY ARTIST #5203 GOLD HARDWARE EQ AAA TOP NICE!

    OVATION 1977 CUSTOM MADE COUNTRY ARTIST #5203 GOLD HARDWARE EQ AAA TOP NICE!

    Southington, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

    1977 OVATION CUSTOM MADE VINTAGE COUNTRY ARTIST WITH MID DEPTH BOWL, 5 PIECE NECK, EBONY BOARD, PEARL CUSTOM INLAYS, GOLD HARDWARE, AAA TOP WITH FANCY CARVED BRIDGE, TRUSS ROD COVER ABALONE SOUND, HOLU RING, GRAPHIC EQ ELECTRONICS #5203. A TRUE WORK OF ART. SHIPPING IS $75... more
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    Excellent Vintage USA Ovation 1312 Ultra Acoustic Guitar w /  Case

    Excellent Vintage USA Ovation 1312 Ultra Acoustic Guitar w / Case

    Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, 158**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $599

    Excellent vintage USA Ovation Ultra 1312 acoustic w / nice softcase. See description above for condition. . Great tone. Close action. Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Free lower 48 shipping. see my other great items. .Email with any questions.
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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

    1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
    It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

    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.