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Ibanez Doubleneck Guitars

. . . and you've got an Ibanez Double Axe! Now you can have the versatility and the flash of a double neck guitar without parting with a half year's salary. Ibanez Double Axes are available in three models ? 4/6 electric bass and six string, 12/6 electric twelve and six strings, and the all-new 6/6 for open tuning slide guitar and standard tuning. Power-wound humbucking pickups pour out the sound and the fast action fingerboard gives you playing speed you never thought you had. If you're ready for a Double Axe, it'll be ready for you. Drop us a line for the full Double Axe story and the name of your local Ibanez dealer.

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    1984 Ibanez Roadstar ll RS440 Black Neck MIJ Japanese Vintage

    1984 Ibanez Roadstar ll RS440 Black Neck MIJ Japanese Vintage

    Jonesville, Virginia, 242**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $199

    Good for Roadstar RS440 and RS430 MIJ guitars. Strat U shape neck and good for restoring old roadstar builds. Used working condition had low action when a full guitar.... more
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    1977 Ibanez Super 70s LP Lawsuit Guitar

    1977 Ibanez Super 70s LP Lawsuit Guitar

    Cape Coral, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $899

    1977 Japanese Ibanez Super 70's LP Lawsuit Guitar
    I'm not the original owner but I played it quite a bit on stage. Loved it and very reliable. This isn't a museum piece it's meant to be played
    This guitar is awesome!!! Great low action, plenty of fret life left. The pickups are incredible, they sound dirty and mean!!!
    Most of the hardware is original, Pickups bridge, tailpiece etc The tuners were replaces at some point of it's life, I do not have the originals unfortunately. Also ... more
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    1976 Ibanez 2459 Destroyer Natural w / HSC

    1976 Ibanez 2459 Destroyer Natural w / HSC

    San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $10995

    1976 Ibanez 2459 Destroyer In Natural Finish
    This Guitar Is Located At IVG Burbank
    In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
    Finish Shows Some Cosmetic Playwear Including Various Dings And Scratches As Shown
    Original Super 70 Humbuckers With Covers Removed
    Neck Pickup Mounting Ring Cracked (See Photos)
    Original Hardware And Electronics
    Replaced Strap Buttons
    Made In Japan
    Sen Body And Neck With Rosewood Fingerboard And Dot Inlay
    Star Tuners
    Adjustable ... more
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    Ibanez Road Star II RS440 1985 Back To The Future Guitar

    Ibanez Road Star II RS440 1985 Back To The Future Guitar

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

    $720

    Ibanez Road Star II RS440 1985 Back To The Future Guitar. This guitar sounds and plays great. Has a few scratches and a couple small chips as expected for the age. Nothing major. No other damage whatsoever . includes 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
    ... more
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    Vintage 1972 Ibanez Japan Electric Guitar and Bass Double Neck Sunburst

    Vintage 1972 Ibanez Japan Electric Guitar and Bass Double Neck Sunburst

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

    $3500

    Vintage 1972 Ibanez Japan Electric Guitar and Bass Double Neck Sunburst Vintage 1972 Ibanez Japan Electric Guitar and Bass Double Neck Sunburst
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    Welcome to All Music Inc's Musicdungeon, you are looking at a great piece.
    This is the Vintage 1972 Ibanez Electric Guitar / Bass Double Neck
    34" scale (bass), 25 5" scale (guitar) ... more
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    Srsc800 Ibanez

    Srsc800 Ibanez

    Miami, Florida, 331**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $800

    Very good condition ibanez bass with a powerful pickup Berttolini actives , very light body low action very good for any type of music??
    ... more
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    GEORGE BENSON IBANEZ GB10 1982 SUNBURST JAZZ ELECTRIC GUITAR COLLECTOR

    GEORGE BENSON IBANEZ GB10 1982 SUNBURST JAZZ ELECTRIC GUITAR COLLECTOR

    Simi Valley, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4000

    This is a 1982 model Ibanez GB10 and has spent almost it's entire life in the case   There is no wear on the neck, fretboard, or body
    It's in amazing, original condition and unchanged except for the strings
    The guitar wad recently professionally set up and tested and is in 100% working condition
    The original case is included and has some wear, but has done a great job at protecting the guitar. All of the case latches work correctly and the inside of the case is in great ... more
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    1973-75 Bradley Greco Ibanez SG Matsumoku Vintage Made In Japan Refinish Lawsuit

    1973-75 Bradley Greco Ibanez SG Matsumoku Vintage Made In Japan Refinish Lawsuit

    Flower Mound, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1100

    1973-75 Bradley Greco Ibanez SG Matsumoku Vintage Made In Japan Refinish Lawsuit.
    I just finished another mid 1970??s SG style guitar
    These were made by Matsumoku in Japan and badged with several brands, the most popular were Greco, Burny, and Ibanez. There are probably 40 other badged brands of the same guitar
    All of the poly coating has been removed and left open pored and stained with dark walnut and coated with lacquer. It was then wet sanded fairly smooth on the alder caps and ... more
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    Ibanez Artist AR100 Guitar 1980 MIJ Brown Sunburst 8lbs 6oz CTS pots w / TKL case

    Ibanez Artist AR100 Guitar 1980 MIJ Brown Sunburst 8lbs 6oz CTS pots w / TKL case

    Huntington Station, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1099

    Here we have a vintage Ibanez Artist AR100 solid body electric guitar. Made in Japan in 1980. Serial number B805885. The Artist series features a solid Mahogany body, Plain Maple top, Maple set neck (smooth heel), and 22- fret 24 3 / 4" scale Bound Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. 2- V2 humbucking pickups, Gibralter bridge and tailpiece. Gold hardware. This guitar has had some parts changed. The pots have been replaced with CTS pots and Orange drop caps. Pots date to 2020. The ... more
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    Ibanez ACA15T Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Amp w /  Chorus Vintage TESTED

    Ibanez ACA15T Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Amp w / Chorus Vintage TESTED

    Ashland, Wisconsin, 548**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $40

    ConditionUsedSeller Notes??Item has been TESTED and is FULLY FUNCTIONING as intended by manufacturer??BrandIbanezNumber of Speakers1Number of Channels1ModelACA-15TAmplifier TypeComboCountry / Region of ManufactureChinaPower15 WSuitable ForPractice, Acoustic Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Travel GuitarAmplifier TechnologySolid StateIbanez ACA15T Acoustic Guitar Amplifier Amp w / Chorus Vintage TESTED
    Condition: Item has been TESTED and working and has a piece of wood chipped off on corner.... more
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    1986 Ibanez Musician MC2940 Fretless Vintage Active Bass w /  Case, Hangtags

    1986 Ibanez Musician MC2940 Fretless Vintage Active Bass w / Case, Hangtags

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

    $1950

    Up for sale, a 1986 Ibanez Musician MC2940 fretless bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Built from 1979-1987, the much-lauded Ibanez Musician basses were known for their use by artists including Sting, Adam Clayton of U2, and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac
    Essentially a fretless version of the MC2924, this bass features five-piece maple / walnut neck-through construction with ash body wings and a slab ebony ... more
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    VINTAGE 1970s Era IBANEZ MIJ JAZZ BASS GUITAR & CASE SUNBURST JAPAN

    VINTAGE 1970s Era IBANEZ MIJ JAZZ BASS GUITAR & CASE SUNBURST JAPAN

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

    $850

    VINTAGE 1970s Era IBANEZ MIJ JAZZ BASS GUITAR & CASE SUNBURST JAPAN
    Item is used and pre owned, comes as seen in pictures
    Maple board, turquoise pickguardOld guitar wear and tear but a great playing guitar. All original minus the replaced saddle screws. Missing ash tray / pickup covers. Appears to be extremally road worn original case. Flat wound strings
    Lic PB 100638
    Thanks for shopping with All Star Pawn in Dayton, Ohio... more
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    1979 Ibanez CN-100 MIJ Black

    1979 Ibanez CN-100 MIJ Black

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

    $750

    1979 Ibanez CN-100 MIJ Black
    Up for sale, a vintage late '730's Ibanez CN-100 concert Series in Black finish, Made in Japan in Good condition with a Black tolex hard case
    All original excepts for the upgraded (dated '84 and '85 Made in Germany, high output) Schaller humbucker pickups and the hard case. It features a solid carved bound Maple top Mahogany body, bolt-on Maple neck with bound headstock and rosewood fretboard. Two Humbucker pickup configuration with 3-way pickup switch and ... more
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    Alvarez Minstrel Banjo with Ibanez 5 string neck & hardshell case. Great playing

    Alvarez Minstrel Banjo with Ibanez 5 string neck & hardshell case. Great playing

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

    $499

    This listing for a early made in Japan 1971 Alvarez 5 string Mistral banjo. This model is based on the Master tone with a Bell Brass tone Kin to tone rings used on Gibson or Vega.
    Along the way the neck was damaged I replaced it with a new Ibanez 5 string neck, made in China. When I did this I made it a dual coordinator rods mount inside the pot. The resonator finish had gotten cloudy. So, hand scraped the clear poly off and re-lacquered the resonator some 3 years ago.
    This has 24 ... more
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    Ibanez Style early Les Paul parts guitar 1971-73

    Ibanez Style early Les Paul parts guitar 1971-73

    La Mirada, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $320

    Thisnguitar hasnt been tested prior, but it seems all the parts are there. Nevertheless, its being sold as parts guitar. A little bit of work and a couple back plates, and this guitar could easily be back up and running. My loss is your gain. Comes with an old-school hard-shell case. Looks likely it's a Japanese made guitar from the early 70's era  
    Sorry but shipping costs are through the roof, so we have to add a $50 00 ship  
    Ships to continental US only. Returns accepted if ... more
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    Ibanez 1977 12 String Acoustic Guitar Natural W / Setup & Softcase

    Ibanez 1977 12 String Acoustic Guitar Natural W / Setup & Softcase

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

    $649

    You are viewing a 1977 Ibanez 12 String Acoustic Guitar in a Natural Finish
    - Spruce Top
    - Rosewood Fingerboard
    - W / Soft Case
    I will gladly restring with your choice of the following: for electrics 9, 10 or 11 gauge nickel string and for acoustic an extra light or light Bright bronze or Phosphor bronze set. Yes, this means I will set it up for D standard, C# standard, open tunings and however you play. Just let me know when you purchase and I??ll take it from there. No big box ... more
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    Ibanez Roadstar II 1983 - Charcoal Gray RB820 w / OHSC   FREE SHIPPING

    Ibanez Roadstar II 1983 - Charcoal Gray RB820 w / OHSC FREE SHIPPING

    Neosho, Missouri, 648**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $879

    FREE SHIPPING
    Any questions, just ask ;)
    Rare 1983 Japanese made Roadstar II Bass
    Everything appears to be all original except the bottom bass strap button, and the Volume & Tone knobs
    She shows some wear, with dings and scratches throughout, there's some fogging on the face of the bass, above and below the pick up, where there has been play wear, but that's to be expected from a 43 year old bass
    The original AccuCast BII bridge is a really nice, high-mass design. The 34 ... more
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    1970s Ibanez 12 String Acoustic

    1970's Ibanez 12 String Acoustic

    Athens, Ohio, 457**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $350

    Can send live video and audio This is a beautiful 1970's Ibanez 12 String Acoustic guitar, perfect for professional musicians who want a high-quality instrument to play. The body type is a Dreadnought with a clear body color, and the neck material is made of Rosewood. The guitar has 20 frets and a fretboard made of Rosewood, making it easy and comfortable to play.
    The brand is Ibanez, part of the Jamboree series, and the model year is from the 70's. The body is made of Spruce and Mahogany, ... more
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    Ibanez Road Star II RS440FR 1985

    Ibanez Road Star II RS440FR 1985

    La Mirada, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    All Original. Fire Red. Good shape. V5 Blade Humbucker and V7 Singles
    Comes with OHSC Ibanez Chain Saw Case worth 150 alone
    Sorry but shipping costs are through the roof, so we have to add a $50 00 ship  
    Ships to continental US only. Returns accepted if returned in same condition as shipped. Buyer pays return shipping costs. Ships USPS priority  
    ... more
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    Ibanez Roadstar II RG425IV 1985 w / OHSC

    Ibanez Roadstar II RG425IV 1985 w / OHSC

    La Mirada, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $850

    Here is a rare model. Thers many RSII's out there but not any of this model. Great collectors' piece or a great player. Its Ivory color starting to yellow a little. Floyd Rose Trem. No Bar. 2 Dual Humbucker Bridge Original Ibanez Pick Ups
    Comes with OHSC (Chain Saw Case). (200 value alone)
    Sorry but shipping costs are through the roof, so we have to add a $50 00 ship  
    Ships to continental US only. Returns accepted if returned in same condition as shipped. Buyer pays return ... more
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    Richard McLaughlin Comment left 2nd January 2017 09:09:54 reply

    Imagine that the American guitar companies had lost the lawsuit after the Japanese lawyers proved that many who bought Ibanez products ended up graduating to their Gibson counterparts later on.

    In all probability, this would be the text from an Ibanez Double Axe ad from 2013:

    AXE US YET AGAIN

    ... and YES! you STILL get an Ibanez Double Axe!!

    Forty years ago, we launched the Ibanez Double Axe and since then we have provided you with the versatility and flash of a double neck guitar without parting with a half year's salary.

    Ibanez Double Axes are available in seven models - 5/6 five string electric bass and six string, 4/6 electric bass and six string, 12/6 electric twelve and six string, the 6/6 for open tuning slide guitar and standard tuning, the B-8/6 8 string bass and six string, the G-8/6 8 string and 6 string and the 7/6 seven string and six string.

    The Ibanez Double Axe also comes with your choice of tune-o-matic and stop tailpiece, Gibraltar bridge system, Ibanez Edge or licensed by Floyd-Rose® locking Tremolo system.

    Coil-tapped Power Wound humbucking pickups give more ways to pour out the sound and the fast action fingerboard with 1960 style slim neck gives you playing speed you not only never thought, but won't believe, you ever had. If you're ready for a Double Axe, it'll be ready for you - always!

    Drop us a line or log on to www.ibanez.com/double-axe for the full Double Axe story and the the name of your local Ibanez dealer.

    Ibanez Double Axe in cherry, blue, green or walnut finish ............$425.00*
    Ibanez Double Axe in custom satin black finish .................$435.00*
    Ibanez Double Axe in custom ivory finish ................$450.00*
    Ibanez Double Axe in custom ebony finish ................$450.00*

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    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.