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Carlsbro advertisement (1970)

Carlsbro Invites You To Try The Big Big Sound

Carlsbro Amplifiers amplifier

British advert for 23 Carlsbro amplifiers, and cabinets, made by Carlsbro in nottinghamshire UK. 1970


    Carlsbro advertisement (1970) Carlsbro Invites You To Try The Big Big Sound

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    1979 Carlsbro - CS60TC - Blackback Speaker - ID 102

    1979 Carlsbro - CS60TC - Blackback Speaker - ID 102

    Emmering, 82***, GERMANY


    Made in England
    Zustand: Sehr gut
    SerNr: 11224
    Gewicht: 28 kg Versandklasse: Extra Heavy
    Differenzbesteuert nach §25 UStG
    Carlsbro ist eine Britishe Amp Company gegründet in 1959
    Die bekanntesten Carlsbro User waren u A, die Beatles, Mick Jagger und Oasis
    Der Verstärker ist soundtechnisch sehr am Marshall Bluesbreaker Combo angelehnt
    Er hat zwei Groove Tubes EL34 in der Endstufe und Vorstufenröhren von Electro Harmonix. Die Netzteilelkos wurden gerade erneuert. Der... more
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    1969 Carlsbro - PA 50 - ID 3301

    1969 Carlsbro - PA 50 - ID 3301

    Emmering, 82***, GERMANY


    Poor Man's JTM45
    Zustand: Gut
    SerNr: 526
    Gewicht: 19, 2 kg Versandklasse: Standard
    Sonstiges: Netzkabel
    Vermittlungsverkauf: 10148
    Carlbro Sound Equipment
    Vintage 60ties Amp aus England
    Schaltungstechnisch und auch vom Sound her sehr nah am Marshall JTM45!!
    50 Watt Head (Ausgangsleistung eher 40W)
    2 x EL34 RSD Power Tubes
    GZ34 Rectifier Tube
    Main Volume, Presence, Middle, Bass
    plus 4 Inputs
    Zwischenverkauf vorbehalten
    Ankauf von Sammlungen, ... more
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    Carlsbro 200W PA circuit  /  tag board 1969 KT88s

    Carlsbro 200W PA circuit / tag board 1969 KT88's

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage circa 1970 Carlsbro 200w PA Printed circuit panel / board
    Fully loaded, the amp was working before it was broken for spares
    What you see in the photos is what you get!
    if you would like any other photos just ask, I have included a copy of the schematic in the photos
    Nice little project for someone!
    anything else just ask
    ... more
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    Carlsbro Delta 600 Bass Full Stack Head Amp 400W Cab Vintage

    Carlsbro Delta 600 Bass Full Stack Head Amp 400W Cab Vintage

    Lincoln, LN5***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Carlsbro Delta 600 Bass Full Stack Head Amp 400W Cab Vintage in full working order. Amazing vintage sound. You're welcome to come over a try it as loud as you like. Collection from Lincoln LN5
    ... more
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    Vintage Carlsbro 2x12 4x12 speaker cab Logo  /  combo  /  valve head 1970??s

    Vintage Carlsbro 2x12 4x12 speaker cab Logo / combo / valve head 1970??s

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage mid 1970's Carlsbro logo
    as was used on their 4x12's, 2x12's combos and heads
    very easy to install - just a few dabs of glue and your good to go
    Anything else just ask... more
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    150w Carlsbro Stingray lead Double Speaker Amplifier 1970s Black Amp Charity

    150w Carlsbro Stingray lead Double Speaker Amplifier 1970's Black Amp Charity

    Stafford, ST16***, UNITED KINGDOM


    150w Carlsbro Stingray lead Amplifier 1970's Black150w Carlsbro Stingray lead Amplifier double Speaker from 1970's. We have done a basic test with a guitar and the amplifier is working. We have fully tested all the features as we are not experts The item is in overall good condition, but does have signs of use and wear. Please see the photos for a better idea of the condition We also have a similar Amplifier that is on wheels, but only has one jack on the gold strip instead of three Due ... more
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    Set of 7x Vintage 1970s  1 / 4?? control knobs - Carlsbro - WEM - Watkins

    Set of 7x Vintage 1970's 1 / 4?? control knobs - Carlsbro - WEM - Watkins

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Set of x7 vintage 1970's Taiwanese amplifier control knobs
    these will fit a 1 / 4" shaft and afix with grub screws
    these are just over an inch wide and are nice and heavy not cheap like the later knobs in this style
    Perfect if you have a vintage seventies amplifier / FX unit and want some period correct knobs
    Buy them before I decide to buy an amp to put them on!!
    the listing is for 7
    anything else just ask
    ... more
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    London, N17***, UNITED KINGDOM


    ... more
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    Carlsbro Powertone 100 vintage 15 inch 8ohm speaker

    Carlsbro Powertone 100 vintage 15 inch 8ohm speaker

    Farnsfield, NG22***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Carlsbro Powertone 100 vintage 15 inch 8ohm speaker
    removed fully working
    Buy from a trusted eBay seller with excellent feedback! If for any reason you are not happy after a purchase, please be in touch so we can work out a solution that suits us both. Thank you for looking!!! :)... more
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    Blackpool, FY1***, UNITED KINGDOM


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    CARLSBRO Scorpion Lead - Rare Vintage Guitar Combo Amplifier - Ex Cond & Working

    CARLSBRO Scorpion Lead - Rare Vintage Guitar Combo Amplifier - Ex Cond & Working

    Leicester, LE67***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Great amp in excellent condition and working order
    As with all my listings, I take lots of pics of the actual item for sale (I do not use stock pics!), so you can see exactly what you're getting and what's included (with no hidden surprises!). Please take a moment to carefully scrutinise them all what you see is what you'll receive!
    Thanks for looking and good luck
    ... more
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    Carlsbro GLX85 Vintage British Guitar Amplifier

    Carlsbro GLX85 Vintage British Guitar Amplifier

    Glasgow, G11***, UNITED KINGDOM


    All in working order. A few slightly crackly pots, a little contact cleaner would probably suffice - I'm not brave enough with electrictronics to open it up to do it myself. It'd probably do with a service too, given its age
    It's got loads of dinks, rips, scratches and signs of wear but that just makes it more legit vintage!
    Sound wise, it's great. Great tones, inbuilt analogue reverb (I think it's a real spring reverb, see photos, it's the unit inside on the bottom)
    Being a vintage ... more
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    vintage 1972 Carlsbro 4x12 guitar cabinet Eminence speakers - 200ws @ 8 ohms

    vintage 1972 Carlsbro 4x12 guitar cabinet Eminence speakers - 200ws @ 8 ohms

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    lovely 4x12 Carlsbro cab from the early seventies
    this is in GREAT condition, a few scrapes and scratches but nothing too bad considering how old it is, non original handles and speakers
    This is currently loaded with a non original quad of 50w - 8 ohm Ceramic Eminence speakers from 1978 - making this 8 ohms @ 200 watts
    message me if you want an internal speaker shot!
    The speakers are fully functional and have no issues what so ever!
    Perfect cab if you have a Vintage Carlsbro ... more
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    Carlsbro Hornet Guitar Combo 2x10 Amplifier 1970s (WORKS BUT READ DESCRIPTION!!)

    Carlsbro Hornet Guitar Combo 2x10 Amplifier 1970s (WORKS BUT READ DESCRIPTION!!)

    Brighton, BN1***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Carlsbro Hornet Guitar Combo 2x12 Amplifier w / Tremolo SS Rare 1970's Made in UK
    Condition Description: Please note that, while this amp works and sounds great, that some of the pots are a bit scratchy and sometimes the sound cuts off for a second or two before coming back up again - I believe that this is from the volume pot itself, but I cannot confirm it. For this reason we are ... more
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    Carlsbro Hornet 1970 Vintage Guitar Amp 35W 2x10" Superb Condition All Original

    Carlsbro Hornet 1970 Vintage Guitar Amp 35W 2x10" Superb Condition All Original

    Cheltenham, GL52***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Carlsbro Hornet Guitar Combo 2x10 Amplifier w / Tremolo SS Rare 1970's
    This is a fantastic amplifier. Sounds amazing with loads of clean headroom and it loves pedals. It has some weight but is still quite portable for a 2x10 combo amp. 35w. 2x10 speakers. Solid state. Has an in-built tremolo circuit that sounds amazing. It can get really loud, but also sound good at practice volumes. Made in UK original purchase was 1971
    The condition of the amp is fantastic considering it's 53 years ... more
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    Vintage 80s Carlsbro  Renegade 150 Guitar Amplifier  2 x 12 Combo Excellent.

    Vintage 80s Carlsbro Renegade 150 Guitar Amplifier 2 x 12 Combo Excellent.

    Market Rasen Binbrook, LN8***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage 80s Carlsbro Renegade 150 Guitar Amplifier 2 x 12 Combo Excellent
    This amp is in stunning condition for its age. 150WATT Loaded with two g12h 100watt 12" quality speakers
    I think I have the cover will have a look, comes with power cable a foot switch. caster wheels to help with moving. All original no mods
    Very load amp, great clean sounds and overdrive is very 80s
    Condition is Excellent
    Collection only Binbrook LN8 6HF at my Music Warehouse or if it helps Home ... more
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    Matching Fane quad 1977 16 ohms @ 60 watts Hiwatt  /  Orange  /  Carlsbro spec

    Matching Fane quad 1977 16 ohms @ 60 watts Hiwatt / Orange / Carlsbro spec

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Lovely quad of matching heavy duty fane drivers from 1977
    Carlsbro badged but the exact same spec as what Hiwatt, Matamp and Orange were using at the same time!(just a lot cheaper)
    60 watts @ 16 ohms each
    Great condition, the cones move freely and have absolutely no issues, the only thing to note is that one of the cones has an old repair, looks to have been down at the factory as its been repaired using doping - you do see this occasionally
    These take pedals really well; especially... more
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    Vintage 1960s Carlsbro CS40-60 EL34 Valve Guitar Amplifier Head w /  Lay Down TFs

    Vintage 1960s Carlsbro CS40-60 EL34 Valve Guitar Amplifier Head w / Lay Down TFs

    Derby, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage 1960s Carlsbro CS40-60 EL34 Valve Guitar Amplifier Head w / Lay Down TFs
    This is one of the great 'undervalued' Carlsbro amplifiers, made in the 1960s (circa 1968). I bought this from the original owner local to me, who got this back in the day from just up the road in Mansfield, and has kept it ever since. This is one of the early ones that include those incredible lay-down transformers, very similar to the Marshall amplifiers of the day. The 2x EL34 valves are original Mullard ... more
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    1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

    1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

    1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

    1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

    1961 Hofner Colorama I

    1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

    1960 Hofner Colorama II

    1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

    1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

    1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

    1981 Gibson Marauder

    1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

    1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

    1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

    1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

    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

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    1966 Vox New Escort

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    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.