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Gibson advertisement (1979)

Gibson Guitars. To the Tune of $399 and Up

Gibson Marauder, Gibson S-1, Gibson The Paul, Gibson The SG, Gibson G3 bass, Gibson Grabber bass, Gibson Ripper bass

Gibson electric guitars begin with the Marauder at $399. And it begins where most of its competitors leave off—with high power electronics, a full range pan pickup potentiometer and the same craftsmanship you'll find in even the most expensive Gibsons.
The Paul and The SG come from two of the most respected traditions—legendary SG and Les Paul lineage. They're priced like some of Gibson's imitators. Except they're the real thing.
You've been hearing the Gibson S-1 for a few years now, on quite a few hits. Those famous artists could afford the most expensive guitars, but they chose the same model that fits a working man's budget.
Gibson basses have been on their fair share of best sellers too. The Grabber, Ripper and G-3. Their sliding pickup, sound switching and fresh body styles deliver a rich range of sound. For a modest price range.

Gibson advertisement (1979) Gibson Guitars. To the Tune of $399 and Up

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Gibson Grabber - We dont promise you fantasies
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Gibson S-1 - Before Gibson Designed The S-1, Ron Wood Had His Guitars Customized
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1976 advert for the S-1, featuring Ron Wood and Rod Stewart. A very similar advert was put out in 1977; compositionally identical, though with updated picture of Ron Wood, and without Rod Stewart
Gibson Ripper - Try Gibson for a change of bass
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Gibson Ripper - It Sounds Like Peter Ceteras Playing A Lot Of Basses
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Gibson The Paul - And Now For My Next Number.....
Gibson The Paul - And Now For My Next Number.....
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Vintage 1967 Gibson EBS-1250 Custom Double-Neck Electric Guitar and Bass w /  OHSC

Vintage 1967 Gibson EBS-1250 Custom Double-Neck Electric Guitar and Bass w / OHSC

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

$44000

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Vintage 1967 Gibson EBS-1250 Custom Double-Neck Electric Guitar and Bass w / OHSC
Hey now! You're looking at a suuuper cool, and incredibly rare double-neck guitar / This is a 1967 Gibson EBS-1250 Custom Double Neck Electric Guitar & Bass It weighs 12 lbs 2 oz. Bass scale length: 30 5 " , guitar scale length: 24 75 " . Gibson only shipped 22 of these instruments (aside from custom orders), and this is the only one ... more
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1959 Gibson ES-175 100% Unopened PAFs, Wiring Harness as used 59 Les Paul

1959 Gibson ES-175 100% Unopened PAF's, Wiring Harness as used 59 Les Paul

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$23000

This is the best year for these as far as investment goes. Yes, it is a great playing and sounding guitar in excellent original condition. Finding one of these that has not been stripped of it's electronics and magical pickups is pretty rare today. Add these are the hottest pickups we have seen in one of these w the bridge output of 9 1 and neck at 8 3. Not cheap but well worth the price
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1957 Gibson ES-175 D

1957 Gibson ES-175 D

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

$15995

1957Gibson ES-175 D, Gorgeous! Early First year PAF humbuckers (pre stickers), LovelyTobacco Sunburst finish, Full feeling ??57 neck profile, Had an added Bigsby thatwas removed and the original ??zig zag?? tailpiece is back on, Nice player, Greatguitar, One owner, EC+, Original Brown Hard Case... more
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1974 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Walnut Electric Guitar w /  Original Case

1974 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Walnut Electric Guitar w / Original Case

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

$12500

1974 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Walnut Electric Guitar w / Original Case
Hey now! You're looking at yet another incredible vintage double-neck This is a 1974 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar It weighs 12 lbs 3 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 69" nut widthThe serial number is 471017, and the only legible pot, both date this guitar to 1974 - awesome!A quad of Gibson Patent etched humbuckers set in a solid mahogany body, housing two beautiful flamed maple necks (I personally love the 70's ... more
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1937 Gibson ES-150 Vintage Archtop electric guitar

1937 Gibson ES-150 Vintage Archtop electric guitar

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

$10900

1937 Gibson ES-150, Tobacco Sunburst, Awesome sounding CharlieChristian pickup, Bound body, Inlaid Pearl Script logo, Nice full feeling ??V??neck, 1 & 11 / 16 inches wide at the nut, Grover tuners, Wonderful example, Soughtafter model, VG++, Nice Original hard case.
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1978 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar w /  Original Case *Modified*

1978 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar w / Original Case *Modified*

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

$10000

1978 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar w / Original Case
Hey now! You're looking at a super cool, one of a kind guitar This is a 1978 Gibson EDS-1275 Double-Neck Electric Guitar It weighs 12 lbs 9 oz, 24 75" scale. 1 67" nut width on the 12-string, 1 69" nut width on the 6 string The serial and pot codes date this beauty to 1978 What a workhorse of an incredibly cool guitar!!As rare and collectible is this double-neck is, it's practical and real true player The classic Gibson combo... more
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1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst

1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst

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

$9000

1972 Gibson L6-S Bass Prototype (Ripper, Grabber) Singlecut Sunburst
 
This bass guitar is the prototype for the L6-S bass, a model that was never manufactured by Gibson. Although it is the prototype for an instrument that was not produced, it also seems to be a prototype of the Ripper and Grabber models introduced later that are constructed with the same materials (maple neck and body) and similar dimensions. The look of this one does foreshadow those later models
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1968 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst Electric Guitar Archtop Hollow Body #509180

1968 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst Electric Guitar Archtop Hollow Body #509180

Columbia, South Carolina, 292**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

This is a BEAUTY and a great collectors dream. Gibson Es-175D. ALL parts are original and in great playing condition. Comes with the Gibson case. From the product number it was union manufactured from 1968-70. If you have any questions or need additional views please contact me
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1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w /  Pat # Pickups

1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w / Pat # Pickups

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

$7500

Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-175D in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A clean vintage example, this ES-175 boasts its original "patent sticker" humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. Acoustically, the fully hollow maple body delivers a big, open sound with both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, and an airy, smooth quality befitting the hollowbody construction. These patent sticker humbuckers both meter in the mid... more
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1968 Gibson ES-175 Sunburst Hollow Body Jazz Electric Guitar w /  Case #53302

1968 Gibson ES-175 Sunburst Hollow Body Jazz Electric Guitar w / Case #53302

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7495

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1967 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst

1967 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst

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

$6999

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1950 Gibson ES-175 Sunburst Jazz Archtop Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case

1950 Gibson ES-175 Sunburst Jazz Archtop Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case

Harrisonville, Missouri, 647**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6995

1950 Gibson ES-175 Sunburst Jazz Archtop Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case






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1950 Gibson ES-175 Sunburst Jazz Archtop Electric Guitar with Hardshell Case
This great 2 owner guitar guitar came in my store today and I just had to have it. This beauty was purchased new in Ojai, Califonia by a Mr. James Hollis, who was a country musician and ealry member of the California Old Time Fiddlers Asscoaition, District 8. Jim moved to Ventura, Ca. after ... more
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1957 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst w / OHSC

1957 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst w / OHSC

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

$6595

1957 Gibson ES-175TD In Sunburst Finish
This Guitar Is Located At Imperial Vintage Guitars Sherman Oaks

In Very Good Overall "Player Grade" Condition (Please See Photos)

Original Sunburst Finish In Very Good Condition With Some Deep Checking
And Signs Of Wear And Use
Strap Button Was Removed From The Heel And The Hole Was Filled
Some Overspray There And On A Spot On The Back

Professionally Refretted With... more
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1956 Gibson ES-175  - Sunburst

1956 Gibson ES-175 - Sunburst

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

$6200

One of the most versatile hollow archtop guitars ever made, the ES-175 has prominent roles in rock, jazz, blues, country, prog?? you name it. Owed mainly to its evolving construct, the 1950s version featured P-90 single coil pickups, a trapeze tailpiece, the iconic Florentine cutaway, maple body and neck and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. This guitar is all original and ready to go. W / HSC
Listed14 days agoConditionVery Good (Used)Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches ... more
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1986 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck SG - Jimmy Page Vibes! doubleneck

1986 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck SG - Jimmy Page Vibes! doubleneck

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5999


1986 Gibson EDS-1275 Double Neck SG - Jimmy Page Vibes!
Nice older 1980's Gibson EDS-1275 in cherry! Coming up on 40 years old and looking good. The guitar plays well and is sounding very good. All original including the Tim Shaw era humbuckers (4 of them)!
Condition: Very good plus. There is some light checking throughout and has some pick scratches and light marks here and there. Not mint, but very presentable. The original case is working but a bit rough ... more
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1967 Gibson ES-125TDC a 1 owner from new example its a 1 of a kind & its Minty !

1967 Gibson ES-125TDC a 1 owner from new example its a 1 of a kind & its Minty !

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

$5995

The is a very rare trasitional late production 1967 Gibson ES-125TDC just acquired from its 1 & only owner, a Mr. Mike Gerard, purchased at Sam Ash in Hempstead New York. Its a thinline, full hollow ??Archtop?? guitar based on the ES-125, produced by Gibson between 1960 and 1970, which to many people is one of the most under appreciated vintage Gibson guitars out there. It??s got a very cool Ice Tea Sunburst finish only made during its last few years of production. Its 1 piece mahogany neck ... more
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1950 Gibson ES-150 Vintage Archtop, Collector-Grade w /  Lifton Case

1950 Gibson ES-150 Vintage Archtop, Collector-Grade w / Lifton Case

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

$5800

Up for sale, a 1950 Gibson ES-150 in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Lifton hardshell case, 100% original save for a new set of tuner buttons. It??s hard to overstate just how important the archtop ES-150 is to the history of the electric guitar, widely recognized as the first commercially successful electric Spanish-style (ES) guitar. This exceedingly clean, well-kept later iteration is the second version of ES-150 produced, with features ... more
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1964 Gibson ES-125 TDC Vintage Thinline Hollowbody Guitar, Near-Mint w /  Case

1964 Gibson ES-125 TDC Vintage Thinline Hollowbody Guitar, Near-Mint w / Case

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

$5800

Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson ES-125TDC in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, finished in Ice Tea Sunburst and complete with the original chipboard case. Introduced in 1960, this early and stunningly-clean example of the ES-125TDC (Thinline Double Cutaway) model is 100% original save for a bone nut and pair of vintage strap buttons
The fully hollow maple body is paired with a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The natural acoustic ... more
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1975 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w /  T Tops

1975 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w / T Tops

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

$5400

Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson ES-175D in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This ES-175 boasts its original patent number T Top humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. The fully hollow maple body gives the guitar both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, but also an airy quality and smoothness befitting the hollowbody construction. Authoritative and particularly clear and bell-like on the neck pickup, this ES-175 really ... more
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Classic 1981 Gibson Les Paul Heritage Series Standard 80 - Made in the USA

Classic 1981 Gibson Les Paul Heritage Series Standard 80 - Made in the USA

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

$5257

1981 Gibson Les Paul Model
Heritage Series
Standard 80
Made in the USA
Serial Number: 81601710
0122
Comes in a DELUXE Leather Soft Case
$$ Professionally setup for optimal tone and playability by Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, Ohio (Including Fret Work, Intonation, Truss Rod, Buffed Fingerboard and Set the Action) who also repaired the back of the headstock
Truly Stage or Studio Ready!


Here is a golden treasure that is sure to give you more than a ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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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.