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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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Vintage 1959 Gibson ES-175 Original Sunburst Finish, Single PAF, Killer Player!

Vintage 1959 Gibson ES-175 Original Sunburst Finish, Single PAF, Killer Player!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4995

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer a killer:
1959 - 1960 Gibson ES-175
1959 is THEE year for vintage Gibson guitars - this incredibly cool 175 was made during the heart of the "magic years" of American guitar craftsmanship, by the same hands in the same year as the highly coveted Les Paul "bursts "
This example absolutely sings. The tone woods used in Kalamazoo during this period are unmatched in terms of tone and resonance. This is all thanks to 60 year old honduran mahogany ... more
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Vintage 1949 Gibson ES-150 - Full Size 17" L-5 style archtop ES150 1950 1948

Vintage 1949 Gibson ES-150 - Full Size 17" L-5 style archtop ES150 1950 1948

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2495

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Vintage c 1949 Gibson ES-150
Debuting in 1936, the ES-150 was the instrument Charlie Christian made famous: the first commercially successful electric guitar. Originally a 16" guitar, the ES-150 was upsized after the war to L-5 dimensions, with a 17" lower bout and the longer 25 1 / 2" scale. With it's larger body and longer neck, the postwar ES-150 is one of very few electric guitars that can hold its own both ... more
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Vintage 1955 Gibson ES-125 Sunburst

Vintage 1955 Gibson ES-125 Sunburst

Greenville, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

Vintage1955 Gibson ES 125. Number stamped inside is W4047-27. Plugged in and tested, electronics work as they should. It??s a beautiful guitar and seems to be in really good condition for a 69 year old guitar. Expected wear for its age. Frets and fret board are worn however this doesn??t seem to affect the sound. No buzz or dead string sounds. Orignal tuners have been replaced but they will be included with the guitar. Guitar comes in a vintage hard case, case in rough condition
PLEASE LOOK... more
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Used Gibson S-1 Electric Guitar with Hard Case

Used Gibson S-1 Electric Guitar with Hard Case

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Here we have a used Gibson S-1 electric guitar. This guitar was recently set up and plays great. The guitar has been thoroughly tested and found to be in perfect working order. It will ship with a hard case Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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Gibson Grabber & G3 Neck Plate

Gibson Grabber & G3 Neck Plate

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

$175

We have a nice Gibson Grabber / G-3 neck plate with new screws. Perfect for restoration / Project.
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Gibson Marauder 1978 Natural Satin Finish made in the USA Mint with OHSCase

Gibson Marauder 1978 Natural Satin Finish made in the USA Mint with OHSCase

East Hampton, New York, 119**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2050


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MintGibson Marauder 1978 Natural Satin Finishmade in the USA with OHSCase

GibsonMarauder is not just just a rare bird from 1978 in mint condition(like it was made yesterday) -- but it is also one of the most versatile, best-sounding and charismatic guitars from the Gibson Norlin-era years theyhave ever made
BillLawrence went to work for Gibson in 1972, but 'Hot Bill' had been a name knownto guitarists for long years. Born in Cologne, Germany as Willi ... more
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Gibson 1978 Cherry Marauder Body & Neck

Gibson 1978 Cherry Marauder Body & Neck

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

$500

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How many of you Gibson fans out there have always wanted to build yourselves that awesome Gibson project guitar, but didn??t want to spend the money on a Gibson guitar only to dismantle it. ... more
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Gibson Grabber / G-3 Neck

Gibson Grabber / G-3 Neck

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

$600

We have a restored by myself a 1978 Gibson Grabber, G-3 neck ( it did not go to body being listed) it was sanded and sprayed with Stew Mac Vintage amber the 5 coats of nitro. Re-Fret with medium height fender frets. I am not great at fret-work but there is no sharp edges and it is more than a decent job. Hard to do on old wood as it will split. A fantastic neck for a project that needs one. Any questions feel free to ask. Thanks for looking. God bless ?
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Gibson Grabber / G-3 Body

Gibson Grabber / G-3 Body

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

$500

We have a Restored ( by myself) 1978 Gibson G-3 body. Body was refinished in Stew Mac Vintage nitro with 7 coats of clear and made to look Vintage not new. Body was originally black, then was stained a horrible brown. I stripped it down a gave her new life. I added blocks of you want to make it a grabber with sliding pickup. ( you will need to add a drop of wood glue on the bottom of them) I shielded cavity with shielding paint. It??s got some bruises but it??s a very nice body. Most of these ... more
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Vintage 1950s Tobacco Sunburst Gibson ES-125

Vintage 1950's Tobacco Sunburst Gibson ES-125

Rutland, Massachusetts, 015**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2300

This vintage Gibson ES-125 Sunburst electric guitar is a true gem for any musician or collector. Its rich history and superb craftsmanship are evident in its stunning appearance and exceptional sound quality. Whether you're a seasoned guitarist or just starting out, this Gibson ES-125 is sure to impress From the iconic sunburst finish to the intricate details of the Gibson ES series, this guitar exudes timeless elegance and style. The brand's reputation for producing high-quality instruments is ... more
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1979 Gibson The Paul w / case

1979 Gibson The Paul w / case

Huntington Beach, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

This 1979 Gibson The Paul electric guitar is a true gem for any music lover. Crafted with exceptional precision, this guitar is perfect for anyone looking to enhance their music experience. With its timeless design and unparalleled sound quality, this guitar is sure to impress even the most discerning of musicians.

Featuring a stunning walnut body, this guitar delivers a rich, warm tone that is sure to capture your audience's attention. Its comfortable neck and smooth ... more
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1953 Gibson ES-125 Es125 with gorgeous Brazilian fingerboard

1953 Gibson ES-125 Es125 with gorgeous Brazilian fingerboard

Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 470**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2295

1953 Gibson es125 vintage guitar original p90 pickup in great shape and plays like a dream. Once you play a es125 like this it??s a game changer. Beautiful vintage Gibson archtop guitar for the money. ??only a Gibson is good enough??.

Es 175 225 150 335
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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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1952 Gibson ES-175 Natural Original for Repair or Restoration No Reserve As Is

1952 Gibson ES-175 Natural Original for Repair or Restoration No Reserve As Is

Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$51

Up for auction is a 1952 Gibson ES-175 in original natural finish for repair or restoration, s / n A-10236. The heel is damaged and poorly repaired. There is also a damaged section in the side cutaway as shown in the photos. I do not know the extent of the damage and have not had the guitar evaluated, so do not know if it can be repaired or not. Please review the pictures, ask any questions and make your own determination. The guitar is being sold as is to the high bidder with no reserve. ... more
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1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar Hollowbody serial # 357632

1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar Hollowbody serial # 357632

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2900

1965 ES-125T (thin), plays excellent, the factory finish imperfections are shown in close-up photos, original tuners are included - as shown, the guitar has never been modified except for the tuners, comes with a nice Crossrock hardshell case that is a perfect fit for it
Ships next business day
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Gibson P-90 pickup 1952 ES-175 w / harness complete

Gibson P-90 pickup 1952 ES-175 w / harness complete

Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

Up for auction is an original early 1950??s Gibson P-90 pickup with the PU cover, mounting screws, complete harness, including the pots, capacitor, input jack & ground wire from a 1952 Gibson ES-175. Harness is 100% complete. Solder joints untouched. Output is 7 29 ohms at the input jack. Pickup and harness were removed from a damaged early 1952 guitar. Shipping includes insurance
Please see my other listing for the other parts from this guitar
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1953 Gibson ES-125 with gorgeous Brazilian fingerboard

1953 Gibson ES-125 with gorgeous Brazilian fingerboard

Long Beach, California, 908**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2450

Beautiful guitar in great condition
Non original hard case included
Incredible beautifully figured Brazilian rosewood fingerboard
No mods. All original except repro knobs.... more
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Gibson Grabber Pickguard - From a 1977

Gibson Grabber Pickguard - From a 1977

Zionsville, Indiana, 460**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100

Gibson Grabber Pickguard - From a 1977Used. Pickguard is in good condition. There are 4 extra holes drilled into it where someone locked the pickup into place I don't have the pickup or the slide for it
Listing 9998... more
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Used Gibson 1981 Marauder Electric Guitar with Hard Case

Used Gibson 1981 Marauder Electric Guitar with Hard Case

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

Up for sale is a used Gibson Marauder from 1981. This guitar has been thoroughly inspected and found to be in perfect working order. There are some minor cosmetic imperfections along the back of the neck (pictured) but they do not affect the playability or performance of the guitar at all. There is also some minor paint transfer on the headstock (pictured) The guitar will ship with a hard case Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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Vintage 1976 Gibson Marauder WIne Red in original hard case

Vintage 1976 Gibson Marauder WIne Red in original hard case

Mahopac, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

76 Gibson Marauder, all original with original Gibson case. Wine Red with a few dings, some very cool checking as expected on 48 year old guitar otherwise in excellent shape. Lots of fret life left, electronics work fine, plays very well and sounds great. Case has broken lower buckle-see picture. Recently had set up by a luthier Cool Guitar, fun to play! Please email with questions. I will consider reasonable offers but no low ball offers please. Shipping is an estimate for lower 48 states only!... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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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

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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.