Vintage Guitars
I'm happy with this
This website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse traffic. When you buy through links on our site we may earn an affiliate commission. See terms and conditions

Gibson advertisement (1967)

Gibson, the workingman's guitar (Trini Lopez)

Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe

Gibson advert featuring Gibson artist Trini Lopez, playing his signature model, the Trini Lopez Deluxe.

Trini Lopez at work for Gibson and Reprise records

Adverts shows Trini Lopez performing with his signature guitar

Gibson advertisement (1967) Gibson, the workingman

Other related vintage advertisements

Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe - Trini Lopez
Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe - Trini Lopez
One of a series of Gibson advertisements featuring Gibson endorsing artists, each with a high end electric acoustic guitar. This advertisement was widely reproduced throughout 1965. The illustratio...

Gibson Trini Lopez is funded by its visitors. When you buy through links on our site we may earn an affiliate commission. For more info see terms and conditions.
1960s Gibson Wrap Around Bridge  /  Tailpiece Lightning Bolt Nickel (KL2)

1960's Gibson Wrap Around Bridge / Tailpiece Lightning Bolt Nickel (KL2)

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for one (1) 1960's Gibson nickel plated wraparound compensated bridge / tailpiece. It is in great shape with a nice patina to the plating. Includes two mounting studs. Not sure if they are both stock to this bridge. I checked them on my old Gibson and the threads are standard (Imperial) thread. If you have any questions, just ask.
... more
eBay logo
Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975 Natural W / Gold Hardware.  Perfectly Refretted.

Gibson Les Paul Custom 1975 Natural W / Gold Hardware. Perfectly Refretted.

Bradenton, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For Sale 1975 Les Paul Custom. Natural finish
Three piece Maple top, pancake mahogany body, three piece maple neck, gold hardware, six digit serial number. Not a factory second
I do not have the original case. Refretted in 2017. Probably don??t have three hours on it since the fret job. 10 5 lbs USPS scale certified. $6500 OBO. Or Best Offer

The guitar is in storage at the moment, I Believe it??s 100% stock also. No mods ever
... more
eBay logo
1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard Wine Red All ORIGINAL Kalamazoo Made

1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard Wine Red All ORIGINAL Kalamazoo Made

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


Here we have an all original 1975 Gibson Les Paul Standard / Deluxe. Even the frets are original and NIBS are still there! This is FACTORY ROUTED for humbuckers and not some aftermarket job, these are the original re-releases of the standard model. No cracks or structural issues anywhere, pickups and wiring are as they left the factory, T-tops I believe. of course there are some light scuffs and some minor marks but extremely good shape for 48 years old. 99 serial dates this to 1975, pots are ... more
eBay logo
Gibson Les Paul Firebrand 80s

Gibson Les Paul Firebrand 80s

Saint Petersburg, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Brought this one back from the dead polishing and scrubbing. What it lacks in cosmetics it makes up for in playability and sound. Great action , killer sounding pickups, and you dont have to worry about scratching it. It has alot more mojo than a normal studio. Contact us with questions Mad Music St Pete Fl 12- 5 m- sat... more
eBay logo
1928 Gibson L-1 Flat top Acoustic Guitar

1928 Gibson L-1 Flat top Acoustic Guitar

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


1928 Gibson L-1 Flat top, Mahogany body, Beautiful breathysounding instrument, 12 Frets at body, Belly bridge with extra pin, 13 &5 / 8 body width, 24 inch scale, 1 8 inch nut width, Awesome player with a recentneck reset, Very good condition for being nearly 100 years old! OSSC
... more
eBay logo
1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage - EB0 EB 0

1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage - EB0 EB 0

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


1972 Gibson EB-0 Electric Bass with Gigbag - Walnut - Vintage
This is a vintage Gibson EB-0 bass in very good condition and full working order. The Gibson EB-0 was introduced in 1959 and started to gain popularity throughout the 60s and 70s. This model dates back to 1972, the first year Gibson offered the Walnut finish for the EB-0. Upon a close inspection, the back of the neck and body are 2 slightly different finishes. The original finish may have been a Cherry that faded to brown due to ... more
eBay logo
1975 Gibson Banjo RB-250 Rare Pre-war Replica Arch Top Conversion

1975 Gibson Banjo RB-250 Rare Pre-war Replica Arch Top Conversion

Studio City, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1975 Gibson Banjo RB-250 Rare Pre-war Replica Arch Top Conversion
One owner5-ply rock maple rimMetallurgic reproduction of authentic pre-war arch top brass tone ringRailroad spikes at 7th and 9th fretsKeith tunersSampson walnut bridgeAVS case (has broken latch lock )
... more
eBay logo
1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Broken

1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Broken

Salina, Kansas, 674**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Pulled from vintage parts collection Broken top... more
eBay logo
CLEAN 1937 Gibson-Made Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Flat Top Guitar - L-00, Fresh Ne

CLEAN 1937 Gibson-Made Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Flat Top Guitar - L-00, Fresh Ne

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


1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 Gibson-Made Flattop!
Beautiful 1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 that plays and sounds great! Recent neck reset so it's ready to go for years to come! The guitar is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs besides one small hit on the bottom of the guitar. It's quite a nice example that looks to have been played sparingly in its nearly 90 years It's hard to find these as nice as this. Classic old woody tone with great action, straight neck, tons of ... more
eBay logo
MINTY & RARE! 1984 Gibson ES-357 Figured Natural Semi-Hollow w /  3 P90??s + OHSC

MINTY & RARE! 1984 Gibson ES-357 Figured Natural Semi-Hollow w / 3 P90??s + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


MINTY & RARE! 1984 Gibson ES-357 Figured Natural Semi-Hollow w / 3 P90??s + OHSC

Google us! Lovies Guitar Shop
Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 1984 Gibson ES-357 Figured Natural Semi-Hollow w / 3 P90??s! In June of 1984 trucks came to take most of the machines out of Gibson??s historic Kalamazoo, Michigan factory and move them down to Nashville, Tennessee. The End of an Era. Shortly before, in May of ??84, the Gibson Custom Shop completed a batch of six ... more
eBay logo
Gibson B-25 (Wide Nut) 1965 - Sunburst

Gibson B-25 (Wide Nut) 1965 - Sunburst

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


This is a vintage 1965 Gibson B-25 with a Sunburst finish. It has a spruce topped mahogany body, with a dark Rosewood board. It has a wider, 1 11 / 16" nut width with comfortable string spacing. It's in great condition with some light marks here and there. It has a well-sealed top crack and a sealed hairline on its back's upper center seam as well. These were professionally done and are stable. It sounds incredible - super balanced and dynamic, great sustain
It has been professionally setup ... more
eBay logo
1912 The Gibson A-1 Mandolin Pumpkin Finish

1912 The Gibson A-1 Mandolin Pumpkin Finish

Charlotte, North Carolina, 282**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here I have a 1912 The Gibson A-1 Mandolin Pumpkin Finish
I buy, repair and resell musical instruments. I generally receive shipping damaged guitars from the factory or a distributor. I also receive store returns or open box items
This is a mandolin that I have had for some time. The condition is good for being over 100 years old. I do have the mandolin set up to play and the action is good. The sound is so nice. I have had a fair number of these The Gibson mandolins over the years and ... more
eBay logo
Gibson Grabber G3 Electric Bass Guitar with Gig Bag

Gibson Grabber G3 Electric Bass Guitar with Gig Bag

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


Gibson Grabber G3 Electric Bass Guitar with Gig Bag2012Serial Number 123520311
Four StringRight HandedSatin Ebony Black Finish
Solid Maple body with carved double-cutaway shapeGrade-A maple neck with a slim, fast profilePowerful G3 Bass pickups in the neck, middle and bridge positionsThree-point adjustable bass bridgeFour chunky Grover tuners with Shamrock key tunersComes with Gig BagOne OwnerPlease see all pictures as they serve as part of the description and condition... more
eBay logo
1993 Gibson LPB-2 deluxe bass guitar- wine red- good condition.

1993 Gibson LPB-2 deluxe bass guitar- wine red- good condition.

Lincoln Park, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1993 Gibson LPB-2 deluxe bass guitar- wine red- good condition . 1 owner purchased new in 1993. Everything is original. Bartolini pickups. Case is USA original. There are a few bumps and bruises, normal wear and tear for a 30 yr. old. The top pickup holder is cracked. everything works and sounds awesome.... more
eBay logo
LOCAL PICKUP ONLY - 1964 Gibson ES-330TD - Cherry Red W /  Original Case

LOCAL PICKUP ONLY - 1964 Gibson ES-330TD - Cherry Red W / Original Case

Tryon, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA




Please do not pay electronically. Located in Tryon NC 28782.

Up for sale is an incredible 1964 Gibson ES-330TD

Fully hollow body guitar, with P-90 pickups

It was owned by one person since 1977, and has been closet kept, and is in phenomenal condition!

The finish is in great shape, with very minimal checking or wear of any kind.

The original P-90??s have an ... more
eBay logo
Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D Cherry 1966

Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D Cherry 1966

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D Cherry 1966
A dynamite player with an ultra cool, true vintage vibe, finished in classic Cherry. The double single coils sound terrific & deliver rich, shimmering tones. Professionally set up & ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Good, honest play wear, typical of its age - various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some ... more
eBay logo
Vintage 1968 1969 Gibson Deluxe Tuners Double Line Double Ring Les Paul Goldtop

Vintage 1968 1969 Gibson Deluxe Tuners Double Line Double Ring Les Paul Goldtop

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage late 60's / early 70's Gibson "double line double ring" tuner set
This vintage and rare original set of tuners is very clean and correct for your late 1960's Gibson Models include the late 60's Les Paul Standard "Goldtop " , ES-335, ES-175, SG and others!
This is a killer looking set with a great patina
All marked "Gibson Deluxe" in one two lines
A super cool ... more
eBay logo
1981 Gibson Citation

1981 Gibson Citation

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


1981 Gibson Citation Custom, Special ordered, Vanderbilt Rose finish, Hand crafted Top of the line Archtop made in Kalamzoo Michigan, Finest hand selected woods, Gorgeous Heart of Abalone inlays, Comes with matching Flamed wood pickguard & interchangeable Flamed Charcoal Grey Maple electric pickguard with Pearl inlaid ??The Gibson??, Complete with special deluxe Green leather case with fleur-de-lis engraved hardware & special Two tiered case pocket to house second pickguard, Includes a... more
eBay logo
1954 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop, Slender Neck, Joe Bonamassa Owned

1954 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop, Slender Neck, Joe Bonamassa Owned

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


Up for sale, a 1954 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original brown Lifton hardshell case. Unique among its peers, this particular Goldtop has had its original neck reshaped both in terms of depth and nut width, approximating a late '60s carve with a slender, fast feel and 1 9 / 16" nut width. This Les Paul also holds the distinction of once being part of Joe Bonamassa's collection
Featuring all original electronics, ... more
eBay logo
Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-345 TD Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Cherry

Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-345 TD Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Cherry

Pensacola, Florida, 325**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-345 TD Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Cherry
Tested and 100% functional! We ask you to look at our pictures and invite you to contact us with any additional questions
This 1966 Gibson ES-345 TD Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar shows normal cosmetic wear one would expect with a vintage instrument. Very structurally sound and in excellent playing condition! Minor scratches, dings and finish checking can be detected, but it's overall clean! Normal shrinkage of the ... more
eBay logo

Find more Gibson Trini Lopez at

There are 0 comments on this page so far. Add your comment

Comment on this article

Email address
Anti-spam question - to catch web robots
How many legs does a tripod have?


mailing list


Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  YouTube

Other Great Sites

Recent posts on vintage guitar and bass

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

1961 Hofner Colorama I

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

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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

1960 Hofner Colorama II

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

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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

1981 Gibson Marauder

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

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass Rose-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 Zambesi This very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

1963 Vox Super Ace The Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of £47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New Escort The Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin Care Catalog 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 Folk The 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 guitar The 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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional