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    Vintage 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty! All Original & Clean W / OHSC!

    Vintage 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty! All Original & Clean W / OHSC!

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $60000

    Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom. This guitar is all original with the pictured dings and checking being the most significant signs of wear. This is an exquisite example. The pictured original hardshell case is included. As pictured.

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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 175D Natual Electric Guitar 1 of 37 Cleanest one ever

    1959 Gibson ES 175D Natual Electric Guitar 1 of 37 Cleanest one ever

    Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $37799

    1959 Gibson ES 175D Natural Holy Grail PAF??s Gibson hang tag (shown in pic). This one is the cleanest one I ever saw and judging by the two for sale on now by reputable dealers both asking about $40, 000 for a ??good condition?? one not nearly as clean or all original or barely played at all like this one. This is one of 37 natural ES175D sold in 1959
    Yes, the ??other?? Holy Grail 1959 Gibson in this condition is about $500, 000 00 now and climbing.
    SHIPPING CHARGES INCLUDE INSURANCE ... more
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    1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

    1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

    Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $31900


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    Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1961 Gibson Les Paul (SG) Custom in its original White finish with gold hardware and a factory sideways Vibrola. It has a great playing neck with very worn frets, but still playable. It's all original with the exception of one volume knob. It's also 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. This original Les Paul Custom looks great with lots of minor nicks + dings (most have been touched-up with white... more
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    Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

    Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC

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

    $30000

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    Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / Original Case PAFs Sideways Vibrola
    Hey now! You're looking at one of the most iconic guitars ever made This is a vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG electric guitar, in Cherry Red It weighs 6 lbs 11 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 67" nutA very well kept example - original case, and PAFs This is the legendary guitar that so many guitar ... more
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    1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard MAX 59 Burst Conversion Vintage Guitar w /

    1952 Gibson Les Paul Standard MAX '59 Burst Conversion Vintage Guitar w /

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

    $30000

    Up for sale, a 1952 Les Paul Standard MAX '59 Burst Conversion in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The name Peter "Max" Baranet reigns supreme in many Burst circles, revered for crafting a limited number of the world's finest replicas for players including Slash, Tom Petty, Eddie Van Halen, Zakk Wylde, Jeff Beck, and dozens of additional truly legendary names responsible for shaping the last four decades of popular music
    And while the Peter Baranet's Burst replicas are in a ... more
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    1958 gibson double cut les paul jr T V. Yellow

    1958 gibson double cut les paul jr T V. Yellow

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

    $29000

    These guitars are magical. The p90 is the best one I ever heard. Frets are original and still payable but if your going to tour with this I would refrett. Original tuning keys in great shape and with the guitar and original alligator case. These guitars are becoming hard to find as most pro's don't sell them. All parts are original and the pots sound incredible when working volume and tone with pedals... more
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    Vintage 1961 Gibson ES345 W /  2 PAFs Bigsby & Original Hardshell Case! Clean!!

    Vintage 1961 Gibson ES345 W / 2 PAFs Bigsby & Original Hardshell Case! Clean!!

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $28000

    Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1961 Gibson ES345. This guitar is super resonant, an absolute joy to play, and sounds incredible through any decent tube amp. This spectacular example is in very good condition with the pictured small scuffs, scratches, and pictured imperfection on the back of the neck being the most significant signs of wear. The pictured original hardshell case is included. As pictured.

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    1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Electric Guitar

    1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Electric Guitar

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

    $26500

    1964 GibsonES-335, Cherry Red with block inlays, This one was custom order with a vibrolaand never had any other bridge installed, Two Humbuckers with Nickel covers, Nickel ABR-1, Single line Kluson tuners, 1 65 inches wide at the nut, Nicelyset up, Looks and sounds great! EC+, Clean original hard case.... more
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    Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w /  original hardshell case

    Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w / original hardshell case

    West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $21965

    vintage 1965 Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola
    Comes with original case
    In good playing condition- Setup for optimal playability with new strings Daddario EXL110 10-46 (9 / 19 / 23)
    Specs:
    - Pickups: 7 69K (N), 7 84K (B)
    Guitar weighs 7lb 2oz
    Back of neck possibly refinished or at least clear coated
    Rest of instrument black lights properly. Neck appears to have slight separation from body. .no evidence of repair and plays perfectly
    Original Pickups: Black decal "PATENT ... more
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    1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard vintage guitar

    1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard vintage guitar

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

    $21500

    1963 Gibson SG Les Paul Standard, Cherry Red, Sideways Vibrola, Two mighty soundingearly patent sticker humbuckers which are virtually the same as PAF??s, Fastplaying neck, Resonant sounding acoustically, Super cool, VG+, Nice Original hardcase... more
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    1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Vintage Guitar w /  Pat # T Tops, Tags

    1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Vintage Guitar w / Pat # T Tops, Tags

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

    $20000

    Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Produced early in '69 (with pot codes from late '68), this Custom is extremely responsive, offering bold muscle and dynamic cut when played acoustically, weighing 10lbs 1oz
    The guitar retains the original pair of patent sticker T Top humbuckers and delivers plenty of detail, treble cut, and roaring, punchy low end. All three pickup positions ... more
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    1940 Gibson L-5 - Originally Owned by Al Valenti

    1940 Gibson L-5 - Originally Owned by Al Valenti

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

    $19999

    This 1940 L-5 was owned by Al Valenti. Valenti was a professional guitarist for nearly his entire life, gigging for around 80 years! In the 1930s he was reknown as a virtuoso and was the first endorser of D'Angelico guitars. Following his death in the 2010s his family sold off some of his guitars. I purchased this guitar at that time in 2017 to add to my personal collection. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Valenti's nephew
    This guitar was one of several ... more
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    Vintage 1957 Gibson ES-295 GOLD Hollow Archtop Electric BYRDLAND Guitar & Case

    Vintage 1957 Gibson ES-295 GOLD Hollow Archtop Electric BYRDLAND Guitar & Case

    Boaz, Alabama, 359**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $19879

    This is an original 1957 Gibson es-295 GOLD BYRDLAND.
    It's a true gem for any musician or collector. With a beautiful hollow archtop body made of maple and finished in a classic gold color, this guitar is a stunning piece of musical history. The 6-string instrument was crafted in the United States in 1957 and has since become a sought-after piece
    These are rare guitars and were very well crafted
    See the pictures for the overall condition of this guitar. It does have some nicks, ... more
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    Exquisitely Rare Lefty Left-Handed 1968 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Cherry Red

    Exquisitely Rare 'Lefty' Left-Handed 1968 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Cherry Red

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

    $19675

    Introducing one of the rarest, nearly impossible to find, legendary pieces of Music History
    An Authentic, originally built, "Left-Handed" 1968 Gibson SG Standard. This is NOT a 'reissued' instrument
    There are many 'reissued' knock-off guitars made all over the world by machines. They have very little value and will not go up in value as any true collector's piece should. Here on eBay, you will see names that can confuse someone seeking to purchase a genuine collector's piece.
    The... more
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    1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w /  Pat # T-Tops, Case

    1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w / Pat # T-Tops, Case

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

    $17500

    Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson SG Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This extremely well-kept SG features a gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish, the original trio of Pat # T Top humbuckers, and a long frame Maestro Vibrola. This particular instrument comes from the personal collection of Slipknot??s Jim Root, aka #4
    The tonewood complement comprises solid mahogany neck and body construction, offering a rich ... more
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    Vintage 1969 Gibson L-5CES - "Two Tone" - Rare Blonde with Dark Back and Sides"

    Vintage 1969 Gibson L-5CES - "Two Tone" - Rare Blonde with Dark Back and Sides"

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

    $16995

    Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
    A fantastic
    Vintage 1969 Gibson L-5CESN (in super rare "two tone" blonde finish with walnut stained sides and back!
    We are incredibly proud to bring this very rare L-5 to market - A remarkable find, this spectacular L-5CES is factory finished with a natural blonde soundboard and walnut stained curly maple back and sides, the rarest combination ever offered on this legendary model. Gibson records show only 55 L-5CESN ... more
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    1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard with Sideways Vibrola

    1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard with Sideways Vibrola

    Ojai, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $15500

    pppspanVintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG in original cherry finish with Sideways Vibrola, one-piece Honduran Mahogany body / neck, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays, and 60s slim neck profile make this a player??s dream.
    The original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups were replaced with the nearly identical, 60s "Patent Number" T-Top pickups which sound incredible. The pickups have ??patent number?? stickers and L-tooling marks on the feet??all characteristic features of ... more
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    Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1973 USA

    Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1973 USA

    Pasadena, California, 911**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $15000

    Vintage 1973 Les Paul Custom made in the USA.
    Mahogany Neck, Fretless Wonder Frets, Witch Hat Amp Knobs, Waffle Back Tuners.
    Original frets show no indentations or grooves.
    The neck is straight as it should be and the truss rod works perfectly. Action is low and easy to play.
    The pickups are strong and full sounding. Sustain is huge!
    The electronics are 100% original.
    A very clean example. Only slight clouding to the top coat as Gibsons often get with age. Some gold has ... more
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    Gibson L5 vintage arch top acoustic electric guitar made in USA 1946 with case

    Gibson L5 vintage arch top acoustic electric guitar made in USA 1946 with case

    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $14850

    Gibson L5 vintage arch top acoustic electric guitar made in USA 1946 in very good condition for its age with original hard case with added Gibson Johnny smith pickup

    On consignment at our shop in Portland just in time for the holidays, owned previously by cowboy Joe ( musician and singer on the east coast ) who passed away in the 1970s ,
    great vintage instrument with added vintage pickup and non-original pick guard , great investment piece and collectors item for your loved one ,... 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

    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 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

    1963 Vox Super AceThe 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 EscortThe 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 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.