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Selmer advertisement (1968)

Wah Fuzz Wah Fuzz

Selmer Fuzz Wah effects unit

Selmer were one of the many companys selling Wah Wah pedals at the height of their popularity in the late 1960s.
The only pedal which gives you all you need. FUZZ WAH SUSTAIN and combinations of each. All the effects you can possibly want. For guitar or organ.

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Vtg Selmer Signet 1970s  Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Vtg Selmer Signet 1970's Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Titusville, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$250

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Vtg Selmer Signet 1970's Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String Pre-owned condition. Untested. Has not been stored in a case. Shows settled dust. Being sold as is, no returns, sorry. Measures 40" long. Is missing the inside body sticker Has a chip in the wood on the back and on the head The first two frets have black tape on them. Shows some wear on the edges of the body and the head. Pegs have some patina. Signet logo is worn. Strings show some patina. Actually in good ... more
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Signet by Selmer - 6 String Acoustic Guitar w /  hard original case

Signet by Selmer - 6 String Acoustic Guitar w / hard original case

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

$230

For sale vintage Signet 6 string acoustic guitar
Please see all pictures
Recently professionally set up. Sounds great
in good condition cosmetically. hazy discoloration on body, most apparent on sides (please see pics)
Feel free to come in and check it out before purchasing or making offer .
Includes original hard case
No Warranty offered
buy it now or best offer.
- LOCAL PICKUP ONLY -
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Combo by Selmer Acoustic Guitar OM 000

Combo by Selmer Acoustic Guitar OM 000

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150


I am selling a vintage 1974 Combo by Selmer GS-10 acoustic guitar. I have a non-original case for it. Selling "as is " . No returns.... more
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Vintage 1950s - 1960s Goodmans Audiom 70 8 ohm 12" Alnico speaker Vox Selmer

Vintage 1950s - 1960s Goodmans Audiom 70 8 ohm 12" Alnico speaker Vox Selmer

Point Roberts, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$230


Vintage late 50's early 60's Goodmans Audiom 70 12" 8 ohm speaker.
Shipping calculator is not always accurate for overseas or non USA locations. Please email for exact quote
You are bidding on a very hard to find very clean Goodmans Audiom 70 8 ohm 12" 20 watt guitar speaker.
These were used in Vox and selmer amps as well as some Hifi speakers of the time.
Speaker is 8 ohm and is rated at approx 20 watts.
The speaker has the original cone which is in great condition ... more
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Shelley Park Selmer Style guitar with case and bigtone pickup

Shelley Park Selmer Style guitar with case and bigtone pickup

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

$3500

Made in September of 2002 with bigtone pickup under the saddle ported to a 1 / 4" jack at the endpin. Includes a firm fitting trim hard shell case The fret marker is European style on the 10th fret Excellent condition and plays exceptionally well From her website:Late Period Selmer Style DesignSmall Oval Soundhole670mm Scale Length14 fret Neck Join (14 frets clear of body, 21 frets total)The design of the Modèle Encore is based on the later models produced by the Selmer Company of France ... more
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Gitane D-500 Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar

Gitane D-500 Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar

Dobbs Ferry, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

Saga Musical Instruments: Gitane D-500
Saga??s re-introduction of the classic Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar
The guitar features a very flat and comfortable neck carve with a relief cut in the body so you can reach the 24th fret on the extended ebony fretboard. The unique "D" shape sound hole gives the guitar an incredibly bright and loud sound that anyone playing it is sure to smile about
The technical specs of the Gitane D-500 are:
Back and Side Material: Indian ... more
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1969 Selmer Treble N Bass 50 Reverb Valve Guitar Amplifier Head

1969 Selmer Treble N Bass 50 Reverb Valve Guitar Amplifier Head

London, SW6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£900

1969 Selmer Treble N Bass 50 Reverb Valve Guitar Amplifier Head
Here we have a great and rare amplifier - Last year of Treble N' Bass 50 Reverb
before going to silver face. These amps do sound incredible.
2x EL34 valves and the preamp valves are ECC83.
This amp has just been fully serviced by Jon Dickinson of
Dickinson Amplification in London. The ECC83s have just been changed
as well as a pot and a couple of resistors. In very good overall condition.
It is however ... more
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AMPLIFICADOR SELMER TUNDERVIR 50-MK II AÑO 1969

AMPLIFICADOR SELMER TUNDERVIR 50-MK II AÑO 1969

ERREZIL, 20***, SPAIN

€3275

Amplificador Selmer Tundervir 50 MK II. Año 1969. Nº 34407. Excelente estado de uso y conservación, con dos canales y efecto rever y Con funda plastificada color negro en perfecto estado. Con sujeción abatible con cuatro ruedas, dos de ellas con freno. 50 W de válvulas, sonido limpio y cristalino con un volumen impresionante. Cuando se calientan el amplificador es espectacular el sonido y tintineo de las notas y armónicos. Un amplificador único con un sonido único. Con unos buenos ... more
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Vintage 1960s 1962 1963 Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 Fifty Valve Amplifier Head

Vintage 1960s 1962 1963 Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 Fifty Valve Amplifier Head

Derby, DE7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1495

Vintage 1960s 1962 1963 Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 Fifty Valve Amplifier Head
I was recently contacted by the long-term owner of this incredible amplifier, a true rarity indeed. It's not often you find an original 'crocodile period' Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 head. I've not had one of these in for many years, and I forgot how good they were! This one is in wonderful original condition, including the majority original valves inside including a Mazda GZ34, 2x Mullard XF2 EL34, and a ... more
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Vintage 1960s Selmer Treble N Bass 50 MKII Valve Amplifier *Ex. Robbie McIntosh*

Vintage 1960s Selmer Treble N Bass 50 MKII Valve Amplifier *Ex. Robbie McIntosh*

Derby, DE7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1295

Vintage 1960s Selmer Treble N Bass 50 MKII Valve Amplifier *Ex. Robbie McIntosh
This is a truly incredible opportunity to own a piece of rock n' roll history. Through a good friend of mine, I was able to purchase this very amplifier off of Robbie McIntosh (ex. The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, John Mayer, the list can go on ). He's owned it for many years and it's featured on many of his projects over the decades. The amplifier itself is a 1966 MKIII Treble N Bass, placed inside a ... more
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1967 Selmer  /  Hofner J45 style Acoustic Guitar and Case.

1967 Selmer / Hofner J45 style Acoustic Guitar and Case.

Felixstowe, IP11***, UNITED KINGDOM

£650

1967 ?Arizona?? guitar, made by Hofner in West Germany for Selmer. There??s varnish checking, but no structural issues with the wood at all. No cracks, no splits, no separation. Back and sides are laminate, and I think the top is too, but I??m not 100% on that. The top is a thing of beauty in any case, with a sunburst that??s better executed than the one on an Atkin forty three I once owned, which cost five times as much. The body is X-braced. I??ve been buying and selling acoustic guitars for ... more
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Vintage 1960s Selmer 100 1x18 1x12 Pinstripe Amplifier Speaker Cabinet *Custom*

Vintage 1960s Selmer 100 1x18 1x12 Pinstripe Amplifier Speaker Cabinet *Custom*

Derby, DE7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£795

Vintage 1960s Selmer 100 1x18 1x12 Pinstripe Amplifier Speaker Cabinet *Custom
It is with my greatest excitement I am posting this for sale. I purchased this off of the family of the original owner from new, who had recently passed away. He had purchased this brand new and custom ordered it as a cabinet that would fit his preferences. Basically, it is a 1960s Selmer 100w cabinet, which is usually a 1x18 cabinet, but this one has an extra unseen 1x12 speaker which makes this super rare! The ... more
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Selmer PA 100 MK II Amp / Bassamp Head, incl. 4x10" Selmer Cabinet, BJ 1967-69

Selmer PA 100 MK II Amp / Bassamp Head, incl. 4x10" Selmer Cabinet, BJ 1967-69

Nordkirchen, 59***, GERMANY

€690

Selmer PA 100 MK II Amplifier Head, Serien-Nr. 59874. ?? The Black / Silver Period (1967-69). Serien-Nr. 59874
Gitarren- / Bass-Topteil mit Original Selmer 4x10 " -Cab und Original-Selmer-Schutzhaube für die Box
Funktioniert super, sieht gut aus, siehe Fotos. Ist fast so alt wie ich und seit 1982 bei mir. Nun ist er mir zu schwer geworden
4 Kanäle in separaten Eingängen getrennt regelbar in Bass, Treble und Volume, optional umschaltbar mit Kanalwahlschalter, oder halt mit bis zu 4... more
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Vintage 1960s Selmer Little Giant 1x8 The Black Period Valve Amplifier Combo

Vintage 1960s Selmer Little Giant 1x8 'The Black Period' Valve Amplifier Combo

Derby, DE7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£895

Vintage 1960s Selmer Little Giant 1x8 'The Black Period' Valve Amplifier Combo
I recently spent an hour with the original owner of this beautiful amplifier (pictured) - one of the last Little Giant's ever made! The owner had had this since new in the 1960s, and it had been in the back of a cupboard for 3 decades, completely unused. It was his wife who found it and contacted me! This is arguably one of the most iconic Selmer amplifiers out there, and they do exactly what they say on the tin! ... more
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Jean-Pierre Favino ?? original Gypsy Django guitar 1983  /  Selmer Maccaferri

Jean-Pierre Favino ?? original Gypsy Django guitar 1983 / Selmer Maccaferri

Salzburg, 5***, AUSTRIA

€9800

Jean-Pierre Favino ?? ultra rare original Gypsy / Django style guitar from 1983
Gypsyguitars from the famous Favino family's workshop at Paris are next to Selmer guitars or those by B. Busato the most sought after (and most expensive) instruments in the field of Gypsyswing. From 1945 on Jacques Favino has learned his mastery in guitar making in the workshop of B. Busato. His son Jean-Pierre began to work on Selmer style guitars in 1973, together with his father and uncle, but also made ... more
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Vintage 1960s Selmer Truvoice Blue Grey Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo

Vintage 1960s Selmer Truvoice Blue Grey Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£695

Vintage 1960s Selmer Truvoice Blue Grey Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo
This is a stupidly cool 1960s Selmer Little Giant - arguably one of the most iconic Selmer amplifiers out there. This is one of the early 1960s versions, that was made with the 'Truvoice' logo from the blue / grey period. The original speaker has been replaced for an RS elliptical speaker which sounds awesome and makes this one sound even more weird and wonderful than it already is! That comes alongside the 3x original... more
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Selmer Mercury 5 Croc Skin 1963

Selmer Mercury 5 Croc Skin 1963

Kenilworth, CV8***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1000

1963 Selmer Mercury 5. I??ve owned this amp for 16 years and has just been used for bedroom recording / playing during that time. Originally a 5 watt amp, this has been modified at some point to be 15 watts. Amp is in perfect working order. Includes foot switch
... more
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selmer esquire archtop 1938 Prototype art deco unique museum masterpiece

selmer esquire archtop 1938 Prototype art deco unique museum masterpiece

Brescia, 25***, ITALY

€15500

A unique museum masterpiece pre war selmer esquire prototype art deco, in exceptional conditions, . full of mother of pearl and abalone hand made cut inlays from headstock with a tuba hat ,the dog, the walking stick, and the pipe, to the neck, to the ebony scratchplate to the S Holes to the binding and the neck heel, beautiful maple flamed back and sides and neck with patterns, with other woods such as ebony, teak and african mahogany ,real brass original tuning keys that do keep in tune ... more
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Selmer Zodiac Twin 50 Mk II 1968 Verstärker  /  Amplifier

Selmer Zodiac Twin 50 Mk II 1968 Verstärker / Amplifier

Karlsruhe, 76***, GERMANY

€2690

Der Verstärker ist in einem sehr gutenZustand, klingt hervorragend und verfügt immer noch über die originalenCelestion-Lautsprecher sowie englischem Stecker mit deutschem Adapter und Softcase
Fast vollständig im Originalzustand bis auf
- zwei neue Tungsol-EL34-Leistungsröhren
- Ein / Aus Kippschalter wurde 2018 vonMusiker-Werkstatt Walldorf ersetzt
und dort auch 2018 komplett durchgecheckt (Rechnung vorhanden)
- nur Abholung in Karlsruhe

The amplifier is in very ... more
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Selmer TV12 Vintage Valve Guitar Amp

Selmer TV12 Vintage Valve Guitar Amp

Horley, RH6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£895

Selmer TV12 / T


Great condition, fully serviced. Has had electrolytic capacitors professionally replaced and is sounding excellent!

If you??re not familiar with this beautiful little British amp, it produces around 12 watts from a pair of 6AQ5 valves in the power section and two ECC83??s in the preamp, one covering tremolo duties. The tremolo is thick and juicy and goes nice and slow and is also footswitchable with the included original footswitch. An EZ80 is used ... 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.