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Fender advertisement (1971)

Fender. What more need we say

Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazz bass, Fender Mustang bass

just that Fender guitars are played by stars the world over - from big-beat blues to folk music, c&w to acid rock. The greatest guitars in the world
UK Dallas Arbiter (Fender distributor) featuring the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazz bass and Mustang bass

Fender advertisement (1971) Fender. What more need we say

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Vintage Fender Stratocaster Sunburst Early 1980s Series E

Vintage Fender Stratocaster Sunburst Early 1980's Series E

Providence, Rhode Island, 029**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2495

Free eBay listing template designed by dewiso comVintage Fender Stratocaster Sunburst Early 1980's Series E
For sale a vintage Fender Stratocaster from the early 1980s series E that comes in a beautiful sunburst color. The body is solid and it has a 6-string configuration. It comes with a hard case for secure transportation. This professional-level electric guitar is a right-handed model with no personalization options. The brand is Fender and the series is Fender Stratocaster. It was made in... more
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1980 Fender Stratocaster  Electric Guitar  - Rare Maui Blue - Hardtail

1980 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Rare Maui Blue - Hardtail

Billerica, Massachusetts, 018**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2900

Beautiful and ALL ORIGINAL. Have a look at the pics and contact me anytime with any questions. Glad to talk about this near dead mint axe. If want pictures under the hood, let me know.

I bought it in 1995 and besides going over it with a fine tooth comb to make sure it was all original, I played the bejeezus out of it to make sure it had killer sound. It is both.

Plays amazing, sounds amazing, looks amazing, and is made in the USA. Yes, I believe there??s a difference ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster Left-handed Electric Guitar -

Fender American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster Left-handed Electric Guitar -

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1980

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Fender Jazzmaster w / OHSC, All-Original- Blond (1961)

Fender Jazzmaster w / OHSC, All-Original- Blond (1961)

Mansfield, Ohio, 449**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$24900

Metronome Music inspects and test all used gear before listing and again before shipping. Photographs are of the product that will ship and accurately represent condition and appearance.
SERIAL NUMBER: 61459 WEIGHT: 7lbs 9oz Very Good Condition: This guitar is in very good condition overall and shows signs of being played and loved by one previous owner over 62 years. The finish has various marks, scuffs and wear but it mostly in-tact with nice checking. The transparency of the ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1973 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Aged Natural w /  Cas

Fender American Vintage II 1973 Stratocaster Electric Guitar Aged Natural w / Cas

La Plata, Maryland, 206**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1800

Body Material: Ash
Inlays: Dot
Number of Frets: 21
Scale Length: 25 5 inches
Nut Width: 1 65 inches
Neck Material: Maple
Fretboard Material: Round-Laminated Rosewood
Finish / Color: Aged Natural
Bridge Pickup: Pure Vintage '73 Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup: Pure Vintage '73 Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Pure Vintage '73 Single-Coil Strat
Case: Hardshell
Serial #: V12016
Weight: 8 lbs 6 oz
 
Each scale varies in accuracy. The weight of the guitar ... more
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Vintage 1982 Fender Bullet S-2 Made In USA Mustang Tele

Vintage 1982 Fender Bullet S-2 Made In USA Mustang Tele

Lake Elsinore, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$969

Vintage 1982 Fender Bullet S-2 Made In USA Mustang Tele . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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1966 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1966 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst w / Case

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

$8800

Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Jazz Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This Jazz Bass is a soulful example, 100% original save for a professional refret, boasting all the hallmarks of the '66 model year including a bold nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish, a bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlay, and lollipop-button tuners. This bass was purportedly originally owned by Joe Bouchard, co-founder of Blue Oyster Cult, and while ... more
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1950s Fender Telecaster String Ferrule - #1

1950's Fender Telecaster String Ferrule - #1

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

$30

1950's Fender Telecaster String Ferrule #1
Listing 191... more
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1955 Fender Stratocaster See through Blonde

1955 Fender Stratocaster See through Blonde

Encinitas, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$23500

Greetings!!
For sale is an incredible 1955 Fender Stratocaster
Beautiful see through blonde over ash restored by Joe Riggio This guitar is absolutely incredible
It plays effortlessly and the pickups are absolutley phenominal with loads of response and sparkling clarity
At some point different tuners were installed but originals are back on and extra holes fille. An extra string tree hole was also filled
Really REALLY nice neck profile on this one as well
1 volume pot ... more
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1962 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Pre-CBS Offset Guitar Fiesta Red, Slab Board

1962 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Pre-CBS Offset Guitar Fiesta Red, Slab Board

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

$35000

Up for sale, a 1962 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with an era-correct hardshell case. Produced in the first quarter of 1962 and boasting a slab rosewood fretboard, this Jazzmaster features its original "double custom color" finish, with Fiesta Red over a basecoat of Dakota Red. Notably rare even for a Pre-CBS custom color Jazzmaster, the non-matching headstock and tortoise pickguard further differentiate this model from later examples ... more
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Fender Telecaster Thinline - Original 1973 Model - Beautiful Condition

Fender Telecaster Thinline - Original 1973 Model - Beautiful Condition

Jackson, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6350

This beauty from Fender has resided with me for almost 50 years, respectfully cared for and not played nearly enough
This Telecaster is in overall excellent condition.
There are 2 small blemishes as shown in the photos. One on the top of the neck head and a slight split on the pick guard
Two original Humbuckers combine with the semi-hollow body to make a warm, unique sound, or set it really rock and roll too
If you know guitars, you will appreciate the high standing this model ... more
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1985 Fender Boxer Series Jazz Bass Special PJ-535 Vintage PJ Medium Scale, Japan

1985 Fender Boxer Series Jazz Bass Special PJ-535 Vintage PJ Medium Scale, Japan

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

$1550

Up for sale, a 1985 Fender Jazz Bass Special medium scale PJ bass model PJ-535 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An evolution of the bass known simply as the "P-J" in Fender Japan's earliest catalogs, the Jazz Bass Special is part of the Boxer line, produced at the venerable Fujigen factory in Japan
Finished in an aged Snow White, this is the fairly rare Fender Japan bass model, similar in features and tone to the one that Duff McKagan would make famous with... more
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Vintage Fender Telecaster 3 Way Pickup Selector Switch

Vintage Fender Telecaster 3 Way Pickup Selector Switch

Port Charlotte, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$79

This is a Vintage Fender Telecaster 3 Way Guitar Pickup Selector Switch Normal wear Great for restoring back to original Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final No Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks... more
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1967 Fender Telecaster Refin Natural

1967 Fender Telecaster Refin Natural

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

$8000

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original 1971 Fender MUSTANG BASS Competition Red w / MATCHING HEADSTOCK!!!

original 1971 Fender MUSTANG BASS Competition Red w / MATCHING HEADSTOCK!!!

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

$5190


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1971 Fender Mustang Bass in its original Competition Red finish with a matching headstock. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the nut and the added Jazz Bass bridge cover. It is also 100% complete with the exception of the mute pads. The original hardshell case is included and has a broken "repaired" handle. This bass looks great with some nicks + dings finish ... more
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1989 Fender USA 1962 Reissue Stratocaster Single Coil Pickup 5 68K

1989 Fender USA 1962 Reissue Stratocaster Single Coil Pickup 5 68K

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

$46

This listing is for one (1) pickup out of a 1989 '62 reissue Strat. Comes with its stock cover. Reads 5 68K on my cheap meter. Nice long leads, it might have been the neck or middle position. Sold as is.
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1979 FENDER VINTAGE HARDTAIL STRATOCASTER "SUNBURST"

1979' FENDER VINTAGE HARDTAIL STRATOCASTER "SUNBURST"

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

$3195

A Fender Vintage '79Hardtail Stratocaster - 3 Color Sunburst
In 1979, the Fender Stratocaster, clay position dots, a 3-ply mint pickguard. Fewer hardtail versions wereproduced, making them a rare find nowadays A Vintage Custom '79 HardtailStratocaster. If you've been looking for a mint-condition, old-school Stratthis one's for you!
This beauty features a 2-piece select alder body with a Time Capsule finishpackage, giving it the look of a premium Strat fresh from the Fender factory But ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1977 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar - Wine

Fender American Vintage II 1977 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar - Wine

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1899

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1982 Fender Stratocaster American Standard Dan Smith Era

1982 Fender Stratocaster American Standard Dan Smith Era

Beaumont, Texas, 777**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2100

1982 Fender Strat American. Comes with a hard case but not the original. It does show minor signs of wear but overall very good condition
... more
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Fender Telecaster 1978 White  /  Blonde Vintage

Fender Telecaster 1978 White / Blonde Vintage

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4499

Message me first to discuss a deal watch video of this actual guitar, copy and paste link youtube com / watch?v=YgFK3Uytkso&t=5s
This Fender Telecaster was bought and stored by the original owner. Frets and condition are the best I have ever seen from 1978. Picture of the tuner shows made in West Germany which is how to authenticate the tuners from the 70's. Certificate is stamped and dated. Incredible find, museum piece. I'll hang onto it if someone doesn't buy it, these just keep going... 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.