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Laney advertisement (1971)

The Most Stimulating Simulator in the Business

Laney Amplifiers

Any standard 100 watt stack or PA can be increased in power in steps of 100 watts by simple addition of LS100BL or LS100PA power simulators together with the appropriate speakers.
Tony Iomi of Black Sabbath required two power simulators to assist is 100 watt Laney amplifier to give the extra power to penetrate audiences of up to 20000 people on Black Sabbaths recent tour of America. Geezer Butler uses one power simulator and Ozzie Osbourne, Black Sabbaths Dynamic vocalist uses nine


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    Rare Vintage LANEY-AOR 30R Series II  ~  30 Watt Combo Amplifier  ~  Made In England

    Rare Vintage LANEY-AOR 30R Series II ~ 30 Watt Combo Amplifier ~ Made In England

    Santa Ana, California, 927**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Rare Vintage LANEY-AOR 30R Series II ~ 30 Watt Combo Amplifier ~ Made In England

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    Laney BC50 Bass Amp 50 Watt Vintage 1990s Amplifier

    Laney BC50 Bass Amp 50 Watt Vintage 1990's Amplifier

    Wilton, New Hampshire, 030**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    BC50 Bass Amp
    Vintage 1990's Amplifier
    50 Watt
    4 Ohm
    2 inputs: passive, high gain, high impedance input and active, low gain, low imp. input
    Bass and treble EQ at 80 Hz and 5 kHz
    Speaker: 15'' HH Invader
    Dimensions: H 54cm x W 49cm x D 31cm
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    Laney AOR Pro Tube 50 watt Head - 1985 - Vintage Made in England - Great Shape

    Laney AOR Pro Tube 50 watt Head - 1985 - Vintage Made in England - Great Shape

    North Little Rock, Arkansas, 721**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Up for grabs is my Laney AOR Pro Tube 50 watt head. 1985 year
    This head is in great shape. No issues. Has all the original knobs
    This is the eight knob version. All push pull knobs work with no problems
    This is a fantastic sounding amp. It??s loud and lots of low end
    I played a lot of doom on this but also a lot of 80s metal too
    Only reason I??m selling it is I also have a 6 knob head, and I just do not need two anymore. I??m slowly slimming down my gear
    If you have any ... more
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    Vintage Laney Linebacker 50 1x12 SS Combo Amp w / cover - All Working -EX

    Vintage Laney Linebacker 50 1x12 SS Combo Amp w / cover - All Working -EX

    New Orleans, Louisiana, 701**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage 1980??s Laney Linebacker 50 - 1x12 50watt SS Combo amp w / nylon dust cover. All working -EX condition
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    Laney Electric Guitar Mini Amplifier, Black (LX10 BK)

    Laney Electric Guitar Mini Amplifier, Black (LX10 BK)

    Somerset, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    1970 Laney Sound Supergroup Series Mk1 Reverberation Unit

    1970 Laney Sound Supergroup Series Mk1 Reverberation Unit

    London, SW11***, UNITED KINGDOM


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    Vintage Laney K30 Black 250-Volt 13-Amp Built-in Speaker Guitar Reverb Amplifier

    Vintage Laney K30 Black 250-Volt 13-Amp Built-in Speaker Guitar Reverb Amplifier

    Stafford, ST18***, UNITED KINGDOM


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    Vintage 90s Laney BC30 Bass Guitar Combo Amp Amplifier 30W SERVICED*

    Vintage 90's Laney BC30 Bass Guitar Combo Amp Amplifier 30W SERVICED*

    Strathaven, ML10***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage 90's Laney BC30 Bass Guitar Combo Amp Amplifier 30W SERVICED*
    At the time of listing all buttons / switches sockets and dials (pots) have been serviced with contact cleaner to ensure smooth and accurate operation along with removing any unwanted crackling / static when adjusting the controls. The unit has been fully function tested and is working perfectly
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    Vintage Laney MIGHTY EIGHT Guitar amplifier *RARE

    Vintage Laney MIGHTY EIGHT Guitar amplifier *RARE

    Market Harborough, UNITED KINGDOM


    *POWERFUL punchy little amp with awesome vintage sound & plenty of volume, this is quite a rare amp now. *VERY clean for age (see photos) *NOTE: small red plastic cap missing from top of volume control knob (doesn't affect anything). *PLEASE NOTE: I am not a grading expert so please study photos carefully to make your own assessment of condition. Thank you. *NO RETURNS accepted on this item or refunds so please check photos carefully & ensure this item is exactly what you want
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    Laney TF300 Guitar Amp Amplifier. Made In England Stored For Years. Vintage 1982

    Laney TF300 Guitar Amp Amplifier. Made In England Stored For Years. Vintage 1982

    Wellingborough, NN9***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Stored for probably 20 years in the hope that my son would use it. Tested April 2024 works fabulously   A vintage Made in England piece, 1982 manufacturers test label
    Clean and tidy no cobwebs
    Mains lead included
    One scuff as pictured, otherwise is in very good order indeed
    Please only pay once you have been and seen it
    Collection from Raunds Northants
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    Vintage 1960s Laney Sound Supergroup Series MK1 Session 50w Valve Amplifier Head

    Vintage 1960s Laney Sound Supergroup Series MK1 Session 50w Valve Amplifier Head

    Derby, DE7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage 1960s Laney Sound Supergroup Series MK1 Session 50w Valve Amplifier Head
    A very special piece of history right here. I got this beauty from Europe where it had been for a few decades. It's been well used since being made in 1969, and shows Laney's use of wonderful Partridge transformers. This is only the third 50w I've had come through the store, and this has blown all the other Supergroup's out the water! This particular one has had the mains transformer changed in the past, as you ... more
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    Vintage Laney Concept CR-150 Amp Head 150watt Amp with 5 Channel Mix With FX

    Vintage Laney Concept CR-150 Amp Head 150watt Amp with 5 Channel Mix With FX

    Stockton-on-Tees, TS18***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Good Condition some gaffa tape on carry handle but apart from that it's all good, vintage 5 Channel mixer amp with effects ready to use.
    Collection Welcome
    £9 99 p&p
    Get ready to rock with this vintage Laney Concept CR-150 Amp Head. This powerful 150-watt amplifier is perfect for musicians who want to take their performance to the next level. With its 5-channel mix and FX capabilities, this amp head gives you all the options you need to create the sound you want ... more
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    Vintage 1970 / 71 Laney Sound LC16 Tremolo Amplifier original Celestion Greenback

    Vintage 1970 / 71 Laney Sound LC16 Tremolo Amplifier original Celestion Greenback

    Coventry, CV5***, UNITED KINGDOM


    This listing is for a rare Laney LC16 Amplifier complete with it??s original 12?? Celestion Greenback speaker
    This is the ?little brother?? to the LC50 Supergroup
    Apart from one tiny tear in vinyl on side (see last pic), this amp is in superb unmarked condition throughout and perfect working order
    Has just been professionally serviced and tested including all pots cleaned
    Now 50+ years old, I doubt there is a better one left in existence
    Speaker is a Celestion Greenback T1385... more
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    Set of 4x Vintage 1971 REVVO Castors  /  wheels 1970s Soundcity - Laney - HH

    Set of 4x Vintage 1971 REVVO Castors / wheels 1970's Soundcity - Laney - HH

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Set of 4 revvo castors from 1971
    These have rectangular mounting plates and were used by Laney, HH, Soundcity and Summit among others
    These have been used, so show signs of use, however they are fully functional(all the wheels turn) and the rubber wheels are in pretty good condition, the usual chips / dents / honest wear
    Sale includes some modern mounting screws
    Buy them before I stick them on a cab and they are lost to the amp cave .
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    Unique Vintage-Looking Laney VC15 1x10 All Valve Tube Electric Guitar Amplifier

    Unique Vintage-Looking Laney VC15 1x10 All Valve Tube Electric Guitar Amplifier

    Kidderminster, DY11***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Unique looking Laney VC15 110 Valve Amp. There is no other amp that looks like this. Custom Grill and Badge, aged / vintage look.
    Amp is fantastic, clear and defined but can be pushed into valve distortion heaven easily.
    Closest replica to a Vox AC-15 but with a more smooth / rounded / neutral sound in my opinion.
    This is a lovely amp for its size and is very light to lug around. Excellent studio amp and I also used it in a small 3-piece with a cajon player, it could hold its own. ... more
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    Vintage 1968 Laney Sound Pre Supergroup 70w PA Valve Guitar Amplifier EL34 1960s

    Vintage 1968 Laney Sound Pre Supergroup 70w PA Valve Guitar Amplifier EL34 1960s

    Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage 1968 Laney Sound Pre Supergroup 70w PA Valve Guitar Amplifier EL34 1960s
    A very special piece of history right here. These 70w Laney amplifiers were most likely built in Laney??s garage, and predate the well known 60w amplifiers. The transformers are all original, and look like Laney was experimenting with a few different ones. This one is in brilliant condition as you can see, with only a few light scuffs and scrapes. The three original transformers come alongside a pair of new ... more
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    80s LANEY BASS AMP G 150 - made in UK

    80's LANEY BASS AMP G 150 - made in UK



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    valve head  /  combo  /  cabinet Strap handle 1970??s Chrome - Park - Laney - Wem

    valve head / combo / cabinet Strap handle 1970??s Chrome - Park - Laney - Wem

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Vintage early seventies strap handle
    Made in west Germany, slightly different design to the normal strap handle that all the usual suspect used
    The usual wear it is however fully functional
    I have seen these used on WEM copicats, Park heads and also on some CMI(Marshall) stuff
    What you see in the photos is what you get - if you need any dimensions just ask!... more
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    Vintage Early 1970s Laney supergroup Rubber amplifier feet

    Vintage Early 1970s Laney supergroup Rubber amplifier feet

    London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    vintage early 1970's Laney spec rubber amplifier feet
    These are from 1971 and are fully functional 1-1 / 2" diameter
    The listing includes the mounting screws
    Perfect if your vintage head or cab is missing its feet
    These we used by a log of different manufacturers back in the day, Vox, Carlsbro Matamp etc etc
    Anything else just ask... more
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    Vintage Bell Music Guitar Amplifier catalogue Selmer Marshall Laney WEM Simms 73

    Vintage Bell Music Guitar Amplifier catalogue Selmer Marshall Laney WEM Simms 73

    Birmingham, West Midlands, B25***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Up for sale is a Bells Guitar Catalogue from the 70s ( I think) .
    Great insight into the past with various brands , prices of instruments of the time .
    Various brands including Hofner , Wilson and loads more .
    Complete and in very good condition for its age , has a slight patch missing from the cover
    Selling a few other Bell catalogues from my collection so please checkout my other listings .
    Very good condition for its age and complete but the centre page has come... 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.