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Selmer advertisement (1971)

Top Groups Like McGuiness Flint Choose Selmer Every Time

Selmer Compact 30 RSV amplifier, Selmer Compact 50 RSV amplifier

British advertisement for UK amplifier manufacturer Selmer, featuring two newer models: the Compact 50 RSV and Compact 30 SV. McGuiness Flint had had some chart success in the UK in late 1970/early 1971.

You're in on the big time when you chose Selmer amplification equipment. Fabulous sound. All the power you need. Enough to knock the roof off any concert stadium.


    Selmer advertisement (1971) Top Groups Like McGuiness Flint Choose Selmer Every Time

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    Vintage Selmer Thunderbird 50 MKII 1965 - LOCAL PICKUP ONLY - Sounds Amazing

    Vintage Selmer Thunderbird 50 MKII 1965 - LOCAL PICKUP ONLY - Sounds Amazing

    Denville, New Jersey, 078**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Cleaned up and repaired! Sounds amazing! Just put a $1000 to get it back in amazing working order. I listed the repair list in the pictures. Please take a look and ask me any questions! Thanks!
    It really sounds great and I would love to see it go to a good home.
    This vintage Selmer Thunderbird 50 MKII guitar amplifier is a true gem for any musician. With its classic design and powerful sound, it's a must-have for any guitar enthusiast. This amp is perfect for those who want to achieve ... more
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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


    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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    Gualala, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a beautiful vintage Selmer Signet GF-102 dreadnought guitar from the 1970s, made in Japan. It comes with a sturdy TKL case for safe storage and transportation. The guitar has a warm and rich tone, perfect for any acoustic music enthusiast.
    The body type is dreadnought and it belongs to the vintage musical instruments category. The guitar series is vintage and it was manufactured in Japan. It is an acoustic guitar and falls under the category of vintage guitars and basses. The exact ... 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


    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.
    ... more
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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


    You are bidding on:
    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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    Selmer Acoustic Folk Size 812

    Selmer Acoustic Folk Size 812

    Exeter, EX1***, UNITED KINGDOM


    This lovely Saxon 812 from the early 1970s has a lovely sound aged over 50yrs
    So loud when strummed and clear highs and bass response when picked
    It's in good condition for its age Albeit a small dent on the lower bout of the body and the usual playing related marks but that does not distract from the guitars playing .
    You can find quite a bit of info on Google as there's a diehard following of early Japanese guitars this one is based on the Martin OM style .
    I'm selling because of... more
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    Paul Beuscher Selmer Style 1970s Gypsy Jazz  Made In Japan

    Paul Beuscher Selmer Style 1970's Gypsy Jazz Made In Japan

    Southampton, SO31***, UNITED KINGDOM


    A vintage French 'Selmer Style' Gypsy Jazz guitar made in Japan, 1970's.
    Excellent original un-modified condition, appears very lightly played in its lifetime.
    Includes a hardcase.
    Collection only from Southampton area
    ... more
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    Vintage Selmer PA 100 / 4  S V. Refurbished Amplifier Head

    Vintage Selmer PA 100 / 4 S V. Refurbished Amplifier Head

    Guildford, GU4***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Refurbished by Surrey Audio Works, including new capacitors and full testing of all components (test results available)
    Includes manufacturer's instruction leaflet (L245) with wiring schematic
    I also have a pair of compatible 1970 Laney TE200 PA speakers (100 watt, 8 ohms) and cables. Free of charge if required
    Collection preferred but courier could be arranged in discussion with purchaser.... more
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    Selmer Treble and Bass 50 amplifier head made in UK 1960s

    Selmer Treble and Bass 50 amplifier head made in UK 1960s



    Selmer Treble N Bass 50 Mk III amplifier
    ??67 ?? ??69 black / Silver amps period
    full service
    original leather handle
    Selmer Treble n Bass vintage 50w 2 channel Head - All Valve.
    Great sounding amp from the 60??s .
    All Hand wired
    Recently serviced - new Marshall tubes
    Great amp, great ... more
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    Selmer Treble and Bass 50 Mk III amplifier  made in UK 1960s

    Selmer Treble and Bass 50 Mk III amplifier made in UK 1960s



    Selmer Treble N Bass 50 Mk III amplifier
    ??67 ?? ??69 black / Silver amps period
    full service
    original leather handle
    Selmer Treble n Bass vintage 50w 2 channel Head - All Valve.
    Great sounding amp from the 60??s .
    All Hand wired
    Recently serviced - new Marshall tubes
    Great amp, great ... more
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    1939 Selmer De Luxe Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar + Original Amp in Case

    1939 Selmer De Luxe Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar + Original Amp in Case

    Nottingham, NG1***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Selmer De Luxe model lap steel guitar, dating from 1939
    After much research and little luck, I finally found this very model while browsing the 1939 Selmer catalogue - the De Luxe, pitched as a self-contained lap steel solution including a case-loaded, fully functional valve amp. The 1939 catalogue lists this as the most expensive model available at the time, priced at £27 (about £1500 in today's money, adjusted for inflation)
    Fully renovated by Coopersonic (Nottingham), who ... more
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    Original Hofner 1963 violin 500 / 1 bass guitar McCartney Beatles with Selmer Case

    Original Hofner 1963 violin 500 / 1 bass guitar McCartney Beatles with Selmer Case

    London, SM4***, UNITED KINGDOM


    A very rare and very early original 1963 Hofner 500 / 1 violin bass.
    Now this too is a real treasure!.
    Complete with all original Hofner parts and electronics all native to this bass.
    Proper McCartney / Beatles specs including an original extra long "curved" Tail piece
    Has been set up professionally and feels awesome to play and sounds bloody marvellous to hear!
    All completely original
    Potentiometers (Pots) codes on the control panel are matching 293 (29th week of 63) ... more
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    1960s Rosetti Airstream 2 Electric Guitar, Aged Relic & Period Selmer Hard Case

    1960s Rosetti Airstream 2 Electric Guitar, Aged Relic & Period Selmer Hard Case

    St Austell, Cornwall, PL26***, UNITED KINGDOM


    For sale is my original 1960s Rosetti Airstream 2 Electric Guitar in naturally aged / relic red burst finish with aged chrome and nickel hardware
    I??m also including a pretty rare period shaped hard case for safety shipping - it looks to possibly be a Selmer case, and if so it has to be worth at least £100 in its own right??

    The guitar is (to my knowledge) in largely original condition - the machine head buttons are more modern Kluson replacements, and two of the bolts on the ... more
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    Saga Cigano GJ-0 Selmer Maccaferri Gypsy Jazz Guitar By Gitane

    Saga Cigano GJ-0 Selmer Maccaferri Gypsy Jazz Guitar By Gitane

    Norwich, NR4***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Saga Cigano GJ-0 Gypsy Jazz Guitar

    Beautiful guitar in very good condition. It was bought new 2 years ago from Hobgoblins. Action and truss rod have been adjusted. Now low but without buzz.

    Great sounding instrument. Quite a loud guitar, typical of a petit bouche.

    Two minor marks to note. A hairline blemish in the binding at the back and some minor scuffing to the lower body behind the bridge.

    Collection preferred but will be willing at buyers ... more
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    Gitarrenbauer gebaute Maccaferri Selmer D-Loch-Stil Gitarre " " La Belle Epoque " " Hot Club

    Gitarrenbauer gebaute Maccaferri Selmer D-Loch-Stil Gitarre " " La Belle Epoque " " Hot Club

    Vevey 1, 1***, SWITZERLAND


    Handbuilt Selmer Maccaferri D-Hole Style Guitar, nicknamed "La Belle Epoque" Hot Club by a swiss luthier in 2008. Built to the exact same specs as an original Maccaferri with the same woods and dimensions. With hardshell case. This guitar belonged to one of Charlie Chaplin's sons in Vevey, Switzerland (certificate of authenticity and signature on demand). One of a kind! This guitar has been played and shows some signs of wear, aging and play.... more
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    1940s Selmer Truvoice Suitcase Amp and Lap Steel Guitar

    1940s Selmer Truvoice Suitcase Amp and Lap Steel Guitar

    Truro, TR4***, UNITED KINGDOM


    I believe this to be mid to late 40s, based on date codes on the old capacitors which the previous owner replaced.

    The amp had a "hot chassis" . What this means is that if the plug was put in the wrong way or the wall socket was wired the wrong way round, the strings would connect directly to the mains .not a good idea!

    To get round this potentially lethal issue, the previous owner has fitted an isolating transformer. This is fully earthed so the amp ... more
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    Vintage  Selmer Zodiac 50. Original condition.

    Vintage Selmer Zodiac 50. Original condition.

    Sheffield, S36***, UNITED KINGDOM


    An amplifier I bought around 1968 from a shop in Manchester. It had been traded in part exchange and I only ever used channel 2 with the extra features. The last time I used it in a venue would be about 1972. About 12 years ago my son decided he wanted to use it so I replaced the 2 EL34's but he did not use it for very long. Everything is original the obvious problems the chrome on the sides is a little spotty and one wheel has a flat area where some helpful person pulled it across the floor ... more
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    * 1 latch is missing the hinge
    * top and bottom are loose in some places... more
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    John Le Voi Gypsy Jazz Maccaferri Selmer style acoustic guitar 12 fret D hole

    John Le Voi Gypsy Jazz Maccaferri Selmer style acoustic guitar 12 fret D hole

    Bristol, BS20***, UNITED KINGDOM


    Superb gypsy jazz Selmer / Maccaferri style guitar hand made by John le Voi, a specialist in this style of guitar and who still makes them in his workshop in Alford, Lincolnshire. Check out his website - just do a search for the name. This guitar is the 12 fret D hole model with spruce top, rosewood back and sides and a mahogany neck with EBONY fingerboard with the 640mm scale length. Made in August 1989. The finish is excellent and the guitar is 'played in' with that unique much sought after ... more
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    Futurama II 2 Selmer 60s

    Futurama II 2 Selmer 60s

    Lewes, BN7***, UNITED KINGDOM


    A cool and fun 60s guitar! Plays great, comfortable action and worn but smooth vintage neck. The knobs have been replaced, and the tuners as you will see (there have been a few different ones over the years from the looks!)

    Generally good condition for its age (lots of knocks and scrapes as can be seen) and someone has etched their band name in the back of the guitar
    ... 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.