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    VINTAGE AMPEG BA-108 BASS GUITAR AMP AMPLIFIER 20 WATTS MADE IN USA

    VINTAGE AMPEG BA-108 BASS GUITAR AMP AMPLIFIER 20 WATTS MADE IN USA

    Clearwater, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $95

    Great little amp. Very nice overall condition - some minor separation on the back to the vinyl covering. Works great. Comes with power cord. Great for back up or any Musician!
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    VINTAGE AMPEG 1964 / 1965 B-15N PORTAFLEX 25-WATT 1X15 BASS AMPLIFIER CLEAN AMP

    VINTAGE AMPEG 1964 / 1965 B-15N PORTAFLEX 25-WATT 1X15 BASS AMPLIFIER CLEAN AMP

    Newport, Rhode Island, 028**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3995

    UP FOR SALE . VINTAGE AMPEG 1964-1965 B-
    15N PORTAFLEX 25-WATT 1X15" BASS COMBO
    AMPLIFIER The Ampeg B-15N Portaflex of the 1960s, the "multi-instrument" successor to the B-12 amplifier, is considered the most recorded bass amplifier in history - - and with good reason. This all-tube "fliptop" bass combo amp pairs a 25-watt top with simple volume and tone controls to a double baffle 1×15 cabinet which contributes significantly to the deep, classic tone that the ... more
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    1965 Ampeg BB-4 Baby Bass an all original very user friendly for the pro player.

    1965 Ampeg BB-4 Baby Bass an all original very user friendly for the pro player.

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3995

    Ampeg made some of the coolest looking and best sounding basses & amps of the 60??s era & innovators in the field with their B-15 ??flip top?? amp & of course, their upright Baby Bass. This is a very clean & all original example made in their Sunburst finish all over. It??s got Ampeg??s famous pickup design that has a perfect Upright tone for that standup player. Its infamous Scroll Headstock design along w / its Violin shaped body are like nothing else at the time??very ... more
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    AMPEG J-12-T  All Original Excellent Condition Vintage Tube Guitar Amplifier

    AMPEG J-12-T All Original Excellent Condition Vintage Tube Guitar Amplifier

    Dover, New Hampshire, 038**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $800

    Used early 90??s Ampeg Jet II tube amp
    With tube tremolo circuit. Amp has been in a professional recording studio for 15 years. It is in excellent playing and cosmetic condition.
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    1961 Ampeg Portaflex B15N amplifier with original B12N cabinet Blue Flair Tolex

    1961 Ampeg Portaflex B15N amplifier with original B12N cabinet Blue Flair Tolex

    A Great Lake State, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3250

    VERY RARE 1961 AMPEG PORTAFLEX B15N AMPLIFIER AND ORIGINAL B12N CABINET BLUE RANDOM FLAIR SPECKLED TOLEX IN USED CONDITION AS IS.
    This is a VINTAGE amp. The Chassis shows some rust in some places it shows some age but it did work If you have questions I would be happy to respond. I repaired a few places where the tolex was lifted a bit. There are some places where you can feel that the tolex is not now glued to the wood frame. But for the most part it looks real good .
    The ... more
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    1965 Ampeg B-15NF Portaflex 25-Watt 1x15" Bass Combo Checkered Blue Vinyl

    1965 Ampeg B-15NF Portaflex 25-Watt 1x15" Bass Combo Checkered Blue Vinyl

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

    $4000

    Louie Louie! A great example of a 1965 Ampeg B-15NF. Featuring an original custom lucite logo / nameplate. Certainly in well above average condition. These are generally much more worn from years of use and transport. The sound of these B15 combos is on just about every Motown and Soul record recorded during the 60s and 70s and have continued to be the choice of MANY artists across all genres to this day. I own quite a few of them currently and can't get enough. These blue checkered models are ... more
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    1970s Series Ampeg V-9 Head ! Recently serviced!

    1970's Series Ampeg V-9 Head ! Recently serviced!

    Ashland, Ohio, 448**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2900

    1970's Series Ampeg V-9 Head ! Recently serviced!. Condition is "Used " . This is the purely Guitar head design! It??s 300 watts of gut crunching power. New power tubes ( 6 x 6550s) , the preamp and reverb tubes were tested and replaced where needed. All caps were changed as well- please view the pics. This thing has seriously huge transformers and the head weighs in just under 100lbs so it will be pick up on-site only. The these are rare and not for the feint of heart!
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    Vintage AMPEG VT-22 Tube Amp 2 12s 2 channel 100 watts Reverb with cart 

    Vintage AMPEG VT-22 Tube Amp 2 12s 2 channel 100 watts Reverb with cart 

    Wellington, Nevada, 894**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1175

    Vintage AMPEG VT-22 Tube Amp 2 12s 2 channel 100 watts Reverb with cart. Multi OHM Output. Cooling Fans added. VERY Loud. Sold As Is. NOT responsible for un insured items. Shipping $280 00 in lower 48 USA . Thanks .... more
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    Vintage 1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite (Plexiglass) Bass w Brazilian Fretboard!

    Vintage 1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite (Plexiglass) Bass w Brazilian Fretboard!

    Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3750

    Vintage, All Original 1969 Ampeg
    Dan Armstrong Lucite (Plexiglass) Bass
    w Brazilian Rosewood Fingerboard
    Made in the USA
    Weight: 9 lbs 13 oz's
    Scale: 30
    Radius: 7 25
    Nut: 1 62
    Measurement of the neck at the 1st fret is .87
    and .88 at the 12th
    Comes in a Brand New Hard Case

    $$$ Professionally set up and dialed in for ... more
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    Vintage 1969 AMPEG B-22X Jupiter 22 VERY RARE!

    Vintage 1969 AMPEG B-22X Jupiter 22 VERY RARE!

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

    $1300

    tested sounds good cosmetical condition check pics, might be to change couple tubes... more
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    1969 Ampeg SB-12 Portaflex Amplifier Head Vintage Rare Works!

    1969 Ampeg SB-12 Portaflex Amplifier Head Vintage Rare Works!

    Honolulu, Hawaii, 968**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $565

    1969 Ampeg SB-12 Amp
    Head Only
    Electric Guitar / Bass Amplifier Head
    Made in USA
    Includes: Cabinet hardware, Amp handle, Tube screen, Schematic, and Metal shielding plate
    I bought this amp from a music store that was going out of business many decades ago. I noticed right away the speaker cabinet and the board that the amp head was mounted to were in bad shape so I discarded them. It had been brought in for repairs but the company never fixed it and went out of business. I ... more
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    VTG Late 1970s Ampeg V4 Tube Guitar Instrument Amplifier Head Unit Reverb

    VTG Late 1970's Ampeg V4 Tube Guitar Instrument Amplifier Head Unit Reverb

    Riverhead, New York, 119**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $626

    In this listing:
    AMPEG® MODEL V4 VACUUM TUBE GUITAR / INSTRUMENT AMPLIFIER with REVERB
    Mid to late 1970's
    I purchased this in about mid to late 1980's in the present shape ; was a performance amplifier hence the condition it is in
    All of the legend on the face plate is gone over the years and i realize it also has a missing tube as noted in one of the pictures. I don't remember where that tube went to, may have stole it for the Fender amp I was using later on
    This unit was power... more
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    Ampeg B25B  Bass Amp Head 1970s READ DETAILS

    Ampeg B25B  Bass Amp Head 1970's READ DETAILS

    Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $800

    This Ampeg B25B head came from a storage unit auction. The original three pin plug socket was changed because one of the pins was loose and when the power was switched on, the plug had to be moved around before it came on. Now, with a new plug, it consistently powers on. I do not have the Speaker cabinet to try hooking it up to see if it is functional or not. If you are considering buying this, assume that some type of repairs may be necessary. I do not know how long this was in storage, and ... more
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    Vintage 1970 Ampeg AC-12 tube amp combo good cond Jensen concert speaker W / cover

    Vintage 1970 Ampeg AC-12 tube amp combo good cond Jensen concert speaker W / cover

    Long Prairie, Minnesota, 563**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1450

    VINTAGE 1970 AMPEG AC 12 AMPLIFIER, VERY RARE AMP ALL ORIGINAL & IT WORKS JUST FINE !!!
    This is an original Ampeg AC 12 amp with the exception of a anti feedback factory patch this is the same amp as a GU 12 amp, for those who doubt that do a little research before running to the Man !!! tubes have been tested and are working well . I do have the footswitch and the original hangtag stuff, all cool to have. Shows less than normal wear for a 40 + year old amp. If you have ... more
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    Ampeg Portaflex SB-12 Amplifier Fliptop Bass Guitar Combo Amp SB12

    Ampeg Portaflex SB-12 Amplifier Fliptop Bass Guitar Combo Amp SB12

    Kingsland, Georgia, 315**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1250

    This is a 1965 Ampeg SB-12 portaflex amplifier. It has all new tubes and was modified for a three pronged grounding plug. This still has the original design speaker connection through the cabinet clamps. It comes with the non original dolly that is pictured. The amp is working.
    This is being offered as a local pickup only, if you are interested and are not local maybe we can work something out
    Please message with questions or for more pics
    Thank you for looking.... more
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    1977 Ampeg B-25B  Bass Guitar 1-15" cabinet with speaker No Amp included

    1977 Ampeg B-25B Bass Guitar 1-15" cabinet with speaker No Amp included

    A Great Lake State, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $449

    VINTAGE 1977 AMPEG B-25B SPEAKER CABINET WITH A 15 " SPEAKER IN GOOD USED CONDITION !! POSSIBLY MODIFIED FROM A 2 15" CABINET.
    This is a Ampeg B-25B Cabinet . This SALE is for the speaker cabinet only , No amp head is included in the sale . The amp head has been sold. Feel free to ask any questions you wish. The cabinet is a B25B with impedance switch from 4 -16 ohms If this has been cut down I am not sure the impedance switch will work I would not think the impedance switch will... more
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    VINTAGE AMPEG FOLD  OUT CATALOG RARE MINT

    VINTAGE AMPEG FOLD OUT CATALOG RARE MINT

    Staten Island, New York, 103**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $125

    VINTAGE AMPEG FOLD OUT CATALOG RARE MINT This is an original item not a reprint no rips tears Please feel free to ask any ? Thanks... more
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    1960s Ampeg Baby Bass BB-4 Brown Sunburst Exc Condition READY TO GIG!!

    1960s Ampeg Baby Bass BB-4 Brown Sunburst Exc Condition READY TO GIG!!

    Hackensack, New Jersey, 076**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3300

    This is a totally original Baby Bass from the early 1960s. It's everything you'd expect from this iconic instrument??warm, fat, velvety sound, and comfortable to play. Action is adjustable via Allen wrench on the back of the neck
    Cosmetically I'd give it a 9 / 10, the only flaw being a small amount of separation between the top and back of the body around the lower bout (see photos). Not an uncommon issue with these instruments, but it certainly doesn't affect the sound or playability. ... more
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    Vintage Ampeg SB-12 Portaflex 25W 1 x 12" Jensen - Guitar  /  Bass Combo Amp

    Vintage Ampeg SB-12 Portaflex 25W 1 x 12" Jensen - Guitar / Bass Combo Amp

    Bergenfield, New Jersey, 076**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1350


    Vintage Ampeg SB-12 Portaflex 25W 1 x 12" Jensen - Guitar / Bass Combo Amp
    For your consideration is a USED Vintage Ampeg SB-12 Portaflex 25W 1 x 12" Jensen - Guitar / Bass Combo Amp
    Tested 100%
    We will ship outside the U S.A via eBay's International shipping. If Ebay ships to your country, then you are welcome to bid on our items!
    A Division of O. DiBella Music, Inc. - Est. 1910
    456 South Washington Ave
    Bergenfield, NJ 07621
    TERMS & CONDITIONS
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    Vintage Ampeg Baby Bass Tailpiece NOS! UNUSED!

    Vintage Ampeg Baby Bass Tailpiece NOS! UNUSED!

    Berkeley, California, 947**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $75

    Vintage Ampeg Baby Bass Tailpiece NOS! UNUSED!
    Up for sale is a vintage all original tail piece for the rare Ampeg baby bases made in the '60s. It is solid metal and has the Ampeg logo on it. This one has a small amount of scuffs from Storage Wear. It is never been installed on an instrument and is the perfect addition to your project Bass
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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

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    1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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    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

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    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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    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

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    1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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    1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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    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.