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Original Early 1970s Fender Stratocaster Left-Handed Tremolo Arm

Original Early 1970's Fender Stratocaster Left-Handed Tremolo Arm

Dundalk, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$70

This auction is for an original early 1970's Fender Stratocaster left-handed tremolo arm. This tremolo arm is part of some my old guitar "part's stash " . This tremolo arm fits only the left-handed the Fender Stratocaster. I believe it was off of a 1973 or 74 it memory serves me. It has seen very little use, as the trem tip is still vibrant white, not yellowed. The threads are excellent with no strippage. It definitely lived its life in a guitar case for sure. I'm sure it fits earlier and ... more
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Vintage 1960s Fender Electronic Echo Chamber - Powers Up - Not Tested

Vintage 1960s Fender Electronic Echo Chamber - Powers Up - Not Tested

Sandwich, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$433

Vintage 1960s Fender Electronic Echo Chamber - Powers Up - Not Tested. When powered up, the red pilot light turns on, you can hear a motor start up, and the two spindles in the center of the deck rotate continuously (the black rubber spindle and its neighbor). I have no way to do any further testing. Weighs almost 15 pounds. Being sold as-is. Please submit questions if you need more information
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VINTAGE 1960s ERA KAY 6 STRING ACUSTIC GUITAR - MODEL G-101 - MADE IN TAIWAN

VINTAGE 1960's ERA KAY 6 STRING ACUSTIC GUITAR - MODEL G-101 - MADE IN TAIWAN

Indianapolis, Indiana, 462**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$95

WELCOME TO SEXTONS-SWEET-DEALS
UP FOR AUCTION TODAY
ANOTHER ITEM FROM FAMILY ESTATE
VINTAGE 1960's ERA KAY 6 STRING ACUSTIC GUITAR
MODEL G-101
THERE IS A GUITAR PICK AT THE NECK. ZOOM IN ON PHOTO 1
MADE IN TAIWAN
NO ISSUES FOUND. SEE PHOTOS.
NEVER SEEN THIS UNTIL I CLEANED OUT MY FAMILY ESTATE. MY GUESS THIS WAS A GIFT TO MY BROTHER IN THE 1960's.
HAS A STORE PRICE LABEL OF SUPERX WHICH WAS A DRUG STORE. ORIGINAL CARDBOARD BOX INCLUDED.
PCK-UP PREFERRED DUE TO... more
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Vintage Harmony Ukulele 1940s Beautiful Stencil Art Work, As Is

Vintage Harmony Ukulele 1940s Beautiful Stencil Art Work, As Is

Long Beach, California, 908**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

This vintage Harmony ukulele from the 1940s is a true beauty, with intricate stencil art work that adds a touch of elegance to its parlor body type. The flat top soundboard style enhances the quality of the instrument, making it a perfect choice for musicians who want a unique and authentic sound. The brand is well-known for its vintage guitars, and this ukulele is no exception   As found condition, I did not attempt to clean it   There appears to be cracked on back   Some missing... more
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Aria 6710 6-String Dreadnought Natural Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan

Aria 6710 6-String Dreadnought Natural Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Aria 6710 6-String Dreadnought Natural Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan
Item Description:

You are bidding on a previously owned Aria 6710 6-String Dreadnought Natural Acoustic Guitar. This auction is for the guitar you see pictured. Nothing else included. It comes as pictured. Please take a moment to look at the pictures and assess the guitar. This guitar has nicks and scratches from play wear. The neck is straight and the frets have plenty of life in them. The action is set ... more
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Fender 1969 Pat Pend Mustang Vibrato - Tremolo - Original

Fender 1969 Pat Pend Mustang Vibrato - Tremolo - Original

Prescott Valley, Arizona, 863**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$199

Well, here??s the last one. I??ll put a decent price on it. Ask me any questions. I took some pretty good pictures. You can tell what it looks like. 69 baby
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1969 Fender Mustang Dynamic Vibrato

1969 Fender Mustang Dynamic Vibrato

New Haven, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

This vintage Fender Mustang Dynamic Vibrato from 1969 is a rare gem for any guitar enthusiast. Made by one of the most iconic guitar manufacturers, this piece is a true collector's item. The brand and exact year of production are clearly indicated, making it a valuable addition to any vintage guitar collection
Featuring a dynamic vibrato system, this guitar offers a unique sound that is sure to impress. The parts are in great shape and the instrument has been well-maintained, ensuring its ... more
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1967 GIBSON J-45 Cherry Sunburst Steel Strings Dylan played one MARTIN case

1967 GIBSON J-45 Cherry Sunburst Steel Strings Dylan played one MARTIN case

Sarasota, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3900



HOUSEHOLD ARTIFACTS
A 1967 cherry sunburst finish(not faded) Gibson J-45 acoustic steel sting guitar. The last production of thecherry sunburst finish was 2019. One owner (me) and I have the original 1967 purchaseinvoice / receipt from Arthur Smith Music Co , 1512Golf St , Sarasota, FL which I will give you upon purchase (also, the hang tag)as well as the 1970 Martin hard-shell case invoice / receipt from Jules??Enterprises Inc. Music Center, 1527 Main St , Sarasota, FL . ... more
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Vintage Epiphone Les Paul Body & Neck w /  org. hardware & plastic

Vintage Epiphone Les Paul Body & Neck w / org. hardware & plastic

Auburn, Pennsylvania, 179**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

Late 80's early 90's 1st gen. Epiphones Not made in Japan. Known as the "No Number Epiphones" Slim 60's neck & very smooth. I had all American electronics in her & She Rocks. Found a Gibson body & Neck that My electronics went into. "Look at All pictures carefully" (use the Zoom). Bass side bridge stud is pressed in farther than the treble side. She has her nicks. You'll notice Trus rod is different than what's done today, & The Top is twice as thick as what is done today. The ... more
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Vintage 1919 Gibson L1 Guitar Project SN48221 Needs Top Brace Work To Be Playabl

Vintage 1919 Gibson L1 Guitar Project SN48221 Needs Top Brace Work To Be Playabl

Big Sandy, Tennessee, 382**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$351

1919 Gibson L1 arch top guitar project

When strings are tuned to pitch the soundboard slightly collapses.
Braces on top will need to be replaced / repaired to restore integrity to top.
Or just use it as a display piece.

I can not supply any action measurements because of the top caving in at pitch.

Pickguard, bridge and trapeze tailpiece all seem original.

Original paper tag inside body is legible and in good condition.

One ... more
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Vintage Sunn Solarus 60W 6L6 Combo 212 Amp Amplifier 1960??s

Vintage Sunn Solarus 60W 6L6 Combo 212 Amp Amplifier 1960??s

Melrose, Massachusetts, 021**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

Vintage Sunn Solarus 60W 6L6 Combo 212 Amp Amplifier 1960??s
Not tested
Sold As / Is
No Returns
Local Pickup Only
This vintage Sunn Solarus 60W 6L6 Combo 212 Amp Amplifier from the 1960s is a rare gem for guitar enthusiasts. The black color and classic design of this amp make it a perfect addition to any vintage guitar collection. With its powerful 60W output, this amp is sure to provide a unique sound and experience for any musician. The Solarus model is known for its ... more
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vintage jasmine guitar Model S34C Serial 021032239 + Case

vintage jasmine guitar Model S34C Serial 021032239 + Case

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$50

Got this from a storage unit in pretty good condition as far as I can see but it looks like it one time there might have been some stickers on it and they were cleaned off probably could use a little more cleaning all the zippers on the case work one is missing beholder
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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Humbucker 1970s 1980s 70??s 80??s Guitar Pickups

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Humbucker 1970s 1980s 70??s 80??s Guitar Pickups

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$290

Looks to be 1970s 1980s but unsure the date
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silvertone guitar amp in case

silvertone guitar amp in case

Baltimore, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$250

Vintage Silvertone 1448 guitar with amp case, in good condition with most original parts, the tubes are the original Silvertone brand. Feel free to text me w questions, ill take the best offer
This vintage Silvertone guitar amp comes in a sturdy case, perfect for transporting to your next musical gig. The amp has a classic look and feel, with a sleek silver finish that shines under any lighting.
With its powerful sound and versatile controls, this amp is sure to please any guitar ... more
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Japan vintage Guitar Guys Tone Need Someone Love To Fix A Collector

Japan vintage Guitar Guys Tone Need Someone Love To Fix A Collector

Greer, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

This vintage Guya Tone guitar is a true gem for collectors and music enthusiasts alike. Made in Japan, it features a 6-string configuration and is perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of vintage sound to their collection. Whether you're a seasoned player or a collector, this guitar is sure to impress

With its unique tone and exceptional quality, this vintage Guya Tone guitar is a must-have for anyone who loves vintage musical instruments. Its brand, series, and country of ... more
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Fender Stage Lead II Chassis circa 1986 for parts

Fender Stage Lead II Chassis circa 1986 for parts

Santa Barbara, California, 931**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$60

Amp received in my shop some years ago for repair--I inspected amp and provided customer with an estimate for repairs, at which time he said, "not worth it, you can keep it for the inspection charge " . It was put on the shelf for consideration at a further time. As I am of retirement age and not interested in taking this project further, I am putting it up for sale as non-working--for parts only You can see from the photos it has had some older rather messy work done In any case, I wish only to... more
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Rare Antique Gibson Headstock Logo Inlay

Rare Antique Gibson Headstock Logo Inlay

Menifee, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$85

Very rare find! Believed to be late 1960??s or prior based on the Gibson insignia ? It appears to be the headstock insignia wood inlay of a very early Gibson 6 string acoustic guitar , the inlay appears to have been glued in place as guitar was built as seen on backing in pics, piece is sold in the original condition as found in pics , this piece would be amazing to be put back into it??s original use or framed as a piece of musical history, ( SOLD AS IS) please view pics carefully ask any ... more
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Vintage SS Stewart By Harmony - Archtop Guitar - Repair Project - Chicago Made

Vintage SS Stewart By Harmony - Archtop Guitar - Repair Project - Chicago Made

Chattanooga, Tennessee, 374**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$225

1940s or 50s SS Stewart acoustic archtop made by Harmony in Chicago. Beautiful 2 tone block binding and diamond inlay fret markers. Great patina

Back is cracked / separated. Could be repaired or replaced with an x bracing modification

All it really needs to make it a killer guitar is to repair the back and reset the neck, in my humble opinion. Assumption being that whoever ends up with it would be making other modifications anyhow. I wish I had time myself

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1920 Gibson Style O Guitar - for restoration

1920 Gibson Style O Guitar - for restoration

Richmond, Virginia, 232**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

This is a Gibson Style O c. 1920 -- Serial No. 54649. The guitar has seen better days. It is 90% complete with replacement Kluson tuners. There are cracks in the top, back and sides and the back center seam has some separations The finish is worn with numerous scuffs and places where the finish is worn down to the wood. There are some obvious prior repairs that are substandard, but nothing that would prevent the restoration of this guitar. The first 3 frets are worn and will need to be replaced.... more
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Vintage 1930s Rickenbacker Model 59 Lap Steel Guitar w /  Original Case

Vintage 1930's Rickenbacker Model 59 Lap Steel Guitar w / Original Case

Edmond, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

Awesome, vintage musical instrument. Still works and plays great. This one has some historical significance as it comes from the Oklahoma Country & Western Hall of Fame & Museum. Comes with a vintage metal slide that has some good weight to it. Comes with the original case. It has some deterioration due to its age. Own this piece of history before it??s gone!
Located in Edmond, OK. Shipping is available. Sold as-is. No warranties or returns. Follow Renegade Supplies for more great ... 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.