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    Ampeg SVT  300 Watt All Tube Bass Amp Head 1975-1979

    Ampeg SVT 300 Watt All Tube Bass Amp Head 1975-1979

    Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, 161**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Up for sale is a 70's Ampeg SVT tube bass amplifier head, freshly serviced from an authorized Ampeg service center with a matched sextet of 6550 Sovtek Power Tubes. Ampeg debuted the Super Vacuum Tube "SVT" amplifier in the summer of ?69 at the Chicago N A.M M. convention. This amp was a milestone design, pushing 300 watts of all-tube power specifically geared for larger venues, cementing its place in the live world as the go-to backline stage rig. A vintage USA-made example with black line ... more
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    1979 Ampeg V-4 100W Electric Guitar Amplifier Head in VT-22 212 Combo Cabinet

    1979 Ampeg V-4 100W Electric Guitar Amplifier Head in VT-22 212 Combo Cabinet

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


    100-Watt All Tube
    Electric Guitar
    Amplifier Head
    in Ampeg
    2 x 12" Combo Cabinet
    Used - Good Condition
    So without getting too confusing, this is a 1979 Ampeg V-4 guitar amp head installed into an Ampeg VT-22 combo cabinet from around the same time period. The V-4 was never made into a combo amp, but however the VT-22 was and is essentially a V-4 combo amp, as far as the specs are concerned. Thanks to some handy dandy aftermarket re-configuring, ... more
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    1966 Ampeg AEB-1 Bass a factory reps all original Black finished 1 of a kind !

    1966 Ampeg AEB-1 Bass a factory reps all original Black finished 1 of a kind !

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


    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, their upright Baby Bass and this, the AEB-1 solid body bass. This is a 1-off special ordered AEB-1 bass in a solid black finish w / a factory White pickgard (as opposed to a red / black??burst w / a black??gard) for a small music retailer in North Carolina. We purchased it in 2016 from the family who??s father owned that shop & it sat in ... 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


    tested sounds good cosmetical condition check pics, might be to change couple tubes... more
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    Westfield, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    412 - 8 Ohms - 130 WATTS
    ... more
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    Vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier w /  Footswitch

    Vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier w / Footswitch

    Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    For your consideration, a vintage 1965 Ampeg Gemini 1
    Tube Amplifier in great used condition
    This item is tested, and it works
    It may need some love and attention and tuning
    I am not an expert. This item is being sold as described
    Look at pictures for more details
    Feel free to contact me
    ... more
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    Vintage 1971 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Electric Guitar w /  HSC - N

    Vintage 1971 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Electric Guitar w / HSC - N

    Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Item: Vintage 1971 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Electric Guitar w / HSC - N!
    Description: You are purchasing a Vintage 1971 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Electric Guitar w / HSC! Awesome vintasge made in USA Ampeg with awesome playability. Is currently missing the coil split switch located next to the output, but otherwise the guitar is all original and in good shape for its age. Sold as-is. Please inquire with any questions you may have regarding this awesome axe.
    Shipping: $80 00 shipping to the ... 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


    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.
    ... more
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    Runnemede, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    If you have to ask pricing, You can't afford this Rich Boy toy .
    1957 AMPEG JET 10 GUITAR AMPLIFIER PP EL84 THE RAREST GUITAR AMP YOU'LL OWN .. I have owned this amp for years, But have never attempted to turn it on. The amplifier is completely original And I know better than to try to turn it on. The Capacitors are now 65 years old.
    I got this amplifier from an old guy that was the Original owner, He stated That he had bought it from an old electronics shop when he was a Kid, He said ... more
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    Vintage Ampeg Super Echo Twin (ET-2-B) 30-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo Tube Amp

    Vintage Ampeg Super Echo Twin (ET-2-B) 30-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo Tube Amp

    Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    AmpegVintage Ampeg Super Echo Twin (ET-2-B) 30-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo Tube Amp. This has some wear and tear. The Reverb and Echo / Tremelo are not working. The amplifier powers on and works. sounds good otherwise. The are two very nice Jensen speakers. I believe 1963. This amp is sold as is. I would prefer local pick-up. But I will ship.
    Reverb and Tremelo Not Working. The foot Pedal is Included
    West Coast Pays extra 50 00 Please ask first.
    No International shipping.... more
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    Ampeg V-4B 2-Channel 100-Watt Bass Head 1970s Pro Serviced

    Ampeg V-4B 2-Channel 100-Watt Bass Head 1970s Pro Serviced

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


    Early Magnavox era V-4B. Pro serviced by AzTech Electronics of Boston in April 2019 (see service receipt in photos) and used sparingly ever since. Stored and occasionally played in a climate controlled rehearsal room. All functions working as of January 2024, though pots are a bit scratchy from lack of frequent use
    Ships worldwide. Package will be large (double boxed), heavy, delicate, and fully insured, and so shipping cost will be substantial.... more
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    Vintage Ampeg V4 Tube Guitar Amp , Early 70s, Linden NJ, Good Working Condition

    Vintage Ampeg V4 Tube Guitar Amp , Early 70s, Linden NJ, Good Working Condition

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


    Ampeg V4 Amplifier Vintage Early 1970s Made in Linden N J., USA Good Working Condition !!!Up for sale is a vintage Ampeg V4 made in Linden NJ in the early 1970s. Yes, one of the real early ones!!!!! It's in great working condition. About one year ago I had it serviced. New hum (bias) control, several new tubes, pots cleaned & new AC cord. It has that nasty V4 sound that makes Marshalls ... 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


    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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    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


    In this listing:
    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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    Early 70??s Vintage Ampeg Flatback SVT 8x10 240w Speaker Cabinet - Studio Owned

    Early 70??s Vintage Ampeg Flatback SVT 8x10 240w Speaker Cabinet - Studio Owned

    Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage Ampeg Flatback SVT 8x10 240w Speaker Cabinet - Studio Owned
    For sale we have this vintage Early 70's Ampeg 8x10 cabinet, the towering giant of bass amplification, known affectionally as ?The Fridge??. This speaker cab is a staple of the bass world, and it's seen more sessions than we could possibly count. It's been the foundation of that legendary bass tone that's powered genres from rock to funk for decades.
    This particular specimen has a response that's unbelievably smooth and ... more
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    1965 Ampeg B-15NF Portaflex 25-Watt 1x15" Bass Combo Blue Vinyl Serviced

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

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


    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. I gig with them all regularly. These blue checkered models are some of the most sought after B15 variations due to their visual association with classic players such as James Jamerson. This is a 65 according to the serial number. Likely a late 65 ... more
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    1969 Dan Armstrong Ampeg Lucite Bass

    1969 Dan Armstrong Ampeg Lucite Bass

    Keene, New Hampshire, 034**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Original Vintage 1969 Dan Armstrong Ampeg Lucite Bass. The classic Dan Armstrong collaboration with Matt Umanov for Ampeg. Lucite plexiglass body, single pickup with single volume and tone controls. Some slight plastic chipping on face of pickup as shown. Maple neck with rosewood 24 fret fingerboard. 30?? scale. Grover tuning machines. All original condition. Weight is 10lbs 1-1 / 4oz. Original blue lined hardshell case with replaced handle and broken center latch. Shipping will be $150 00 in ... more
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    1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite Guitar Clear

    1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite Guitar Clear

    Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Excellent condition 1969 Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite guitar. Knobs have been swapped, brass pickguard added, brass engraved truss rod cover added, and the last fret has the original owners name engraved as well. 3 piece pyramid inlays. Guitar comes with two original pickups, a vintage Seymour Duncan as well as a Dimarzio Super Distortion. Also comes with one of the coolest hard shell cases ever as pictured. Kept in a smoke free, pet free studio for recording purposes. Willing to ship or drive a ... more
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    1967 Ampeg BT-15 Bass Amp Head

    1967 Ampeg BT-15 Bass Amp Head

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


    ... 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


    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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    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

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    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.