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Gibson advertisement (1953)

They're Tops... Les Paul, Mary Ford and their Gibsons

Gibson Les Paul Standard

Very early advert for the Les Paul Guitar. This was only a year after the models introduction, and at this point, the instrument was simply called the Les Paul model

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Les Paul may not have invented amplified music, but he perfected it almost single-handed. He started a revolu...
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This advertisement was widely used circa 1982-1984. It features the American map guitar that appears on the cover of the 1983 Gibson catalogue, alongside the ES-335 dot, and Les Paul Standard.

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Vintage 1953 Gibson Kluson "No Line" Tuner Set Les Paul Standard Goldtop 1955 54

Vintage 1953 Gibson Kluson "No Line" Tuner Set Les Paul Standard Goldtop 1955 54

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

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Vintage 1950's Gibson / Kluson "no-line" tuner set
Correct for your 1952-1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop
This is a very rare chance to snag a rare set of original 1950's Klusons This is a VERY clean set that has been professionally re-tipped with the best repro tuner tips in the world! The now impossible to find "Uncle Lou" tips!
All tuner casings are stamped PAT ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Sunburst

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Sunburst

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

$3500


This Gibson Les Paul Standard was made in the USA in 1981. This guitar plays great and sounds incredible. It is all original. It shows normal play wear but there are no breaks or repairs. There are normal dings and dents and one significant gouge on the top near the treble / bass switch. It weighs 10 lbs 10 oz. It has been pro-setup and it comes with the original case
If you have any questions, please message us
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Vintage Gibson Brass Case Badge Cali Girl Burst Goldtop Les Paul Standard 1959

Vintage Gibson Brass Case Badge Cali Girl Burst Goldtop Les Paul Standard 1959

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$109

Stamped brass construction, normal vintage, wear with patina, original 59 Gibson Part, thanks for looking
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Vintage 1953 Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop 1954 1955 Centralab

Vintage 1953 Gibson Les Paul Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop 1954 1955 Centralab

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

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Vintage Gibson 1953 - 1954 Les Paul Standard Goldtop Wiring Harness
This killer early 50's Les Paul harness is fully original and ready to ROCK, a stunning example of an early 50's Les Paul harness with IRC (international resistance company) solid shaft 500k pots, "grey tiger" caps, a "no logo" Switchcraft switch with the original amber catalin tip included (appears to be glued onto the... more
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"1952" Gibson GA-75W Guitar Amplifier Pre-Les Paul

"1952" Gibson GA-75W Guitar Amplifier Pre-Les Paul

Calimesa, California, 923**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5057

Gibson GA-75 W 1952 amplifier. 25 Watts. 1x15"
Offered here is a Very Rare refurbished 1952 Gibson GA-75W guitar tube amplifier, pre-Les Paul .
This is a super rare tube amp manufactured in 1952. The condition of this amp is excellent, especially for its age. These amps were only constructed from 1950 to 1955 and only 1274 were produced in total! The amp came with a Jensen massive15" speaker for superior sound. All the tubes are brand new American made, in addition I will provide a ... more
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Original 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior Jr. - Tobacco Burst - Signed By Les Paul

Original 1958 Gibson Les Paul Junior Jr. - Tobacco Burst - Signed By Les Paul

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

$15000

This is an original 1958 Les Paul Jr. guitar signed by none other than Les PaulI think the condition is fairly good for it's age. Yes there is wear, scratches, missing a stringI am not the original owner and do not know the history like any repairs or if anything was changedI did hook it up to an amp and there is sound. Can't say if it was good sound as the amp was pretty bad and the strings are loose but the electronics appear to be workingIf you use any of the websites out there for dating ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1968 Les Paul Custom Stoptail Tailpiece - Aluminum Featherweight

Vintage Gibson 1968 Les Paul Custom Stoptail Tailpiece - Aluminum Featherweight

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

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Vintage Gibson 1968 - 1970 Les Paul Custom Gold Stoptail
Rare and correct for that awesome 1966-1970 Gibson LPC Black Beauty!
Also correct for a stoptail ES-345 or ES-355!
This is an awesome original gold plated aluminum stoptail
Featherweight, just like a 1950's Tailpiece, these are in fact largely interchangeable with a 1950s stop tail - the only minor difference is the ... more
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1984 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Electric Guitar USA

1984 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Electric Guitar USA

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

Here is an all original 1984 Gibson Les Paul studio standard electric guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 800845XX. This rare guitar is in very good condition for its age. It has some nicks, dings, scratches, wear, and belt marks. The neck is straight with good action. The frets show only a little wear. All of the electronics work as they should. It has the original patent applied for Tim Shaw pickups. Included is the original chainsaw hard shell case. This is a great guitar for any player ... more
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Grover 1960 Pat Pend 3x3 Tuner GOLD Gibson Les Paul Custom Set Original Vintage

Grover 1960 Pat Pend 3x3 Tuner GOLD Gibson Les Paul Custom Set Original Vintage

North Royalton, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$375

Found this set of early gibson 3x3 LP Custom Gold PAT PEND tuners has all of the bushings and screw tops very rare nice set complete for your early gibson restoration... more
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Used Gibson 60th Anniversary 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard V-1 Neck 8lbs. 2oz.

Used Gibson 60th Anniversary 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard V-1 Neck 8lbs. 2oz.

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

$4799

Deep Cherry Sunburst. Toggle switch in case. 8 pounds 2 ounces.
This limited-edition 60th Anniversary model celebrates the iconic 1960 Les Paul Standard, which has shaped music across genres for six decades. The artisans at Gibson Custom Shop have proudly recreated the experience of owning a priceless original thanks to painstaking attention to detail and tireless study of vintage examples, closely following the three distinct versions seen within 1960. Those made in the first third of the... more
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1982 GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD, RED FINISH WITH ORIGINAL GOLD PLATED HARDWARE!

1982 GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD, RED FINISH WITH ORIGINAL GOLD PLATED HARDWARE!

Harrison, Arkansas, 726**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3495

This is a 1982 Les Paul Standard, in good condition, and fully original. The original red finish shows normal playing wear. The back of the neck has smooth playing wear, and the front of the body has finish wear between the pickguard and the cutaway. There are some other areas of wear like some nicks and dings that I've concentrated on showing them in the closeup pics
The original wiring harness has untampered solder joints, as seen in the last 3 close-ups, and the original pickups were ... more
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1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording  Guitar Clean

1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording Guitar Clean

Appleton, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

just a great guitar. has a repaired crack in the back of body. ther than that all original and works and plays amazing. Just a gem to play have very clean strong signal. Upper neck has amazing intonation. fretts are great very nice guitar.... more
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1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Black Beauty"

1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom - "Black Beauty"

Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6522

The Norlin Era at Gibson produced some cool models and some that are downright iconic. The Les Paul Custom during the 1970s featured one of the most sought after Gibson electric guitars in the ??Black Beauty??. 7-ply bound body, neck and headstock. The now Patent numbered humbucking pickups and Gibson electronics did not change much and offer that quintessential Gibson sound. The finish, tuning machines, and electronics on this guitar are in great shape for its age with very little to moderate ... more
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1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom 20th Anniversary Vintage Guitar Cherry w /  T Tops

1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom 20th Anniversary Vintage Guitar Cherry w / T Tops

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500

Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Custom 20th Anniversary model in excellent condition, complete with a hardshell case. 100% original aside from a carved bone nut, this Custom features an uncommon Cherry nitro lacquer gloss finish
The guitar weighs 10lbs, and tonewoods comprise a carved three-piece maple top and "sandwich" mahogany body, paired with a three-piece mahogany neck and bound ebony fingerboard. The warmth and fullness of the mahogany is balanced by the articulate top end and ... more
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Vintage 1955 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 52k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 330

Vintage 1955 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 52k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 330

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1955 "dogear" P-90 pickup
From an all original 1955 Gibson - vintage dogear P-90s are PURE magic .! This is a rare early p-90 pickup, from the first full year of some major developments at Gibson including the newly christened Les Paul Standard "Goldtop " !
These early 50's P-90's are known for sounding BIG and WOOLY - if you've played one from this era,... more
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1959 Gibson ES-175 100% Unopened PAFs, Wiring Harness as used 59 Les Paul

1959 Gibson ES-175 100% Unopened PAF's, Wiring Harness as used 59 Les Paul

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

$23000

This is the best year for these as far as investment goes. Yes, it is a great playing and sounding guitar in excellent original condition. Finding one of these that has not been stripped of it's electronics and magical pickups is pretty rare today. Add these are the hottest pickups we have seen in one of these w the bridge output of 9 1 and neck at 8 3. Not cheap but well worth the price
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Vintage 1973-1974 Gibson Les Paul KILLER Custom Natural / Cherry Sunburst LP 1970s

Vintage 1973-1974 Gibson Les Paul KILLER Custom Natural / Cherry Sunburst LP 1970s

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3997

Up for sale is a killer 1973-1974 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Cherry Sunburst! Featuring Original T-top stamped pickups, Original Bridge and an awesome Bigsby! Everything else is not original!
This guitar is in GREAT vintage condition ~ very NICE!
Someone tried taking the paint off and covered the guitar with a clear coat of lacquer. I'm not sure if the guitar was a cherry sunburst or a natural finish. The guitar had the frets rewired. Also, there are extra holes next to the tuners and... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Gold Reflector Knob Set For Les Paul Custom ES335.     #2

Vintage 1960s Gibson Gold Reflector Knob Set For Les Paul Custom ES335. #2

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200

Vintage 1960s Gibson Gold Reflector Knob Set For Les Paul Custom ES335. Original 1966 knobs. Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking
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Vintage Gibson 1959 Lifton Case Badge - Cali Girl Les Paul Standard Burst Part!

Vintage Gibson 1959 Lifton Case Badge - Cali Girl Les Paul Standard Burst Part!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$95

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(1) Vintage 1950's Lifton Foil Case Badge
Very nice original condition and correct for the restoration of your 1950's or 1960's Gibson Lifton Case.
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gibson les paul bass guitar

gibson les paul bass guitar

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

$1250

Early to mid 90s LES PAUL BASS in good condition in sg red with aftermarket case no neck issues cracks buckle rash some scratches plays great time to thin out my collection a good investment you will enjoy
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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.