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    Vintage Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 String w / Case

    Vintage Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 String w / Case

    San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

    Rare Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 - String Acoustic Guitar for sale. This guitar plays and sounds so good. Straight neck. Comes with Hard shell case. Overall in good condition for its age. Has 3 minor cracks on the front, you can??t feel em or really seem em endless you??re looking for them. ( See photos for more ) Guitar only has 6 strings attached. Thanks for looking!
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    Epiphone FT-145SB Sunburst Blue Label TEXAN Acoustic Guitar Vintage 1970s Japan

    Epiphone FT-145SB Sunburst Blue Label TEXAN Acoustic Guitar Vintage 1970's Japan

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

    $850

    Epiphone FT-145SB Sunburst Blue Label TEXAN Acoustic Guitar Vintage 1970's Japan
    Excellent lightly used guitar from 1973-1975 time period SB=SunBurst
    Includes the hard case and owner's manual
    There's a couple minor scratches on the very end of the neck end of the guitar The body is nice with one small scratch near the back Serial number and anotherminor scratch on the side body of the guitar. The pick guard has some rub marks(see photo). The back of the neck has two very small ... more
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    Vintage Yamaha FG-75 Red Label Acoustic Guitar 1970s Nippon Gakki w / Case

    Vintage Yamaha FG-75 Red Label Acoustic Guitar 1970s Nippon Gakki w / Case

    Tampa, Florida, 336**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $199

    Good condition
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    1960 Vintage Acoustic Guitar FG-110-1 Black Label Made in Taiwan

    1960 Vintage Acoustic Guitar FG-110-1 Black Label Made in Taiwan

    Colleyville, Texas, 760**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $900

    This vintage acoustic guitar is a true gem for any music enthusiast. With its sleek body color and FG series make, it's sure to impress. Crafted in Taiwan, this FG-110-1 Black Label model boasts a beautiful sound that resonates throughout any room it's played in. Perfect for beginners or collectors, this guitar is a rare find from the 1960s. Its timeless design and quality craftsmanship make it a classic addition to any musical instrument collection. Don't miss your chance to own this piece of ... more
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    Vintage 1973 YAMAHA FG-200 Acoustic Guitar | Green Label Japan | 51 Yrs Old Gem!

    Vintage 1973 YAMAHA FG-200 Acoustic Guitar | Green Label Japan | 51 Yrs Old Gem!

    Chula Vista, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $299

    Step back in time with this vintage 1973 Yamaha FG-200 acoustic guitar, a true gem made in Japan. At 51 years old, this guitar boasts the highly sought-after green label, marking it as a collector??s item. Despite some scratches that add to its character, this guitar looks and sounds clean, offering a rich, resonant tone that only decades of aging can produce

    Whether you??re a collector, a musician seeking a unique sound, or simply an admirer of finely crafted instruments, this ... more
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    SLINGERLAND MAYBELLE VINTAGE BANJO

    SLINGERLAND MAYBELLE VINTAGE BANJO

    Beverly Hills, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $825

    SLINGERLAND MAYBELLE VINTAGE BANJO
    Open to offers
    my loss your gain
    what you see is what you get... more
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    ORIGINAL 1970s Pignose 7100 USA Vintage Amp RED LABEL

    ORIGINAL 1970s Pignose 7100 USA Vintage Amp RED LABEL

    Aurora, Colorado, 800**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $350

    Original red label. Very well taken care of. All patina on metal parts is original, this is not a modern relic. Tested, used.
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    Vintage Bell & Howell Filmosound 385 Amplifier 6V6 Tube Guitar Amp Mullard 12ax7

    Vintage Bell & Howell Filmosound 385 Amplifier 6V6 Tube Guitar Amp Mullard 12ax7

    San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    This is a Filo sound amplifier wired up for use with guitar or similar instruments. It includes a custom-made 112 inch speaker cabinet. Please see photos for the speaker that is included. The amplifier has been tested it turns on and makes noise. See photos of the internal wiring this is a custom project and has not been serviced in a while so it might need some loving care but as is it turned on and the knob and the volume not worked great
    The speaker cabinet is custom built with a shelf ... more
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    100% ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Carlo Robelli MIJ Jazz Electric Bass Guitar White

    100% ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Carlo Robelli MIJ Jazz Electric Bass Guitar White

    West Islip, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS THIS 100% ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Carlo Robelli Jazz Electric Bass Guitar (MADE IN JAPAN) in White
    HAS AMAZING TONE AND SOUND WITH A REAL NICE SMOOTH FEEL AND ACTION ON THIS 20 ROSEW00D FRETBOARD STRAIGHT NECK / MAPLE ALL TUNERS, ELECTRONICS, PICKUPS, VOL s, TONE , WORK GREAT .HAS ASH TRAY .
    CONSIDERING THIS GEM IS DECADES OLD AS SHOWN IN REAL NICE CONDITION BUT TO BE EXPECTED TO HAVE SOME MINOR SCUFFS, COUPLE CHIPS, and STRESS CRACKS JUST A GREAT LOOKING, ... more
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    1969 Vox Series 90 Vintage Amp Head & Cab w /  Celestion Silver Bell T1656

    1969 Vox Series 90 Vintage Amp Head & Cab w / Celestion Silver Bell T1656

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

    $2100

    Up for sale, a 1969 Vox Series 90 vintage solid state amplifier head and speaker cabinet in excellent condition and in perfect working order. A very rare and short-lived series of Vox amps only produced in small quantities from 1969-71, this Series 90 set features the V132 preamp head and V131 speaker cabinet and power amp, loaded with the original pair of immaculate Celestion Silver Bell T1656 speakers. Freshly serviced by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this vintage amp head was ... more
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    May Bell Banjo 1920s needs a little work Good Condition case.

    May Bell Banjo 1920's needs a little work Good Condition case.

    San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $175

    Welcome and thank you for taking the time to view my ad
    May Bell Banjo 1920's needs a little work Good Condition case
    One nut an two tuner screws are needed that hold the turning buttons on, and shown in the pictures the missing nut and need new strings, soft case included
    If you have any questions please email me.... more
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    1958 Made Gibson Vintage Knob 1956-1960 Bell Set Top Hat Burst 59 Les Paul Used

    1958 Made Gibson Vintage Knob 1956-1960 Bell Set Top Hat Burst 59 Les Paul Used

    Aurora, Colorado, 800**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $700

    One has been striped and has a crack that runs into the number. It is fully intact but will need attention. Remaining 3 are used, worn, can be used as is. Great set, real authentic items not a reissue.
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    1925 Bacon and Day Silver Bell No. 1 Tenor Banjo

    1925 Bacon and Day Silver Bell No. 1 Tenor Banjo

    Middleburg, Florida, 320**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

    Bacon & Day Silver Bell No. 1 Tenor Banjo, circa 1925, in Excellent Condition, with a brand new head,
    The rim and dowel have a matching serial number (18717), which seems to date to the 1925 - 26 window. There are 24 tensioning hooks, a long style arm rest, adjustable pick guard, and the original Oettinger tailpiece which incorporates a fine tuner for each string. The neck is multi laminate Maple. The chrome flange surrounding the resonator has the more desirable f-hole cut outs and... more
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    VINTAGE BELL BRAND MANDOLIN TAILPIECE  /  GOOD WORKING ORDER  / TAKE OFF  /  AS SHOWN

    VINTAGE BELL BRAND MANDOLIN TAILPIECE / GOOD WORKING ORDER / TAKE OFF / AS SHOWN

    Oroville, Washington, 988**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $50

    VINTAGE BELL BRAND MANDOLIN TAILPIECE / FULLY FUNCTIONAL / IT'S BEEN IN A DRAWER FOR 44 YRS / AS SHOWN WITH AGED PATINA , BUT READY TO GO BACK TO WORK / VINTAGE SLOT HD SCREWS INCLUDED / "BELL BRAND" STAMPED PATENTED LOGO IS CLEARLY VISIBLE SOME SURFACE PITTING .... more
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    VINTAGE BELL BRAND MANDOLIN TAILPIECE  /  GOOD WORKING ORDER  / TAKE OFF  /  AS SHOWN

    VINTAGE BELL BRAND MANDOLIN TAILPIECE / GOOD WORKING ORDER / TAKE OFF / AS SHOWN

    Oroville, Washington, 988**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $40

    VINTAGE BELL BRAND MANDOLIN TAILPIECE / FULLY FUNCTIONAL / IT'S BEEN IN A DRAWER FOR 40 YRS / AS SHOWN WITH AGED PATINA , BUT READY TO GO BACK TO WORK / VINTAGE SLOT HD SCREWS INCLUDED / "BELL BRAND" STAMPED PATENTED LOGO IS BARELY VISIBLE UNDER SUFACE PITTING .... more
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    Unbelievable Mint 1972 ?? spec OM45

    Unbelievable Mint 1972 ?? spec OM45

    Mission, Kansas, 662**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $26000

    Unbelievable Mint Martin OM45
    Mint condition with mint case
    All Rory Rogers specs from 1930sOnly Eastern Indian with wonderful spruce topSound and playability are like newSerial number 308894I??m looking under the top tommorrowIt might be a signature from cf Martin President
    If so price goes up 5000$
    I never do people wrong I stand behind what I sellAnd had the country??s best Martin guy inspect itQuestions answered
    If you need this go for it with an offerIt will Sell fastFree ... more
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    Vintage Acoustic Guitar Yamaha 1970s made FG-180 RED Label Used

    Vintage Acoustic Guitar Yamaha 1970's made FG-180 RED Label Used

    Marysville, California, 959**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $520

    This vintage Yamaha acoustic guitar from the 1970s is a classic piece that will surely delight any music lover. With a striking red label and a body made of spruce, this dreadnought-style guitar produces a warm, rich tone that is perfect for playing a variety of genres. This Yamaha FG-180 model features 20 frets and a 6-string configuration, making it a great choice for both beginners and experienced players.

    Whether you are a fan of vintage gear or simply looking for a high-quality ... more
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    Vintage 1970s Yamaha FG-165s Acoustic Guitar  /  With LR Baggs  Pickup Black Label

    Vintage 1970s Yamaha FG-165s Acoustic Guitar / With LR Baggs Pickup Black Label

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

    $450

    Vintage 1970s Yamaha FG-165s Acoustic Guitar / With LR Baggs Sound Hole Pickup. This guitar sounds and plays great. It is 100% original with no changes, brakes or damage. There is some light scratching on the rear. There is an added LR baggs sound hole pickup. Includes the original chipboard case. Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking shipping to the lower 48 states only. No Alaska Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam or PO boxes. No international shipping
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    Vintage Yamaha FG 300 Red Label Acoustic Guitar Japan W /  Original Case NICE !!

    Vintage Yamaha FG 300 Red Label Acoustic Guitar Japan W / Original Case NICE !!

    Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1799

    Very nice 1 owner original guitar. There are a few nicks here and there and the pick guard is lifted some from age. But usually you see these old Yamaha FG models worn out. Has a beautiful sound and plays great. Comes in the Original Case. View pictures for more details. Thanks
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    ANTIQUE BACON & DAY SILVER BELL  BANJO ORIGINAL CASE VERY GOOD CONDITION 1920s

    ANTIQUE BACON & DAY SILVER BELL BANJO ORIGINAL CASE VERY GOOD CONDITION 1920s

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

    $2250

    This antique Bacon & Day silver bell banjo is a rare find for any music enthusiast. With its original case and very good condition, this tenor banjo from the 1920s is sure to impress. The banjo has four strings and features a unique silver bell design.
    The brand, Bacon & Day, is well-known for producing high-quality musical instruments, and this banjo is no exception. Its vintage design and folk & world sound make it a great addition to any collection. Whether you're a seasoned ... more
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    Had one of these in the mid 60's. Very under rated. Loud and if you turned it over no 8 it distorted. Ultra reliable unit.

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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.