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Vox advertisement (1964)

The fabulous new Vox Soundcaster

Vox Soundcaster

Early British Vox advert from the beginning of 1964. The Stratocaster-inspired Vox Soundcaster was very widely promoted at this time.
Latest modifications to this fine VOX instrument result in the finest yet guitar value. New design features include: exclusive built-in tremolo unit; built-in string damper for special muted sound effects; contoured, snug-fitting, body of hard-lustre polyester finish; slender neck of polished sycamore; adjustable reinforced rosewood fingerboard; three single-pole pick-ups, giving every possible variation in tone, and adjustable for bass, treble and volume.

Vox advertisement (1964) The fabulous new Vox Soundcaster

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1965 Vox A / C 15 amp vintage

1965 Vox A / C 15 amp vintage

Moorhead, Minnesota, 565**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


vintage vox a / c15 twin SICK AMP! If I hit the lotto this week im pulling the listing. it will also be up on reverb. I bought it ten years ago from a collector through Emerald Guitars. Mostly all original. im not a tech dude but that's what I was told. Had it serviced in NYC with Matt Wells. He services all of Keith Richards Vox amps. He said this baby has TONE!!!! loved it. its got maybe 10 hours on it if, after it went in
Look at all the photos. Know what you're buying. I ... more
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Vox Mark VI 1966 Cherry Red

Vox Mark VI 1966 Cherry Red

Ellensburg, Washington, 989**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


66' VOX MARK VI Cherry Red "TEARDROP" electric guitar. Excellent Conditions, very little dings and imperfections for its age. Strong neck / fingerboard with good frets, low actions, ready to play. Come in the original Vox hardshell case that is ugly outside but pretty inside and still functional
Introduced in 1966, on the heels of the Phantom VI, this had a Stratocaster inspired triple single coil pickup arrangement. This attracted many great players, most notably Brian Jones of The Rolling ... more
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Vox AC50 MKII Vintage 1965 Tube Amplifier Big Box Jennings JMI AC-50

Vox AC50 MKII Vintage 1965 Tube Amplifier Big Box Jennings JMI AC-50

Fullerton, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is one amazing VOX AC50 50 watt amp head. Amp ships as pictured. This amplifier has just been serviced at OC Amps and has no operational issues: it is ready to ROCK! Amp shows typical signs of preowned use, but nothing overly egregious; with 3-prong AC cord, 1 / 4" speaker jacks, and better venting added. This is just a great `big box' `65!
Unitwill be boxed up tight to insure safe transit during... more
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Teisco CROWN PROFESSIONAL Cherry Red Burgundy Vox Style Violin Electric Bass

Teisco CROWN PROFESSIONAL Cherry Red Burgundy Vox Style Violin Electric Bass

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Product Specifications: Teisco CROWN PROFESSIONAL Cherry Red Burgundy Vox Style Violin Electric Bass

Accessories: Not Included

Description: Unit has been tested to verify functionality. If not stated you will only receive what is seen in the photos

Unit is in very good pre-owned / used condition with minor cosmetic damage


Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions about ... more
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PANaramic EKO Vox Electric Hollow body Guitar vintage used w /  Road Runner case

PANaramic EKO Vox Electric Hollow body Guitar vintage used w / Road Runner case

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


Hi This is very nice 60es Rarest and hard to fined PANaramic guitar ,one of the first production of hollow body's of Vox factory .This is an AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL Vox Eko cooperation made in ITALY product with AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL electronics, 5 tuners (6 one D tuner is klasson tip substitution) and Original good working pickups on it. This is old guitar with multiple scratches digs and finish cracks all over ,but NOTHING series Electronics and hardware works just fine, The frets are very ... 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


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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Phantom Guitarworks (Vox) Limited Edition Teardrop Hollowbody #10 of 20

Phantom Guitarworks (Vox) Limited Edition Teardrop Hollowbody #10 of 20

Ashburn, Virginia, 201**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Limited Edition Phantom (Vox) Hollowbody Teardrop guitar is in mint unplayed condition. It is #10 of only 20 made. All Phantom®, Teardrop® and MandoGuitars® are hand-assembled in the United States of America with foreign and domestic parts
The bookmatched flame maple top pattern in the see-through red finish does not show up too well in photos but it's stunning in person.
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Vox Mark III Custom Teardrop Brian Jones Model

Vox Mark III Custom Teardrop Brian Jones Model

Santa Clarita, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a super cool Vox Custom Shop Brian Jones Tribute Mark III teardrop in white. It is from a very limited edition run of about 700 total guitars for worldwide distribution (including Mark IIIs with Bigsby in black, red, and ocean green, Mark VIs, and Mini XIIs in sunburst) between the years 1998 and 2001
I bought this guitar new from Rhoads Music in 2001. It has been sparingly played in my home studio--never gigged out. Fret wear is practically non-existent. Guitar weighs in at 8 ... more
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Vintage 1967 VOX Cambridge Reverb, Thomas Organ, Model V1031, small combo amp

Vintage 1967 VOX Cambridge Reverb, Thomas Organ, Model V1031, small combo amp

Morton Grove, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage V1031 Vox Cambridge Reverb Solid State combo amplifier built in 1967 by the Thomas Organ Company in Sepulveda, California. The reverb tank is not working although the reverb functions great when tested with another tank. Everything else works as it should. The original Vox speaker has been replaced with a 10 inch Celestion. New power cord with 3 prong grounded plug. Sold as is. No returns. Weight: 32 5 lbs.... more
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VOX MARK VI WITH MINT CASE Electric Teardrop Guitar 1960s SUPER NICE! ITALY!

VOX MARK VI WITH MINT CASE Electric Teardrop Guitar 1960's SUPER NICE! ITALY!

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


VOX MARK VI ITALY SUPER CLEAN WITH CASE!!!! I have owned the guitar for over 15 years, I'm the 3rd owner. The neck is in "10" condition, absolutely amazing, no marks at all! The body has normal veneer cracking due to age. It comes with the ORIGINAL CASE! Comfortable to play, and seems to have a distinct Beatles round tone that comes through. One of the finest guitars I've ever owned. It isn't going away cheap, because you'll never find one as clean as this. The serial... more
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Vintage VOX Limited Busker Amp Battery Powered 1986 Amplifier England

Vintage VOX Limited Busker Amp Battery Powered 1986 Amplifier England

Ansonia, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Works great
It's portable
takes two 9 volt batteries
It is set up for 240 volt so it will need to be modified to plug in to 120
Use as is with the batteries. Sounds great.
It's hand written date and names on the inside. Cool little piece of vox history.
Made in England
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Vox Mini3 G2 Battery / AC Powered Modeling Amp w /  Strap ?? Vintage Cream

Vox Mini3 G2 Battery / AC Powered Modeling Amp w / Strap ?? Vintage Cream

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


Always on the move? With its lightweight design and incredible sound quality, the MINI3 G2 is the perfect grab and go amplifier. Powered by six AA batteries, or the included adapter, the MINI3 G2 is a great companion for long road trips or for bringing your music to the city streets. 11 authentic amp models and on-board 8 effects make this little amp a tremendously versatile tool, allowing you to explore any genre of music you can think of! With microphone and auxiliary inputs, you can accompany... more
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Vintage 1963 VOX Ace Electric Guitar

Vintage 1963 VOX Ace Electric Guitar

Gurnee, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1963 VOX Ace Electric Guitar
Item # 57474-1This guitar is a survivor restoration project. it is almost complete except for the tuners. The bridge pickup doesn't work but the neck pickup does. Probably an easy fix but I did not take it apart. Has some finish checking but for 61 years old it looks really good. Pretty rare this guitar was not offered in the United States. Selling as is. Please have a good look at the pictures. I'm happy to answer any questions concerning this guitar. ... more
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Vintage VOX Churchill PA Solid State Reverb Head Guitar Bass Needs Work

Vintage VOX Churchill PA Solid State Reverb Head Guitar Bass Needs Work

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage VOX Churchill PA Head Guitar Bass Needs Work
Currently not working. It powered on when I went to take pics of it, then I started to smell burning so I immediately unplugged it, I waited 10 mins, tried to quickly power it on to see if it had power, and nothing. Its project, expect a project. But it could be a very cool amp if the right tech gets ahold of it . Weight is 43 lbs

Please ask any questions you have before purchasing.
We are happy to answer any... more
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1966 Vox V1121 Buckingham Head + Matching Cab Trolley w /  Footswitch

1966 Vox V1121 Buckingham Head + Matching Cab Trolley w / Footswitch

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


'66 Vox V1121 Buckingham 3-Channel 35w Head + Matching 2x12 Cabinet Piggyback Amp w / Footswitch
This Amp Is In Good Condition With Some Wear Visible Throughout (Please See All Photos)
All 3 Channels And Tremolo Work But Reverb Is Non Functioning
Located At IVG Orange
Comes As Shown With Tiltback Trolley, XLR M-F Speaker Cable, Footswitch And Head Security Clamp
Has Red And Green "Clear" Pilot Lights
Has Original "Vox" And "Super Reverb Twin" Escutcheon... more
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VOX Bobcat BCV90B Black ONYX

VOX Bobcat BCV90B Black ONYX

Parrottsville, Tennessee, 378**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Vox BC-V90B electric guitar is a great addition to any musician's collection. With its sleek design and high-quality sound, it's sure to impress. Made by the trusted brand Vox, this guitar is built to last
The model VOX BC-V90B is a classic choice for any guitar enthusiast. Its electric format provides a unique and powerful sound that is perfect for any genre of music. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, this guitar is sure to satisfy
VOX / BC-V90B Jet Black ... more
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Crucianelli Elite 702B Bass 1965 Sunburst Vox Cougar V214 Espana Italy

Crucianelli Elite 702B Bass 1965 Sunburst Vox Cougar V214 Espana Italy

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


1965 Crucianelli Elite 702B Sunburst
Vintage semi hollow body short scale bass!
Made in Italy ca. 1965
These basses were built by Crucianelli but were branded under numerous names. Most famously it is also the Vox Cougar V214 bass. It was also the Panaramic 1204R bass and the Espana EL-38 bass. It also could have been branded under the Tonemaster, Hengelo Tonnema, Imperial, Elite, or Crucianelli names. Crucianelli also made the Vox Lynx V213 guitar
Crucianelli certainly took many ... more
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Vintage 1960??s Original VOX V-250 Violin BASS NECK Italy

Vintage 1960??s Original VOX V-250 Violin BASS NECK Italy

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1960??s Original Vox V-250 Violin Bass Guitar NECK ONLY Made in Italy

Neck is straight. Truss Rod works. Frets have some indentations but still plenty of life left. There is a crack in fretboard that can be seen running down the middle of neck. Neck still plays fine but selling as is. No other parts included
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Vintage 1960??s Original VOX V-250 Violin BASS BODY ONLY Italy

Vintage 1960??s Original VOX V-250 Violin BASS BODY ONLY Italy

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1960??s Original Vox V-250 Violin Bass Guitar Sunburst BODY ONLY Made in Italy

Vintage Vox V-250 Violin Bass body only

Body has large finish cracks which is common in these instruments on account of the thick finish coats used. Body has wear but overall fair condition for restoration or your next project

Selling as is and as shown

No other parts included
... more
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Original Vintage 1960s VOX METAL KBOB Super Lynx Deluxe Guitar  /  Bass  /  Mosrite

Original Vintage 1960s VOX METAL KBOB Super Lynx Deluxe Guitar / Bass / Mosrite

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Original Vintage 1960s VOX METAL KBOB Super Lynx Deluxe Guitar / Bass / Mosrite

Set screw metal knob with rubber ring accent grip. Found on many vintage Vox guitars and basses as well as some Mosrite instruments

Solid Brass construction, Nickel chrome finish, flat head setscrew, black rubber grip. Normal vintage wear with patina. Fits 1 / 4" shaft
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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.
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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

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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

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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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.