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

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

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

    $3900



    HOUSEHOLD ARTIFACTS
    A 1967 cherry sunburst finish(not faded) Gibson J-45 acoustic steel sting guitar. The last production of thecherry sunburst finish was 2019. One owner (me) and I have the original 1967 purchaseinvoice / receipt from Arthur Smith Music Co , 1512Golf St , Sarasota, FL which I will give you upon purchase (also, the hang tag)as well as the 1970 Martin hard-shell case invoice / receipt from Jules??Enterprises Inc. Music Center, 1527 Main St , Sarasota, FL . ... more
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    Martin D-28 Brazilian 1966

    Martin D-28 Brazilian 1966

    Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $9000

    A beautifully aged 1966 Martin D28 with Brazilian back. This guitar has had a few repairs over the years by experienced luthiers and they have maintained the guitars beauty, integrity and sound. (A couple cracks in the back, a small patched spot in the top). A previous owner installed a bridge doctor but since has been removed and the bridge has been professionally reglued. The sound quality from the rare Brazilian Rosewood has been unmatched by any contemporary replacement making ... more
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    VINTAGE ACCOUSTIC PARLOR GUITAR MARTIN STYLE?  WITH CASE MADE IN USA!!!

    VINTAGE ACCOUSTIC PARLOR GUITAR MARTIN STYLE? WITH CASE MADE IN USA!!!

    Pinconning, Michigan, 486**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $300

    Here's a Great Find out of an estate collection! Vintage Parlor Guitar I'm NOT a guitar expert so I'll do my best to describe Measures 37 inches DON'T see a makers name? Has an interesting pick guard Inside the sound hole is stamped MADE IN USA! It is very LOUD and resonates beautiful! has some condition issues as I've depicted in the pics Can note the glue and screw in the neck mount has the two holes in back perhaps had a pick- up inside at one time .has a couple chips in back as seen the ... more
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    Martin D18 vintage 1971 acoustic guitar w /  case

    Martin D18 vintage 1971 acoustic guitar w / case

    Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3899

    Here is a really wonderful example of one of Martins most iconic dreadnoughts, the D-18. This guitar has only had one owner (my mother). It was originally purchased in 1972 (serial number shows that it was manufactured in 1971). I recently took it to McCabe's vintage guitar store in Santa Monica for an unofficial appraisal and they said it was in great shape. There are some minor cosmetic dings and scratches (see photos). The crack on the back of the guitar is "not open" according to McCabe's. ... more
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    Martin D 18 Guitar 1974 with  LR. Braggs Session-VTC Acoustic Pickup System

    Martin D 18 Guitar 1974 with LR. Braggs Session-VTC Acoustic Pickup System

    North Port, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2975

    Solid full mahogany dreadnought-style guitar with solid spruce top in excellent condition for its age. The D-18 is a long time classic since the 30´s and a real workinghorse! Nice warm sound and typical Martin shimmer. Including original grey hardshell case w / blue interior. LR. Braggs Session-VTC Acoustic Pickup System installed and Neck reset performed in January 2023 by Seven Seas Music, St Pete- Fl
    SpecificationsYear: 1974Neck: MahoganyTop: Sitka spruceBack & sides: ... more
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    1979 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar NEAR MINT!!!

    1979 Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar NEAR MINT!!!

    Templeton, California, 934**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

    Serial #417260 - This guitar is fantastic and has very little wear. Very light checking on the body but no blemishes or cracks of any kind. Plays and sounds beautiful. Was refretted a few years ago but other than that all original. 2 small dings on the back of the neck past the 12th fret. No major issues! Serious bids only! Please do not bid if you do not intend to purchase

    Thanks for looking
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    1983 Martin 150th Anniversary OM-45 Natural Acoustic /  Electric Guitar + OHSC

    1983 Martin 150th Anniversary OM-45 Natural Acoustic / Electric Guitar + OHSC

    Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $11995



    1983 Martin 150th Anniversary OM-45 Natural Acoustic / Electric Guitar + OHSC

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    Lovies Guitars is excited to offer up this 1983 Martin 150th Anniversary OM-45 Natural Acoustic / Electric Guitar! 150th Anniversary! This guitar has the tone and playability you would expect from a Martin Acoustic. This guitar is in great shape for its age with light hardware tarnish, several indents and marks, part of inlay missing by the output and at the heel and ... more
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    1976 Martin D-76 Limited Edition Bicentennial Model

    1976 Martin D-76 Limited Edition Bicentennial Model

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

    $7000

    1976 Martin D-76 Limited Edition Bicentennial Model
    Seral Number - 374304
    1976 Martin D-76 Limited Edition Bicentennial model in near-mint condition, complete with the original hardshell case and original paperwork. A very rare model limited to 1976 pieces (commemorating the year of America's Bicentennial), this top tier Martin features an Adirondack spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, herringbone marquetry, and an ebony bridge and fingerboard. Additional Bicentennial-centric ... more
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    Martin Guitar D 45, 1981  Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case

    Martin Guitar D 45, 1981  Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case

    New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 321**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $10100

    Martin Guitar D 45, 1981 Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case.
    Shows only minor scuffing to polish in spots as shown in photos. Sound is powerful.
    Has been cared for & ptotected, inherited from my father- original owner & Martin devotee in 1984
    But she needs to be enjoyed & played well now
    (Also have a 1974 Martin 12 string)
    Please inquire w any questions
    ... more
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    C F. Martin 00-17 Flat Top Acoustic w / Chipboard Case (1949)

    C F. Martin 00-17 Flat Top Acoustic w / Chipboard Case (1949)

    Mansfield, Ohio, 449**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4750

    Metronome Music inspects and test all used gear before listing and again before shipping. Photographs are of the product that will ship and accurately represent condition and appearance.
    Serial Number: 115684
    Very Good Condition: This C F. Martin 00-17 was manufactured in 1949 and shows signs of being well played over 75 years. There was a pickup installed in the 60s and an input jack with a large metal mounting plate was added. This has been removed and the hole patched. The ... more
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    1975 martin d 45 used acoustic guitar in great condition

    1975 martin d 45 used acoustic guitar in great condition

    Laguna Niguel, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $9600

    This Martin D-45 acoustic guitar from 1975 is a true gem for any musician. With its warm tone and unique character, it's sure to inspire you. The guitar has been well-maintained and is in excellent shape, ready for its next owner. Crafted by one of the most renowned guitar manufacturers, this Martin D-45 is a top-of-the-line model. Its features include a comfortable neck, smooth frets, and a high-quality pickup system. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, this guitar is a ... more
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    1969 Martin 00-18 C Nylon String Guitar

    1969 Martin 00-18 C Nylon String Guitar

    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3895

    1969Martin 00-18 C, Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, Plays great with a set ofsilk and steel strings, Beautiful sounding, Best one we have seen, Excellentcondition with Clean Original Blue Hard shell case
    ... more
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    1969 Vintage Martin D-35 & Case FREE SHIPPING

    1969 Vintage Martin D-35 & Case FREE SHIPPING

    Fresno, California, 937**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4700

    An AMAZING sounding and playing vintage Martin D-35. I have owned a hundred different Martin Dreadnoughts, and this is the finest sounding I've ever played. The 1 / 4" bracing matched with wonderfully straight-grained Brazilian Rosewood gives the guitar a HUGE sound - rich overtones, powerful bass, mid-range and trebles unlike any I've heard. You can swim in the tones. Only selling to recoup some cash because I'm aging and can't play the guitar as it needs to be played. You will not be ... more
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    1975 Martin D 12-18 Acoustic 12-String Guitar in Natural 358546

    1975 Martin D 12-18 Acoustic 12-String Guitar in Natural 358546

    Highland Park, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2495

    This Used 1975 Martin D 12-18 Acoustic 12-String Guitar in Natural is here on consignment. The guitar is in very nice shape for its age and sounds fantastic. We fix a crack in the top from the bridge to the butt end which is stable now. The body does have some weather checking on it but it is quite clean for its age. The neck is straight and the frets are still crowned.
    Essentially a 12 String D-18, this is a stellar acoustic model no longer made by the company. With a Sitka Spruce Top, ... more
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    Vintage 1972 Martin D-18 Natural

    Vintage 1972 Martin D-18 Natural

    New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2199

    Here's a killer vintage original Martin D-18 that plays and sounds fantastic for a very reasonable price
    The tone is warm and sweet, and great for recording
    Neck is straight and plays great with a good low action all the way up and down
    The original Spruce top is particularly nicely grained
    There is a side crack that has been professionally repaired as pictured, and priced accordingly.
    Tuners are Kluson repros and keep the guitar well in tune
    Comes with a good hard case ... more
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    1966 Martin 00-18 - Vintage Acoustic Guitar

    1966 Martin 00-18 - Vintage Acoustic Guitar

    Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4500

    This vintage Martin has been fully serviced needs nothing


    Check out the video demo for an in hand description, and for a taste of the sounds

    https: / / youtu be / kIxURfqzQJs?si=kcN3xGX8QbQ1FKOL



    The guitar has signs of use and for good reason: this thing sounds incredible! You would never guess it was a small-bodied Martin when you strum it and hear the sounds. It has a very nice and balanced tone with plenty of low end, especially for... more
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    1959 Martin 0-18

    1959 Martin 0-18

    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $6495

    1959 Martin 0-18, Natural Spruce top, Mahogany back andsides, Tortoise guard, Grover tuners, Sounds amazing with plenty of volume andresonance, Recent neck reset, Ready to enjoy, VG++, Non original hard case
    ... more
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    Martin D-41 1978 Used Acoustic Guitar. Collector Quality.

    Martin D-41 1978 Used Acoustic Guitar. Collector Quality.

    Dahlonega, Georgia, 305**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $8200

    This Martin D-41 acoustic guitar is a true collector's item from 1978. With its stunning design and top-of-the-line features, it's no wonder why it's so highly sought after. The guitar has 20 frets, six strings, and is designed for right-handed players.

    The brand is Martin, and the model is the D-41. This acoustic guitar is perfect for musicians who are looking for a high-quality instrument to add to their collection. The guitar is in excellent condition and has been ... more
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    Levin LS-18, LT-18 1960 dreadnought guitar, incredible Maple back (Martin D 28)

    Levin LS-18, LT-18 1960 dreadnought guitar, incredible Maple back (Martin D 28)

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

    $1350

    This is a beautiful sounding Levin LS-18 Maple back and sides spruce top guitar from 1960. It is in player condition, bumps, nicks, small scratches, this guitar has seen some play. That being said it??s a beautiful guitar with great bones. Plays and sounds great as is but with a little TLC this rare gem would be truly amazing! Please ask any and all questions before bidding, more pictures available upon request.... more
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    1917 Martin F4 Mandolin

    1917 Martin F4 Mandolin

    Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $5995

    1917 Gibson F4 Mandolin, Beautiful Sunburst finish, Maple back andsides, Spruce top, Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard, Gorgeous inlays on peghead, Partial hairline on top by the guard not through the wood, Beautiful rich tonality, Lots of volume, Fine player, VG++, NHSC... more
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    1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

    1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

    1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

    1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

    1961 Hofner Colorama I

    1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

    1960 Hofner Colorama II

    1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

    1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

    1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

    1981 Gibson Marauder

    1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

    1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

    1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

    1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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    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

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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.