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Acoustic advertisement (1970)

Acoustic Can Offer Unlimited Sound To Infinite Capacity

Acoustic Amplifiers

A very simple advertisement for acoustic amplification - and the first not to feature a big name musician of the time

Monochrome advert turning the ACOUSTIC brand name into an acronym

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    Acoustic advertisement (1970) Acoustic Can Offer Unlimited Sound To Infinite Capacity

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    Epiphone Caballero acoustic guitar

    Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $500

    Received as a gift in 1967.... more
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    vintage Framus acoustic guitar Made IN Germany nice shape see pics

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    Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 170**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $250

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    Barton, New York, 137**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $489

    Building on Gibson and Epiphone's long history of premier jumbo bodies, the Epiphone J-200 CE Studio is a highly stylized jumbo acoustic-electric guitar with a distinctive flair and comfortable cutaway. A big body means a big sound, and this guitar's robust tone fits in around a campfire or amplified via the onboard Fishman Presys pickup system. Based on the classic J-200 design made famous by legends like Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, and the Everly Brothers, but with a deep, single cutaway for ... more
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    Citation CIT-5000 vintage MIJ acoustic 1970s - natural

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    Lynn, Massachusetts, 019**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    Works great. Neck is straight, frets have almost no wear, truss turns, action is good. New Martin Originals strings. There's normal cosmetic wear throughout. The two worst dings are pictured. There are light scratches on the back. Guitar features solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and adjustable thumbwheel bridge. No case / bag. Ships to lower 48. No international.... more
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    1993 Greco D-80P Roundneck Acoustic Electric Resonator Sunburst, Japan Fujigen

    1993 Greco D-80P Roundneck Acoustic Electric Resonator Sunburst, Japan Fujigen

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

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    Up for sale, a 1993 Greco D-80P acoustic / electric single cone resonator in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This Japanese-made Greco is uncommon outside of its country of origin, featuring a maple dreadnought body (with a carved, arched maple back), three-piece maple neck, slab rosewood fretboard, spider bridge, and a lipstick pickup
    Bright and full-sounding, there??s a liveliness and immediacy to the instrument, sensitive to pick attack and projecting ... more
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    Vintage 1940s era Kay K 12 model acoustic flattop guitar converted to X bracing

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    Vintage 1940's era Kay K 12 model acoustic flattop guitar converted to X bracing
    Vintage 1940's era Kay K 12 model acoustic flattop guitar converted to X bracing
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    Body measures 17 inches at lower bout, and overall body length is 20 1 / 2 inches with a 26 inch scale. Mahogany back, sides, and ... more
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    VINTAGE 1960-70S ARTIS ALVAREZ 5088C ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC GUITAR

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    VINTAGE ALVAREZ ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC GUITAR TYPE: GUITARYEAR: 1960-70'SMANUFACTURER: ALVAREZSIZE: STANDARDMATERIAL: WOODCONDITION: EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR THE AGE OF THIS GUITAR, VERY FINE LIGHT SCRATCHES, FLAWS, COMES WITH ORIGINAL CASE. PLAYS GREAT!
    DISCRIPTION: Up for Purchase is this VINTAGE GUITAR. This is a nice find in excellent condition. Please see photo's. I am selling other legos, please visit my eBay store. As always all our item come from Smoke-Free and Pet-Free environment. GREAT... more
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    Vintage Silvertone Aristocrat Acoustic Guitar FOR PARTS c-x

    Owensboro, Kentucky, 423**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1000

    Please refer to the pictures to view item condition.
    If you have any questions regarding this item, please feel free to message us
    The "c-x" in the title is for our store reference only and does not pertain to the item
    What is shown in the pictures is what is included with the item. If it's not pictured it is not included.
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    Van Nuys, California, 914**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    Epiphone FT-145SB ( Sunburst) White - label Acoustic Guitar Vintage 1970's Japan

    Tulsa, Oklahoma, 741**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    This Epiphone FT-145SB acoustic guitar is a vintage piece from Japan, perfect for collectors and musicians alike. Its sunburst white color and label add to its unique appeal. The guitar is made by Epiphone and belongs to their Vintage series.

    The unit type is measured in feet and its aspects include brand, type, model, and country / region of manufacture. The guitar is categorized under Musical Instruments & Gear and Guitars & Basses, specifically Acoustic Guitars. With its ... more
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    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    Harmony Sovereign H162 acoustic guitar made in USA 1965 rare condition (new condition ) with sale tags and original hard case .

    This beautiful vintage Harmony guitar is a very rare find , is on consignment at our shop , it has spent its entire life in its case since 1965 in a well kept home environment with no signs of play wear . Nothing wrong with it , beautiful vintage guitar , with Brazilian rosewood bridge and possibly Brazilian rosewood fingerboard , collectors item in original ... more
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    Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $450

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    The tuners have been changed to brand new Kluson's
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    Orig 1967 NORMA Model FG3 Acoustic 3 / 4 Parlor Guitar TRAPEZE TAILPIECE

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    Mount Juliet, Tennessee, 371**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    Original 1967 NORMA Model FG3 Acoustic 3 / 4 Parlor Guitar TRAPEZE TAILPIECE. Tailpiece does show some expected age / use wear (see pics). String attachment bar still has the original protective plastic (see pics). Needs Light Cleaning. 100% Authentic. Made in Japan. No attachment screws in sale. SALE IS FOR WHAT IS PICTURED ONLY
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    $259

    Vintage Harmony ? / Kay ? Cherry Sunburst ??Double Dove?? Acoustic Guitar. Not sure of the exact age but I believe it??s from the late 60s or early 70s. The tuners were changed out at some point in its life - I assume it had the old 3 on a strip tuners originally.

    It is missing a string and has a few dings and signs of wear but overall is in good condition for a ~ 50 year old guitar.

    Comes as pictured plus a gig bag.

    Shipping will be $38 in the lower 48 ... more
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    Vintage 1969 Framus Texan 12 String Acoustic Guitar Burst

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    Providence, Rhode Island, 029**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $450

    This vintage 1969 Framus Texan acoustic guitar is a true gem.



    Hiii. Please look at pictures. Could use some lovin. Seems to be missing the part that hides the nut, some strings & pegs. Email me with any questions. Or if you??d like more pics. Thanks for looking.
    Sold as is.
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    Vintage Regal Luann 1920s Floral Parlor Acoustic Guitar With SSC

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    Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

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    Dangit Regal Luann! If I have to tell people one more time what a great parlor guitar you are, I'm gonna blow my top. They should already know you're a beautiful lil' parlor guitar from the 1920's with the bright, percussive tone that vintage parlor guitars are known for
    You're Regal - it's in your name. You know how to Charleston and Foxtrot. too! That's not good enough? Well, do they know about your gorgeous floral art deco spruce top. No? How ... more
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    Gibson L-1 archtop acoustic guitar 1916 - 1917 with original case

    Gibson L-1 archtop acoustic guitar 1916 - 1917 with original case

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

    $3999

    Hi,
    I am selling my vintage Gibson L-1 with original case:
    Factory Order Number 3386 stamped inside guitar.
    Serial Number 34251 handwritten in pencil on Gibson label in the sound hole.
    The FON and Serial number combined date this guitar most likely to 1916, or possibly to 1917, according to the 11th Edition of the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars / Gibson Serialization I found online
    The guitar comes with the original GIbson hardshell case which is completely functional.
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    $495

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    Hard case for an Acoustic Guitar OR Arch top jazz guitar.
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    It??s got just enough MOJO on the case to show beautifully, its age in all its vintage bitchin??-ness!.

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    1960s -70s Orpheus Grand Auditorium Acoustic OM Guitar Mahogany SPruce Japan

    1960s -70s Orpheus Grand Auditorium Acoustic OM Guitar Mahogany SPruce Japan

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

    $50

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    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.