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1951 Martin 000-18

1951 Martin 000-18

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


The 1950s Martins represent the beginning of affordable vintage instruments, with the construction finally remaining consistent for the next 60 years. These 18 models featured Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, South American mahogany back & sides, and Sitka spruce top. The 000, or Orchestra body size, is one of the most comfortable having the shallowest depth of all the Martin models, yet still remaining one of the largest lower bouts. These features combined create a punchy, clear ... more
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1951 Martin 00-17 an all mahogany bombshell full of tone & great playability.

1951 Martin 00-17 an all mahogany bombshell full of tone & great playability.

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


This beautiful example was built 1951, one of a total of only 650 00-17s shipped that year. It incorporates typical post-war Martin style 17 features including lovely mahog. on the back and sides, a super nice mahog. top, Bra zillion r wood fingerboard and bridge. Its tortoise pickgard is quite nice & intact. The neck is mahog. with a fairly slim ??C?? profile, the fingerboard inlay is mixed size dots. The tuners are the original open back individual Grovers w / a set of boo-boo vintage ... more
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1954 Martin 000-18 Vintage Acoustic Guitar w /  TKL Case

1954 Martin 000-18 Vintage Acoustic Guitar w / TKL Case

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


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Here's a vintage 1954 Martin 000-18 in a beautiful factory original finish
It's in excellent condition with light playwear for a nearly 70 year old guitar.
She's had a neck reset done by Bob Taylor and is ready to go - action is 3 / 32's and the neck angle is perfect
There's finish checking, scratches and dings as you'd expect - but she's pretty much crack free - maybe a smaller finish crack near the pickguard but that's about it
Saddle ... more
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1971 Martin D12-20 12-string Guitar with OHSC

1971 Martin D12-20 12-string Guitar with OHSC



1971 Martin D12-20 12 string guitar. For a 52 year old guitar, it is in excellent condition. With the exception of the pick guard and saddle, I believe everything is original. When I purchased the guitar about 15 years ago, the pick guard was starting to peel up, typical of Martin guitars from that period, and a tiny surface crack was beginning to develop under the guard. I took the guitar to a Martin certified luthier and had the crack repaired and the pick guard replaced; he also set-up ... more
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1973 Martin D-28 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w /  Case

1973 Martin D-28 Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1973 Martin D-28 dreadnought in exceptional condition, complete with the original molded hardshell case. Featuring solid East Indian rosewood back and sides and a solid Sitka spruce top, this D-28 has a classic Martin dreadnought tonal profile. The instrument benefits from all the maintenance due an acoustic of this vintage, with a professional neck reset, full refret, and a carved bone saddle
Offering richness and depth, this D-28 projects easily with tons of volume and ... more
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Martin D-25 Koa Pristine 1980

Martin D-25 Koa Pristine 1980

Leominster, Massachusetts, 014**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Professional setup with Martin MA540 12-54 gauge strings, includes original case. This is a very special guitar- only 925 of these produced. Vintage V-neck profile, rosewood fingerboard and bridge appear to be Brazilian, Sperzel / Martin tuners. No cracks, repairs and very little wear. Neck is amazingly straight and action is low- .088?? and .059 on 6th and 1st strings @ 12th fret. There??s plenty of saddle left on the original neck joint.

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Martin A Style 1947 Vintage Mandolin

Martin A Style 1947 Vintage Mandolin

Cockeysville, Maryland, 210**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Comes with aftermarket hard case. Normal wear and tear for a 70 plus year old instrument. Ask me questions
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Vintage Sigma 5 string Banjo by Martin GOLD Made in Japan

Vintage Sigma 5 string Banjo by Martin GOLD Made in Japan

Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Sigma 5 string Banjo by Martin. Includes Hardshell Case.
Vintage Sigma 5 string Banjo by Martin
This is a strong banjo and for the price will definitely make somebody happy. This was made in Japan in the early 1980's by Sigma which was a brand owned by Martin Guitars
This has a nice maple shell with a curly maple neck and resonator. The fretboard is rosewood with a Hearts and Flowers inlay ... more
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Vintage 1955 MARTIN 0-18T Acoustic Guitar, VG, Old Large HSC, Great Sound

Vintage 1955 MARTIN 0-18T Acoustic Guitar, VG, Old Large HSC, Great Sound

Concord, North Carolina, 280**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1955 MARTIN 0-18 Acoustic Guitar, Very Good, Old Large HSC, Great Sound
100% original and kept in very good condition for its age.
The top has aged to a nice color.
Serial No: 143553
Great examples of 1950??s and earlier martins like this are getting harder to find
SEE PHOTOS and Ask Any Questions
Sold As-Is, No Returns, Lower 48 US States Only
Signature Required Upon Receipt... more
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Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar 1974 (HE3026883)

Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar 1974 (HE3026883)

Lawrence, Kansas, 660**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1955 Martin D-18 last of the best era w / striped spruce & mahogany all over !

1955 Martin D-18 last of the best era w / striped spruce & mahogany all over !

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


This wonderful example was built 1955, one of a total of only 1103 D-18s shipped that year. It incorporates typical post-war Martin style 18 features including lovely striped mahog. on the back and sides, a superb straight-grained spruce top w / the coolest tire track shaped matching grain pattern, Bra Zilian R wood fingerboard and bridge, and tortoise celluloid body binding. Its tortoise pickgard is stunning. The neck is mahog. w / a fairly slim feel w / a soft ??V?? profile. The fingerboard ... more
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Vintage Martin 00-28C Brazilian Natural 1968

Vintage Martin 00-28C Brazilian Natural 1968

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Martin 00-28C Brazilian Natural 1968
This lovely 12-fret classical features a beautiful Brazilian rosewood back & sides paired with a solid spruce top. Professionally inspected & set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it's ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Really nice shape for its age with only minimal play wear - various little nicks & dings along with ... more
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1963 Martin D-28

1963 Martin D-28

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


1963 Martin D-28, Stunning Brazilian Rosewood back andsides, Tortoise guard, Same year as Bob Dylan??s, Sweet sounding instrument, Sought after guitar, EC, OHSC
... more
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1961 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Natural Excellent condition

1961 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar - Natural Excellent condition

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Martin D-28 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar in great condition
Sn 176770
Includes a newer Martin
Brazilian rosewood back and sides
Ebony fretboard
Sitka spruce top
This one sounds awesome and as you can see she was not abused at all. Yes there are some scuffs dings etc as shown in the pics but no lose braces and a solid guitar ready to play
Low action new strings straight neck
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Note: there is a handling fee that is only to cover shipping ... more
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1960 Martin 00-18G Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar w /  BrazilianBoard+ Case

1960 Martin 00-18G Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar w / BrazilianBoard+ Case

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


1960 Martin 00-18G Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar w / BrazilianBoard+ Case

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Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 1960 Martin 00-18G Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar w / Brazilian Fretboard! Double-O means medium-sized (14 25?? at the lower bout), -18 means that is has genuine mahogany back, sides and neck, and a wonderfully oranged Sitka spruce top. And a Brazilian board, bridge and headplate overlay. Tuners were three-on-a-filigreed ... more
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Vintage! 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar + OHSC

Vintage! 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar + OHSC

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


Vintage! 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 1962 Martin 00-16C Natural Acoustic Classical Guitar! Martin may not be the first company that comes to mind when you think of classical guitar builders. Nevertheless, most Martin guitars made prior to 1928 were made for gut strings, even though they don't closely resemble the Spanish tradition of Classical guitars. In 1936, Martin ... more
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Yamaki F135 acoustic guitar vintage copy Martin D35 Japan 1970s excellent w / case

Yamaki F135 acoustic guitar vintage copy Martin D35 Japan 1970s excellent w / case

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Yamaki F135 acoustic guitar vintage copy Martin D35 made in Japan 1970s in excellent condition with hard case

This excellent guitar is on consignment at our shop , rare opportunity to buy a vintage Japanese guitar in this excellent condition. Action is low and it plays beautifully well with balanced chords , no buzzing , no dead spots , crisp sound and beautiful vintage tone . The guitar has slight scuffs at the bottom, few very mild scratches, one or two very small dings , no cracks... more
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1954 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w /  Hardshell Case #50111

1954 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar w / Hardshell Case #50111

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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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


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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1957 Martin 000-18: Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle, Original Pickguard

1957 Martin 000-18: Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle, Original Pickguard

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


1957 Martin 000-18: Very Clean, Excellent Neck Angle, Original Pickguard
Vintage flat-top collectors, we have a special piece to share with you today! This 1957 Martin 000-18 is a real gem. It has a warm, nostalgic sound that feels like stepping into a time machine. It instantly transports you back to the Laurel Canyon folk scene of the 60??s. It??s opened up beautifully over the years. It??s a true story-teller of an instrument. In a sea of Martins that have had their finish nearly ... more
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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 bass Rose-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 Zambesi This 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 Ace The 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 Escort The 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 Care Catalog 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 guitar The 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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional