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Gibson advertisement (1956)

Les Paul Says: It's Gibson

Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gibson Les Paul Standard

A most important part of our recording equipment This interesting mid-fifties advert shows Les Paul at work recording guitar with his wife Mary Ford looking on. The advert shows the original gold-topped Les Paul Model, but also the newer black-finished Les Paul Custom.

The perfection demanded in all his equipment, by Les Paul, the original hi-fi enthusiast, is incorporated in the Les Paul guitars. Those clear, resonant and sparkling tones lend special enchantment to the popular Les Paul - Mary ford recordings... the wide range of tone colorings delight even the most critical technician

Gibson advertisement (1956) Les Paul Says: It

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Gibson Les Paul Standard - Gibson Les Paul Model
Gibson Les Paul Standard - Gibson Les Paul Model
It's a sensation! This very early advertisement for the Les Paul Model (latterly known as the Les Paul Standard) features Les Paul himself playing the gold-topped P90 equipped guitar
Gibson Les Paul Standard - Daddy of
Gibson Les Paul Standard - Daddy of 'em All
1969 advert for the two re-released Les Paul models, the Custom and the Standard

Les Paul may not have invented amplified music, but he perfected it almost single-handed. He started a revolu...
Gibson Les Paul Standard - The Most Les
Gibson Les Paul Standard - The Most Les
"Les Paul's silver anniversary is your golden opportunity". Advert for the 25th anniversary Les Paul guitar
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Gibson Les Paul Standard - Vintage Voltage. 30th Anniversary Les Paul Standard
An advertisement for a short-lived limited edition model to celebrate 30 years of Les Paul's work with Gibson guitars

The shape of '52 that shattered all the molds; the classic gold top, The...
Gibson Les Paul Standard - American-made. World-played.
Gibson Les Paul Standard - American-made. World-played.
This advertisement was widely used circa 1982-1984. It features the American map guitar that appears on the cover of the 1983 Gibson catalogue, alongside the ES-335 dot, and Les Paul Standard.

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Gibson Vintage 1959 Les Paul PAF Pickup Ring Surround Screws ES SG 1958 1960 196

Gibson Vintage 1959 Les Paul PAF Pickup Ring Surround Screws ES SG 1958 1960 196

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$59

** Vintage Gibson PAF Pickup Ring Surround Screws
Good Condition4 Long 4 ShortSee PhotosShipping Lower 48 $9 00We ship Worldwide051324 1... more
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Gibson Vintage 1968 Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pots 500K 1969 ES 335 175 1960s

Gibson Vintage 1968 Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pots 500K 1969 ES 335 175 1960's

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$385

** Vintage 1968 Gibson Control Pots 1960's **
Fair ConditionPot Dates 32nd week of 1968500KOne shaft brokeSee PhotosShipping Lower 48 $19 00We Ship Worldwide 051724... more
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1984 Gibson Les Paul Studio Custom Sunburst

1984 Gibson Les Paul Studio Custom Sunburst

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3499

Up for sale(hesitantly) is this amazing 1984 Gibson Les Paul Studio Custom
Quick Details
Weight 8 6lbs
Nut width 1 68"
Depth at 1st fret 0 80 "
Depth at 12th fret 0 96 "
This is a great example of the Les Paul Studio Custom line that Gibson put out for only a few short years in the mid 80's
The Burst on this particular Studio Custom looks fantastic. The clear is checking very slightly on the top and more present on the back which is common on the older Gibson guitars. ... more
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / HSC

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / HSC

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

$7995

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Professionally Repaired Headstock
Nitrocellulose Lacquer Clear Coat Overspray On Neck And Body With Tasteful Aging
Refretted With Correct Vintage-Size Wire
Bridge Stud Moved On Bass Side With Hole Doweled (See Photos)
Evidence Of Two Previous Holes Between And Above Knobs As Shown
Original Pots And Tone Capacitor
Newer Dogear P-90 Pickup And ... more
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Gibson Les Paul 120th Anniversary Melody Maker - Manhattan Midnight

Gibson Les Paul 120th Anniversary Melody Maker - Manhattan Midnight

Washington, North Carolina, 278**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$790

Check out this awesome Gibson USA Anniversary Edition!
2014 Model, 120th Anniversary Edition
Good used condition. Neck is straight and frets well
Some surface scuffing and scratching is present
Some little chips in the paint shown in the photos
The color is a matte charcoal gray, but where the arm rests over the top, and an area below the pickups has rubbed to a more glossy finish
Listing is for guitar and hard case only, no cables, amps or other accessories are included. ... more
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ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Recording Bass Walnut Orig. Case

ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Recording Bass Walnut Orig. Case

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

$3830

UP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Recording Bass Walnut Original Gibson Hard case .
HAS AMAZING TONE AND SOUND WITH A REAL NICE SMOOTH FEEL AND ACTION ALL TUNERS, ELECTRONICS, GIBSON PICK UPS, SWITCHES, VOL , TONE. WORK REAL WELL ALSO AS SHOWN HAS A TINY HAIRLINE ON GUARD BY INPUT JACK CONSIDERING THIS GEM IS APPROX. 50 YEARS OLD AS SHOWN IN REAL NICE ORIGINAL CONDITION BUT TO BE EXPECTED TO HAVE SOME SCUFFS, SCRATCHES AND NORMAL USAGE WEAR .PLEASE ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Jr. Tribute DC Bass

Gibson Les Paul Jr. Tribute DC Bass

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

$995

Bass is in excellent condition. It has a few very tiny marks on the back that you have to look to see but nothing through the finish. It has scratch marks on the pickguard. As usual with these basses the action is nice and low and it plays beautifully. It has been upgraded with a Serek LZN-B90 pickup ($250) and the original pickup is included. It ships in a Gibson guitar gig bag. It's a tight fit but it does fit. S / N 124190030
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1984 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

1984 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4999

Excellent condition 1984 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe gold top. New bridge installed. New tuners. Some signs of play but still in great condition for the age. Original pickups have a lot of body to them and clean up great. Never gigged. Kept in a pet free, smoke free studio for recording purposes. Comes with pictured SKB hardshell case. Willing to ship or drive a reasonable distance
... more
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Late 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

Late 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17500

1ST OF ALL: I A / B's this guitar against my original 1958 Les Paul Standard and it sounded better and had more balls? Very unusual!
TRANSITION MODEL: Did not know this but evidently a few rare models were produced late 69 before holiday closure. This is one of those. No made in USA stamp, one piece neck and body, small volute and early pickups. Parts date '69. Gold hardware is perfect. ONE OWNER folks! Near mint condition, 9 5 lbs, perfect and untouched. 100% original except for a perfect ... more
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Gibson Les Paul XR-III 1982 - Red - w /  Original Black Gibson Case

Gibson Les Paul XR-III 1982 - Red - w / Original Black Gibson Case

Spring, Texas, 773**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$465

This Les Paul XR-III is a 6 string with 22 fret electric guitar.
Made in 1982
Has a small chips on corner top and front of guitar and some minor scuffs on top of guitar
Comes with original black Gibson guitar case
... more
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1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom Sunburst Finish Electric Guitar w / OHSC

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom Sunburst Finish Electric Guitar w / OHSC

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

$5195

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom Sunburst Finish Electric Guitar w / OHSC
Located At IVG Burbank
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Original Tobacco Sunburst Finish Shows Dings and Playwear Throughout With Buckle Rash On Back (See Photos)
Original Gold Hardware Shows Light Tarnish
Original Tim Shaw PAF Humbucking Pickups
Pots Date to '78-'79
Mahogany Body
Maple Neck With Ebony Fingerboard
Weight 9lbs 12oz
Nut Width 1 686 "
Neck Depth At 1st... more
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Vintage 1977 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 3-Pickup Walnut Electric Guitar w /  Case

Vintage 1977 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 3-Pickup Walnut Electric Guitar w / Case

Plainview, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7000

Vintage 1977 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 3-Pickup Walnut Electric Guitar w / Case Vintage 1977 Gibson Les Paul Artisan 3-Pickup Walnut Electric Guitar w / Case
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Welcome to All Music Inc. (20k positive feedback on our other account, Musicdungeon), you are looking at an incredibly cool and rare vintage guitar
This is a vintage... more
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1970s Gibson Les Paul Triumph Bass Split Diamond Overlay

1970's Gibson Les Paul Triumph Bass Split Diamond Overlay

Kalamazoo, Michigan, 490**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$175

Gibson Les Paul Triumph Bass Split Diamond Overlay in Excellent Condition
... more
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Epiphone 1955 Inspired by Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Electric Guitar

Epiphone 1955 Inspired by Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Electric Guitar

Port Orchard, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$899

Beautul epiphone 1955 inspired by gibson les paul custom outfit, like new condition, original case and candy, p90 pickups
... more
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Vintage 1956 1957 Gibson Les Paul PAF Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop Burst 1959

Vintage 1956 1957 Gibson Les Paul PAF Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop Burst 1959

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1956 - 1957 Les Paul Standard Goldtop or "Burst" Wiring Harness
This killer Centralab Les Paul harness is fully original and ready to ROCK!
This original LP harness is SUPER clean - one of the most MINT original vintage harnesses we've had in stock to date
All original and in PERFECT working condition
Correct for your 1950's Les Paul Standard! These vintage ... more
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Vintage 1957 - 1958 Gibson Les Paul PAF Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop Burst 59

Vintage 1957 - 1958 Gibson Les Paul PAF Wiring Harness Standard Goldtop Burst 59

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1957 - 1958 Les Paul Standard Goldtop or "Burst" Wiring Harness
This killer Centralab Les Paul harness is fully original and ready to ROCK!
This original LP harness is SUPER clean - one of the most MINT original vintage harnesses we've had in stock to date
All original and in PERFECT working condition
Correct for your 1950's Les Paul Standard! These vintage ... more
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Vintage 1953 Gibson Kluson "No Line" Tuner Set, Original Tips! Les Paul Goldtop

Vintage 1953 Gibson Kluson "No Line" Tuner Set, Original Tips! Les Paul Goldtop

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1495

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1950's Gibson / Kluson "no-line" tuner set
Correct for your 1952-1957 Gibson Les Paul Standard Goldtop
This is a very rare chance to snag a rare and FULLY original set of original 1950's Klusons This is a VERY clean set that is 100% stock.
Original tips are in amazing condition. No bends to any shafts. The casings are super clean and the gears are tight and ... more
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Vintage 1959 Gibson Les Paul Burst Knobs Gold Bonnet Standard Knob set Goldtop

Vintage 1959 Gibson Les Paul Burst Knobs Gold Bonnet Standard Knob set Goldtop

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$595

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
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A killer set of 1959 Vintage Gibson Les Paul "Burst" Gold Knobs
These are KILLER and are THEE set for your 1950's Les Paul Standard!
Or make your vintage reissue R9 or replica "pop" with some REAL DEAL vintage plastic!
Fantastic original condition with an incredibly aged finish. These were on a very well worn, well played and extensively gigged guitar - the knobs have aged... more
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1984 GIBSON LES PAUL "The PAUL"  Natural Relic. Great Player W /  Hardshell Case.

1984 GIBSON LES PAUL "The PAUL" Natural Relic. Great Player W / Hardshell Case.

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

$1550

1984 GIBSON LES PAUL "The PAUL "   Natural Relic. Great Player W / Hardshell Case . This guitar sounds and plays great. Has lots of life left. All original with the exception of the tuners. And knobs They have been changed out for Grover's. Has the original Tim Shaw patent number pickups. This is a great player and shows lots of character on the body. Please see all pictures. There is no cracks or damage. Just playwear. Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking shipping to the ... more
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1982 Gibson Les Paul Standard 82 w / a very special order 5A Quilted Maple Top.

1982 Gibson Les Paul Standard 82 w / a very special order 5A Quilted Maple Top.

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

$14995

This is a really wonderful 1982 Gibson Les Paul Standard 82 Reissue. It??s the only one we??ve ever encountered. It??s a very early attempt by Gibson to start reviving the vintage 50??s Les Paul??s again but w / a slightly modern take. In 1980 Gibson made the Les Paul Std. 80 which was the very 1st attempt to remake their 1959 Les Paul Std. all in a cherry sunburst finish. This ??Standard 82?? was a small run of Les Paul??s that were made w / the factories best wood selection way before their ... 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

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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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.