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Fender advertisement (1967)

Full Color Sound

Fender Coronado, Fender Jazz bass, Fender Solid-State Twin Reverb amplifier, Fender Wildwood acoustic

From Fender Musical Instruments, representing the complete musical spectrum with a selection of master-crafted guitars and amplifiers. See the complete line of Fender Musical Instruments at any authorized Fender Dealer. Pictured above: Jazz Bass, Solid-State Twin/Reverb Amp, Coronado II and Wildwood Guitars

The irony of a black and white advert entitled 'Full Color Sound'... in fact a full colour advert using this image was also used to publicise the '67 US NAMM show (here) and it clearly shows the tremendous wildwood stained back of the Fender Concert acoustic - something completely lost in this (unfortunately more widely used) monotone version.

Fender advertisement (1967) Full Color Sound

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Fender Jazz - The most imitated guitar in the world
Fender Jazz - The most imitated guitar in the world
Early sixties Fender advert for three guitars and one bass - the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Stratocaster and Jazz bass, highlighting the design and components that made these guitars: bridges, pickups, etc
Fender Jazz - Quality Means Confidence
Fender Jazz - Quality Means Confidence
Early sixties advert for the Fender Jazz bass and the Stratocaster guitar
Fender Jazz - The Most Imitated Guitars In The World
Fender Jazz - The Most Imitated Guitars In The World
Mid sixties Fender advert featuring the Fender Jazz bass, Fender Jaguar guitar, Fender Wildwood acoustic, and a new model, the Fender Bandmaster amplifier.
Fender Jazz - The Name that Makes the Difference
Fender Jazz - The Name that Makes the Difference
This mid sixties advert shows a Fender decal being applied to a Jazz bass. Despite the model depicted, this is really an advert for the Fender company rather than any individual model.
Fender Coronado - Olé
Fender Coronado - Olé
Fender advert from the middle of 1966 for Fender guitars. Featuring the Stratocaster and Jaguar solid-bodies, the Coronado semi-acoustic and the Concert acoustic.
Fender Jazz - Get Fenderized
Fender Jazz - Get Fenderized
Heavily promoted advert / Competition for Fender in 1967, giving the opportunity to win a 'bandfull' of instruments. The first prize was a Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitar, Jazz bass, Bassman an...
Fender Coronado - Great New Sound. Same Old Quality
Fender Coronado - Great New Sound. Same Old Quality
1967 saw Fender pushing some new lines
Fantastic customized, one-ot-a-kind WILDWOOD guitars: new expanded Coronado Series guitars and basses; the new improved Fender Solid-State Series amps; all...
Fender Coronado - Full Color Sound
Fender Coronado - Full Color Sound
Advert for the Fender display at the June 1967 NAMM show in Chicago, USA. It features a number of instruments 'representing the complete musical spectrum': a Jazz Bass, a Coronado II electric acous...
Fender Solid-State Twin Reverb - The Heavys From Fender
Fender Solid-State Twin Reverb - The Heavys From Fender
They drive hard. Featuring 4 Fender solid state amps: Vibrolux/Reverb, Deluxe/Reverb, Twin/Reverb and Super/Reverb
Fender Jazz - Fender. What more need we say
Fender Jazz - Fender. What more need we say
just that Fender guitars are played by stars the world over - from big-beat blues to folk music, c&w to acid rock. The greatest guitars in the world
UK Dallas Arbiter (Fender distributor) fe...

Fender Coronado, Fender Jazz, Fender Solid-State Twin Reverb, Fender Wildwood

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Vintage 1965 (or later) Fender Jazz Bass Ashtray Covers Set (Not a Reissue)

Vintage 1965 (or later) Fender Jazz Bass Ashtray Covers Set (Not a Reissue)

Caldwell, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$400

This vintage set of Fender Jazz Bass ashtray covers were originally installed on a Bass that I bought used in the 70's and sold in the early 80's. I immediately removed these covers and put them in a box where they still are today. I believe that they were produced in 1965 or later. This set is a true vintage item and not a modern reissue. The covers bear the iconic Fender logo and are in excellent condition.
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Fender Jazz Bass 1976 Black With Maple Block Neck

Fender Jazz Bass 1976 Black With Maple Block Neck

Long Island City, New York, 111**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3849

Rare 1976 Fender Jazz bas Black custom color painted over Sunburst from the factory heavy relic for decades of touring through out the world . This bass sounds and plays amazing Comes with original hardshell case . The case in in solid in good condition... more
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1966 Fender Coronado XII Cherry Red Finish 12 String Electric Guitar

1966 Fender Coronado XII Cherry Red Finish 12 String Electric Guitar

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

$3495

1966 Fender VII Coronado Cherry Red Finish 12 String Electric Guitar
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See All Photos)
Maple Body - Maple Neck - Rosewood Fingerboard
Weighs In At - 6lbs 6oz

Nut Width - 1 33 "
Neck Depth At 1st Fret - .90 "
Neck Depth At 12th Fret - .91 "
Case Can Be Purchased For Additional Fee (Please Inquire)
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1971 Fender Jazz Bass a really nice all original classic example ready to use.

1971 Fender Jazz Bass a really nice all original classic example ready to use.

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

$7495

We??ve just acquired a really clean & original 1971 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a lightweight Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is super clean w / perfect logo & frets, its ink date stamp is quite illegible but she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s last great Jazzes, its 2 pickups are super smooth... more
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Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Black 1977

Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Black 1977

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999


Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Black 1977
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
100% original & a fine player thanks to a pro set up from the experts here at Cream City Music. The combination of maple fingerboard & black body finish is a really cool aesthetic. Gorgeous tone with a comfortable feel - don't miss out on a great opportunity to own this superb bass
Cosmetic Condition: Various little nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches ... more
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1961 Fender Jazz Bass Guitar Refin Fiesta Red

1961 Fender Jazz Bass Guitar Refin Fiesta Red

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$13500

Refinished in fiesta red. Plays great.
Original electronics.
It has the mojo
If you're local in the San Francisco Bay Area, feel free to call and set up and appointment to check it out in person.
Thanks for reading.
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1965 Fender Jazz Bass pretty refinish in Sonic Blue & ready for its next gig !

1965 Fender Jazz Bass pretty refinish in Sonic Blue & ready for its next gig !

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

$8995

This cool 1965 Jazz Bass has been refinished in their rarest custom color, this stunning Sonic Blue finish is over an alder body. She has a stamped neck date of August 1965 still sporting its original logo making it 1 of the last w / an ??Unbound?? pearl dot inlaid Rosewood neck. By January ??66 all necks were White Bound from that day forward as all CBS production traits took over from that point in time on. Its original White pickgard pulls this all together. Its 2 pickups are super smooth w /... more
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1964 Fender Jazz Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Olympic White w /  Gold Hardware, Case

1964 Fender Jazz Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Olympic White w / Gold Hardware, Case

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

$21000

Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jazz Bass in perfect working order, featuring factory-installed gold hardware and the original custom color Olympic White nitro lacquer finish. While Pre-CBS era Fender Jazz Basses in custom colors enjoy a certain reverence for their relative rarity, the all-original gold hardware certainly elevates this example above the pack
With extremely heavy playwear and a super jumbo refret, this Jazz Bass looks mean yet has a vitality and breadth of tones well-suited to ... more
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2022 Fender Hybrid II Jazz Bass V 5-String Vintage Natural, Mint w /  Case, Japan

2022 Fender Hybrid II Jazz Bass V 5-String Vintage Natural, Mint w / Case, Japan

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

$1550

Up for sale, a 2022 Fender Hybrid II Jazz Bass V in like-new condition, complete with hangtags and a Fender molded hardshell case. A model only sold in the Japanese domestic market and select international territories, this ??Made in Japan?? 5-string Jazz Bass is uncommon outside its country of origin. Pairing vintage aesthetics and modern, player-friendly touches, features include a Modern C neck profile carve, satin neck finish, 9 1 / 2" fretboard radius, narrow / tall fretwire, a bone nut, ... more
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Fender Jazzmaster w / OHSC, All-Original- Blond (1961)

Fender Jazzmaster w / OHSC, All-Original- Blond (1961)

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

$24900

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: 61459 WEIGHT: 7lbs 9oz Very Good Condition: This guitar is in very good condition overall and shows signs of being played and loved by one previous owner over 62 years. The finish has various marks, scuffs and wear but it mostly in-tact with nice checking. The transparency of the ... more
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Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan

Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1100

For sale is a Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan in Good Condition!
This beautiful bass comes from the famous Fujigen factory which has become synonymous with high quality! These are becoming harder to come by and are very collectible!
Just cleaned and set up with super low action!
Electronics have been modified (Vol - Vol - Tone - Input)
This can easily be modified back to original as they used the existing holes. The original jack is still intact on the side of the... more
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NOS 1980s Fender Jazz Bass 62 reissue Mute Assembly Bridge and Pickup Cover

NOS 1980's Fender Jazz Bass 62 reissue Mute Assembly Bridge and Pickup Cover

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$125

This listing is for the case contents of a 1980's USA Fender Jazz Bass. You get the complete mute assembly with installation instructions, one bridge cover, and one pickup cover still in their plastic. Bridge cover has the period correct circular inspection ink stamp on the back. The covers have the beveled screw hole style. These are NOS, never used. The mutes are almost identical to the originals. There are subtle differences to the rounded corner shaping, but otherwise, exact. Would work ... more
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1965 Fender Jazz Bass

1965 Fender Jazz Bass

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

$14900

1965 Fender Jazz Bass, Sunburst finish, ??L?? Plate, Both covers, Sounds amazing, Stunning clean example of a sought after model, EC, Original hard case... more
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1964 Fender Jazzmaster Pre-CBS Vintage Guitar Sonic Blue w /  Case

1964 Fender Jazzmaster Pre-CBS Vintage Guitar Sonic Blue w / Case

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

$13700

Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A rare custom color example, this guitar retains its original Sonic Blue nitro lacquer finish on the peghead and in the body cavities, with a body-only refinish by MB Guitars in aged Sonic Blue nitro lacquer (matching the original finish). The guitar retains all of the original electronics, hardware, and plastics, including the rare wide bevel mint green nitrate ... more
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Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Natural 1978

Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Natural 1978

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999


Vintage Fender Jazz Bass Natural 1978
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
A true vintage beauty in natural finish that plays great. The slender profile neck is very comfortable & the double pickups deliver classic Jazz Bass tone. Professionally set up & ready to play upon arrival
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches & weather checking
Neck: Maple neck with nicely aged cream binding & black ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - Olympic White - SUN FADED! - PLEK

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - Olympic White - SUN FADED! - PLEK

New Orleans, Louisiana, 701**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2200

For Sale: American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - Olympic White but faded by sun to yellow
I'm selling my American Vintage 1966 Jazz Bass, originally in Olympic White, now faded to a unique yellow color (body). The headstock is not faded, or back of the bass. It's hard to capture the changing color in the pics, I can send video or FT
The bass features a Nitrocellulose paint finish, known to start wearing off the more it's played giving it the true road worn look (not factory). This Jazz ... more
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Fender Jazzmaster 1965 - Olympic White

Fender Jazzmaster 1965 - Olympic White

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9495

This is a vintage 1965 Fender Jazzmaster with an Olympic White finish. This one has aged gracefully with its naturally faded and yellowing finish on its body and matching headstock. It has wonderful checking throughout and some well-earned dings and scuffs in the right places. It's an amazing player, with a comfortable neck somewhere between a C and D profile. Its neck has binding, dot inlays, and the low and wide frets typical of this era. It has a single changed (but vintage correct) high E ... more
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FENDER 1970s USA JAZZ BASS 3-BOLT NECK TILT METAL INSERT WITH ORIGINAL SCREWS

FENDER 1970s USA JAZZ BASS 3-BOLT NECK TILT METAL INSERT WITH ORIGINAL SCREWS

Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$38

SALE PRICE & FREE USA SHIPPING
This is from a 1975 3-Bolt Fender Jazz Bass and is in excellent condition. This is the piece that attaches to the body of your bass. The metal is nice with just a hint of oxidation and no warping or stress, there is no rust or pitting. Includes the original wood screws that mount the plate to the neck. I don't have the set screw but aftermarket ones are easy to find. Besides, it's hidden from view! You can tell this is a real one because the screw holes are ... more
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Vintage 1968 CTS 250K  pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Vintage 1968 CTS 250K pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$179

Vintage 1968 250K CTS pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue

Portland, Maine, 041**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1900

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Lake Placid Blue. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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

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

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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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.