Vintage Guitars
I'm happy with this
This website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features, and to analyse traffic. When you buy through links on our site we may earn an affiliate commission. See terms and conditions

Gretsch advertisement (1955)

The Top Country and Western Stars Play Gretsch

Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193

This Gretsch advertisement from 1955 features two big Country stars of the time: Eddy Arnold, and Hank "Sugar Foot" Garland. Arnold is featured with his Gretsch flattop with 'Eddie Arnold' neck inlay, whilst Garland has the Gretsch hollow body Country Club.

In this advert, both musicians sing the praises of Gretsch guitars, however neither would stay with the company for long; Garland was already working with Gibson on a new signature model, the Byrdland, whilst Arnold was appearing in Gibson advertising with his spectacular J200 flattop, again with his name inlaind into the fretboard, by 1957.

Eddie Arnold: When it comes to playin' the right background, my Gretsch guitar is natural for tone - and that 'Miracle Neck' is mighty easy on my hands, too

Hank Garland: Man, you've never heard sounds like this before


    Gretsch advertisement (1955) The Top Country and Western Stars Play Gretsch

    Other related vintage advertisements

    Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 - The Sound of Superiority
    Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 - The Sound of Superiority
    This advertisement shows a broad selection of Gretsch's early 1960s guitar offering, though interestingly, by the time this advert was placed many of these guitars had been redesigned as double cut...

    2024 Vintage Guitar price guide 2024 Vintage Guitar price guide

    Need the value of your guitar? The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price Guide 2024 is out now: Amazon

    Vintage guitar parts for sale
    Classic Bikes for Sale Classic Motorcycles For Sale
    Classic Cars for Sale Classic Cars For Sale

    Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 is funded by its visitors. When you buy through links on our site we may earn an affiliate commission. For more info see terms and conditions.
    Vintage 1967 GRETSCH 6157 Super Bass piggyback amp amplifier 2x12 tube valco

    Vintage 1967 GRETSCH 6157 Super Bass piggyback amp amplifier 2x12 tube valco

    Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 107**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    ===FOR LOCAL PICKUP ONLY in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706===
    Vintage GRETSCH Super Bass piggyback amp
    This Valco-made amp from the 1960's was originally designed for bass players but its 6L6GC and 2x12" configuration found favor with guitar players looking for clean headroom with the unmistakable "American" flavor Valco amps offer
    70 Watt amplifier. This head gets loud!
    2x12" bass cabinet. The tolex is in very good condition
    While it is functional, it does need some attention ... more
    eBay logo
    Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic Walnut Stain w /  Belly Rest + COA OHSC

    Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic Walnut Stain w / Belly Rest + COA OHSC

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


    Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic Walnut Stain w / Belly Rest + COA OHSC

    Google us! Lovies Guitar Shop
    Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this Gretsch G6122 1962 Country Classic with a Walnut Stain Finish! The Filter'Tron pickups and a laminated maple body combine for a that unique Gretsch tone, and the 24k gold hardware, ebony fretboard, offset markers and body binding make for a visually striking instrument as well. With 2-1 / 4" body depth, solid brass gold-plated ... more
    eBay logo
    Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Walnut Stain+COA OHSC

    Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Walnut Stain+COA OHSC

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


    Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-String Walnut Stain+COA OHSC

    Google us! Lovies Guitar Shop
    Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 2020 Gretsch G6122 1962 Chet Atkins Signature Country Gentleman 12-String Guitar with a Walnut Stain Finish! The Gretsch G6122-6212GE Vintage Select 1962 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman 12-string hollowbody electric guitar captures the essence of classic Gretsch tone and style with a beautifully lush, naturally chorused sound.... more
    eBay logo
    Vintage 1966 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Walnut Stain With OHSC

    Vintage 1966 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Walnut Stain With OHSC

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


    [contenteditable]{ pointer-events: none; }Here at Truetone, we get to see an amazing array of vintage guitars, and as big Gretsch fans, we all fell in love with this 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean.  Any vintage Gretsch from this area is awesome, but this one especially stands out.  
    Made in Brooklyn during the heyday of Gretsch's U S. production, it's likely that the original owner of this guitar got it because of the Beatles - after all, this is the model that George Harrison played in the ... more
    eBay logo
    Vintage Gretsch Archtop Model 35 1930??s Guitar

    Vintage Gretsch Archtop Model 35 1930??s Guitar

    Lemon Grove, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Up for sale is a Gretsch Model 35 archtop guitar from the late 30??s. This guitar has been fixed up. It had a professional refret a few years ago and Stew Mac tuners added. The body binding is odd, but super cool; gold sparkle like the Gretsch drums, and a wide pearloid purfling on the carved top. It??s 16?? width at the lower bout, 1 11 / 16??s nut, and 24 3 / 4?? scale length

    This guitar is all solid woods, carved Spruce top, Maple sides, back and neck. The neck has some girth and ... more
    eBay logo
    1980 Gretsch 8218 BST-1500

    1980 Gretsch 8218 BST-1500

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


    Just in is this great 1980 Gretsch 8218 BST-1500
    Quick Details
    Weight 7 4lbs
    Nut width 1 11 / 16th inch
    Depth at 1st fret 0 84 inches
    Depth at 12th fret 0 88 inches
    This gretsch BST-1500 is in very good shape with very little wear on the body. The factory installed Dimarzio pickups make this guitar scream
    The neck and action are in great shape and the frets show no wear at all
    This guitar will make its next owner very happy
    Will be shipped in its original case ... more
    eBay logo
    Original Vintage Gretsch Leather Guitar Strap from a 1963 Country Gentleman

    Original Vintage Gretsch Leather Guitar Strap from a 1963 Country Gentleman

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


    Well preserved 1963 Gretsch Leather Guitar Strap that accompanied my 1963 Gretsch Tennessean. Well preserved and maintained. Western buckle in great condition
    ... more
    eBay logo


    Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    ... more
    eBay logo
    1960s Gretsch Electric Guitar String Retainer Bar & Base for Corvette

    1960's Gretsch Electric Guitar String Retainer Bar & Base for Corvette

    Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This listing is for an original 1960's Vintage Gretsch String Retainer and base. This one came off a Gretsch Corvette but this type of string retainer can be found of various Gretsch guitar models such as the Astro Jet and other Gretsch models. The piece is in good shape and comes with the mounting screws pictured. Please look at the pictures and message us with any questions.
    Thanks for looking!
    ... more
    eBay logo
    1960 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean, 6120 Conversion w /  PAF FilterTrons

    1960 Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean, 6120 Conversion w / PAF FilterTrons

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


    Up for sale, a 1960 Gretsch Chet Atkins model 6119 Tennessean in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. The original iteration of the 6119 Chet Atkins model was only available from 1958-60, and this particular example has been converted to 6120 specifications, complete with a second genuine vintage Pat. Applied For Filter??Tron humbucker in the neck position. The guitar features a trestle-braced maple body with a 16?? wide lower bout and 2 ... more
    eBay logo
    GRETSCH Viking Guitar PegHead BADGE Plate Part Original Vintage USA 1960s

    GRETSCH Viking Guitar PegHead BADGE Plate Part Original Vintage USA 1960s

    Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Brass construction, normal light, vintage, wear with patina, original vintage, Gretsch part, thanks for looking
    ... more
    eBay logo
    Vintage NICE 1973 Gretsch Country Gentleman USA Hollow Body Guitar W /  OHSC Case

    Vintage NICE 1973 Gretsch Country Gentleman USA Hollow Body Guitar W / OHSC Case

    Somerset, Massachusetts, 027**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Estate Fresh !!
    Yowza! Uncirculated, one owner, fresh out from the closet 1973 Gretsch Country Gentleman. Take a look at the photos. This is one clean guitar for 51 years old.
    Comes with the warranty card, 2 original case keys and the plastic bag the polish cloth came in. (No cloth) just the bag.
    Aside from some gold tarnish / wear take a look at the photos. Clean back / neck / fretboard and the action is low / medium with plenty on the wheels to lower if you wanted to. No gouges to... more
    eBay logo
    Gretsch G6136-1958 Stephen Stills  Falcon Hollow Body with Bigsby Aged White 202

    Gretsch G6136-1958 Stephen Stills Falcon Hollow Body with Bigsby Aged White 202

    Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gretsch G-6136-1958 Stephen Stills Signature Hollow Body Falcon With Bigsby in Aged White finish made in Japan in 2023 with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar features a double bound hollow arched laminated maple back / laminated maple sides body with an arched laminated maple, 3-piece maple neck and bound ebony fingerboard. Equipped with a set of TV Jones High Sensitive Filter'Tron humbuckers in the neck and bridge position. Controlled by 1-master volume, 2-pickup volumes knobs, a 3-way ... more
    eBay logo
    Pair (2) Vintage Gretsch Arrow Guitar Knobs late 1950s /  early 1960s Gold

    Pair (2) Vintage Gretsch Arrow Guitar Knobs late 1950s / early 1960s Gold

    Hyde Park, New York, 125**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Here you have a pair of Gretsch Arrow knobs fro a late ?50s / early ?60s Gretsch Country Club (this style of knob was used on other models as well). These were gold, but most of the gold plating is worn off. You can see that these are in very used condition in the pictures

    If you have a vintage Gretsch in need of replacement knobs, or if you want some cool vintage knobs for your guitar project, these are worth your consideration.

    No returns unless item is described ... more
    eBay logo
    Used Gretsch G6120TGDS PE Nashville - Roundup Orange

    Used Gretsch G6120TGDS PE Nashville - Roundup Orange

    Winchester, Virginia, 226**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Used Gretsch G6120TGDS PE Nashville - Roundup ... more
    eBay logo
    Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Vintage 1964 OHSC GREAT Condition Tennessee

    Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean Vintage 1964 OHSC GREAT Condition Tennessee

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


    This is a beautiful Gretsch Tennessean from 1964 I believe and NOT a reissue. Everything looks to be original including the case. This guitar plays like butter and has that sweet jangly tone of a vintage gretsch and that nasty rock-a-billy kick. She screams with the best. The neck is on the thicker side (but not chunky) and just feels like home in your hands. The fretboard is a beautiful rosewood and I can only guess this, that it feels soft and silky like that rare rosewood from brazil they... more
    eBay logo
    1940s vintage gretsch jet 21 acoustic archtop Guitar Electric

    1940s vintage gretsch jet 21 acoustic archtop Guitar Electric

    Chatsworth, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1940s vintage gretsch jet 21 acoustic archtop Guitar Electric.
    Nice acoustic arch top jet 21 early model rare
    ... more
    eBay logo
    Vintage Gretsch Viking Sunburst 1967

    Vintage Gretsch Viking Sunburst 1967

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


    Vintage Gretsch Viking Sunburst 1967
    A true vintage beauty that plays & sounds terrific! The dual SuperTron pickups sound wonderful & produce warm, rich tones. Even acoustically the guitar is quite resonant
    Professionally set up with fresh strings & low action, so it plays & sounds fantastic
    Cosmetic Condition: Aside from the binding deterioration, the guitar is actually in really good shape for ... more
    eBay logo
    GRETSCH 2013 Hot Rod Walt ONE-OF-A-KIND Pinstripe ELECTRIC Guitar w /  HS Case WOW

    GRETSCH 2013 Hot Rod Walt ONE-OF-A-KIND Pinstripe ELECTRIC Guitar w / HS Case WOW

    Louisville, Kentucky, 402**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    HELLO, and WELCOME to kentuckyrebel'srock'n'rollheaven, where I've specialized in selling MUSIC MEMORABILIA for over TWENTY YEARS on eBAY (and MANY MORE YEARS in the outside world, long before the advent of online auctions)!
    THANKS, too, for the interest in my music group's last CD, "LISTEN UP IT'S THE ECHOES " --free downloadable samples being AVAILABLE ONLINE at AllMusic and, of course, THE ECHOES OFFICIAL WEBSITE--and for the overwhelming response to our follow-up CD, "NOW HEAR THIS, " ... more
    eBay logo
    Vintage Gretsch 7576 Country Club Natural 1980

    Vintage Gretsch 7576 Country Club Natural 1980

    Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage Gretsch 7576 Country Club Natural 1980
    100% original & a great player with a rich, woody tone. Fully inspected & professionally set up with fresh strings & low action, so it plays & sounds fantastic!
    Cosmetic Condition: Wonderful condition for being 44 years old - various little nicks, dents & dings; scratches & some tarnish on the gold hardware
    Neck: Slender profile maple neck ... more
    eBay logo

    Find more Gretsch Country Club 6192 / 6193 at

    There are 0 comments on this page so far. Add your comment

    Comment on this article

    Anti-spam question - to catch web robots


    mailing list


    Facebook  Instagram  YouTube

    Other Great Sites

    Recent posts on vintage guitar and bass

    1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

    1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

    1961 Hofner Colorama I

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

    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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

    1960 Hofner Colorama II

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

    1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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

    1981 Gibson Marauder

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

    1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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

    1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

    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 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

    1961 Hohner ZambesiThis very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

    1963 Vox Super Ace

    1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

    1966 Vox New Escort

    1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

    1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

    1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

    1973 Eko Ranger Folk

    1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

    1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

    1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

    1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

    1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

    1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

    1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

    1972 Fender Precision bass

    1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

    1967 Vox Stroller

    1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

    1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

    1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

    1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

    1959 Hofner Committee

    1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

    1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

    1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

    1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

    Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

    1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

    1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

    1965 Hofner President

    1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

    1963 1964 Fender catalog

    Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.