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Gibson advertisement (1980)

Lab Series. They've never sounded so good

Gibson Lab Series L11 amplifier, Gibson Lab Series L2 amplifier, Gibson Lab Series L3 amplifier, Gibson Lab Series L4 amplifier, Gibson Lab Series L5 amplifier, Gibson Lab Series L7 amplifier, Gibson Lab Series L9 amplifier

December 1980 United Kingdom advert for the Lab Series amplifiers - available at a big discount due to the favourable exchange rate. Models listed are the: L2 (100w 1x15" bass head/cabinet), L3 (60w 1x12" combo), L4 (200w 2x15" bass head/cabinet), L5 (100w 2x12" combo), L7 (100w 4x10" combo), L9 (100w 1x15" combo) and L11 (200w 4x12 lead stack).

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Gibson Lab Series L3 - It's no big thing. 'Til you turn it on.
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"Whether you're a star, a sideman, a session player, or a serious student, the Lab Series works"
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Gibson Lab Series L7 - It's got to be about the best tranny amp I've ever heard – damn it, it's got to be one of the best apps I've heard, tranny or not!
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Gibson Lab Series L5 - Try my sound.. See if you like it!
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Gibson RD Artist 1978 VINTAGE - Natural w / custom Hard-Shell Case

Gibson RD Artist 1978 VINTAGE - Natural w / custom Hard-Shell Case

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 190**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I have my 1978 Gibson RD Artist up for sale here. It is all original, all stock, nothing has been changed since it was created! All the MOOG electronics work great. It's heavy! 9 8 lbs with a back contour and a huge Norlin volute. It is in beautiful shape considering it is 45 years old. Of course, it has some nicks and dings associated with a guitar of this age. It is not a museum piece. The mark on the back of the neck CAN NOT be felt. All of its flaws are in the pictures posted (and there ... more
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1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case

1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case

Chantilly, Virginia, 201**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case.

The Gibson comes with a stellar silver and gold very early flight case you could ship it overseas in that thing and I wouldn't be afraid. It came from a very high end Collection and is in extremely good condition and will not find one in better shape. Plays and sounds amazing, has the stock bass boost switch that gets super deep tones and a very very cool bass!!!!  It is so clean you can eat off of it!!! Jimmy page... more
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Vntg 1958 Gibson GA-20 Tweed Combo Amp Jensen Speaker 220816 Serial Number 39632

Vntg 1958 Gibson GA-20 Tweed Combo Amp Jensen Speaker 220816 Serial Number 39632

Ida, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1958 Gibson GA-20 GA20 Tweed Combo Amp Jensen Speaker 220816 Serial Number 39632 Rare!!! As you can see this amp is in very good condition for its age. All knobs and inputs on the amp are in solid working order. Hasn??t been played in years other than to test prior to listing. Overall a very cool vintage amp

Please see pictures for additional details and condition.
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Gibson  Melody Maker electric guitar

Gibson Melody Maker electric guitar

Delray Beach, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Gibson Melody Maker electric guitar is perfect for professional musicians who want a high-quality instrument for their performances. The guitar features a solid body type with a white color, and it is made of high-quality mahogany material that ensures durability and longevity
It has a 21-fret rosewood fretboard and a maple neck material for a smooth and comfortable playing experience. The set includes a strap and tuner, making it easy to get started right away. This right-handed ... more
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1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior Jr. W /  Case (Owned by Michael Landau) - All Original

1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior Jr. W / Case (Owned by Michael Landau) - All Original

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


Here is a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior. All original. Great condition. Once owned by Michael Landau. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mr. Landau and Cliff Jones of L A. Vintage Gear. I purchased this guitar from the prestigious L A. Vintage Gear in Burbank, CA. Cliff has sold and sells a lot of Mr. Landau??s gear. Cliff is a true pro and made investing in this guitar a great experience. Great condition, fair amount of finish checking, some light, some medium. In the time I??ve ... more
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Whittier, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Located in historic uptown Whittier, California  
!!!!NO RESERVE!!!!
Looking for a great deal on a quality vintage guitar? Check out ... more
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Vintage 1930 era USA KLUSON GIBSON Guitar Tuner Set Lot  please Read

Vintage 1930 era USA KLUSON GIBSON Guitar Tuner Set Lot please Read

Scottsdale, Arizona, 852**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I purchased this in an estate. I know nothing about this. When o google imaged it, it came up as vintage Gibson but like I said I do not know. Please see pictures. I am also enclosing everything else I found in the box just in case it goes with these parts (see pics for what that is). I am happy to answer any questions.
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Vintage 1951 Gibson GA-20 Brown  /  For Restoration Project or Parts Untested

Vintage 1951 Gibson GA-20 Brown / For Restoration Project or Parts Untested

Palos Hills, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Detailed description and pictures coming soon.... more
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Vintage Gibson EB-0 Short Scale Electric Bass Husk Project

Vintage Gibson EB-0 Short Scale Electric Bass Husk Project

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


This vintage Gibson EB-0 Short Scale Electric Bass Husk Project is a rare gem for any music enthusiast. Crafted in the 1960s, this right-handed bass guitar features a semi-hollow body type, one-piece mahogany neck material, and 20 frets with a rosewood fretboard material. The body color is cherry, and the bass guitar has a 4-string configuration.

The guitar is made in the United States and is perfect for any musician who wants to create beautiful music. The EB-0 model is part of the ... more
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Banjo Tiny Gibson

Banjo Tiny Gibson

Tampa, Florida, 336**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Gibson banjo is a rare find for any musician. With only four strings, it has a unique sound that is perfect for any folk or world music. The brand is well-known for their quality and this banjo is no exception.
The Tiny Gibson banjo is a great addition to any musical collection and is perfect for someone who wants a vintage sound. It is categorized as a musical instrument and gear, making it a great investment for any musician. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own this rare ... more
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Vintage 1968 Gibson ES 175 D

Vintage 1968 Gibson ES 175 D

Fort Washington, Maryland, 207**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1968 Gibson ES 175 D . The electronics work as they should. The Patent number pickups are originally. The wiring harness is from a 1967 Gibson ES 335. The neck is straight and the trus rod works. The frets are in good shape. Please review pictures for cosmetics and ask all questions. The guitar has finish checking, scratches and dings which are expected on a guitar of its age. Comes with hard case, Being sold as is no returns.
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Vintage Gibson 1970??s Mini Humbucker Les Paul Deluxe Williamsville

Vintage Gibson 1970??s Mini Humbucker Les Paul Deluxe Williamsville

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage 1970??s Gibson Mini Humbucker in Excellent shape. Nice sounding pickup 6 17k. The lead is just over 4??. Comes with the original cream cover and two screws. Please let me know if you have any questions. Sold as is. Thanks for looking!
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1937 Gibson EH-150 Lap Steel Guitar

1937 Gibson EH-150 Lap Steel Guitar

Boynton Beach, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I have owned this beauty since February 2000. Here's your chance of owning piece of history.
It's a 1937 Gibson EH-150 Lap Steel with original case and the famous Charlie Christian pickup
It's made in the USA with serial #843-17
Top-bound figured maple with screws on back. Sunburst on top, back and neck
Great sounding lap steel with excellent sustain. Original pots and capacitor
Input jack has been replaced. The original is included
Scale length is 22 1 / 2 in. Width of nut... more
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Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker - Single P-90 - Tune-o-matic - case

Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker - Single P-90 - Tune-o-matic - case

Media, Pennsylvania, 190**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Excellent Condition. ( small drill hole for strap button )
Never monkeyed with
Great frets
These ( 2002 - 2004 ) are Superb guitars ( especially this one - ahem . )
Sounds / Looks / Plays like a little slice of heaven
Please check pictures and ask any questions
Ships insured to lower 48 U S.
Others, please inquire
Thank you
... more
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GIBSON ?59 Melody Maker ELECTRIC GUITAR w / Original Case

GIBSON ?59 Melody Maker ELECTRIC GUITAR w / Original Case

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


The ?59 Gibson Melody Maker is in Good condition with knicks and light scratches. Mostly original with some restorations. See the photo for the note by the guitar tech??s changes. Includes the original tuning knobs. Let me know if you have any questions or need more photos. Sorry, I don??t know the guitar??s history. I picked it up at a thrift store here in Nevada
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1960 S Gibson  Les Paul Pickguard Original

1960 S Gibson Les Paul Pickguard Original

Brevard, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an original 1960 s Gibson SG pickguard. It is either modified or a rare anomaly. This guard was on a 1961 Gibson Les Paul when I got it. You can see the play wear on the guard in the photos. Please compare the area where the bridge mounts and do your own research. If someone cut the guard the were a pro Sold as is what you see is what you get. Could be cut to make a 61 62 Les Paul guard maybe or used as is. Is actually an improvement to the mid 60s guard. Thanks for looking please... more
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Bonney Lake, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Introducing the Gibson REX BROWN THUNDERBIRD BASS, a special edition model year 2023 solid body bass guitar. Crafted by Gibson, this 4-string bass boasts a sleek black body color and was made in the United States. It is perfect for musicians who want a reliable and high-quality instrument without compromising on style.
This bass guitar is the perfect addition to any collection and is sure to impress with its unique design and exceptional sound quality. The REX BROWN THUNDERBIRD BASS is ideal... more
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Abtique The Gibson Mandolin Guitar Co Banjo Banjolin - VINTAGE CIRCA 1920S Case

Abtique The Gibson Mandolin Guitar Co Banjo Banjolin - VINTAGE CIRCA 1920S Case

Lakeland, Florida, 338**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


PLEASE NOTE: Used item, Missing strings, selling for parts or repair only- NO RETURNS- Very old item, tarnished, non working- case in very rough condition- please see photos for condition and measurements / sizes
Additional information:It is important that you view all photos prior to bidding to know the condition of that item ? NO Returns ~
We do not know the history of the items, we do not list items with overbearing smells or smoke smells
We SHIP FAST!!!! The same or next... more
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Hillsdale, Illinois, 612**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1933 Kalamazoo by Gibson KG-11 acoustic guitar - amazing!

1933 Kalamazoo by Gibson KG-11 acoustic guitar - amazing!

Point Roberts, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for offer is an amazingly rare first year production 1933 Kalamazoo KG-11 acoustic guitar.
Guitar is in museum ready original condition.
Totally crack free! No crack repairs.
Made by Gibson in 1933 this was the first year Kalamazoo guitars were offered.
This guitar features a Factory order number of 872 which is stamped at the top of the headstock as well as inside the guitar at the neck block. The guitar was sold to the Canadian market so it does have made in The USA ... 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

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

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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.
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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

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

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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.