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Gibson advertisement (1979)

It's no big thing. 'Til you turn it on.

Gibson Lab Series L3 amplifier

March 1979 advert for a new amp in the Lab Series line up. The L3 was the smallest amp in the Lab Series range: a 60w combo with a single 12" speaker. It was also slimmed down in terms of controls. Whilst it had the basic volume, treble, bass, midrange and reverb of the other amps in the series, it lacked the midrange frequency and multifilter: arguably the most exciting features of the Lab Series amps.

There's nothing fancy about the new Lab Series L-3 amplifier. But the moment you flip the on-off switch, it delivers what you want from any amp – outstanding sound.
The L-3 puts out musical, high energy sound and keeps a cool, quiet head hour after hour. It's also loud. Loud enough to quiet any other amp its size – 60 watts of continuous average power. And if you say tubes sound better, you'd better hear the L-3.
Of course, an amp isn't good if it can't deliver where it counts – from one job to the next. The L-3 is ready to roll with solid wood sides that are finger-locked at the corners and twice as much speaker support than found in most amps. And its weight is surprisingly light for such sturdy construction. There's a lot more to the L-3 than meets the eye. Because this new Lab Series amp is a lot of sound for its size. And that's what you and your audience really want to hear. Try one at your nearest Lab Series dealer. The L-3. A little amp. A lot of Lab.

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Gibson Corvus 1983 With Original Hard Shell Case Professionally Refinished.

Gibson Corvus 1983 With Original Hard Shell Case Professionally Refinished.

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


Gibson Corvus 1983 With Original Hard Shell Case Professionally Refinished . Great sounding and playing guitar. This guitar has been professionally refinished with a high quality lacquer paint. The headstock logo was not put under the clear. That is the only bad part about the whole guitar other than the entire is a very cool example of a 3-year-old only guitar made by Gibson. Original pickup tuners bridge Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking shipping to the lower 48 states only. ... more
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1965 Gibson GA-19 RVT Falcon Guitar Amplifier

1965 Gibson GA-19 RVT Falcon Guitar Amplifier

Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Gibson Falcon
One of the most sought after Gibson amps
Death cord removed for your safety and replaced with a three prong cord
12 inch speaker. 15 watts
Very portable and easy to move
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1959 Gibson Melody Maker Guitar Sunburst Case

1959 Gibson Melody Maker Guitar Sunburst Case

San Luis, Arizona, 853**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


In very nice shape, vintage 1959 Gibson Melody Maker
3 / 4 Scale
Single cut
some very small nicks, but nothing serious. There's a name on the back , it was probably the last owner's name in a stencil, but it was removed. Make sure you check all pictures
The case is included, but it's kind of beat up
ask any questions, this particular guitar was only made for 2 years! One piece body Honduran Mahogany. One piece Neck also Honduran Mahogany. Brazilian Rose fret board! You CANNOT ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Witchhat Knob Set Witch Hat SG Standard ES-335 ES175 1968

Vintage 1960's Gibson Witchhat Knob Set Witch Hat SG Standard ES-335 ES175 1968

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1967 - 1979 "Witchhat" knob set(Silver Inserts)
Rare and correct for that awesome 1966-1969 Gibson! This is an awesome matched set in super nice shape. Please note - the font on the "VOL" knobs is slightly different on the inserts. The number font is the same and this set is matched from the same guitar - thank you!
No damage, No cracks, no splits
Correct ... more
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1920 Gibson Mandolin Model A2 Serial#61655

1920 Gibson Mandolin Model A2 Serial#61655

Forest Grove, Oregon, 971**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1920 Gibson Mandolin Model A2. This has only had 3 owners and has been played. Has some marks and scuffs as are age appropriate. This instrument is 100 years old and reflects that, though it has been cared for. Wear and scratch shown in photos
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Vintage Gibson 1960s ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number Nylon Saddles ES-335 SG

Vintage Gibson 1960's ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number Nylon Saddles ES-335 SG

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1966 - 1969 ABR-1 Bridge
Correct for your mid to late 60's Les Paul Goldtop Standard, ES-335 or SG Standard!
Excellent condition, no sag ready to rock!
Original nylon saddles
The chrome finish is very clean! Minimal patina and wear
Saddles are in fantastic shape on this one!
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
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Gibson L6-S Custom, 24 Frets (Gibson??s first ever!), All Original USA Made, 1978

Gibson L6-S Custom, 24 Frets (Gibson??s first ever!), All Original USA Made, 1978



Gibson L6-S Custom, 24 Frets (Gibson??s first ever 24 fret guitar!), All Original, Made in USA in 1978
BEAUTIFUL -- Vintage -- Classic -- Rare -- Collectible
This guitar was part of the original run of L6-S??s manufactured from 1973 to 1980.
It is stamped ??SECOND?? on the back of the headstock. Probably because it was a prototype or because there are a few very, very small sections of dark wood under the lacquer. Physically and electronically everything looks good and works great. ... more
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Gibson / Washburn Tenor Banjo

Gibson / Washburn Tenor Banjo

Wilmington, North Carolina, 284**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


READ THIS completely! This is not! a complete Gibson Tenor banjo!
This is a Gibson tenor neck that is on a modified Washburn
rim assembly (cut for single piece flange). The rim is
very thick and the flat head tone ring is larger than a
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quality as is the hardware. This banjo is assembled with used parts
that are in good condition. It has two flaws that do not effect
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1964 Gibson Melody Maker D

1964 Gibson Melody Maker D

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I just came across this cool old Gibson Melody Makerfull scale D Model. It??s been modified over the years. Refinished at some point to natural mahogany. This must??ve been done quite a while ago because it shows plenty of signs of wear since. It looks and feels great!

Somebody routed it out a bit under the pick guard and added some bad ass passive EMG pick ups. Tuners were replaced with a nice set of older Grover tuners. Looks like a 60-70s Leo Quan bridge which makes a big ... more
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1978 Gibson L6-S Natural w / Block Inlays

1978 Gibson L6-S Natural w / Block Inlays

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


In the video, we showcase a 1978 Gibson L6-S in the distinctive Natural finish, featuring the sought-after block inlays??a relatively uncommon feature for this model. This guitar is in good condition and operates flawlessly

Upon close examination, you'll notice signs of regular use, including scratches, finish checking around the input jack, as well as dings and wear on the back. Overall, I would assess its condition as a commendable 7 5 out of 10. While several components have been ... more
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1951 Gibson L-7 Vintage Archtop Guitar w /  Double McCarty Pickguard, Case

1951 Gibson L-7 Vintage Archtop Guitar w / Double McCarty Pickguard, Case

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


Up for sale, a 1951 Gibson L-7 vintage archtop guitar in exceptional condition, complete with the original Double McCarty floating pickguard assembly and hardshell case. The McCarty guard was originally introduced at the June 1948 NAMM Convention, subsequently offered as a standard appointment on the L-7, with the two-pickup Double McCarty assembly being the more upscale and desirable of the two options
Featuring a full 17" lower bout width and all solid tonewoods, this golden age Gibson ... more
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1965 Gibson Melody Maker

1965 Gibson Melody Maker

Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 433**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Gibson Melody Maker. Wonderful tone for this small giant . So much fun to twank?? around on this gem . Actually quite a variety of tone even when playing at low volume on this piece . Enjoy the simple things would be the motto on this one. Nothing especially delinquent as its all there other than some usual skiffs and scuffs as pictured in listing for us on it. Thanks for your viewing time today and wish our bidding community happy hunting ??
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1982 Gibson Les Paul Std. 30th Anniversary of its 52 Gold Top thats near mint

1982 Gibson Les Paul Std. 30th Anniversary of its '52 Gold Top that's near mint

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


This is a wonderful 1982 Gibson Les Paul Std. 30th Anniversary. It??s a very early attempt by Gibson to start reviving the vintage 50??s guitars again but w / a modern take. This honored the 1952 Les Paul w / its beautiful Gold Top finish w / a natural mahogany back, side & neck finish. Its a very early example having a cool ??B 0009?? serial # similar to the Heritage Flying V??s of the day that started w / an ??A?? thru ??F?? followed by a production run # such as this one sporting a ??B?? ... more
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1993 Gibson LPB-2 deluxe bass guitar- wine red- good condition.

1993 Gibson LPB-2 deluxe bass guitar- wine red- good condition.

Lincoln Park, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1993 Gibson LPB-2 deluxe bass guitar- wine red- good condition . 1 owner purchased new in 1993. Everything is original. Bartolini pickups. Case is USA original. There are a few bumps and bruises, normal wear and tear for a 30 yr. old. The top pickup holder is cracked. everything works and sounds awesome.... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces Super 400 ES175

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
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Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
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1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Sunburst Vintage Thinline Electric Guitar - 2 P90 Pickups!

1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Sunburst Vintage Thinline Electric Guitar - 2 P90 Pickups!

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Gibson ES-330TD Sunburst!
Super nice vintage 1966 Gibson ES-330TD in Sunburst. Great playing and sounding guitar. Just a nice honest mid-60's 330 in all original condition with no breaks or repairs. The guitar has some normal wear showing but is nice overall. The guitar is all original including the finish. Original ABR-1, all-original electronics, reflector knobs, double-line Kluson tuners. The guitar has a great vibe and is truly a joy to play! The P90's are ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Electric Guitar - Wine Red Made In USA 1981 80141531

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Electric Guitar - Wine Red Made In USA 1981 80141531

Henrico, Virginia, 232**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Electric Guitar - Wine Red Made In USA 1981 80141531
Some wear on the back of the guitar   Excellent shape for the age
Replacement strings and pick included
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1957 Gibson Explorer Head stock Template Original 58 59  Gold Kluson Rare

1957 Gibson Explorer Head stock Template Original 58' 59 Gold Kluson Rare

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1957 Gibson Explorer Headstock template Original from 1957 with the Original Gold Kluson inline tulip tip Tuners. This is one of the rarest artifacts in Electric guitar History. Authentic and original with out a doubt. Purchased over 20 Years ago this has been in a collection and now offered for sale. As an interested buyer, If you have any questions or need any more pics please do not hesitate to ask. Pictures are property of spcguitars © copyright 2023 We do not give permission to use or post... more
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Macon, Georgia, 312**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1964 Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar excellent condition

1964 Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar excellent condition

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


1964 Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar excellent condition
This 59 ½ year old guitar Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ was barely played! Awesome condition. The pictures don??t do her justice. There are very few signs of use or age for that matter. Please see the pictures
SN#168237 places her at 1964 almost 60 years old. The action is on the lower side, and she has a straight neck, rounded shoulders and a sweet body! Just grab her by the G string and you won??t want to let go.... more
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

1961 Hofner Colorama I

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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.
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

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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

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

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

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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

1972 Fender Precision bass

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

1967 Vox Stroller

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

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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

1959 Hofner Committee

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

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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

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

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

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

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

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

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

1965 Hofner President

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

1963 1964 Fender catalog

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

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

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