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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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1978 Gibson 25 / 50 Anniversary Les Paul Tobacco Sunburst w /  OG Hardshell Case

1978 Gibson 25 / 50 Anniversary Les Paul Tobacco Sunburst w / OG Hardshell Case

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8000

1978 Gibson 25 / 50 Anniversary Les Paul Tobacco Sunburst w / Original Hardshell Case
Les Paul fans, we have a special guitar to share with you today. For sale we have a rare and collectible Les Paul 25 / 50 Anniversary model. This guitar was made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Les Paul, as well as the 50th anniversary of Les?? musical career! This is essentially a Les Paul Custom but it??s dressed to the 9??s and tricked out with premium features that were never before seen on ... more
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1964 GIBSON ES, LP JR GUITAR COMPREHENSIVE CTS 500K HARNESS KIT POT, SPRAGUE

1964 GIBSON ES, LP JR GUITAR COMPREHENSIVE CTS 500K HARNESS KIT POT, SPRAGUE

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$495

This 1964 Gibson electric guitar harness is a vintage gem that will take your music to the next level. Made in the United States, this professional-level guitar is perfect for anyone who wants to achieve a classic sound with a modern twist. The guitar features a comprehensive CTS 500K harness kit pots and Sprague capacitors that offer the best tone and volume controls. Both types of capacitors are included as is the pointers, washers, nuts, and yellow push on insulation
The Gibson ES 125, ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gold Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton

Vintage 1960's Gold Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton

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

$895

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960's Mini Humbucking Patent Sticker pickup
Here's the one you've been waiting for - This is the REAL DEAL
Stunning Gold plated cover with great wear from 55 years of service!
This is an original early 1960's Mini Humbucker - as found on the high end Epiphone Electrics of the era
A FANTASTIC sounding example truly unique and amazing sounding pickups ... more
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Gibson Acoustic 1957 SJ-200 6-str Acoustic Guitar - Vint Sunburst - Body Cracks

Gibson Acoustic 1957 SJ-200 6-str Acoustic Guitar - Vint Sunburst - Body Cracks

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

$660


For Repair or As-Is
6-string Acoustic Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard with 1 725" Nut Width, and Hard Case - Vintage Sunburst
There are structural cracks appearing in the front of the body by the bass side of the soundhole and by the pickguard. Included are the humidity pack kit, polish cloth, keychain, strap button, adjustment tools, COA, and owner's manual
We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee with paid shipping back for any ... more
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gibson les paul bass guitar

gibson les paul bass guitar

Ronkonkoma, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1250

Early to mid 90s LES PAUL BASS in good condition in sg red with aftermarket case no neck issues cracks buckle rash some scratches plays great time to thin out my collection a good investment you will enjoy
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Vintage Gibson 1959 Lifton Case Badge - Cali Girl Les Paul Standard Burst Part!

Vintage Gibson 1959 Lifton Case Badge - Cali Girl Les Paul Standard Burst Part!

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

$95

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
(1) Vintage 1950's Lifton Foil Case Badge
Very nice original condition and correct for the restoration of your 1950's or 1960's Gibson Lifton Case.
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
Check our feedback and bid with confidence.
WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
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1950s-1960s Gibson LG1 / LG2 / LG0 Brown Alligator Acoustic Guitar Case

1950s-1960s Gibson LG1 / LG2 / LG0 Brown Alligator Acoustic Guitar Case

Des Plaines, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$356

For your kind consideration is this vintage Gibson Brown Alligator case from the 1950s-1960s, tailor-made for LG1, LG2, or LG0 acoustic guitars. It boasts a remarkable condition given its age, with all latches and hinges remaining fully functional. A brass badge proudly displays the Gibson logo on the lid of the accessory pocket. With its enduring construction and classic aesthetics, it serves as a reliable and stylish guardian for your cherished instrument. Enjoy!
*All orders may require a... more
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Gibson A Mandolin 1921 Very good condition $2, 500

Gibson A Mandolin 1921 Very good condition $2, 500

Ashland, Oregon, 975**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

Gibson A MandolinppspanExcellent tone, very good condition. Wonderful for playing folk music. From 1921. A1 body style. Serial #63670. Sheraton brown finish.
Neck replaced by luthier Jim Prior in Portland, Oregon, with a modern-style U-shaped neck with carbon fiber, snakehead and custom abalone inlay Very well done. Plays easier than original neck
Carved red spruce top, birch (possibly maple) sides and back, mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, mother of pearl tuners, silver plated engraved ... more
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1959 Gibson LG-0 LGO Lg-O Original Survivor

1959 Gibson LG-0 LGO Lg-O Original Survivor

Westfield, New York, 147**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2600

Wow what a survivor. Beautiful condition with original case. I don't know what to say how could  you not love this guitar? Any questions please ask. If you're local come take a look give her a strum
If you're interested message me if you're a few hours away delivery may be possible
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Gibson melody maker guitar

Gibson melody maker guitar

Kodiak, Alaska, 996**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Gibson melody maker guitar. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.... more
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Gibson Vintage 1962 ES-335 175 125 Gold Reflector Knobs 1961 1963 1964 1965 1960

Gibson Vintage 1962 ES-335 175 125 Gold Reflector Knobs 1961 1963 1964 1965 1960

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

$265

Gibson Vintage 1962 ES-335 175 125 Gold Reflector Knobs 1961 1963 1964 1965 1960's
* 1960's Gibson Gold Reflector Knobs Les Paul SG ES **
Good ConditionSilver CapsSee PhotosShipping Lower 48 $21 00031524
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1968 Gibson Country Western

1968 Gibson Country Western

Smyrna, Delaware, 199**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3750


1968 Gibson Country Western Acoustic. Previous owner had bridge replaced and cracks sealed by a luthier. Could use a little work but overall plays great and comes with original case. I??m not in a rush to sell it but entertaining cash offers
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Vintage 1962 Gibson Centralab Guitar Pot 500k Les Paul SG Custom ES-335 345 1963

Vintage 1962 Gibson Centralab Guitar Pot 500k Les Paul SG Custom ES-335 345 1963

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

$105

Gibson Vintage 1966 Control Pot 250K Tone ES 1960's
* Vintage 1966 Gibson CTS Pots 1967 **
Very Good Condition1376601 date code250K ToneSee PhotosShipping lower 48 $19 00032124
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1967 Gibson B-25 12 String Acoustic Guitar  w /  Vintage Blue Martin Case

1967 Gibson B-25 12 String Acoustic Guitar w / Vintage Blue Martin Case

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

$1395

Here's a 1967 Gibson B-25 12 string acoustic guitar.
The guitar is in good condition and has average playwear
She recently had a neck reset and the action is super low, like Les Paul low and plays beautifully
The top has an old, long repaired crack and some other scratches weather checking
The sides have lots of weather checking as well.
The back has some light overspray around the edges
The serial number is 894185 and she dates to 1967 - 56 years old!
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1969 Gibson EBO Bass PICKGUARD + Screws Eb3 Finger Rest

1969 Gibson EBO Bass PICKGUARD + Screws Eb3 Finger Rest

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

See pictures ask questions

No returns or exchanges on used parts
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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

$495

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
Correct for the L-5CES, Byrdland, Super 400, ES-175 and any other Gibson arch tops from this era. The tone on these is INCREDIBLE! They don't make them like this anymore.
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage Gibson OR dress up... more
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1976 Gibson Firebird Black

1976 Gibson Firebird Black

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

$5500


This Gibson Firebird was made in the USA in 1976. It has a great looking original black finish. This guitar shows play wear but there is no structural damage. It has a custom modified pickguard with a great halloween vibe, we believe the guard is original with the design applied on top. We are also including a reissue pickguard with the sale as pictured. There are no headstock breaks but there are two holes on either side of the serial number, we don't know why. The bridge pickup is a ... more
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1982 Gibson Explorer CMT W / HSC Cherry Sunburst Flame Maple Top

1982 Gibson Explorer CMT W / HSC Cherry Sunburst Flame Maple Top

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

$4500

Great guitar. Has some dings and lacquer checking but good condition overall. Lace Sensor Nitro Hemi in the bridge and hammer claw in the neck. Plays and sounds great. Comes with hardshell case.
... more
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1960s Gibson Melody Maker

1960's Gibson Melody Maker

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500

possibly 1959 melody maker... more
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1960s Gibson Nickel Wrap Around Compensated Tailpiece TPBR8513 12809

1960s Gibson Nickel Wrap Around Compensated Tailpiece TPBR8513 12809

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$70

As the story goes, this is a bridge found in the old Gibson Kalamazoo factory. I had a number of these. Four to be exact, but only have this one and one other which I'm keeping. It is not a nice shiny bridge. The bridge has oxidation and a lot pitting in the nickel. It is a natural relic, not one artificially aged. The underside is stamped with TPBR8513 12809. It is missing the intonation screws. Please ask all question in advance to purchasing.... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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

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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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

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

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

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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

1972 Fender Precision bass

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

1967 Vox Stroller

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

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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

1959 Hofner Committee

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

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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

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

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

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

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

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

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

1965 Hofner President

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

1963 1964 Fender catalog

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