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Gibson advertisement (1981)

Lab series. If only you could see how they sound.

Gibson Lab Series amplifiers

One of the last Lab Series advertisements, from 1981, and one of very few printed in colour. The L-5 is pictured, but the text also highlights the 100w 1x15" L6 bass combo.

Light, clear blues. Red hot rock. And everything in between. That's the incredible sound spectrum of Lab Series. Electronically sophisticated amplifiers with advanced engineering in transistor technology. Designed to overcome the problems of low voltage transistors. For better sound. Better control. Better performance.
At the base of Lab Series sound is tone purity appreciated by all types of artists. Perfected distortion circuitry brings out the very best harmonics. And a multifilter control actually reshapes those harmonics to give your electric guitar some acoustic character. You can increase sustain. Distort sections of a chord. Even change your picking attack.
It's hard to find an amp that gives you so many musical sounds from so few controls.
What's more, all this sound capability is wrapped up in a sleek, road rugged package. That's why Lab Series is the working musicians choice. It can compensate for poor room acoustics. Control overtones during overdrive. And speaking of high volume, each Lab Series model has the voice of a much larger amplifier. Lab Series can suit every need from 100 to 200 watts RMS... And every artist, with the K-5 wide response keyboard amplifier and our new L-6 a self-contained single unit amp for bass. Lab Series. Engineered for sound that abounds. But don't take our word for it. See for yourself.


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    1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Tobacco Sunburst

    1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Tobacco Sunburst

    Monrovia, California, 910**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1985 Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Tobacco  Sunburst
    This is an amazing example of a rare, short run model Gibson early / mid 80s Les Paul Studio Standard (Lighter body, full binding same electronics=incredible / unmatched tone from really cool late 80s Gibson stamped Pickups - plasticised!!) Slightly thinner body and LIGHTER lbs. than the typical Standard, super comfortable neck, mahogany body and neck. Original black pick guard and switch tip (included) This guitar is a jaw dropper ... 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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    Vintage Gibson Deluxe Guitar Tuners 1970s D-169400

    Vintage Gibson Deluxe Guitar Tuners 1970's D-169400

    Chapin, South Carolina, 290**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage gibson deluxe tuners - model D-169400 - very very nice brilliant condtion - been in my drawer in a box for decades!. No rust / pitting or dullness. Come with mounting screws and gromets that look absolutely new. Only way to tell the tuners from new is that around the screw holes it appears they have been mounted on a guitar. But no marks or indication on the screw heads that the mounting kit is not new . Great find for your vintage Gibson
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    Pristine 1913 Gibson A4 Mandolin

    Pristine 1913 Gibson A4 Mandolin

    Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This beautiful vintage mandolin was crafted by Gibson in 1913. It boasts a stunning mahogany body and top, with a classic A style body shape. The instrument has 8 strings and is in excellent condition for its age The brand is highly regarded among musicians, and this particular model is a true gem for collectors or players alike. The exact year of production is 1913, adding to its historical significance. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a piece of musical history with this pristine 1913... more
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    Gibson Banjo Ukulele vintage With Case

    Gibson Banjo Ukulele vintage With Case

    Coleman, Michigan, 486**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1920's original gibson banjo ukelele case included needs some minor restoration
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    1980s Gibson Tarback pickups Corvus L6s Vintage Luthier part restoration project

    1980s Gibson Tarback pickups Corvus L6s Vintage Luthier part restoration project

    Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 875**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Early 1980s, possibly late 1970s matched pair of Bill Lawrence Tarback pickups as used on L6-S, Corvus, Futura, Marauder, Challenger and other Gibson models of that era. In perfect working order. The one with the label measures 9 2k (clearly the bridge pickup) and the one with the label missing (neck) is 8 3k both hot for Gibson humbuckers, which is I suppose why they called them "Super Humbucker " . Price is for both.
    Please see my other listings for more vintage guitar stuff -- also ... more
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    1936 Gibson TG-00 Sunburst Pre-War Vintage Flat Top Acoustic Tenor Guitar

    1936 Gibson TG-00 Sunburst Pre-War Vintage Flat Top Acoustic Tenor Guitar

    Meriden, New Hampshire, 037**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a rare 1936 Gibson TG-00 Vintage Sunburst acoustic tenor guitar
    One of the most beguiling sounds you'll hear will be coming from this small-burst Gibson tenor's voice. These early TG-00s are exceptionally light builds and when down-tuned to octave mandolin tuning they offer a stunning bass, cavernous echoes, and a rich, luscious treble response. The Gibson TG-00 is a beautiful instrument and is a highly sought-after pre-war guitar due to its excellent craftsmanship and ... more
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    Post  War Gibson LG2  /  Late 1940??s Era

    Post War Gibson LG2 / Late 1940??s Era

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


    For your consideration we are offering this pre -war 1940??s era Gibson model LG2 Acoustic Guitar . The first pics are direct sunlight so some excessive glare on those . The last picture is of the back of the guitar prior to to us having a professional repair . This guitar is an Absolutely KILLER TONE / TIMELESS Familiar Studio Sound . The sound just resonates forever / / / / . Thanks for your viewing time today and we wish our bidding community good luck on it
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    Vintage Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

    Vintage Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar

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


    For your consideration we are offering this early 70??s era Gibson EB3 Bass Guitar . We believe that the guitar is stock without alterations yet the case is obviously handmade and does a good job protecting the instrument. Plays Great / Sounds Great Instruments. Thanks for your viewing time today and good luck to our bidding community.
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    Gibson SJN  /  Country Western 1955 - 1960 - Natural

    Gibson SJN / Country Western 1955 - 1960 - Natural

    Fort Myers, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Beautiful Gibson Country Western SJN (Southern Jumbo Natural)

    This is one of Gibson's top of the line acoustic guitars. It features solid mahogany back and sides, solid spruce top, slim 60s style neck, adjustable bridge, split parallelogram inlays, inlaid logo, etc

    In true Gibson fashion exact date of this guitar is tough to pin down due to their serial number weirdness but it's somewhere between 1965 and 1969 I think it's a '66

    This guitar ... more
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    Antique Gibson A Style Mandolin 1916.  Used but good condition.

    Antique Gibson A Style Mandolin 1916. Used but good condition.

    Gresham, Oregon, 970**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Antique Gibson A Style Mandolin 1916. Used but good condition . Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.... more
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    1975 Gibson L6-S sunburst

    1975 Gibson L6-S sunburst

    Beckley, West Virginia, 258**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a very nice original example of a 1975 Gibson L6-S. The only non original part is the exchange of the bridge pickup to a Dimarzio, which was common on these guitars back in the day. Great condition with only a few minor dings and worming on the back, not through the finish. It has moderate fret wear with plenty of life left. It was designed almost to be a lightweight LP. The rosewood fingerboard and the 6-position switch offer a distinct variety of tones that get you classic Gibson ... more
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    Used Vintage 60es Gibson Eb-2 Base

    Used Vintage 60es Gibson Eb-2 Base

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


    Hi This is very nice 60es Gibson Eb-2 Base ,one of the first production of hollow body's .The BASS is AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL Gibson USA product with AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL electronics, tuners and pickups on it.
    #on a back is 872232 . Right handed. Yes, It has strait neck and classic 60ES "Beatles'' sound ( POSSIBLE NEED SOME CLEANING ) This is real vintage instrument and You mast be ready for any adjustments WITHOUT BLAME THE SELLER !!Thank You and good luck bidding
    Shipping USA ... more
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    Gibson G40  2x10" Vintage Combo Amplifier 1970s in very good conditions

    Gibson G40  2x10" Vintage Combo Amplifier 1970's in very good conditions

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


    Gibson G40 2x10 Vintage Combo Amplifier 1970's is one of the very-many amps in my collection. I am liquidating my entire amplifiers, guitars, effects, speaker cabinets and speakers collection Collector, dealers and musicians are welcome to cherry-pick or getthe entire harvest at once. Only the item listed is for sale at this price
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    Gibson Cherry Red Melody Maker P-90 pickup, Gig Bag & Strap Locks

    Gibson Cherry Red Melody Maker P-90 pickup, Gig Bag & Strap Locks

    Palm Springs, California, 922**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gibson Melody Maker P-90 Pick Up, Gig Bag & Strap Locks. Previously played in excellent condition from a non smoking home. Includes gig bag and Schalller strap locks. Orginally purchased at Haight Ashbury Music Center San Francisco. Sold as is. No Returns. Good luck bidding please note buyer must purchase additional insurance due to value of this item. Thank you and good luck bidding. Buyer pays for additional shipping insurance on this item
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    1962 Gibson Melody Maker double cut away

    1962 Gibson Melody Maker double cut away

    Beckley, West Virginia, 258**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a great little guitar ! It is a 1962 Gibson Music Maker "double cut away" in excellent-mint condition. Just a few very small pick scratches on the surface keeps it from being mint. It is the very desirable double pickup model. The serial number is 528XX which puts it early to mid year 1962 production. The pots are dated 134-6148 for the 48th week of 1961. It is ALL original and untouched with no extra holes, routes, or solder joint redo. It has a typical early 60s neck that is somewhat ... more
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    Gibson ES-335S Professional Deluxe

    Gibson ES-335S Professional Deluxe

    Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 744**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This item is a Gibson ES-335S Professional Deluxe . The item is used but in working condition. It has some visible use wear on the neck and body of the guitar, there is a small chip towards the head as well. the fret board is missing one screw .(please view photos in depth for refrence) If you need to see other photos please ask and we will send them through ebay message. The Item has been function checked and does work as intended. The item does come with orginal case which does have wear ... more
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    gibson melody maker guitar

    gibson melody maker guitar

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


    This Gibson Melody Maker electric guitar is a fantastic instrument for any guitarist! Crafted in the United States from high-quality mahogany, this guitar has a solid body with a beautiful white finish. With 21 frets and a rosewood fretboard, this guitar is perfect for any style of music.
    The Gibson Melody Maker is a 6-string guitar with a right-handed orientation. It was manufactured in 2007 and is in great used condition. This guitar is perfect for any musician looking for a high-quality ... more
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    Vintage 1960s Gibson Black Reflector Knob Set - ES-335tdc SG Standard Custom LP

    Vintage 1960's Gibson Black Reflector Knob Set - ES-335tdc SG Standard Custom LP

    Brisbane, California, 940**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Good shape for age. Came off a 61 sg that was pretty much far gone. Took these off to preserve them. Never needed them after and downsizing gear. Please use pics for reference of condition

    Not mint. Wear and some yellowing but hey its vintage

    Listing is for the three
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    1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard

    1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard

    Madisonville, Tennessee, 373**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This Les Paul has a lot of character. The neck is fast and straight no issues. The frets are good no buzzing, truss rod is good. All the electronics are good and work properly and are original. The guitar has been played dings, belt rash, and scratches give the guitar a vintage look and age. Original chainsaw case and candy. The guitar weight is 9 2 lbs. No cracks or repairs. I have the original strap buttons that I will reinstall once sold. I great early 80's Les Paul Standard. Lots of ... more
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    1972 Fender Precision bass

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    1967 Vox Stroller

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    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.