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Gibson advertisement (1954)

Revelation in Rhythm

Gibson EB-1 bass, Gibson GA-90 amplifier

Very early Gibson advert for their first bass. It was actually known as the EB or 'electric bass' at the time, and was only later named the EB1. Featuring Dave Reiser, of the Reiser Brothers Trio. It also recommends the Gibson GA-90 amplifier.

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Vintage The Gibson Guitar Co Mandolin A2 Body Celluloid Pick Guard Case

Vintage The Gibson Guitar Co Mandolin A2 Body Celluloid Pick Guard Case

Enola, Pennsylvania, 170**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

Item Description
A nice Gibson Mandolin. This is marked on the inner label that it is the A2 body. In overall good or better condition. Some mild finish wear overall, no apparent damage or cracks. There are some mild dings and scratches, there is a small chip our of the bottom strap button. No high strings, will likely need restrung. Has the original Bakelite (or Lucite?) pick guard in good shape. Comes in the original case which is fair to good, handle is wrapped. Serial number is ... more
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Custom w / 3 original PAF pickups + Fretless Wonder HANG TAG!

1957 Gibson Les Paul Custom w / 3 original PAF pickups + Fretless Wonder HANG TAG!

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$98000


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1957 Gibson Les Paul Custom in its original Black finish. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original hardshell case and original HANG TAG stamped "LES PAUL CUSTOM FRETLESS WONDER " . There's also a copy of the original sales ledger where the original owner made multiple payments of $13 a month for over a year. It has a good playing neck, but the small original frets are very worn as this would ... 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

$7400

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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1987 Gibson Melody Maker Junior All Original Low Use Shaw Era PAF 9 / 10 6 75 Lbs.

1987 Gibson Melody Maker Junior All Original Low Use Shaw Era PAF 9 / 10 6 75 Lbs.

Knoxville, Tennessee, 379**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1350

Wow this is now a 37 year old piece. Doesn't seem that long ago does it? Super clean example of what Gibson was doing in the mid-late 80's after their buyback from Norlin. A Tune-A-Matic AND a stock Gibson PAF! Wow factory mini Grovers! Just like a real LP only lighter / thinner and more basic! Mahogany neck and body! Rosewood Board! A poor man's LP Junior! 1987 Gibson Melody "Junior" 9 25 / 10 in condition as it is very gently used!
This is the BEST Melody Maker ever made by Gibson due to ... more
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VINTAGE  KALAMAZOO TENOR BANJO STRINGS K 68 MADE BY GIBSON AND BOX

VINTAGE KALAMAZOO TENOR BANJO STRINGS K 68 MADE BY GIBSON AND BOX

Phillipsburg, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$130

Up for sale is a vintage Kalamazoo tenor banjo with a unique sound that is sure to impress audiences. The banjo features a solid construction that has been well-maintained over the years, with an elegant box that's perfect for storing and transporting the instrument. Whether you're a professional musician or just starting out, you'll love the rich tones and bright sounds this banjo produces. Order now and take your music to the next level with the Kalamazoo tenor banjo!
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1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Vintage Guitar Cherry Sunburst w /  Case

1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Vintage Guitar Cherry Sunburst w / Case

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

$5400

Up for sale, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of the last Les Pauls of the '70s with a three-piece mahogany neck (before the shift to maple in '75), the tonewoods are rounded out by a "sandwich" mahogany body, three-piece carved maple top, and a bound rosewood fingerboard
Acoustically, the instrument has a bold and articulate voice with no shortage of punch and sustain, weighing 9lbs 10oz. ... more
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1959 Gibson ES-140T 3 / 4 Electric Guitar Sunburst Great Shape 4 Pounds Even!!

1959 Gibson ES-140T 3 / 4 Electric Guitar Sunburst Great Shape 4 Pounds Even!!

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

$4000

Vintage 50's Gibson USA
1959 Gibson USA ES-140T 3 / 4 Single Cut Away Electric Guitar
Great Condition Overall & Repair Free
Real 50's Gibson P90, 8 22K
Comes With Chip Board Case Pictured
Weighs 4 Pounds Even On A Digital Scale
If your seeing something of concern not described below, please ask
*The entire guitars finish was properly checked and there are no signs of refinishing, repairs, or over spray *
Non Original Items:
Reproduction pickguard and mounting ... more
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1924 Gibson TB-JR Tenor Banjo

1924 Gibson TB-JR Tenor Banjo

Rockland, Massachusetts, 023**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$325

This tenor banjo has been professionally restored.
When I originally acquired it the neck and split laterally across the heel because, so I learned later, the neck was not original to the instrument. With some luthier magic, the split was repaired, and the neck altered slightly at the joint to fit the pot properly. Add in a replacement tailpiece (no cover despite the pics) and it is ready to go. Plays nice and sounds like you'd expect
Maple Pot and neck. SN: 11187A-13
Has an ... more
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Pre War Gibson Tenor Banjo Neck

Pre War Gibson Tenor Banjo Neck

Mount Juliet, Tennessee, 371**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

Pre war Gibson Tenor banjo neck
Model TB 00 Has the numbers 8925 pencilled in on the heel
Great condition for its age. Frets and fretboardb have little visible wear. A great example of early fine Gibson work
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1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording  Guitar Clean

1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording Guitar Clean

Appleton, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

just a great guitar. has a repaired crack in the back of body. ther than that all original and works and plays amazing. Just a gem to play have very clean strong signal. Upper neck has amazing intonation. fretts are great very nice guitar.... more
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1950s Gibson BR-9 Vintage Lap Steel w /  Case, Alnico P-90 Pickup

1950s Gibson BR-9 Vintage Lap Steel w / Case, Alnico P-90 Pickup

Roseburg, Oregon, 974**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

In amazing shap couple dings
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1950s Gibson Les Paul Case

1950's Gibson Les Paul Case

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2695

For your Rare 1950's Les Paul
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1995 Vintage Gibson Les Paul LP USA Potentiometer 500K Volume / Tone POT 1990s

1995 Vintage Gibson Les Paul LP USA Potentiometer 500K Volume / Tone POT 1990s

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$59

Up for sale is a 1995 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Long Shaft Potentiometer
Pot Reads 137 9503
VERY GOOD working and cosmetic condition!
BUY IT NOW before somebody else does!
SHIPPING: USA - $9 WORLDWIDE - $19... more
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Vintage 1974 Gibson Flying V with Stop Bar Tailpiece and Triangle Knob Layout

Vintage 1974 Gibson Flying V with Stop Bar Tailpiece and Triangle Knob Layout

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

$11500

Vintage 1974 Gibson Flying V with later original Gibson case
Very good player condition with vibePlays and sounds fantasticMahogany neck is straightNut width 1 9 / 16th (brass nut)Truss rod works perfectlyFret board in good conditionOriginal Gibson patent sticker pickups1974 Gibson harmonica bridge installedSchaller TunersNo breaks, cracks, or repairsSee PhotosWeight 6lbs12ozsSerial Number 400522Later Original Gibson Hard Shell CaseShipping Lower 48 $150All others email for quoteWe Ship ... more
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Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Utica, New York, 135**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

Beautiful amp in nice shape for its age. Sounds amazing. Tremolo is awesome. Tweed Is clean and smooth with some stains on bottom. Even those feel smooth. Original p10r speaker sounds great. original transformers. Vintage tubes. Just gone through and functioning perfectly with tone that is killer. three prong chord added. the silk screening on faceplate that tells you what control is which is gone but it??s pretty simple To figure out. Original footswitch was long gone and was bypassed. Rare ... more
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gibson acoustic guitar Song writer Deluxe

gibson acoustic guitar Song writer Deluxe

Amarillo, Texas, 791**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

Gibson Songwriter Deluxe. 6 stings of delightful sound. Great action and projection. Some surface scratches on lower top. Cosmetic only! No cracks or repairs. Late 80??s model. Mahogany back and sides. Factory hard shell case. This guitar is from a private collection just outside Amarillo, Texas. Satisfaction guaranteed ! $2, 700 or best offer .
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Vintage Gibson Amp Logo Badge  1960??S ORIGINAL-AMPLIFIER SPEAKER-1

Vintage Gibson Amp Logo Badge 1960??S ORIGINAL-AMPLIFIER SPEAKER-1

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

$45


For sale is a vintage Gibson amp logo badge made of plastic. This badge has been previously used and is in good condition. It would make a great addition to any Gibson fan's collection. The badge is compatible with various vintage Gibson guitar amps and can add a touch of authenticity to your instrument. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of music history.... more
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1964?   /  1965? Vintage Gibson C-0 Classical Guitar w /  Case ------------- Cool!!!

1964? / 1965? Vintage Gibson C-0 Classical Guitar w / Case ------------- Cool!!!

Munster, Indiana, 463**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$650

1964? / 1965? Vintage Gibson C-0 Classical Guitar w / Case. The tailpiece / bridge was sloppily reglued at some time. The top has a couple thin cracks in the top (a common occurrence on these guitars). Sounds and plays fine. Includes case shown (may be original). Shipping is $40 to the continental US; all others use eBay's Global Shipping Program. Sorry, no shipping to Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.... more
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Vintage 1960S GIBSON HEAD NAUGAHYDE / TOLEX Cover ID: 8 1 / 2 " x17 1 / 2 " x8" (+ / -1 / 4 " )

Vintage 1960'S GIBSON HEAD NAUGAHYDE / TOLEX Cover ID: 8 1 / 2 " x17 1 / 2 " x8" (+ / -1 / 4 " )

Del Mar, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$52


Vintage 1960'S GIBSON HEAD NAUGAHYDE / TOLEX Cover ID: 8 1 / 2 " x17 1 / 2 " x8" (+ / -1 / 4 " )
This vintage Gibson amplifier cover is a must-have for any player. Made in the United States in the 1960s, it is constructed with high-quality Naugahyde / Tolex material that will protect your amplifier from dust and scratches. Vintage GIBSON 1960??s Guitar Amp Head Cover NOS.
ID : 17 1 / 2?? x 8 1 / 2?? x 8??(+ / - 1 / 4??)
Closed Music Store Backroom Find
Here is an early 70??s ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1950s "Dogear" P-90 pickup cover set ES-175D ES-225tD L-5CES 59

Vintage Gibson 1950's "Dogear" P-90 pickup cover set ES-175D ES-225tD L-5CES 59

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

$195

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1950's "Dogear" P-90 Pickup Covers
Very rare and correct for your early 50's through 1960's Gibson P-90 equipped hollowbody!
We have quite a few sets of these from the 1950's. Please consider these photos "stock" images - we have covers ranging from VERY worn to VERY clean. If you have a preference please specify at purchase.
One Buy It Now=One PAIR of ... 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

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

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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

1960 Hofner Colorama II

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

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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

1981 Gibson Marauder

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

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

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

1963 Vox Super Ace

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

1966 Vox New Escort

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

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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

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

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

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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

1972 Fender Precision bass

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

1967 Vox Stroller

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

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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

1959 Hofner Committee

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

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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

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

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

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

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

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

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

1965 Hofner President

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

1963 1964 Fender catalog

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