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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.

Gibson advertisement (1954) Revelation in Rhythm

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Gibson EB-1 - Your Long Lean Mother Is Comin
Gibson EB-1 - Your Long Lean Mother Is Comin' Back To You
Guitar Player advert for the relaunch of the Gibson EB1.
She's supposed to be retired but the cats won't let her quit, this long, lean Mama of ours. Neck like a swan. Shape like a Strad. But...

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1959 Gibson Melody Maker 3 / 4 Scale and Case, all original, exceptional condition

1959 Gibson Melody Maker 3 / 4 Scale and Case, all original, exceptional condition

Burlington, Vermont, 054**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


We have a rare 1959 Melody Maker 3 / 4 scale guitar in near mint condition. Has very few signs of playwear, no lacquer cracking andis in exceptional condition for the year. The guitar spent most of its life in the case under a bed for over 50 years and it shows. The guitar is all original and untouched, and has its original gray gator case also in near mint condition. The guitar plays very well with asuper fast neck, and has that late 50's Gibson sound. Nicest one I've seen in this shape.... more
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original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double-cut Cherry with HANG TAG!!!

original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double-cut Cherry with HANG TAG!!!

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1959 Gibson double-cut Les Paul Special in its original Cherry finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original chipboard case, adjustment allen wrench in original envelope, original "Professionals Attention" card and original Les Paul model HANG TAG. There are two jack plates included as the original cracked on two corners and a reissue plate is ... more
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Gibson ES-345TD Walnut USA 1978 Vintage Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar japan

Gibson ES-345TD Walnut USA 1978 Vintage Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar japan

San Fernando, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson ES-345TD Walnut USA 1978 Vintage Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar japan... more
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Gibson Victory MVX

Gibson Victory MVX

Kingsport, Tennessee, 376**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1982 Gibson Victory MVX
100% original - includes original hard case - Warranty card - Owners manual - Case keysEverything functions as it should and the three tone sunburst finish is gorgeous The maple neck is highly flamed. This is a great piece of Gibson history and is in true collector's condition These don't come up for sale often and certainly not of this quality.
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Vintage 1963 Gibson "Short" Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone SG Special Standard Trem

Vintage 1963 Gibson "Short" Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone SG Special Standard Trem

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1960's Tremolo Vibrola Unit in NICKEL finish (rare!)
Correct for your mid 1960's Gibson or Epiphone
These are frequently found on Firebirds, SG Specials, but also Standards, Melody Makers, various Epiphones and many others!
100% original but does NOT include the arm that mounts into the string retaining comb. Ideal for mounting on a vintage Gibson that is being ... more
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Vintage Gibson L-48 Archtop Sunburst 1959

Vintage Gibson L-48 Archtop Sunburst 1959

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson L-48 Archtop Sunburst 1959
A marvelous player's grade L-48 that's been fitted with a vintage P-13. Exquisite tone & superb feel from this true vintage beauty! Professionally set up & ready perform upon arrival
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some finish wear. There are a few back cracks that were glued & do not penetrate ... more
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CLEAN 1937 Gibson-Made Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Flat Top Guitar - L-00, Fresh Ne

CLEAN 1937 Gibson-Made Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Flat Top Guitar - L-00, Fresh Ne

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


1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 Gibson-Made Flattop!
Beautiful 1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 that plays and sounds great! Recent neck reset so it's ready to go for years to come! The guitar is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs besides one small hit on the bottom of the guitar. It's quite a nice example that looks to have been played sparingly in its nearly 90 years It's hard to find these as nice as this. Classic old woody tone with great action, straight neck, tons of ... more
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1979 Gibson ES-335 - Sunburst Finish - Original Case

1979 Gibson ES-335 - Sunburst Finish - Original Case

Columbia, Maryland, 210**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is an all original 1979 Gibson ES-335. Sunburst Finish, Dual Humbucking Pickups, Factory Coil Split Switch on the Treble Horn for a Variety of additional Tones, Witch Hat Knobs, and Trapeze Tailpiece. Very Good ++ Vintage Condition displaying some small dings and light play wear. Marked a Factory Second with no visible defect. No cracks or repairs. An excellent playing 335. Included is the Original Black Tolex Hardshell Case
Contact us with any questions... more
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1954 Gibson ETG-150 Vintage Electric Tenor Guitar Excellent Condition L@@K L@@K

1954 Gibson ETG-150 Vintage Electric Tenor Guitar Excellent Condition L@@K L@@K

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


This 1954 Gibson ETG-150 Vintage Electric Tenor Guitar is in excellent condition and is 100% structurally sound. The bottom strap lock is missing please look at the pics and yes it is all original except the tuning peg ends .
This item is sold as described and I believe this is one of them rare finds in this condition .
Please remember to leave feedback as it will help us grow our status here on Ebay
This item is sold as is and as described
Most items will ship out same day if ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Es-335 Lifton Hardshell Case Black Yellow ES-345 Dot Neck!

Vintage 1960's Gibson Es-335 Lifton Hardshell Case Black Yellow ES-345 Dot Neck!

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1960's Gibson Black and Yellow Lifton ES-335 or ES-345 Hardcase
Very cool vintage ES thinline case
Correct for your 1960's ES
If you have a clean early - mid 60's dot neck or early block neck ES-335 that has been orphaned from it's case, you NEED this one!
This is the early 60's version with the "pebble or elephant grain" exterior.
Lifton badge present and in ... more
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1971 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Fretless Wonder  ~ BLACK BEAUTY ~  Case 1970s

1971 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Fretless Wonder ~ BLACK BEAUTY ~ Case 1970's

Denver, Colorado, 802**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice 1971 Les Paul Custom Black Beauty. Nylon saddles, small volute and 3 piece neck. Original frets and various nicks and dings on guitar. Bridge pickup tone knob has small crack as well as small crack on M 69 ring. Hard to see. Beautiful original guitar with original frets, nut, pickups, pots and case. Weighs in at 9lbs. 13oz. Shipping based on actual cost to your location.... more
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1972 Vintage Gibson ES-325 Hollowbody Guitar Walnut W / Case

1972 Vintage Gibson ES-325 Hollowbody Guitar Walnut W / Case

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a
Very nice 1972 Gibson ES-325 Hollowbody Guitar in Walnut
This vintage Gibson is in very good condition as you can see by the pics. Shows slight wear here and there that you would expect from a 50+ year old guitar. No major issues however and is overall quite clean
The guitar is all original and has the Gibson mini humbuckers that came stock on this guitar. Very nice sounding pickup that guitars you some different textures as opposed to the humbuckers on its ... more
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Gibson Melody Maker Jonas Brothers signed

Gibson Melody Maker Jonas Brothers signed

Monroe, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Melody Maker
Jonas Brother signature series
Great used condition
No case
... more
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The Gibson Tenor Banjo Neck Only

The Gibson Tenor Banjo Neck Only

Franklin, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


You are bidding on a The ... more
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1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior Jr. Original Closet Find

1959 Gibson Les Paul Junior Jr. Original Closet Find

North Royalton, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


59 Les Paul JR. SEE PHOTOS Very strong colorall original with NO BREAKS OR REPAIRSThere is a scratch on the neck bottom, (SEE BLACKLIGHT PHOTOS) as we are tired of the trolls asking if was broken or repaired 1 EXTRA strap button was added years ago when there was no such thing as the internet SEE PHOTOS!!sounds and plays amazingThis one is priced to actually sell and we will ship International for a seasoned Ebay'erWe have many offers from vintage stores and you will pay much more to them ... more
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Case Queen! 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard w /  Rare ALL Gold Finish + OHSC

Case Queen! 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard w / Rare ALL Gold Finish + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Case Queen! 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard w / Rare ALL Gold Finish + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar with Rare ALL Gold Finish! By 1956, Gibson had five different solid body electric guitars in the Les Paul line: Junior, TV Model, Special, Standard, and Custom (from least to most expensive). What Gibson guitar collector??s call the Goldtop today was listed in the catalog simply as the... more
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Gibson Melody Maker 1965 - Cherry Electric Guitar w /  Original Case

Gibson Melody Maker 1965 - Cherry Electric Guitar w / Original Case

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a Gibson Melody Maker 1965 - Cherry Electric Guitar w / Original Case in Very Good Condition!
Weight - 5 lbs 10 5 oz
Nut Width - 1 56 "
Scale Length - Roughly 22 3 / 4 "
Includes the original hard case, but the handle is broken on one side
The guitar is currently strung just using the hardtail, but can be strung for the whammy bar as well
Sold as pictured / described
Internal Use (Bin) - P2
... more
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1964-65 Left handed Gibson Melody Maker D guitar+amp RARE!!!

1964-65 Left handed Gibson Melody Maker D guitar+amp RARE!!!

Woodland Hills, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale rare Lefty 1964 Gibson Melody Maker!!!
Here's a rare lefty 1964- 65 Gibson Melody Maker in Cherry finish. Absolute sleeper of a guitar here, that will turn into your new favorite! This is probably a one of a kind as I never have seen another Left Handed before and also this is in mint condition. No breaks, cracks, repairs. All original parts!!! This ones just got it. One strum acoustically and you in know and feel how good of a guitar this is. It's loud, snappy, and resonant. ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuners Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965!

Vintage 1960's Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuners Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965!

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1964 - 1965 Gibson / Kluson "double line double ring" tuner set
This vintage and rare original set of tuners is very clean and correct for your mid 1960's Gibson Models include the ES-335, ES-175, SG Standard and many others!
This is a killer looking set with a great patina, while these may appear to have a gold hue in the photos, these are actually nickel that has been ... more
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1961 Gibson GA-40 Tweed Les Paul Amplifier

1961 Gibson GA-40 Tweed Les Paul Amplifier

Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 041**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Gibson GA-40 Tweed Les Paul amp in great condition. Very few of these ever have both the Les Paul & Gibson badges intact. The speaker code (1960) and transformer codes (all 1961) point to this as a 1961 amp. The original 2 prong power cable was converted to a grounded 3-prong plug albeit on the short side. Includes the original wood tremelo foot switch. All original except for the converted power cable and the worn out electrolytics replaced. This is an amazing amp
First heard one ... 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

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 bass Rose-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 Zambesi This 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 Ace The 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 Escort The 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 Care Catalog 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

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar The 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 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