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We're giving you an unprecedented peek into the heart of a new Gibson Flattop guitar. Beneath the surface of this beauty is a sound distribution center called "bracing". It's probably the most important part of the guitar, because the very first string vibrations are received here. It's vitally important that they start out right. Gibson, in a constant effort to improve its already great flattop guitars, has developed the NEW symmetrical bracing design. It's patented and that means only Gibson has it. Exclusive symmetrical bracing allows the use of lighter tops without sacrifice of strength. Response is above excellence because vibrations are distributed evenly to all areas of the top. If you demand tonal purity beyond recall, and response that knows no peer, stop in at your local Gibson dealer and try the ALL NEW Gibson Flattop with symmetrical bracing.


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    Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Patent Sticker Pickup 7 30k Purple Wire 1959 Les Paul

    Vintage 1960's Gibson PAF Patent Sticker Pickup 7 30k Purple Wire 1959 Les Paul

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


    Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
    A completely original and fantastic
    One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960's DOUBLE BLACK "Patent Number" PAF pickup
    Nice mid-wind output reading at 7 30k
    Great for neck or bridge application! This pickup is in incredible example, great cosmetic condition . this PAF has never been rewound, never been repaired and is exactly as it left the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo in the 1960's
    This would be a great pickup for the ... more
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    Vintage Original Gibson 1950s - 1960s M-69 PAF Ring Set with Screws 

    Vintage Original Gibson 1950's - 1960's M-69 PAF Ring Set with Screws 

    Henderson, Tennessee, 383**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage Original 1950's - 1960's Gibson M-69 PAF Ring Set w / Screws.
    Gibson M-69 Neck Pickup Ring (MR-491) is an original Gibson M-69 neck pickup ring from the 1950's. The pickup ring is period correct for many Gibson models with Humbuckers made in the late 1950's or 1960's It has the code " MR491" on the inside, so this is for the neck pickup position.
    Gibson M-69 Bridge Pickup Ring (MR-490) is an original Gibson M-69 neck pickup ring from the 1950's. The pickup ring is period ... more
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    1992 Gibson EDS-1275 6 / 12 Double Neck Electric Guitar Alpine White W / OHSC NICE!

    1992 Gibson EDS-1275 6 / 12 Double Neck Electric Guitar Alpine White W / OHSC NICE!

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


    All Original 1992!
    1992 Gibson USA EDS-1275 SG Double Neck 6 / 12 Electric Guitar
    Freshly Set Up & Plays Excellent
    With Original Gibson Cali Girl Hard Case
    Original Alpine White Finish
    PLEASE DO NOT mistake picture glare for flaws . If you think you're seeing something not mentioned in this listing, please ask!!
    This guitar is 100% original unless otherwise noted. There are lots of pics, so when you receive it, its exactly what you expected, if not better. No surprises with... more
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    1967 Hagstrom Viking Gibson 330 Style Electric Hollow Body Guitar Vintage Rare

    1967 Hagstrom Viking Gibson 330 Style Electric Hollow Body Guitar Vintage Rare

    Honolulu, Hawaii, 968**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1967 Hagstrom Viking
    Gibson 330 COPY
    Electric Guitar
    Made in Sweden
    Includes: Guitar and Case
    Serial number 712551
    Was production run # 712. That run produced 999 Viking guitars with this one being the 551st. This 1967 Hagstrom electric hollow body appears to be all original. This has been used but not abused. There are dings, dents, and scratches throughout. There are a few deeper dents on the back of the headstock ( pictured) along with the neck in some places. Neck ... more
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    Gibson B-15 1963-1968 vintage acoustic guitar with original

    Gibson B-15 1963-1968 vintage acoustic guitar with original

    Pflugerville, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This b-15 has only had 1 owner and it was hardly used. Gibson is in excellent working condition with straight neck. The action is low and comfortable to play. There is no buzzing and frets are in excellent condition. There are no cracks or repairs. It does have the normal wear consistent of a vintage Guitar such as hazy areas, scratches and dings. This is still one of the best looking gibsons b-15 out there. Comes with its original case. Keep in mind theses cases almost feel like cardboard so ... more
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    1984 Gibson Flying V Guitar Yellow Electric Guitar

    1984 Gibson Flying V Guitar Yellow Electric Guitar

    Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Here??s a great playing, freshly setup Flying V from 1984. This guitar is super fun to play and anyone who is lucky enough to buy thig guitar will enjoy it. This guitar is a true child of the 80s and sounds amazing when plugged into an amp. All original parts including the legendary Tim Shaw era ??Dirty Fingers?? pickups with ink stamp. The pickups sell for $1, 000 on Reverb alone
    The guitar has genuine nitrocellulose lacquer checking / / crazing and the finish has aged to an awesome ... more
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    1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty

    1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty

    Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Just in is this great 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty
    Quick Details
    Weight 10 2
    Nut width 1 69inches
    Depth at 1st Fret 0 81 inches
    Depth at 12th Fret 1 00 Inches
    This 1973 Les Paul Custom is in great shape with no breaks or repairs
    The body is in almost perfect shspe with the exception of a small wear mark through the paint and into the wood on the treble side of the neck between the 9th and 10th frets. This happened from the guitar sitting in its case over years ... more
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    Loveland, Colorado, 805**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage GIBSON "Road To Happiness" Self Instructor Guitar learning book, copyright / dated 1936, Gibson Inc
    12" x 9" book with 24 instructional pages Back shows information for the "Gibson System" for Guitar & Hawaiian Guitar Excellent complete condition (see photos for more details)
    ... more
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    1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS  Pot Part Reads 103k

    1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS Pot Part Reads 103k

    Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Short brass shaft, light vintage wear super clean reads 100k on meter. Right side terminal loop is missing, functional pot, Thanks for looking
    ... more
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    Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w /  Bigsby Bridge - Clone

    Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w / Bigsby Bridge - Clone

    Provo, Utah, 846**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Gibson L6-S Natural Wood Finish w / Bigsby Bridge - Clone.
    This is truly a one of a kind guitar, a beautiful clone of the rare and sought after Gibson L6-S made by Arirang in Korea in the 80s.
    It's in great condition. Dual Humbuckers and custom Bigsby Bridge with vintage knobs. Sounds incredible, currently strung with flatwound strings.
    ... more
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    Ferndale, Michigan, 482**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Here we have an amazing 1973 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop. This 50 year old Kalamazoo, Michigan made at the old Gibson Factory guitar has been very well taken care of and not played a whole heck of a lot. Besides having almost no laquer checking, the frets show no real wear and no signs of any pitting as well. Cosmetically the guitar has a newer look and customers are looking at it saying 'man this thing is almost mint!' The finish has it's share of very small blemishes and light dings but the... more
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    Vintage 1958 Gibson GA-9 Combo Amp Black Tolex

    Vintage 1958 Gibson GA-9 Combo Amp Black Tolex

    Santa Clarita, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage original 1950s Gibson GA-9 combo amp. Absolutely fantastic warm and fat blues tones.
    Serviced and working great with a good 3 prong chord so no shocks or sound issues. Has a replaced Eminence speaker. Emblem not original
    Perfect for recording and gigging
    ... more
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    Vintage 1959 Gibson Double Black PAF 7 58k Pickup Les Paul Standard Burst 1960

    Vintage 1959 Gibson Double Black PAF 7 58k Pickup Les Paul Standard Burst 1960

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


    Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
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    Vintage Gibson 1959 DOUBLE BLACK Long Magnet Patent Number PAF pickup
    This example is 100% factory original and came out of a mid year 1959 Gibson guitar!
    PAFs from 1959 are true "Holy Grail" pickups, and key tone elements to the coveted Burst tone of the late 1950's. This pickup sounds absolutely magical, at boasts a solid and robust output of 7 58k. This is THEE ideal pickup for... more
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    Vtg 1963 Gibson Hummingbird Sunburst Acoustic

    Vtg 1963 Gibson Hummingbird Sunburst Acoustic

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


    The Gibson Hummingbird is one of the most iconic acoustic guitars, known for its rich tone and versatile nature. The Hummingbird has a wide range of sound, from gutsy and loud, to sweet and soft. Superb for all styles of playing, whether playing chords or intricate solos. The tone on this vintage 1963 Hummingbird is superb; well balanced with strong projection and warm resonance. It??s a sought-after collector's item, due to it being a popular choice among musicians.
    The ... more
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    Vintage 1950s Gibson ES-175D ES-175 Wide Bevel Pickguard Guard 1958 1959 PAF 57

    Vintage 1950's Gibson ES-175D ES-175 Wide Bevel Pickguard Guard 1958 1959 PAF 57

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


    Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
    A fantastic and original
    Vintage Gibson ES-175 c 1959 Wide Bevel Pickguard
    Original late 50's - early 1960's PAF equipped Gibson ES-175D wide-bevel pickguard
    This will fit your late 50's or early 60's ES-175 DOUBLE Humbucking model perfectly
    The REAL DEAL in killer shape! This is a very cool vintage guard in that it shows the old imprint of a name sticker / emblem "Lousie" if viewed from an angle!
    Great ... more
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    Vintage NOS USA Gibson Vintage Guitars Stoptail  with studs & anchor set.

    Vintage NOS USA Gibson Vintage Guitars Stoptail with studs & anchor set.

    Huntingtown, Maryland, 206**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This is a NOS USA Original Gibson part Comes with stoptail studs and anchor set
    ... more
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    1977 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Wine Red

    1977 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Wine Red

    Omaha, Nebraska, 681**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Selling my 1977 Les Paul Deluxe in a beautiful grainy Wine Red finish, it weighs in at 10 7 lbs , the guitar has it's share of light play wear as one might expect but it is very presentable especially for it's age! It does have a small chip on treble side wing of headstock nothing serious though. The binding on this is aged to a stunning antique amber color and is flawless, even on the nibs which usually always shows little cracks on the fret ends. The guitar has been professionally set up with ... more
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    Vintage 1960s Gibson ABR-1 Bridge - Nylon Saddles - Pat No. & Foundry Mark

    Vintage 1960's Gibson ABR-1 Bridge - Nylon Saddles - Pat No. & Foundry Mark

    Zionsville, Indiana, 460**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage 1960's Gibson ABR-1 Bridge - Nylon Saddles - Pat No. & Foundry Mark
    Used. All screws turn. Bridge is flat
    Listing 277... more
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    1959 Gibson GA-8 "Gibsonette" Amp Tweed 5F1 5E3

    1959 Gibson GA-8 "Gibsonette" Amp Tweed 5F1 5E3

    Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    1959 Gibson GA-8 "Gibsonette" Amp for sale. This amp is a parallel single ended design -- a rare output tube configuration, unique to these early non-tremolo GA-8s. Electrically this is like having two single ended tweed Fender Champ power sections in parallel. This results in a rich and thick overdrive
    The amp puts out about 9 watts from two 6V6 power tubes into a single 10" speaker which has been upgraded to an alnico Jupiter 10SA ($130), a boutique recreation of the amp's original Jensen ... more
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    Vintage Gibson BR-9 Lap Steel & Amp Set -VG

    Vintage Gibson BR-9 Lap Steel & Amp Set -VG

    New Orleans, Louisiana, 701**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Vintage 1950??s or early ?60??s - Gibson BR-9 Lap Steel set. 6 string Lap Steel w / matching tube amp. In the original hard case & cover for the amp is included
    All working, very nice & clean- VG condition
    Hard to find both in this condition!
    *shipping includes insurance
    ... more
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    1967 Vox Stroller

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    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.