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Gibson advertisement (1972)

Gibson Offers a World of Sound

Gibson Flattops

Gibson offers a world of sound. It's a world that starts with a far-reaching search for the finest raw materials the earth has to offer. Distance is no object. The only important consideration is quality. Quality worthy of the skilled master craftsmen who blend these materials into the perfect guitar and add the honored Gibson name. We could simplify things quite a bit by using the most conveniently available materials in making a Gibson. But then we'd have to change the name, because it wouldn't be a Gibson anymore. It would be just another guitar. Does all this really make a difference in the sound of a guitar? Stop in at your local Gibson guitar dealer and play one. It makes a world of difference.

Gibson advertisement (1972) Gibson Offers a World of Sound

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Gibson Guitar Vintage 1927 L-1

Gibson Guitar Vintage 1927 L-1

Oak Lawn, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson L-1 from 1927. This is the same model as the iconic Robert Johnson guitar. This guitar has an amazing tone. Professionally repaired by Carter's Vintage Guitars. This guitar was purchased at Carter's Vintage Guitars and the description below is the one they gave. No trades. Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Thanks!
Replaced FingerboardNeck ResetNew Bridge New nut / saddleTwo cleated top cracksFinish Overspray on Neck / Back / Sides Two Small Side Cracks... more
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1970 Gibson Super 400 CESN

1970 Gibson Super 400 CESN

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


1970 Gibson Super 400 CESN, Blonde finish, Top of the line guitar with carved spruce top, Gold hardware, Ebony fingerboard with split block pearl inlays, No volute, Says made in USA, No dot over the I, Orange label, Attractive Maple back and sides, Carved bridge with abalone inlays, Plays and performs beautifully, EC+, Original hard case
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w /  Original Case and Amplifier

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / Original Case and Amplifier

Babb, Montana, 594**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Excellent Package for the vintage guitar enthusiast:
Original 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst single cut, solid body, electric guitar Very Good to Excellent Condition
Original "Alligator" case (small area of trim missing)
1957 GA-5 Gibson Amplifier with cords and extras... more
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1955 Gibson Es225tc

1955 Gibson Es225tc

Park Ridge, New Jersey, 076**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A gorgeous 1955 Gibson es225tc. Plays and sounds excellent. A great sounding p90 with original tailpiece which is hard to find. Body and neck is in great shape. Lots of patina. Binding is excellent. Action is low. Great for jazz, blues or rock. Own a vintage piece today!
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1965 Gibson ES-125 DC W /  Custom Rubber Bridge Included

1965 Gibson ES-125 DC W / Custom Rubber Bridge Included

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


Selling my 1965 Gibson ES125 that I had a modified adjustable rubber bridge added to it and a 1950??s Bigsby trem. If the rubber bridge thing isn??t your vibe , the guitar also comes w / the original bridge, trap tailpiece, pickguard and hardcase. This guitar has 2 wonderful sounding & original p90??s & The neck is so comfy and not huge in profile. It??s strung with .11 gauge flatwounds and sounds gorgeous and woody. The neck has had a headstock repair long ago by a pro and is rock ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Nickel Wraptail Bridge Compensated SG Special Junior 1964

Vintage 1960's Gibson Nickel Wraptail Bridge Compensated SG Special Junior 1964

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 nickel compensated wrap tailpiece
Original Gibson wraparound tailpiece in fantastic shape
This is an absolutely fantastic original Gibson wraptail!
As found on SG Special, SG Junior, Melody Makers and others
Great original shape. Nickel finish is in great shape
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
Check our ... 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


Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
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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1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior Tobacco Sunburst

1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior Tobacco Sunburst

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


What an amazing guitar this 1956 Les Paul Junior is
Quick Details
Weight 7 6lbs
Nut width 1 69
Depth at 1st Fret 0 90
Depth at 12th Fret 1 00
For sale is a great example of a 1956 Les Paul Junior
This guitar has been well taken care of and has minimal paint checking and wear on it. The lower bottom bout has minimal wear through to the wood. The body is also in in great shape with no breaks or repairs
The pickups and electronics are all original and work flawlessly ... more
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1965 Gibson Melody Maker

1965 Gibson Melody Maker

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


Beautiful 1965 Gibson Melody Maker. Non original bridge (original style included), non original pickup (I believe it??s a Bill Lawrence) and Ibanez tuners. I have brand new original style Kluson??s that will come with it. Hardshell case included. Plays, looks and sounds killer. Tough to sell this one. Check out pics CLOSELY!!!!
... more
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Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Electric Bass 1968 Walnut, Original, 2 Pickup, VeriTone

Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Electric Bass 1968 Walnut, Original, 2 Pickup, VeriTone

Clifton, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson's EB-3 bass guitar was released in 1961 and wasproduced through 1979, sporting the familiar sharp double-cutaway solid bodysimilar to the SG. As an upgrade to the EB-0, which also makes the EB-3 a moredesirable collectors' piece, the EB-3 sports dual humbuckers on its solidmahogany body with a metal cover over the bridge pickup and a 4-position rotarytone switch
A fantastic opportunity to buy a ... more
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1963 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom - Spruce top - Cherry Sunburst

1963 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom - Spruce top - Cherry Sunburst

Greenville, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1963 Gibson Barney Kessel is one of the more desirable early model with a spruce top, long heel neck joint, and features all original electronics with early patent decal pickups which are internally exactly the same as late PAFs. These pickups have never been opened. The pots and jack are all original with the original shielding canisters. The finish is all original and has the darker cherry color that I've only seen on some others from 1963 which makes me think they may all be from the ... more
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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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Vintage 1968 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Brown finish with case

Vintage 1968 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Brown finish with case

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1968 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Brown finishWeight: 8 LBSHas had a small headstock repair years ago, old repair and is rock solidAppears to have a few cracks (they seem solid) at the neck heels also as shownFrets and neck in very good conditionFrets have some very light signs of wear just on the first few fretsIn my opinion not enough wear to be worried about at this time so I didn't feel the need to dress themThey have lots of meat and don't appear to have been dressed downIt's ... more
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Vintage 50-60s Gibson Amplifier Bell Knobs  . ( Sold Individually )

Vintage 50-60s Gibson Amplifier Bell Knobs . ( Sold Individually )

Painesville, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


SOLD INDIVIDUALLY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Up for sale are two Gibson amplifier bell knobs used during the later 50s and early 60s that are mostly found on the tweed amps of the era. VERY hard to find and if you would like more than one, CONTACT ME FIRST BEFORE PURCHASING, so I can adjust the listing. These are my last two so buy before they are gone.
All amps, pickups and speakers are shipped in working condition and must be tested within 72 ... more
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1956 Gibson ES-125 a killer way to get into a vintage electric box on a budget !

1956 Gibson ES-125 a killer way to get into a vintage electric box on a budget !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a very nice original 1956 Gibson ES-125. These early electric guitars provided an entryway for guitarists to dive into the world of archtop guitars. This is a fat body archtop that sports only one pickup, Gibson??s famous P-90. The ES-125 was one of Gibson??s 1950s / 60s student models ?? although really a very nice guitar indeed, having no fancy appointments, but being made from essentially the same materials, and using the same construction methods as all Gibson Arch tops of the ... more
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1974 Gibson J-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar, lite sunburst, Mint Condition W / OHSC

1974 Gibson J-200 Artist Acoustic Guitar, lite sunburst, Mint Condition W / OHSC

Oak Park, Illinois, 603**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1974 Gibson J-200 Artist Guitar, lite sunburst, Mint Condition.... more
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Gibson 1970- 71 Johnny Smith With Case

Gibson 1970- 71 Johnny Smith With Case

La Mesa, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Used gently guitar read about it more. I bought it a a guitar show walk in. It had a broken truss rod ,no truss cover, pu, pickguard . And a crack in the top a fix er for sure It's a rare color Ice Tea, no dot on Gibson pre 72. I have done the following . Used the Stewart McDonald truss repair technic to repair the rod. Works great now! Ordered a pickguard Picgaurdian  and Semour pu and truss cover. Repaired the
top crack, came out perfect. Can you see it near front of pick guard? Made ... more
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1959 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul 1x12 Combo Tweed

1959 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul 1x12 Combo Tweed

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


Up for sale is an amazing sounding and coveted 1959 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul 1x12 Combo amplifier in its original tweed covering. I've always thought these are some of the best amps to come out of this era and at a fraction of the price of a Tweed Deluxe how could you say no? This example has had a 3 prong cable installed, has an aftermarket Tone Tubby TTC12-8 speaker installed, and an assortment of vintage tubes. Transformers are coded 166933, 133933 and 133937 all dating to 1959. Cosmetically ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Black Yellow Plush lined16" Hard Case ES-175 J-45 J-50 175

Vintage 1960's Gibson Black Yellow Plush lined16" Hard Case ES-175 J-45 J-50 175

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 16 inch (lower bout) Hard Case
Now's the time to get a correct case for your vintage 60's Gibson archtop or flattop! This one is super duper clean!!
This is correct for ANY Gibson Archtop or Flattop from the 1960's with a 16" lower bout
Models include: ES-175, ES-175D, L-4, L-50, J-45, J-50, Hummingbird and others!
This is the mid 60's version with the... more
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Vintage Gibson Mandolin Model A-1 Case

Vintage Gibson Mandolin Model A-1 Case

Runnemede, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Mandolin Model A-1 Case In good to very good working condition.... 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

1973 Eko Ranger Folk The 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 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