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Gibson Offers a World of Sound

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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.


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    Vintage 1950s  Gibson ES 345 55 Varitone Chicken Head Guitar Knob BAKELITE

    Vintage 1950s Gibson ES 345 55 Varitone Chicken Head Guitar Knob BAKELITE

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


    Black Bakelite construction, Nickel locking screw, normal light vintage wear, thanks for looking
    ... more
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    1974 Gibson j55 acoustic guitar with hard shell case

    1974 Gibson j55 acoustic guitar with hard shell case

    Cincinnati, Ohio, 452**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    This vintage Gibson J55 acoustic guitar was purchased new in 1974. Crafted in the United States, this model features a beautiful design and rich sound quality that Gibson is well-known for. It comes with a sturdy hard shell case for easy transport and storage.... 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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    Functional Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck Replica, Cherry Red

    Functional Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck Replica, Cherry Red

    Faribault, Minnesota, 550**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Up For Auction:Functional Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck Replica, Cherry RedBuyer receives exact item(s) pictured
    * Free Shipping To The Lower 48 States *
    See Pictures for condition!!
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    1974 Gibson SG Custom a cool 3 pickup Walnut finished beat sweet neat machine.

    1974 Gibson SG Custom a cool 3 pickup Walnut finished beat sweet neat machine.

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


    This is a really cool last of the mid-70??s type SG Customs in a well patinated all original see-thru Walnut finish. Its block inlaid ebony fingerboard feels great & its neck profile is very comfortable & worn really smooth. Its headstock has Gibson??s famous Les Paul Custom pearl inlays w / a set of factory Grover tuners. It??s loaded w / 3 potent original mid-70??s pat. stamped Humbuckers. Its smaller pickgard looks great. The finish has both top play wear & back buckle wear, but ... more
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    1942 Gibson L-0 Black

    1942 Gibson L-0 Black

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


    Up for sale is an absolutely stunning 1942 (1936-1942 era) Gibson L-0 in its original black finish. The FON on this guitar reads 7724B with II in red pencil. The specs of this guitar are essentially the same as the L-00 but with top and back binding on the body. Modifications include an over-sprayed headstock face with a likely re-done painted logo. The bridge has been either replaced with a taller bridge or has a shim underneath it. bridge pins have been replaced with an older set included. ... more
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    Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare

    Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare

    Flower Mound, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Epiphone By Gibson Rock Bass Ebony Jazz Bass Hockey Stick Headstock Very Rare.
    These were made from 1986-93 according to the internet. The serial number sticker has been peeled of, but I believe this is an earlier one
    Very nice looking bass
    Sealed tuners, new strings, brass saddles, black on black with matching headstock, all original
    The body has a few light nicks and scratches, in the clear coat. None major
    No apparent fret wear or groves
    The bass has just had a ... more
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    Bedford, Texas, 760**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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    1940 Gibson L-5 - Originally Owned by Al Valenti

    1940 Gibson L-5 - Originally Owned by Al Valenti

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


    This 1940 L-5 was owned by Al Valenti. Valenti was a professional guitarist for nearly his entire life, gigging for around 80 years! In the 1930s he was reknown as a virtuoso and was the first endorser of D'Angelico guitars. Following his death in the 2010s his family sold off some of his guitars. I purchased this guitar at that time in 2017 to add to my personal collection. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Valenti's nephew
    This guitar was one of several ... more
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    1983 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Vintage Guitar Wine Red w /  Case

    1983 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Vintage Guitar Wine Red w / Case

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


    Up for sale, a 1983 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original molded hardshell ??chainsaw?? case. This Les Paul Deluxe comes from the last year of the Norlin era, featuring a solid (non-sandwich) mahogany body with a three-piece carved maple top and a gloss Wine Red nitro lacquer finish
    Tonally, the original mini humbuckers in this Les Paul deliver a round sound with great definition and punch. A perfect blend of humbucker and ... more
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    1966 Gibson 250k Centralab Guitar Pot Short Shaft Part 242K

    1966 Gibson 250k Centralab Guitar Pot Short Shaft Part 242K

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


    Centralab, Short shaft, normal lot vintage were with patina , reads 242k on meter, includes mounting nut. Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking
    ... more
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    Ibanez AEF18-TVS-OP-O3 Guitar With Case / Vintage Gibson Strap

    Ibanez AEF18-TVS-OP-O3 Guitar With Case / Vintage Gibson Strap

    Ocean View, New Jersey, 082**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Looks great, except a couple of marks on back, which I??m not sure are scratches, or can be buffed out, see photo 9
    Pickup works through an amp, sounds good

    Please view pics to get a more accurate idea of item's condition
    Sold "AS IS", no returns, so please view pictures and be certain before purchasing this item
    ... more
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    Gibson ES-335TD 1963 - Cherry

    Gibson ES-335TD 1963 - Cherry

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


    Here we have a very cool block neck 335 from 1963! This cherry finish guitar is serial number 147426 and features a bigsby tremolo and dual patent number pickups. It is all original with no breaks and no issues, and weighs in at 8 lbs 15 oz
    The guitar is in great shape overall. The early patent number pickups are similar to late PAFs and sound sweetly harmonic. The bigsby, ABR-1, and pickup covers all show light wear, but are in-tact original pieces. The Kluson double ring tuners are also ... more
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    Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    You are buying a VINTAGE 1919 GIBSON A-4 MANDOLIN in near excellent condition. Carved spruce top, maple back and sides,
    Fleur De Lis peghead inlay, bound ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, Plays and sounds great. At some point a strap button was added on the heel. Non original hard shell case included
    Please view photos and email questionsbefore buying. Payment is due uponpurchase. No International shippingunless you use the Ebay Global Shipping program which charges an ... more
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    1960 Gibson Melody Maker conversion sea foam green refinished relic Roadworn

    1960 Gibson Melody Maker conversion sea foam green refinished relic Roadworn

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


    1960 Gibson Melody Maker.... more
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    Vintage Kalamazoo by Gibson Oriole Lap Steel

    Vintage Kalamazoo by Gibson Oriole Lap Steel

    Amawalk, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Here is a Gibson Kalamazoo Oriole Lap Steel

    This has been in my grandparents storage unit for many many years I??m not sure of the exact year but I know it??s definitely vintage could be 1930s or 1940s. You can see by the pictures the exact detail on this item. Comes with the case. Also has some little steel or metal rectangle piece included
    ... more
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    Vintage Early 1960s Gibson EB-0  /  EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute

    Vintage Early 1960's Gibson EB-0 / EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute

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


    Vintage Early 1960's Gibson EB-0 / EB-2 Bass Bridge Mute
    Very Good Condition Sold by a mom & pop music store in Brooklyn NY
    ... more
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    1957 Gibson GA-20 Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x12 w /  Jensen P12Q

    1957 Gibson GA-20 Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x12 w / Jensen P12Q

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


    Up for sale, a 1957 Gibson GA-20 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Featuring original two-tone cosmetics, a positively gleaming chrome faceplate, an era-correct Jensen P12Q speaker, and a very original and professionally serviced circuit, this GA-20 is the perfect mid-size combo from the golden age of tube amplification. In many ways analogous to Fender's narrow panel tweed amps of the same era, the GA-20 features a four input design with a 6V6 power tube pair, 5Y3 rectifier, ... more
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    1968 Gibson L-7CES a Sharp Cut Electric L-7 that was a true 1-off special order.

    1968 Gibson L-7CES a Sharp Cut Electric L-7 that was a true 1-off special order.

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


    This is a really cool 1-of-a-kind Arch Top that's an exceedingly unusual special order model L-7CES from 1968 in which was never available in their product catalogs. Its pretty much an L-5CES w / down graded appointments perhaps a more affordable version for its 1st owner wanting that cool body shape. Its got a gorgeous rich Dark Sunburst finish over a nice grainy ??carved?? spruce top w / a sharp "Florintine" cutaway that was never optional on any L-7, all being round Venetian cutaways, always ... more
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    1962 Gibson J-45, ,, Cherry Sunburst

    1962 Gibson J-45, ,, Cherry Sunburst

    Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 024**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


    Pretty cherry sunburst ?62 J-45 with recent neck reset and re-fret. Adjustable bridge replaced with a standard ebony bridge. Worn bridge plate replaced and former volume and tone knob holes plugged
    1 11 / 16" nut width with the coveted low "C" profile early 60's Gibson necks that so many of us find so comfortable. Low action that plays effortlessly. No breaks or cracks. Replaced tuners (see photo). Some heavy treble-side pick wear but somehow it just adds to the guitar's character. Comes in ... 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.