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Acoustic advertisement (1969)

Meet Our Friends - Blind Faith

Acoustic Amplifiers

Sixties ad for Acoustic amplifiers featuring Blind Faith on stage with Acoustic amplifiers. From Left to right: Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton

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    1970s Epiphany FT-150 BARD.     Acoustic

    1970s Epiphany FT-150 BARD. Acoustic

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

    $250

    Epiphone manufactured the FT-150 between 1972 and 1979. The guitars were Japanese-manufactured and featured a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, a three piece adjustable neck, and a rosewood fingerboard with block inlays and a zero-fret. It has a decorative rosette, an adjustable bridge and chrome plated hardware. The mahogany neck is bolted on internally

    This guitar is in great condition, showing very little signs of use. There are a few marks to the body but nothing too ... more
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    VINTAGE DOMINO ACOUSTIC LAP SLIDE GUITAR & CASE

    VINTAGE DOMINO ACOUSTIC LAP SLIDE GUITAR & CASE

    El Paso, Texas, 799**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $150

    This is a Estate find. The guitar was designed to be played on the lap with a slide Maker: DOMINO. 1960's . It plays and sounds very good like a parlor guitar but, was made to be played with a slide. Measures: 36" Long x 13" Widest Bout x 3 1 / 2" Deep, 13 Frets, STEEL RE-INFORCED NECK. Comes with a very nice inside red velvet color soft guitar case to lug around from gig to gig, busking or campfire jamming. Condition: Very Good with small nicks around white painted edges from age that does ... more
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    Epiphone J-200EC Studio 6-string Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Electronics Issue

    Epiphone J-200EC Studio 6-string Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Electronics Issue

    Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $81


    For Repair
    Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Pau Ferro Fingerboard with 1 68" Nut Width - Vintage Sunburst
    The neck is overset and the guitar is now unplayable. The electronics function as normal. No accessories included
    We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee with paid shipping back for any reason. Just send us a message within 30 days of your purchase saying you want to return it and we will send you a prepaid FedEx shipping label to send it back. ... more
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    Epiphone J-200EC Studio 6-string Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Overset Neck

    Epiphone J-200EC Studio 6-string Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Overset Neck

    Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $33


    For Repair
    Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides, Pau Ferro Fingerboard with 1 68" Nut Width - Vintage Sunburst
    The neck is overset and the guitar is now unplayable. The electronics function as normal. No accessories included
    We offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee with paid shipping back for any reason. Just send us a message within 30 days of your purchase saying you want to return it and we will send you a prepaid FedEx shipping label to send it back. ... more
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    Vintage Gibson Acoustic Guitar Right Handed 6 String with Road Runner Case

    Vintage Gibson Acoustic Guitar Right Handed 6 String with Road Runner Case

    Clinton Township, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $375

    You are bidding on this:
    Item: Vintage Gibson Acoustic Guitar
    Condition: In good condition, minor cosmetic damages, has "S. Estes" Etched into headstock, as well as numbers on the back of headstock
    Unable to identify a model, S / N is marked as 616483
    We are required to use UPC codes and they may be wrong. Your bidding on what we have in our description Not the upc specs We will do our best to make sure you're given the best customer service as possible.
    If there is a problem ... more
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    1974 Guild D25 Cherry Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Needs Work

    1974 Guild D25 Cherry Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Needs Work

    Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $400

    1974 Guild D25 Cherry Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Needs Work
    Item Description:

    You are bidding on a previously owned 1974 Guild D25 Cherry Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar. This auction is for the guitar with hard case you see pictured. Nothing else included. It comes as pictured. Please take a moment to look at the pictures and assess the item. This guitar has scuffs, finish wear, and scratches from use. The finish is chipped and is worn away in places with a lot of... more
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    Vintage 1962 Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar - Natural Finish - Excellent Condition

    Vintage 1962 Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar - Natural Finish - Excellent Condition

    Costa Mesa, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4999

    Vintage 1962 Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar - Natural Finish - Excellent Condition
    Has Original Kluson Deluxe Tuners
    Serial Number 1875XX Dates it to 1963
    See Photos -- Please ask question or request more Photos
    Comes with Case... more
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    Epiphone J-45 EC Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar  With hard shell Case

    Epiphone J-45 EC Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar With hard shell Case

    Forsyth, Missouri, 656**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $350

    Get ready to rock the stage with the Epiphone J-45 EC Studio Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Sunburst. Crafted with premium quality Mahogany and Spruce, this guitar boasts a vintage sunburst color that complements its solid body type. With 20 frets and a Laurel fretboard material, this right-handed guitar is perfect for intermediate level players

    The J-45 EC Studio is part of Epiphone's Studio Acoustic Collection and is an acoustic-electric guitar with a 6 string configuration. This ... more
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    Circa 1925 Art-i-So Acoustic Parlor Guitar Blues Folk All Original RARE

    Circa 1925 Art-i-So Acoustic Parlor Guitar Blues Folk All Original RARE

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

    $225

    Circa 1925 -1929 Art-i-So Parlor Guitar. A remarkable and rare find. Art-i-So was a short lived maker of stringed instruments in New York City circa mid to late 1920s. They seem to have specialized in making 4 string banjos, but guitars made by them are virtually non-existent. I was able to find only one other Art-i-So guitar anywhere online, a 4 string tenor. This guitar is thin walled with surprising resonance. I am not sure of the wood type used. The wood displays a gorgeous patina. This ... more
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    1960s Barclay by Harmony H922 Acoustic 12 String Guitar

    1960's Barclay by Harmony H922 Acoustic 12 String Guitar

    Manheim, Pennsylvania, 175**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $400

    1960's Barclay H922 acoustic 12 string guitar
    Made by Harmony
    Very nice condition
    Minimal fret wear
    Some fingerboard wear on the first few frets
    This guitar has been in storage without strings here at the shop for many years
    I will assume like many old Harmony guitars the neck will need to be reset
    The bridge is floating and was held in place at the factory by a small dab of glue
    Case included as shown and is a little beat up
    Sold as-is
    ... more
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    lyle acoustic guitars

    lyle acoustic guitars

    Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $199

    Introducing the Lyle Acoustic Guitar, a perfect instrument for musicians looking for a high-quality sound and excellent playability. This guitar is specifically designed for acoustic performances and offers a warm and rich tone that will captivate your audience. Made with the finest materials, this instrument is built to last and will bring joy to your music-making for years to come.
    With its sleek design and superior craftsmanship, the Lyle Acoustic Guitar is an excellent choice for ... more
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    1960s Stella by Harmony H933 Vintage Parlor Acoustic Guitar Red Sunburst NICE

    1960s Stella by Harmony H933 Vintage Parlor Acoustic Guitar Red Sunburst NICE

    New Bremen, Ohio, 458**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $90

    look at pictureswhat you see is what you getslight bow in neckplays nicegood sound
    no pin in bottom where strap hooks on just a hole] buyer picks up... more
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    VNTG Lark Brand Junior Model Wooden 6-String Acoustic Guitar (Parts and Repair)

    VNTG Lark Brand Junior Model Wooden 6-String Acoustic Guitar (Parts and Repair)

    Racine, Wisconsin, 534**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $114

    Title: VNTG Lark Brand Junior Model Wooden 6-String Acoustic Guitar (Parts and Repair)
    Item Attributes
    Brand: Unbranded
    Model: Junior
    Dexterity: Right-Handed
    String Configuration: 6 String
    Soundboard Style: Archtop
    UPC: N / A
    CONDITION:For parts or not working
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    Vintage 1968 Harmony Sovereign H1260 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Schaller Tuners W / HSC

    Vintage 1968 Harmony Sovereign H1260 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Schaller Tuners W / HSC

    Waldport, Oregon, 973**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1000

    Vintage @1968 Harmony Sovereign H1260 Jumbo Acoustic Guitar with added Quality Schaller Tuners and Plush Hard Shell Case. Solid spruce top, (not sound suppressing plywood). Nice action. Super DEEP Tone. Ivory nut. No cracks, Breaks, or Major Repairs, Slight rising of bridge but has been stable for 25 years I've had it. Very minor scratches, tiny gouges, see photos 12 & 13 . Head has snug fit in case because of added Schaller Tuners. S&H is $100 in the USA.... more
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    Harmony Sovereign H1260 6 String Acoustic 1960s RH Guitar

    Harmony Sovereign H1260 6 String Acoustic 1960's RH Guitar

    Coatesville, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $51

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    Harmony Sovereign H1260 6 String Acoustic 1960's RH Guitar
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    Vintage Unbranded Parlor Acoustic Guitar

    Vintage Unbranded Parlor Acoustic Guitar

    Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $200

    For your consideration is this cool vintage parlor guitar. I believe it's about 100 years old or older? It's made from solid oak back and sides with a cedar or spruce top. The pick guard doesn't look original but everything else does. It will need new strings please see all the pictures and feel free to ask questions before bidding. Be sure to check out my other cool vintage instruments
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    Rare Vintage Musikhaus PRIES German Parlor  Solid Wood Acoustic Guitar VIDEO

    Rare Vintage Musikhaus PRIES German Parlor Solid Wood Acoustic Guitar VIDEO

    Sebring, Florida, 338**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $475

    Rare Vintage Musikhaus PRIES German Parlor Solid Wood Acoustic Guitar
    Check out video Distinctive sound and tone. Decent string action. Nice playability. New Martin acoustic strings. Measures 37 25" in overall length. Fret board is 1 75" wide at the nut. Nice original bridge. Very well made vintage antique German acoustic guitar. Some of the tuners are bent a tad. One tuner is bent a tad worse than the others. All tuners still work. Has some wear, scratches and dings. Please view all photos ... more
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    Vintage  Framus Acoustic Guitar 5 / 31 Hand Made In Germany Head Need Smal Repair

    Vintage Framus Acoustic Guitar 5 / 31 Hand Made In Germany Head Need Smal Repair

    Mansfield, Massachusetts, 020**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $50

    This vintage Framus acoustic guitar from the 1960's is a one-of-a-kind piece that was hand made in Germany. The intricate design features a parlor body type, Made with multicolors, giving it a unique and distinctive look. The guitar  will be perfect for anyone interested in playing acoustic music. This model is super rare and hard to find. It's a Valencia model 5 / 31. Which identifies it as such
    The headstock of the guitar needs a minor fix, but once repaired, it will not affect the ... more
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    Vintage Acoustic Control Corp 370 Bass Amp Head 1970s 70s

    Vintage Acoustic Control Corp 370 Bass Amp Head 1970s 70s

    Kenosha, Wisconsin, 531**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $449

    This acoustic 370 Bass at Works great missing its middle mid range slider on the graphic EQ
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    1967 Ovation Acoustic Guitar Josh White Model 777 - Original Case - Garage Kept

    1967 Ovation Acoustic Guitar Josh White Model 777 - Original Case - Garage Kept

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

    $2000

    Wow! Very rare and unusual Ovation Josh White Signature Acoustic Guitar
    This guitar sounds absolutely amazing!
    A very rare 1967 Ovation Josh White Signature Model. This is not a reissue! This amazing guitar is one of the earliest Ovations ever made! It was built to Josh's specifications early in the Ovation company??s history. The introduction and promotion of the first Ovation was closely associated with two performing artists, the blues performer Josh White and the country music singer ... 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

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    1961 Hofner Colorama I

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    1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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    1960 Hofner Colorama II

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    1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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    1981 Gibson Marauder

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    1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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    1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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    1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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    1961 Hohner Zambesi

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    1963 Vox Super Ace

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    1966 Vox New Escort

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    1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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    1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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    1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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    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.