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Fender advertisement (1969)

The Heavys From Fender

Fender Solid-State Deluxe Reverb amplifier, Fender Solid-State Super Reverb amplifier, Fender Solid-State Twin Reverb amplifier, Fender Solid-State Vibrolux Reverb amplifier

They drive hard. Featuring 4 Fender solid state amps: Vibrolux/Reverb, Deluxe/Reverb, Twin/Reverb and Super/Reverb

Fender advertisement (1969) The Heavys From Fender

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1983 Fender American Standard Telecaster w / HSC

1983 Fender American Standard Telecaster w / HSC

Savannah, Missouri, 644**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This a nice clean example of the 1983 Dan Smith era American Telecaster. The guitar is in overall good condition. Everything works as it should and the guitar plays easily. The only wear is a little bit of arm wear on the edge of the body. The wear is shown in the photos. A Fender tolex covered hardshell case is included and it also is in good condition. It didn't show up well in the photos, but the fretboard has some fantastic figuring! If you have any questions or would like some ... more
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Vintage Seymour Duncan  Hot stacked humbucker pickup fender. 2B-S

Vintage Seymour Duncan Hot stacked humbucker pickup fender. 2B-S

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


Vintage Seymour Duncan Hot stacked humbucker pickup fender. 2B-S... more
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Vintage Fender 300 P S. Guitar 4x12" Speaker Cabinet Cab Central Illinois Guitar

Vintage Fender 300 P S. Guitar 4x12" Speaker Cabinet Cab Central Illinois Guitar

Normal, Illinois, 617**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is slightly used and in excellent playing condition. Sounds great, didn't see alot of action over the years - but it is old. Available for pickup in our Central Illinois location.
A picture can speak 1, 000 words.
Everything in the photos and description is what you will receive.
We encourage communication, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
Questions about auction style sales should be asked prior to the end of bidding.
By bidding on or buying this ... more
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Vintage Pair 1960s Fender USA F Knobs Fender Bronco

Vintage Pair 1960s Fender USA F Knobs Fender Bronco

Miami, Florida, 331**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage 1960s 70s Fender USA Guitar "F" Knobs Very nice condition with light wear as seen in the pictures Used on 60s Fender Broncos and some other Fender guitars and products Fender Starcaster etc Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final No Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks... more
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Ace Vintage Western Leather Guitar Strap for Fender Gibson Gretcsh ?

Ace Vintage Western Leather Guitar Strap for Fender Gibson Gretcsh ?

Port Clinton, Ohio, 434**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I am selling a Vintage Western Leather guitar strap that can be used with a Fender Gibson or Gretsch electric or acoustic guitar. This measures approx   and is in good condition and please notice the buckle portion is missing. Please understand Buyer must contact us within 24 hours and pay for shipping, handling, and insurance. I ship world wide, please understand shipping cost is for USA. There will be additional costs for international shipping. Please ask all questions if you have any ... more
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Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom Olympic White 1978

Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom Olympic White 1978

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom Olympic White 1978
A magnificent playing Tele Custom finished in an ultra cool Olympic White. Superb action with a smooth, comfortable feel & killer tone! Professionally set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it's ready for action straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Wonderful condition for its age with only some very minor nicks, chips, dents, dings & ... more
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Vintage 1973 Fender Telecaster P-Bass 250K Pot Potentiometer

Vintage 1973 Fender Telecaster P-Bass 250K Pot Potentiometer

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


Vintage 1973 Fender Telecaster 250K Pots Potentiometers
Pot code: 1377343
Good working condition
See photos for exact condition
See my other vintage guitar parts in my ebay store
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100- VTG FENDER GUITAR, AMP parts 1950s??S Rotary Level Switch selector switch.

100- VTG FENDER GUITAR, AMP parts 1950s??S Rotary Level Switch selector switch.

San Antonio, Texas, 782**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I counted 100 I have no idea what these parts are for or year. I am told they are guitar parts. USED

I ve sold numerous electrical equipment, Vacuum tubes, relays, motors and more, with no complaints from buyers. Picked up huge lot , miscellaneous hardware , tubes. Coils, transformers, motors, testers, much more. Some used some NEW, with boxes / with out boxes. I have no knowledge of how to properly use this parts ( test ), everything is sold as is

I can email additional... more
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1965 Fender Precision bass

1965 Fender Precision bass

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


1965 Fender Precision Bass, Sunburst finish, Tortoise pickguard, Pearldot inlays, L-Plate, Bridge Covers, Very cool bass! VG++ condition, Original hard case... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass 4 String Electric Bass Guitar w /  Case

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass 4 String Electric Bass Guitar w / Case

Barton, New York, 137**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Fender American Vintage II series presents a remarkably accurate take on the revolutionary designs that altered the course of musical history. Built with period-accurate bodies, necks and hardware, premium finishes and meticulously voiced, year-specific pickups, each instrument captures the essence of authentic Fender craftsmanship and tone.
When Don Randall at Fender Sales requested a more sophisticated, high-end bass model, the now iconic Jazz Bass was the result. The ... more
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fender stratocaster 1984 American Vintage Relic

fender stratocaster 1984 American Vintage Relic

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


The pickups are 1997 custom shop. The guitar is in very good condition. I??ve had this guitar since 2002. I used it on the TV series Stripperella with Pamela Anderson and on the series Astonishing X-Men. I??m a composer so it??s been used very little since, only in a studio setting
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1967 Fender Deluxe Reverb Vintage Tube Amplifier, Silver Panel Amp

1967 Fender Deluxe Reverb Vintage Tube Amplifier, Silver Panel Amp

Bridgeport, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage 1967 Fender Deluxe Reverb tube amplifier is a must-have addition to any musician's collection. With its classic silver panel design and powerful sound, this amplifier is sure to impress Featuring a brand name synonymous with quality and craftsmanship, the Fender Deluxe Reverb is a versatile combo amplifier suitable for a range of musical styles. Whether you're a professional guitarist or a hobbyist, this vintage amplifier is the perfect choice for your next gig or recording session.... more
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1964 Fender Duo Sonic Guitar

1964 Fender Duo Sonic Guitar

Virginia Beach, Virginia, 234**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Fender Duo-Sonic II 22 5" scale W / chipboard case Guitar looks to have been non-professionally refinished including stripe on back of neck and headstock Pickups are in working condition and read period correct for this model. It has been rewired along the way but pots and switches look original (Knobs do not look) Guitar / truss rod works fine. Tuners appear to be original. Guitar and case are sold as is.... more
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1974 USA Fender Stratocaster Guitar Body Project Black 3 Bolt

1974 USA Fender Stratocaster Guitar Body Project Black 3 Bolt



Original black finish 3 Bolt, tremolo model , normal vintage finish wear . Neck bolt pattern has been drilled for 4 Bolt neck. Body weighs 5 lbs. 9 oz . Finish has chips-dings-scratches-hairline on edge of pocket, factory worm route. Easy project to fill in and cover up, I don??t have the time. Thanks for looking!
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Roselle, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage 1965-66 Fender Mustang Dark Blue with Original Case

Vintage 1965-66 Fender Mustang Dark Blue with Original Case

Bridgeport, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The 1965-66 Fender Mustang, in its unrestored original dark blue finish, features a dual pickup configuration, a short-scale neck for comfortable playability, and a distinctive dynamic vibrato system. It comes with its original case, embodying the mid-60s era of innovative guitar design by Fender, aimed at student musicians but embraced by professionals for its unique sound and playability.... more
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Vintage Fender, Amplifier Front Grill, Pro 185, Has Cosmetic Issues.

Vintage Fender, Amplifier Front Grill, Pro 185, Has Cosmetic Issues.

Foster, Rhode Island, 028**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender, Amplifier Front Grill, Pro 185, Has Cosmetic Issues

Please see photos for description, condition and fitment, thank you grill does have cosmetic issues paint marks, rips, tears please see photos, sold, as is no returns
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Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan

Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan

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


For sale is a Fender Jazz Bass Special 1984 - 1987 - Black Japan in Good Condition!
This beautiful bass comes from the famous Fujigen factory which has become synonymous with high quality! These are becoming harder to come by and are very collectible!
Just cleaned and set up with super low action!
Electronics have been modified (Vol - Vol - Tone - Input)
This can easily be modified back to original as they used the existing holes. The original jack is still intact on the side of the... more
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Vintage! 1975 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Natural + Fender Case

Vintage! 1975 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Natural + Fender Case

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


Vintage! 1975 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Natural + Fender Case

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Lovies Guitars is excited to offer up this 1975 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with a Natural Finish! This guitar has a chiming, airy quality and a clear percussive cut. Twangy and snappy when it's required or bell-like and warm at the flip of a switch, all of the traditional Strat bases are covered with this model, including plenty of quack in the "in between" settings ... more
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Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic  /  Musicmaster Guitar Body - Natural Refinish

Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic / Musicmaster Guitar Body - Natural Refinish

Mobile, Alabama, 366**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic Guitar Body. I believe the MusicMaster uses the same body. This body uses the small, early style bridge. Neck pocket is slightly wider than expected at approximately 2-1 / 4" (2 267" measured with calipers). The pickup area was modified for either humbuckers or 3 pickups. Body was stripped of all finish and now has a poorly applied clear finish. There are lots of fine sanding marks on top and sides as well as a good bit of finish dulling on the back that may ... 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.