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Fender USA Stratocaster Electric Guitar Natural Ash Maple Neck 1977-1978

Fender USA Stratocaster Electric Guitar Natural Ash Maple Neck 1977-1978

Klamath Falls, Oregon, 976**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

Description:
Vintage 1977-1978 Fender USA Stratocaster Electric Guitar
Ash Body with Black Pick Guard and Maple Neck
Condition is decent for it's age: There are various dings, dents, scuffs and scratches on the body and neck from usage and handling. Two screws are missing from the back plate and one screw is missing from the pick-guard. Some of the screws appear to be very worn or stripped in the Philips slots. As always I'd recommend inspecting pictures thoroughly before purchase or ... more
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Vintage Fender Dual Showman Reverb Amp TFL 5000D Serviced Tube Recapped Pedal

Vintage Fender Dual Showman Reverb Amp TFL 5000D Serviced Tube Recapped Pedal

Rocklin, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2070

Vintage Fender Dual Showman Reverb Amp TFL 5000D Serviced Tube Recapped Pedal
Ships safe from California Local pick available. We located in Northern California
26 x 10 x 14 48lbs... more
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Vintage 1978 Fender Musicmaster Guitar - Located In Baton Rouge

Vintage 1978 Fender Musicmaster Guitar - Located In Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

This vintage 1978 Fender Musicmaster guitar is a true gem for any collector or musician. With its iconic brand, this guitar is a rare find. It has mojo!

Perfect for those looking for a unique addition to their collection, this Fender Musicmaster boasts a classic design and sound that will impress any music lover. Whether you're playing on stage or in your living room, this guitar is sure to turn heads and make a statement. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to own ... more
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Vintage Fender Guitar Amplifier Original Speaker Cabinet Head Feet Cups Set of 4

Vintage Fender Guitar Amplifier Original Speaker Cabinet Head Feet Cups Set of 4

Canyon, Texas, 790**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$36

original parts, these are the plastic cup inserts in top of speaker cab that head feet sit in, late 1960??s-70??s - $9 S / H to U S.


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Fender "The Strat" Stratocaster - USA - 1980

Fender "The Strat" Stratocaster - USA - 1980

Commerce Township, Michigan, 483**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1899

1980 Fender "The Strat " , Made in USAVintage collectors guitar, candy apple red, heavy brass bridge, gold hardware, special hotter bridge pickup, and 2 position rotary switch which gives 9 different tone options. This model was only produced from 1980-1983. Guitar is 44 years old. The paint on these models was not the greatest as most have large chips in them from normal use. The trem bar hole is rounded out a bit and the original bar no longer fits. All pickups, pots, knobs, and switches are ... more
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1974 Fender Twin Silver Face. Stock. No Mods. Original. 2 X 12 Combo. Speakers.

1974 Fender Twin Silver Face. Stock. No Mods. Original. 2 X 12 Combo. Speakers.

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

$2000

Fender Twin 1974 Silver Face. Stock, No Mods, Original. Condition is "Used " .
Pull out Master Knob
Speaker mfg code dates the amp at 1974
However I could be an early 1975. Stock. No mods Tubes: RCA 7552 Speakers:
Fender blue label
Oxford 465's
Made in U S.A
005379
465-412
12T6-10... more
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1971 Fender Competition Mustang Orange

1971 Fender Competition Mustang Orange

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

$4321

Up for sale is a sweet 1971 Fender Competition Mustang in Competition Orange. This example features a MAY71B neck stamp, a pair of original grey bottom Mustang pickups with original pots and switches, original bridge / tremolo unit and hardware, original tuning keys and neck plate as well as original body routes. The pickup leads have been cut and then re-soldered at some point and there is evidence of touched up solder joints on the pots and wiring. The body finish has a slightly darker shade... more
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set-screw vintage silverface blackface Fender amp knobs Deluxe Reverb 1970 1971

set-screw vintage silverface blackface Fender amp knobs Deluxe Reverb 1970 1971

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$129

no zero feedback buyers
also listed elsewhere online
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5 good knobs with 1 bad freebie thrown in for free
all have the set-screw at 1
these are vintage Fender amp knobs, the exact year is unknown
will fit properly on any blackface or silverface amp... more
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1964 Vintage Original Fender Precision Bass Guitar Tobacco Burst

1964 Vintage Original Fender Precision Bass Guitar Tobacco Burst

Victoria, Texas, 779**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5400

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1964 Vintage Original Fender Precision Bass Guitar Tobacco Burst




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This is a 1964 Vintage Original Fender Precision Bass Guitar Tobacco Burst   Serial # L21222   As you can see, it has had honest play time and wear from over the years, but this is a GREAT P ... more
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1967 Fender Coronado Bass I - Red

1967 Fender Coronado Bass I - Red

Menlo Park, California, 940**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2550

This 1967Coronado Bass I (serial number 214897) is in truly excellent operational andcosmetic condition. The sound of the pickup is great and the volume and tonecontrols operate with very little scratchiness. All parts appear to be original. The beautiful red finish has only a fewvery minor imperfections -- see photos. The original case with fully functionallatches is included

This shortscale (30 " ) hollow-body bass is lightweight and very comfortable to wearfor long periods
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Used Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass Maple - Vintage Blonde

Used Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass Maple - Vintage Blonde

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1879


Used Fender American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass Maple - Vintage Blonde
A used American Vintage II 1954 Precision Bass. This is a showroom model that has seen almost no use and is in fantastic condition. The bass will ship with all original factory documentation and packaging. Additionally, before shipment our luthiers will provide a professional inspection and full setup, so it arrives ready to play. If you have any questions about this instrument or any of our great gear, please ... more
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1980s Fender Stratocaster 2 Knob Dan Smith Strat Sunburst 1983-1984

1980's Fender Stratocaster 2 Knob Dan Smith Strat Sunburst 1983-1984

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

$1275

This listing is for a Vintage 1983 or 1984 Fender "Dan Smith" 2 Knob Stratocaster. This guitar was made in the in the early 1980's in what is commonly referred to as the "Dan Smith" Fender era when Fender changed the design of the Stratocaster to have only 2 knobs along with a bunch of other design changes. These were only produced for a year or two before Fender went back to the original 3 knob design. This guitar is a great player and sounds great but is in player grade condition and does have... more
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1966 Fender Mustang Guitar.  Excellent Condition.  Original case.

1966 Fender Mustang Guitar. Excellent Condition. Original case.

Saint Petersburg, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

This 1966 Fender Mustang Guitar is a must-have for any guitar enthusiast. With its vintage model, solid body type, and red color, this electric guitar is perfect for any musician looking for a unique addition to their collection. The guitar is in great shape and comes with its original case, making it an excellent find for any collector or player. The brand and series of the guitar is Fender Mustang, adding to its value and appeal. This guitar is a true gem and sure to be a prized possession for... more
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1951 Fender Pro TV Front Tweed Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x15 w /  Jensen P15N

1951 Fender Pro TV Front Tweed Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x15 w / Jensen P15N

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

$4000

Up for sale, a 1951 Fender Pro, retaining the original tweed intact and fully serviced, complete with a vintage tube set. This was the very first iteration of this classic lacquered tweed "TV front" model, and this era Pro is perhaps best known as being the amp Buddy Holly recorded all of his hits on at the Norman Petty studio in New Mexico. A very powerful and high fidelity amp in its day, the Pro pushed close to 40 sweet and dynamic tube watts through one 15" Jensen P15N alnico speaker. The ... more
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Vintage Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1968 with case. tested and confirmed.

Vintage Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1968 with case. tested and confirmed.

Chester, Virginia, 238**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

Okay here is a rare find for all you Guitar collectors. A 1968 Fender Precision Bass Guitar with original case, polishing cloth, and original set of Fender strings. Very Good to excellent condition. A few chips and wear thru marks but better than most we have seen on Ebay. This guitar was sent to Guitar Center February 4th 2024 to have them go aver and check for issues and get the Fender date codes. Also to check if everything was original. We have copied and pasted the emailed report.
We ... more
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Vintage 1971 Fender Amplifier Accessories REPRODUCTION - ONE Sheet Brochure 

Vintage 1971 Fender Amplifier Accessories REPRODUCTION - ONE Sheet Brochure 

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

$39


Vintage 1971 Fender Amplifier Accessories REPRODUCTION One Sheet Brochure (front and back)
This Page featured Fender Amp Cases, Covers and Amp Corners and Handles, Tilt-Back Legs and and JBL Speakers
Page printed from my Original Amplifier Accessories brochure (BOTH SIDES shown)
Printed on Highest Quality Glossy paper.
If you need an Vintage 1971 Fender REPRODUCTION Amplifier Accessories page to add to your collection, then this is it
Please feel free to email any questions... more
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Vintage 1967 Fender Coronado Cherry Sunburst Hollow-Body Guitar!

Vintage 1967 Fender Coronado Cherry Sunburst Hollow-Body Guitar!

Wichita, Kansas, 672**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2895

1967 FenderCoronado Cherry Sunburst Hollow-body Guitar!
Up for sale is an ORIGINAL 1967 Fender Coronadocherry sunburst hollow-body guitar, model #503151. This is a very beautifulCoronado II with dark cherry sunburst on the outer surface. There is verylittle fret wear, the pots and switch are clean and work perfect, the truss rodmoves with ease and the action is low and plays amazingly!
Fender's Coronado models launched in 1966 werethe CBS management's attempt to challenge Gibson, Gretsch, ... more
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Fender Bandmaster Amplifier (Amp) 1968 AB763

Fender Bandmaster Amplifier (Amp) 1968 AB763

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1487

Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is a Fender Bandmaster Amplifier restoration. This unit is SN-A-28663, circuit AB763, manufactured in the US in 1968. This amp is fully restored and in excellent condition. Intended for guitar, this amp has lots of vintage appeal, plenty of punch and sounds great. The restoration of the amp is extensive so please read the entire description and review the pictures to understand the scope of the work performed
The amp is equipped with two (2) ... more
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Fender Jazz Bass 1978 Black With Maple Block Neck

Fender Jazz Bass 1978 Black With Maple Block Neck

Ballston Spa, New York, 120**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This Fender Jazz Bass from 1978 is a classic beauty with a black body and maple blocked neck. The unique features of this bass is the low weight (for this era) of 9 2 lbs and rich sound. I would rate overall condition as very good. Original black finish shows honesty wear of a 45 year old bass. The original black pickguard and a second off white is included. Original pickups, pots, wiring, tuning heads, even the frets are in very good condition. Only the bridge , tug bar and knobs are not ... more
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Excellent Vintage Origonal 1978 Fender USA Precision Natural Bass w / Origonal Cse

Excellent Vintage Origonal 1978 Fender USA Precision Natural Bass w / Origonal Cse

Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, 158**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2749

Excellent vintage origonal 1978 Fender USA precision 4 st. bass w / origonal hardcase. Priced to sell. Has pickup upgrade to seymour duncan Bass Lines SPD-3 pickups. (origonal pickup included). New knobs, trying to find origonals. Otherwise origonal. Nice nitro finish checking. Tip of pickguard missing. Replacement fender 3 ply black pickguard included. Tiny chips on headstock. Few dings on bottom edge. (see all pics). Otherwise excellent condition. No rash or damage. Top, sides, back are nice.... 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.