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    Ovation Patriot 1776-1976   SERIAL NUMBER  # 1776 ! LAST ONE MADE !

    Ovation Patriot 1776-1976 SERIAL NUMBER # 1776 ! LAST ONE MADE !

    Hollywood, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4998

    In 1976, Patriot Guitars made a limited edition of this 'Patriot' Guitar series to celebrate the bicentennial celebration of the United States .
    They only made 1, 776 of these guitars .
    THIS ONE IS NUMBER 1776 !... more
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    Ovation Deacon 1971 solid Body electric Guitar

    Ovation Deacon 1971 solid Body electric Guitar

    Coram, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $4000

    This 1971 Ovation Deacon electric guitar features a unique multicolor solid body that catches the eye. It's perfect for any musician looking for a vintage instrument with a striking appearance. The guitar is part of the Ovation series and is an excellent choice for any collector or player looking to add to their collection. The guitar's brand and model, Ovation Deacon, are indicative of its quality and durability. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, this electric guitar is sure to ... more
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    Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst

    Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst

    Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $3195

    Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 Acoustic - 1982 - Blue Burst
    This is a vintage 1982 Ovation Adamas II 1581-8 in blue burst   Guitar has some nicks / dings on the end of the headstock but overall is in very good condition   The frets are in excellent shape and the guitar plays ... more
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    Ovation Breadwinner Guitar 1973-1974 - White

    Ovation Breadwinner Guitar 1973-1974 - White

    Point Lookout, New York, 115**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2800


    This is probably the most perfect example of an Ovation Breadwinner in existence. It??s as if a 50-year-old time capsule was opened containing an NOS example of this groundbreaking American guitar. Not a mark, scratch or ding anywhere, near-zero fret wear, no fading or checking of the innovative Lyrachord finish, the guitar is 100% original with no modifications. The Breadwinner was the first guitar ever to come stock with active electronics and the innovative design of the preamp ... more
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    1983 Gibson J-25 Acoustic Guitar RARE Ovation Style Back

    1983 Gibson J-25 Acoustic Guitar RARE Ovation Style Back

    Fair Oaks, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2498

    Very cool and rare guitar. Plays amazing. The action is perfect. It sounds like a Gibson! Very good condition. Light blemishes from normal use but no breaks or repairs. Comes with a non-original hardcase.
    ... more
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    Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 string acoustic guitar made in USA 1979 mint  / case

    Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 string acoustic guitar made in USA 1979 mint / case

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

    $2450

    Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 string acoustic guitar made in USA 1979 mint condition with original hard case and manual

    Great gift for your dear one ! don??t miss out great holiday gift ( rare opportunity)
    Beautiful vintage 12 string ovation guitar on consignment at our shop for a limited time , take advantage, these are very hard to find , mint condition , barely seen any play ; therefore the frets show no wear , the fret board shows no wear , the top soundboard shows no signs of... more
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    1978 OVATION MAGNUM 1 BASS W / OHSC

    1978 OVATION MAGNUM 1 BASS W / OHSC

    Evansville, Indiana, 477**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2150

    1978 OVATION MAGNUM 1 BASS W / OHSC. HAS A FEW NICKS AND DINGS, BUT OVERALL IT'S IN GOOD SHAPE. MISSING THE RUBBER FOR THE MUTE. PLEASE EMAIL ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.... more
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    1979 Ovation Magnum 4-String Bass Guitar w Original Case c-x

    1979 Ovation Magnum 4-String Bass Guitar w Original Case c-x

    Owensboro, Kentucky, 423**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2000

    Slight separation from pickup area to beginning of the neck
    Please refer to the pictures to view item condition.
    If you have any questions regarding this item, please feel free to message us.
    The "c-x" in the title is for our store reference only and does not pertain to the item.
    What is shown in the pictures is what is included with the item. If it's not pictured it is not included.
    Shipping address can NOT be changed after purchase.
    Shipping to domestic USA ... more
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    Ovation Breadwinner 1973 - 1975 White

    Ovation Breadwinner 1973 - 1975 White

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

    $2000

    This beautiful Ovation Deacon electric guitar has a solid body and 24 frets. Its sleek white finish is a classic look for any musician. This guitar is a great addition to any collection and will produce an incredible sound for gigs or recording sessions. The brand Ovation is known for quality and this guitar is no exception. The model, Breadwinner, was produced from 1973 to 1975. The Guitar has history with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Custom built. Great Shape, has a couple of scratches. Comes with an ... more
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    used Ovation Viper guitar for sale with original hard shell case

    used Ovation Viper guitar for sale with original hard shell case

    Ludlow, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1900

    This vintage Ovation electric guitar is perfect for any musician looking to upgrade their collection. With its unique sound and quality construction, it's sure to impress. The guitar features a comfortable neck, smooth frets, and a high-quality pickup system that captures every note perfectly. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, this guitar is a great choice for anyone who wants to improve their playing skills. It's ideal for use in a band or for recording at home. Don't miss ... more
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    Ovation Folklore 1614 acoustic 12 fret guitar made in USA 1981 excellent w /  case

    Ovation Folklore 1614 acoustic 12 fret guitar made in USA 1981 excellent w / case

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

    $1750

    Ovation Folklore 1614 acoustic 12 fret guitar made in USA 1981 in Natural excellent condition with original hard case & case candy

    Beautiful vintage ovation folklore from 1981 with built-in original electronics, volume and tone knobs, original hardware , original hard case , original key and original case candy , these models are becoming very hard to find , no scratches or dings , guitar has minor finish checking on the top shown in pictures, lines are not straight and do not ... more
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    Ovation Viper CV68

    Ovation Viper CV68

    Kissimmee, Florida, 347**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1650

    Rare find had this guitar since 2008
    Plays wonderful has small Knicks as seen in photos case is in great condition,

    Have way too many guitars time to start letting some go
    Asking $1650, 00 or best offer
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    Ovation Bass Guitar Magnum III (1979) Maghogany

    Ovation Bass Guitar Magnum III (1979) Maghogany

    Pasadena, California, 911**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1550

    Solid mahogany body. These pick ups are just intense. Independently adjustable. This is one beast of a bass. In excellent condition. Natural age on the color do to its age. Sounds great.

    All sales are final / no returns
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    1981 12 string ovation guitar

    1981 12 string ovation guitar

    Concord, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

    This is a 1981 12 string ovation in good working order. It has some cracks on. The top of the body
    The trust rod is maxed out so you would have to take it to Luther to fix that, it comes with the original case, that is not in the best condition let me know if you need any more pictures the model plate inside the sound hole has fell off so that would just be in the case where you keep your accessories when I ship it out. Overall, Guitar is good working condition. The cracks in the body do ... more
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    Vintage Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 String w / Case

    Vintage Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 String w / Case

    San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1500

    Rare Ovation 1118 Glen Campbell 12 - String Acoustic Guitar for sale. This guitar plays and sounds so good. Straight neck. Comes with Hard shell case. Overall in good condition for its age. Has 3 minor cracks on the front, you can??t feel em or really seem em endless you??re looking for them. ( See photos for more ) Guitar only has 6 strings attached. Thanks for looking!
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    Original Vintage Brown OVATION UK II With Hard Shell Case

    Original Vintage Brown OVATION UK II With Hard Shell Case

    New Market, Maryland, 217**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1350

    Brand
    Ovation
    Model
    UK II
    Finish
    White
    Year
    1979 - 1983
    Color Family
    White
    Right / Left Handed
    Right Handed
    Number of Strings
    6-String
    Body Shape
    Single Cutaway
    Neck Material
    Mahogany
    Body Type
    Solid Body
    Pickup Configuration
    HH
    Nut Width
    1 69"
    Scale Length
    24 75"
    Bridge / Tailpiece Type
    Top-Load
    Fretboard Material
    Ebony
    Neck Construction
    Bolt-On
    Number of Frets
    24
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    Vintage Ovation Preacher Deluxe Black Electric Guitar w /  OHSC 1975-1980

    Vintage Ovation Preacher Deluxe Black Electric Guitar w / OHSC 1975-1980

    Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1300

    Vintage Ovation Preacher Deluxe Black Electric Guitar w / OHSC 1975-1980
    Hey now! You're looking at a pretty cool and rare guitar
    This is an Ovation Preacher Deluxe Electric Guitar The serial E + 5 digits means it was made between 1975-1980 It weighs 8 lbs 12 oz, 25" scale, 1 69" nut width It's a true vintage gem, embodying the innovative spirit and exceptional craftsmanship of Ovation luthiers With its distinct preacher body and unique features, this guitar stands out as a testament to ... more
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    Ovation Preacher 1978 - 1983 - Natural

    Ovation Preacher 1978 - 1983 - Natural

    Brunswick, Maine, 040**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1100

    This Ovation Preacher electric guitar is a great choice for any right-handed player. Its solid body type and 6-string configuration make it a versatile instrument for any type of music. The guitar is made by Ovation, a trusted brand in the industry. The model is called the Ovation Preacher and was manufactured between 1978 and 1983. This guitar is a classic instrument that has been played by many famous musicians. It is perfect for anyone who wants to start playing electric guitar or for someone... more
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    Used 1978 Ovation Viper Electric Guitar with Hard Case - Grey Burst

    Used 1978 Ovation Viper Electric Guitar with Hard Case - Grey Burst

    Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1099

    Up for sale is a used Ovation Viper electric guitar. This guitar has been thoroughly inspected and found to be in perfect working order. The guitar will include the original Ovation hard case  
    Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
    ... more
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    Ovation Preacher Electric Guitar USA Circa late 1970s early 1980s W Hard Case

    Ovation Preacher Electric Guitar USA Circa late 1970's early 1980's W Hard Case

    Fayetteville, Arkansas, 727**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1099

    x1809xUp for sale is a nice, used Ovation Preacher guitar. This guitar is in overall condition. There are normal signs of use and wear, including some light dings to the body and back of neck. I tried to get photos of these, but they did not show up very well. There are no major scratches.
    I tried finding an exact date by serial number, but was unable to find a good database. Partial serial # is E 1809x
    Overall nice condition, plays and sounds great.
    ... 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)

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    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

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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.