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100 Watt 'Little Dude' Mini Module

Ovation Thunderhead, Ovation Little Dude amplifier

"Little Dude" will turn out the sound of amps twice its size. Clear, clean, glass-shattering trebles. Solid, funky basses that boom. Yet this 100 watt, solid state amp is just 26" high, 22" wide and 14" deep. Complete with preamp, power amp, 15" speaker and mid-range horn. Plus bass boost, top boost, reverb - and reverb foot switch. List price is just $550 (bass with no horn $465). Slave units (100 watt power amp but no preamp) at $390. Stack 'em or spread 'em. Where else can you get so much for your money, so much power in such a little package? These self-contained units will go in your car trunk or back seat. The Ovation sound is getting 'round, and you never heard it so good. Hear for yourself at your Ovation dealer's, just mail the coupon.

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    Vintage 1969 Condor by Ovation Guitar w /  Hammond Innovex Guitar Synthesizer RARE

    Vintage 1969 Condor by Ovation Guitar w / Hammond Innovex Guitar Synthesizer RARE

    Santee, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $2299


    At top 40 guitarsour customers satisfaction is our first concern All of our items have a 14 day return policy If after 14 days you are not completely satisfiedwith your purchase, please return it for a full refund .Peace be with you
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    Up for Sale is aVintage 1969 Condor by Ovation Guitar w / Hammond Innovex Guitar Synthesizer!
    Included Hammond Innovex Synth! ... 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 Magnum II 4 String Bass Circa 1978

    Ovation Magnum II 4 String Bass Circa 1978

    Saint Anne, Illinois, 609**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1095

    Beautiful, Rare Circa 1978 Ovation Magnum II 4 String Bass Guitar. Has 3 band graphic equalizer, master volume control and pickup selector switch. Overall length 47 " . Comes with original hard case, strap and cable. This guitar has been stored in original case since 1984. Guitar looks in great condition but has not been played since it was stored. Thanks for your interest and good luck
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    Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar blue- Circa 1972 fine and rare

    Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar blue- Circa 1972 fine and rare

    San Bernardino, California, 924**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1650

    Ovation Breadwinner Electric Guitar blue- Circa 1972 fine and rare. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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    Ovation Adamas Guitar 1687-8 Blue with Original Vintage Brown Ovation Hard Case

    Ovation Adamas Guitar 1687-8 Blue with Original Vintage Brown Ovation Hard Case

    Boise, Idaho, 837**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $8000

    Ovation Adamas Guitar 1687-8 Blue Burst with Original Vintage Brown Ovation Hard Shell Case in great condition. This guitar has been sitting in my closet for years and as much as I want to keep it, I would rather a new owner gets some use out of it. Love Ovation guitars! Please let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to help!... more
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    Excellent Vintage USA Ovation 1312 Ultra Acoustic Guitar w /  Case

    Excellent Vintage USA Ovation 1312 Ultra Acoustic Guitar w / Case

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

    $599

    Excellent vintage USA Ovation Ultra 1312 acoustic w / nice softcase. See description above for condition. . Great tone. Close action. Check my feedback and bid with confidence. Free lower 48 shipping. see my other great items. .Email with any questions.
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    Vintage 1988 Ovation 1862 Custom Balladeer w /  Case! Made In USA! VERY NICE!!!

    Vintage 1988 Ovation 1862 Custom Balladeer w / Case! Made In USA! VERY NICE!!!

    Santee, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $699


    At top 40 guitarsour customers satisfaction is our first concern All of our items have a 14 day return policy If after 14 days you are not completely satisfiedwith your purchase, please return it for a full refund .Peace be with you
    all returned items must be in the same condition theywere at the time of sale. All original packing must be included
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    Vintage 1988 Ovation 1862 Custom Balladeer Acoustic-Electric Guitar!
    Sunburst Finish!
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    Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA

    Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA

    Huntington Station, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $850

    Ovation 1617 Legend 1979 Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC 6 String Tobacco Sunburst USA Frets are good. Neck is straight. Case shows some oxidation on the latches I would rate this guitar to good overall condition. Plays beautifully with rich tone Please review photos for complete condition There are no returns accepted.
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    1977 Ovation Balladeer 1111-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar

    1977 Ovation Balladeer 1111-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar

    Quincy, Illinois, 623**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $250

    Used Condition Ovation Balladeer With Original Case
    Guitar has typical Ovation crack in center top as picture shows. It has no affect on sound or play ability. Top of headstock has been banged up through the years as pictures show. I believe a previous owner added the electric pickup at some point in guitars life.
    Guitar comes with case, strap, cable, tuner, capo, dehumidifier, polish cloth , and pick.
    Guitar sold "as is " ! We ship to lower 48 states only! No P O. boxes! Thanks ... more
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    1977 Ovation Applause AF15 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar With Original Case

    1977 Ovation Applause AF15 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar With Original Case

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

    $400

    1977 Ovation Applause AF15 12-String Acoustic Electric Guitar With Original Case. Condition is Used. Local pickup only.... more
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    Ovation Country Artist 1624-4 Classical Electric Guitar Made In USA 1971 OHSC

    Ovation Country Artist 1624-4 Classical Electric Guitar Made In USA 1971 OHSC

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

    $987

    This Ovation Country Artist 1624-4 Classical Electric Guitar is a rare find from 1971, made in the USA. It has been well-maintained and is in excellent working condition. The guitar features a body made of wood and carbon fiber, with a hollow body type and natural wood color. It has 20 frets and a fretboard made of ebony. The string configuration is 6 string, and it is a right-handed guitar. The guitar comes with an original hard shell case Premier StoreTexas Seller, Smoke Free, Pet Free, ... more
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    Vintage 1977 Ovation 12 String Acoustic Guitar Model 1115-4, made in USA w /  OHSC

    Vintage 1977 Ovation 12 String Acoustic Guitar Model 1115-4, made in USA w / OHSC

    Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $300

    Vintage 1977 (according the S / N) Ovation 12-String Acoustic Guitar Model 1115-4, made in USA, serial # 100063 in fair physical and good working condition. Has couple cracks on the soundboard near bridge (see pics). Still, it sounds good. New strings set installed. Comes with Original Hard Shell Case
    If you have any questions - please, let me know
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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.
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    Vintage 1975 Ovation Custom Balladeer 1612-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar W /  Case

    Vintage 1975 Ovation Custom Balladeer 1612-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar W / Case

    Guthrie, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    Vintage 1975 Ovation Custom Balladeer 1612-1 Acoustic / Electric Guitar W / Original CaseMade in USA6 StringShallow body " Peghead" HeadstockBeautiful brown sunburst color Photo was in the case when we got it. We don't know if this guitar is the one pictured
    Case has several cracks in the plastic which do not affect use
    Pictures are of the actual item you will receive Buy with confidence! We have over 1470 positive feedback!Free shippingthrough USPS or Fedex
    Ebay collects any ... more
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    1981 Ovation Pacemaker Model 1615 Twelve 12 String Acoustic Electric Guitar

    1981 Ovation Pacemaker Model 1615 Twelve 12 String Acoustic Electric Guitar

    Monument, Colorado, 801**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $600

    Up for sale is a 1981 Ovation Pacemaker Model 1615 Twelve 12 String Acoustic Electric Guitar. The high resolution photos you see in this ad are of the exact item you will be receiving. I found this guitar left for dead with no strings and covered in dust. I gave it a good cleaning, attempted to get the electronics working but they do not working properly, if turn everything up all the way on the guitar and amp you do hear some sound but it does not sound great. I installed new strings and ... more
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    Ovation 1639 1981 - 1982 - Natural Acoustic Electric Guitar

    Ovation 1639 1981 - 1982 - Natural Acoustic Electric Guitar

    Parkville, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $350

    Ovation 1639 1981 - 1982 - Natural Acoustic Electric Guitar
    This guitar is pre-owned - scratching and scuffs on the body - The body is cracked down the front - guitar will need to be tuned but strings in good condition - comes in an Ovation hard case
    Buy with confidence, over 29, 000 positive feedback!
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    Questions & Office HoursWe are here to address your questions Monday through Friday until 2pm EST.
    We are only able to communicate through eBay's messaging system. Please... more
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    Ovation Custom Balladeer circa 1970

    Ovation Custom Balladeer circa 1970

    Pikesville, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $450

    Long loved Ovation Custom Balladeer circa 1970. This guitar is natural in color which is the-4 in the model number 1112-4. With one exception, this guitar is in excellent condition and has beautiful sound. In the pictures I am pointing to a split in the wood just above the bridge. The price is for the guitar and case and I will not split them up.
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    Vtg Ovation Solid Body Viper 1970s 1980s, 6 String Electric Guitar with Case

    Vtg Ovation Solid Body Viper 1970s 1980s, 6 String Electric Guitar with Case

    Dallas, Texas, 752**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    $1199

    Very nice guitar with only one previous owner. Beautiful and rare gray to black finish. Everything on it is original. Includes hard case - A few of the latches don't close all the way, but it still protects the guitar and can be modified
    This is a vintage item with signs of previous use, as shown in photos. Feel free to ask questions!... 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 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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    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.
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    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.