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Vintage Ampeg amplifiers

Amps manufactured by Ampeg

1968 Ampeg advertisement
1971 Ampeg advertisement featuring the Rolling Stones

The Ampeg story begins when two 1940s musicians, Everette Hull and Stanley Michaels decided to electronically amplify the acoustic bass. The finished product was a microphone/pickup situated within the basses stand, or peg; in 1949 this "amplified peg" was shortened, creating the Ampeg name so respected to this day.

Ampeg bass amplifiers have always been held in high esteem, starting in 1960 with the original portaflex designs of Jess Oliver (most notably the B15 that would become the studio amp of the 1960s and 70s) but also the SVT that pushed the available power of an amplifier to new limits.

Ampeg soon got endorsements from some of the biggest groups of the the seventies; the Rolling Stones and the Faces, for example both appeared in early seventies Ampeg catalogues.

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1971 Ampeg B-15 S Flip-Top Bass Amp Tube  / STOCK / ALTEC 421A / COVER

1971 Ampeg B-15 S Flip-Top Bass Amp Tube / STOCK / ALTEC 421A / COVER

Bakersfield, California, 933**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2225

1971 Ampeg B-15 S Flip-Top Bass Guitar Amplifier Tube / ALTEC 421A- 65 WATTS-FROM WHAT I KNOW THE EARLY AMPEG B15S were not labeled with the speaker chosen at the factory. My Uncle bought this with the Altec langsing 421 A installed in the cabinet. I am the second owner but it has remained in my family ALL STOCK WITH CABINET DOLLY See Photos. THE BASS AMP / THE 1# BASS GUITAR SOUND / COMES WITH CABINET COVER
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1977 Ampeg B-25B  Bass Guitar 1-15" cabinet with speaker No Amp  Used  B 25 B

1977 Ampeg B-25B Bass Guitar 1-15" cabinet with speaker No Amp Used B 25 B

A Great Lake State, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$459

VINTAGE 1977 AMPEG B-25B SPEAKER CABINET WITH A 15 " SPEAKER IN GOOD USED CONDITION !! POSSIBLY MODIFIED FROM A 2 15" CABINET.
This is a Ampeg B-25B Cabinet . This SALE is for the speaker cabinet only , No amp head is included in the sale . The amp head has been sold. Feel free to ask any questions you wish. The cabinet is a B25B with impedance switch from 4 -16 ohms If this has been cut down I am not sure the impedance switch will work I would not think the impedance switch will... more
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AMPEG REVERBEROCKET 2 AMP MODEL GS-12R GUITAR AMPLIFIER 1960s BENCH TESTED

AMPEG REVERBEROCKET 2 AMP MODEL GS-12R GUITAR AMPLIFIER 1960s BENCH TESTED

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

$595

UP FOR SALE: 1960s AMPEG REVERBEROCKET 2
MODEL: GS-12R. Early 60's
1. ALL TUBE
2. 1x12. 18 WATT
3. BLUE CHECKERED TOLEX
4. GRAY SPARKLE GRILL
5. MADE IN LINDEN NEW JERSEY. U. S. A
6. STRONG ECHO / REVERB & TREMELO
7. FOOT SWITCH INTACT AND WORKING
8. 41 Ibs . dolly wheel ready

COMPLETE SERVICE AT COVE ELECTRONICS
NEWPORT R I. 12 / 15 / 23

SOUNDS GREAT!!!!!

BLUE CHECKERED TOLEX (SOME MISSING, see pics)
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1971 Ampeg SVT "Blue Line" 300-Watt Bass Amp Head ?? Sovtek 6550WE Tubes

1971 Ampeg SVT "Blue Line" 300-Watt Bass Amp Head ?? Sovtek 6550WE Tubes

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

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Beautiful and legendary 1971 Ampeg SVT "Blue Line" 300-Watt Bass amplifier. With vacuum tube amplifier technology and Russian 6550WE Sovtek tubes, this thing produces super clear and powerful sound.

Comes with:
?? full extra set of original GE tubes from the factory
?? original fan
?? high quality hardshell foam-lined travel case with wheels

Functionally ... more
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Early 70??s Vintage Ampeg Flatback SVT 8x10 240w Speaker Cabinet - Studio Owned

Early 70??s Vintage Ampeg Flatback SVT 8x10 240w Speaker Cabinet - Studio Owned

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

$1500

Vintage Ampeg Flatback SVT 8x10 240w Speaker Cabinet - Studio Owned
For sale we have this vintage Early 70's Ampeg 8x10 cabinet, the towering giant of bass amplification, known affectionally as ?The Fridge??. This speaker cab is a staple of the bass world, and it's seen more sessions than we could possibly count. It's been the foundation of that legendary bass tone that's powered genres from rock to funk for decades.
This particular specimen has a response that's unbelievably smooth and ... more
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1964 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Amplifier Fantastic Condition!

1964 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Amplifier Fantastic Condition!

Wilmington, Delaware, 198**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$850

For sale is a 1964 Ampeg G-12 Gemini.
Make: Ampeg
Model: G-12 Gemini I
Year: 1964
Tube Layout: (2) 7591, (1) 7199, (3) 12AX7, (1) 6CG7
Transformers: O / T 1650F (replaced), P / T 9264913 (original)
Speaker(s): Jensen C12Q - 220641 (1964, Original)
Reverb Tank: Original
Foot Pedal: Original
Power Cable: 10AX250V - Modern (Replaced)... more
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Ampeg B15N 1966 All original E / C  factory casters

Ampeg B15N 1966 All original E / C factory casters

Eastlake, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3695

1966 Ampeg Portaflex B-15-N Bass amplifier that I purchased from the original owner. This amp is in perfect working order, there is no noise, hissing, or any other noise that a tube amp should not have. It was serviced about 3 years ago and he had the 40 / 40 / 40 can cap replaced with an original can capacitor. Also had a couple filter caps replaced that were out of spec. He also had all 6 tubes added tube stabilizers, had the death cap removed and a 3 prong grounded cord installed. I have ... more
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Ampeg V-4B 2-Channel 100-Watt Bass Head 1970s Pro Serviced

Ampeg V-4B 2-Channel 100-Watt Bass Head 1970s Pro Serviced

Andover, Massachusetts, 018**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1650

Early Magnavox era V-4B. Pro serviced by AzTech Electronics of Boston in April 2019 (see service receipt in photos) and used sparingly ever since. Stored and occasionally played in a climate controlled rehearsal room. All functions working as of January 2024, though pots are a bit scratchy from lack of frequent use
Ships worldwide. Package will be large (double boxed), heavy, delicate, and fully insured, and so shipping cost will be substantial.... more
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Rare Vintage 1970s Ampeg B-115 Bass Electric Acoustic Guitar Amp Amplifier *READ

Rare Vintage 1970s Ampeg B-115 Bass Electric Acoustic Guitar Amp Amplifier *READ

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 176**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$812

Rare hard to find Vintage (1973-1975?) Ampeg B-115 amp tube amplifier   Great for electric guitar, jazz guitar, acoustic guitar, etc
Tested and works   Watch included video.
As far as condition goes. It's been in storage for a long time and I did not disassemble it to look inside. It's possible that the foam surround on the woofer speaker would need to be replaced soon. Most of these are brittle and when pushed really hard they will crack and crumble
Local pickup is ... more
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Vintage 1970s Ampeg B-100 Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier Amp

Vintage 1970s Ampeg B-100 Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier Amp

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

$380

Vintage 1970s Ampeg B-100 Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier Amp Vintage 1970s Ampeg B-100 Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier Amp
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Welcome to All Music Inc's Musicdungeon! Right now, you are looking at a great piece.
This is a vintage Ampeg B-100 Bass Guitar Combo Amplifier
20w of pure thumpin' awesomeness!
Two inputs, with ... more
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Vintage Ampeg Rocket 2 Guitar Tube Amp with pedal Very Clean! GS-12

Vintage Ampeg Rocket 2 Guitar Tube Amp with pedal Very Clean! GS-12

Middletown, Pennsylvania, 170**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750

Amp is in excellent working condition. Comes with original foot pedal. Tubes are good. Was used recently by a guitarist. This is a very clean amp. It has wheels added which many guys like. Speaker is a Jensen... more
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RARE Ampeg SVT-3 Bass Head Amp 1992 USA + Gallien Krueger 115B Bass Cabinet 80s

RARE Ampeg SVT-3 Bass Head Amp 1992 USA + Gallien Krueger 115B Bass Cabinet 80s

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$550

I??m selling my Ampeg SVT-3 bass head amp 1992 USA.
If you??re looking at this listing you most likely know all the specs already, but I??ll list them below for reference
It is in excellent condition, and works perfectly. It has barely any visible wear as it has been stored in my closet carefully covered since the late 90s, after which I ceased to have a use for it.
The only thing I ever needed to upgrade on this amp was the normal input which I replaced with one that has better ... more
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Vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier w /  Footswitch

Vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier w / Footswitch

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

$1000

Vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier w / Footswitch Vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier w / Footswitch
Description
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Welcome to All Music Inc's Musicdungeon! Right now, you are looking at a great piece.
This is a vintage 1965 Ampeg G-12 Gemini I Guitar Tube Combo Amplifier
What a classic! ... more
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Ampeg SVT  300 Watt All Tube Bass Amp Head 1975-1979

Ampeg SVT 300 Watt All Tube Bass Amp Head 1975-1979

Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, 161**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2399

Up for sale is a 70's Ampeg SVT tube bass amplifier head, freshly serviced from an authorized Ampeg service center with a matched sextet of 6550 Sovtek Power Tubes. Ampeg debuted the Super Vacuum Tube "SVT" amplifier in the summer of ?69 at the Chicago N A.M M. convention. This amp was a milestone design, pushing 300 watts of all-tube power specifically geared for larger venues, cementing its place in the live world as the go-to backline stage rig. A vintage USA-made example with black line ... more
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Vintage Ampeg Super Echo Twin (ET-2-B) 30-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo Tube Amp

Vintage Ampeg Super Echo Twin (ET-2-B) 30-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo Tube Amp

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

AmpegVintage Ampeg Super Echo Twin (ET-2-B) 30-Watt 2x12" Guitar Combo Tube Amp. This has some wear and tear. The Reverb and Echo / Tremelo are not working. The amplifier powers on and works. sounds good otherwise. The are two very nice Jensen speakers. I believe 1963. This amp is sold as is. I would prefer local pick-up. But I will ship.
Reverb and Tremelo Not Working. The foot Pedal is Included
West Coast Pays extra 50 00 Please ask first.
No International shipping.... more
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1957 AMPEG JET 10 GUITAR AMPLIFIER PP EL84 THE RAREST GUITAR AMP YOULL OWN ..

1957 AMPEG JET 10 GUITAR AMPLIFIER PP EL84 THE RAREST GUITAR AMP YOU'LL OWN ..

Runnemede, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8995

If you have to ask pricing, You can't afford this Rich Boy toy .
1957 AMPEG JET 10 GUITAR AMPLIFIER PP EL84 THE RAREST GUITAR AMP YOU'LL OWN .. I have owned this amp for years, But have never attempted to turn it on. The amplifier is completely original And I know better than to try to turn it on. The Capacitors are now 65 years old.
I got this amplifier from an old guy that was the Original owner, He stated That he had bought it from an old electronics shop when he was a Kid, He said ... more
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1965 Ampeg B-15NF Portaflex 25-Watt 1x15" Bass Combo Blue Vinyl Serviced

1965 Ampeg B-15NF Portaflex 25-Watt 1x15" Bass Combo Blue Vinyl Serviced

Milford, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

The sound of these B15 combos is on just about every Motown and Soul record recorded during the 60s and 70s and have continued to be the choice of MANY artists across all genres to this day. I own quite a few of them currently and can't get enough. I gig with them all regularly. These blue checkered models are some of the most sought after B15 variations due to their visual association with classic players such as James Jamerson. This is a 65 according to the serial number. Likely a late 65 ... more
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1960 Ampeg M-15 Guitar Combo in an early Blue Sparkle Tolex best weve ever seen

1960 Ampeg M-15 Guitar Combo in an early Blue Sparkle Tolex best we've ever seen

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2250

This is a very collectible 1959 Ampeg M-15 Big M 2-Channel 30-Watt 1x15" Guitar Combo made in its 1st year 1959. Its 1st ever Navy Random Flair Sparkle Blue Tolex is ultra rare & near perfect all over. This is a great jazz amp and has a nice warm tone. The amp is in fabulous condition for the pickiest collector. Both of the channels have a strong output and features a large 15" speaker for great bass response. The amps natural tone is very dark and perfect to plug in any electric guitar and ... more
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1965 Ampeg G-15 Gemini II Guitar Combo in Minty Fresh all original w / blue cover

1965 Ampeg G-15 Gemini II Guitar Combo in Minty Fresh all original w / blue cover

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1350

This is a very collectible 1965 Ampeg G-15 Gemini II, a 2-Channel 30-Watt 1x15" Guitar Combo made from 1965 - 1968. Its Blue Tolex is near perfect all over. This is a great jazz amp and has a nice warm tone. The amp is in fabulous condition for the pickiest collector. Both of the channels have a strong output and features a large 15" speaker for great bass response. The amps natural tone is very dark and perfect to plug in any electric guitar and get a fantastic jazz tone. Attached is the ... more
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Ampeg Portaflex SB-12 Amplifier Fliptop Bass Guitar Combo Amp SB12 Vintage Rare

Ampeg Portaflex SB-12 Amplifier Fliptop Bass Guitar Combo Amp SB12 Vintage Rare

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1425

Retro Gear Shop is a high-end boutique store located in Nashville, Tennessee
Ampeg Portaflex SB-12
For sale is a vintage Ampex Portaflex SB-12. It's tested and fully functional. We did some servicing as needed including recap and removing the cabinet clamp speaker connections (which is a poor design for speaker connection) and replaced with 1 / 4" cable connection. We also replaced the volume pot
*Check out the pictures to make sure you like it. Pictures are of actual item for sale ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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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.