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Information, pictures and soundclips from various vintage amplifiers

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Vox AC-4

Vox AC-4 - this is a cool little amp, small and not especially loud, but great for recording. Pictures and quite a few soundclips recorded with some older Vox (and other) vintage guitars.

Wem Dominator Bass Mark 1

Wem Dominator Bass Mark 1 - Another WEM from the early seventies. This time fitted with one Celestion G15M 15" speaker. A great amp with some great tones. Pictures and quite a few soundclips recorded with some older vintage basses.

Wem Clubman Mark 8

Wem Clubman Mark 8 - Early seventies British valve amplifier, fitted with one 12" speaker. This is a simple practice amp, but with some great tones. Pictures and short demonstration soundclips recorded with various vintage guitars.

Epiphone Constellation EA72 bass amplifier

Epiphone Constellation EA72 - Epiphone's mid sixties bass amplifier, fitted with one 15" speaker. This amplifier was shipped between 1964 and 1967, with an upgraded version the EA72L (with a J.B. Lansing cone) available between 1966 and 1967.

Guild Quantum Bass Amp

Guild Quantum Bass - Guild's top of the range bass amp from the late 1960s. There were three different versions of this 100W amp designed for bass guitar, with three different speaker grades. The Quantum X, Quantum Bass Deluxe and Quantum Bass Standard.

Fender Quad Reverb

Fender Quad Reverb - Fenders 4x12" version of the Fender Twin. With reverb and vibrato. Page update.

1964 Ampeg B15

Ampeg B15 - The studio standard valve amp of the 1960s and 1970s. The Ampeg B15 and a Fender bass with flatwound strings is the bass tone of 1960s and 70s America. This page has numerous soundclips of a 1964 Ampeg B15N, so can be a little slow to load. Features such vintage basses as the Gibson EB3, EB3L, EB2D, EB0, Ripper, Hagstrom Concord, Coronado, Vox Bassmaster, Clubman, Fender Musicmaster, Kalamazoo KB bass etc.

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1975 Randall Waylon Jennings Owned used Commander 210 Collection

1975 Randall Waylon Jennings Owned used Commander 210 Collection

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Waylon Jennings Collection:

1975 Randall Commander 210 Amp Serial number 127570 Owned and used by Waylon Jennings in the mid 70??s through early 80?? This the amp featured in the Randall Ad in Guitar player magazine November 19751975 November issue of Guitar player featuring the Randall Add 1970??s MXR Phase 90 Given to Waylon from Eric Clapton1970??s Maestro Phase shifter with Foot pedal1980??s Boss Super Phase rPH-2DeArmond Volume pedalEaston Press limited Waylon Jennings Autobiography... more
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1949 Fender Dual Professional  Super Split front 49 Guitar Amp Rare Artist owned

1949 Fender Dual Professional Super Split front 49 Guitar Amp Rare Artist owned

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1949 Fender Dual Professional Super Split front 49 Guitar Amp Rare Artist owned. Tweed all original, changed power cord and speakers have been re-coned. Sounds amazing! Buyer pays all shipping.... more
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Slash recorded JMI VoX AC15 AC30 1963 1964 vintage guitar amp amplifier combo

Slash recorded JMI VoX AC15 AC30 1963 1964 vintage guitar amp amplifier combo

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, 563**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a vintage 1963-64 JMI VOX AC15 bought from record producer Eric Valentine and used on all sorts of records including Slash's first solo album. Check out the youtube video of Eric demonstrating it called "Eric Valentine's Electric Guitars -Surf Guitar " . It was sold to me as an AC30 that was modded to be an AC15, which is strange because it has the copper panel of an AC15 (so maybe it was modded to be more like an AC30?) I don't really know but it was modded by Cesar Diaz who was ... more
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Fender 1956 Tremolux 5E9 Tweed 1 x 12 Amplifier

Fender 1956 Tremolux 5E9 Tweed 1 x 12 Amplifier

Winter Springs, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For your consideration is this all original 56 Tremolux 5E9 with cover and footswitch. The tweed has a beautiful patina, the chassis chrome is in excellent condition and the silk screened graphics are strong. The amp has been serviced and has a grounded plug. Please view the pictures which are part of the description. Thank you for your interest.

Original tweed, baffle, grill, chassis, knobs, push on tube shields & hardware. No extra holes in the chassis or cab The fragile ... more
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Gibson Country Western Guitar Amplifier Amp GA-70

Gibson Country Western Guitar Amplifier Amp GA-70

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


Gibson GA-70 Country Western Amp
6L6, 12AU7, 12AY7, 7025 & 5V4 tubes
Ships from Nashville, TN... more
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1962 Vintage Fender Twin Amp

1962 Vintage Fender Twin Amp

Huntington Beach, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for grabs is this super nice 62 Fender Twin. The amp features it's original Tolex, speakers, handle and all transformers. In addition the circuit appears to be 100% original as well, all caps and resistors along with it's original cord and tremolo foot switch. The magnet caps for the speakers are long gone, but the date codes are correct. One speaker is an older re cone , the other was just re coned. The amp is strong, big and clean with plenty of headroom for all your pedals. The Tolex is in... more
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1958 Fender big box 5G9 Tweed Tremolux Amp

1958 Fender big box 5G9 Tweed Tremolux Amp

Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1958 Fender big box 5G9 Tweed Tremolux Amp.

This is the fixed bias tweed pro sized tremolux , the one to have

Mostly original, original choke and ot, MM Output transformer

sounds?? amazing?? .

The pics tell the story, she??s a good one folks

$300 shipping, fully insured in lower 48

Sold as is all sales final

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1966 black panel Fender Princeton Reverb 1x10 All tube combo amplifier

1966 black panel Fender Princeton Reverb 1x10 All tube combo amplifier

Winter Springs, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For your consideration is this well preserved vintage Princeton Reverb that looks and sounds like new. You cannot you go wrong with a clean & original 1966 black panel Princeton Reverb with the desirable 1966 10 inch Fender Jensen Speaker (023010 C8306 Part code / original cone) is fitted. The amp grill and baffle are pristine, all 8 speaker bolts are intact. The original Gibbs reverb tank survives and works perfectly. Having had its first chassis service from new, the goal for this ... more
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1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II Early Big Box, Original trolly, Foundation cab And Cover

1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II Early Big Box, Original trolly, Foundation cab And Cover

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a rare 1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II amplifier in excellent working condition. This vintage piece comes with its original trolly, foundation cab, and cover. It has been well-maintained and has a warm, rich tone that is perfect for any guitar enthusiast. The exact year of production is 1964, and it has been a highly sought-after item for collectors and musicians alike. Whether you are a professional musician or a collector, this amplifier is a must-have addition to your collection

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1957 Fender Tweed Champ Amp 5F1 Nice & Honest ???

1957 Fender Tweed Champ Amp 5F1 Nice & Honest ???

Lufkin, Texas, 759**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1957 Fender 5F1 Teed Champ Amp. Built during the golden summer of 1957 when rock n roll music was a new genre and the iconic 1957 Chevy cars were still brand new and shiney lol. Excellent condition with original leather handle and power cord. All date codes match with ??GK?? (July 1957) stamped on the tube chart, speaker, and inside the head. Original power cord is still nice and rubbery. Assembled by ??Lupe?? with her masking tape still nicely intact. The original Oxford speaker is in excellent... more
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Ampeg SVT "Blue Line" 300 watt Bass Head 1969-1970 w / Road Case

Ampeg SVT "Blue Line" 300 watt Bass Head 1969-1970 w / Road Case

Oakland, California, 946**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


First generation AMPEG SVT "blue line" 300 watt, 2 channel Bass Head. 1996-1970
This particular Ampeg was used by Bay area thrash / crossover pioneers DRI. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles) from 1994 to 1999. It blasts 300 watts through 4ohms and eats weak tubes and speakers for breakfast. That being said, this amp is monstrous and weighs just under 100 lbs. As these amps have a lot of history and age. It's hard to find one in pristine condition these days. But this one is rock solid. She definitely ... more
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Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w /  Cover

Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w / Cover

Denton, Texas, 762**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb 35-Watt, Black Panel, 2-Channel Combo Tube Amplifier w / Cover!
The Black Panel Fender Vibrolux Reverb is one of the more desirable amps of the era. Fender discontinued the Brownface Vibrolux Amp in early '64, almost immediately replacing it with the Vibrolux Reverb. Sporting 35 watts of power from two 6L6 tubes in a 2x10" configuration, these amps broke up fairly early compared to the bigger 6L6 Fenders of the era thanks to their smaller ... more
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Fender Vibro Champ Amp AA764 1966 - Black-EXCELLENT CONDITION

Fender Vibro Champ Amp AA764 1966 - Black-EXCELLENT CONDITION

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Vibro Champ Amp AA764 1966 - Black-EXCELLENT CONDITION. All parts of the amplifier are original except for the metal plates on the top of the handle was replaced and the speaker was perfectly reconed. All electronics components such as resistors, capacitors, transformers , tubes, potentiometers, power light, 2 prong cord and all wirings are in original state or not replaced. No static or humming sounds when turning all potentiometers from minimum to maximum adjustments and vice versa. The... more
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Vintage 1960s Fender Tube Reverb Tank Unit Blonde - Original

Vintage 1960's Fender Tube Reverb Tank Unit Blonde - Original

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hello and thanks for checking out another great auction from HRPawn!
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Vintage 1960's Fender Tube Reverb Tank Unit Blonde - Original

Tested - Fully Functional
Reverb does have signs of use & wear
Missing Fender Logo in Front
Overall it is considered in Good Condition
Considering the age of the unit
Listing ... more
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Vintage 1960s Ampeg B-15 N

Vintage 1960's Ampeg B-15 N

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


Early 1960's Ampeg B-15 N Bass Amp
The Real Deal B-15In Very Good ConditionWith original Dolly
Very Well KeptRecapped3 Prong AC Cable
Completely Checked Out By pro Amp Tech
Sold By A Mom & Pop Guitar Shop In Brooklyn NYWill Ship fully Insured
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SWEET 1961 AMPEG M-15 Guitar Amplifier  ~  Original Blue Sparkle  ~  Tubes #012094

SWEET 1961 AMPEG M-15 Guitar Amplifier ~ Original Blue Sparkle ~ Tubes #012094

Brighton, Colorado, 806**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


SWEET 1961 AMPEG M-15 Guitar Amplifier ~ Original Blue Sparkle ~ Tubes #012094
I've been selling on eBay since January 1999. My feedback speaks for itself with nearly 24 years of helping buyers fulfill their quest to find just the right item. Bid with total confidence.
Product Description: This is a very special amp purchased from the original family this is the blue sparkle tolex cover version with original handle and logo plate. The serial number is #012094 born at the ... more
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1959 / 60 Fender Esquire Pickguard  R A R E !!

1959 / 60 Fender Esquire Pickguard R A R E !!

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



Here is a RARE 1959 / 60 Fender Esquire pickguard in very clean condition
Easily a 7 out of 10 condition-wise
Impeccably rare vintage Fender part
None available anywhere but this one -

Thx for looking!
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Fender Bassman Head 1965 Amplifier Bass Tub Amp Vintage Rare model AA165 Pre-CBS

Fender Bassman Head 1965 Amplifier Bass Tub Amp Vintage Rare model AA165 Pre-CBS

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


Retro Gear Shop is a high-end boutique store located in Nashville, Tennessee
Fender Bassman Head 1965
For sale is a rare vintage Fender Bassman Head 1965. This just got back from servicing by our techs and is fully functional, ready to go, sounds great! Model AA165 Pre-CBS
*Check out the pictures to make sure you like it. Pictures are of actual item for sale *
Flat rate shipping in the USA
Discounted international shipping flat rate.... more
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Vintage Binson Guitar  Tube Amplifier + Matching Cabinet 1960s

Vintage Binson Guitar Tube Amplifier + Matching Cabinet 1960's

Tucson, Arizona, 857**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hi Fi
1960's Tube Head - Amp No. 4420
Matching Speaker Cabinet - 2 15 " Alnico Woofers
All Original - Speakers - Cables - Tubes
Original Siemens Tubes / 2 EL 84 / 2 ECC 83 / 1 ECC 82
All Testing Very Fine
Condition is Just Wonderful
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1964 Vintage Fender Stand alone Reverb Tank

1964 Vintage Fender Stand alone Reverb Tank

Huntington Beach, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for consideration is a beautiful 64 Fender Reverb Unit. The unit is 100% original, nuts, bolts, screws, handle, actual tank, Tolex and Grill Cloth. The Tolex is near new condition as is the grill cloth. All the electronics appear original except for the tubes. It comes with the rare original foot pedal and a later type cover
Please ask any questions you might have as I'm, happy to answer them
Buyer to pay within 3 days of sale and to pay all shipping costs
Thanks, At
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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 bass Rose-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 Zambesi This 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 Ace The 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 Escort The 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 Care Catalog 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 Folk The 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 guitar The 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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional