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EPIPHONE | CATALOGS | 1961 | 1962 GUITARS, BASSES & AMPLIFIERS

1962 Epiphone 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalog

Features all electric and acoustic instruments, and amplifiers of this period

1962 Epiphone full line catalog, front cover
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 2 - In the Epiphone Spotlite
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 3 - Epiphone Emperor and Sheraton
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 4 - Epiphone Broadway and Zephyr
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 5 - Epiphone Broadway and Zephyr
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 6 - Epiphone Sorrento and Casino
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 7 - Epiphone Century and Granada
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 8 - Epiphone Crestwood Custom and Wilshire
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 9 - Epiphone Coronet and Olympic
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 10 - Epiphone Emperor, Futura, and Zephyr amplifiers
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 11 - Epiphone Rivoli bass, Devon and Pathfinder amplifiers
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 12 - Epiphone Pacemaker amplifier, and the Epiphone Newport bass
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 13 - Epiphone Espana, Seville, and Madrid classic guitars
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 14 - Epiphone Bard, Frontier, Texan and Cortez flat top guitars
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 15 - Epiphone Caballero
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 16 - Epiphone Emperor and Deluxe carved top acoustic guitars
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 17 - Epiphone Triumph and Zenith carved top acoustic guitars
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 18 - Epiphone B5 Artist upright acoustic bass
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 19 - Epiphone B4 Professional and BV Studio upright acoustic bass
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 20 - Epiphone Minstrel, Plantation and Campus banjos
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 21 - Epiphone Venetian mandolin
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 22 - Epiphone Venetian mandolin
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 23 - Epiphone Venetian mandolin
1962 Epiphone full line catalog page 24, back cover
 

This Epiphone catalogue is undated, although was most likely printed in late 1961 for distribution throughout 1962. It is the second Epiphone 'guitars, basses, amplifiers' catalogue (see the previous version here), and like the early catalogue is two-colour printed, with 24 pages and 11" x 8 1/2".

A number of new models are included here for the first time: the Epiphone Riviera, Professional and Granada electrics; the Espana, Bard and Madrid classic acoustics, the Plantation and Campus banjos, and the Futura and pathfinder amplifiers.

The full list of guitars, basses and amplifiers included is as follows. Click on the links to jump to the respective page:

Electric guitars:

Emperor
Sheraton
Broadway
Zephyr
Riviera
Professional
Sorrento
Casino
Century
Granada
Crestwood Custom
Wilshire
Coronet
Olympic

Acoustic guitars:

Espana
Seville
Madrid
Bard
Frontier
Texan
Cortez
Caballero

Arch-top acoustic guitars:

Emperor
Deluxe
Triumph
Zenith

Basses:

Newport

Acoustic upright basses:

The Artist
The Professional
The Studio

Banjos:

Minstrel 5-string
Plantation
Campus

Mandolin:

Venetian

Amplifiers:

Emperor
Futura
Zephyr
Rivoli bass
Devon
Pathfinder
Pacemaker
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Epiphone LE Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Guitar Sixties Cherry with Case

Epiphone LE Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Guitar Sixties Cherry with Case

Oakland, New Jersey, 074**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$106

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Epiphone LE Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Guitar Sixties Cherry with Case


YOU ARE BIDDING ON AN Epiphone LE Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Guitar Sixties Cherry with Case. INCLUDES COA. STAND OR ANY ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES NOT INCLUDED. ALL ELECTRONICS WORK AND THE TRUSS ROD RESPONDS. NOTE: THERE ARE SEVERE NECK CRACKS EMANATING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE NUT (SEE PICS). OTHERWISE PRETTY CLEAN, BUT THERE ARE DINGS, SCUFF MARKS AND OTHER ... more
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Epiphone 1963 Firebird Shell - As-Is (79178 - S1C6)

Epiphone 1963 Firebird Shell - As-Is (79178 - S1C6)

Franklin, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$59

Up for sale is a Epiphone 1963 Firebird Shell - As-Is (79178 - S1C6) being sold AS-IS. This guitar came in with a broken headstock (Headstock was not included) with dings and scratches. This guitar is in AS-IS condition and being sold as a wall hanger, Art, or repair. AS-IS instrument TRUSS RODS and ELECTRONICS are not tested and auctions are priced accordingly. May have various imperfections such as light surface scratches, dings, or finish cracks. There is no case or gig bag.
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Vintage 1960s Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton!

Vintage 1960's Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

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This is an original early 1960's Mini Humbucker - as found on the high end Epiphone Electrics of the era
A FANTASTIC sounding example truly unique and amazing sounding ... more
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Epiphone Ft-30 Caballero 1960 bikini badge rare

Epiphone Ft-30 Caballero 1960 bikini badge rare

Altadena, California, 910**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This is an incredibly rare one year only ??bikini badge?? Epiphone Ft-30 Caballero. The guitar was made at a transitional era for Gibson where it features a full Gibson neck and headstock with the Epiphone bikini badge on it!

The guitar just got a once over by my luthier and had a new bridge plate installed as the previous has become unglued. Everything else got a clean bill of health! The action is great and it sounds amazing. Comes with the original soft chipboard case and sales ... more
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Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado 1968

Epiphone FT-90 El Dorado 1968

Fort Myers, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2400

Vintage guitar with original case. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or make an offer. Thank you
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VINTAGE 1969  Era EPIPHONE GUITAR Serial NECK PLATE MIJ Part JAPAN 1970

VINTAGE 1969 Era EPIPHONE GUITAR Serial NECK PLATE MIJ Part JAPAN 1970

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

$89

Two ply, black-and-white, normal vintage wear, has wear scratches, no cracks includes original small, mounting screws, thanks for looking 
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Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Guitar, Indian Laurel Fretboard, Maestro Vibr

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Guitar, Indian Laurel Fretboard, Maestro Vibr

National City, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1130

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An Old Friend Comes Home
Some guitars are more special than others, even when that guitar is owned by a world-famous guitarist and guitar collector like Joe Bonamassa. In 1996, he purchased a red 1962 Gibson ES-335 and used it on his first solo ... more
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Vintage 1960s Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton!

Vintage 1960's Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

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One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960's Mini Humbucking Patent Sticker pickup
Here's the one you've been waiting for - This is the REAL DEAL
Stunning Nickel plated cover - almost no wear or oxidation! A true 55 year old survivor!
This is an original early 1960's Mini Humbucker - as found on the high end Epiphone Electrics of the era
A FANTASTIC sounding example truly unique and ... more
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Used 2022 Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Sixties Cherry

Used 2022 Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 Sixties Cherry

Birmingham, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

Specs: Layered maple body with layered maple cap; mahogany rounded "C" neck; Indian laurel fingerboard; 22 frets; 12" fingerboard radius; 24 75" scale length; 1 69" nut width; Graph Tech nut; tune-o-matic bridge and Maestro vibrola. Sixties Cherry finish. Original hard shell case and case candy included
Electronics: Dual Epiphone Humbucker pickups. Individual volume and tone controls; 3-way toggle switch
Weight: 8lbs. 9 oz
Playability: No playability issues. Plays good all through ... more
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Vintage Epiphone Rivoli EA-65 Bass Amplifier 1962-1963

Vintage Epiphone Rivoli EA-65 Bass Amplifier 1962-1963

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

$1800

Vintage Epiphone Bass Amplifier from the early 1960s
15" Speaker (with jack for an external speaker cab), 25-35 Watts
Tube Circuit. My understanding is the "Photon Circuit" is a built in compressor .so this thing maybe fun on electric guitar. I've had it in the studio for 16 years and it's only been used on pedal steel .which it sounds amazing on
Works great. Original owner played accordion through it and he added the old school TV casters which can be easily removed (I'm happy to do ... more
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Vintage 1967 Epiphone FT-79 Texan Flat Top Acoustic! Made n USA!

Vintage 1967 Epiphone FT-79 Texan Flat Top Acoustic! Made n USA!

Ewing, Virginia, 242**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2900

This is a vintage 1967 Epiphone Texan flat top acoustic guitar. It has a sunburst finish body color and a dreadnought body type. The guitar has 20 frets, a spruce top with mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck material with a rosewood fretboard material.

This professional-level guitar has a 6 string configuration and is right-handed. The model is the Epiphone FT-79 Texan Flat Top Acoustic Guitar from the Vintage series. It was made in the United States and is a 4 / 4 size. ... more
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Epiphone E422T Century Cherry Hollow Body 1965 Vintage Electric Guitar

Epiphone E422T Century Cherry Hollow Body 1965 Vintage Electric Guitar

Lafayette, Colorado, 800**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

Just an incredible hollow body made by Gibson in the golden era of the Kalamazoo plant! Beautiful bear claw figuring throughout, lightweight, resonant. And I haven't seen another Century with the Epiphone vibrato tailpiece - very rare and cool! The handle is a high quality reproduction fyi. It is currently strung with 12s and a wound G string. Plays impeccably well with a recent re-fret and general maintenance / setup - all the hard / expensive work has been done to keep this going for another ... more
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Vintage 1960s Epiphone Trapeze Tailpiece Sorrento Granada Century 1963 Casino

Vintage 1960's Epiphone Trapeze Tailpiece Sorrento Granada Century 1963 Casino

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$225

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Excellent condition, Screws in great shape!
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Epiphone FT45N Cortez vintage acoustic guitar in Natural made in USA 1963  /  case

Epiphone FT45N Cortez vintage acoustic guitar in Natural made in USA 1963 / case

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

$3200

Epiphone FT45N Cortez vintage acoustic guitar in Natural made in USA 1963 in excellent condition with hard case

This vintage near-collectors grade guitar is on consignment at our shop in Portland ,
its a great example of the early 1960s Epiphone craftsmanship in USA .
The epiphone Cortez was similar to the Gibson B-25 at the time when
Gibson purchased epiphone in 1957 .
It may show a few nicks , dings and mild scratches in the finish , one scuff on the side finish shown... more
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Vintage 1969 Epiphone Caballero Small Acoustic Natural

Vintage 1969 Epiphone Caballero Small Acoustic Natural

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1695

Vintage original 1969 Epiphone Caballero in a rare and original Natural Spruce top
Made in the USA by Gibson
These were usually all mahogany guitars, but this one features a Spruce top. Makes for a brighter, more resonant sound
Neck angle is good and playability is superb. A good low action and no buzz or issues
Guitar is very clean with little signs of wear
A killer little small bodied vintage Gibson acoustic for a decent price
Comes with original case, too
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Epiphone Limited Edition Frampton 1964 Texan Acoustic-Electric Guitar w / Epi case

Epiphone Limited Edition Frampton 1964 Texan Acoustic-Electric Guitar w / Epi case

Athol, Massachusetts, 013**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Designed with guitar legend Peter Frampton, the 1964 Texan features a rare Faded Vintageburst finish, solid spruce top and Schaller M6 tuning machine heads. with Epiphone hardcase. Comes with Authenticity paperwork and Framed Frampton Texan advertisement. No international shipping. Flat rate UPS $90 00
Epiphone Frampton 1964 Texan Acoustic
Epiphone presents the Ltd. Ed. Peter Frampton "1964" Texan, designed with guitar legend Peter Frampton. Featuring a Solid Spruce top with a rare Faded ... more
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Epiphone Texan 1965

Epiphone Texan 1965

Ventura, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1700

Plays and sounds great
Set up by True Tone music
Straight neck stable bracing
Original bridge tight surface crack to bridge small wood under cleat added
1 1 / 2 width at the nut
Comes with nice case
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Vintage 1960s Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton.

Vintage 1960's Nickel Gibson Patent Number PAF Mini Humbucker Epiphone Sheraton.

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960's Mini Humbucking Patent Sticker pickup
Here's the one you've been waiting for - This is the REAL DEAL
Stunning Nickel plated cover - almost no wear or oxidation! A true 55 year old survivor!
This is an original early 1960's Mini Humbucker - as found on the high end Epiphone Electrics of the era
A FANTASTIC sounding example truly unique and ... more
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2023 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar w /  Hard Case

2023 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar w / Hard Case

Forked River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1480

Up for Sale Today:
2023 Epiphone 1963 Firebird V Electric Guitar
Ember Red
Right-handed
Guitar is in mint cosmetic condition.
Neck is straight with low action. No bowing
Tested and working properly
OEM hard case w / key is included
Please see pictures for more detail and feel free to ask any questions as we'd be happy to help
Comes exactly as pictured
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Vintage 1961 Epiphone USA FT30 Caballero Acoustic Mahogany!

Vintage 1961 Epiphone USA FT30 Caballero Acoustic Mahogany!

New Egypt, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1059

1961 Epiphone FT30 Caballero Acoustic! Made in the USA. Concert body with all solid Mahogany top, back, and sides. Mahogany neck, topped with a Rosewood board, and capped off with an 'open-book' headstock. Rosewood bridge. Strip tuners. One owner since new. Guitar had an excellently done professional neck-set several years ago that is unnoticeable to the naked eye and plays and sounds great. All original with no splits, cracks, or breaks. Guitar has basic play and age marks but is in very nice ... more
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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.