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FENDER | TELECASTER

Fender Telecaster

Single cutaway solid body Fender electric

Two Fender Telecasters: left- Sunburst 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom, right- Lake Placid Blue Telecaster, early 1970s
Two Fender Telecasters: left- Sunburst 1960 Fender Telecaster Custom, right- Lake Placid Blue Telecaster, early 1970s

The Fender Telecaster, along side the Fender Stratocaster, and Gibson Les Paul is one of the most recognized and well-loved guitars of all time, having been in continuous production since 1950. Initially named the Fender Broadcaster, the Telecaster named was applied in 1951, and has been a mainstay of rock and particularly country music ever since. Tonally it is characterized by it's 'twang' - a brightness of sound that differentiates it from the previously mentioned models, and one that has given it it's own unique voice amongst the panoply of models that would follow.

1969 Fender Lovin

Fender Telecaster catalog description

The following description is taken from the 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog

This is the guitar that started it all! For two decades the telecaster has produced record breaking sounds in every field of music. You name it …rhythm, blues, rock or country, …the Telecaster is a legend.

Two adjustable pickups in conjunction with a three position switch and tone control (use Fender 150 light Gauge strings if you like) produce a lead tone that can't be equalled. A change of the switch to the rhythm pickup gives mellow jazz sounds too!

Other Telecaster features include a fast action truss rod reinforced neck (available with a maple fingerboard) adjustable bridges for both length and height. A specially designed Fender/Bigsby Tremolo giving smooth action is now available as an option.

Custom models feature a beautiful, highly polished Sunburst finish and the top and bottom edges of the solid-body are trimmed with white contrasting binding. Standard models are finished in natural blonde. All models are trimmed with white pickguard. Metal parts are heavily chrome plated and will retain their like new appearance over a long period of time. Telecasters are available in selected custom finishes, left-hand models.

Standard neck with: 15/8" at nut; available 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" by special order

Vintage Fender Telecaster advertising

Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1953 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements

Fender Telecaster - Don

Fender Telecaster - Don't cheat yourself (1953)
Early Fender advertisement featuring three guitar/amp combinations: The Precision bass and Bassman amp; the Telecaster guitar and Twin amp, and the three-neck pedal steel and Pro amp.
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Fender Telecaster - Fender fine electric instruments

Fender Telecaster - Fender fine electric instruments (1955)
Early Fender advertisement for four pedal steels, three amplifiers, and three electric guitars. At this point in Fender history, it is the pedal steels that top the page; electric guitars are still...
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Fender Telecaster - Listen

Fender Telecaster - Listen (1959)
Late fifties telecaster / twin amp advertisement
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Fender Telecaster - From Arbiter the Most Wanted Guitar in Britain Today Telecaster by Fender

Fender Telecaster - From Arbiter the Most Wanted Guitar in Britain Today Telecaster by Fender (1966)
Mid 1960s UK advertisement for Fender guitars and amplifiers. In the early 1960s, Fender had been distributed in the UK by Jennings, but by the middle of the decade Arbiter had won the contract. Th...
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Fender Telecaster - Pick A Winner

Fender Telecaster - Pick A Winner (1968)
...From Fender's famous Telecaster Trio. (left) Fender 6 String Solid Body TELECASTERS are now available with the popular Bigsby Tremolo Unit. Adjustable pickup and adjustable dual bridge highlight...
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Fender Telecaster - Groovy Naturals

Fender Telecaster - Groovy Naturals (1968)
1968 advert announcing the telecaster thinline guitar - available in ash or mahogany finishes
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Fender Telecaster - Fender. What more need we say

Fender Telecaster - Fender. What more need we say (1971)
just that Fender guitars are played by stars the world over - from big-beat blues to folk music, c&w to acid rock. The greatest guitars in the world
UK Dallas Arbiter (Fender distributor) fe...
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Fender Telecaster - The 1948 Telecaster. The 1972 Telecaster

Fender Telecaster - The 1948 Telecaster. The 1972 Telecaster (1972)
Don't be surprised if there's a 2001 A.D. Telecaster
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Fender Telecaster - The Worlds Favorite Love Machine

Fender Telecaster - The Worlds Favorite Love Machine (1973)
Love makes the world go round. Music sets the mood, heightens the emotion and provides the beat. Love takes two. Fender guitars and amps are compatible?made for each other. If you really want to ma...
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Fender Telecaster - The Worlds favourite Recording Machine

Fender Telecaster - The Worlds favourite Recording Machine (1973)
Early seventies Fender advert featuring the telecaster guitar but primarily promoting Fender amplifiers
Fender amps are the number one selling amps in the world. For business and pleasure, turn ...
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Fender Telecaster - You get there faster on a Fender (Fender Telecaster guitar)

Fender Telecaster - You get there faster on a Fender (Fender Telecaster guitar) (1974)
Colourful 70s illustrated advert for the Fender Telecaster guitar and Twin Reverb Amplifier; part of the 'You get there faster on a Fender' series that proved popular in the early/mid 1970s. The Te...
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Fender Telecaster - Goldilocks and the three bears

Fender Telecaster - Goldilocks and the three bears (1975)
...someones playing my Precision bass right now, said baby bear, "and shes's really cookin'!"
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Rosewood solid body Fender Telecaster

1972 Fender Rosewood Telecaster

In the late 1960s a number of companies were trying out rosewood as a potential body material. Among the best known are the solid rosewood Stratocaster presented to Jimi Hendrix, and the rosewood Telecaster presented to George Harrison, both in 1969. Harrison used his for the final Beatles album, Let it be, and the film of the same name, most famously playing it on the Apple studio roof concert, before giving it to Delaney Bramlett shortly afterwards. Steve Cropper of Booker T and the MGs was another rosewood Tele player of the early seventies.

This period had spawned a number of new Teles; the paisley models in pink and blue, the Telecaster thinline, and now the rosewood version. The rosewood and thinline were the work of Roger Rossmeisl (a designer for Rickenbacker until 1962, then with Fender - he also designed the Coronado) and Phillip Kubicki.

Rosewood had been used for a very long time for fret boards, but only when used to make bodies was the gorgeous natural grain really apparent. The body itself was made of a rosewood front and back, with a thin maple sandwich between the two. Some later instruments had some hollowing out to reduce weight. The neck again was rosewood, without a separate fretboard (although the prototypes did have this).

Regular production continued until 1972, however there have been numerous reissues of this classic guitar ever since, from Fenders numerous factories worldwide.

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Vintage 1972 stackpole 250K  pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Vintage 1972 stackpole 250K pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$149

Vintage 1972 250K stackpole pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz... more
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Fender Telecaster Guitar NECK / HARDWARE / BODY Cherry Sunburst

Fender Telecaster Guitar NECK / HARDWARE / BODY Cherry Sunburst

Moreno Valley, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$685



This is a clean and gorges circa 1990's "FENDER TELECASTER BODY, NECK AND TUNING HARDWARE (Cherry Sunburst, HEADSTOCK MARK: DES 164, 164227 PAT 2, 573, 254 2, 784, 631).
This is a Telecaster body with super gorgeous Cherry Sunburst color. Body is in great condition as is the neck and headstock (I believe this to possibly be a 90's era guitar body, I can see lower hardware holes have not been drilled out so this was a project in progress that went unfinished). Head has the classic ... more
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RARE Vintage Original 1952 Fender Telecaster Broadcaster 250K  Pot #2

RARE Vintage Original 1952 Fender Telecaster Broadcaster 250K Pot #2

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

RARE Vintage Original 1952 Fender Telecaster Broadcaster Pot .Pot code 140222 .Shipping includes insurance... more
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FENDER Telecaster THIN SKIN Wildwood Guitars BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE 1952 52

FENDER Telecaster THIN SKIN Wildwood Guitars BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE 1952 '52

Saint Paul, Minnesota, 551**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

This listing is for a Wildwood Guitars exclusive 1952 Fender Telecaster reissue in butterscotch blonde and "burnt" maple neck. Stunning guitar in person with the thin skin finish where it really makes the body graininess transparent. Also the burnt maple neck is a nice touch. I believe this limited run is from 2019, has a traditional style 50's neck with 9 5" radius. Guitar is housed in a tweed hardshell case. All the case candy included can be seen in the photos along with a Certificate Of... more
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1984 American Fender Telecaster

1984 American Fender Telecaster

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1999

Selling my 1984 USA Fender Telecaster. Just had a pro setup-neck is straight and action low. Overall it has a few small dings and light scratches. Hardware near mint condition. Pickups, selector switch and volume / tone controls work as they should. Neck has a little play wear but nothing serious. Lots of fret life left. Includes Fender case that's missing a foot and original hing pin but is fully functional. Smoke / pet odor free
Free shipping to continental US only. Will not ship to P O. ... more
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1976 - 1979 Fender Telecaster

1976 - 1979 Fender Telecaster

Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2200

I purchased this guitar several years ago . It was listed on eBay as a 1979 . The seller had replaced the pickguard and control plate . I do NOT have the original pick guard or control plate . When looking up the serial number , it turns out the guitar was made between 1977 and 1978. At least the neck was ?? so I??ve stated this guitar would be 1977-1979. I??ve pictured all of the dings and dents that stood out . It seems the guitar has been repainted black , in picture , you can see what looks ... more
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1978 Fender Telecaster

1978 Fender Telecaster

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

$2500

1978 Fender Telecaster for sale
Plays and sounds excellent. Nice 40+ year patina showing on the finish on the body only. Neck is in flawless condition and the tone is incredible. Comes with hard shell case (not original)
I would describe the weight of the guitar as medium. Local pickup preferred but willing to ship.
Thank you for looking!... more
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Lefty Fender Telecaster 1978-79 barnfind

Lefty Fender Telecaster 1978-79 barnfind

Woodland Hills, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3150

Not everyday you'll find a true barn find guitar and certainly not it being a late 1970s lefty Telecaster. Truly a very unique guitar that besides the bridge pickup rewind and the plastic selector switch tip it is all still original and everything works as it should. Yes it took some serious elbow grease to get this Telecaster cleaned up and preserve everything that was there and here we are a really cool looking guitar. This Telecaster has a alder body and it's like most of the late 70s Teles... more
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1976 Fender Telecaster Custom Black

1976 Fender Telecaster Custom Black

Ballwin, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3199

Fantastic CBS era vintage Telecaster Custom! All original hardware, bridge pickup has been replaced with a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound for tele and is a perfect match for this guitar. Naturally relic'd with dings, dents and scratches this guitar has been on stage & in the studio through the years laying down that Keith Richards vibe!
This guitar is in overall good condition with 2 small hairline cracks in the nut and some fret wear on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd frets and has a perfectly worn... more
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Vintage 1977 Fender Telecaster Mocha Finish with case

Vintage 1977 Fender Telecaster Mocha Finish with case

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

$3200

Guitar plays great. Original vintage mocha finish
There is neck pocket hairline crack by the screw what was repaired. Guitar is very stable. Not sure if it has a refret or not. Sounds good, plays good.
Comes with vintage fender case also.... more
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1976 VINTAGE Fender Telecaster Custom CBS era

1976 VINTAGE Fender Telecaster Custom CBS era

Jersey City, New Jersey, 073**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3295

Beautiful CBS era vintage Tele, what more needs to be said! Super low action, she could use a new nut to be honest, but I've kept it original YES - All original hardware and pickups. Will include a simple tweed case. Previous owner was a player in Asbury Park. This Tele has seen the road, and is a player's guitar for sure. Do not be surprised by nicks, dings, scratches and the like
Alder BodyMaple Neck & FingerboardWide Range Humbucker Neck PickupStandard Tele Bridge Pickup
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1985 Fender Telecaster "George Harrison" ALL-Rosewood + OHSC

1985 Fender Telecaster "George Harrison" ALL-Rosewood + OHSC

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3300

1985 Fender Rosewood Telecaster Electric Guitar + Original Hardshell Tweed Case
" George Harrison" TRUE FULL Rosewood Guitar
Made in Japan
TL-69
Adult owned only. Children-free, Pet-free. Smoke-free household

Up for sale is a BEAUTIFUL Mid-80's Fender "George Harrison" Rosewood Telecaster
Good overall vintage condition. Standard surface scratches, dings, marks on front / back body / headstock pickguard swirls. No cracks, repairs or breaks. NO HEADSTOCK CRACK
VERY ... more
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1977 Fender Telecaster Custom Natural finish with Fender soft case

1977 Fender Telecaster Custom Natural finish with Fender soft case

Laguna Niguel, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

Good condition 1977 Fender Telecaster Custom in natural finish with maple neck / fingerboard Guitar has the usual nicks, scratches, marks, worn thru finish spots, fading, finish checking consistent with instruments of this age Someone prior to me has removed the serial number decal on the headstock, but the other location underneath the original pickguard has the serial # on it Not a stripped to natural finish, but an original natural finish. I mention this as I have noticed some sellers ... more
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1978 Olympic White Fender Telecaster

1978 Olympic White Fender Telecaster

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

$3700

Here is a 1978 Fender Telecaster in original Olympic White! Although it has been played, it is quite clean for its age. The pickup is an all original save for rewound neck pickup. This was rewound by Five Star Guitars luthier Ian Pender. There is less than normal wear for the era, and the body is very clean with only a few scattered dings in the finish. Original color has faded / yellowed slightly. Pot codes (only one is visible) date to ??78. There is a stamp / tag in neck pocket that matches ... more
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VINTAGE 1972 FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM SUNBURST

VINTAGE 1972 FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM SUNBURST

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3700

VINTAGE 1972 FENDER TELECASTER CUSTOM SUNBURST. THIS GUITAR IS IN AMAZING CONDITION FOR BEING A 50 PLUS YEAR OLD PLAYER, HAS A BRASS NUT AND A JOE BARDEN BRIDGE THAT HAS THE EDGE OF THE BRIDGE FILED DOWN SO YOU DON'T WHACK YOUR PICK AGAINST THE EDGE OF THE " ASHTRAY ". THE FINISH HAS SOME WEAR AROUND THE EDGES MOSTLY ON THE BOTTOM FROM RIDING IN THE CASE. THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR OF THE JETH LOVER HUMBUCKER EQUIPPED TELE AND THESE ORIGINAL PICKUPS SOUND AWESOME. COMES WITH THE ORIGINAL BRIDGE AND... more
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1977 Fender Telecaster Custom See thru Blonde finish with original Fender HSC

1977 Fender Telecaster Custom See thru Blonde finish with original Fender HSC

Laguna Niguel, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

This CBS Fullerton era 1977 Fender Telecaster Custom is a beauty with its very rare Blonde finish that really shows off the ash figuring underneath. It plays great with low action and the frets are in nice shape with some light wear on the first couple. This guitar is all original, pots date to '75 and '76. The pots are original , but prior to my ownership, some minor re-wiring was done to fix a ground short and shielding has been added to the control cavities. This guitar is in nice shape with ... more
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Fender Telecaster with Rosewood Fretboard 1975 - Blonde

Fender Telecaster with Rosewood Fretboard 1975 - Blonde

Mays Landing, New Jersey, 083**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4195

Late 1975, early 1976 Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar in great condition. Just about everything is original and the guitar is in great working and playing order for nearing 50 years old. The 7 6 pound body shows some light edge wear and a ding or two on the bottom side edge, as well as some light checking in places. The original Blonde finish has barely yellowed and has plenty of its original gloss sheen. There is no date stamp on the neck pocket or the neck butt. The rosewood fretboard is in ... more
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Vintage 1973 fender telecaster guitar Maple Neck, Incredible Tone

Vintage 1973 fender telecaster guitar Maple Neck, Incredible Tone

Durham, North Carolina, 277**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4200

This is an incredible tele, and stupid buy for a vintage tone machine that you can??t keep your eyes and fingers off of. Plays like a wet dream

One of the pots has been changed!!
Action is great, truss rod works as it should, frets are lively , maple fretboard is gorgeous

My loss is your gain, must downsize collection for home renovations

Strongly prefer local pick up in East Nashville Tn or Durham NC BUT WILL ship.

This true vintage 1973 Fender... more
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1977 Fender Telecaster

1977 Fender Telecaster

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

$4300

Hello

For sale is a 1977 / 78 Fender Telecaster in Olympic White which has warmed into a butterscotch
This looks like Real deal 52 blackguard now!!
100% original with hang tags , manual and OHSC

No ISSUES!!!

This Tele sounds great and plays effortlessly

It is V E R Y clean as well!

... more
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Fender Telecaster 1978 White  /  Blonde Vintage

Fender Telecaster 1978 White / Blonde Vintage

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

$4499

Message me first to discuss a deal watch video of this actual guitar, copy and paste link youtube com / watch?v=YgFK3Uytkso&t=5s
This Fender Telecaster was bought and stored by the original owner. Frets and condition are the best I have ever seen from 1978. Picture of the tuner shows made in West Germany which is how to authenticate the tuners from the 70's. Certificate is stamped and dated. Incredible find, museum piece. I'll hang onto it if someone doesn't buy it, these just keep going... more
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roger Comment left 5th August 2015 04:04:07 reply
Hi!!! I have a 1969 fender telecaster made in U S A all original hardware on it I've been many opinion on what it would be worth but never really had a real price on it can you tell me ?
Eloi Hache Comment left 17th March 2015 04:04:39 reply
I have a 1968 Fender Telecaster, sunbust with ashbrown neck. Original as it was bought. Can anybody tell me what would be its value if I decide to sell it.
arni biluk Comment left 9th February 2015 22:10:00 reply
I am the original owner of a 100% original 1968 CANDY APPLE RED FENDER TELECASTER - 44 years ago I put some varathane on the neck because the neck was starting to get wear from bending strings - it looked like Eric Clapton's Slowhand guitar - most of it has worn off from playing but close to the frets there are still signs of the varathane - there are no issues with the neck - it has been perfect except for the wear - how much does this affect the value - should i get a master luthier to try remove the varathane or leave it as is - if I sell it the buyer would not even notice the varathane but I can't sell for big $ without disclosing - any help would be appreciated - thx arni - gimli manitoba canada
Eloi Hache Comment left 25th October 2014 07:07:01 reply
I have a 1968 telecaster guitar with case, sunbust with ashbrown neck. Original. Can you tell me what is the value of that guitar if I decide to sell it.
Tony Temple Comment left 15th July 2013 23:11:01 reply
Interesting reading. Thank you.

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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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.