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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.

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...

Fender Telecaster - Listen

Fender Telecaster - Listen (1959)
Late fifties telecaster / twin amp advertisement

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...

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...

Fender Telecaster - Groovy Naturals

Fender Telecaster - Groovy Naturals (1968)
1968 advert announcing the telecaster thinline guitar - available in ash or mahogany finishes

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...

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

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...

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 ...

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...

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'!"

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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1968 Fender Telecaster Custom

1968 Fender Telecaster Custom

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



Up for grabs is a killer 1968 Fender Custom Tele
This is a GOOD ONE!

No issues , all original with original buldwin "Fender" export case

The Feb '68 " B " neck on this tele is outrageous - you will NOT put it down.

It is a fabulous playing and sounding guitar

Email with any questions!

Thx for looking
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Fender Telecaster 1968 - Rare Figured Maple Cap Neck Original Blonde Finish OHSC

Fender Telecaster 1968 - Rare Figured Maple Cap Neck Original Blonde Finish OHSC

Miami, Florida, 331**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a Killer Vintage 1968 Fender Telecaster with a Rare Figured Maple Cap Neck. All Original Blonde Finish with Vintage Checking and Various Paint Chips on the Edges. Fender Custom Shop Pickups Installed That Sound Totally Boss !!
Original Black Tolex Case in Very Nice Condition Weighs 7 5 LBS
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Vintage 1979 Fender Telecaster Sun Burst USA W Original Parts and Case

Vintage 1979 Fender Telecaster Sun Burst USA W Original Parts and Case

Fountain CO 80817, 808**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a real vintage telecaster with all original parts in original burst. It comes with original case too. The volume pot works ok but the tone pot barely works. You may want to replace but you may want to keep it original. Frets are in good shape, as you can see in pictures. Neck is straight now but I cant promise if it will be after shipping. There are some nicks and scrapes on the body that I show in pictures. NO returns unless something was not as described. Feel free to ask questions. Oh... more
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Fender Telecaster Japan Butterscotch Electric Guitar 1980s

Fender Telecaster Japan Butterscotch Electric Guitar 1980's

Sierra Vista, Arizona, 856**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Model E543558Pale YellowMissing whammy bar maybe it was an add on accessory?Has some scratches and some cosmetic issues, see photosComes with Fender Case and book
About Us:
We are located in beautiful Sunny Southern Arizona. We have access to many estate sales, auctions and antique shops.
In our shop, you will find Vintage Jewelry both fine and costume, Vintage Purses, Kitchen & Sewing items along with some odds & ends. Yes I am a quilter as well, you can find me on FB under... more
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1969 Vintage Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1969 Vintage Fender Telecaster Electric Guitar Sunburst w / Case

Fountain, Colorado, 808**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Fender Telecaster Vintage Electric Guitar w / original Case. The finish, body, pickups, neck, tuners, pickguard and pots all look to be original. The bridge plate assembly including saddles, springs and adjustment screws are not original, neither are the pickup selector switch and tip. The knobs may have been replaced too because look newer. Also, the wiring was redone to get the mixed pickup sounds vs the original bass sound.
Its set up and plays pretty well now and there is plenty of... more
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1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe I 9 9 LBS

1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe I 9 9 LBS

Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 086**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Telecaster Deluxe was introduced in 1972 as the companies first dual humbucker guitar, forgoing the traditional single coil sound of Fender instruments in response to the growing desire for a fuller, heavy rock sound that had made Gibson solid bodies so popular towards the end of the '60s and start of the '70s. As the top of the line Telecaster model at the time, the Deluxe has continued to be one of the most popular vintage Telecaster models for collectors and players
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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


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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1963 1964 Pre CBS Fender Telecaster Custom Maple Cap Neck, Not a Relic!

1963 1964 Pre CBS Fender Telecaster Custom Maple Cap Neck, Not a Relic!

Nevada City, California, 959**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a very cool, well played Pre-CBS 1964 Telecaster Custom with an extremely rare Maple Cap Neck. Both body and neck are date coded to Aug. 64. The neck plate is L19216 which is around very late '63. I've had this for 30 years having bought it from the noted Voltage Guitar in Los Angeles.
The neck pickup cavity had been routed to accept a Strat style pickup. An additional rout was made for a middle Strat pickup. I got it this way (did no routing). I set it up Nashville style with a ... more
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Fender Telecaster Vintage Early to Mid 1980s Made in USA

Fender Telecaster Vintage Early to Mid 1980's Made in USA

Hesperia, California, 923**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I have owned this Guitar since I bought it new back in 1985. This Fender Telecaster is in Like New Condition and does not have any Neck or Fret Wear or Scratches on the Body. I only played it a total of 10 times when taking lessons. The Hardware, Pickups, Selector Switch and Volume and Tone Controls are all Original and in Perfect Working Order. I had this Guitar Professionally serviced about one year ago, just to make sure everything was in good order. This is also the Original Fender Hard Case... more
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Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom Mocha Walnut 1978

Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom Mocha Walnut 1978

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Telecaster Custom Mocha Walnut 1978
A magnificent playing Tele Custom finished in the always popular Mocha / Walnut.
Superb action with a smooth, comfortable feel & killer tone! Professionally set up by the experts here at Cream City Music, so it's ready for action straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches & weather checking.
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Vintage 1972 Fender Telecaster with Rare Natural Birdseye Maple Neck

Vintage 1972 Fender Telecaster with Rare Natural Birdseye Maple Neck

Fountain CO 80817, 808**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1972 Fender Telecaster in very good condition. Its been set up well and plays well. The rare birdseye maple neck feels like a baseball bat. There was some routing done in the neck pickup area as it looks like somebody put in a humbucker. Then changed it back to the original. The pickguard was also changed. There is some players wear on the side of the neck. The frets also have wear but they still plenty of life. It weighs 8 09 lbs. It also comes with original case and keys and yes ash ... more
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1976 Fender Telecaster Tele Thinline Natural

1976 Fender Telecaster Tele Thinline Natural

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is my 1976 Fender Telecaster Thinline in original natural finish
This has had a limited number of owners in its lifetime (I'm the second owner since the 1980s) and has been well taken care of. It's all original and sounds and plays fantastic! The wide range CuNiFe humbuckers on this guitar really live up to the billing
The only issue worth mentioning is there is some discoloration (sort of a reddish darkening of the natural finish) on the front of the headstock around the ... more
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1969 Fender Telecaster Vintage Electric Guitar Olympic White w /  Bigsby & Case

1969 Fender Telecaster Vintage Electric Guitar Olympic White w / Bigsby & Case

Fountain, Colorado, 808**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an all original collectors' piece guitar. Its been very well cared for too. It comes with all original parts and case, even some case candy with the original sales receipt. It has been set up too and plays excellent. There is some shrinkage on the original pick guard. See pictures. Its got the 25 5" scale length neck with black dot inlays. It has a 7 25 neck radius. The bone nut with is 1 65" Pick up config is SS. Pots date 17th week of 1966. It weighs 8 lbs and 4 oz. The frets have ... 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


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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1976 Fender Telecaster Custom

1976 Fender Telecaster Custom

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1976 Fender Telecaster Custom, Gorgeous Natural Ash body, Sought after Seth Lover humbucker and single coil bridge pickup. Fast Mapleneck, True Rock ?n Roll Machine, Excellent condition with correct style hardcase
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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


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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1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline

1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1968 Fender Telecaster Thinline, Rare Maple cap neck, Sweetplaying, Pearloid guard, Light weight, Logo was slightly muddled, Nicely setup, Awesome instrument, Bridge cover, One owner guitar, Clean condition with periodcorrect Fender case
Need a shipping quote or more info please ask.
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Louisville, Kentucky, 402**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


7 6 pounds
50 years old this year
Professional setup with 10's, smooth low action typical low frets classic Tele TWANGGGG!
Tough to find cool rosewood board Tele's in anything besides blonde but here's one!
It's in well-loved condition, but appears fairly unmolested
Volume pot looks replaced tone pot dates 48th week of 1972
Skunk stripe on back of neck has a sliver missing guessing the finish shrank over time and chipped the sliver out? I dunno literally a guess. But the ... more
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1984 Fender Telecaster Vintage American Top Loader Bridge Ivory White Blonde E3

1984 Fender Telecaster Vintage American Top Loader Bridge Ivory White Blonde E3

El Cajon, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1984 Fender Telecaster
The serial number is E319461, the neck is dated to January-February 1984 and the pots date to July 1983. The color is "Ivory" but has aged to a nice dark Blonde. The body is in excellent condition and is very clean overall. There are a few small nicks, scratches and scuffs but nothing out of the ordinary for a vintage guitar. No cracks modifications or structural issues
The neck is straight and the frets show only light wear. It's in excellent playing condition ... more
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1978 Olympic White Fender Telecaster

1978 Olympic White Fender Telecaster

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


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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roger Comment left 4th August 2015 23:11:07 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 16th March 2015 23:11:39 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 16:04:00 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 02:02:01 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 18:06:01 reply
Interesting reading. Thank you.


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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