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Fender Wildwood

Six string acoustic guitar

Fender's Wildwood acoustics, along with the Wildwood Coronado were first produced in time for the 1966 Fender catalogue. The Wildwood acoustics were rather similar to the Kingman acoustic, but with a stained Beech back and sides, and unstained Spruce top. Colours initially available were: Wildwood Green, Wildwood Gold and Brown, Wildwood Gold and Purple, Wildwood Dark Blue, Wildwood Purple Blue and Wildwood Blue Green.

The Wildwood acoustic remained in Fender price lists for just three years, 1966-69. In July 1966, the list price for the Wildwood acoustic was $385.

Acoustic guitar advertisements originally published from 1967 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements

Fender Wildwood - Full Color Sound

Fender Wildwood - Full Color Sound (1967)
From Fender Musical Instruments, representing the complete musical spectrum with a selection of master-crafted guitars and amplifiers. See the complete line of Fender Musical Instruments at any aut...

Fender Wildwood - Get Fenderized

Fender Wildwood - Get Fenderized (1967)
Heavily promoted advert / Competition for Fender in 1967, giving the opportunity to win a 'bandfull' of instruments. The first prize was a Fender Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitar, Jazz bass, Bassman an...

Fender Wildwood - Great New Sound. Same Old Quality

Fender Wildwood - Great New Sound. Same Old Quality (1967)
1967 saw Fender pushing some new lines
Fantastic customized, one-ot-a-kind WILDWOOD guitars: new expanded Coronado Series guitars and basses; the new improved Fender Solid-State Series amps; all...

Fender Wildwood - Full Color Sound

Fender Wildwood - Full Color Sound (1967)
Advert for the Fender display at the June 1967 NAMM show in Chicago, USA. It features a number of instruments 'representing the complete musical spectrum': a Jazz Bass, a Coronado II electric acous...

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Vintage 80s Fender F-35 Acoustic Guitar

Vintage 80's Fender F-35 Acoustic Guitar

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


Vintage 80's Fender F-35 Acoustic Guitar.
Guitar body has some signs of use but no major scratches. Back of the body has some buckle rash. The headstock has a spot next to one of the tuning pegs that has a bit of wear. Overall, its in great shape for its age. Comes with case
7% taxes of the total price will be charged for Florida buyers
If your state charges an online tax, it will be collected by eBay at checkout
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Vintage 1970s Fender Model F-45 Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan

Vintage 1970's Fender Model F-45 Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan

Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1970's Fender Model F-45 Acoustic Guitar Made In JapanNo case included
Local pick up only. No shipping... more
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1973 Spanish Morena New Style No N-102 Acoustic Guitar w / Fender Strap * Rare *

1973 Spanish Morena New Style No N-102 Acoustic Guitar w / Fender Strap * Rare *

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


This 1973 Spanish Morena New Style No N-102 Acoustic Guitar with a Fender Strap is a rare find! Made by the Morena Musical Instruments Co Ltd , this intermediate-level guitar features a glossy natural body color, auditorium body type, and a pine neck material. With a total of 18 frets and a 6 string string configuration, this guitar is perfect for any right-handed player looking for a high-quality acoustic sound.

The maple body material and fretboard material add to the overall ... more
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Vintage Fender F-35 1970s Made in Japan guitar

Vintage Fender F-35 1970s Made in Japan guitar

Raleigh, North Carolina, 276**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender F-35 1970s Made in Japan guitar
A few dings and scratches here and there, but she's still in overall good condition and she sounds and plays as well as the day I got her. This is from a series of acoustic's that Fender of Japan made in the 1970s, and for being what they are the quality is fantastic
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Vintage 1985-86 Fender DG-10CE Acoustic /  Electric Guitar

Vintage 1985-'86 Fender DG-10CE Acoustic / Electric Guitar

Kansasville, Wisconsin, 531**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender DG-10CE Acoustic / Electric Guitar.
Vintage 1985-'86 Japan Made Fender Acoustic / Electric cutaway Guitar with Fishman Pickup. Frets scraped and cleaned. New Martin Nickel Lights installed. These will be loosened for shipment. Truss rod adjusted. Clear bright sound as a Fender Acoustic is known for. In excellent shape. See images for details.
Shipped to Lower 48 and Canada only. Will be packaged with care.... more
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Fender Catalina 1980s acoustic guitar Black Vintage

Fender Catalina 1980's acoustic guitar Black Vintage

Staten Island, New York, 103**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Catalina 1980's acoustic guitar. This item comes from an estate sale and is untested. I am not a musician so I am selling it as is for parts or repairs. Many pictures!
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1969 Fender Stratocaster - Collector Grade

1969 Fender Stratocaster - Collector Grade

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Not much to say about this one. 1969 Fender Stratocaster in collector grade condition

Plays great, sounds amazing!

This one is from earlier in the year so it still has the slightly bigger 68 profile

The guitar is all original, except for a fresh pro refret with vintage style wire

You can find a cheaper 69?s out there, but not this condition. Includes the case candy you see in the ... more
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1960s Vintage Fender Newporter Acoustic Guitar Mahogany w /  Case Excellent Con.

1960s Vintage Fender Newporter Acoustic Guitar Mahogany w / Case Excellent Con.

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a time capsule. This guitar could be hung up in a Guitar Center and people would think it was new (open box at worst). For the age, you probably can't find a cleaner example. The frets are in excellent shape. The guitar plays and sounds like the 60s bohemian era. A time for love, peace, and happiness. Comes in the original case. There is slight wear marks at the butt of the guitar, on the binding by the white strap holder.
This is perfect for a collector who appreciates and demands ... more
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NICE! Vintage Fender F-35 Acoustic Guitar. Japan Made. ESTATE FIND. SHIPS FAST!

NICE! Vintage Fender F-35 Acoustic Guitar. Japan Made. ESTATE FIND. SHIPS FAST!

Brawley, California, 922**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


NICE! Vintage Fender F-35 Acoustic Guitar. Japan Made. ESTATE FIND. SHIPS FAST! Very nice Fender. Minimal wear from use. Finger nail size scuff in coat, not a crack as seen in photos. Leather and wool vintage strap. Case shows wear as seen in photos.

All items were acquired through estate sales, auctions, flea markets, swap meets and or yard sales. I do my best to describe them as accurately as possible. Please do your own research on specialty items because I don??t ... more
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Fender Catalina 1980s Acoustic Guitar With Hard Case Black

Fender Catalina 1980's Acoustic Guitar With Hard Case Black

Fort Worth, Texas, 761**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hard to photograph a black guitar but tried my best. Guitar is actually in really good condition. A someone slight scuffs and scratches, but all around in good condition. Make sure and see pictures throughly. Guitar sounds beautiful. Plays good but would be even better with a slight truss rod adjustment. Comes with case
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Vintage 1980s Fender Newporter Acoustic Guitar Mahogany Dreadnaught

Vintage 1980's Fender Newporter Acoustic Guitar Mahogany Dreadnaught



Vintage 1980's Fender Newporter Acoustic Guitar Mahogany DreadnaughtThis is a really nice guitar and quite rare modelled on a 60's classicThe Japanese Fenders were always a great alternative to the American made Fenders and have become highly sought after with a cult following in their own right!Mahogany top and mahogany back and sides with a strat style headstock This is a fine example that plays and sounds great!Lots of scratches and dings so please look at photosAny questions please ask... more
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Vintage 1968 Fender Palomino USA Natural 4-Bolt Acoustic Guitar *1960s*

Vintage 1968 Fender Palomino USA Natural 4-Bolt Acoustic Guitar *1960s*



Vintage 1968 Fender Palomino USA Natural 4-Bolt Acoustic Guitar *1960s
A beautiful Fender Palomino acoustic guitar, dating from 1968. These were produced during the CBS period during the late 60s, and was Fender??s attempt at gaining a foothold in the ever-growing acoustic market. This one features a dreadnought shaped body, with a classic Fender CBS bolt on neck with large headstock. The tuners are the desirable Kluson Deluxe white button model, as found on Musicmaster etc models during ... more
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FENDER F55-12 de 1980

FENDER F55-12 de 1980'

Besançon, 25***, FRANCE


Tous nos instruments sont révisés et garantis
Découvrez nos autres guitares en vente en cliquant sur :Guitares Vintages L'esprit du vieux son !
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Fender F55-12 de 1980'
Sonorités et particularités:
Voici une Fender 12 cordes en excellent état Cette guitare est particulièrement confortable La lutherie a été bien conservéeC'est une Japonaise qui procure une bonne projection sonore, le son reste équilibré et brillant ... more
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1980s, Fender F-80-12, 12-String Acoustic Guitar (w / Washburn Hard Case)

1980s, Fender F-80-12, 12-String Acoustic Guitar (w / Washburn Hard Case)



This guitar is in good used condition. It has only a few signs of wear or use, none of which impact on the health, playability or tone of the instrument
Please look at the photos thoroughly as they constitute part of the product description
All of our guitars are fully COVID-cleaned, electrically cleaned, setup and restrung before sale. This cost is reflected in the list price
This item is available from our store in Exeter or by post ... more
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Fender F-03 1980s Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar VGC

Fender F-03 1980's Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar VGC

Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30***, UNITED KINGDOM


Fender F-03 1980's Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar VGC
In excellent condition, no issues. Other than a couple of very small surface dings (shown in photos) this guitar is in great shape for being a 40 year old instrument, looks like it's hardly been played! Will need a string change as these have been on a long time
Please see photos for exactly what you will receive
Comes with a black vinyl carry case, will be well packaged for safe delivery. Any questions, please ask!... more
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Fender 1980s Malibu in Violin Sunburst, Pre-Owned

Fender 1980s Malibu in Violin Sunburst, Pre-Owned



eBay Store Design by Visualsoft Home About Us Our Feedback Shop Categories Electric Guitars Acoustic Guitars Guitar Amplification Effects Pedals Strings... more
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Vintage Fender 800 SX Acoustic Guitar Handcrafted with TKL Hardshell Case

Vintage Fender 800 SX Acoustic Guitar Handcrafted with TKL Hardshell Case

Camrose, T4V***, CANADA

C $1400

If outside of Canada duties and import charges may apply
Minor separation on the back of the neck. Minor wear and scratches on guitar. Minor wear, marks and scratches on case. See pics
Comes with tuner (batteries not included)
Due to the size of this, shipping to the United States will be by Fed Ex so I won't be able to ship to PO Boxes
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Fender F-03 1980s Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar VGC

Fender F-03 1980's Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar VGC

Didcot , OX11***, UNITED KINGDOM


Fender F-03 Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar
In excellent condition, frets have been recently levelled and shaped, no issues. Other than a couple of very small surface marks. this guitar is in great shape for. perfect for a beginner, and above to be honest. great sound, will need a tune up
listed for collection only, best to view the guitar first before purchasing.
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Fender F-75 1980 Model

Fender F-75 1980 Model

Liverpool, L10***, UNITED KINGDOM


Fender F-75 1980 Model
I bought this guitar only 6 months ago from a lady who purchased it in 1980 but found the dreadnought shape to big for her so after a week she put it back in its case and it stayed there until I bought it in January 2023
It is an absolutely stunning guitar it looks brand new still has its original tools and 2 spare bridges, unfortunately arthritis is hindering me learning to play so I??ve decided to sell
Free postage

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1968  "FENDER"  Shenandoah XII  -  (Usa)

1968 "FENDER" Shenandoah XII - (Usa)

Toulouse, 31***, FRANCE


1968 Guitar 12 String Acoustic Usa
" FENDER" Shenandoah XII (1965 to 1971)No de Série 23590XBlondAction - HauteurMI - E (1 ère Aigu) 12 ème frette : 3 mmMI - E (6 ème Grave) 12 ème frette : 3, 5 mmCourroie "Fender" Cuir marron Pied Guitare ( Particularités des Acoustiques Usa Villager XII et Shenandoah XII 1965-1971 : Cylindre métallique de renfort traversant le corps , ce qui alourdit sensiblement l'instrument )
Livraison Gratuite Envoi soigné et sécurisé Via
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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

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar 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