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Vintage Fender Bassman advertisements

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

Fender Bassman - Bassmen! Play the original Fender Precision electric bass & Bassman amplifier

Fender Bassman - Bassmen! Play the original Fender Precision electric bass & Bassman amplifier (1953)
Early fifties advertisement for Fenders first electric bass, the Precision, and its companion amplifier, the Bassman
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Fender Bassman - Instruments get out of date too

Fender Bassman - Instruments get out of date too (1953)
Early fifties advertisement underlining the modern features of the Fender Precision bass, and bassman amplifier
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Fender Bassman - From Arbiter the Most Wanted Guitar in Britain Today Telecaster by Fender

Fender Bassman - 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 Bassman - Get Fenderized

Fender Bassman - 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...
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In the 1964 Fender catalog, the Fender Bassman is described as follows:

FENDER BASSMAN AMP The "Piggy-back" Bassman Amplifier incorporates two enclosed speakers with a separate amplifier chassis unit. The use of the enclosed 12" Heavy-Duty Custom Design Speakers with their special design baffles make the Bassman distortion-free, allowing the player to use his full bass notes and ample volume. Another new Bassman feature is the incorporation of dual channels: one a Bass channel, and the other Normal which may be used with guitar, accordion or other instruments. In addition, the Bassman is equipped with "tilt-back" legs for better sound distribution. The new Fender Bassman has rapidly become a favorite with bassists throughout the world, and is recommended to those players who desire the finest in electric bass, bass guitar and guitar amplification. Twelve tube performance. 2-12" heavy duty speakers. SIZE: Chassis Unit: Height 8", Width 221/4", Depth 9" Speaker Unit: Height 21- Width 32", Depth 111/2"

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Fender 1966 Bassman Blackface Head ?? Used

Fender 1966 Bassman Blackface Head ?? Used

Brookfield, Connecticut, 068**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1550

Here??s a very nice 1966 Fender Bassman 50Watt amp 2 channel head! Built back in the golden age of amps, this is a hand-wired, smooth and chock full of warm tonal bliss for your guitar or bass. Pristine rich Fender clean tone. Two differently-voiced Channels. Channels can be jumped for even more sonic options and even more gain. Original factory AB165 circuit Excellent working condition with minor cosmetic wear and tear for its age
Features
-Power Output: 50 Watts
-Tubes: 6L6 (2), ... more
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1965 Fender Bassman BlackFace Amp Head Model AA165 Vintage Rare Works!

1965 Fender Bassman BlackFace Amp Head Model AA165 Vintage Rare Works!

Honolulu, Hawaii, 968**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$975

pppppppppppppppppppppspanspan1965 Fender Bassman
Tube Amp Head Blackface
Model AA 165
Electric Guitar / Bass Amplifier Head
I purchased this amp head from a friend in the mid 1980??s. I used it briefly and then added it to my collection. I recently took it to my amp tech ( April, 2024) who check it out completely, changed the electrolytic caps, power tubes and gave it a clean bill of health. My amp tech made a recording of it because he wanted me to hear how clean the sound of this... more
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1972 Fender Bassman 100 watt amp head with mods

1972 Fender Bassman 100 watt amp head with mods

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

$900

Selling my Fender Bassman head. It has some mods, professionally done. Effects loop. External bias points. Line out. Gain knobs for each channel. Half power switch to go from 100 watts to 50 watts. New output transformer. And new face plate. Original decal of tube layout is still inside case. And of course all new tubes. Part of it is missing. See pics. Goes from a really nice Fender clean to a over driven plexi tones. Shipping to lower USA only On Feb-22-24 at 15:08:58 PST, seller added the ... more
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Fender Bassman 100 4x12 Pyramid Cabinet Vintage 70s! L@@k! Silverface!

Fender Bassman 100 4x12 Pyramid Cabinet Vintage 70s! L@@k! Silverface!

Fullerton, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300

Up for Local Pickup only is this Vintage Fender Bassman 100 4x12 Silverface Pyramid cabinet! All original speakers except for one. There is a tiny tear in the front grill. Comes with a Custom Cover!! You could put modern speakers into this cab and make it into a BEAST!!Trying to downsize my Cabs. Picked this up a few years back, but never used it much. Good shape for 1970s. 300 or best offer, and this is a Locsl pickup sale only. Fullerton California area . All sales are final   No returns.... more
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1971 Fender Bassman Silver Faceplate Original Vintage Metal

1971 Fender Bassman Silver Faceplate Original Vintage Metal

Honolulu, Hawaii, 968**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

1971 Fender Bassman Silver Faceplate is all original and made of metal. This faceplate says "Fender Musical Instruments" so we know it's CBS issue. I had this on an old Bassman amp that is up for auction so its used but not abused; please see photo for condition.
Please Message with any additional questions before purchasing or bidding :)
SHIPPING
Shipping is Fedex or USPS and INSURED in the US
Your item will be packed with great care rest assured.
INCREDIBLE COLLECTION
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1965 Fender bassman AA165 dual 6L6 guitar head - black panel, Fully serviced

1965 Fender bassman AA165 dual 6L6 guitar head - black panel, Fully serviced

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

$1750

1965 Fender Bassman model AA165! The Fender Bassman in my opinion is one of the greatest offerings that came from Fender! This one is in particular is a very clean example! She??s been fully serviced starting with a bit of demodifications, a complete recap, any out of spec resistors replaced, grounded power, death cap and ground switch removed from circuit, two new potentiometers, a deep internal cleaning of all pots, inputs and tube sockets, she also received a new Mercury Magnetics output ... more
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1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Tweed

1959 Fender Bassman 5F6-A Tweed

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8495

Vintage original 1959 Fender Bassman Model 5F6-A in original tweed
Sounds incredible. Nice and loud and punchy and organic sounding. Super warm and strong tones a Bassman is so well known for
Our tech has fully gone through the amp and it is working great without issue. Amp is all original but for some replaced caps, a replaced re-issue Fender power transformer, and some blue Fender Alnico speakers which look to be from the '90s. All working great and sounding great
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Vintage 1968 Fender Bassman Cab Cover

Vintage 1968 Fender Bassman Cab Cover

Kaufman, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Good working condition.
38 5x11 25x27 5 inches
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Fender Bassman 100  1970s Head -VIDEO link

Fender Bassman 100 1970's Head -VIDEO link

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$849

VIDEO. https: / / youtu be / ljHmqI98Q28
THis is a master volume bassman I believe dates to 1973 according to the transformer dates. Healthy sounding and working well. Has had some servicing in its life as the sound tech I purchased it from said it came from a working and touring band. The badge affixed in back should attest as well to someone giving it a go through. I know of no mods, and the transformers all seem original. I photo'd the serial of the two I could see.
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Vintage 1957 Jensen P10Q 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Vintage 1957 Jensen P10Q 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$600

Here is an amazing and beautiful Vintage 1957 Jensen P10Q 10" Fender (Bassman Bandmaster Vibrolux etc) Guitar Tube Amp Speaker. Excellent cosmetic and working condition as shown. This was recently professionally re-coned with period correct components by one of the best in the industry and it sounds amazing. This will make a wonderful addition to anyone's collection. Money back guarantee you will not be disappointed
Click the "Enlarge" tab to view all 12 pictures for details.
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Vintage 1958 Jensen P10R 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Vintage 1958 Jensen P10R 10" Fender Bassman Bandmaster Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

Here is an amazing and beautiful Vintage 1958 Jensen P10R 10" Fender (Bassman Bandmaster Vibrolux etc) Guitar Tube Amp Speaker. Excellent cosmetic and working condition as shown. This was recently professionally re-coned with period correct components by one of the best in the industry and it sounds amazing. This will make a wonderful addition to anyone's collection. Money back guarantee you will not be disappointed
Click the "Enlarge" tab to view all 12 pictures for details.
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Vintage Fender Bassman 10 Silver face Combo Amp

Vintage Fender Bassman 10 Silver face Combo Amp

Independence, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$695

Up for sale, this is a fun vintage player, a Fender Bassman 10 4x10 combo. It turns on, has a normal vintage player quirks - a quiet hum that is always there and some pot crackle - but is in pretty good shape for the age.
This amp is local pick up only, so come by the shop and give it a demo before you buy!
Thanks,
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1976 Fender Bassman 50 Head & Matching 2x15 Speaker Cabinet - N

1976 Fender Bassman 50 Head & Matching 2x15 Speaker Cabinet - N

Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500


Item: 1976 Fender Bassman 50 Head & Matching 2x15 Speaker Cabinet
Description: You are purchasing a 1976 Fender Bassman 50 Head & Matching 2x15 Speaker Cabinet. This amp is what I would call collectors grade condition, which is certainly tough criteria to meet for these rowdy Bassmans. Sounds killer, really shines when cranked up as these should be. Tons of boom from the 2x15 pair and is what I would call absolutely disgusting tones in the best way possible. Has been serviced ... more
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Vintage Fender F logo Speaker Cable plug and wiring from Bassman amp

Vintage Fender F logo Speaker Cable plug and wiring from Bassman amp

Memphis, Tennessee, 381**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$60

Fender F logo speaker cable and wiring from a Fender Bassman 10 amplifier, same plug used on 60s and 70s Fender combo amplifiers Long wires attached to the F plug, also includes jumper wires for use with multiple speaker combo amps or cabinets.
$9 shipping within the USA all sales are final no returns.... more
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Vintage Fender Bassman 20 Combo Bass Amplifier 80s Model Solid State Near Mint!

Vintage Fender Bassman 20 Combo Bass Amplifier 80's Model Solid State Near Mint!

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

$750

Very Excited to have found this vintage Fender Bass Amp! I am a player myself and I had one just like it in the 1980's! Extremely clean and I would describe as near mint for the age. As quiet as a mouse even when the bass is plugged in! Very little if any scratching when knobs are turned and it sounds great! Nice features to tune your sound and just plain cool!! One 4 inch split in the grill fabric and a few small chips in the cabinet itself. Like I said, extra nice condition for the age. Local ... more
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1965 FENDER BASSMAN AMPLIFIER HEAD - ONE OWNER - I PURCHASED IT NEW IN 1965

1965 FENDER BASSMAN AMPLIFIER HEAD - ONE OWNER - I PURCHASED IT NEW IN 1965

Lake Worth, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2250

1965 Fender Bassman Head. I purchased this amp in 1965 new from Harris Music Store on clematis Street, downtown West Palm Beach, Florida and used it professionally for several years up and down the east coast. I used it once in a while ever since. In 2005 it needed work (for the first time) so I brought it to the Amp Shop, in WPB, FL. and they replaced caps and tubes and I had them install a attachment cord with a ground and a three-prong cord cap. (no need for the polarity switch the used to ... more
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Fender Bassman Ten 4x10?? Combo 1976 Silverface Amplifier A64616 Pickup Ohio

Fender Bassman Ten 4x10?? Combo 1976 Silverface Amplifier A64616 Pickup Ohio

Seville, Ohio, 442**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$595

Fender Bassman Ten 4x10?? Combo 1976 Silverface Amplifier A64616. Sounds good. Just like all amplifiers with vacuums tubes it takes a few moments to warm up. All tubes are good. This will be a local pickup only. Located in Medina Ohio. About 25 miles south of Cleveland. Please don??t hesitate to ask any questions. Thanks.
Local Pickup Only! No shipping
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1966 Fender BASSMAN Piggyback AMP - Amplifier HEAD and SPEAKER CABINET

1966 Fender BASSMAN Piggyback AMP - Amplifier HEAD and SPEAKER CABINET

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

Vintage 1966 Fender Basseman Blackface Amplifier Head and2x12 speaker Cabinet ??piggyback stack in great condition. Amp is clean with only a few cosmetic flaws--and it's all original. I have owned this amp since1970 and it has been used very little and stored most of the time. It is fully functional and sounds awesome
Overall a super nice amp from the 60??s. Great collector piece

Local pick up only, Buffalo New York Area
Overview
-Serial #: A22844
-Manufacture Date: ... more
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1958 Fender re Tweed Bassman 4x10 P10R Combo Amp Alessandro

1958 Fender re Tweed Bassman 4x10 P10R Combo Amp Alessandro

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6900

1958 Fender Tweed Bassman Combo AmpHas been serviced by George Alessandro a few years backAll 4 speakers are correct Jensen P10R alnico, not sure if cones are originalTweed has been re-done3 prong cordRunning totally fineNo hissing or popping, just big fat tone
Local pickup only
D-Town Guitars
1109 N Easton Rd Doylestown PA 18902
mon-fri 12-8pm sat 11-3pm EST- closed on sundays
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1959 1960 Tweed Fender 5F6-A Bassman 4x10 Combo Amp

1959 1960 Tweed Fender 5F6-A Bassman 4x10 Combo Amp

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$14000

Vintage 1959 1960 Fender Tweed Bassman Combo Amp5F6-A circuit shown on tube chart with II date code 1959speaker date codes are from 1960 so amp most likely left the factory in 1960Amp appears to have never been servicedNone of the caps are blown out and are currently working as they should . The warranty has expired!!!Its runs smooth and quiet now but again .THE WARRANTY HAS EXPIREDPlan on having this amp serviced if you want to tour with it or just stare at it in your mancave and have it be ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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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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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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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.