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1972 Fender Precision bass

Classic Fender bass in black

1972 Fender Precision bass - front view
Model: 1972 Fender Precision bass
Body: Ash(?, maybe Alder) body, 1 3/4" deep, 13" wide, overall length 45 3/4"
Neck: One-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. 20 frets
Scale: 34"
Width at nut: 41mm, 1 5/8"
Weight: 4.16kg
Hardware: chrome plated
1972 Fender electric guitar and amplifier catalog

Beyond the major revamp of 1957, the Fender Precision bass didn't actually change significantly over the next decades. However there were numerous small cosmetic changes, many lasting a few years only, that can be used to help date these basses.

The early 70s Precision has the larger 'Precision' decal, neck-plate serial number, longer G-string saddle screw, a slightly narrower 1 5/8" width at nut and the finger rest below the strings.

In February 1972, the Precision had a base price (i.e. for Sunburst examples) of $293.50. Black, being a custom color, increased the list price to $307.50. See the Precision in the 1972 Fender catalog.

This is a great playing bass with an absolute classic tone. Check out the demo videos of this bass below.

1972 Fender Precision bass bridge detail
Bridge detail. With the cover removed, the bridge is accessible. The unit is held in place with five screws. The use of flat bridge saddles came in in 1970, replacing the threaded saddles used prior to this. Between 1970 and 1973, the bridge was also fitted with the longer G string saddle screw (49.5mm vs 40mm), allowing a greater degree of adjustability on that string.
1972 Fender Precision bass pickup detail
Again, with the handrest removed, the black, eight polepiece split pickup is accessible. This pickup style was introduced in 1957, and would remain an essential feature of the Precision for many decades to come, despite having no adjustability of the polepices.
1972 Fender Precision bass - body detail

1972 Fender Precision body detail. The bass has a three-ply, white/black/white scratchplate, with chrome 'ashtray' bridge cover and handrest, and chrome control knobs. The plastic finger rest is held in place with two screws. In '72, the Precision still had this rest positioned below the strings - by 1974 this would be a thumbrest, positioned above the strings.

1972 Fender Precision bass - body detail showing neck joint and fingerrest
The neck is maple with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard. Adjusting the truss rod is almost impossible without removing it from the body. Invariably people attempt the adjustment in situ, causing minor damage to the scratchplate.
1972 Fender Precision bass - controls and scratchplate
The Precision bass controls are simply volume and tone, each topped with a metal knurled knob. Scratchplates are prone to cracking, and broken tips, particularly around the output jack

1972 Fender Precision bass - rear view

Reverse body view, underlining the simplicity of the design: no control panels, no body-through stringing; just a contoured body with bolt-on neck.

1972 Fender Precision bass - pickup detail
The neck is mounted to the body using four 1 3/4" bolts through a metal neck plate (2" x 2.5")
1972 Fender Precision bass - control detail
The neck plate holds the basses serial number - in this case 361049 dates the bass firmly to 1972. There are no other markings, and no Fender 'F'.
1972 Fender Precision bass - headstock and decal detail
Headstock detail showing nut, tuning keys and early seventies-style decal, with large 'PRECISION BASS' model designation and patent numbers - this would be reduced in size in 1976.
1972 Fender Precision bass - reverse headstock and tuning key detail
Reverse headstock, without strap button. The clover leaf tuners were produced in house, though by 1976, they would be made by Schaller in Germany.
1972 Fender Precision bass - headstock decal detail

The larger decal of the period 1969-76 was reduced once the serial number was moved from the neck plate to the headstock. Patents numbers listed apply to various Fender innovations, including: the Telecaster's (?) combined bridge / pickup assembly (2,573,254), two electromagnetic pickups - the latter being the Precision split pickup (2,968,204 and 2,976,755), and the adjustable neck (3,143,028).

1972 Fender Precision bass front headstock detail
Early seventies (until 1977) Fender bass tuning keys were marked with the Fender logo, but also the ® trademark motif.
1972 Fender Precision bass nut detail
1972 Fender Precision rosewood fretboard and nut detail. The nut was molded white plastic.

1972 Fender Precision bass video clips

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1972 Fender Precision bass / 1964 Ampeg B15 (4m 36s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1972 Fender Precision, 1964 Ampeg B-15N

Two absolute icons of bass guitar history: a 1972 Fender Precision (strung with roundwounds) played through a 1964 Ampeg B15. Great bass. Great amp. Great combination. Check out the other videos of this bass through a WEM Dominator, Marshall 20w Lead & Bass and Fender Bassman 100.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1972 Fender Precision bass / 1973 Fender Bassman 100 (silverface) - vintage guitar demo (4m 26s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1972 Fender Precision, 1972 Fender Bassman 100 with 4x12 cab

Here, the Precision is played through a 1973 Silverface Fender Bassman 100. Recorded as above, though now restrung with Labella Deep Talkin' 760FS flatwounds - great strings - not cheap, but worth every cent!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

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1969 Fender Precision Bass Ocean Turquoise Vintage Bass w /  Case

1969 Fender Precision Bass Ocean Turquoise Vintage Bass w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1969 Fender Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Professionally refinished by Copasetic Customs in Ocean Turquoise Metallic nitro lacquer, this P Bass retains largey original hardware, outfitted with new electronics
Resonant and acoustically balanced at 8lbs 14oz, this Precision bass is strung with fresh 45-100 roundwound strings, loaded with a Fender Pure Vintage '62 black bobbin pickup. The instrument delivers a ... more
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1965 Fender Precision Bass

1965 Fender Precision Bass

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



Up for grabs is a 1965 Fender "L" plate P-Bass in original sunburst finish

This is a FANTASTIC example of a classic mid 60's Fender Bass

This is a zero issue instrument and plays and sounds incredible

Email with any questions thx for looking!
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1966 Fender Precision Bass

1966 Fender Precision Bass

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


1966 Fender P-Bass in factory custom color Candy Apple Red !

Beautiful golden age P-bass that plays and sounds incredible

All original save for a repro pickup cover and the original owner had diamonds inlaid on the fingerboard but has since been replaced with factory dot inlays

This is a FANTASTIC Fender bass and you will not be disappointed

Thank you for looking!
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1957 Fender Precision Bass P-Bass Great Tone

1957 Fender Precision Bass P-Bass Great Tone

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


THis is an original 1957 P Bass body that was refinished in the original two tone. The original production dates were saved in the pickup route. The pick guard is original but stripped. Seymore Duncan pickups. Has a new fender neck with thin, easy to play, profile. GREAT BASS!!!
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1972 Vintage Fender Precision Bass

1972 Vintage Fender Precision Bass

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Available for consideration is a 1972 Fender P / J deluxe Precision Bass. This is a modified instrument from the original configuration, when it left the Fender factory (Fullerton Ca ) Modifications to the instrument only include: Installation of a Dimarzio jazz bass pickup near the bridge. Replaced the original Fender pickups and installed desirable Dimarzio single coil pickups at the neck posistion (little to no hum or noise). 2 volume and 1 tone pot, a quality brass bridge assembly, and a ... more
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1961 Fender Precision Bass

1961 Fender Precision Bass

Columbia, Missouri, 652**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Fender Precision Bass in original condition other than noted in the description. If you have questions regarding anything not shown or mentioned please ask before purchasing

Original 3-Tone Sunburst finish shows a lot of honest wear as pictured. Finish on neck is excellent for its age and also appears original but looks to be over sprayed as logo is under the finish. I??m not sure when or why this may have been done but does not look recent. Original electronics with pots dating... more
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1984 Fender Precision Bass Black Vintage American 1983 E3 with Hardshell Case

1984 Fender Precision Bass Black Vintage American 1983 E3 with Hardshell Case

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


1984 Fender Precision Bass
The serial number is "E321290" and the neck is dated to March 9, 1984. The body is in very good condition overall but there are some small dings, impressions, scuffs and scratches. Nothing out of the ordinary for a vintage guitar and there are no cracks, modifications or structural issues
The neck is straight and the frets show average wear. It's in excellent playing condition and there are no major issues. The fretboard and back of the neck are clean and ... more
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original 1955 Fender PRECISION BASS Blonde w / orig. TWEED  case BLACKGUARD!!!

original 1955 Fender PRECISION BASS Blonde w / orig. TWEED case BLACKGUARD!!!

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1955 Fender Precision Bass in its original Blonde finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the chrome pickup cover, a couple of the wires and the larger capacitor along with some redone solder. The original tweed hardshell case is also included. The weight of the bass without the covers is 8 lbs. 8 4 oz. It's in great condition with nicks + dings, finish ... more
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1980 Fender Precision Special Bass Lake Placid Blue 100% Original w /  Case & Tags

1980 Fender Precision Special Bass Lake Placid Blue 100% Original w / Case & Tags

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


Up for sale, a 1980 Fender Precision Special Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hangtags and hardshell case. A precursor to the Elite series Fender basses and available only from 1980-82, the Precision Special was Fender's first bass with active electronics and is unique both visually and sonically. The custom color Lake Placid Blue finish features a matching peghead, accented by gold-plated hardware and a "Brassmaster" bridge ... more
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original 1965 Fender Precision Bass custom color LAKE PLACID BLUE

original 1965 Fender Precision Bass custom color LAKE PLACID BLUE

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this original 1965 Fender Precision Bass in its original custom color Lake Placid Blue finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original chrome covers and original hardshell case. It's in great condition with some minor nicks + dings, finish checking and other minor cosmetic wear. There are some dark spots under the finish on the back of the neck. All ... more
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1963 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Olympic White 100% Original w /  Case

1963 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Olympic White 100% Original w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Precision Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original blonde tolex hardshell case. A rare custom color Pre-CBS example finished in Olympic White with a Desert Sand base coat, this Precision is an extremely expressive instrument, with tonewoods comprising an alder body, maple neck, and a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Delivering a smooth, balanced natural acoustic sound, the split coil black bobbin pickup offers ... more
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1963 Fender Precision Bass Natural

1963 Fender Precision Bass Natural

Farmingdale, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1958 Fender Precision Bass

1958 Fender Precision Bass

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


1958 Fender Precision Bass, Early ??58 with a Two tone burst, Anodized pickguard, Maple neck, Both Covers, Spaghetti logo, Wonderfulinstrument from the family of the original owner, VG++, Original tweed hardcase.
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1959 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Sunburst w /  Case

1959 Fender Precision Bass Vintage Pre-CBS Sunburst w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Precision Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original brown tolex hardshell case. 100% original save for one tip of the pickguard and a single clay dot fret marker, this Precision is an extremely expressive and soulful-sounding instrument. Tonewoods include an alder body paired with a maple neck and slab Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, delivering a deep, balanced natural acoustic sound
Strung with fresh roundwound 50-105 ... more
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Beautiful 1990 Made in Japan Candy Apple Red  Fender Precision Bass w /  HS Case

Beautiful 1990 Made in Japan Candy Apple Red Fender Precision Bass w / HS Case

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have a Beautiful 1990 MIJ (Made in Japan) "CANDY APPLE RED" Fender Precision Bass with a Beautifully smooth "MAPLE NECK" just had it completely "SET UP" with "LA BELLA" Flatwounds. I play older music. The Body is Alder due to the fact it's an older Bass. Some of the Newer ones are made of Bssswood. It's a Beautifully Structured Guitar. It's smooth as can be. Nice "C" neck. Has a White Pearl Pick Guard. Comes with a real nice Glarry Hard Shell Case. Fits it perfect.... more
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1984 fender precision elite II bass

1984 fender precision elite II bass

Torrington, Connecticut, 067**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a green Elite II from 1984, a preowned, great-sounding workhorse with some cosmetic wear (including on the original case, which lacks one latch) and more importantly -- has a stripped neck bolt. But I'm selling it as is and original -- whoever gets this gem can fix that however they wish.... more
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1976 Fender Precision Electric Bass - Natural

1976 Fender Precision Electric Bass - Natural

Dobbs Ferry, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a good condition 1976 Fender Precision Electric Bass in Natural finish. This classic instrument plays very well when connected to an amplifier. There is a large hairline crack across the front just above the bridge, in addition to several smaller hairline cracks across the front and back (all pictured). This bass will come with a gig bag
Please reach out with any questions
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Fender Precision bass 1978  Black

Fender Precision bass 1978  Black

Scottsdale, Arizona, 852**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Precision bass 1978 Black. Fantastic playing and sounding bass! The neck, body, and tuners are original to the bass. The pickguarad, pots, and pickups are repro. The pickups are Fender Original '62 reissue P-Bass pickups. Very accurate split single-coil reproductions, that are warm and dynamic. Sounds great! The neck is butter, with easy playing action up and down the neck. Frets have good life left as well. The bass is also super resonant. HSC includedWeight- 10lbs 2oz
Nut Width- 1 5... more
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Vintage Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1970

Vintage Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1970

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


Vintage Fender Precision Bass Sunburst 1970
An excellent player's grade P-Bass with an ultra cool, true vintage look. The bass was modified with DiMarzio P & J Bass pickups, along with a Badass bridge & Schaller tuners. The most interesting thing, though, are the side-dots along the neck. They are positioned right at the frets rather than centered in between them. We have a feeling this bass most likely ... more
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Fender Precision Vintage Bass Guitar 1975 w /  Gig Bag ?? Used

Fender Precision Vintage Bass Guitar 1975 w / Gig Bag ?? Used

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


Here??s a player grade 1975 Fender P Bass. Its had several mods over the years. The pickups were swapped out for a set of what looks like Dimarzios, Its had an added J bass bridge pickup, the tuners have been swapped out for Shallers and the bridge is a Badass bridge. The frets are good showing minor wear but nothing that needs attention. You can see holes in the headstock from the old tuners and plenty of wear and tear on the body. It??s not a museum piece and its never gonna be one. It??s a ... more
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1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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

1972 Fender Precision bass

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

1967 Vox Stroller

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

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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

1959 Hofner Committee

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

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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

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

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

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

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

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

1966 Hagstrom guitar 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