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Fender Jazz Bass Guitar

Solid body long scale electric bass

Fender Jazz Bass Guitar
Fender Jazz bass. Image taken from the 1970 Fender catalogue
Fender Jazz Bass Guitar
Fender Jazz bass. Image taken from the 1972 Fender catalogue

The Fender Jazz bass (or J-bass) is a classic instrument, as well known and played today as any other bass. It found favour with so many bass players, from legends like Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Jaco Pastorius (who now have signature models) to small time artists who just love that thin neck, and bright sound.

The Jazz bass was launched in 1960; a two-pickup companion to the Fender Precision.

In the late fifties, buyers were still wary of solid-bodied basses, being used to upright acoustic basses, and so string mutes were standard until 1962, giving a more 'upright bass' sound.

As the sixties wore on, this became less relevant, and the Jazz bass was accepted for what it was.

The bass went from strength to strength, and has been made ever since, with only minor changes in half a century of manufacture. Vintage Jazz basses change hands for very large sums; not only are they highly collectable, they are also desirable players instruments, particularly amongst jazz and funk musicians.

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

1969 Fender Lovin

Tops in sound at the bottom of the musical register.. Jazz bass by Fender. Included among its design features are two separate pickups, each having eight pole pieces to capture the full vibration of the string in the magnetic field giving full string tone responses and precluding fading or decay.

The tone and pickup mixing circuit employs a separate volume control for each pickup a single tone control operating both pickups. In this manner, any degree of bass and tremolo may be attained with further tone values increased or decreased by using individual volume controls.

The Jazz Bass "off-set" waist design contributes greatly to playing ease and comfort of the player. It places the arm in a natural position over the strings which facilitates playing technique. In addition, the portability and light weight of the Jazz Bass will be readily appreciated by every bassist. It afford ease of movements on stage and ease of storing. Individual bridges are adjustable for perfect string lengths and heights, and the truss-rod reinforced neck is adjustable to retain alignment. Extremely slender, the comfort feel of this neck is readily noticeable. Binding and inlaid position markers add beauty and make fretting easier.

Available in shaded Sunburst or in selected custom colors. Left-hand models available by special order

Vintage Fender Jazz bass advertising

Electric bass advertisements originally published from 1963 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements

Fender Jazz - The most imitated guitar in the world

Fender Jazz - The most imitated guitar in the world (1963)
Early sixties Fender advert for three guitars and one bass - the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Stratocaster and Jazz bass, highlighting the design and components that made these guitars: bridges, pickups, etc
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Fender Jazz - Quality Means Confidence

Fender Jazz - Quality Means Confidence (1963)
Early sixties advert for the Fender Jazz bass and the Stratocaster guitar
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Fender Jazz - The Most Imitated Guitars In The World

Fender Jazz - The Most Imitated Guitars In The World (1965)
Mid sixties Fender advert featuring the Fender Jazz bass, Fender Jaguar guitar, Fender Wildwood acoustic, and a new model, the Fender Bandmaster amplifier.
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Fender Jazz - The Name that Makes the Difference

Fender Jazz - The Name that Makes the Difference (1966)
This mid sixties advert shows a Fender decal being applied to a Jazz bass. Despite the model depicted, this is really an advert for the Fender company rather than any individual model.
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Fender Jazz - Full Color Sound

Fender Jazz - 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...
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Fender Jazz - Get Fenderized

Fender Jazz - 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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Fender Jazz - Full Color Sound

Fender Jazz - 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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Fender Jazz - Fender. What more need we say

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

Naturally the Jazz bass, as a mainstay of the Fender line is included in all major catalogues from its launch, a selection of which are reproduced on this site. Click on the images below to see the Fender Jazz in each of these catalogues.

Fender Catalogues: 1960s


1964 1965 Fender Fine Electric Instruments catalog

1964 1965 Fender catalogue - The Jazz bass is on page 2

The Jazz Bass represents the standards by which others will be compared

1965 1966 Fender Fine Electric Instruments catalog

The 1965 1966 Fender catalogue - the Fender Jazz bass was included on page 3

1968 Fender guitar and amplifier catalog

1968 catalogue Fender Musical Instruments on the Go
The Jazz bass appears on pages 8-9

1969 Fender bass catalog

The basses are all on page 4 in this brochure

No matter what kind of music you're playing, the Jazz Bass really grooves

Fender Catalogues: 1970s


1970 Fender electric guitar and amplifier catalog

The Jazz bass appears on page 20

The "thin neck" bass with two pickups for full string tone

1972 Fender electric guitar and amplifier catalog

1972 Fender catalogue
The Jazz bass appears on page 19


Fender Jazz technical information

Fender have published regular list of replacement parts for their instruments, along with part numbers. Some of these parts lists are reproduced here

  • 1968 - photo, parts list, parts illustration, wiring diagram. 5 pages.
  • 1969 - just a simple list of parts. 2 pages.
  • 1976 - photos, parts list an prices. 3 pages.
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1964 Fender Jazz Bass Fiesta Red the rarest form Greengard & Clay Dot Madness !

1964 Fender Jazz Bass Fiesta Red the rarest form Green'gard & Clay Dot Madness !

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

$39995

This is the ultimate & most desirable custom color Jazz Bass in 100% untouched original condition. I sold this exact Bass to a good friend in Key West back in 1989 & just got it back. I planned on keeping it now for life, BUT another toy is in the works w / 4 wheels & now she??s up for the 1st time being uncirculated for the last 35 years . It has its original Fiesta Red finish w / its white undercoat is over a very lightweight Alder body w / a Matching Fiesta Red Headstock. Its ... more
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1964 Fender Jazz Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Olympic White w /  Gold Hardware, Case

1964 Fender Jazz Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Olympic White w / Gold Hardware, Case

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

$21000

Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Jazz Bass in perfect working order, featuring factory-installed gold hardware and the original custom color Olympic White nitro lacquer finish. While Pre-CBS era Fender Jazz Basses in custom colors enjoy a certain reverence for their relative rarity, the all-original gold hardware certainly elevates this example above the pack
With extremely heavy playwear and a super jumbo refret, this Jazz Bass looks mean yet has a vitality and breadth of tones well-suited to ... more
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1961 Fender Jazz Bass "Stack Knob" in a beautiful see-thru Ash Body Blonde WOW !

1961 Fender Jazz Bass "Stack Knob" in a beautiful see-thru Ash Body Blonde WOW !

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

$18495

This is the ultimate mostly original & affordable early production Pre-CBS ??Stacked Pot?? Jazz Bass w / all the 1st issue features, It has been pro-refinished by Bob Peterson in its original see-thru Blonde finish over a very lightweight Ash body & weighing in at a scant 8 lbs. 4 oz. Its ??Unbound?? Slab Rosewood Clay Dot neck is super slim w / some nice ??Birdseye??s?? in the maple all over. Its got s nice repro decal & she has an original penciled neck date of 7 / 61 making it 1 ... more
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1963 Fender Jazz Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Sunburst w /  Case

1963 Fender Jazz Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Sunburst w / Case

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

$17500

Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Jazz Bass in perfect working order, complete with the original brown tolex hardshell case. This Jazz Bass is 100% original save for a professional refret with vintage-spec slender fretwire, a corresponding bone nut, and one pickup rewind. Tonewoods include an alder body, maple neck, and dark Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and at 9lbs 4oz ( " fully clothed" with its ashtray bridge and pickup covers), this bass is a medium weight example that's well-balanced on a strap.... more
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1969 Fender Jazz Bass w / a very rare Black finish w / matching Headstock crazy cool

1969 Fender Jazz Bass w / a very rare Black finish w / matching Headstock crazy cool

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

$14995

Another cool one just acquired its a pretty clean & very original 1969 / 71 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Black finish over a nice Alder body w / a very rare matching Black Headstock that says only ??Fender?? as it should, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is pretty clean w / a perfect logo & frets, there??s a neck date stamp on its neck that is from 1969 & she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original ... more
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1965 Fender Jazz Bass

1965 Fender Jazz Bass

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

$14900

1965 Fender Jazz Bass, Sunburst finish, ??L?? Plate, Both covers, Sounds amazing, Stunning clean example of a sought after model, EC, Original hard case... more
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original 1967 Fender JAZZ BASS Sunburst

original 1967 Fender JAZZ BASS Sunburst

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

$11900


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1967 Fender Jazz Bass in its original Sunburst finish that has really maintained its brilliance in color. It has a good playing neck with great frets. This bass is all original and 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. It also includes an original Jazz Bass owner's manual with a non-matching serial number, a blank warranty card, a vintage strap and a vintage cable. It's in EXCELLENT condition with... more
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Fender Jazz Bass 1964 - White - Refin

Fender Jazz Bass 1964 - White - Refin

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9250


This Fender Jazz Bass was made in the USA in 1964. Neck date is January '64. The parts are completely original although the neck pickup has been rewound. The body has been refinished a long time ago in sonic blue that has faded to almost white. It is an old refin that was well done and has aged nicely giving the bass a great look. The neck has the original finish. This bass has been pro-setup in our store and plays great. It weighs 9 lbs 6 oz and comes with the original case in the pictures... more
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1966 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1966 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst w / Case

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

$8800

Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Jazz Bass in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This Jazz Bass is a soulful example, 100% original save for a professional refret, boasting all the hallmarks of the '66 model year including a bold nitro lacquer three-tone Sunburst finish, a bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlay, and lollipop-button tuners. This bass was purportedly originally owned by Joe Bouchard, co-founder of Blue Oyster Cult, and while ... more
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1969 Fender Jazz Bass rare all original last of the 60s great Post-CBS basses !

1969 Fender Jazz Bass rare all original last of the 60's great Post-CBS basses !

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

$7995

Just in is a really clean & original 1969 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a lightweight Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is super clean w / perfect logo & frets, its white block inlays have faded to almost see-thru over time, its ink date stamp is that typical odd set of #??s dating it to 1969 & she has pot date codes from the 42nd week of 1966, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this ... more
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1971 Fender Jazz Bass a really nice all original classic example ready to use.

1971 Fender Jazz Bass a really nice all original classic example ready to use.

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

$7495

We??ve just acquired a really clean & original 1971 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a lightweight Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is super clean w / perfect logo & frets, its ink date stamp is quite illegible but she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s last great Jazzes, its 2 pickups are super smooth... more
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1971 Fender Jazz Bass a groovy example in Sunburst w / a 4 bolt rosewood neck.

1971 Fender Jazz Bass a groovy example in Sunburst w / a 4 bolt rosewood neck.

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

$6995

Another cool one just acquired its a pretty clean & very original 1971 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a nice Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is pretty clean w / a perfect logo & frets, there's no date stamp on its neck typically from this period but she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s last great ... more
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1972 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst w /  Flame Maple Neck, Case

1972 Fender Jazz Bass Vintage Bass Guitar Sunburst w / Flame Maple Neck, Case

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

$6800

Up for sale, a 1973 Fender Jazz Bass in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and strap. 100% original save for a rewound neck pickup, this Jazz Bass' tonewood complement includes an ash body, a (particularly rare) heavily figured flame maple neck, and a dark, tight-grained rosewood fretboard
Weighing 9lbs and extremely well-balanced on a strap, this Jazz Bass has a natural acoustic voice that highlights the midrange complexity of ... more
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Vintage Original 1969 Fender Jazz Bass 4-String (CBS ERA( Post 1966

Vintage Original 1969 Fender Jazz Bass 4-String (CBS ERA( Post 1966

Hoffman Estates, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6500

This vintage Fender Jazz Bass is a true gem for any musician or collector. Made in 1969 during the CBS era, it boasts an American Vintage series construction with a white ash body and a 4-string string configuration. The instrument has been carefully maintained over the years, ensuring that it is in top playing condition. The bass guitar was crafted in the United States and is perfect for any genre of music. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, this Fender Jazz Bass is sure to ... more
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1978 Fender Jazz Bass factory left handed Natural Ash 1 of a kind & Minty !

1978 Fender Jazz Bass factory left handed Natural Ash 1 of a kind & Minty !

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

$5995

Here??s a very cool one just acquired & its 1 of the very rarest factory Left Handed all original 1978 Fender Jazz Bass, its has its original bright & beautiful Natural finish over a nice grainy Ash body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 3-bolt Maple Neck is like new w / very little yellowing fade at all, she has pot date codes from 1978, its got its original black pickgard that pulls this all together, its 2 pickups are super smooth w / that quintessential ??Jazz Bass?? sound ! Its so... more
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1974 Fender Jazz Bass Candy Apple Red with Maple Neck w /  Original Case  8 9lbs

1974 Fender Jazz Bass Candy Apple Red with Maple Neck w / Original Case 8 9lbs

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5995

Here's a vintage 1974 Fender American Jazz Bass in a factory original Candy Apple Red finish.
It is in good condition and has average playwear
The top, back and sides have scratches, indents and general finish wear
The serial number is 550883 and the pots date the 52nd week and she weighs 8 9 lbs
The bridge pickup is original - the neck pickup was rewound and has a newer cover
The neck date has faded and is illegible
Fresh set up with 45 / 105s and plays beautifully ... more
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Fender Jazz Bass 1974

Fender Jazz Bass 1974

Freehold, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4100

Truely Original 1974 Fender Jazz Bass. With original case. Works fine and sounds like a 74 should. Weight 9 2 lbs . This is the lowest priced 1974 all original Fender Jazz bass on the ebay site. This is a 4 bolt neck and not a very heavy bass at 9 2 lbs Dont miss out on this deal because these vintage BASSES ARE GOING UP LIKE CRAZY. GEt it before it goes. I am also selling locally so i reserve the right to sell elswhere as well. Thanks for looking . I have excellent ratings on all sites... more
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Classic 1983 Fender Jazz Bass 3-Bolt with Ash Body & Bound Maple Fretboard

Classic 1983 Fender Jazz Bass 3-Bolt with Ash Body & Bound Maple Fretboard

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3983

1983 Fender Jazz Bass -Sienna Burst Finish
Made in the USA
Serial # S865079
Ash Body & Bound Neck!
Classic Medium U Shape Profile Neck
Radius: 7 25
Nut Width: 1 42
Weight: 12 lbs
Measures .80 at the first fret
and .91 at the 12th
Authentic Vintage Mojo, No Fake Aging!
Upgraded Vintage Dimarzio Pickups
Neck is Straight & Truss Rod Works Perfectly
2 Dimarzio Pots 1 CTS Pot
$$$ Professionally Set-Up and Dialed in for Optimal Tone & Playability. ... more
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Fender Jazz Bass 1978 Black With Maple Block Neck

Fender Jazz Bass 1978 Black With Maple Block Neck

Ballston Spa, New York, 120**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This Fender Jazz Bass from 1978 is a classic beauty with a black body and maple blocked neck. The unique features of this bass is the low weight (for this era) of 9 2 lbs and rich sound. I would rate overall condition as very good. Original black finish shows honesty wear of a 45 year old bass. The original black pickguard and a second off white is included. Original pickups, pots, wiring, tuning heads, even the frets are in very good condition. Only the bridge , tug bar and knobs are not ... more
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1977 Fender Jazz Bass

1977 Fender Jazz Bass

Indianapolis, Indiana, 462**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

In the shop we have a 1977 Fender Jazz Bass!
This bass is in very good condition, playing and sounding amazing!
This bass is original with the exception of the BADASS bridge that was likely installed shortly after the original purchase. This bass had a refin in Paris but was originally natural. Checking can be seen on the headstock. There is also some light wear to the bottom of the headstock that can be seen in photos
The bass had been doweled where there were screw holes from the ... more
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I have a 1969 Fender Jazz Bass American made, It is in very good shape except for belt buckle usage My Dad bought in 1969 after he got home from Vietnam I also have the fender bassman amp and the cab with two 15's, He has traveled all over the world with the gear on a USO tour in 1977, just figured that I would share the story with you, Could you tell me the approximate price range for bass and amp? I also have a 1984 strat and a tele B-bender both in excellent shape.

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1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

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

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

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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

1972 Fender Precision bass

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

1967 Vox Stroller

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

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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

1959 Hofner Committee

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

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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

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

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

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

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

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

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.