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FENDER | CATALOGUES | 1964 1965 | COVER

Fender 1964/1965 catalogue page 1

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Fender 1964 1965 guitar catalogue. The front cover features the headstock of one of Fender's newer solid body guitars, the Fender Jaguar; plus a number of Fender endorsing artists - actually the same series of images used on the cover of the 1963 1964 brochure. These are: Lowell Miller with Al Hirt, The Ventures, Mary Kaye Trio, Alvino Rey, Speedy West, Kings IV Jerry Murad's Harmonicats and Paul Guma with Pete Fountain.

This eight-page brochure originally appeared as an insert in the 1964 annual guitar issue of Downbeat magazine. (July 16th 1964)

1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog front cover
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Vintage 1966 Fender Jazzmaster Body, Killer Refin with Racing Stripes 1965 1964

Vintage 1966 Fender Jazzmaster Body, Killer Refin with Racing Stripes 1965 1964

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1995

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
Vintage 1966 Fender Jazzmaster Body!
This great piece of vintage Fender Tonewood is ready to ROCK! A perfect time to put together and complete a vintage project build
While this body would officially date to 1966 (the neck, available in our other listings, has a 1966 neck date), it is correct and identical to ANY jazzmaster body made between 1959 and 1965.
This body has an ... more
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1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster - Blue Ice Metallic

1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster - Blue Ice Metallic

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

$12000

1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster. The body has been professionally refinished by Joe Riggio in blue ice metallic. One of my favorite 60s colors! Joe absolutely nailed this color and has the exact mix. He did a very light Relic on it with some nice checking and some wear tastefully applied in a few places

Video: https: / / youtu be / Z98Zxk1-DU?si=xfIQ8pNbI4QjoGjK

The neck has a September 1966 date, but it has the smaller pre-CBS headstock. A few small headstock Stratocaster ... more
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1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar sunburst pre CBS excellent condition

1965 Fender Jaguar electric guitar sunburst pre CBS excellent condition

Blue Springs, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12500

1965 Fender Jaguar sunburst pre CBS excellent condition. One owner purchased in California. Guitar has been stored and unplayed since the late 1970??s. All original and includes bridge cover and tremolo bar. Condition wise there is one small nick to the bottom, two areas on the back where the clear coat has scuffed, and the first string E tuner coating is peeling. Case with original key is also in great condition with one small dime size dent to the top.... more
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1965 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Cady Apple Red Custom color Original 65

1965 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Cady Apple Red Custom color Original 65

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$48000

1965 Fender Stratocaster early custom color Candy Apple red 100 % Original, nothing touched, all the solder Joints are untouched. Gray bottom pickups have the original winds, Green pick guard early 65' pot dates. No routes, extra holes, touchups or repairs. The original Large frets are in great shape. A true collector grade instrument. Comes with the original no logo black case. This is an Extremely rare Vintage guitar. Buyer is responsible for all shipping.... more
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Vintage 1965 Fender Stratocaster Telecaster Mustang etc Neckplate

Vintage 1965 Fender Stratocaster Telecaster Mustang etc Neckplate

Lubbock, Texas, 794**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$375

Vintage 1965 Fender Stratocaster Telecaster Mustang Precision Jazz Neckplate==Ships Worldwide==
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Payment within 3 days please==We pack extremely well and ship quickly as possible!
PLEASE NOTE: Normal handling time is 3 business days or less, but we are out of town on buying trips once or twice a... more
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1965 Fender Bassman-Amp Tube Amplifier Head Recovered Blonde #50272

1965 Fender Bassman-Amp Tube Amplifier Head Recovered Blonde #50272

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

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Fender Malibu MID 1960s 1965 Acoustic Electric Guitar w / Hard case

Fender Malibu MID 1960's 1965 Acoustic Electric Guitar w / Hard case

Bentonville, Arkansas, 727**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2399

Fender Malibu MID 1960's 1965 Acoustic Electric Guitar w / Hard case Plays and Sounds Great

Added $35 00 handling cost for additional insurance
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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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Vintage 1964 Fender PRE-CBS Stratocaster Neckplate Screws Telecaster Strat Tele

Vintage 1964 Fender PRE-CBS Stratocaster Neckplate Screws Telecaster Strat Tele

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$695

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A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1964 "L-series" Fender Neckplate
This is a RARE one folks - very early and VERY rare "L" series neckplate and screws from 1964.
Very rare and in OUTSTANDING shape
Serial reads: L46727
Correct for your 1964 Strat, Tele, P-BASS or Jazzmaster
Great condition!
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
WE SHIP WORLDWIDE!!!
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1964 Fender DUO-SONIC II Blue with 66 body CLAY DOTS + L-PLATE + 64 pickups

1964 Fender DUO-SONIC II Blue with '66 body CLAY DOTS + L-PLATE + '64 pickups

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

$3390


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1964 Fender Duo-Sonic II. The body is from 1966, but everything else dates to 1964 with the exception of one switch. The original Red '64 body was replaced with this original Blue '66 body. In the routes for the pickups and switches a small portion of the treble side route walls have been slightly widened to make room for the original 1964 pickguard assembly. It has a great playing neck with great frets and clay ... more
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1965 Fender Bandmaster

1965 Fender Bandmaster

Citrus Heights, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4800

1965 Fender Bandmaster-Original Owner
Used mostly in, Key Clubs, Nightclubs, and All Nighters It's surprisingly nice and clean.
Two Jensen Speakers-Original6-Tubes- #2-6L6GC, #4-12AX7 (no transistors) This ones got Balls. Two separate Channels with their own inputs. One with Variable Speed VibratoLast time I plugged in, it was ready to go. Just like the old days. You won't find one, as sweet as this, anywhere out there
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1965 Fender Precision bass

1965 Fender Precision bass

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

$9395

1965 Fender Precision Bass, Sunburst finish, Tortoise pickguard, Pearldot inlays, L-Plate, Bridge Covers, Very cool bass! VG++ condition, Original hard case... more
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1964 Fender Musicmaster a cool Desert Sand w / a Rosewood clay dot neck Killer !

1964 Fender Musicmaster a cool Desert Sand w / a Rosewood clay dot neck Killer !

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

$3495

This is one of the coolest small guitars that??s an original Musicmaster from May 1954. Its original yellowed Desert Sand finish is in cool patinated shape over a lightweight alder body. Its veneer Rosewood Neck is super comfy w / clay dots & is dated February 1964. Its original single layer pickgard is a bit worn as she??s been played most of her life. Its original pickup was replaced w / a screaming vintage DiMarzio DP-1 from 1982 & she??s got original pots dated to the 20th week of ... more
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Fender Bassman Head 1965 Amplifier Bass Tub Amp Vintage Rare model AA165 Pre-CBS

Fender Bassman Head 1965 Amplifier Bass Tub Amp Vintage Rare model AA165 Pre-CBS

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2400

Retro Gear Shop is a high-end boutique store located in Nashville, Tennessee
Fender Bassman Head 1965
For sale is a rare vintage Fender Bassman Head 1965. This just got back from servicing by our techs and is fully functional, ready to go, sounds great! Model AA165 Pre-CBS
*Check out the pictures to make sure you like it. Pictures are of actual item for sale *
Flat rate shipping in the USA
Discounted international shipping flat rate.... more
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1964 Fender Stratocaster with 60s Fender Case

1964 Fender Stratocaster with 60's Fender Case

Redondo Beach, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$24000

This is a 1964 Stratocaster It's in Excellent Condition and it plays and sounds amazing The neck is a B shape / size or more commonly known as a "Fast C" (see picture on butt of neck). When I bought it in 1996, the body had been routed for a humbucker in the bridge and refinished. In 2006, my friend (Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Fleming)did me the honor of filling in the humbucker route (back to an SSS config--see picture). He refinished and relic-ed it in Black Nitro at the Custom ... 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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1964 Fender Aston MiniMite Capacitors Pre-CBS Tube Amplifier W / Fender Ink Codes

1964 Fender Aston MiniMite Capacitors Pre-CBS Tube Amplifier W / Fender Ink Codes

Lufkin, Texas, 759**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$175

1964 Fender Aston MiniMite Capacitors Pre-CBS Tube Amplifier (2) 40uf @ 450v filter caps & (2) 25+25 mf @ 25v coupling capacitors. These are perfect for either re-stuffing to give your amp an all original look or you might get away with re-using them. I??ve had these for at least 25 years but I cannot recall which amp they came out of. It had to be either a Super Reverb or a Deluxe Reverb because those are the only two actual pre-cbs blackface amps I recall owning in the last 20 years. Both ... more
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1965 Fender Jaguar - Olympic White

1965 Fender Jaguar - Olympic White

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

$15850

Not much to say about this guy. Beautiful 1965 Fender Jaguar in original Olympic White finish. In very nice shape. Not mint but among the cleaner examples I??ve seen from the era. Nice aging to the clearcoat. Gives it a lovely ??cream?? look.
The guitar looks to be all original, including the foam on the mute, which has hardened.

This guitar definitely gives you the ??Beach Boys?? vibe! Sounds wonderful and plays great

Ships worldwide, but I don??t falsify customs ... more
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1965 1966 JENSEN C10Q  220506 220617 ORIGINAL CONE PAIR FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB

1965 1966 JENSEN C10Q 220506 220617 ORIGINAL CONE PAIR FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB

Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

Matched pair of 1966  Jensen C10R 220604 with original 8 ohm Ribbed cones. Very early and exceedingly rare Fender super reverbs came with these. These would make a nice replacement set. I have 6 in total and a guad is in another auction
NOTE* No warranty is expressed or implied
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1964 Fender Precision Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Sherwood Green (Riggio) w /  Case

1964 Fender Precision Bass Pre-CBS Vintage Bass Sherwood Green (Riggio) w / Case

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

$10800

Up for sale, a 1964 Fender Precision Bass in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with its original receipt / layaway paperwork from '64 and a vintage hardshell case. Featuring a stunningly accurate body-only refinish in Sherwood Green courtesy of Riggio Custom Guitars, this Precision Bass is a deeply resonant instrument, channeled through the original black bobbin pickup. This bass has lived in the Pacific Northwest for its entire life, complete with the original layaway... more
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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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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

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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.