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FENDER | CATALOGUES | 1964 1965 | PAGE 3

Fender Telecaster, Esquire, Mustang, Musicmaster, Duosonic, Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb and Princeton Reverb

Fender 1964/1965 catalog page 3

Fender 1964/1965 guitar catalogue. Page 3. Details of five student and intermediate level guitars, and four guitar amplifiers. Fender Telecaster, Fender Esquire, Fender Mustang, Fender Musicmaster and Fender Duo-Sonic. Fender Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb and Princeton Reverb.

The Fender Mustang was a brand new model at this time, and was part of a series including the Duo-Sonic and Musicmaster. As of mid/late 1964, all three guitars had the same body, new colors, new hardware, new controls (for the Duo-Sonic) and choice of 22 1/2" or 24" neck. The guitars represented here seem to be intermediate models: the choice of neck is mentioned in the text, though the new finish options and controls are not. The images of the Duo-Sonic and Musicmaster are still the same as the previous 1963 catalogue, with the older controls, bridge etc.

New amplifier models shown on this page are the Vibrolux Reverb and Princeton Reverb - first appearing in price lists in July 1964.

July 1964 prices for these models were as follows. Guitars: Telecaster / Telecaster Custom, Esquire / Esquire Custom , Mustang, Musicmaster, Duosonic. Amplifiers: Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb and Princeton Reverb

1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 3 - Fender Telecaster, Esquire, Mustang, Musicmaster, Duosonic, Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb and Princeton Reverb
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Fender Telecaster 1969

Fender Telecaster 1969

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


1969 Fender Telecaster, Natural, Refiinished, Excellent Condition, Few small blemishes (see Photos). Very, Very Clean.... more
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1961 Vintage Fender Musicmaster (PLAYS GREAT!!) Pre-CBS * Read Description *

1961 Vintage Fender Musicmaster (PLAYS GREAT!!) Pre-CBS * Read Description *

Topeka, Kansas, 666**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I am selling this 1961 Fender Musicmastet completely for parts or repair or just as a player! I know it??s a 1961 because the gentleman I got it from kept the neck plate off of it because it was his first guitar he ever owned. I might be able to get a photo of that but no promises. It??s been heavily modified and refinished. It plays great as it is though, it??s not necessarily ??for parts?? if you just want to play it as it is. It??s obviously seen better days. Thanks and happy bidding!
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1968 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

1968 Fender Princeton Reverb Amp

Varnville, South Carolina, 299**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


As seen in player condition 1968 drip Princeton reverb amp. Mike Campbell approved tones with the famous blue caps and vintage glass.
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1965 Fender Princeton Amp Vintage Guitar Amplifier

1965 Fender Princeton Amp Vintage Guitar Amplifier

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


Howdy all from Music Gear in Independence Missouri! The 1965 Fender amplifiers will always be iconic boxes - they sound great, they appreciate with age and look classy as any. I highly recommend snagging this Princeton, make sure to read through the write up, look over the pictures, see how clean it is and then add it to the collection. It is an excellent example of a vintage Fender amplifier and specifically the kind we try to curate at Music Gear for you, our beloved Gear Heads
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Fender 1978 Veneer Rosewood Telecaster Neck

Fender 1978 Veneer Rosewood Telecaster Neck

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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How many of you Gibson fans out there have always wanted to build yourselves that awesome Gibson project guitar, but didn??t want to spend the money on a Gibson guitar only to dismantle it. ... more
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1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass Guitar, Maple Fingerboard - Olympic White

1978 Fender Musicmaster Bass Guitar, Maple Fingerboard - Olympic White



This Fender Musicmaster is a professional-level instrument designed for right-handed players. It has a single pickup, it's orginal , Was intended as an entry level short neck. The body is made of alder and maple and comes in white and yellow colors. The neck is made of maple and has 20 frets, while the fingerboard is also made of maple The 4-string electric bass guitar has a solid body type and a string configuration of 4. It is a Fender brand instrument made in the US. It was just set up and ... more
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1968 Fender Telecaster Paisley Bass

1968 Fender Telecaster Paisley Bass

Glendale, California, 912**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1968 Fender Telecaster Paisley Bass is a true gem for any bass guitar enthusiast. With a solid body type and a string configuration of 4 strings, this electric bass guitar is perfect for any musician looking to add a unique touch to their sound. The brand speaks for itself, as Fender is known for producing high-quality instruments

The model year of 1968 adds to the vintage appeal of this bass guitar, making it a highly sought-after item. Whether you're a collector or a ... more
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1962 Fender Telecaster neck 3MAY62B slab board

1962 Fender Telecaster neck 3MAY62B slab board

Tucson, Arizona, 857**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1962 Fender Telecaster neck is all original and complete. Fender decal is very good. Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are in good working order, with no extra tuner holes. Recently strung ,neck plays well with bow correct and adjustable to player needs Frets have medium wear from strings on first five frets, then six and up frets have light to no wear. Plenty of life yet on frets Back of neck has player wear to nitrocellulose lacquer. Fret board is Brazilian rosewood with reddish showing well in... more
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Vintage 1972 Silverface Fender Princeton Guitar Amplifier.

Vintage 1972 Silverface Fender Princeton Guitar Amplifier.

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


1972 Silverface Fender Princeton amplifier in excellent condition. Amp was fully serviced last year, any aging or weak parts were replaced, some upgrades including an adjustable bias pot and Eminence Alexandro speaker.... more
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1967, 1968, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case.

1967, 1968, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967, 1968, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster Guitar Case
Original handle is a little worn but still reliable. All feet still present. All latches are in excellent working condition. No funky smells. Ships worldwide USPS. Check out my other vintage guitar parts listed
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1964, 1965 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster ??NO-LOGO?? Guitar Case.

1964, 1965 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster ??NO-LOGO?? Guitar Case.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for grabs is a Vintage 1964, 1965 Fender Stratocaster / Telecaster guitar case. This is a no issue case will all feet still present. All latches are in excellent working condition. No funky smells. Ships worldwide USPS. Check out my other vintage guitar parts listed.
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Fender Telecaster w Parsons White Stringbender 1978 Neck,  52 RI Body

Fender Telecaster w Parsons White Stringbender 1978 Neck, 52 RI Body

South Hadley, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


We were Parsons White installers in New England. This was our demo guitar We assembled it with a 1978 neck and Fender '52 RI factory parts in 1990
Bakelite pickgard, pickups, controls all came from Fender in 1990 Fender sold unfinished bodies at that time with their coin in the back
Very little mileage on neck, frets, etc
Must be paid within 24 hours of auction closeNo returnsShipping rate quoted in the ad is for the lower 48 states only
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Fender Princeton Reverb Vintage 1966 Guitar Amp EX Condition Fullerton, CA

Fender Princeton Reverb Vintage 1966 Guitar Amp EX Condition Fullerton, CA

Pensacola, Florida, 325**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Made in Fullerton, CA USA / Vintage 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb Guitar Amp EX Condition w / Original Cover / Made in USAOnly a few caps replaced. PayPal OnlyBuyer to pay actual shipping and insuranceContinental USA onlyPayment required within 12 hours after purchaseAmp will be double boxed to ship
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Fender telecaster bridge relicd

Fender telecaster bridge relicd

Chino, California, 917**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale relic fender telecaster bridge this is a genuine fender product, not only are my products reliced but lubricated for longer life ,(LOOK AT MY OTHER ITEMS)I want you to be totally satisfied !!!!! At a fair price!If you don??t see the parts you are looking for in my other items please message me
There is few extra steps I use to speed up the natural aging rather than just call it relicing
I would like to think it takes a very keen eye to spot the real thing from my work and still... more
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1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe - Refinished - 7 7 LBS

1974 Fender Telecaster Deluxe - Refinished - 7 7 LBS

Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 086**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Deluxe is unique amongst Telecasters in that the neck has an enlarged headstock - a very similar 21-fret neck was used by Fender Stratocaster models manufactured in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. The main difference between the Telecaster Deluxe and Stratocaster necks from this period is that the Telecaster Deluxe neck used medium jumbo frets while the Stratocaster necks featured narrower fretwire. The Telecaster's neck also features the "Micro-Tilt" angle adjustment device located... more
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1984 Fender Telecaster Vintage American Top Loader Bridge Ivory White Blonde E3

1984 Fender Telecaster Vintage American Top Loader Bridge Ivory White Blonde E3

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


1984 Fender Telecaster
The serial number is E319461, the neck is dated to January-February 1984 and the pots date to July 1983. The color is "Ivory" but has aged to a nice dark Blonde. The body is in excellent condition and is very clean overall. There are a few small nicks, scratches and scuffs but nothing out of the ordinary for a vintage guitar. No cracks modifications or structural issues
The neck is straight and the frets show only light wear. It's in excellent playing condition ... more
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1973 Fender Stratocaster Strat Owners Manual Hang Tag Telecaster

1973 Fender Stratocaster Strat Owners Manual Hang Tag Telecaster

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


. Out of an old collection of parts See pictures ask questions

All items sold as is where is. No returns exchanges or refunds
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1968 Fender Telecaster Custom

1968 Fender Telecaster Custom

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



Up for grabs is a killer 1968 Fender Custom Tele
This is a GOOD ONE!

No issues , all original with original buldwin "Fender" export case

The Feb '68 " B " neck on this tele is outrageous - you will NOT put it down.

It is a fabulous playing and sounding guitar

Email with any questions!

Thx for looking
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Fender American Vintage II 1975 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar - Black

Fender American Vintage II 1975 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar - Black

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage Fender Telecaster 3 Way Pickup Selector Switch

Vintage Fender Telecaster 3 Way Pickup Selector Switch

Port Charlotte, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage Fender Telecaster 3 Way Guitar Pickup Selector Switch Normal wear Great for restoring back to original Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final No Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks... more
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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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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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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1959 Hofner Committee

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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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar 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 theLes Paul Personal / Professional