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1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog

Fender guitars, basses and amplifiers

This 1964 1965 Fender catalog featured electric guitars, basses, acoustics and amplifiers of mid 1964: old favourites like the Fender Telecaster, Stratocaster, Jazzmaster and Esquire are joined for the first time by the Fender Mustang. New amplifiers include the Vibrolux/Reverb and Princeton Reverb. This a well packed brochure, with eight electric guitars, three bass guitars, two acoustic guitars, fourteen amplifiers, eight steel guitars and two keyboards in just eight pages. Two color, 10 7/8" x 8 1/4".

1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog cover
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 2 - Fender Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Stratocaster, Precision bass, Jazz bass, Bass VI
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 3 - Fender Telecaster, Esquire, Mustang, Musicmaster, Duosonic, Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb and Princeton Reverb
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 4 - Fender Showman, Dual Showman, Twin Reverb, Super Reverb and Vibroverb amplifiers
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 5 - Fender Bassman, Bandmaster, Tremolux, Concert and Pro amplifiers
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 6 - Fender Rhodes, Fender 400, 800, 1000 and 2000 pedal steel guitars
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 7 - Fender steel guitars, acoustic guitars and the Fender electric mandolin
1964 1965 Fender guitar catalog page 8 - Fender cases, amp covers, strings and reverb unit

Fender 1964 1965

'The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere'

1964 Down Beat magazine - annual guitar issue - Wes Montgomery cover

This 'brochure' is actually the center pages of the 1965 'annual guitar issue' of music magazine Down Beat (July 16th, 1964; Wes Montgomery cover) - check ebay for back issues. Fender had placed similar catalogs in Down Beat over previous years. Interestingly, this brochure speaks of a shift in how Fender was placing itself in the guitar market. The previous year's insert (1963) was in the annual 'school music issue' - clearly aimed more at student players than professionals.

Fender included a longer brochure still, the following year - running at twelve pages. See the 1965 Fender catalog.

Click on the images for a closer look at each page, or click on the model names to jump to the relevant catalog page.

Electric Guitars:

Fender Jaguar
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Fender Esquire
Fender Mustang
Fender Musicmaster
Fender Duo-Sonic

Basses:

Fender Precision
Fender Jazz
Fender Bass VI

Acoustic Guitars:

Fender Concert
Fender King

Amplifiers:

Fender Deluxe
Fender Deluxe Reverb
Fender Vibrolux Reverb
Fender Princeton Reverb
Fender Showman
Fender Dual Showman
Fender Twin Reverb
Fender Super Reverb
Fender Vibroverb
Fender Bassman
Fender Bandmaster
Fender Tremolux
Fender Concert
Fender Pro

Lap and Pedal Steel Guitars:

Fender Pedal 400
Fender Pedal 800
Fender Pedal 1000
Fender Pedal 2000
Deluxe 6
Deluxe 8
Stringmaster steel guitar
Fender Studio Deluxe set steel guitar/amp package
Fender Champ student set steel guitar/amp package

Keyboards:

Fender Rhodes electric piano
Fender Rhodes Celeste
Fender Rhodes piano bass

Mandolin:

Fender electric mandolin

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Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w /  Cover

Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w / Cover

Columbus, Ohio, 432**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3775

This is an fender vibrolux vintage 1965. This one is truly an exceptional condition for its age. The tolex and the grill cloth as well as the speakers and I believe even all the electronics are original this one is a time capsule. It does have a few flaws, but you almost need a magnifying glass to find them! it does not have any of the usual issues these older amps have such as musty smell from being stored in a basement. This amp was in the hands of a private collector for decades in a ... more
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1965 Fender Bassman BlackFace Amp Head Model AA165 Vintage Rare Works!

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

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

$975

pppppppppppppppppppppspanspan1965 Fender Bassman
Tube Amp Head Blackface
Model AA 165
Electric Guitar / Bass Amplifier Head
I purchased this amp head from a friend in the mid 1980??s. I used it briefly and then added it to my collection. I recently took it to my amp tech ( April, 2024) who check it out completely, changed the electrolytic caps, power tubes and gave it a clean bill of health. My amp tech made a recording of it because he wanted me to hear how clean the sound of this... more
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1964 Fender Precision Bass guitar Pre CBS Vintage Tobacco Burst refinish

1964 Fender Precision Bass guitar Pre CBS Vintage Tobacco Burst refinish

Evergreen, Colorado, 804**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7995

1964 Fender Precision Bass
All original except for Refinished body (Tobacco Burst), Tone potentiometer and Hard case. The refinish was done many years ago and has a lot of nice age and wear.
The original tortoise shell pickguard has some missing bits and is wavy but hey, it's original (as is the metal shielding plate beneath. )
Rosewood fretboard is beautiful and frets are in good shape. Truss works as it should. No issues.
The bass plays great and sounds as you would expect for a... 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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1965 Fender bassman AA165 dual 6L6 guitar head - black panel, Fully serviced

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

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

$1750

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

Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w / Cover

Denton, Texas, 762**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This is a Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb 35-Watt, Black Panel, 2-Channel Combo Tube Amplifier w / Cover!
The Black Panel Fender Vibrolux Reverb is one of the more desirable amps of the era. Fender discontinued the Brownface Vibrolux Amp in early '64, almost immediately replacing it with the Vibrolux Reverb. Sporting 35 watts of power from two 6L6 tubes in a 2x10" configuration, these amps broke up fairly early compared to the bigger 6L6 Fenders of the era thanks to their smaller ... 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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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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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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1964 FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB 2x10 AA864 A00491 Run #1 w / spare transformer VG+

1964 FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB 2x10 AA864 A00491 Run #1 w / spare transformer VG+

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

$4899

CAREFULLYREAD ITEM DESCRIPTION AND THE TERMS OF SALE.
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ITEMDESCRIPTION:
Alright, here we have a super clean, pre-CBS, Production Run #1, AA864, Chassis Serial A00491, Date Code NJ, Fender Vibrolux Reverb 2x10 35-watt combo amplifier. Ships with a spare transformer. This is from the `Holy Grail' Vibrolux build period and is an early one. Has a 3-prong AC cord and a repop footswitch Vibrolux Reverb AA864 (blackface)
A00100 to A00800 ?? 1964 A00491 Mid 1964... 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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Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic II Red w /  Vintage Hardshell Case

Vintage 1964 Fender Duo Sonic II Red w / Vintage Hardshell Case

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2699

Vintage original PRE-CBS 1964 Fender Duo Sonic II
Features a killer neck with rosewood fretboard and clay dots. Scale length is 22 5 " . Neck plays great
Neck date is 9 OCT 64. Pots are also dated '64
Guitar is all original with the exception of newer USA Fender Repro pickups. They sound killer. Guitar has a real nice vintage, warm tone
Comes with a good vintage hardshell case, too
Guitar is exactly as pictured.
Buyer pays $125 shipping in the USA, $150 to Hawaii... more
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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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Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$185

This is a matching set of 1965 Stackpole pots from a 1965 Fender Jaguar. These were used on the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and P Bass. 304-6530 matching date code on both pots. Factory solder joints. Original capacitor and resistor. This assembly was pulled from a fully functional guitar. Please ask all question in advance of purchasing.... more
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1965 Fender Princeton Reverb 12-watt 1x10 Guitar Amp

1965 Fender Princeton Reverb 12-watt 1x10 Guitar Amp

Urbana, Illinois, 618**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3800

For sale is a 1965 Fender Princeton Reverb, it must be a very very early 65 because it still has the "Fender Electric" era moniker. Almost all of the internal components are original except a few caps (pictured)
The transformers and reverb tank are also original and the amp sounds incredible. The baffle is not original to the amp, the grill cloth seems as though it's original but the baffle was changed at some point. When I bought the amp it had a JBL in it, I assume the ... more
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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


Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
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 Precision Bass Sunburst Finish Electric Bass Guitar w / HSC

1965 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst Finish Electric Bass Guitar w / HSC

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

$8495

1965 Fender Precision Bass Sunburst Finish Electric Bass Guitar w / HSC
Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Sunburst Finish Shows Dings And Playwear Throughout (See Photos)
Alder Body
Maple Neck With Rosewood Fingerboard
Weight 8lbs 5oz
Nut Width 1 761 "
Neck Depth At 1st Fret .85 "
Neck Depth At 12th Fret 1 06 "
Comes With 70s Fender Hardshell Case
Made In USA
... more
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1965 Fender Vibro Champ Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp 1x8, Class A, FEIC

1965 Fender Vibro Champ Vintage Black Panel Tube Amp 1x8, Class A, FEIC

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

$2400

Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Vibro Champ in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This Vibro Champ has the model's introductory features including the Pre-CBS-era "Fender Electric Instrument Co" faceplate and no-logo grill
This Black Panel-era Fender wonder delivers five watts of pure Class A tube tone. A surprisingly loud amp via the original Oxford alnico magnet 8" speaker, the Vibro Champ offers warm, dynamic cleans before pushing into smooth, lightly compressed tube overdrive ... 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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1965 Black Face Fender Deluxe Reverb Knobs

1965 Black Face Fender Deluxe Reverb Knobs

Baldwin, New York, 115**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$440

These seven knobs came off a 1965 black face deluxe reverb, Fender amplifier number 10 set screw very hard to fine the longer I keep them the more they seem to go up. What would you do if you were me? They need to be cleaned up. I??m not touching them I will insure them like I always insure thank you
... more
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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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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.