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Fender Bassman, Bandmaster, Tremolux, Vibrolux/Reverb amplifiers

Fender 1965/1966 catalog page 7

Fender 1965/1966 guitar catalogue. Page 7. Details of five Fender amplifiers: the Fender Bassman, Fender Bandmaster, Fender Tremolux and Fender Pro/Reverb. This was actually the last catalogue appearance of the Tremolux, which was deleted from the Fender range in 1966.

December 1965 prices were as follows: Fender Bassman $410, Bandmaster $399.50, Tremolux $329.50 and Vibrolux/Reverb $299.50.

1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 7 - Fender Bassman, Bandmaster, Tremolux, Vibrolux/Reverb amplifiers
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Vintage 1965 Oxford T6 Speaker For Fender Bassman Bandmaster Twin Deluxe Reverb

Vintage 1965 Oxford T6 Speaker For Fender Bassman Bandmaster Twin Deluxe Reverb

Staten Island, New York, 103**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1965 Oxford T6 Speaker For Fender Bassman Bandmaster Twin Deluxe Reverb cabinets. This speaker was reconed and is an 8 ohm speaker. This actually sounds pretty good but unfortunately there is a buzz when turned up loud. This speaker is being sold as is.
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Lindale, Texas, 757**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1963 FENDER BANDMASTER AMP JEWEL USA. Shipped with USPS Ground Advantage.... more
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1969 Vintage Fender Speaker 15?? Bassman

1969 Vintage Fender Speaker 15?? Bassman

Amarillo, Texas, 791**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender bassman speaker 15 ?
Works great
No issues
Thanks for watching
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1958 Fender Vibrolux or Super Amp 1x10" Jensen a P10 model it needs re-coning.

1958 Fender Vibrolux or Super Amp 1x10" Jensen a P10 model it needs re-coning.

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


We have a rare 1958 Fender 1x12" Speaker by Jensen its a P10 from a Vibrolux or Super Tweed Amp dated from the 32nd week of 1958. It needs of a complete recone service & would be perfect for any application in any amp made during the late 50's or early 60's. This is being sold "as-is" & is completely original.... more
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Fender Vibrolux Power Transformer 022723 Schumacher 1973

Fender Vibrolux Power Transformer 022723 Schumacher 1973

El Dorado Hills, California, 957**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Excellent working condition Fender Vibrolux 022723 Power TransformerJust pulled from a performing Vibrolux as we replaced ours with a year correct PT to bring our Vibrolux back to OE dated iron.
To the best of our understanding this is a 1973 version, stamping shows the 606-322 but curiously has white lettering over the stamping that shows 350 - suggesting either week 22 of 1973 or week 50 of 1973
No waiting or processing will ship date of purchase if purchase is before 4pm PDT
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Fender Bassman 100 4x12" Cabinet Speaker Enclosure 1960s Works

Fender Bassman 100 4x12" Cabinet Speaker Enclosure 1960s Works

Normal, Illinois, 617**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Central Illinois Pickup only - old school 1960s Fender 4x12" Cabinet - Bassman 100
A picture can speak 1, 000 words. Everything in the photos and description is what you will receive.
We encourage communication, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
Questions about auction style sales should be asked prior to the end of bidding.
By bidding on or buying this item you agree to the following terms:
PAYMENTSPayments must be received within 4 business days after ... more
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Vintage Fender Blue Bassman Ten Guitar Tube Amplifier Amp AS-IS Working

Vintage Fender Blue Bassman Ten Guitar Tube Amplifier Amp AS-IS Working

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Blue Bassman Ten Guitar Tube Amplifier Amp AS-IS, condition is vintage (ser# is A7 plus 5 digits) shows 1977, but I??m not sure of exact year, has been plugged in to guitar and does work, with some static noises, I??m a secondhand licensed dealer and have had this in my shop for over 2 years, at this point, it needs a home .it is a local pick up, you can test further, but it??s sold in AS IS condition and can guarantee only that when plugged in it does work, I can not guarantee ... more
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Jensen 10 in. speakers for Fender Vibrolux amplifier

Jensen 10 in. speakers for Fender Vibrolux amplifier

Huntington Beach, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up grabs is a nice pair of 1966 Jensen C10 P original speakers for a Fender Vibrolux Reverb Amp. The speakers have been re coned, but work and sound great with no issues. please see the picture with the Fender dating on the rim of both speakers. These have become very hard to come by, don't miss out
Please ask any questions you might have as I'm happy to answer them
Buyer to pay within 3 days of sale and to pay all shipping costs
Thanks, AT... more
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Vintage Fender Bassman 135, tube amp head

Vintage Fender Bassman 135, tube amp head

Baltimore, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Bassman 135, tube amp head.
Vintage tube amp, dates to late-1970s, early 1980s, though I don't have a hard year
Sounds great classic Fender tone. Amp works just as well with bass or guitar. I used it primarily for guitar, but also ran bass through it occasionally.
Amp has two channels, each with volume, low, mid and high controls and an overall master volume
Can run it so one instrument plays through both channels, using the volume knobs to control the mix
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Vintage Era Rivera ALL TUBE Fender Bassman 20 Guitar Amplifier (Amp) 1x15" Combo

Vintage Era Rivera ALL TUBE Fender Bassman 20 Guitar Amplifier (Amp) 1x15" Combo

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Era Rivera Fender Bassman 20 All Tube Bass Guitar or guitar, Amplifier (Amp) 1x15" Combo. Condition is Used. Shipped with UPS Ground. Missing Fender grill logo Tested and sounds great!Year of Production: 1982-1983 (made for only one year)Era: RiveraConfiguration: ComboFront: In, Vol, Treb, Mid, Bass ?? Power Sw, Pilot LampRear: Power, Fuse, Speaker out, Line out, Hum BalanceCabinet: Closed-Back, Solid Finger-Jointed Pine Covered With TolexGrill Cloth: Black / White / SilverChrome & ... more
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1978 Vintage Fender Bassman Ten Bass Amplifier Used

1978 Vintage Fender Bassman Ten Bass Amplifier Used

East Liverpool, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Vintage Fender Bassman Ten Bass Amplifier
This is a used vintage 1978 Fender Bassman Ten Amplifier in excellent condition. This item has been tested to ensure that it does work 100% as should. There are no major marks or wear that affect the quality and sound. This is a super cool vintage amp with a great sound, perfect for any bass player looking for an old-style bass amp!
Let us know if you have any questions regarding this product or any of our others and thank... more
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1974 Fender Bassman 10 Guitar Amp w  / Warranty

1974 Fender Bassman 10 Guitar Amp w / Warranty

Orland Park, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1974 Fender Bassman 10 Guitar Amp w / Warranty. From service center repair. will give 90 day warranty... more
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Fender Bassman Amp AB165 circa  ~ 1969, Sounds Great, Very Nice, Tested

Fender Bassman Amp AB165 circa ~ 1969, Sounds Great, Very Nice, Tested

Pickerington, Ohio, 431**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I'm here to tell you about my old Fender Bassman tube amp. As you can tell by the small burn in the top tolex, I've had this amp since before I quit smoking. That was a long time ago. The transformer code is 606935, that makes it the 35th week of 1969 - late August to be exact. 1969 was a very good year -- many songs have been written about it. And this has always been a very good amp
This old amp has been good to me. It has never been hungry to eat tubes, and the same old tubes back from ... more
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1962 Fender Bassman 2x12" Blonde Guitar Speaker Cabinet w /  Cable #50734

1962 Fender Bassman 2x12" Blonde Guitar Speaker Cabinet w / Cable #50734

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


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Fender Bandmaster Amp Blackface Vintage Nice!

Fender Bandmaster Amp Blackface Vintage Nice!

Stamford, Connecticut, 069**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender Bandmaster Blackface amp in very good condition
Affordable vintage blackface tone!
Works great
Price to sell!
No shipping. No returns
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Fender *Bassman Ten *10 *4x10" speakers *50 watts TUBE amplifier *1970s VINTAGE

Fender *Bassman Ten *10 *4x10" speakers *50 watts TUBE amplifier *1970's VINTAGE

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


tube amp! i believe it is 50 watts it has 4x10" speakers, I took pictures of each one to show no damage there is a slight tear to the cover and wear to the black areas no casters / wheels in great playing shape,
PICK UP ONLY in San Jose OR Fremont CA see pictures
thank you
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Fender 1978 Silverface Bassman 135 Watt 2 Channel Tube Bass Amplifier Head Used

Fender 1978 Silverface Bassman 135 Watt 2 Channel Tube Bass Amplifier Head Used

Parkersburg, West Virginia, 261**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fender 1978 Silverface Bassman 135 Two Channel 135 Watt Tube Bass Amplifier Head Used
Used with wear associated with use. Minor cosmetic scratches / scuffs from handling and play. Any noteworthy blemishes or issues will be described and pictured. Works as it should
Faceplate has scratches & scuff marks, and there is rust on corners. Power cable has been reinforced with electrical tape, but is completely intact with no exposed wiring. Please see pictures for details Sovtek tubes look... more
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Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970 Silverface Bassman amp head
It has been re-capped and black faced. I put brand new JJs and Sovtex tubes in it
Transformers are all closely dated to the spring of 1970 along with the date codes on all the capacitors I removed
The power section and negative feedback circuit match those of the AA864
I replaced the power tube output sockets because they were total trash. Now the power tubes are solid as a rock
I left the original tone caps in place-none were leaking DC ... more
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Used Fender 1971 Bassman Electric Guitar Amp Head

Used Fender 1971 Bassman Electric Guitar Amp Head

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a fantastic 1971 Fender Bassman amp head. This amp has been recently serviced and is in perfect working order. All tubes have been tested, the fuse was replaced, as well as the electrolytic caps and bias caps. The bias has been tested and set and all pots have been throughly cleaned. Original parts that have been replaced will also be included Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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Fender 1959 Tweed 4x10 Bassman 45 watt Guitar Amp LOCAL PICKUP ONLY!!!! No Ship

Fender 1959 Tweed 4x10 Bassman 45 watt Guitar Amp LOCAL PICKUP ONLY!!!! No Ship

Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, 151**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Brand new never left the house still has all the tags on it!! Total Tube Beast!!!
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

1961 Hofner Colorama I

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass Rose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

1961 Hohner Zambesi This very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

1963 Vox Super Ace The Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of £47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New Escort The 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

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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

1965 Hofner President

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

1963 1964 Fender catalog

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

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional