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1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog

Fender guitars, basses and amplifiers

This 1965 1966 Fender catalog featured Fender's electric guitars, basses, acoustics and amplifiers of mid 1965. This vintage catalogue consists of twelve pages in two colour print, hailing from July 1965. Dimensions 10 7/8" x 8 1/4". There are a considerable number of instruments squeezed into the relatively small number of pages. Three pages of Fender electric guitars and basses, one of acoustic guitars, three of amplifiers, with the rest dedicated to pedal steels, the Fender Rhodes keyboard and other accessories.

1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog cover
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 2 - Fender Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and 12-String
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 3 - Fender Stratocaster, Precision bass, Jazz bass, 5-String bass and Bass VI
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 4 - Fender Telecaster, Esquire, Duo-Sonic, Musicmaster and Mustang
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 5 - Fender King, Concert, Palamino, Malibu and Newporter Acoustics
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 6 - Fender Showman, Dual Showman, Twin/Reverb and Super/Reverb amplifiers
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 7 -Fender Bassman, Bandmaster, Tremolux, Vibrolux/Reverb amplifiers
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 8 - Fender Deluxe, Deluxe/Reverb, Pro/Reverb, Princeton/Reverb, Vibro Champ amplifiers
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 9 - Fender 400, 800, 1000 and 2000 pedal steel guitars
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 10 - Fender Studio Deluxe set, Champ set, Stringmaster, Deluxe 6 and 8
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 11 - Fender Rhodes piano and Rhodes piano bass
1965 1966 Fender guitar catalog page 12

Fender 1965-66

'Quality instruments are the total of their quality parts'

1965 Down Beat magazine - annual guitar issue - Jim Hall cover

Like the 1964-65 brochure also reproduced on this site, it was included free (actually pages 29-40) inside the 1965 Annual guitar issue of music magazine Down Beat (July 1st, 1965; Jim Hall cover). 1965 was a good year for US guitar sales; this issue sold well, and is quite often available on ebay - because this brochure was part of the magazine, and not an insert, it is usually present.

New Fenders for 1965

Two new models make their first catalogue appearance this year, the Fender Electric XII and the Fender 5-string bass, both introduced earlier in 1965.

Click on the images for full size versions, or click on the model names below for the relevant page for each instrument

Electric Guitars:

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

Basses:

Fender Precision
Fender Jazz
Fender 5-String Bass
Fender Bass VI

Acoustic Guitars:

Fender King
Fender Concert
Fender Palamino
Fender Malibu
Fender Newporter

Amplifiers:

Showman 12"
Showman 15"
Dual Showman 15"
Twin/Reverb
Super/Reverb
Bassman
Bandmaster
Tremolux
Vibrolux/Reverb
Deluxe
Deluxe/Reverb
Pro/Reverb
Princeton/Reverb
Vibro Champ

Pedal Steel Guitars:

Fender 400
Fender 800
Fender 1000
Fender 2000
Fender Studio Deluxe set
Fender Champ set
Fender Stringmaster
Fender Deluxe 6 and 8

Keyboards:

Fender Rhodes piano
Fender Rhodes piano bass

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Vintage Fender String Tree from a 1965 Duo Sonic II works for any Fender model

Vintage Fender String Tree from a 1965 Duo Sonic II works for any Fender model

Woodside, New York, 113**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30

Vintage 1965 Fender string tree from a Duo Sonic. this will work with any Fender guitar of the era. they all used the same ones
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1965 Fender Jazzmaster Cavity Shields

1965 Fender Jazzmaster Cavity Shields

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 483**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$49

Control cavity shields pulled from a mangled 1965 Jazzmaster body. I sold what was left of the guitar years ago but just recently found these in box. Some discoloration but in pretty good shape otherwise.
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Vintage 1960s Fender Mustang-Duo Sonic Guitar-Bass Knobs circa 1966

Vintage 1960's Fender Mustang-Duo Sonic Guitar-Bass Knobs circa 1966

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

$125

This listing is for a matched set of vintage Fender Mustang knobs from the 1960's. These knobs came off of a 1966 Fender Mustang . They would be period correct for a 1960's or 1970's Fender Mustang, Duo Sonic, Musicmaster, and Jazz Bass and Mustang Bass models. They show signs of their age and wear but they are fully functional and should have no problem being installed. Both knobs have their original set screw.
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Vintage NOS Stackpole 1 meg pot 1966.  Fender tele Jazzmaster  bass never solder

Vintage NOS Stackpole 1 meg pot 1966. Fender tele Jazzmaster bass never solder

Southampton, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$175

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VINTAGE FENDER USA EIGHT STRING STEEL GUITAR PICKUP 1965-1966

VINTAGE FENDER USA EIGHT STRING STEEL GUITAR PICKUP 1965-1966

Robertsville, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$325

This is vintage Fender USA 8-pole pickup for an 8-string steel guitar. It??s in very good condition for its age and it sounds good.
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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

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Fender 1966 Slab Rosewood Mustang Neck

Fender 1966 Slab Rosewood Mustang Neck

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

$400

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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
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Vintage 1966 Fender F-series Stratocaster Neckplate Screws Telecaster Strat Tele

Vintage 1966 Fender F-series Stratocaster Neckplate Screws Telecaster Strat Tele

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

$495

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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
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1965 JENSEN C10Q  220506  FRESH RECONE MATCHED PAIR FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB 8 Ohm

1965 JENSEN C10Q 220506 FRESH RECONE MATCHED PAIR FENDER VIBROLUX REVERB 8 Ohm

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

$500

Matched pair of 1965 Jensen C10Q 220506 with fresh 8 ohm Ribbed cones. Fender VIBROLUX reverbs came with these. These would make a nice replacement set. I have 4 in total and and 2 are in another auction. These also work nicely in Princeton Reverbs and as a 15 watt speaker with a 1 25" voice coil are an upgrade
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1966 JENSEN C10R  220604 RARE POSTAGE STAMP LABEL MATCHED PAIR FENDER

1966 JENSEN C10R 220604 RARE POSTAGE STAMP LABEL MATCHED PAIR FENDER

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

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Fender 1966 Daphne Blue Mustang Body

Fender 1966 Daphne Blue Mustang Body

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

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rare original 1966 nickel Fender Bigsby F logo B5 Vibrato w / tension spring

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

$1000

Quad of 1966 Jensen C10R 220603 and one 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 have another pair listed in another auction
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fender amplifier vintage 1965 Blackface

fender amplifier vintage 1965 Blackface

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

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Fender Champ Amp Vintage 1965 Blackface

Long Branch, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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1965 Fender Bassman amp head

1965 Fender Bassman amp head

Pittsford, New York, 145**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Fender Made in Japan FSR 1966 Stratocaster Reverse Headstock - US Blonde #16292

Fender Made in Japan FSR 1966 Stratocaster Reverse Headstock - US Blonde #16292

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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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

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.