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Fender 1968 guitar and bass catalog. Page 48. 1968 Fender catalog back cover

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1968 Fender Custom "Maverick" its so clean & original its 1 of a kind & Minty !

1968 Fender Custom "Maverick" its so clean & original it's 1 of a kind & Minty !

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

$8995

This is one of the coolest small guitars that??s an all original ??Custom?? or better known as the ??Maverick?? from 1968. These were made from the factories overflow of leftover parts from their Electric XII string models. Its original 3-tone Sunburst to Black finish is exceptional over an alder body. Its got a killer white bound / block inlaid Rosewood Neck that??s super comfy. Its original Tortoise??gard is clean. Its original 2 sets of split pickups are super potent & she??s got original... more
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Fender Bandmaster Amplifier (Amp) 1968 AB763

Fender Bandmaster Amplifier (Amp) 1968 AB763

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 194**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1487

Welcome. Thanks for stopping in. Up for sale is a Fender Bandmaster Amplifier restoration. This unit is SN-A-28663, circuit AB763, manufactured in the US in 1968. This amp is fully restored and in excellent condition. Intended for guitar, this amp has lots of vintage appeal, plenty of punch and sounds great. The restoration of the amp is extensive so please read the entire description and review the pictures to understand the scope of the work performed
The amp is equipped with two (2) ... more
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Fender Champ "Drip Edge" 1968 Silverface

Fender Champ "Drip Edge" 1968 Silverface

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

This is a vintage 1968 Fender Silverface Champ Amp. This combo sports the "Drip Edge" trim, found on Fender amps made during the transition from Blackface to Silverface models. All tube, this amp pushes around 5 Watts through its reconed original 8" speaker. This amp is Ideal for recording or low volume practice (city apartments anyone?). It sounds awesome at low volume, and killer overdrive when dimed across the board
It has been recently serviced, given fresh electrolytic capacitors, ... more
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1968 FENDER JAZZ BASS  " THE TROOPER"

1968 FENDER JAZZ BASS " THE TROOPER"

Sykesville, Maryland, 217**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2950

I bought this 1968 Fender Jazz Bass in 1980 from Bill's Music House in Catonsville, Maryland. I was 18
After being lucky enough to meet Steve Harris in Oct of '82 and hearing their amazing song " The Trooper" in June of '83 The Axe was to become known as " The Trooper "
It's seen its share of Gigs and is Battle tested straight thru the '80's Metal Scene
This Bass is exactly as I bought it in 1980
It has a 1968 Body and a 1978 neck - See attached photos with serial numbers ... more
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1968 Fender Bronco with HSC VIDEO

1968 Fender Bronco with HSC VIDEO

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

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Cool little rocker I believe to be all original. Plays nicely, and has that punchy garage rock tone provided by the single bridge position pick-up. Very mimimal fret-ware, and the action is pretty nice already. All electrics (all two!) work as they should. It is missing the tremelo bar, but the spring and nut under the bridge are there. Comes with a vintage inspired hardcase.
Guitar is player grade cosmetically, but I think it still shows ... more
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1968 Vintage Fender Bassman AA-165 Amplifier - Used, in Working Condition

1968 Vintage Fender Bassman AA-165 Amplifier - Used, in Working Condition

Brighton, Colorado, 806**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$203

1968 Fender Bassman AA-165 Amplifier - Used, in Working Condition. This amp does NOT include a speaker cabinet. Minor cosmetic damage, fully functional. Message for more details.... more
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FENDER 1968 THRU 1973 MAROON PRECISION OR JAZZ BASS THUMBREST WITH SCREWS RARE!

FENDER 1968 THRU 1973 MAROON PRECISION OR JAZZ BASS THUMBREST WITH SCREWS RARE!

Berlin, New Hampshire, 035**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$149

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This is a very nice deep maroon thumbrest from a 1972 Fender Precision Bass. These are the ones that oxidized over time and left a maroon 'footprint' on pickguards, especially white ones. This material has NEVER been duplicated so these are quite hard-to-find especially in this very fine condition. Includes a pair of original mounting screws (not recycled bridge screws which are slightly larger). These are always in-demand for correct restorations!
FREE USA SHIPPING and ... more
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Vintage Fender Telecaster Precision Bass 1968

Vintage Fender Telecaster Precision Bass 1968

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

$3900

1968 telecaster bass, older refin

Plays great, neck is straight truss rod works, baseball bat C shape, comfortable
Worn flats most of its life, frets are good

Lindy Fralin split p bass pickup sounds amazing
Better than the early 50??s slab I owned, better than the Custom shop stuff IMO, older Fender hi mass bridge, non original pickguard is older and matches patina, generic case

This bass has some serious sustain and tone

It??s a player and ... more
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1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

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

$2000

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded. The amplifiers has been extensively refurbished. New Power Supply Capacitors. New Capacitors on the PCB. New Diode Capacitor. New Metal Film 6L6 Grid Resistors. New Metal Film 6L6 Bypass Resistors. Three Wire Power Cord. All new Hardware. Chassis Straps, Handle, Corners and Feet. All controls cleaned. Tolex has bee cleaned and rejuvenated. Tubes have all been tested. All original parts will come wit the amp ... more
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Fender Vintage Telecaster 1968 Conversion Refin Pink Paisley w / OHSC

Fender Vintage Telecaster 1968 Conversion Refin Pink Paisley w / OHSC

Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17000

Fender Telecaster 1968 Telecaster with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar was originally a factory blonde finish that was professionally converted into the very iconic "pink paisley" wall paper finish on a solid alder body with a one-piece maple neck with rare maple cap fingerboard. All original electronics include Fender Telecaster single coil staggered pole-piece pickups in the neck and bridge position along with original pots that date to 1966, controlled by 1-volume, 1-tone knobs with ... more
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Fender Champ "Drip Edge" 1968 Silverface ALL Original

Fender Champ "Drip Edge" 1968 Silverface ALL Original

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1095

This is a vintage 1968 Fender Silverface Champ Amp. This combo sports the "Drip Edge" trim, found on Fender amps made during the transition from Blackface to Silverface models. All tube, this amp pushes around 5 or 6 Watts through its original 8" speaker. This amp is Ideal for recording or low volume practice (city apartments anyone?). It sounds awesome at low volume, and killer overdrive when dimed across the board
This one is 100% all original, including its awesome vintage RCA tube ... more
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Fender Vintage 1968  /  1969 Early Build Fender Drip Edge Vibrolux Reverb AA864

Fender Vintage 1968 / 1969 Early Build Fender 'Drip Edge' Vibrolux Reverb AA864

Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3600

This 1968 / 1969 AA864 Circuit Fender 'Drip Edge' Vibrolux Reverb is in excellent condition and sounds every but as good as it looks! 100% perfect functionality
While 1970 was apparently the year that Fender "officially" introduced this fantastic amp, you'll find components from both 68 and 69 which would be common for an early build. The Chassis itself dates to 1969. The Iron all dates from 1968 and 1969. The Speakers however are from 1970, coinciding with Fenders offical release date ... more
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Original Vintage Fender 1968 Control Pot

Original Vintage Fender 1968 Control Pot

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

$150

Up for sale is a cts 1968 control pot works as it should for its age - code date -6840 made 40 th week of 1968 being sold as is working no returns look at pics ask questions thanks for looking
... more
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Vintage 1968 CTS 250K  pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

Vintage 1968 CTS 250K pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz

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

$179

Vintage 1968 250K CTS pot for Fender Telecaster P Bass Mustang Jazz... more
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Fender Bassman Amp Silverface tube amplifier head used vintage 1968

Fender Bassman Amp Silverface tube amplifier head used vintage 1968

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

vintage 1968 Fender Bassman Amp tube amplifier head. In good working condition. Has had a new 3-prong power cord installed. s / n A46046... more
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Fender Champ "Drip Edge" 1968 Silverface

Fender Champ "Drip Edge" 1968 Silverface

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

This is a vintage 1968 Fender Silverface Champ Amp. This combo sports the "Drip Edge" trim, found on Fender amps made during the transition from Blackface to Silverface models. All tube, this amp pushes around 5 Watts through its Jensen Special Design 8" speaker. This amp is Ideal for recording or low volume practice (city apartments anyone?). It sounds awesome at low volume, and killer overdrive when dimed across the board
It has been recently serviced, given fresh electrolytic capacitors, ... more
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Fender Vintage Telecaster Blonde 1968 w / OHSC (Refret)

Fender Vintage Telecaster Blonde 1968 w / OHSC (Refret)

Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$11500

Vintage Fender Telecaster in Blonde finish made in 1968 with original hard shell case (Refret). This guitar features a solid ash body, maple neck and maple fingerboard. Equipped with its original fenders black bobbin single coils tele in the neck position and bridge position. Controlled by 1 volume, 1 tone pots and a 3-Way blade switch comnprised of its original Centralab pots dating to the 17th week of 1966. The 25 5" scale length neck has black dot inlays and 21 jumbo frets on a 7 25" radius ... more
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Fender Bassman Head 1968-1969 Silver Face

Fender Bassman Head 1968-1969 Silver Face

Chattanooga, Tennessee, 374**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$999

Fender Bassman Head 1968-1969 Silver Face
Condition: Good
Drip Edge
Silver Panel
AB165 Chassis
New Tubes & Filter Caps- original components included
Grille Cloth replaced
This amp has been thoroughly gone over, repaired, and updated by a qualified amp technician. The power cord, a tube socket, tubes, and caps / resistors have been replaced and the amp functions excellently, with modern safety in mind. The grille cloth is not original. There is some wear to the ... more
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1968 Fender Bassman AB-165 Amplifier. VIDEO DEMO

1968 Fender Bassman AB-165 Amplifier. VIDEO DEMO

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1175

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Video of my working vintage '68 Bassman. Dated by the transformer codes. Twoof the codes date 67, but one is 68. AB 165 circuit according to the chart inside the casing. . I bought this from a guy in New England a few years back. He is a luthier named Mike and builds some of the most beautiful hand carved guitars around. He gave me a fair deal as he plays through a vintage blonde bassman. I have used minimally since I ve head it, mostly for bedroom and ... more
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Vintage Fender Telecaster Bridge Pickup 1968 - 1972 - Killer Vintage Fender Tone

Vintage Fender Telecaster Bridge Pickup 1968 - 1972 - Killer Vintage Fender Tone

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

$795

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1968 - 1972 "Grey Bottom" Fender Telecaster Bridge Pickup
This is a KILLER sounding late 60's / early 70's Tele bridge pickup. Correct for your the restoration PRE-CBS to Transition Era Tele! (1968 thru early 1972). Nice strong output reading of 6 48k. This pickup was professionally re-wound by Brandonwound pickups. He also replaced the lead wires with era-correct black... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

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 bassRose-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 ZambesiThis 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 AceThe 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 EscortThe 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

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe 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 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.