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1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 45

1969 Fender catalog, page 45
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Quad of 1960 Jensen  P10Q AlNiCo  BLUE BELL speakers EIA date code 220021, 220022, 220044, 220049. Three of these are OEM Fender with the correct Cxxxx factory order code   OEM means " Original Equipment Manufacturer. This means they left the fender factory in an amp. These also have the factory bell covers so they can go in either in a Fender Tweed Super, Bassman or Bandmaster. These are fresh recones with identical 8 rib cones and identical overhaul kits. These are 8 ohms ... more
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1982 Fender 62 Stratocaster JV ST62-85 w /  USA Fullerton Gray Bobbin Pickups

1982 Fender '62 Stratocaster JV ST62-85 w / USA Fullerton Gray Bobbin Pickups

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


Up for sale, a 1982 Fender Stratocaster ?62 vintage reissue model ST62-85 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Produced in the first few months of Fender Japan instrument production, this "Japanese Vintage" (JV) series guitar has a very low JV00-prefix serial number. An uncommon higher-tiered model, this Stratocaster boasts the same gray bobbin pickups and steel vibrato block used on the Fender USA Fullerton factory reissues... more
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1982 Fender Telecaster Sienna Burst OHSC Vintage Telecaster

1982 Fender Telecaster Sienna Burst OHSC Vintage Telecaster

Pittston, Pennsylvania, 186**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a gorgeous Vintage 1982 Fender American Telecaster electric guitar in Sienna Sunburst Finish. Comes with original Fender Hardshell Case. Although it has some marks on it, it is in very good condition for a 40 plus year old guitar. Frets are in great shape. Solid ash body. Weighs 9lbs 2 ounces on my digital scale. Although it has a 1978 serial number it is indeed a 1982 model as seen on back of neck sticker that is dated. Everything is original on the guitar with the exception... more
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Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Right-Handed Electric Guitar

Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" Right-Handed Electric Guitar

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


This Fender Eric Johnson 1954 "Virginia" electric guitar is a top-of-the-line option for discerning guitar players. With a solid body made of sassafras and a 6-string string configuration, this guitar produces high-quality sound that is perfect for any musician. The guitar is part of the Fender Stratocaster Stories series and boasts a sleek design that is sure to impress any audience

In addition to its impressive aesthetics, this guitar is perfect for musicians of all skill... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1957 Strat Maple Board 2-Color Sunburst Guitar

Fender American Vintage II 1957 Strat Maple Board 2-Color Sunburst Guitar

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


This made in 2022 Strat is used and in excellent condition. I had Jescar 55090 stainless steel narrow tall frets installed recently by a professional luthier that did an amazing job. These vintage Strats come with tiny vintage frets that I hated, I wanted a more modern playing feel. This did the trick, so this guitar has all the sound of vintage tone with a modern feel with the new taller frets. The fret size is 0 090 x 0 055" Stainless frets last the lifetime of the guitar and have a wonderful ... more
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1963 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Offset Guitar Pre-CBS Candy Apple Red w /  Case

1963 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Offset Guitar Pre-CBS Candy Apple Red w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Jazzmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A well-kept Pre-CBS example retaining its original custom color Candy Apple Red finish with silver undercoat, this Jazzmaster is 100% original save for a new bone nut. A Mastery M1 bridge is also currently installed, with the original bridge present in the case
Weighing 8lbs 8oz, this Jazzmaster is powerful, resonant, and extremely versatile, aligning with ... more
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1969 Fender Telecaster With Factory Bigsby

1969 Fender Telecaster With Factory Bigsby

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, 183**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Fender Telecaster with factory Bigsby. Olympic white finish that has aged to blonde. Unmolested, with original paint and parts. Medium C profile Maple neck. Players wear and finish checking consistent with age. Weighs 8 1lbs. Neck pickup reads 5 8k and bridge reads 6 1k. Underside of pickguard is pearloid which was common at this time. Original hardcase and case candy included
... more
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Used 1996 Fender 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster Shell Pink With Case

Used 1996 Fender 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster Shell Pink With Case

Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Get a diamond of a Strat with this Fender 50th Anniversary 1954 Stratocaster in Shell Pink! This guitar hails from 1996 and gives the iconic look, tone, and feel of one of the most popular instrument ever made   Made in Japan as part of Fender's 50th Anniversary, this is a rare find, especially in this color
You get the classic contoured body with a maple neck with a vintage radius and neck shape with 21 vintage-style frets. The heart of this ... more
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Fender Coronado II Modified with Stereo Output 1966 - 1972 - Antigua

Fender Coronado II Modified with Stereo Output 1966 - 1972 - Antigua

Edmond, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


We recently picked this guitar up from the estate of a local musician who has used it for decades. Over the years, it has been modified. It was retrofitted to work in stereo with a Carvin pickup set based on the Carvin wiring diagram. I believe it has been given a phase switch in the middle, and the other two split the humbucker pickups. The family had no idea, but I am basing this on the paperwork showing the wiring diagrams in the photos. Straplocks were installed
There is one issue with ... more
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Starcaster By Fender Mini Strat Guitar Combo Pack Chord, Strap, Mini Deluxe Amp

Starcaster By Fender Mini Strat Guitar Combo Pack Chord, Strap, Mini Deluxe Amp

Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA



Up for sale is this unique, new in the original packaging Starcaster Mini Strat guitar by Fender in a gloss black finish with only a single humbucker bridge pickup. This is a combo pack that includes the guitar, cable, Fender ??Mini Deluxe?? Amp, picks, Strap, and a large sticker sheet with one sticker missing.

This mini Strat guitar is a very cool and unique body design that has only a single... more
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1976 Fender Stratocaster Natural Finish Maple Neck

1976 Fender Stratocaster Natural Finish Maple Neck



TWO PIECE center seamed Hardtail Body with expected wear on a vintage player. Check the pics .NO crazy routes!
This Vintage 1976 Fender Stratocaster was refretted a short while before I purchased it so the frets are in great shape as I haven't played it a lot over the years I've owned it. It does play really well. The neck is straight and slim, .
The pickups were changed at some point and the Seller (a Dealer) didn't know what pups where in it. I can't tell either but he was correct ... more
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Used Fender American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst 2023

Used Fender American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst 2023

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Used Fender American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst 2023
Featuring a premium alder body, a trio of Pure Vintage 1961 Stratocaster pickups & a medium "C " -Shaped maple neck mated with a 7 25" radius slab rosewood fingerboard, the American Vintage II 1961 Stratocaster reproduces the quintessential tone & feel of the original. Other appointments include a vintage-accurate synchronized tremolo with ... more
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Vintage Fender Stratocaster Elite Olympic White 1985

Vintage Fender Stratocaster Elite Olympic White 1985

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Fender Stratocaster Elite Olympic White 1985
Made for only a brief moment around the mid '80s, the Elite Stratocaster features active electronics & noise-cancelling pickups, along with push buttons instead of the more common 5-way pickup selector switch. This one is all original & finished in classic Olympic White. Professionally set up & ready to play straight out of the case
Cosmetic Condition:... more
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1975 Fender Telecaster w / factory Bigsby blonde finish with OHSC

1975 Fender Telecaster w / factory Bigsby blonde finish with OHSC

Laguna Niguel, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition 1975 Fender Telecaster in original see-thru Blonde finish with maple neck / fingerboard with rare, original factory installed Bigsby tremelo system Guitar has the usual nicks, scratches, marks, etc consistent with instruments of this age No major flaws or damage however Nice example of this CBS era Fender, but not the lightest one, weighing in at just under 11lbs
Guitar comes with original Fender case as shown Guitar is sold as is due to pre-owned nature, so please ... more
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1963 Fender Jazzmaster

1963 Fender Jazzmaster

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1963 FenderJazzmaster, Olympic White, Tortoise pickguard, Brazilian board with Clay dots, Singleline Kluson tuners, Floating tremolo, Weighs 8 lbs 1oz, Updated Fenderwaterslide, Body date 2 / 63, Neck date JUL62B, Replaced 1975 Volume pot, We believethe finish is original but there is a little red spray in the neck pocket andunder the guard, Great player! Sounds beautiful, Looks great, VG++, Originalbrown hard case
... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1957 Stratocaster Electric Guitar - 2-Color Sunburst

Fender American Vintage II 1957 Stratocaster Electric Guitar - 2-Color Sunburst

Rochester, New York, 146**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hi there! This is the House of Guitars speaking. Thank you for checking out our Reverb page. We just want to give you a few points as to why you should go with the H O.G !
We are a family business that??s been running strong since 1964 and work with pride and passionEvery listing (UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE) goes through a photoshoot to highlight... more
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2008 Fender Squier Mini Strat Solid Body Electric  Black w / Original Padded Bag

2008 Fender Squier Mini Strat Solid Body Electric Black w / Original Padded Bag

Forest Grove, Oregon, 971**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Black Squier Mini Strat Solid Body Electric
Good playing conditionCleaned with general shop setup and new light EB stringsRub wear and scratches on body from handlingNeck feels good with minor wear to fretboardPlays easy w / good action, life still in truss rod
Comes w / Clean original Bag
Body Laminated HardwoodBridge6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat® Strings-Through-Body HardtailBridge PickupStandard Single-Coil Strat®ColorBlackCommodity ... more
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1969 Fender Mustang Competition Burgundy, matching headstock, case. See descr

1969 Fender Mustang Competition Burgundy, matching headstock, case. See descr

Chesapeake, Virginia, 233**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Fender Mustang competition guitar with matching headstock. It's sat flat in its case a long time, the body imprints a perfect outline in the case lining. It's a consignment from an older gentleman that I go to church with. There will also be an old Gibson SG that will be listed after this one sells. I have taken pictures of inside electrics as well as a picture of the neck end that shows the year. There looks like an extra screw and a broken screw head on one of the tuners as well as 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


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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Fender American Vintage II 1973 Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Aged Natural

Fender American Vintage II 1973 Stratocaster Electric Guitar - Aged Natural

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


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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.