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1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - page 7

Page 7 gives descriptions and specifications of six Fender solid body bass guitars, following on from the accompanying images on the previous page. The basses described are the Fender Precision, Fender Jazz bass, Fender Telecaster bass, Fender Mustang bass, Fender Bass V and Fender Bass VI.

The fender line was always in flux; this 1969 catalog was the last to include Fender's five string Bass V, whilst the Mustang bass (pictured on the previous page in white) was about to be reincarnated as the Competition Mustang, with it's striped body. In fact it was already being labelled as such in early '69 Fender literature.

May 1969 prices for these models were as follows: Competition Mustang Bass $229.50; Precision $279.50 (sunburst), $293.50 (blonde/custom finish); Telecaster Bass $289.50 (blonde), $319.50 (Paisley/Floral); Jazz $339.50 (sunburst), $356.50 (blonde/custom finish); Bass V and Bass VI $359.50 (sunburst), $377.00 (blonde/custom finish). The Precision and Jazz were also available with an optional maple fretboard for a small premium (additional 5%). The Precision Jazz and Telecaster Bass were also available as left handed guitars (additional 10%).

The beat is big. The playing is comfortable. The instrument is a Fender bass. Upbeat sounds of today's downtown music reflects the musical impact of Fender electric basses which, for nearly two decades, have meant quality design, durable construction, and great bass sound! Often challenged but never equalled, the big beat sound of a Fender electric bass is distinguishable in any company.

Fender Custom Guitar - 1969 Fender catalog, page 7 - Fender Precision, Fender Jazz, Fender Telecaster bass, Fender Mustang bass, Fender Bass V, Fender Bass VI
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1975 Fender Precision P-Bass Guitar Olympic White #50900

1975 Fender Precision P-Bass Guitar Olympic White #50900

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


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Whittier, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Located in historic uptown Whittier, California

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1978 USA Fender Precision Bass Neck with Original Tuners & Stringtree VGC $1NR

1978 USA Fender Precision Bass Neck with Original Tuners & Stringtree VGC $1NR



1978 USA Fender Precision Bass Neck with Original Tuners & Stringtree VGC $1 N R.
I've had this neck for the last 15 years or so, waiting for the right body to mate it with. So far, none of the precision bodies I've considered have declared itself the right one. I have had it on a couple of P bodies and it had no playability issues - but the Feng Shui just wasn't there, I felt the neck deserved better. I've had my eyes open looking for a Sherwood Green body with matching wear but just ... more
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1972 Vintage Fender Precision Bass with HSC

1972 Vintage Fender Precision Bass with HSC

Lafayette, Louisiana, 705**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 51 year old Fender Precision Bass has had the pickup swapped out with an older EMG model. The bass sounds absolutely amazing. This guitar was used in a recording studio in New Orleans. It is ultra-light at just over 8 pounds. The pickguard has been modified to accept the 9V battery for the pickup (see photo). The frets are worn, but have some life left. The body comes with all the knicks and dings of a well gigged bass. The case seems to be original to the guitar and has had a handle ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass - Black

Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass - Black

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


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fender jazz bass 1983 guitar

fender jazz bass 1983 guitar

Savannah, Georgia, 314**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


fender american jazz bass guitarmade in US 1983great guitar with awesome soundperfect conditionalder body and maple neckserial number e301168... more
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1971 Fender Jazz Bass a groovy example in Sunburst w / a 4 bolt rosewood neck.

1971 Fender Jazz Bass a groovy example in Sunburst w / a 4 bolt rosewood neck.

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


Another cool one just acquired its a pretty clean & very original 1971 Fender Jazz Bass w / all the right features, its has its original Sunburst finish over a nice Alder body, its White Bound & Block inlaid 4-bolt Rosewood Neck is pretty clean w / a perfect logo & frets, there's no date stamp on its neck typically from this period but she has pot date codes from the 16th week of 1971, its original Tortoise-shell pickgard pulls this all together making it one of Fender??s last great ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - Olympic White

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - Olympic White

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


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1978  Fender Jazz Bass an affordable example w / a groovy Refin in Blue Sparkle !

1978 Fender Jazz Bass an affordable example w / a groovy Refin in Blue Sparkle !

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


Just in is another late 70??s Jazz Bass w / all the right features in nice shape, its has a pretty-refin in a Blue Sparkle finish w / a few dings here & there over an Alder body, its White Bound 3-bolt Maple Neck is very original, its sporting a newer white pearloid gard w / a good set of cloth wrapped Reissue pickups aboard, its got original tuners & bridge, it has a groovy patina & it plays & feels excellent, overall she??s very good & is a nice alliterative to a far higher... more
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1961 Fender Jazz Bass Refin Stacked Knobs Olympic White

1961 Fender Jazz Bass Refin Stacked Knobs Olympic White

Syracuse, New York, 132**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Fender Jazz Bass Refin Stacked Knobs Olympic White
Year: 1961
Case: Hardshell Case
Weight: 9 0lbs 
Cosmetic Condition:  Bass is in very good condition with a good amount of playwear given its age   The hardware components have a bit of corrosion throughout    The body has some checking as well as a handful of dings, chips, and scratches that can be seen in our listing photos   The finish on the neck has been a bit worn through from years of playing but it feels amazing ... more
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1975 Vintage American Fender Bass. One Owner.

1975 Vintage American Fender Bass. One Owner.

Dover, Florida, 335**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The serial numbers
01=Precision bass
03=maple fretboard
36=made in 36th week of year

Was my father??s
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Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass - 3-tone Sunburst

Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass - 3-tone Sunburst

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


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Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass - 3-tone Sunburst

Fender American Vintage II 1960 Precision Bass - 3-tone Sunburst

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


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1963 Fender Jazz Bass with OHSC

1963 Fender Jazz Bass with OHSC

Brookline, Massachusetts, 024**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling one 1963 Fender Jazz Bass with original brown tolex HSC. Actually might be a late 62, can't remember, but will be opening it up to date it properly soon Bass is in fine working order with no originality, playability or mechanical issues. Weight is 9 lbs exactly I will of course be taking more pictures and updating the auction when I have a moment later this week. Just wanted to get the listing up and running and get in touch with any serious buyers Please take a look at ALL the pictures ... more
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1972 Vintage Fender Precision Bass

1972 Vintage Fender Precision Bass

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Available for consideration is a 1972 Fender P / J deluxe Precision Bass. This is a modified instrument from the original configuration, when it left the Fender factory (Fullerton Ca ) Modifications to the instrument only include: Installation of a Dimarzio jazz bass pickup near the bridge. Replaced the original Fender pickups and installed desirable Dimarzio single coil pickups at the neck posistion (little to no hum or noise). 2 volume and 1 tone pot, a quality brass bridge assembly, and a ... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - 3-Color Sunburst w /  Rosewood FB -

Fender American Vintage II 1966 Jazz Bass - 3-Color Sunburst w / Rosewood FB -

Winchester, Virginia, 226**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Used Fender 1977-1978 USA Musicmaster 4 String Electric Bass with Case

Used Fender 1977-1978 USA Musicmaster 4 String Electric Bass with Case

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


Great sounding vintage Fender 1977-1978 USA made Musicmaster 4 string electric bass. The aged white finish looks even better in person. There are a few signs of cosmetic wear from normal use over the years but no break or repairs and it plays and sounds great. The original pickups sound great and and it has a great vintage tone. Includes a road runner hard shell case (pictured)Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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1973 Fender P-Bass White w /  Hardshell Case, Xavier Armenta Neck

1973 Fender P-Bass White w / Hardshell Case, Xavier Armenta Neck

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1973 Fender P-Bass White w / Hardshell Case
Bassists! It??s time to get funked up with this vintage 1973 Fender P! Featuring an Olympic White style refinish job, a tort guard, and B-width neck, this bass has everything you need to get the job done!
The iconic large 70s logo sets this bass apart from a crowd of wannabes. When you pull this bass out at the gig, everyone will know that yours is the real deal! Although it??s been refinished, the new paint job has been reliced and worn in an ... more
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1966 Fender Mustang Bass (Hard Case Included)

1966 Fender Mustang Bass (Hard Case Included)



This vintage 1966 Fender Mustang Bass is a classic piece for any bassist. With its iconic design and versatile sound, this bass is perfect for any level of player. The brand is well-known and highly respected in the music industry, and this instrument is sure to impress

The bass comes with a hard case for easy transport and protection. It has been well-loved and played, but still produces a quality sound. This instrument is a great addition to any collection or live performance setup... more
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Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1st year 1972 Fender Musicmaster Bass in its original Blue finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete with the exception of a small chip in the bottom corner of the pickguard. It is also 100% complete. A non-original blue chipboard case is included and has some damaged areas. This bass looks great with nicks + dings, minor finish checking and other cosmetic wear ... more
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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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