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FENDER | CATALOGS | 1969

1969 Fender guitar catalog

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This catalog is dated 1969. 48 pages, colour throughout. 304mm x 215mm. The 1969 Fender catalog uses the same format as the 1968 Fender catalog, with each double page having an image and description of a handful of guitars in the range. This was the final year of this format for some time, with the next (1970) catalog, featuring a single model on each page.

The catalog features numerous interesting and iconic locations around California (where Fender was based), from the one of the world's first 'theme parks' Knott's Berry farm to the legendary Whisky-A-Go-Go and Hollywood Bowl venues.

Although dated 1969, the catalog was most likely printed in late '68 and therefore did not absolutely match the complete product line for much of 1969. Several new instruments are introduced within it's pages, most notably 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, Coronado Bass I (actually Coronado II and XII too in name; from '70 they would be the Antigua II and XII).

Electric guitars:

Bronco set
Coronado I, II and XII
Coronado (Wildwood)
Duo Sonic
Electric XII
Esquire
Musicmaster
Mustang
Jaguar
Jazzmaster
Stratocaster
Telecaster

Bass guitars:

Bass V
Bass VI
Coronado bass I and II
Jazz
Mustang
Precision
Telecaster

Acoustic guitars:

Concert
Wildwood acoustic
Kingman
Malibu
Newporter
Palomino
Shenandoah
Villager

Steel guitars:

Champ set
Deluxe 6, Deluxe 8
Dual 6
Pedal 400
Pedal 800
Pedal 1000
Pedal 2000
Studio Deluxe set
Stringmaster

Other Instruments:

Electric Mandolin

Amplifiers:

Bandmaster
Bassman
Deluxe/Reverb
Dual Showman
Princeton/Reverb
Pro/Reverb
Solid-State Bassman
Solid-State Vibrolux/Reverb
Solid-State Deluxe/Reverb
Solid-State Twin/Reverb
Solid-State Super/Reverb
Solid-State Pro/Reverb
Showman 15"
Super/Reverb
Twin/Reverb
Vibro/Champ
Vibrolux/Reverb

Keyboards:

Contempo
Fender-Rhodes piano
Fender-Rhodes piano bass

Banjos:

Allegro series
Artist series
Concert Tone series


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Fender Stratocaster MIJ E-Series 1980s Black Electric Guitar

Fender Stratocaster MIJ E-Series 1980's Black Electric Guitar

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$31

Fender Stratocaster MIJ E-Series 1980's Black Electric Guitar
Serial #: E601711Made in Japan, 1980's (1984 -1987)
This Fender Stratocaster E-series is in good overall condition. The guitar plays well with working electronics. It does have some surface blemishes and nicks and wear from age. The headstock has some nicks along the edges. There is a larger nick on one of the points of the body at the neck. The base of the guitar has scuffs and scratches. The original knobs have been replaced ... more
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Original 1967 Fender Musical Instruments Full Page Ad in Color Amps / Bass / Guitars

Original 1967 Fender Musical Instruments Full Page Ad in Color Amps / Bass / Guitars

Plattsburgh, New York, 129**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

A very cool full page ad from a 1967 magazine for " Fender" Musical Instruments featuring a "groovy " band of the day with all of their Fender brand instrumentsincluding their P A.! A super cool WALL of early Fenderamps behind them.
This measures 10 3 / 4" by 8 1 / 2" and is an original adnot a copy. The edges show light wear but this will looksuper framed or in an album
Shipping is $4 50 in the 50 states
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1972 Fender Full Line Catalog CBS Stratocaster Telecaster Jaguar Super Reverb

1972 Fender Full Line Catalog CBS Stratocaster Telecaster Jaguar Super Reverb

Greenwood, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

This listing is for one (1) 1972 Fender full line catalog. This may have been CBS Fender's most comprehensive catalog. Contains Strats, Tele's, Jaguars, Jazzmaster's, Mustang's, All of the amps, steels, Rhodes pianos, accessories, etc. 66 pages of product in total! This one is worn, Haas creases, wear, the center two pages are taped back in long ago, and the owner wrote his name on it. Otherwise, a cool item of the early 70's. Ships in a standard cardboard mailer.... more
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1982 Eminence  10"  Speaker Fender Princeton  8 OHM /   One or Two Available

1982 Eminence 10" Speaker Fender Princeton 8 OHM / One or Two Available

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

$49

1982 Eminence 10" Speaker 8 ohm Well made large Magnet More Crisp Than a JensenA little overspray from old Cab being spray paintedUSA 48 only
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FENDER GUITARS- " Signature Series" 1992 Store Poster 39 " x27 " -SRV-EC-JBeck + 9more

FENDER GUITARS- " Signature Series" 1992 Store Poster 39 " x27 " -SRV-EC-JBeck + 9more

Thornville, Ohio, 430**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$55

You are looking at a very nice FENDER GUITARS- " Signature Series" 1992 Store Poster measures 39 " x27" in near mint condition. Please ask all questions BEFORE you buy.... more
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Estate find Great lot of 1960-1980s guitar parts. Fender, Gibson etc See descr.

Estate find Great lot of 1960-1980's guitar parts. Fender, Gibson etc See descr.

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

$60

Fender, Gibson, , Telecaster Stratostat and others parts might be a gold mine for the fixer upper of these rare brands. Many dozens include pick ups and many parts I have no way of checking them out yet I think these might be all good and useful pieces. Sold as is and not returnable Starting at a low price and hope someone might want them... more
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1954-1961 FENDER TWEED GUITAR AMP TRIAD POWER TRANSFORMER MOUNTING BRACKET REPRO

1954-1961 FENDER TWEED GUITAR AMP TRIAD POWER TRANSFORMER MOUNTING BRACKET REPRO

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

$69

This high-quality Triad power transformer mounting bracket repro is a perfect fit for your 1954-1961 Fender Tweed Guitar Amp. Crafted with precision, this mounting bracket guarantees long-lasting performance and excellent functionality. Its durable design ensures that it can withstand the rigors of regular use, making it an ideal choice for guitar enthusiasts
Whether you are a professional musician or a hobbyist, this power transformer mounting bracket repro is a must-have for your ... more
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1950s FENDER TWEED GUiTAR AMP 6L6  CATHODE BIAS UPGRADE KIT.

1950's FENDER TWEED GUiTAR AMP 6L6 CATHODE BIAS UPGRADE KIT.

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

$69

Do you have an early 1950's Fender High PowerPoint Tweed Amplifier? Ever notice that your power tubes run hot ? ? maybe discolor the rear panel and burn the silk screening off the pentodecpower tubes? It's because the bias circuit is set up for 110 VAC and the line voltage is 122 or 123 VAC causing a rise in the output voltage of the secondary of the power transformer

In the pictures you'll see me biasing a 1951 Fender Tweed Pro with the 250 ohm 10 watt resistor ... more
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1959 Fender Stratocaster Life Size Cardboard Promo 1987 NBT Keri Kelli

1959 Fender Stratocaster Life Size Cardboard Promo 1987 NBT Keri Kelli

Lake Forest, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$70

Vintage and very rare life-size shaped cardboard fender Stratocaster. This was owned by rock guitarist Keri Kelli. It was purchased at a family estate sale. Made in 1987. Size is 37?? x 12 1 / 2??... more
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FENDER 1972  VINTAGE ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS CATALOG-AMPS-KEYBOARDS-ACCESS.

FENDER 1972 VINTAGE ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS CATALOG-AMPS-KEYBOARDS-ACCESS.

Portland, Maine, 041**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

FENDER 1972 VINTAGE ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS CATALOG-AMPS-KEYBOARDS-ACCESS.... more
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Fender Bakelite Handle Telecaster Poodle Case, Nice Vintage Handle for Project

Fender Bakelite Handle Telecaster Poodle Case, Nice Vintage Handle for Project

Payson, Arizona, 855**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$79

Good used condition, feels nice, see photos to see condition of item prior to purchase.... more
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Rare Vintage Teisco Tulip Electric Guitar Model: A-120 MIJ W /  Fender Strap

Rare Vintage Teisco Tulip Electric Guitar Model: A-120 MIJ W / Fender Strap

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100

This rare vintage Teisco Tulip electric guitar model A-120 was made in Japan during the 1960s and comes with a Fender strap. The body is made of mahogany and has a sunburst color, while the neck is made of maple and has a rosewood fretboard. It has 22 frets and a solid body type.

This electric guitar is perfect for intermediate players and has a 6 string configuration. It is right-handed and has a unique vintage design that makes it stand out. The brand is Teisco. Don't miss the... more
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62 AVRl   Fender Jaguar tortoise  Pickguard  USA Celluloid  Reissue only

'62 AVRl Fender Jaguar tortoise Pickguard USA Celluloid Reissue only

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$119

AVRI Reissue Fender Jaguar celluloid / nitrate pickguard / For American Vintage Reissue's Jaguars Made in the USA / Will not fit the pre cbs and 60's 70's original Jaguars only the USA reissue's This old reissue is the perfect replacement for your USA AVR JaguarBeautiful tortoise pattern / Period correct wide bevel , truss rod scoopColor looks different in different lighting / This guard will only fit the reissue JaguarsPlease check out the picturesThank you for looking
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2008 Fender Squier Mini Strat Solid Body Electric  Black      Set up

2008 Fender Squier Mini Strat Solid Body Electric Black Set up

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

$130

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
Body Laminated HardwoodBridge6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat® Strings-Through-Body HardtailBridge PickupStandard Single-Coil Strat®ColorBlackCommodity Code9207901000ConfigurationSSSControl KnobsWhite ... 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

$146

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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Guitar Squier By Fender Freedom of Expression Since 1982 Vintage 20th Anniversar

Guitar Squier By Fender Freedom of Expression Since 1982 Vintage 20th Anniversar

Orlando, Florida, 328**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$146

Guitar Squier By Fender Freedom of Expression Since 1982 Vintage 20th Anniversary   with black Fender cargo soft case   used Condition of item is as pictured. Some scratches, scuffs, and other blemishes may exist in keeping with the item's age. Please see images for added details . tested and works fine   Please read the description and take a closer look at the photos to make sure you want the item 100% before you buy
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Fender 1973 Stratocaster 3 Tone Sunburst Vintage Electric Guitar Modified

Fender 1973 Stratocaster 3 Tone Sunburst Vintage Electric Guitar Modified

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

$150

This Fender Stratocaster from 1973. The guitar plays well and the pickups work. See video. Serial number 418051 on neckplate falls in the range of original 1973 release. The body is 3 Tone Sunburst finish. It features three pickups and a pickup selector The guitar has 21 frets, weighs 6lbs 14oz and is right-handed. Guitar was reviewed by guitar store expert and many original parts were replaced. Not sure what is original or not on this guitar. See pictures for views of condition and wear of ... more
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Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Fender 1 MEG AUD Pots P Bass Jazzmaster Jaguar 1965 - Original Solder Joints

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 708**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$185

This is a matching set of 1965 Stackpole pots from a 1965 Fender Jaguar. These were used on the Jaguar, Jazzmaster, and P Bass. 304-6530 matching date code on both pots. Factory solder joints. Original capacitor and resistor. This assembly was pulled from a fully functional guitar. Please ask all question in advance of purchasing.... more
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Two 1980 1981 Original Fender Jazzmaster Pickups One Good One Dead

Two 1980 1981 Original Fender Jazzmaster Pickups One Good One Dead

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 187**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200

I Have These Two Pickups Listed Separately .One Is Good One Is Dead .You Can Buy Them Both Here For $200 . I Will End The Separate Listings If These Are Purchased .Grey Fiber . 08 08 81 . do not know if 1980 or 1981 no lead wires .Sale Final .No Returns... more
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Vtg Fender Stratocaster  Hard Shell Case with red fluffy inside, 1980s

Vtg Fender Stratocaster Hard Shell Case with red fluffy inside, 1980s

Rocky River, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200

Vintage Fender Stratocaster Hard Shell Case with red fluffy inside, 1980s w / leather GripNo Logo, No Key
Very Good condition with scratches. See last pictures for problem areas
Thanks for looking and shipping is to the US only. Please do feel free to ask any questions you may have.
I am retired and buy at estate sales
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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.