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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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Original 1951 Fender No-Caster control plate, pots, knobs, switch, and capacitor

Original 1951 Fender No-Caster control plate, pots, knobs, switch, and capacitor

Santa Cruz, California, 950**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3250

Offered here is a complete control plate from a 1951 No-Caster. This plate has Stackpole pots stamped 304106. The knobs are the earliest version (taller and coarse knurling). The switch is the early CRL 1452 three-way. The switch tip is the early Dakaware with pat. pend. on the base. It has the original 15k ohm resistor and the original 0 05uF capacitor. It appears to wired to the the original wiring schematic.
Recent sales on eBay and Reverb show this set could be parted out for over $4000 ... more
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1980 S Fender American Standard Original Tuners

1980 S Fender American Standard Original Tuners

Brevard, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Complete and in excellent workin and cosmetic condition
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Mint Left- Handed Fender American Vintage II 1957 Stratocaster - Vintage Blonde

Mint Left- Handed Fender American Vintage II 1957 Stratocaster - Vintage Blonde

Litchfield Park, Arizona, 853**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1725

Mint condition Left Handed Fender Vintage II 57 Stratocaster. This is in new condition in all respects. Protective plastic still on pickguard and back plate. Beautiful vintage blonde nitrocellulose finish over an ash body that has a beautiful yellow cast to it. Classic 57 V maple neck with a 7 25" radius that is perfect in all respects. Cold rolled steel block and bent steel saddles. Vintage style tweed case with all hang tags and case candy. Vintage appropriate pickups that have that ... more
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Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster Antigua Made in USA

Vintage 1979 Fender Stratocaster Antigua Made in USA

Stockton, California, 952**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5500

Closet Classic 1979 Fender Stratocaster Antigua, No buckle rash on the back. # matching pick guard # matches the neck, I took pictures of every little nick, scratch & chips. Comes the original whammy bar, keys & original case. Will be shipped in 1" Styrofoam around the case for extra protection. Shipping included with sale. Buyer responsible for taxes & insurance.... more
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Vintage Fender Fine Electric Instruments Price List January 1967 Complete

Vintage Fender Fine Electric Instruments Price List January 1967 Complete

Porter Ranch, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

Vintage Fender Price List from 1967. It is in good shape for 57 years old. Small tear pictured. As is!
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1978 Fender Stratocaster hardtail--100% all Original--NO RESERVE--Sunburst

1978 Fender Stratocaster hardtail--100% all Original--NO RESERVE--Sunburst

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$200

1978 Fender Stratocaster--Sunburst with Rosewood Neck Hardtail Bridge--Super Cool Guitar--100% all Original---this guitar was made in the last weeks of 1977 going into 1978--The Pot codes are 137-77-39 which would be 39th week of 1977 .The Pickup code on the Middle position is 77-52-16 which would be 1977 last week 52nd --Bridge pickup code is 10-01-78 1978 1st week of year---this also represents a change in the coding sequence which is pretty cool--Neck pickup is very hard to see but its all... more
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1980 Fender Lead II Vintage USA Fender w / Original plastic Hardshell case

1980 Fender Lead II Vintage USA Fender w / Original plastic Hardshell case

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

$849

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Very cool Vintage Fender Lead II from the Rivera Fender Era. Not quite a strat, not quite a Tele. not a Mustang. The guitar plays wonderfully, and has a more modern Rock and Roll bite to my ears, as an avid Fender player. Nicely refinished in natural as I do not think these came this way. The two pick-ups have coil ... 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

$1899

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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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Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst 1960??s all original, good condition

Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst 1960??s all original, good condition

Douglas, Massachusetts, 015**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

This Fender Jazzmaster is a rare find from the 1960s, with all its original parts intact. The solid body type and 6-string configuration make it a versatile instrument for any type of music. The brand name Fender speaks for itself in terms of quality and prestige, and this guitar is no exception. The instrument has been well-maintained and has only minor signs of wear and tear, considering its age. My dad bought this guitar in the early 1980's. I know this guitar is a 1960's model but have never... more
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1979 Fender American Stratocaster Electric Guitar w /  Case - Vintage, Rare, Nice!

1979 Fender American Stratocaster Electric Guitar w / Case - Vintage, Rare, Nice!

Scottsdale, Arizona, 852**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2470

1979 Fender Stratocaster - rare black with rosewood fingerboard, hard-tail, and original case. It plays beautifully and sounds great. Heavy (9 15lbs) - tons of sustain, textbook Strat tones. Original case is in good fully functional condition, but the liner of the lid is separating from the shell, and hardware has some corrosion. The guitar shows wear of the paint with scratches and chips in the finish - good vibes, typical of the vintage. Feel free to send any questions!... more
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Vintage 1986 1980s Dean Budweiser Bowtie Guitar w /  Fender Case

Vintage 1986 1980's Dean Budweiser Bowtie Guitar w / Fender Case

Orange, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

Vintage 1980s Dean Budweiser GuitarThis buds for youComes as seenincludes soft case (by Fender)they guy I got it from said he had the band members from triumph sign it - no COA on thatsee all pictures
neck is straight and no damagethe pickup is not working and may need to be replacedalso the bridge does not seem to be original, it is actually a Les Paul Tailpiece and not even a bridge at allthe original one is a wrap around style with adjustable saddlesso needs a bridge and a pickup, ... more
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Fender D6 Stringmaster W / OHSC 12 / 1955

Fender D6 Stringmaster W / OHSC 12 / 1955

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2100

This Fender D6 Stringmaster electric guitar is a true gem for any musician or collector. Made in 1955, it features a solid antiqued white body and a double neck 6-string configuration. The guitar is right-handed and has an original chrome leg set (4) included.

The Fender D6 Stringmaster is a classic model that has been played by many famous guitarists throughout history. Whether you're a professional musician or just starting out, this guitar is sure to impress. Don't miss ... more
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VINTAGE FENDER STRATOCATSER BLACK ELECTRIC GUITAR SERIAL No. S 955155 38 75"

VINTAGE FENDER STRATOCATSER BLACK ELECTRIC GUITAR SERIAL No. S 955155 38 75"

Frankfort, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

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Fender Guitar Neck Duo Sonic II 1966

Fender Guitar Neck Duo Sonic II 1966

Prairie Grove, Arkansas, 727**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

This Fender Duo-Sonic electric guitar neck, made in 1966, is a true gem for any musician or collector. With its unique design and classic Fender quality, it's perfect for anyone looking to add a vintage touch to their collection. The guitar features a sleek and comfortable neck, making it easy to play for hours on end. Its rich, full-bodied sound is perfect for a wide range of musical styles, making it a great choice for any guitarist. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting ... more
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Fender 1966 Sunburst Jaguar Alder Body

Fender 1966 Sunburst Jaguar Alder Body

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

$800

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Fender 1966 Veneer Rosewood Jaguar Neck

Fender 1966 Veneer Rosewood Jaguar Neck

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

$1000

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1966 Fender Telecaster Jaguar Jazzmaster Bass Potentiometer Pot

1966 Fender Telecaster Jaguar Jazzmaster Bass Potentiometer Pot

Brevard, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100

In good working condition. All original 1966 pot. Dates the 34 th week of 1966.
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Fender 1977 Bronco Cream Aged Awesome Player Hard Case

Fender 1977 Bronco Cream Aged Awesome Player Hard Case

Miami, Florida, 331**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1175

Fender Bronco from 1977! Refinished in white cream Nitro adds a unique touch to its vintage appeal. It's great to hear that despite some cosmetic changes and minor issues like 2 broken bridge saddles. Intonation solid Performs exceptionally well. The fact that the pickup and pots are original and date back to early '77 adds to its authenticity and charm
The low action and straight neck are definite bonuses, making it a pleasure to play. And with the original frets still in decent shape, it's... more
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Fender 1963 Natural Duo Sonic or Music Master Alder Body

Fender 1963 Natural Duo Sonic or Music Master Alder Body

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

$300

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Fender 1963 Veneer Rosewood Duo Sonic Neck

Fender 1963 Veneer Rosewood Duo Sonic Neck

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

$300

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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.