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1969 Fender Lovin' Care guitar, bass and amp catalog - inside cover

The inside cover of the Fender 1969 guitar and bass catalog shows a selection of artists of various genres, using Fender gear: electric guitars, acoustic guitars, amps and banjos. This collage continues across the page, with further images still on the inside back cover.

The artists shown on this page are: (top row) Buck Owens, The 5th Dimension, The Baja Marimba Band, Wanda Jackson & Her Party Timers, Mike Bloomfield And The Electric Flag; (second row) The Byrds, James Cotton Blues Band, Kenny Vernon, The Association, Noel Harrison; (third row) Jim Edward Brown, Mike Saluzzi and Oscar Mesa with Roger Williams, Ian & Sylvia, Charlie Pride, The Union Gap; (bottom row) Don Ellis, Ray Pillow, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sebastiao Neto With Sergio Mendes' Brazil 66, Faron Young.

1969 Fender Musicmaster - 1969 Fender catalog, inside cover
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Portland, Maine, 041**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Fender Elite Telecaster 1983 Sienna Burst-Rare and in excellent Condition

Fender Elite Telecaster 1983 Sienna Burst-Rare and in excellent Condition

Kernersville, North Carolina, 272**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


2nd owner. Guitar is in amazing shape and was taken care of beyond expectations. The body neck paint hardware, electronics and plastics are well preserved. The most important thing is that this guitar plays perfectly and the electronics are unbelievable. When I purchased, I had it set up with 9??s and had a thorough inspection.
All original equipment-No Mods-No Surprises
Original case

Since acquiring this Tele, it has spent a vast majority of its time in the case and in a ... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1959 Jensen  P12Q AlNiCo  5  speaker EIA date code 220908 with very rare original ribbed cone This has a vented voice coil cap. This is a nice example with a tight cone and clean black basket This is 8 ohms nominal impedance.
Great as a REPLACEMENT for your vintage amp . Obviously, (unless you are an imbecile like strat and firebird),   you would know that this is not an OEM Fender speaker as dictated by the Cxxxx number. The correct C- number for a OEM Fender P12Q ... more
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1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster - Blue Ice Metallic

1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster - Blue Ice Metallic

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965-1966 Fender Stratocaster. The body has been professionally refinished by Joe Riggio in blue ice metallic. One of my favorite 60s colors! Joe absolutely nailed this color and has the exact mix. He did a very light Relic on it with some nice checking and some wear tastefully applied in a few places

Video: https: / / youtu be / Z98Zxk1-DU?si=xfIQ8pNbI4QjoGjK

The neck has a September 1966 date, but it has the smaller pre-CBS headstock. A few small headstock Stratocaster ... more
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We are downsizing and selling 50 years of collecting and accumulating! All items are Antique, Vintage or Retro. Items will be added weekly, so ... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1956 Jensen  P10Q AlNiCo   speaker EIA date code 220635 with very rare original ribbed cones. A bit of an oddball having the 1957 and up magnet sticker as original. This is 8 ohms nominal impedance
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1984 American Fender Telecaster

1984 American Fender Telecaster

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Selling my 1984 USA Fender Telecaster. Just had a pro setup-neck is straight and action low. Overall it has a few small dings and light scratches. Hardware near mint condition. Pickups, selector switch and volume / tone controls work as they should. Neck has a little play wear but nothing serious. Lots of fret life left. Includes Fender case that's missing a foot and original hing pin but is fully functional. Smoke / pet odor free
Free shipping to continental US only. Will not ship to P O. ... more
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1979 Fender Stratocaster

1979 Fender Stratocaster

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


1979 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition with very minimal signs of wear throughout the instrument. This guitar is almost completely original with the only alterations being the pickups have been replaced with white covered Dimarzio strat pickups. The original pickups are included in the case. This guitar was constructed with an ash body, maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. 1 62" nut width, .98" thickness at the first fret, 1 06" thickness at the twelfth fret and weighs... more
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Fender American Vintage II 1975 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar - Black

Fender American Vintage II 1975 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar - Black

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


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50s Fender  52 Telecaster Bridge # 1857 saddles USA Rl Tele plate PAT. PEND.

50's Fender 52 Telecaster Bridge # 1857 saddles USA Rl Tele plate PAT. PEND.

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


Period correct early 52 thru 59 Fender Telecaster Bridge and threaded Saddles Made in the USA / Serial sample number # 1857
This rare and beautiful old USA reissue is the perfect part to restore your vintage USA pre CBS Telecaster Fender stamped with all the correct pat pend numbers In excellent working order Check out the cool picturesThank you for looking... more
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1960s Original Fender String Display Box  / Vintage Fender Strings Promotional

1960's Original Fender String Display Box / Vintage Fender Strings Promotional

Weatherford, Texas, 760**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960's Original Fender String Display Box with Fender Strings. Please reference pictures. All strings are new. Some packages in good condition, and some are not. I did not count how many are in the display box. Please reference pictures as they are part of my description. Thank you!
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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


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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1975 Fender MUSTANG Sunburst

1975 Fender MUSTANG Sunburst

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1975 Fender Mustang in Sunburst. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the tremolo arm. The original hardshell case is included, but only one latch is working. There are nicks + dings, finish cracks, a small chipped off corner of the pickguard and other cosmetic wear including some chipped finish on the neck. The guitar itself remains structurally sound with no ... more
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Fender Squier Stratocaster ST-362 1984 w /  Hwy 1 Pickups & Trem Made In Japan MIJ

Fender Squier Stratocaster ST-362 1984 w / Hwy 1 Pickups & Trem Made In Japan MIJ

Carrollton, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Fender Squier Stratocaster ST-362 electric guitar was crafted in Japan in 1984. It features a solid body with a black finish, a maple neck, and a rosewood fretboard with 21 frets. The guitar has a professional performance level and comes with 6 strings and a 4 / 4 size

The guitar is in used condition but has been well-maintained and includes upgraded Hwy 1 pickups and trem. The Fender Squier Stratocaster is a classic model with a renowned sound, perfect for any right-handed ... more
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1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar Refinished Mostly Original Guitar Vintage!

1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar Refinished Mostly Original Guitar Vintage!

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


60's Mustang Old Refin
1966 Fender Mustang Electric Guitar
*1965 Pot Codes
*1965 Neck Stamp
*1966 Pickups
*1966 Neck Plate
Weighs: 7 Pounds, 4 Ounces
All Operates as it should
PLEASE DO NOT mistake picture glare for flaws . If you think you're seeing something not mentioned in this listing, please ask!!
There are lots of pics, so when you receive it, its exactly what you expected, if not better. No surprises with this sale . Buy with confidence!
Please review ... more
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1956 Fender Duo Sonic Gold Guard Desert Sand

1956 Fender Duo Sonic Gold Guard Desert Sand

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


Up for sale is a super cool vintage 1956 Fender Duo Sonic Gold Guard in Desert Sand. We love this era of the student gold guard instruments and this one is a lot of fun to play. It appears at some point in this guitars life the body was painted another color (Red?) and it looks as though the amateur refinish was sanded and removed to what we see now. This appears to be what's left of the original Desert Sand finish but its really tough to say for certain. The neck retains its original finish and... 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
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1964-1965 Fender Stratocaster

1964-1965 Fender Stratocaster

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here??s a killer prayer grade pre-CBS transition era Stratocaster. My repair and restoration guys are a little backed up right now. So I??m going to put this up in as is condition to see if there??s any interest. If not, I??ll take it down, have the work done, and it will go up again more fully restored at a higher price

Note: the vintage case is not included with the Guitar. It??s just for the photos. You will get the form fit case pictured in photos 25. I think ... more
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Fender 1971 Maple Telecaster Neck

Fender 1971 Maple Telecaster Neck

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


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U S.A. and Worldwide Bidders Welcomed
Please note that we do not participate in Ebay's Global Shipping Program Out international buyers will not be required to pay import fees upfront during checkout through Ebay
How many of you Gibson fans out there have always wanted to build yourselves that awesome Gibson project guitar, but didn??t want to spend the money on a Gibson guitar only to dismantle it. ... more
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1965 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Finish Electric Guitar w / OHSC

1965 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Finish Electric Guitar w / OHSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Fender Jaguar Olympic White Finish Electric Guitar w / OHSC
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
All Original
Neck Dates September 1965, Pots Date To 30th Week Of 1965
Original Frets In Very Good Condition
Original Custom Color Olympic White Finish Shows Playwear, Dings, And Buckle Rash
Alder Body
Bound Maple Neck With Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Pickup 7 29k
Bridge Pickup 9 29k
Weight 7lb 12oz
Nut Width 1 6335 "
Neck Depth At 1st Fret .82 " ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

1961 Hofner Colorama I

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

1961 Hohner ZambesiThis very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

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

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.