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VINTAGE 1981 FENDER PRO REVERB 2x12 BLACKFACE USA WITH JBL E120'S EXCELLENT CONDITION. Has one little separation on the vinyl on top. See pictures. For more info message Danny
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1958 Fender big box 5G9 Tweed Tremolux Amp

1958 Fender big box 5G9 Tweed Tremolux Amp

Atlanta, Georgia, 303**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1958 Fender big box 5G9 Tweed Tremolux Amp.

This is the fixed bias tweed pro sized tremolux , the one to have

Mostly original, original choke and ot, MM Output transformer

sounds?? amazing?? .

The pics tell the story, she??s a good one folks

$300 shipping, fully insured in lower 48

Sold as is all sales final

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1974 Fender Bassman 10 Guitar Amp w  / Warranty

1974 Fender Bassman 10 Guitar Amp w / Warranty

Orland Park, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1974 Fender Bassman 10 Guitar Amp w / Warranty. From service center repair. will give 90 day warranty... more
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1949 Fender Dual Professional  Super Split front 49 Guitar Amp Rare Artist owned

1949 Fender Dual Professional Super Split front 49 Guitar Amp Rare Artist owned

Ladera Ranch, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1949 Fender Dual Professional Super Split front 49 Guitar Amp Rare Artist owned. Tweed all original, changed power cord and speakers have been re-coned. Sounds amazing! Buyer pays all shipping.... more
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


ONE 1957-1960 5F6 and 5F6-A FENDER Tweed Bassman TRIAD 45249 output Transformer. This also is factory OEM correct for a 1960-1961  Concert model 6G12. This is a clean working unit with original windings, full length, (8?? non spliced and / or burnt, grafted), leads and clean shiny rust free bells .There is a bit of varnish on the leads from the V P.I. process where transformer windings are submerged in hot varnish and then pressurized with air to force the varnish deep into the windings. This ... more
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1956 Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tweed, Extremely rare

1956 Fender Deluxe 5E3 Tweed, Extremely rare

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


incredibly rare and insanely cool 56 tweed deluxe, tolex'd in black by the fender factory around 1967.
this was fender's promo / loaner / rental, so it's one of the best deluxe's on the planet. what do you think they were going to loan out? it's just different, it's better. a little more on the headroom side of the spectrum, which is a very good thing. this amp was tolex'd because it was likely so beat up from so much use. one can only imaginethe recordings and gigs this thing was... more
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Original 1969 Fender Guitar Amplifier Owners Guide Silverface Amp Brochure

Original 1969 Fender Guitar Amplifier Owner's Guide Silverface Amp Brochure

Andover, Connecticut, 062**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Nice original FENDER AMPLIFIER OPERATOR'S GUIDE from late 1960's - early 1970's. This guide would be correct for your "Silverface" Fender amp which I believe was produced starting in 1968. Fullerton, CA. It has 6 pages and includes the unused fold-out Warranty card. Measures 8-1 / 2" x 5-1 / 2 " . A great accessory for your vintage amp or an excellent collectible Fender item. Near Mint condition and very hard to find item. Photos are considered part of the description & ... more
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Original 1963 Fender Vibroverb Amp AB763 Production #9

Original 1963 Fender Vibroverb Amp AB763 Production #9

Pocatello, Idaho, 832**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Original 1963 Fender Vibroverb Amp AB763 Production #9, The Fender Vibroverb was a 40-watt combo guitar amplifier originally manufactured in 1963 and 1964. It was the first Fender amplifier to incorporate on-board reverb and tremolo / vibrato, which became a standard feature on many high-end Fender tube amps during the 1960s and 1970s.... more
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Vintage Fender 300 Bass Amp /  Rack Mount 1980s - RARE!

Vintage Fender 300 Bass Amp / Rack Mount 1980's - RARE!

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


Up for sale is a Vintage Fender 300 Bass Amp / Rack Mount 1980's - RARE!Preowned, but in good condition considering the age. Light scratches, scuffing, and other cosmetic wear from use No structural damage! Includes original Fender Cover!300 watts, 4 ohm minimum total load (8 ohm each jack or 4 ohm one jack)
Tested and fully functional!
SEE PICS and feel free to ask me any questions Comes as pictured I ship same or next business day.... more
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Vintage 1970s Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Amplifier 2x12" ManOWar Red Coat

Vintage 1970's Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Amplifier 2x12" ManOWar Red Coat

Oxnard, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1970's Fender Twin Reverb Silverface Amplifier 2x12" ManOWar Red Coat.
1970's Fender Twin Reverb Silverface for sale. I believe it is a 1973 or 1974. Recently serviced by an amp tech and sounds great. Original footswitch included. Upgraded with Eminence Red Coat ManOWar speakers
Asking $1500 or best offer. Local pick up in Oxnard, California (one hour north of LA). Must arrange pick up within 3 days of auction end.
Sale is final and item sold as-is. Any questions please feel ... more
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Fender 1972 2x12" Twin Reverb Silverface w / Cover

Fender 1972 2x12" Twin Reverb Silverface w / Cover

Rothschild, Wisconsin, 544**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Pre-owned In Very Good Condition
Fender 1972 2x12" Twin Reverb Silverface w / Cover
This item is in very good condition and great working order!
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?? We ship UPS, FEDEX or USPS at our discretion, but we??ll be happy to accommodate your request for a specific shipping service. ?? All shipments are insured. ?? Expedited and Overnight shipping are available. Please request a quote.... more
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Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970 Silverface Bassman amp head
It has been re-capped and black faced. I put brand new JJs and Sovtex tubes in it
Transformers are all closely dated to the spring of 1970 along with the date codes on all the capacitors I removed
The power section and negative feedback circuit match those of the AA864
I replaced the power tube output sockets because they were total trash. Now the power tubes are solid as a rock
I left the original tone caps in place-none were leaking DC ... more
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Vintage 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb Guitar Amp Amplifier

Vintage 1966 Fender Princeton Reverb Guitar Amp Amplifier

Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a wonderful Fender Princeton Guitar Amplifier. The amp is complete and matching numbers. all original. The speaker, transformers, Foot pedal are all original. This was professional serviced, and a grounded 3 prong power cord was added. The amp sounds amazing. The tremelo and reverb are awesome. The tube tone breaks up so nice. gives that true valve overdrive This is a must have amplifier for any recording studio. also great live and send thru the PA system All the numbers match to 1966. ... more
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Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Fender Twin Reverb
Top of the line combo for Fender
Amazing tone. With plenty of volume
Pre CBS. This is before the company was turned over to CBS. One silver insert missing from knob. Death AC cord removed and three prong cord added for your safety. Fresh cap job with better speaker wiring. Original speakers and transformers.
Amp will need cleaning but that is all. When it comes to amps we usually will allow the buyer to do so
Incredible sound. This was Fender's flagship... more
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1967 Fender Bandmaster Black Panel Vintage Piggyback Tube Amp Head, AB763

1967 Fender Bandmaster Black Panel Vintage Piggyback Tube Amp Head, AB763

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


Up for sale, a 1967 Fender Bandmaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The head is one of the very last Black Panel amps ever produced (having already transitioned to the turquoise stripe grillcloth seen on the "Drip Edge" amps). This 40 watt Black Panel Fender features an AB763 circuit, delivering rich, balanced cleans and cascading into smooth tube overdrive at higher volumes. The cleans are balanced and warm, with Fender's sparkling top end and the ability to dial in just ... more
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1963 Fender Deluxe Non-Reverb Black Panel Pre-CBS Vintage Tube Amp 1x12 AA763

1963 Fender Deluxe Non-Reverb Black Panel Pre-CBS Vintage Tube Amp 1x12 AA763

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


Up for sale, a 1963 Fender Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of the very first Black Panel Deluxe amps to roll off Fender's assembly line in late 1963, this amp has a full contingent of component source date codes from '63 as well as an extremely low A002XX serial number on the chassis. Benefiting from a thorough checkup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar to ensure optimal performance, this amp is stage and studio ready, boasting the model's earliest ... more
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1970s Fender Super cabinet w / Cesar Diaz-Stevie Ray Vaughan baffle. Cabinet only

1970's Fender Super cabinet w / Cesar Diaz-Stevie Ray Vaughan baffle. Cabinet only

Culver City, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970's Fender Super amp cabinet with custom made by Cesar Diaz / Stevie Ray Vaughan 4x10 baffle, cabinet only, no speakers no amp
This very rare and unique custom baffle idea was originally designed / made by Cesar Diaz for Stevie Ray Vaughan to accommodate the heavier EV's that SRV put in his Super's and Vibroverb's, this one was made for an unknown client at the time and is dated 4-22-2001, almost one year to the day before Cesar's death
The cabinet is a 1970's Silverface Super ... more
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1961 Fender Deluxe Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp 5E3 w /  Victoria Cover

1961 Fender Deluxe Tweed Narrow Panel Vintage Tube Amp 5E3 w / Victoria Cover

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


Up for sale, a 1961 Fender Deluxe in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, featuring the original Victoria Luggage canvas cover, well-kept tweed, an extremely original circuit, a vintage Jensen P12Q speaker, and a complete vintage tube set. This is one of the very last Tweed-era Deluxe amps produced before the Brown Panel amps were introduced just months later in the '61 model year
Few circuits are more desired and emulated than the narrow panel Tweed 5E3, and this amp delivers... more
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Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w /  Cover

Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb Guitar Combo Amp w / Cover

Denton, Texas, 762**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb 35-Watt, Black Panel, 2-Channel Combo Tube Amplifier w / Cover!
The Black Panel Fender Vibrolux Reverb is one of the more desirable amps of the era. Fender discontinued the Brownface Vibrolux Amp in early '64, almost immediately replacing it with the Vibrolux Reverb. Sporting 35 watts of power from two 6L6 tubes in a 2x10" configuration, these amps broke up fairly early compared to the bigger 6L6 Fenders of the era thanks to their smaller ... more
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1964 Fender Deluxe-Amp AB763 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier Amp #50118

1964 Fender Deluxe-Amp AB763 Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier Amp #50118

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


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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 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

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 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