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Vintage Gibson guitars

Gibsons are perhaps the most highly-regarded of all vintage guitars

The Gibson plant at 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan
The old Gibson plant at 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, now home of Heritage guitars

Vintage Gibson guitars are very special indeed, and they are held in very high regard by serious players and vintage guitar collectors alike. Especially the guitars made in the main Gibson plant, 225 Parsons Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The very best of these guitars were made in the 1950s and 1960s; often referred to as the CMI (Chicago Musical Instruments) period. These Gibsons are the epitome of quality. The best guitars were hand-built. Tops were carved and tap-tuned, a job requiring great skill and experience, and the pieces were assembled and finished by skilled craftsmen, with incredible attention to detail. But even the entry-level Gibson guitars were a step above the majority of guitars available at the time; both in terms of workmanship and components.

Gibson ES300
Late 1940s Gibson ES300

Gibson electric acoustic guitars

But this was a time of big change in the guitar market. Gibson specialised in expensive electric acoustics; high end jazz archtop models like the L5-CES, Super 400, ES-300, ES-350, ES-5, and the very well-known ES-175. These were all large hollow-body guitars with superb clean tones for jazz soloing. But 1955's Byrdland opened the door to a new possibility in guitar design, being the first thinline model.

Gibson endorsers of the 1950s were 'serious' musicians; often guitar virtuosos, in the jazz, pop or bluegrass genres. They would be accompanied by an upright bass, and a drummer using brushes. But the advent of rock 'n' roll changed everything. The necessary increase in volume rendered the jazz box almost obsolete and heralded the rise in popularity of the semi-acoustic and the solid-body.

Jack Bruce basses his sound on Gibson
Jack Bruce basses his sound on Gibson - Gibson advertisement from 1972

Gibson rock guitars

In this time, and under the stewardship of Ted McCarty, Gibson introduced the majority of the iconic models that it is famous for today. The Les Paul in 1952, the ES335, Flying V and Explorer in 1958, the Melody Maker in 1959, the SG in 1961, and the Firebird in 1963. Despite being superb instruments, many of these were too far ahead of their time, and were commercial failures until re-issued years later. Only 98 Flying V guitars were shipped between 1958 and 1959, and only 22 Explorers. The low-production numbers of these models guarantees their desirability to vintage guitar collectors, and if offered for sale could fetch a five or six figure sum, depending on the state of the market.

1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 1967 Melody Maker bass, 1964 Gibson Atlas IV amplifier
1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 1967 Melody Maker bass, 1964 Gibson Atlas IV amplifier

These classic guitars represent Gibson at their best. The quality of materials, workmanship and design placed Gibson guitars of this period right at the pinnacle of American guitar production. When people complain of perceived 'problems' with seventies, eighties or even current Gibson production, it is with these early sixties guitars that the comparison is being made. Gibson went from strength to strength in the early 1960s, selling guitars quicker than they had time to build them. 1965 was their peak year, selling over 83000 instruments. This success, however ultimately proved a huge problem for the company. They expanded to cover demand, even overproducing certain lines, only to find demand dropping in the later part of the decade. By the late 1960s, the American guitar industry was in trouble. Companies were folding and changing hands, and Gibson was no exception. Norlin took charge in December 1969, and immediately introduced numerous new models.

Keith Richards with the Gibson Les Paul Custom, from the 1975 Gibson catalogue
Keith Richards with the Gibson Les Paul Custom, from the 1975 Gibson Les Paul catalogue

The Norlin period

This period is not held in as high regard as the earlier CMI period, and it is true, Gibson produced a lot of low-priced guitars at this time, but the finest instruments are every bit as good as older versions. Guitars like the Citation, L-5S, and Crest are as good as anything Gibson ever built. In 1974 Gibson opened a new plant in Nashville, and some guitar output was moved there. The Nashville plant, especially early on, was unable to compete in terms of quality with Kalamazoo, and some of the seventies bad reputation may have been due to this.

This is the decade Gibson moved away from mahogany, in favour of other woods. The archetypal Gibson solid body sound was rich and dark; it had been produced by Gibson humbuckers, a mahogany body and a glued in mahogany neck. But there was a recognition that a wider tonal range would be greatly appreciated by the guitar buying public. In the early 1970s, electronics wizard Bill Lawrence designed a number of new guitars for Gibson: the L-6S, Marauder, S-1, Grabber bass and Ripper bass; all used maple and or alder, and many were natural-finished giving a distinctly different look to preceding models. They were electronically experimental, using a number of different techniques to achieve greater tonal palettes, from very simple ideas like a moveable pickup, to more in depth multi-position varitone switches.

Gibson RD Standard bass
The Gibson RD Standard bass, circa 1978

Gibson Nashville and Gibson Kalamazoo

The two Gibson plants, Nashville and Kalamazoo, were running in tandem throughout the second half of the 1970s; Nashville built a large proportion of the solid body guitars, including Les Pauls, the L-6S, 335 solids etc, whilst Kalamazoo was the home of basses, hollow bodies, custom order instruments and new product development. A new 'Research and Development' team set to work, their first design taking the name of the group. The all-maple Gibson RD series was one of the last instruments to be made entirely at the Kalamazoo plant. But at this time, even necks on a lot of traditionally all-mahogany instruments went maple, for example 70s Les Pauls, SGs and solid-body 335S. The RD was a collaboration between Gibson and Moog (another norlin company); again an attempt to increase tonal range but this time by creating an active instrument with built-in Moog expansion and compression circuitry. The success of the RD Artist lead to other guitars being fitted with the same electronics, most notably the Les Paul Artist and ES-Artist.

The popularity of the electric guitar was declining somewhat in the early 1980s, but with two plants up and running, Gibson had no shortage of production capacity. So Gibson proceeded with the first of several attempts to create a line of products placed somewhere between it's Japanese built Epiphone 'copies' and it's regular Gibson guitars - see the article on non-Gibson Gibsons. The Gibson Sonex was a range of entry to intermediate level guitars produced at the Nashville plant, using an innovative wood/particle board (resonwood) composite body. The cheapest, the Sonex-180 Deluxe was built in the USA, but actually fitted with imported Japanese pickups and hardware, allowing for an incredibly low launch price. Other models in the series actually used standard Gibson hardware, and the Sonex Artist even had the Moog expansion/compression circuitry of the RD series.

The Gibson Victory series was again all maple with state-of-the-art electronics, this time by Tim Shaw, but still aimed at expanding the range of sounds available from a Gibson. They were passive, save the Artist bass, and even that had a switchable passive mode. These guitars were designed at Kalamazoo, and a few early examples were built there, before production of this line moved to Nashville, at the end of 1981.

Finally in 1984 the Kalamazoo plant closed, and all electric guitar production moved to Nashville. In January 1986 Gibson was sold to it's current owners.

Non-Gibson Gibsons

Gibson was always rightly proud of it's beautifully-built American instruments, but such a large slice of the US guitar market was below the price point of a typical Gibson guitar. Whilst other distributors were importing cheaper guitars from around the world, Gibson attempted (several times) to produce more affordable instruments in the US - typically branded as something other than Gibson, but often with a nod towards the parent brand. These attempts were somewhat successful at first, (notably the 1930s and 1960s Kalamazoo brand) but unable to compete with the mass produced guitars of the 1970s and 1980s. Read more about Gibson's non-Gibson Gibsons: Kalamazoo, Epiphone, Epiphone USA Sonex and Gibson Guitar Co.

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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 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
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!
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
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

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VINTAGE GIBSON GUITAR PRICE LIST DATED OCTOER 15, 1972

VINTAGE GIBSON GUITAR PRICE LIST DATED OCTOER 15, 1972

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

$33

GIBSON PRICE LIST A vintage Gibson guitars price list catalog dated October 15, 1972. This is in very good condition. Please see my photos as they are part of my description. We sell to the Continental only.... more
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Gibson Vintage 1959 Les Paul Volume Tone Jack Pointers Washer Nuts ES 1956 1957

Gibson Vintage 1959 Les Paul Volume Tone Jack Pointers Washer Nuts ES 1956 1957

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34

Gibson Vintage 1959 Les Paul Volume Tone Jack Pointers Washer Nuts ES 1956 1957 1958 1960 1950's
* Vintage 1950's Gibson Pointers Nuts and Washer Set **
Very Good ConditionSee PhotosDomestic shipping $9 00We Ship Worldwide110523 2
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Vintage  1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34

Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual 11 x 17 and all original1964 was the second year for the Hawk Amp and they had a rough brown tolex exterior Reverb and Tremolo they now sell for $900-1200 and this is an original manual form 8 / 64 Kalamazoo Michigan. If you have a 6gibson with a matching amp .you will want this for your case candy investment. Anyway, if not, I have attached the pics so you will have the information for free. :)This Instructions manual ... more
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Gibson Vintage 1960s ES Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set 1961-1969

Gibson Vintage 1960's ES Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set 1961-1969

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34

Gibson Vintage 1960's ES Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set 1961-1969
* Vintage 1960's Gibson Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set **
Very Good Condition Set of 3See PhotosShipping Lower 48 $9 00We Ship Worldwide031524
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Gibson Vintage 1960s ES Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set 1961 1969

Gibson Vintage 1960s ES Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set 1961 1969

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34

Gibson Vintage 1960's ES Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set 1961-1969
* Vintage 1960's Gibson Trapeze Tailpiece Screw Set **
Very Good Condition Set of 3See PhotosShipping Lower 48 $9 00We Ship Worldwide031524


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Gibson Vintage 1972 SG Pickup Ring Screws Springs L6-S 1973 1974 1975

Gibson Vintage 1972 SG Pickup Ring Screws Springs L6-S 1973 1974 1975

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34

Gibson Vintage 1972 SG Pickup Ring Screws Springs L6-S 1973 1974 1975
*Vintage Gibson SG L6S Pickup Screws Springs **
Very Good Condition
See Photos
Domestic shipping $9 00
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 .

Vintage 1960's Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 .

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1964 - 1965 Gibson / Kluson "double line double ring" tuner
This is a "Bass Side" (E-A-D) tuner
This vintage and rare original set of tuners is correct for your mid 1960's Gibson Models include the ES-335, ES-175, SG Standard and many others!
All original tuner button is in very nice shape!
Marked "Kluson Deluxe" in one two lines, Patent Number stamp on the inside ... more
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1964 Gibson  Owners Manual  .SG Special  18140 . Case Candy

1964 Gibson Owners Manual .SG Special 18140 . Case Candy

Painesville, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Up for sale is an original 1964 Gibson owners manual for an SG Special guitar. It's in ok condition with the back missing and it was filled out.
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful, blessed day !
International buyers are welcome using the E Bay global shipping
The price does not include taxes or duties.
PLEASE READ BEFORE BIDDING: Any item over a pound ships UPS Ground. Some cases using USPS is cheaper and we will have that on each item page. If the shipping calculator seems... more
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NOS Gibson Pearl Headstock Logo inlay

NOS Gibson Pearl Headstock Logo inlay

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

$35

This listing is for one (1) New Old Stock Gibson pearl headstock logo inlay. From the Maudie Moore estate. I am unsure how old it is. It is close, but not 100% exact to the inlay in the Norlin era overlays she also had. So they may be 80's or 90's. Pearl is very plain. Paper only for display, not included.
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1970s Gibson USA BLACK Switch Tip Norlin to fit Switchcraft Toggle Guitar Bass

1970s Gibson USA BLACK Switch Tip Norlin to fit Switchcraft Toggle Guitar Bass

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

$35

1970s Gibson USA BLACK Switch Tip Norlin to fit Switchcraft Toggle Guitar Bass Free shipping. Original
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 ..

Vintage 1960's Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 ..

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1964 - 1965 Gibson / Kluson "double line double ring" tuner
This is a "Bass Side" (E-A-D) tuner
This vintage and rare original set of tuners is correct for your mid 1960's Gibson Models include the ES-335, ES-175, SG Standard and many others!
All original tuner button is in very nice shape!
Marked "Kluson Deluxe" in one two lines, Patent Number stamp on the inside ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 !!

Vintage 1960's Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 !!

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1964 - 1965 Gibson / Kluson "double line double ring" tuner
This is a "Bass Side" (E-A-D) tuner
This vintage and rare original set of tuners is correct for your mid 1960's Gibson Models include the ES-335, ES-175, SG Standard and many others!
All original tuner button is in very nice shape!
Marked "Kluson Deluxe" in one two lines, Patent Number stamp on the inside ... more
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Gold Tunematic saddles for Gibson Nashville guitar

Gold Tunematic saddles for Gibson Nashville guitar

Sedro Woolley, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

Set of 6 saddles, 6 screws and wires in gold for pre 2001 guitar. Allparts #BP0305-002
Clearing out late husbands guitar repair shop. Lots more part listings coming.... more
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NOS Vintage Gibson Banjo Strings Case Candy

NOS Vintage Gibson Banjo Strings Case Candy

Amherst, New Hampshire, 030**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$35

New Old Stock Gibson Banjo Strings, 5 packs all full - pulled out one string and actually looks great . Very useable .
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Vintage 1950s  Gibson ES 345 55 Varitone Chicken Head Guitar Knob BAKELITE

Vintage 1950s Gibson ES 345 55 Varitone Chicken Head Guitar Knob BAKELITE

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

$39

Black Bakelite construction, Nickel locking screw, normal light vintage wear, thanks for looking
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VINTAGE 1940s GIBSON TUNER BUSHING Guitar  / Lap Steel Part

VINTAGE 1940s GIBSON TUNER BUSHING Guitar / Lap Steel Part

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

$39

Stamped Metal construction, Nickel finish, normal light, vintage wear, the bushing shown came from the Gibson EH-150 in the final photo . Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking











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Vintage Gibson Guitar Tuner Screw Set Nickel Slotted Fender Martin Kluson Part

Vintage Gibson Guitar Tuner Screw Set Nickel Slotted Fender Martin Kluson Part

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

$39

Steel construction, nickel finish, slotted head, normal light vintage wear, matching set of 8 , Thanks for looking
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First edition 1977 The Gibson Guitar From 1950 Book by Ian C. Bishop

First edition 1977 The Gibson Guitar From 1950 Book by Ian C. Bishop

Asbury Park, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40

this first addition bought it myself back In 1977... more
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1960-1970s Kluson Waffleback Bass Side Tuning Key Fits Gibson Les Paul Custom

1960-1970's Kluson Waffleback Bass Side Tuning Key Fits Gibson Les Paul Custom

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

$40

This listing is for one (1) 1950's-1970's Kluson "Super" model enclosed tuning key. It is in gold plating and has the factory mounting screws and bushing. This is the bass side, or looking dead on to the face for the left side. The slang for these in the Gibson world is "wafflebacks " . Works great. As is.
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5 Gibson 2 or B String Mona-Steel  Guitar strings  & Box 1950s

5 Gibson 2 or B String Mona-Steel Guitar strings & Box 1950's

Van Buren, Arkansas, 729**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40

Vintage 1950's 5-Gibson Mona-Steel Guitar String B or 2nd plain & a 12 count Box
Some wear and scratches and tear
They may and will have Tarnished Patina rust
I clean with fine sand paper to use
Or case candy
Hype sticker
used open box,   nos
These came from Pawn / Guitar Shop Estate Sale that close in Early 80's and been in storage
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vintage Gibson 1957 LGO  guitar top braces   Spruce   vintage luthier parts

vintage Gibson 1957 LGO guitar top braces Spruce vintage luthier parts

Southampton, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40

I'm cleaning out a long closed Western Ma. luthier shops inventory and will be selling a lifetime collection of mostly vintage musical instruments and parts. Today I have a set of 1957 Gibson LGO top braces. LGOs were Gibson guitar companies' student model guitars, and were ladder braced. Back in the day it was common to rebrace them with X bracing . Perhaps that's where these came from. Anyway they were carefully removed, and retain their arch , Even the ends are clean . You can see in ... more
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1950s Cloth Covered Wire for Fender Stratocaster Tele Gibson Guitar BLACK WHITE

1950's Cloth Covered Wire for Fender Stratocaster Tele Gibson Guitar BLACK WHITE

Wauconda, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40


1950's Cloth Covered Wire for Fender Stratocaster Tele Gibson Guitar BLACK & WHITE
Wires about 1 Foot long, actually little over foot, I measured couple and they are close to 14"
Twisted / stranded push / pull wires, great for restoration 1950's guitars or tube amplifiers
Those are about 70 years old so the colors are little agedInternational shipping available
More Vintage electronics already listed, will list many similar soon, please see my other listings.... more
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Mint 1975 Authorized Gibson Guitar Dealer Window Sticker Vintage Original NOS

Mint 1975 Authorized Gibson Guitar Dealer Window Sticker Vintage Original NOS

Jacksonville, Arkansas, 720**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$40


Ireceived this ??Gibson Authorized Dealer?? sticker in January of1975. That's when I opened Jacksonville Guitar Center (inJacksonville, Arkansas) and became a Gibson dealer. I had one ofthese stickers in the front window of my store, and I put one in theback window of my orange Dodge Challenger.
RecentlyI was looking through my old stuff and realized I had saved someextras
Iwant you bidders to realized this is a window sticker, and is meantto stick to the inside of your window ... more
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4  Gibson Mona-Steel Guitar String A or 5th Wound & Box 1950s

4 Gibson Mona-Steel Guitar String A or 5th Wound & Box 1950's

Van Buren, Arkansas, 729**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$43

4 Vintage 1950's Gibson Mona-Steel Guitar String A or 5th Wound & a Box
Some wear and scratches and tear
Hype sticker
Case candy or use
I open them to check condition
May & Will have Some Tarnished, spots Patina, Rust
I clean with fine sand paper
See Pictures
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GIBSON BANJO TONE-JUSTERS

GIBSON BANJO TONE-JUSTERS

Waldorf, Maryland, 206**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$44

Use these for your Resonator thumb NutsThese change the Resonator air chamber and helps volume and tone big time !!!Made from quality partsNickel plated nutStandard 10 / 32 thread... more
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1- 1947-51 Kluson Deluxe tuner gibson fender pat app 2356766 treble side #912

1- 1947-51 Kluson Deluxe tuner gibson fender pat app 2356766 treble side #912

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

$45

here is one (1) -- Kluson Deluxe tuner dating from 1947-1952. No oil hole. gibson style - three and three - Treble side. light rust - should clean up . The tuner button is serviceable not shriveled or cracking. Posts are straight and true. Solid shaft.... more
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Vintage Gibson Amp Logo Badge  1960??S ORIGINAL-AMPLIFIER SPEAKER-1

Vintage Gibson Amp Logo Badge 1960??S ORIGINAL-AMPLIFIER SPEAKER-1

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

$45


For sale is a vintage Gibson amp logo badge made of plastic. This badge has been previously used and is in good condition. It would make a great addition to any Gibson fan's collection. The badge is compatible with various vintage Gibson guitar amps and can add a touch of authenticity to your instrument. Don't miss out on this opportunity to own a piece of music history.... more
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Kluson Gibson Deluxe Double ring single tuner treble side patent no 1969-1970s

Kluson Gibson Deluxe Double ring single tuner treble side patent no 1969-1970s

Utica, New York, 135**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$45

With ferrules and mounting screws. Turns good. I have two available.... more
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1977 USA Gibson Humbucker Guitar Pickup Mounting Screws + Springs Parts 1978

1977 USA Gibson Humbucker Guitar Pickup Mounting Screws + Springs Parts 1978

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

$45

Nickel finish, threads are good , matching set , Nice Clean original 1977 Gibson parts. Thanks for looking
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Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960s

Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960's

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$49

Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960's
* Vintage Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pointers Nuts and Washer Set **
Excellent ConditionSee PhotosDomestic shipping $9 00031524We Ship Worldwide
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orangecrush Comment left 7th January 2017 05:05:37 reply
Do you have more info on the Gibson Corvus
buck rowley Comment left 22nd November 2016 08:08:45 reply
how many models pre 1970 had three pick-ups?
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 5th January 2017 23:11:47 reply
There was the ES-5 Switchmaster, Les Paul Custom, SG Custom and Firebird III and Firebird VII
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 6th January 2017 09:09:14 reply
Not forgetting the three-pickup SG-style Melody Maker of the late '60s
Jamie Moore Comment left 10th February 2014 17:05:32 reply
This is great BUT no mention of Gibson Howard Roberts Custom. Would you have any info about how much one is worth or where to find out how much it's worth? Single pick-up, oval sound hole, great condition circa 1975 with Gibson hard shell case. Can you help??
Lio Comment left 8th November 2013 21:09:16 reply
I have a old Gibson L 3. The lable inside is not very clear but I think it has patented Feb 1st March 30, '06 also number 535/??. It was made in Kalamasoo Mich. The body is in perfect condition with all original parts. The turtle hand guard is so brittle and falling apart is the only part that is not good. The rest of the guitar has no scratch or wear. It has its original hard case in great condition. Just wondering about the price. I want to sell it. This was a gift I received from my late father-in-law. five years ago. I certainly need the money so I am trying to sell it. I will greatly appreciate your help. Thanks.
joe chaisson Comment left 3rd March 2012 21:09:59 reply
i have a 1980 les paul gold top standard and i would like to know what it would be worth?

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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.