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GIBSON | ELECTRIC ACOUSTICS | ES-175D | TIMELINE

Gibson ES-175 Chronology

Significant events in the production of this model

Gibson ES-175D description | ES-175 timeline
YEAR PRICE NOTES
1949 ES-175 $175

The one-pickup ES-175 was launched in 1949 with a price of $175. It was unveiled at the Music Trades convention in the Summer of 1949. The Gibson Gazette of October that year described it as follows:

Another new cutaway addition is the Es-175 - Gibson's first popular-priced Electric Spanish cutaway. A perfect find for your advanced students and new professionals who will appreciate the short scale length and fast action, as well as the $175 price

1950
1951
1952
1953 1953 July 1st
ES-175 $195
ES-175N $210
ES-175D $250
ES-175DN $265
  • Launch of the two pickup ES-175D
  • Peak production year of the single pickup ES-175
1954 1954 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $205
ES-175N $220
ES-175D $265
ES-175DN $280
1955
1956
  • Control knobs changed to the Les Paul-style "1958" knobs
1957 1957 July 15th
ES-175 $235
ES-175N $250
ES-175D $290
ES-175DN $305
  • Single coil pickups replaced by "Patent Applied For" humbuckers
  • Early 50s-style tailpiece replaced with a new zig-zag style version
1958 1958 Gibson catalogue
ES-175 $235
ES-175N $250
ES-175D $290
ES-175DN $305

1958 Gibson catalog
The 1958 Gibson catalogue features both the single pickup and twin pickup ES-175 models. Interestingly, only the 175D is pictured with humbuckers. It is true that the twin-pickup instrument did away with the single coil P90s first, however this situation did not last long.

1959 1959 Nov. 1st
ES-175 $249.50
ES-175D $310
ES-175DN $325

The November 1959 pricelist did not list the Natural-finished ES-175, and indeed, shipping figures show no such instruments shipped, although the last five were shipped in 1960.

1960 1960 Gibson catalogue ES-175 $249.50
ES-175D $310
ES-175DN $325

1960 Gibson catalogue
The 1960 Gibson catalogue.

  • Control knobs changed to bell knobs with metal inserts (although this is not shown until the 1963 catalogue)
1961 1961 June 1st
ES-175 $249.50
ES-175D $310
ES-175DN $325

1961 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $275
ES-175D $340
ES-175DN $355
1962 1962 Gibson catalogue ES-175 $275
ES-175D $340
ES-175DN $355

1962 Gibson catalogue
The 1962 Gibson catalogue.

  • 1962/63 "Patent Applied For" humbuckers are replaced with "Patent Number" humbuckers
1963 1963 July 15th
ES-175 $275
ES-175D $340
ES-175DN $355

1963 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $295
ES-175D $365
ES-175DN $380

1963 Gibson ES-175D with Bigsby vibrato
1963 Gibson ES-175D with Bigsby vibrato

1964 1964 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405

1964 Gibson catalogue
The 1964 Gibson catalogue.

1965 1965 Feb. 1st
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405

1965 June 22nd
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405
  • Hardware is changed over from nickel-plated to chrome plated. This change is gradual, starting with the two pickup models. Instruments with stock chrome and nickel parts are probable during this changeover period.
1966 1966 April 1st
ES-175 $315
ES-175D $390
ES-175DN $405

1966 Oct 1st
ES-175 $350
ES-175D $425
ES-175DN $450

1966 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1966 Gibson catalogue
1966 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

1967 1967 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $375
ES-175D $450
ES-175DN $475

1967 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1967 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

  • Sparkling Burgundy finish available
  • Witch-hat knobs replace bell knobs
1968 1968 June 1st
ES-175 $405
ES-175D $495
ES-175DN $535
  • Ebony finish available
1969 1969 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $435
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565
  • Mahogany necks are now a three-piece laminate
1970 1970 March 1st
ES-175 $435
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565

1970 Sept. 1st
ES-175 $435
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565

1970 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1970 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

  • MADE IN USA now stamped below the serial number












1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue

The 1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue was the last Gibson Catalog to mention the one-pickup ES-175

1971 1971 June 26th
ES-175D $525
ES-175DN $565

1971 Nov. 22nd
ES-175D $555 (both finishes)
  • 1971/72 The word Gibson is engraved on some pickup covers
1972 1972 Oct. 15th
ES-175D $575
1972 Gibson Showcase leaflet - ES-175D

In 1972 Gibson produced a range of flyers, the Guitar of the Month Showcase; each detailing a different high-end Gibson model. The ES-175 was naturally included - ES-175-D Showcase brochure.

1973 1973 June 1st
ES-175D $600
1974 1974 Feb. 1st
ES-175D $600

1974 May 1st
ES-175D $659

1974 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1974 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

1975 1975 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $699

1975 June 20th
ES-175D $699

1975 Nov. 1st
ES-175D $729

1975 Gibson electric acoustic catalogue
The 1975 Gibson electric acoustic catalogue

1976 1976 Mar. 1st
ES-175D $729

1976 June 1st
ES-175D $729
  • Mahogany necks replaced with maple, still three-piece, but now with volute
1977 1977 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $789
  • 1977 Rosewood compensated bridge replaced with a tune-o-matic adjustable bridge. This is still free-floating with a rosewood base.
  • Machine heads are now Schaller-made and embossed with the word Gibson. Part number 82549.
  • Eight digit serial number stamped into the rear of the headstock.
1978 1978 May 15th
ES-175D $799

1978 Gibson catalogue
The 1978 Gibson catalog lists two models, the ES-175D, and the ES-175/CC with Charlie Christian pickup.

1979 1979 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $849

1979 June 1st
ES-175D $849

1979 Sept. 30th
ES-175D $949

1979 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish
1979 Gibson ES-175D, sunburst finish

1980 1980 Jan. 7th
ES-175D $1049
1980 Jul. 1st ES-175D $1049

1980 Gibson catalogue
The 1980 Gibson catalog lists two models, the ES-175D, and the ES-175/CC with Charlie Christian pickup.

1981 1981 Apr. 1st ES-175D $1249
1981 Gibson ES-175DN, Natural finish

1981 Gibson ES-175DN, Natural finish

1981 Gibson Specials pre-owners manual

The ES-175/CC appeared as a close out model in the 1981 Gibson Specials pre-owners manual

1982 1982 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $1399
1982 June 1st
ES-175D $1399
1983 1983 Jan. 1st
ES-175D $1399
1983 Jun. 15th
ES-175D $1399

1983 Gibson catalogue
The 1983 Gibson catalogue.

  • Maple neck changed back to mahogany
  • Maple back and rims changed to mahogany
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1975 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w /  T Tops

1975 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w / T Tops

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

$5400

Up for sale, a 1975 Gibson ES-175D in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This ES-175 boasts its original patent number T Top humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. The fully hollow maple body gives the guitar both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, but also an airy quality and smoothness befitting the hollowbody construction. Authoritative and particularly clear and bell-like on the neck pickup, this ES-175 really ... more
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1952 Gibson ES-175 Natural Original for Repair or Restoration No Reserve As Is

1952 Gibson ES-175 Natural Original for Repair or Restoration No Reserve As Is

Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$51

Up for auction is a 1952 Gibson ES-175 in original natural finish for repair or restoration, s / n A-10236. The heel is damaged and poorly repaired. There is also a damaged section in the side cutaway as shown in the photos. I do not know the extent of the damage and have not had the guitar evaluated, so do not know if it can be repaired or not. Please review the pictures, ask any questions and make your own determination. The guitar is being sold as is to the high bidder with no reserve. ... more
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Gibson P-90 pickup 1952 ES-175 w / harness complete

Gibson P-90 pickup 1952 ES-175 w / harness complete

Phoenix, Arizona, 850**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

Up for auction is an original early 1950??s Gibson P-90 pickup with the PU cover, mounting screws, complete harness, including the pots, capacitor, input jack & ground wire from a 1952 Gibson ES-175. Harness is 100% complete. Solder joints untouched. Output is 7 29 ohms at the input jack. Pickup and harness were removed from a damaged early 1952 guitar. Shipping includes insurance
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1968 Gibson guitar ES175 D

1968 Gibson guitar ES175 D

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, 009**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4955

This 1968 Gibson guitar ES175 D is a professional-level electric guitar that will take your music to the next level. With its hollow body type and 6 string configuration, this right-handed guitar is perfect for any aspiring musician. It features a wine-colored body and a classic Gibson ES design, making it a great addition to any collection The guitar's model year is 1968, and it was manufactured in the United States. It is part of the Gibson ES series and model number ES-175. This guitar is a ... more
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1968 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst Electric Guitar Archtop Hollow Body #509180

1968 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst Electric Guitar Archtop Hollow Body #509180

Columbia, South Carolina, 292**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

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Vintage 1950s Gibson ES-175 Nickel "Diamond" Hinge Trapeze Tailpiece ES-175D  L4

Vintage 1950s Gibson ES-175 Nickel "Diamond" Hinge Trapeze Tailpiece ES-175D L4

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

$795

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Original mounting screws included.
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuners Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965

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

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

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1957 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst w / OHSC

1957 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst w / OHSC

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

$6395

1957 Gibson ES-175TD In Sunburst Finish
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In Very Good Overall "Player Grade" Condition (Please See Photos)

Original Sunburst Finish In Very Good Condition With Some Deep Checking
And Signs Of Wear And Use
Strap Button Was Removed From The Heel And The Hole Was Filled
Some Overspray There And On A Spot On The Back

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Vintage 1959 Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Nickel Zig-Zag Tailpiece ES175 PAF 1958 1957

Vintage 1959 Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Nickel Zig-Zag Tailpiece ES175 PAF 1958 1957

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

$595

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Vintage 1965 Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Chrome Zig-Zag Tailpiece Complete 1966 1967

Vintage 1965 Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Chrome Zig-Zag Tailpiece Complete 1966 1967

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

$495

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Vintage Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Nickel Zig-Zag Tailpiece Complete 1950s 1960s

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

$995

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Gibson ES 175D Exceptional 1979 Natural

Gibson ES 175D Exceptional 1979 Natural

Leominster, Massachusetts, 014**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175 Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES175

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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175D Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES-175

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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175D Pickguard Wide Bevel Top Mount Version 1964 1965

Vintage 1960's Gibson ES-175D Pickguard Wide Bevel Top Mount Version 1964 1965

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Vintage Gibson ES-175D Sunburst 1969

Vintage Gibson ES-175D Sunburst 1969

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6499


Vintage Gibson ES-175D Sunburst 1969
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A true vintage beauty & in great shape for its age. The sunburst finish looks marvelous over some pretty bird's eye figuring in the body. The slender profile neck is very comfortable to play up & down the fretboard. The guitar has a natural, woody acoustic resonance, but when plugged in the double humbuckers offer warm, rich tones.
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1968 Gibson ES-175DN Factory Natural - 2 Pickup, Vintage Archtop Jazz Electric G

1968 Gibson ES-175DN Factory Natural - 2 Pickup, Vintage Archtop Jazz Electric G

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7500


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Here is a really great 1968 Gibson ES-175 DN. Dual humbucker and factory natural model! Very desirable finish for these. The guitar plays incredibly well and is a great example of a late 60's ES-175. The 2 Patent Sticker humbuckers sound amazing! The guitar is all original except a pro refret. The bridge ABR-1 and knobs are of the same vintage but usually would have rosewood saddle and witch hat knobs. We have access to ... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson ES-175 Nickel "Diamond" Hinge Trapeze Tailpiece ES-175D 56

Vintage 1950's Gibson ES-175 Nickel "Diamond" Hinge Trapeze Tailpiece ES-175D 56

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

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1985 Gibson ES-175D Black beauty w /  Original Case and great history!

1985 Gibson ES-175D Black beauty w / Original Case and great history!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7250

1985 Gibson ES-175D Black beauty w / Original Case and great history
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1956 Gibson ES-175  - Sunburst

1956 Gibson ES-175 - Sunburst

Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6200

One of the most versatile hollow archtop guitars ever made, the ES-175 has prominent roles in rock, jazz, blues, country, prog?? you name it. Owed mainly to its evolving construct, the 1950s version featured P-90 single coil pickups, a trapeze tailpiece, the iconic Florentine cutaway, maple body and neck and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. This guitar is all original and ready to go. W / HSC
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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.