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Gibson ES-335TD chronology and shipping totals


Gibson ES-335 description | Chronology and shipping figures | ES-335 controls
Gibson ES-335 1978 description of controls

Gibson ES-335 specification sheet. Control details for the 1978 model

The Gibson ES-335TD was not an instant hit (though it did better than the Flying V launched at the same time), but sales grew steadily throughout the 1960s (peaking in 1967) and continually doing well too. Obviously there were fluctuations but sales never dropped below 1500, even in the difficult recession years of the mid 1970s. The graph to the right shows the shipping figures for each colour 335 (click to expand)

The basic design of the ES-335 remained largely unchanged throughout its years - in 1963 the stop tailpiece was replaced by a trapeze, and in 1977 when a coil tap switch was fitted. The Gibson ES-340TD was launched in 1969 as an ES-335TD body with modified 'in-phase/out-of-phase' electronics - and a laminate maple neck. The coil tap added to the 335 in 1976-77 and the change in neck wood (1975) made the late seventies 335 even more like an ES-340

1958 Gibson Electrics Catalog
1958 Announced 03/58, launched 08/58 - price $282.50
Available in Sunburst or Natural finish - see the 1958 Gibson Electrics catalogue

1959 price sunburst $279.50, natural $295

1960 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog
1960 Smaller scratchplate, neck shape change - price sunburst $279.50, natural $295. See the 1960 Gibson Guitars and Amplifiers catalogue.

1961 Prices rose from $2** for the sunburst finish to $300 by September '61. Cherry finish now available - initially $295, rising to $315. Natural finish discontinued

1962 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog
1962 Dot inlays replaced by blocks, though this is not shown in the 1962 catalog. Price Sunburst $300, Cherry $315. See the 1962 Gibson Guitars and Amplifiers catalogue.

1963 Stickers on pickup undersides changed from "Patent Applied For" to "Patent Number". Neck shape change. See the 1964 Gibson Electrics catalogue. Price Sunburst $300, Cherry $315

1964 Gibson Electrics Catalog
1964 Price - Sunburst $340, Cherry $355. See the 1964 Gibson Electrics catalogue.

1965 Trapeze tailpiece becomes standard. Nut width changes from 1 11/16" to a 1 5/8". Metal parts are now chrome. Price - Sunburst $340, Cherry $355. A 12-string model, the ES-335-12 is launched with a US list price of Sunburst $395, Cherry $410

1966 Gibson Full Line Catalogue
1966 Fretboard is now Indian rosewood as opposed to Brazilian. Price - Sunburst $365, Cherry $380. See the 1966 Gibson catalogue

1967 Peghead angle reduced by 3 degrees to 14 degrees. Sparkling burgundy listed as a finish. Price - $395, all finishes

1968 Nut width reverts to 1 11/16". Walnut finish listed for the first time. Around this time, the one-piece necks were being replaced by three-piece laminate necks, though still mahogany. All finishes $430. At least one piece of '68 literature suggest the availability of a the 335 in Natural Birch finish, with 5-ply maple neck, at extra (though unspecified) cost. This would be a precursor to the ES-340 TD launched in 1969. Shipping stats do not mention this variant.
Gibson 1970 Thin Electric Acoustics Catalogue
1969 price - $455. Sparkling burgundy no longer listed as an option. All finishes $455

1970 price - $475. Volute added and 'MADE IN USA' stamped on all headstocks. Orange serial number labels no longer used in the body cavity. The ES-335-12 is included in price lists for the last time.

1971 price - $495

1972 price - $515

1973 Price - Cherry, Walnut $540, Sunburst $560

1974 Price - Cherry, Walnut $540, Sunburst $560

Gibson 1975 thinline catalogue
1975 Nut width changes to 1 9/16". The Catalog lists necks as being maple from this catalogue. Price - Cherry, Walnut $599, Sunburst $629. Check out the Gibson 1975 thinline catalogue

1976 Price - Cherry, Walnut $629, Sunburst $659

1977 Coil tap switch added

Gibson 1978 Quality / Prestige / Innovation Catalogue
1978 Nut width reverts to 1 11/16". See the Gibson 1978 Quality / Prestige / Innovation Catalogue

1979 Price - $849

Two limited edition versions of the 335 were produced in 1979, the Country Rock Regular (CRR) with Dirty Fingers pickups, and Country Rock Stereo (CRS) with stereo circuitry - each with a production run of just 300 instruments.

Gibson Guitars, 1980
1980 Price - $949. 1980 was the final Catalog appearance of the ES-335TD

1981 Price - $1049, then discontinued
1982 launch of the ES-335 dot

Gibson ES-335 shipping totals

Shipping figures for the years 1958-79 are reproduced below, first the raw data, and then summarised in a bar chart. As can be seen, the peak year was 1967, with 5718 guitars shipped. A total of 50952 ES-335 (excluding 12-strings) left the Gibson Kalamazoo plant in the period 1958-1979.

1958 1959
ES-335TD (sunburst) 267 521
ES-335TDN (natural) 50 71
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
ES-335TD (sunburst) 405 466 266 349 349 712 1468 2596 2294 1055
ES-335TDC (cherry) 21 420 610 807 892 1038 1056 3122 1466 1142
ES-335TDN (natural) 88
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
ES-335TD (sunburst) 582 514 649 540 464 239 645 630 1158 2076
ES-335TD (left hand) 14 12 2 5 1 7 26 36 27
ES-335TD (ebony)) 288 34 58 8 16
ES-335TD (tobacco sunburst) 181
ES-335TD (wine red) 682 1285 867 1287 240
ES-335TD (wine red left hand) 7 17 13 23 11
ES-335TDC (cherry) 794 855 955 1793 1398 3 235
ES-335TDC (cherry left hand) 14 12 17 16 7
ES-335TDW (walnut) 664 898 1141 2012 1304 517 833 635 754 1295
ES-335TDSV 25
ES-335TD CRR 300
ES-335TD CRS 300
Gibson ES-335 shipping figures
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1963 Gibson ES-335 TD

1963 Gibson ES-335 TD

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1963 Gibson ES-335 TD, Original Stop tail piece, Sunburst finish, TwoPatent Number humbuckers, Lightly figured Maple top and back, 1 11 / 16 incheswide at the nut, Original single line Kluson tuners back on, All Nickel part, ??MickeyMouse?? ears, Sweet playing and superb sounding, EC, Original hard case... more
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Gibson ES335 1971 cherry Gold parts

Gibson ES335 1971 cherry Gold parts

Mission, Kansas, 662**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very Nice 100% Original except a RefretNo cracks , no breaksSounds and Plays amazung Extremely hard to find in Excellent ConditionOriginal Case Included... more
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1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Guitar Cherry, 100% Original w /  Pat # Pickups

1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Guitar Cherry, 100% Original w / Pat # Pickups

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


Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with a Patent # pickup pair and Lifton hardshell case. This golden age Gibson ES-335 has many of the model's most coveted features, with small block inlay on the bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck with long tenon joint, nickel-plated hardware, and a factory Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece, complete with "Custom Made" plaque over the stoptail inserts ... more
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1962 Gibson ES-335 with PAFs Clean

1962 Gibson ES-335 with PAFs Clean

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


Here we have a very clean, all original, one owner, 1962 PAF ES 335. This guitar has more of a medium neck profile than the usual thinner necks from this era. Highly figured top and back is beautiful on this one. The color is also as good as they come. It plays effortlessly and the pickups sound as great as one would expect being original PAF's rather than the more common Patent Numbers. There was a sticker on the back that left a residue and once upon a time the owner put a "Gretsch" non ... more
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Gibson ES-335TD 1963 - Cherry

Gibson ES-335TD 1963 - Cherry

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have a very cool block neck 335 from 1963! This cherry finish guitar is serial number 147426 and features a bigsby tremolo and dual patent number pickups. It is all original with no breaks and no issues, and weighs in at 8 lbs 15 oz
The guitar is in great shape overall. The early patent number pickups are similar to late PAFs and sound sweetly harmonic. The bigsby, ABR-1, and pickup covers all show light wear, but are in-tact original pieces. The Kluson double ring tuners are also ... more
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Gibson ES-335TD 1964 - Sunburst

Gibson ES-335TD 1964 - Sunburst

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Gibson ES-335TD
This is an extremely clean and well-preserved 1964 ES-335TD in sunburst with a Maestro Vibrola tailpiece. This guitar has clearly been well-kept and well-loved in what is now its 60th year. The guitar is completely original with no changes and no breaks, serial number 176017
We love the look of the Maestro Vibrola with its etched design, and find it to be a useful option versus some other tailpieces. This vibrola would have been a custom order option at the time, and ... more
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1961 Gibson ES-335TD "Dot Neck" an original example w / tons of tone on a budget !

1961 Gibson ES-335TD "Dot Neck" an original example w / tons of tone on a budget !

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


This is a very rare & desirable player grade early 1961 ES-335TD ??Dot Neck?? that is most guitar players favorite guitar that can be used for every type of music on earth. This is simply a fantastic sounding & playing machine for that gigging guy ! Its nicely faded Dark Sunburst finish looks fabulous. It's got a nice flat 1 piece mahogany neck w / its famous ??Dot?? inlaid rosewood fingerboard. It??s equipped w / a set of killer Reissue PAF??s. It still sporting its original single line... more
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1968 Gibson ES-335 Custom ordered Black

1968 Gibson ES-335 Custom ordered Black

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1968 Gibson ES-335 Custom ordered factory Black finish, With Stereo and Varitoneswitch, Orange label, Resonant and lively sounding, Nice playing fast neck withlow action, Super cool and one of a kind! One owner, EC, Original hard case.... more
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Very Early 1965 Gibson ES-335 Wide Neck Minty Fresh Clean Original Case

Very Early 1965 Gibson ES-335 Wide Neck Minty Fresh Clean Original Case

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


WOW!!!!!!!!! Have never seen a cleaner 335 and there's been some real trophies through here. When we pulled the pickups the wood underneath looks like they just cut it? Newer than new, unbelievable!
Now this is an early '65 so basically the same guitar as a 1964. Nice full wide neck and a great set of patent # pickups with sealed covers of course. Zero fret wear or wear of any kind anywhere. Nichel ABR 1. It basically sat in the case in the perfect environment (Southern Cal) since new. These ... more
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1970 Gibson ES 335 TD 12 String Guitar signed by BB King

1970 Gibson ES 335 TD 12 String Guitar signed by BB King

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


1970 Gibson ES 335 TD 12 String Beautiful vintage Guitar signed by BB King This is a very rare ES 335 TD 12 String. Vintage all original Beautiful condition with the aged old lacquer. I have owned this guitar for a long time Met BB king many years ago at his concert on New Years Eve at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. I was invited up to his room with his daughter. I saw him numerous times after that. I spent a lot of time in Memphis introducing my own guitars zuniguitars com and worked with... more
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1964 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red Late 1964  /  Very Early 1965

1964 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red Late 1964 / Very Early 1965

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


For sale is a late '64 Gibson / early '65 ES-335. The "Bigsby" model ES 335s serialed in early 65 but with all 64 appointments were actually left overs from the recession year 1964. Nice wide fat neck, Nichel hardware, early pat numbered pickups, even '64 headstock angle and 64 style pebble case. It is essentially a 1964 and 10k less!
The guitar is all original except for perfect new frets and the back of the neck has been clear coated. It had a Bigsby on it
At one point the guitar had... more
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1963 Gibson ES 335

1963 Gibson ES 335

Bonita Springs, Florida, 341**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I bought this 1963 Gibson ES335 just as it is from We Buy Guitars on 48th street in Manhattan. While it is vintage in age it is not vintage - its a players guitar. I did not realize it when I purchased it the serial # was scratched out, the tuning machines were upgraded, and there was a neck repair. The guitar sings and is beautiful.... more
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1966 Gibson ES-335 TDC

1966 Gibson ES-335 TDC

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Gibson ES-335 TDC, Cherry Red, Sweet playing! Two Patent numberhumbuckers, Kluson tuners, Earlier style knobs and pickguard, Powerfulsounding, Beautiful clean condition, Original hard case... more
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1966 Vintage Gibson ES-335 signed by Lorette Lynn BBKing Buddy Guy Flectones +4

1966 Vintage Gibson ES-335 signed by Lorette Lynn BBKing Buddy Guy Flectones +4

Hot Springs, Montana, 598**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Vintage Gibson ES-335 signed by 9 Music Legends w / JSA Auth. #XX28045. INCLUDING LORETTA LYNN!
The JSA Authentication was done on all 9 signatures.
Signed by B B. King in 1996; Buddy Guy in 1993; Loretta Lynn in 2012; Bela Fleck; Victor Wooten; Roy Wooten; Howard Levy and Jeff Coffin.
After I purchased this guitar I contacted Victor Wooten and he remembered signing it in 1993 when he and the Flectones all signed it.
In 2010 I brought the guitar to the Bing Crosby Theatre in... more
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1967 Gibson ES-335 TD Vintage Electric Guitar

1967 Gibson ES-335 TD Vintage Electric Guitar

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967 Gibson ES-335, Tobacco Sunburst, Rosewood fingerboardwith block inlays, Kluson tuners, Pat number sticker humbuckers, Trapezetailpiece, Low action, Lively instrument, EC, Original hard case
... more
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1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w /  T Tops, Case

1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w / T Tops, Case

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


Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A notably clean and original example, this ES-335 TDC features the traditional tonewood combination of a semi-hollow maple body, one-piece mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard
Tonally authoritative and clear when strummed acoustically, the articulate natural response of the instrument is channeled through the original patent sticker T Tops humbuckers, with a ... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry 1968

Vintage Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry 1968

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry 1968
An extraordinary playing ES-335 & in marvelous condition for being over 50 years old. The cherry finish is still very strong & vibrant, and looks really clean & shiny. The slender profile neck is silky smooth & plays perfectly up & down the fretboard. The Pat No. humbuckers deliver warm, rich tones & offer a truly dynamic voice to the guitar. Professionally ... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-335TDC Cherry 1966

Vintage Gibson ES-335TDC Cherry 1966

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson ES-335TDC Cherry 1966
A dynamite player with an ultra cool, true vintage vibe. The neck is silky smooth & plays like a dream anywhere on the fretboard. The double humbuckers sound fantastic & deliver rich, robust tones. Fully inspected & professionally set up ready to play upon arrival
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some ... more
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1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut Electric Guitar

1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut Electric Guitar

Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a 1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut guitar. Excellent condition, all original. Rare walnut finish.

The guitar features a unique stutter (kill) switch. My father went to Guitar Center in 1969 to buy a Gibson ES 335 in the walnut finish but they didn't have one in stock. So he ordered one directly from Gibson. When my father picked it up it had the switch on it, so it came that way from the factory

Note: the guitar case is in fair condition and not original ... more
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1967 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Cherry w /  Pat # Pickups, Case

1967 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Cherry w / Pat # Pickups, Case

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


Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335 TDC in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A notably clean and original example, this ES-335 TDC is 100% original save for a stoptail conversion and fresh refret with vintage-spec fretwire
Traditional tonewoods include a semi-hollow maple body, one-piece mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard. The Patent # humbuckers are the handwound direct descendents of the PAF, delivering a round, sweet bridge pickup ... more
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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.