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Gibson Flying V publicity

Vintage catalog appearances and adverts for the Gibson Flying V electric guitar

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The Flying V, was first publicised in the 1958 Gibson catalogue, but despite being briefly available on many occasions throughout the 1960s and 1970s, was not included in a US Gibson Catalog again until 1980!

Flying V catalog appearances / publicity sheets

1958 Gibson electric guitar and amplifier catalog

The earliest appearance of the Flying V in a Gibson Catalog was on the back page of the 1958 catalogue.

Gibson leads the way with this "design of the future"...

1966 publicity flyer for the newly relaunched Flying V guitar

1966 publicity flyer for the newly relaunched Flying V guitar, having missed inclusion in the 1966 Gibson catalogue. The image and text shown here were ultimately included in some music store re-makes of the '66 catalogue, for example American music dealer, LD Heater's 1969 catalogue, printed in October 1968.

1980 Gibson guitar and bass catalog

The 1980 Gibson Catalog includes the Flying V II. Once again, this model just missed the 1978 Gibson catalogue, but was included in some addendum pages published shortly afterwards.

The 1981 Gibson (Rosetti) catalog included the Flying V II

1981 Gibson Specials pre-owners manual

In June 1981 Gibson announced a series of pre-owners manuals, including one full of limited edition, experimental and close out models, named Gibson Specials. The Flying V was well represented with two close outs (Flying V and Flying VII), and two limited edition special (The V, Flying V bass).

1983 Gibson guitar and bass catalog

The 1983 Gibson catalog includes the new Korina-bodied Flying V Heritage

Original Gibson Flying V advertising

Two 1980s advertisements for the Flying V (1982) and V2 (1980)

Gibson Flying V - Airborne Again. The original Flying V

Gibson Flying V - Airborne Again. The original Flying V

The Flying V was issued and deleted numerous times since it's inception in 1958, but this was the first really accurate reissue, made from the original African Limba (Korina) wood. Gibson actually ...

Gibson Flying V II - A New Look for a New Decade

Gibson Flying V II - A New Look for a New Decade

This advert announces the second generation Explorer and Flying V guitars, showing the two different 'finishes'. Both guitars were available as five-piece laminate maple and walnut, either m/w/m/w/...

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Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1958 Korina Flying V, Aged Natural, Incl (AP1122256)

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson 1958 Korina Flying V, Aged Natural, Incl (AP1122256)

Reno, Nevada, 895**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$690

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Vintage 1997 Orville by Gibson Flying V - J serial - Killer Player 5lbs!  Terada

Vintage 1997 Orville by Gibson Flying V - J serial - Killer Player 5lbs! Terada

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

$1995

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The only time in Gibson's history where they send the blueprints for all their top models out of the USA - and allowed reproduction using identical specs, headstock shapes, etc
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Gibson Dave Mustaine Flying V EXP Electric Guitar in Metallic Silver

Gibson Dave Mustaine Flying V EXP Electric Guitar in Metallic Silver

Middletown, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2688

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1985 Gibson Flying V

1985 Gibson Flying V

Bloomfield, New York, 144**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2800

Completely refinished paint all original electronics, bridge, tuners, strap buttons


Pickups are Gibson Shaw, 1985 original. 16 6k


Plays and looks fantastic. only issue is the repair to the body where the jack plug is. The area was fixed with a dowel which is really strong, but unfortunately the repair area bled through the paint. Causes no issue with playability or function


serial number and made in USA on back of headstock is hard to ... more
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1984 Gibson Flying V I with Stop Bar Tailpiece 1981 - 1988 Red 83 - ALL-ORIGINAL

1984 Gibson Flying V I with Stop Bar Tailpiece 1981 - 1988 Red 83 - ALL-ORIGINAL

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

$2900


1984 Gibson Flying V 83 I Red w Stoptail!
Get the real thing for only a few hundred more than the reissues! Nice 1984 Gibson Flying V I in Red with stoptail. No Kahler here .! The guitar is all original and features 2 Tim Shaw-era humbuckers that sounds fantastic. The guitar has no cracks as you'll see. These are pretty notorious for having jack cracks at least but not on this one luckily. No cracks! The guitar does have some finish checking and just overall wear and... more
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Gibson The Flying V Guitar CMT 1981-1985 - Sunburst

Gibson The Flying V Guitar CMT 1981-1985 - Sunburst

Durham, North Carolina, 277**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4200

Great looking Gibson CMT from 1982
For 40 years old it's in great shape
Whatever dings there are to be found are minimal. The biggest of which are by the wings and I got the best photos I could of them. If you want more, just holler
The back might be one of my favorite faces of it. There is a super minimal amount of worming where buckle rash would be but its only visible in certain lights. The finish on it just looks beautiful though
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1981 Gibson Flying V-II V2 Vintage Electric Guitar, Tim Shaw-Designed w /  Case

1981 Gibson Flying V-II V2 Vintage Electric Guitar, Tim Shaw-Designed w / Case

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

$4300

Up for sale, a 1981 Gibson Flying V-II in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Only produced from 1979-82, this rare guitar was designed by Tim Shaw as an updated version of the classic Flying V. It sports a bevy of unique features, including a sculpted five-ply walnut / maple body, brass tailpiece and ??Sustain Sisters?? brass studs beneath the bridge, and the unique Shaw-designed ??Boomerang?? pickups
The tonewood complement is ... more
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1984 Gibson Flying V Green Burst Metallic

1984 Gibson Flying V Green Burst Metallic

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

$5399

Up for sale is a killer 1984 Gibson Flying V in its original and rare Green Burst Metallic finish. Dual original Gibson humbuckers, factory Gibson branded Kahler, no pickguard, Gibson branded tuners. Overall in very good condition less scattered finish checking on the body and neck as well as some buckle wear on the back of the body. Pro setup in house and comes complete with its original hard case. Weight: 7lbs. 7oz.... more
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Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Reissue Flying V Korina w /  White Pickguard - 2023

Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Reissue Flying V Korina w / White Pickguard - 2023

Batavia, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7500

This auction is for USA Ebayers only
You are looking at a brand new, mint, un-played condition, 2023 Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Korina Flying V Reissue ?? Natural Finish, white pickguard, Serial #83504 ?? 6 lbs 8 oz
I am the original owner and purchased this guitar brand newfrom Sweetwater in August 2023
This guitar has been stored in its case for most of its life, only playing every 2 ?? 3 weeks, for short periods. It??s never left my smokefree, proper temperature and proper humidity ... more
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Vintage Gibson Flying V Sunburst 1981

Vintage Gibson Flying V Sunburst 1981

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

$8499


Vintage Gibson Flying V Sunburst 1981
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
100% original & a superb player featuring a sleek, fast neck & loaded with a pair of gorgeous sounding T-Tops that deliver rich, creamy tones. Lightweight & exceptionally resonant - this Flying V is an absolute must-have for any collector or player. Professionally inspected & set up right in house by the experts here at Cream City Music
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Gibson Heritage Series ?58 Korina Flying V Ebony 1982 w / OHSC

Gibson Heritage Series ?58 Korina Flying V Ebony 1982 w / OHSC

Renton, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10000

Gibson Heritage Series ?58 Korina Flying V in Ebony finish made in 1982 with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar features a solid korina body, korina neck and rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a set of Gibson Shawbuckers in the neck position and a bridge position has the cover removed. Controlled by 2-volume, 1-tone knob and a 3-way toggle switch. The 24 75" scale length neck has pearloid dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets with a 50s rounded neck profile. The hardware is comprised of gold ... more
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Gibson Flying V Melody Maker

Gibson Flying V Melody Maker

Hastings, TN35***, UNITED KINGDOM

£900

A Gibson Flying V. Melody Maker series from around 2011 (Not an exact science with these guitars). Smaller than the usual Flying V but make no mistake this is a killer guitar. Slim and fast neck that's really cool to play. Has a great sound too! These guitars are pretty rare now and this is a great example. It's been heavily upgraded with an amazing Iron Gear Steam Hammer pick up and Wilkinson tuners (the Gibson ones were rubbish!). I can include the original tuners and pick up if you really ... more
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1982 GIBSON FLYING V CASE  - made in USA - 58 REISSUE

1982 GIBSON FLYING V CASE - made in USA - '58 REISSUE

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€998

1982 GIBSON FLYING V CASE :
* brown tolex has wear, mostly around the edges
* pink interior, strings compartment is a bit wobbly & has a stain
* handle is gone, needs to be replaced
* all latches are working fine
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Gibson Flying V 1984

Gibson Flying V 1984

Alsdorf, 52***, GERMANY

€2000

Zum Verkauf steht eine gebrauchte Gibson Flying V, hergestellt im Jahr 1984 in USA
Die Gitarre wurde sorgfältig aufbereitet. Das Griffbrett wurde gereinigt und mit speziellem Öl behandelt. Die Bünde wurden poliert und es wurden neue .009 Saiten aufgezogen. Die Elektronik und die Tonabnehmer wurden gegen ein EMG 85 / 81 Set mit passender Verkabelung ausgetauscht. Der Body wurde lackiert und die Mechaniken wurde gegen Grover Tuner ersetzt.
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Vintage 1981 Gibson USA Flying V Cherry Sunburst Guitar w /  OHSC & Kahler Bridge

Vintage 1981 Gibson USA Flying V Cherry Sunburst Guitar w / OHSC & Kahler Bridge

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3495

Vintage 1981 Gibson USA Flying V Cherry Sunburst Guitar w / OHSC & Kahler Bridge
I??m THRILLED to announce the sale of a 60+ year collection coming through The Music Locker. This collection spans all decades from the 60s to the present day. They have been collected by a true lover of vintage. This particular guitar is from 1981 and is one of the rarest and most sought after guitars on the planet - Flying V. The condition is good but has been well loved over the years. There has been a ... more
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GIBSON FLYING V 1982 FLAME TOP  Original & Case  SUPER RARE STUNNING!

GIBSON FLYING V 1982 FLAME TOP Original & Case SUPER RARE STUNNING!

Bognor Regis, PO22***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3999

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1983 Gibson Flying V in Chevy Yellow with Kahler Tremolo System (with OHC)

1983 Gibson Flying V in Chevy Yellow with Kahler Tremolo System (with OHC)

Exeter, UNITED KINGDOM

£4000

Get your hands on a piece of rock history with this 1983 Gibson Flying V in eye-catching Chevy Yellow. Featuring a rare Kahler Tremolo System, this guitar has been expertly modified, including a cosmetic refinish by a former member of a renowned 1980s Christian Metal band. While boasting a distinctive (non-verified) Yngwie Malmsteen signature on the back, this instrument comes with its original hard case

CONDITION:
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Original 1968 Gibson Flying V   Extremely Rare

Original 1968 Gibson Flying V Extremely Rare

Tyne and Wear, UNITED KINGDOM

£60000

This is my all original walnut Gibson Flying V (S / N 907212) that I have owned since 1978 (45 x years). It??s one of the 35 #Batch 5 Flying V??s in the world
All Batch 5 Serial Numbers indicate 1968 and begin with 906xxx, 907xxx and 908xxx
It plays, beautifully, sounds incredible and is extremely rare
I??ve tried to find another guitar like this one to help me set a price but a guitar like mine has been impossible to track down. That??s been my experience, to date
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Flying V Fernandes BSV 60 Guitar 1985 Gibson 50s Wiring

Flying V Fernandes BSV 60 Guitar 1985 Gibson 50s Wiring

Harrington Park , 2***, AUSTRALIA

AU $1280

Fernandes The Function V Guitar 1985
New floyd rose cosmic black tremolo
37mm brass block
Brass claw and titanium claw screws
Floyd rose noiseless springs
Gibson inspired wiring
Switchcraft input jack
Switchcraft Tone Switch
Original dog fighter pickups
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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.
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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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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.