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Gibson SG

Solid body electric guitar

1969 SG Special

The Gibson SG is a true design classic that has stood the test of time, remaining popular for over half a century. Numerous incarnations have been available, all with the double cutaway 'batwing' body style in common. SG, of course, stands for 'Solid Guitar', as the SG evolved from the first Gibson solid, the Les Paul. In fact the earliest Gibson SGs were actually sold as Les Pauls, despite the new body design, and simplified mahogany-only construction. The list of SG players is a who's who of the guitar. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Pete Townsend, Carlos Santana, Angus Young. And so on.

1961 Gibson SG announcement
1961 announcement of the Gibson SG range of guitars

The SG Custom and the SG Standard were available first, debuting in early 1961. The high end Custom had gold plated hardware, 3 pickups and pearl inlays throughout. A very fine guitar. Both models sold well. A letter to Gibson dealers from late June 1961 explains "The New Model Les Paul Custom ... AND the New Les Paul Regular ... are enjoying tremendous acceptance. Sales of both models have already passed last year's entire output."

This sauces lead naturally to the addition of more models to the range: SG Junior, SG TV, SG Special, ranging in price from low to high. Even the Melody Maker was redesigned from it's popular body style to the SG shape. The number of SG models available fluctuated, reaching a peak in the early 1970s when there were also the SG Deluxe, and entry level models SGI, SGII, SGIII, SG100, SG200 and SG250.

The SG is a Gibson staple, and hasn't changed significantly in nearly four decades. But of course there have been changes in hardware, neck profile, construction methods and so on - common to all Gibson instruments made in a factory always trying to improve upon its designs whilst remaining profitable over the long term. Models came and went. Have a look at the Gibson SG 1960s timeline and the SG 1970s timeline for some examples of these variations.

Different Gibson SG models

1965 Gibson SG Custom Image Heritage auctions

The SG Custom was the finest model in the SG line, with gold plated hardware and three humbucking PAF pickups. It was offered (initially) in white only, though later Cherry and Walnut. See more about the SG Custom here.

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Original Gibson SG advertising

Print advertisements for some of the various incarnations of the Gibson SG, 1961-1980

Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1961 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Gibson advertisements

Gibson SG custom - Solid Hit

Gibson SG custom - Solid Hit (1961)
The first advertisement for a true icon in the world of guitars; the Gibson SG (although still known as the Les Paul at this time). The advertisement features Les Paul and his then wife Mary Ford, ...

Gibson SG standard - Gibson lets you feel what you play - so you can play what you feel

Gibson SG standard - Gibson lets you feel what you play - so you can play what you feel (1972)
Your guitar has to have feeling too. Gibson SG Solid Bodies have a consistent and comfortable freedom across the fretboard that lets you add your own personal touch to each note. Going from one e...

Gibson SG standard - Already Standards, Always Special

Gibson SG standard - Already Standards, Always Special (1973)
Full page early seventies advert for two Gibson solid body guitars: the redesigned Gibson SG Standard (below, Cherry finish, Bigsby vibrato) and SG Special (above, Walnut finish).

Gibson SG standard - The Moment of Truth

Gibson SG standard - The Moment of Truth (1973)
The truth is, most rock recording artists play Gibson's "SG" solid body guitars. And they play them when it really counts... at the crucial moment when they have to put their reputations on record....

Gibson The SG - An SG. For Half A G

Gibson The SG - An SG. For Half A G (1979)
Here's a great old guitar tradition for a grand old price. Actually, half a grand. $499.50 to be exact. "The SG" guitar by Gibson.
Gibson SG guitars have been playing sellout concerts and hit ...

Gibson The SG - Gibson Guitars. To the Tune of $399 and Up

Gibson The SG - Gibson Guitars. To the Tune of $399 and Up (1979)
Gibson electric guitars begin with the Marauder at $399. And it begins where most of its competitors leave off—with high power electronics, a full range pan pickup potentiometer and the same...

Gibson The SG - The Firebrands. Hot New Brands at a Price that Doesn

Gibson The SG - The Firebrands. Hot New Brands at a Price that Doesn't Burn. (1980)
Advert for two new versions of two established Gibson models: "The SG" Deluxe and "The Paul" Deluxe. In 1980 Gibson decided on a new branding concept for its instruments; there would be three serie...

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Gibson SG Custom ( 1969-Factory White )

Gibson SG Custom ( 1969-Factory White )

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


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Vintage 1963 Gibson "Short" Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone SG Special Standard Trem

Vintage 1963 Gibson "Short" Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone SG Special Standard Trem

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


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A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1960's Tremolo Vibrola Unit in NICKEL finish (rare!)
Correct for your mid 1960's Gibson or Epiphone
These are frequently found on Firebirds, SG Specials, but also Standards, Melody Makers, various Epiphones and many others!
100% original but does NOT include the arm that mounts into the string retaining comb. Ideal for mounting on a vintage Gibson that is being ... more
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Vintage 1967 Gibson Patent Sticker T-top Humbucking Pickup 7 56k Les Paul SG Std

Vintage 1967 Gibson Patent Sticker T-top Humbucking Pickup 7 56k Les Paul SG Std

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


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Vintage Gibson 1960s Patent Sticker T-Top "PAF" pickup
This is a KILLER mid-60's Patent Number T-top PAF pickup! This pickup, and it's mate (available in our other listings) are in incredible original condition - this is a "first generation" T-top PAF and sounds amazing
Jimmy Page famously used one of these early T-tops in his "#1" Les Paul Standard for all the classic Led Zep ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Witchhat Knob Set Witch Hat SG Standard ES-335 ES175 1968

Vintage 1960's Gibson Witchhat Knob Set Witch Hat SG Standard ES-335 ES175 1968

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


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Vintage Gibson 1967 - 1979 "Witchhat" knob set(Silver Inserts)
Rare and correct for that awesome 1966-1969 Gibson! This is an awesome matched set in super nice shape. Please note - the font on the "VOL" knobs is slightly different on the inserts. The number font is the same and this set is matched from the same guitar - thank you!
No damage, No cracks, no splits
Correct ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover set 1966 68 ES-335 SG

Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover set 1966 68 ES-335 SG

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


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A fantastic and original
Vintage c 1965 Chrome Patent Number PAF humbucker cover set
Killer 50+ year old patina!
This is a standard spaced cover set - amazing shape with a killer vintage patina
These are correct for your 1965 thru 1969 ES-335, SG Standard, ES-175 and many others!
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Gold Reflector Knob Set ES-335 SG Standard Custom Les Paul!

Vintage 1960s Gibson Gold Reflector Knob Set ES-335 SG Standard Custom Les Paul!

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


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A fantastic and original
Vintage 1960's Gibson Gold "reflector" knob set (two volume, two tone)!
Correct for your ES-335, ES-345, ES-175 and a host of other Gibsons from the 1961 through early 1967. Weather you're restoring your 1961-66 Gibson or want to make that Historic Reissue "pop" with some minty vintage plastics, you can't lose with this set!
These are correct for a myriad of 60's Gibson guitars ES ... more
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1965 Gibson SG Junior Electric Guitar Husk Cherry

1965 Gibson SG Junior Electric Guitar Husk Cherry

State College, Pennsylvania, 168**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a 1965 Gibson USA SG Special empty husk. As far as I can tell, it??s hasn??t had any break or repairs. The body was routed for two humbuckers and an alternate pick guard. The post holes have been filled and re-drilled. They will need some work to make them more stable. The headstock face has a slightly sparkly over spray. Not sure why. I suspect that the entire guitar may have been refinished since the serial number is very hard to make out. The first three digits are 51680 but I ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom 3 Pickup Maestro Vibrola - Gold Hardware

1969 Gibson SG Custom 3 Pickup Maestro Vibrola - Gold Hardware

Morgantown, Pennsylvania, 195**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Gibson SG Custom 3 Pickup Maestro Vibrola - Gold Hardware. This SG is an absolute joy to play, as it is set up well and is fast and smooth up and down the neck

It appears to be all original including the pickups, electronics, and stunning gold hardware. This guitar is an absolute tone monster as It sounds every bit as good as it looks

Overall, the condition is excellent. The frets and fretboard are in fantastic shape. The original frets have plenty of life. ... more
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1987 Gibson SG SPECIAL Alpine White

1987 Gibson SG SPECIAL Alpine White

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1987 Gibson SG Special in Alpine White. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete. A non-original hardshell case is included and there's a sticker on the back of the headstock from the store where it was sold. This SG is in great condition with some very minor nicks + dings, a few finish cracks and other minor cosmetic wear. Everything remains structurally sound with no ... more
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Vintage 1989-1990 Gibson SG Standard Candy Apple Red  ~ MINTY ~  1959 / 59 Neck +OHSC

Vintage 1989-1990 Gibson SG Standard Candy Apple Red ~ MINTY ~ 1959 / 59 Neck +OHSC

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is an RARE 1989-1990 Gibson SG Standard in Candy Apple Red Finish
The finish is beautifully vibrant and glossy!
All Original! Featuring Factory 'PAT NO' Neck Pickup and Factory Bill Lawrence HB-L Bridge Pickup, 1989 dated pots, original Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and stoptail
FANTASTIC cosmetic condition ~ ~ As close to MINT as it gets!
The neck is PERFECT and has a nice rounded 50s neck profile. Nice easy action with no string buzz. Frets in EXCELLENT condition. ... more
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1967 Gibson Full Line Retail Price List Les Paul SG Trini Lopez J-50 ORIGINAL

1967 Gibson Full Line Retail Price List Les Paul SG Trini Lopez J-50 ORIGINAL

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


1967 Gibson Full Line Retail Price List Les Paul SG Trini Lopez J-50 ORIGINALHandling fee is for shipping insurance only
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Gibson SG Custom 3-Pickup With Maestro Vibrola Tailpiece  Alpine White 1964 w / OH

Gibson SG Custom 3-Pickup With Maestro Vibrola Tailpiece Alpine White 1964 w / OH

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


Vintage Gibson SG Custom 3-Pickup with Maestro Vibrola in Alpine White finish made in 1964 with Original Marigold Interior Hard Shell Case. This guitar features a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and bound ebony fingerboard. Equipped with a set of original gold covered Gibson Patent Sticker Humbuckers in the neck, middle and bridge position. Controlled by 2-volume, 2-tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch with original pots and wiring dating to 1964. The 24 75" scale length neck has mother of ... more
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Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w /  original hardshell case

Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w / original hardshell case

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


vintage 1965 Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola
Comes with original case
In good playing condition- Setup for optimal playability with new strings Daddario EXL110 10-46 (9 / 19 / 23)
- Pickups: 7 69K (N), 7 84K (B)
Guitar weighs 7lb 2oz
Back of neck possibly refinished or at least clear coated
Rest of instrument black lights properly. Neck appears to have slight separation from body. .no evidence of repair and plays perfectly
Original Pickups: Black decal "PATENT ... more
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1973 Gibson SG cherry great condition new frets 

1973 Gibson SG cherry great condition new frets 

Beaverton, Oregon, 970**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson SG 1973 cherry great condition new frets. Beautiful guitar New frets *Original case No broken neckOne time in its life it had different pickups and a route was made for switches. It has been professionally restored to originality with the original pickups and electronics. Comes with nos pick guard and saddle if you don??t want the vintage 50 year old look.... more
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Vintage 1976 CMI SG System SG-212 tube amp Gibson USA

Vintage 1976 CMI SG System SG-212 tube amp Gibson USA

Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Pick up only
Vintage 1976 CMI / Gibson SG System SG-212 amp. Built like a tank. Uses two 8417 power tubes. Wattage is somewhere around 80-100 watts. Phasor does not work. Everything else does. Two Eminence 12" speakers. Sounds great. Sorry, no shipping on this one. Pick up only. Please email questions.... more
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1977 Gibson SG Special Electric Guitar Husk Repaired

1977 Gibson SG Special Electric Guitar Husk Repaired

State College, Pennsylvania, 168**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a 1977 Gibson USA SG Special empty husk. It??s a decent job. Has a repaired headstock. It??s obvious but solid. It??s been totally refinished. The neck is straight and holds straight under string tension. It??s been strung up and played without issues. The frets are good. I will ship well packaged in a proper box  Thanks for looking and please ask any questions. Most my items ship the next day if purchased before 8pm EST
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Vintage 1961 Gibson Nickel ABR-1 Bridge Tune-a-Matic Les Paul Standard Burst SG

Vintage 1961 Gibson Nickel ABR-1 Bridge Tune-a-Matic Les Paul Standard Burst SG

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


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A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson early 1960's Nickel ABR-1 Bridge
Perfect for the restoration of your early 1960's Nickel Hardware Vintage Gibson!
This vintage ABR is in great shape
This is a rare bridge - the very first "generation" of the non-metal nylon / derlin style saddles. These are all in fantastic shape with no double notches, original nickel thumbwheels included!
Correct for ... more
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1975 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Walnut w /  Ebony Board, Case

1975 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Guitar Walnut w / Ebony Board, Case

Lockport, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Experience the classic sound of Gibson with this vintage 1975 SG Standard electric guitar in a rich walnut body color and ebony fretboard material. The 22 frets and mahogany neck material make for smooth and easy playability, while the solid body construction ensures durability. This right-handed guitar is a true gem from the Gibson SG series, made in the United States in 1975
Ok not for a Kardashian, but it is a Players Grade 1975 SG and affordable!!!🤑
It has original neck ... more
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Vintage 1965 Gibson SG JR Junior Cherry Red

Vintage 1965 Gibson SG JR Junior Cherry Red



Vintage original 1965 Gibson SG JR in original Cherry Red finish
Guitar plays and sounds amazing with classic vintage SG JR tone. Warm and punchy and fat
Neck is nice and straight and plays great all the way up and down without buzz or issues
Original Cherry Red finish is nice and vibrant and stunning
Guitar is all original with the exception of the pickup which is a Lindy Frailin P-90. There is a small filled route in the pickup cavity. Bridge is original but the trem arm ... more
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1991 Gibson EDS-1275 Sg Double Neck Electric Guitar White

1991 Gibson EDS-1275 Sg Double Neck Electric Guitar White

Salt Lake City, Utah, 841**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Presented here is a remarkable piece of musical history - a 1991 Gibson EDS-1275 SG Double Neck Electric Guitar in a striking White finish, accompanied by its original case. This guitar stands in very good condition and performs flawlessly, a testament to its enduring craftsmanship. While it exhibits some light surface scratches, dings, and the natural finish checking that comes with time, the overall state is commendable, earning it a solid 8 5 out of 10 rating. Notably, the pickups have been ... more
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Tim Comment left 3rd February 2017 10:10:56 reply
I have been told this sg (I inherited from my father) is a 1971 or a 1973 I think it's mahogany It's in very, very good condition serial# 104787 Can you give me an estimate of it's worth?
Vintage Guitar and Bass Comment left 3rd February 2017 23:11:16 reply
Hi Tim, unfortunately the serial number alone doesn't help value your guitar - the precise model and condition are important. Can you post some pics in the forum and i'll tell you what I can. Thanks
nick simmons Comment left 25th March 2013 06:06:05 reply
Trying to find value of a Gibson S.G.guitar made in early 70's.Ser #397925
jimmy hendrix Comment left 9th July 2012 01:01:22 reply
Need a valuation of a 1964 SG Standard. Please email as soon as possible


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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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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. TheFender Precisionhad 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 StrollerTheVox Strollerwas 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 theVox Clubman IIbass, 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 GibsonES Artistlaunched 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 toLaVonne Musicby 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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional