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GIBSON | SOLID BODY | SG

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, ...
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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...
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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).
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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....
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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 ...
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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...
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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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Vintage 1960s Gibson Wraptail Bridge Compensated SG Special Junior 1965

Vintage 1960's Gibson Wraptail Bridge Compensated SG Special Junior 1965

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

$195

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Vintage 1960's Gibson Chrome finished Compensated wrap tailpiece
Original Gibson wraparound tailpiece in fantastic shape
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As found on SG Special, SG Junior, Melody Makers and others
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Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES355 Patent Num

Vintage 1960's Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES355 Patent Num

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

$495

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Very nice original late 60's PAF cover This is a standard spaced cover - perfect for your late 60's Les Paul / SG custom, ES-345, ES-355 and any PAF equipped gold hardware guitar.
This is 1 / 2 we have available - it's mate is available in our other auctions.
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1973 Vintage Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry Red 1970s  ~ CLEAN ~  Lightweight

1973 Vintage Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry Red 1970s ~ CLEAN ~ Lightweight

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

$3597

Up for sale is an absolutely killer 1973 Gibson SG Standard Heritage Cherry Red Faded to Walnut over time. Comes in a non-original Vintage Case!
All ORIGINAL and complete parts!
GREAT cosmetic condition ~ ~ CLEAN!
Showing some play wear such as a few character dings here or there, some buckle worming on the back, and usual light finish checking
NO cracks or repairs!
The neck is PERFECT. Nice easy action with no string buzz. Original frets show only minimal wear. The original ... more
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1974 Gibson SG Custom Walnut

1974 Gibson SG Custom Walnut

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

$5939

Up for sale is a clean and mean 1974 Gibson SG Custom in its original walnut finish. I personally love the look of 70s walnut Gibsons with gold hardware and this one looks and sounds amazing! Entirely original less a plastic washer located at the input jack. Pots are coded 1377430 dating to the 30th week of 1974, pickups are a trio of original tar bottoms. Pro setup in house and comes complete with its original hard case and some case candy. Killer SG! Weight: 7lbs. 3oz.
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Gibson SG II 1972 Electric Guitar Walnut With Humbucker Pickups And Case

Gibson SG II 1972 Electric Guitar Walnut With Humbucker Pickups And Case

Huntington Beach, California, 926**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

Gibson SG II 1972 Electric Guitar Walnut With Humbucker Pickups And Case
Shows normal wear. See pictures and description for more details.... more
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ORIGINAL 1967 Gibson Melody Maker SG Pelham Blue OHSC - BEST ONE ON EBAY - LOOK!

ORIGINAL 1967 Gibson Melody Maker SG Pelham Blue OHSC - BEST ONE ON EBAY - LOOK!

Santa Rosa, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

Hello and welcome to my auction!
Here we have an incredible time capsule
This is a 1967 Gibson dual pickup Melody Maker Deluxe with vibrola in Pelham Blue Metallic
Serial number #00695X
This color turns green over time and is one of the rarest colors that Gibson offered. Highly prized!
There is some crazing in the varnish on the back of neck near the heal and some on the lower back on the back of the body
A few minor dings and digs front and back, and a small one on the ... more
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Gibson SG Junior 1965

Gibson SG Junior 1965

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

$5999

1965 SG Junior
A beautifully and naturally worn cherry SG Junior from a transitional period in Gibson production of the model, which was on the verge of major changes in the ensuing years. This example has the classic small pickguard and 1 5 / 8" nut width so associated with this year. A unique feature is that this is a wrap around tailpiece version, without the Maestro vibrato that is so often seen on this model and is so often bypassed or removed when setup
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Vintage 1960s Gibson SG Standard "Batwing" Pickguard - 1967 1968 1969 Original!

Vintage 1960's Gibson SG Standard "Batwing" Pickguard - 1967 1968 1969 Original!

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

$245

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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

$295

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These are correct for your 1965 thru 1969 ES-335, SG Standard, ES-175 and many others!
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Vintage Gibson 1960s ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number Nylon Saddles ES-335 SG

Vintage Gibson 1960's ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number Nylon Saddles ES-335 SG

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

$345

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Correct for your mid to late 60's Les Paul Goldtop Standard, ES-335 or SG Standard!
Excellent condition, no sag ready to rock!
Original nylon saddles, original thumbwheels
The chrome finish is very clean! Minimal patina and wear
Saddles are in fantastic shape on this one!
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Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960s

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

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

$49

Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960's
* Vintage Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pointers Nuts and Washer Set **
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1970 Gibson SG Custom Olympic White Gold Hdwr Exc All Original

1970 Gibson SG Custom Olympic White Gold Hdwr Exc All Original

Debary, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9890

Here is a beautiful 1970 Gibson SG Custom in Olympic White. This guitar is in excellent, all original condition with no repairs, cracks or issues and includes the original case. The frets are excellent, neck is straight, plays effortlessly,   and sounds fantastic!. Please message for answers to any questions. Thank you
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Gibson Vintage 1960s Chrome Patent # Pickup Cover Les Paul ES SG 1965 1966 1967

Gibson Vintage 1960's Chrome Patent # Pickup Cover Les Paul ES SG 1965 1966 1967

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

$139

Gibson Vintage 1960's Chrome Patent # Pickup Cover Les Paul ES SG 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1960's
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Vintage 1984 Gibson SG Standard - Black  /  Ebony

Vintage 1984 Gibson SG Standard - Black / Ebony

Mount Juliet, Tennessee, 371**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1650

Up for sale is my 1984 Gibson SG. It??s a great guitar with cool patina! It comes with the case in the photos.

I have no clue what pickups are installed in it. The frets are a little low but it??s playable. It??s just more difficult to bend notes. I can message any additional photos if you need to see any.

FREE SHIPPING! It will ship cheapest method but insured and signature required.

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Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES-355 Patent Num

Vintage 1960's Gibson PAF Cover Gold Les Paul SG Custom ES-345 ES-355 Patent Num

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

$495

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Vintage 1960's Gibson Patent - Number PAF cover
Very nice original late 60's PAF cover This is a standard spaced cover - perfect for your late 60's Les Paul / SG custom, ES-345, ES-355 and any PAF equipped gold hardware guitar.
This is 1 / 2 we have available - it's mate is available in our other auctions.
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1970s CMI Electronics (Gibson) SG Systems SG 100 Watt Tube Guitar Amplifier

1970's CMI Electronics (Gibson) SG Systems SG 100 Watt Tube Guitar Amplifier

Fort Mill, South Carolina, 297**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$675

Hello !
Up for sale is an amazing vintage amplifier from CMI Electronics S G. Systems The SG 100 !
From my understanding, this amp was supposed to be a collaboration between Gibson and CMI Electronics and some other music giants of the day. I'm not even sure what the real story on this is, as I couldn't find any exact info on this unit, just going by what I heard on youtube
But never mind this boring and relatively inconsequential back story. What I do know is that few pieces of gear ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1960s ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number ES-335 SG Standard

Vintage Gibson 1960's ABR-1 Chrome Bridge Patent Number ES-335 SG Standard

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

$195

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Vintage Gibson 1966 - 1969 ABR-1 Bridge
Correct for your mid to late 60's Les Paul Goldtop Standard, ES-335 or SG Standard!
Excellent condition, no sag ready to rock!
This one has been professionally upgraded with graphite saddles. We love these for their tone as well as the lack of string breakage!
Original thumbwheels included.
The chrome finish has very mild patina ... more
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Vintage Gibson Short Maestro SG Special Standard Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone 1960

Vintage Gibson Short Maestro SG Special Standard Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone 1960

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

$595

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Vintage Gibson 1960's "Maestro" Tremolo Vibrola Unit
Correct for your mid 1960's Gibson or Epiphone
These rare and very cool little units are frequently found on SG Specials, but also Standards, Melody Makers, various Epiphones and many others! We've even seen these pop up on early 60's ES-335's!
100% original and in FANTASTIC condition - the unit is cosmetically perfect and ... more
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1964 Gibson SG Junior ridiculous figured Mahogany w / a stop tail & 1 11 / 16" nut !

1964 Gibson SG Junior ridiculous figured Mahogany w / a stop tail & 1 11 / 16" nut !

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

$8495

This is a very cool last of the early 60??s type SG Junior in a nice all original see-thru Cherry finish over a 1 of a kind super figured Mahogany body like no other. Its dot inlaid rosewood fingerboard feels great & its 1 11 / 16?? 1 piece mahogany neck profile is very wide & comfortable. Its headstock has Gibson??s famous gold logo w / a set of 3-in-line single line Kluson tuners. It??s loaded w / a single black P-90 that frickin screams. Its Small pickgard is the last of its type ... more
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Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar - Silver Metallic

Gibson SG Standard Electric Guitar - Silver Metallic

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

$1398

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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

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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

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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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.