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Gibson SG Family Chronology Part 1 - 1960s

1960s Timeline

YEAR PRICE NOTES
1960

1960 Gibson full line catalogue
The Gibson SG or solid guitar was announced in late 1960. As they were redesigned Les Paul instruments, they initially were marked and sold as such. Initially just the white SG Custom, and Cherry SG standard were announced.

1961 Early 1961 prices [1]
Les Paul Custom $395
Les Paul Standard $265

September 1961 prices [2]
Les Paul Custom $425
Les Paul Standard $290
SG Special $210
Les Paul Jnr $147.50
SG TV $147.50

1961 Gibson brochure announcing the Les Paul Custom and Standard
1961 Gibson advertisement with Les Paul and Mary Ford
This was the launch year. Listed as 'Les Paul' solid bodies rather than SGs because the instrument was actually planned as a redesigned Les Paul. Shipping figures also include a 'Les Paul Special 3/4 size' [3] - though this does not appear in the price list

The image above is taken from the 1961 Gibson promotional leaflet announcing The first of the new Gibsons for '61

1962 1962 prices [4]
Les Paul Custom $425
Les Paul Standard $290
SG Special $210
Les Paul Jnr $147.50
SG TV $147.50

Les Paul and Mary Ford
Gibson Gazette - Spring 1962
Left: The Spring 1962 issue of Gibson Gazette of 1962 shows Les Paul and Mary Ford, with Les holding an unusual looking Gibson SG; note the full-body scratchplate with humbuckers, and the split-diamond headstock inlay. Clearly not a production model.

Below: Two 1962 Les Paul Standards. Notice the ebony tailblock with Maestro vibrola, and the side to side vibrola

1962 SG Gibson Standard
1962 Gibson SG Standard
1962 Gibson full line catalogue

In the 1962 Catalog (which states that model specifications are from May 1961), the Custom, Standard and Junior are listed as 'Les Pauls' though the Special and TV are now SGs. The special has two colour options, SG-R Special - cherry red finish, and SGC Special - cream finish

Two ways new! A lovely new finish in a new shade of limed mahogany or Gibson's new cherry red
1963 July 1963 prices [5]
Les Paul Custom $425
Les Paul Standard $290
SG Special $210
Les Paul Jnr $147.50
SG TV $147.50

September 1963 prices [6]
Les Paul Custom $450
Les Paul Standard $310
SG Special $225
Les Paul Jnr $155
SG TV $155
1963 Gibson SG Standard

1963 Gibson SG Custom

Top left: 1963 SG Standard. Below: 1963 SG Custom

1964 September 1964 prices [7]
SG Custom $480
SG Standard $330
SG Special $240
SG Jnr $165
SG TV $165
1964 Gibson SG Special
SGs in the 1964 Gibson catalog

Left: 1964 Gibson SG Special

1964 saw the publication of a new Catalog featuring five SG models, the top of the range Custom, the Standard, Special, and two entry level models the Junior and TV

1965 February 1965 prices [8]
SG Custom $480
SG Standard $330
SG Special $240
SG-TV $165

June 1965 prices [9]
SG Custom $455
SG Standard $305
SG Special $225
SG Jnr $165
SG TV $165
1965 SG Special
This was the decades peak year with a total of 8871 instruments shipped. The previously used nickel hardware was replaced with chrome in this year.
1966 April 1966 prices [10]
SG Custom $455
SG Standard $305
SG Special $225
SG-TV $165
SG Jnr $165

October 1966 prices [11]
SG Custom $455
SG Standard $305
SG Special $225
SG-TV $169.50
SG Jnr $169.50

SGs in the 1966 Gibson catalog
The series was redesigned in late 1966; larger scratchplate, with pickups mounted into it, rather than directly onto the body. The full colour Catalog from that year still shows the smaller scratchplates - examine the 1966 Gibson catalogue

George Harrison gets an SG Standard, using it live, and recording much of the Revolver album with it.

1967 September 1967 prices [12]
SG Custom $455
SG Standard $305
SG Special $225
SG-TV $179.50
SG Jnr $179.50

Cream and the two Fool guitars, Gibson SG and Fender Bass VI
In 1967 Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce of Cream commissioned psychedelic artists The Fool to paint an SG standard and a Fender Bass VI. Clapton gave the guitar plenty of use both on stage and in the studio until the band split in 1969.
1968 June 1968 prices [13]
SG Custom $495
SG Standard $335
SG Special $245
SG-TV $189.50
SG Jnr $189.50

Gibson 1968 pamphlet
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1969 September 1969 prices [14]
SG Custom $525
SG Standard $355
SG Special $265
SG Jnr $199.50

1969 SG Special
1968 saw a dip in SG sales - they were at just 40% of their peak in 1965. So in 1969 the model that had sold the least; the SG-TV, was dropped, as was the unpopular white-finish SG special. Check out a 1969 SG special in Cherry finish

Both Pete Townsend and Carlos Santana give iconic performances on their SG Specials at the 1969 Woodstock Festival

1) New '61 Gibson flyer
2) Gibson price list 1/9/1961
3) Gibson Shipment Totals 1937-79 by Larry Meiners
4) Gibson 1962 catalog
5) Gibson price list 15/7/1963
6) Gibson price list 1/9/1963
7) Gibson price list 1/9/1964
8) Gibson price list 1/2/1965
9) Gibson price list 22/6/1965
10) Gibson price list 1/4/1966
11) Gibson price list 1/10/1966
12) Gibson price list 1/9/1967
13) Gibson price list 1/6/1968
14) Gibson price list 1/9/1969

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1969 GIBSON SG CASE - made in USA

1969 GIBSON SG CASE - made in USA

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

1969 GIBSON SG CASE - made in USA. This case is an overall good condition. Has one broken latch. The inside is great. There's a few marks and little scuffs on the outside and could use a good cleaning. Will ship FedEx ground fully insured with tracking shipping to the lower 48 states only. No Alaska Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam or PO boxes. No international shipping
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1966 Gibson SG Custom a genuine Polaris White w / 3 early Pat. Stickered pickups.

1966 Gibson SG Custom a genuine Polaris White w / 3 early Pat. Stickered pickups.

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

$13495

This is a very cool last of the early 60??s type SG Customs in a fabulous all original Polaris White finish. Its block inlaid ebony fingerboard feels great & its neck profile is very comfortable. Its headstock has Gibson??s famous Les Paul Custom pearl inlays w / a set of factory pat. pending Grover tuners. It??s loaded w / 3 potent original early 60??s Pat. Stickered Humbuckers (Pre-T Tops w / out covers). Its Small pickgard is the last of its type prior to the ugly full faced pickgards of ... more
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Vintage Gibson SG Deluxe 1972 With Shaped Original Case

Vintage Gibson SG Deluxe 1972 With Shaped Original Case

Bayside, New York, 113**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3997

This vintage Gibson SG Deluxe electric guitar is a rare gem for professional musicians and collectors alike. Crafted in 1972, this guitar features a solid mahogany body in a striking red color and a 22-fret rosewood fretboard. The neck is made of high-quality mahogany for a smooth and comfortable playing experience.

The neck is straight with fully functional truss rod with plenty of travel left. Gibson designed this special 3 piece mahogany neck for its stability and this example is ... more
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gibson standard sg bass guitar

gibson standard sg bass guitar

Sebring, Florida, 338**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1790

Gibson sg standard bass guitar
Comes with case, strap, bass guitar tuner,
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1964 Gibson SG Junior Cherry Red

1964 Gibson SG Junior Cherry Red

Keene, New Hampshire, 034**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4250

1964 Gibson SG Junior Electric Guitar. 6 lbs of vintage Gibson tone. Sounds and plays fantastic. It has been modded for a humbucking pickup, (I got it already modded). DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup. Leo Quan NOS Badass Bridge. Original Kluson Tuners. Original pots dated 1964, original black reflector knobs, original strap buttons. Frets have been leveled and crowned. Cool vintage Gibson Stereo truss rod cover. Very nice checking to the finish, no repairs or breaks. Some typical wear and dings... more
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1973 Gibson SG Standard

1973 Gibson SG Standard

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

$3000

A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF AN ICONIC GUITAR! One owner w original case
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EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN!
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1978 Gibson SG Standard Cherry All Original

1978 Gibson SG Standard Cherry All Original

Keene, New Hampshire, 034**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2750

1978 Gibson SG Standard in Cherry red finish. All original. Very good condition with some typical dings for it??s age. No breaks or repairs. The control knobs are chipped up but original so I have left them on. Neck is 1-9 / 16?? at the nut. Guitar weighs in at 6lbs 14oz. There is a driver??s license number scratched into the backplate, which I have blurred out. This was a common practice back in the 70s. Chrome hardware is in great shape. Pot codes date to 1978 with original witing and intact ... more
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Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30000

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Vintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul Standard SG Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / Original Case PAFs Sideways Vibrola
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Vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior (SG Junior) Electric Guitar Cherry Finish

Vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior (SG Junior) Electric Guitar Cherry Finish

Bristol, Tennessee, 376**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

This Vintage 1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior (SG Junior) Electric Guitar is in excellent condition. It shows some honest playwear over the years including some light dings and scratches here and there on the body as well as some light weather checking that is most noticeable on the back of the body (See pictures). The pickguard is lifting from the body slightly on the bass side (see picture). The frets show some moderate wear and some light divots in some of the root positions but the guitar chords ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w /  Pat # T-Tops, Case

1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w / Pat # T-Tops, Case

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

$17500

Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson SG Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This extremely well-kept SG features a gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish, the original trio of Pat # T Top humbuckers, and a long frame Maestro Vibrola. This particular instrument comes from the personal collection of Slipknot??s Jim Root, aka #4
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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

$79

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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1982 Epiphone USA SG Special SG-I Made By Gibson Nashville American Guitar

1982 Epiphone USA SG Special SG-I Made By Gibson Nashville American Guitar

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500


This is a rare guitar. They only made these Epiphone USA models for a short period of time. This one is super cool. Includes the original case. This one is perfect to add to your collection.
The neck is straight and the truss rod turns in both directions.

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Gibson SG Pro Made in USA 1972 Vintage Electric Guitar in Excellent condition

Gibson SG Pro Made in USA 1972 Vintage Electric Guitar in Excellent condition

North Miami Beach, Florida, 331**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3250

Gibson SG pro from 1972 features twin P90 pickups and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Comes with original hard shell case. The guitar is in excellent condition for being 51 years old. Serious inquiries only please,... 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

$21965

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)
Specs:
- 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
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1963 Gibson SG Jr Junior modded faded Ebony Black relic with Filtertron

1963 Gibson SG Jr Junior modded faded Ebony Black relic with Filtertron

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

1963 Gibson SG Junior Modded non original guitarNut width is 1 67 " Neck thickness behind the 1st fret is .80 " Neck thickness behind the 12th fret is .97 " Faded black lacquer relic finishHas a repaired neck and body crackBody was routed for humbucker and strippedThe route was modded to fit as Filtertron and flat black lacquer An undercoat of white finish was addedOriginal color was white as seen in the cavitiesSo when the black wears thru the white will show. I did not relic this at all really... more
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1966 Gibson SG Melody Maker D Vintage Electric Guitar FIRE ENGINE RED | 100% Ori

1966 Gibson SG Melody Maker D Vintage Electric Guitar FIRE ENGINE RED | 100% Ori

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

$3000


1966 Gibson SG Melody Maker D RED VERY GOOD PLUS!
Here is a very cool 1966 Gibson SG Melody Maker D Vintage Electric Guitar in FIRE ENGINE RED. This iconic guitar exudes vintage charm and delivers timeless tone. Crafted in 1966, this Melody Maker D remains 100% original, showcasing Gibson's renowned craftsmanship and attention to detail.
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Gibson 1961 Les Paul SG Custom Made 2 Measure Aged Olympic White + COA OHSC

Gibson 1961 Les Paul SG Custom Made 2 Measure Aged Olympic White + COA OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4995



Gibson 1961 Les Paul SG Custom Made 2 Measure Aged Olympic White + COA OHSC

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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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1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Cherry Red Electric Guitar w /  OHSC

1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10000

1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior SG Jr Cherry Red Electric Guitar w / OHSC
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1966 Gibson Melody Maker Vibrola Cherry SG Vintage Electric Guitar

1966 Gibson Melody Maker Vibrola Cherry SG Vintage Electric Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2935

1966 Gibson Melody Maker with a Cherry Burgundy Red finish and Vibrola tremolo. This vintage guitar is 100% all original with zero modifications. It is in excellent overall condition with no issues. There are typical handling marks and scuffs throughout but nothing major. The finish is still shiny with no finish checking. There is only very light fretwear, and all frets have been polished to a bright shine. The Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard is in great condition with minimal fingerwear. The ... more
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I am the original owner of a 1968 sg standard that does not have the cherry finish and the heavy neck. THE FINISH IS MAHOGANY BROWN AND HAS A SLIM AND NICELY BALANCED NECK. Is this a rare model?

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.