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Gibson Acoustic Guitar List

Vintage acoustics made by Gibson

Follow the links below for further information on the following Gibson acoustic guitars

Gibson flat tops

Everly Brothers
Southern Jumbo
B-25-12 (twelve string)
B-45-12 (twelve string)

Gibson classic acoustics

C-0 Classic
C-1 Classic
C-2 Classic
C-4 Classic
C-6 Richard Pick Custom
C-8 Grand Classic
Flamenco 2

Gibson carved-top acoustics

Super 400 C

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Vintage Gibson Mastertone Lap Steel Electric Guitar - Ideal for Restoration

Vintage Gibson Mastertone Lap Steel Electric Guitar - Ideal for Restoration

Bridgeport, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This item is a vintage Gibson Mastertone Lap Steel Electric Guitar, designed for restoration. The guitar is a product of the Gibson brand, renowned for its musical instruments, particularly guitars. The Mastertone model is a lap steel variant, a type of guitar played horizontally with a slide, often used in country and Hawaiian music. This electric version allows for amplification and tonal modification. The vintage aspect of this guitar suggests it was produced in a previous era, potentially ... more
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Vintage Gibson Epiphone Acoustical Guitar

Vintage Gibson Epiphone Acoustical Guitar

Algonac, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson Epiphone Acoustical GuitarModel DR100VS With SlingSeveral Defects .Missing the First String, There is a Quarter Size Spot on The Front that was RepairedLooks like there was also repairs made on the NeckThese defects are reflected in the asking priceand are depicted in certain photos in the galleryPlease look at all the photos, they are part of our descriptionWe ship your purchase insured and free of charge
within the contiguous United States
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1965 Gibson Firebird 1, SG Jr, Coronet wrap compensated tailpiece stamped with the code "TPBR 8513 12809", providing excellent intonation throughout the fretboard. The silver body color, 6-string configuration, and right-handed orientation make this an ideal guitar tailpiece for any rock or blues player. The model is a Les Paul Junior, a classic guitar with a rich history in the music industry. Perfect for collectors or musicians looking for a high-quality instrument

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Vintage Lyle DL690 Dove acoustic guitar Gibson Japan reproduction lawsuit era

Vintage Lyle DL690 Dove acoustic guitar Gibson Japan reproduction lawsuit era

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


This beautiful collectible six string acoustic guitar is a reproduction of the classic Gibson Dove model and was made in Japan in the late 1960's or 1970's. The only cosmetic flaw is a small 1 / 4" scratch on the very bottom, which is clearly shown in photos. Pick guard has no scratches and the inlay work is gorgeous. I took it to Guitar Center where I learned the bridge is collapsed due to tension on the strings over time. It still plays, but would sound better with a new or repaired bridge.... more
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RARE 1963 Epiphone Kalamazoo Made Tenor Guitar W /  Original Gibson Alligator LOOK

RARE 1963 Epiphone Kalamazoo Made Tenor Guitar W / Original Gibson Alligator LOOK

Longmont, Colorado, 805**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Beautiful 1963 Epiphone tenor guitar. In excellent shape with only minimal wear for its age such as light checking in the finish and some small dings here and there. Comes with LR bags pickup as well w / repro 60s end pin jack. Also comes with its original Gibson made faux alligator case. There were less than 500 of these made between 1962 and 1966. Sounds and plays brilliantly. A rare beauty that plays as well as it looks
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Original 1960 Gibson L-48 Archtop Guitar nice SER NO. 05487

Original 1960' Gibson L-48 Archtop Guitar nice SER NO. 05487

Palmyra, Missouri, 634**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage 1960s Gibson B45 12 String Acoustic  Guitar SN  W / Roadworn OHSC

Vintage 1960's Gibson B45 12 String Acoustic Guitar SN W / Roadworn OHSC

Gardena, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a Vintage 1960's Gibson B45 12 String Acoustic Guitar SN W / Roadworn OHSC .SN 90971 W / Roadworn OHSC Made In The USA This come exactly as shown with some scratches dings ,finish checking, and the trapezio tailpiece has been replaced and so their are extra screw holes on the bottom, No Buzzing or dead spots neck is straight and truss rod works as it should and has lot of room left for adjustment and has been completely gone through and set up and ready to play . Please if you ... more
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Gibson Classic C-0  Guitar very good condition built in the USA in 1963 or 1967

Gibson Classic C-0 Guitar very good condition built in the USA in 1963 or 1967



This guitar is in good condition overall, original finish in good cond. see the condition description for specifics. Old case included and it will be well packed. It does not say the exact years research tells me based on the serial number it could be a 1963 or a 1967
I do my best to give an honest assessment of each item I sell, their are some minor finish issues to the guitar but for a guitar ... more
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1965 Gibson C-1 Classic Acoustic Guitar

1965 Gibson C-1 Classic Acoustic Guitar

Saint Louis, Missouri, 631**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Gibson C-1 Guitar. This is a great sounding guitar. The wood is in great shape for being 60 years old. There is a lot of spider webbing with the finish. The only minor blemish is on the back. There is a very small chip towards the bottom of the body. Which is hard to show. It looks like a little white dot in the picture. Original Case. I stitched up some spots where the case is peeling. Comes with new nylon strings.
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Vintage Original Gibson C-1-Classic Acoustic Guitar & Hard Case 1963-64

Vintage Original Gibson C-1-Classic Acoustic Guitar & Hard Case 1963-64

Norwalk, Connecticut, 068**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Original Gibson C-1-Classic Acoustic Guitar & Hard Case Serial #355051 1963-64, Gibson Inc. Kalamazoo, Michigan, U S.A. Spruce top, mahogany back & side, double bound body, with a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard. It has 6 strings. The Fur-lined case was made in Canada
CONDITION : Lightly used, two 5" Cracks on backside of body, and one other 7" ( all shown in photos # 10, #15 & #16). Original. Overall the rest of the guitar is in good condition
DIMENSIONS : Body 19" ... more
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Vintage 1970 Norlin era Gibson J 140 Acoustic Flattop Guitar -

Vintage 1970 Norlin era Gibson J 140 Acoustic Flattop Guitar -

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1970 Norlin era Gibson J 140 Acoustic Flattop Guitar -
Vintage 1970 Norlin era Gibson J 140 Acoustic Flattop Guitar -
Vintage early 1970's Gibson J-140 acoustic guitar

Early model with label inside as well as SN made in USA in the headstock

There are several repaired top cracks the worst being the one ... more
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Vintage 1970 Gibson JG-0 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural Satin w /  Case

Vintage 1970 Gibson JG-0 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural Satin w / Case

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


This Vintage 1970 Gibson JG-0 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is in excellent condition. It has been well played over the years and shows some honest playwear in the form of some pick wear below the pickguard and a few minor dings on the body (See pictures). There is a fairly deep scratch (Not a crack) below the bridge as well. But overall, this guitar is fairly clean condition and sounds fantastic. The lack of the thick finish on this model makes this guitar light and responsive. It produces plenty... more
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1964 Gibson acoustic guitar LGO model

1964 Gibson acoustic guitar LGO model

Springfield, Virginia, 221**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Gibson acoustic guitar LGO model.... more
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Vintage 1968 Gibson J-45 Round Slope Shoulder Guitar Refinished & Neck Reset J45

Vintage 1968 Gibson J-45 Round Slope Shoulder Guitar Refinished & Neck Reset J45

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


Vintage 1968 Gibson J-45. This one has been refinished and has had a neck reset. Also, several repaired top cracks. We did not do the work, but it appears to be a good job. A pickup was also added, but we could not get it to work, perhaps because of the broken battery holder tab. The Gibson logo is not original and has been slanted in the opposite direction from the original. Neck is straight, and the truss rod works. Frets are in great shape. Plays and sounds fantastic. Though it could probably... more
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Vintage Gibson Kalamazoo Archtop Guitar 1930s-40s

Vintage Gibson Kalamazoo Archtop Guitar 1930s-40s

Flushing, Ohio, 439**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Kalamazoo KG-31 Sunburst. 1930s-40s Not sure of the exact year. New strings, tuned and repaired by professional luthier. The repair can be seen in pictures where the body had some cracks. Luthier glued the cracks to strengthen the area and prevent further cracking. Please view ALL pictures for condition, and please ask all questions BEFORE bidding. Thank you
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Vintage Gibson B-15 Acoustic Guitar with case

Vintage Gibson B-15 Acoustic Guitar with case

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 176**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966-69 Gibson Acoustic Guitar B-15

Beautiful Vintage Gibson Guitar

The guitar is in great condition with minor Blemishes. (a few dings etc )

I did not touch up any scratches or paint
Glue residue on the heel of the neck (there from previous owner)
Guitar has some crazing or crackling finish on the back on the sides and back

Guitar was cleaned and set up by a ... more
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Gibson B-15 1965 vintage

Gibson B-15 1965 vintage

Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Experience the timeless beauty and exquisite sound of this 1965 Gibson B-15 acoustic guitar. Crafted with the finest quality materials, this vintage guitar is from the renowned Gibson series and is perfect for any music enthusiast. The guitar's sleek design and superior craftsmanship make it a must-have for any musician looking to create soul-stirring melodies. Whether you're a professional or just starting out, this Gibson B-15 will help you create the perfect soundscape. Its unique features, ... more
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GIBSON 1960S 12 STRING GUITAR B-25-12-N (FC1007418)

GIBSON 1960'S 12 STRING GUITAR B-25-12-N (FC1007418)

Ionia, Michigan, 488**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1970 Gibson J-45 Deluxe Cherry Sunburst Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

1970 Gibson J-45 Deluxe Cherry Sunburst Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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


1970 Gibson J-45 Deluxe Acoustic-Electric Guitar with a Cherry Sunburst Finish. The body's binding needs to be replaced and the lifting / cracked bridge needs to be replaced. There are a few old repaired cracks in the top that seem stable. Otherwise the guitar is in good condition with typical scuffs throughout. The neck looks solid. One of the tuners have been replaced and the pickguard looks to have been reglued. This guitar is sold as-is and will need to be repaired. Does not include a case ... more
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Vintage 1939 Kalamazoo KG-31 Archtop Guitar Made By Gibson

Vintage 1939 Kalamazoo KG-31 Archtop Guitar Made By Gibson

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


Vintage 1939 Kalamazoo KG-31. Great condition. Very pronounced V shape neck on these. Most of the tuner buttons have been replaced. No cracks. There is no truss rod, so there is a bit of a bow in the neck. Plays and sounds excellent. Action at 12th fret bass side is about 5 / 64 and 1 / 16 on the treble side. Frets are in good shape and have plenty of life. Shipping is free, and the guitar will be sent in an Epiphone hard case. Please email questions.
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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 (seepage 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 Coloramawas the name UK distributorSelmergave 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 HofnerDiamond 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-respectedMatsumokuplant 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 IITheHofner Coloramawas the name given bySelmerto 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). TheMatsumokufactory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the1820 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 GibsonMarauderbegan 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 theMarauder,S-1, andL-6S Custommixed in with brand new models theThe V,The Explorerand theFlying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The3263 basswas one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

1961 Hohner ZambesiThis very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

1963 Vox Super AceTheVox Super Acewas a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickupVox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Basssupporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortTheVox New Escortwas Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarTheSymphonicbass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to theFender Precisionbass, 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-style3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string3261, the twelve string3262and the3263bass.Shaftesburywas the house-brand of major UK distributorRose-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, byEko

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. 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