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1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 20

Gibson 1960 guitar and amplifier catalog. Page 20. Splash page for the section on Gibson Amplifiers.

Featuring well known session musician Tony Mottola playing a Gibson ES355TD-SV. Mottola was a Gibson endorsing artist for some years in the early 1960s, being pictured with a range of different Gibson amplifiers. Here he is shown with two models, the GA-77 Vanguard and GA-88S stereo. Compare this image to the equivalent in the 1962 Gibson catalogue with just the Vanguard, or this early 1963 advertisement, using a similar image, from the same photo-shoot, but with a newer version of the Vangaurd, the Crestline series GA-77RVTL.

Although the guitar pictured is described as the ES-355T, the stereo circuitry and varitone are mentioned in the text - it can only be assumed that this page was prepared at a point in 1959 before the model designation ES-355TD-SV was widely is use.

1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 20: start of the amplifier section, featuring Tony Mottola
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Vntg 1958 Gibson GA-20 Tweed Combo Amp Jensen Speaker 220816 Serial Number 39632

Vntg 1958 Gibson GA-20 Tweed Combo Amp Jensen Speaker 220816 Serial Number 39632

Ida, Michigan, 481**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1958 Gibson GA-20 GA20 Tweed Combo Amp Jensen Speaker 220816 Serial Number 39632 Rare!!! As you can see this amp is in very good condition for its age. All knobs and inputs on the amp are in solid working order. I haven??t had a chance to have it serviced, but if I get time in the next week or two I??ll take it in and adjust the price accordingly. Overall a very cool vintage amp.

Please see pictures for additional details and condition.
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1963 GIbson Skylark Guitar Amplifier GA 5

1963 GIbson Skylark Guitar Amplifier GA 5

Jamestown, Pennsylvania, 161**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1963 Gibson Skylark Model GA-5
Original speaker
Everything works
Tube  refresh
New bolts on transformer
New grounded cord
Electronics cleaned
Handle replaced with braided leather
This is a great amp with the vintage Skylark sound through the Jensen speaker
13 pounds
13 5  X 12 75 X 7 inches
Serial No: 31964
See play and pickup in our store Saline River Music Jamestown PA
13 pounds
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Gibson GA-40 Les Paul amp 1954

Gibson GA-40 Les Paul amp 1954

Acton, Massachusetts, 017**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition. Caps replaced. Original foot switch for tremolo. 12" speaker with right date code. Grounded AC cord. Sounds great.... more
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Gibson GA-8 Discoverer tweed amp 1961

Gibson GA-8 Discoverer tweed amp 1961

Acton, Massachusetts, 017**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Good condition. Some tweed staining. Caps replaced. Grounded plug added. Correct speaker date code. Class A parallel output tubes - look at schematic.... more
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"1952" Gibson GA-75W Guitar Amplifier

"1952" Gibson GA-75W Guitar Amplifier

Calimesa, California, 923**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson GA-75 W 1952 amplifier. 25 Watts output into a single Jensen 15" speaker.
Offered here is a Very Rare refurbished 1952 Gibson GA-75W guitar tube amplifier utilizing the 6L6 tubes .
This is a super rare tube amp manufactured in 1952. The condition of this amp is excellent, especially for its age. These amps were only constructed from 1950 to 1955 and only 1274 were produced in total! The amp came with a Jensen massive15" speaker for superior sound. All the tubes are brand new ... more
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Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Amplifier Brochure

Super hard item to find in original stained condition. 1959 Gibson Amplifier Sales Brochure. Tiny water mark on the lower left, barely visible. Only one side of the brochure is shown there are three models on the opposite side
It's currently in a cheap frame, not as shown in the photo, that you should upgrade when you get this
GA 86GA 77GA 40T Les PaulGA 18 T ExplorerGA 20 T RangerGA 30 InvaderGA Super 400GA 200 Rythym KingGA 6 LancerGA ... more
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Gibson GA55 GA 55 ALL ORIGINAL 1957 Guitar Amp Amplifier

Gibson GA55 GA 55 ALL ORIGINAL 1957 Guitar Amp Amplifier

Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


GIBSON GA55 Amplifier 1957All original parts, fully serviced and maintained. I have owned this for about 10 years. There is fading on the dial plate, so a serial number isn't shown there, it may be on the chassis. But the easiest way to determine the date are the speakers, which are Jensen, dated the 8th week of 1957. This is the model without reverb. There is no finer sound for blues than this amp. It never overdrives. Soft smooth tone. This model is noted for it's subtle sound, ... more
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Vintage 1954 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Model / Jenson C12N Speaker - Original Foot Ped

Vintage 1954 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Model / Jenson C12N Speaker - Original Foot Ped

Martinsburg, West Virginia, 254**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson GA-40 Les Paul Model 1954 - Vintage Jenson C12N Speaker - Original Foot Pedal
This Amplifier has recently been serviced! The following has been done
A heavy duty 3 prong cord was installed
All new filter capacitors
2 carbon comp resisters
Potentiometers have been cleaned, lubed
Tube sockets have been cleaned
Please keep in mind! This amp doesn??t have a hum balance in its stock wiring configuration to get rid of any unwanted hum turn the second channel to the ... more
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Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp - N

Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp - N

Mesquite, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Item: Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp!
Description: You are purchasing a Vintage Gibson GA-15RVT Explorer Combo Amp. Killer amp of increasing desirability in great shape for its age. Missing the original Gibson logo as well a few original knobs, but this example has been serviced at some point as denoted by the 3 prong. Please inquire with any questions you may have prior to purchase
Shipping: $125 00 shipping to the Lower 48 States! We ship overseas. Overseas ... more
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Vintage  1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

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


Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual 11 x 17 and all original1964 was the second year for the Hawk Amp and they had a rough brown tolex exterior Reverb and Tremolo they now sell for $900-1200 and this is an original manual form 8 / 64 Kalamazoo Michigan. If you have a 6gibson with a matching amp .you will want this for your case candy investment. Anyway, if not, I have attached the pics so you will have the information for free. :)This Instructions manual ... more
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1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

Fenton, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded. The amplifiers has been extensively refurbished. New Power Supply Capacitors. New Capacitors on the PCB. New Diode Capacitor. New Metal Film 6L6 Grid Resistors. New Metal Film 6L6 Bypass Resistors. Three Wire Power Cord. All new Hardware. Chassis Straps, Handle, Corners and Feet. All controls cleaned. Tolex has bee cleaned and rejuvenated. Tubes have all been tested. All original parts will come wit the amp ... more
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Circa 1938 Gibson EH-150 Tube Amplifier

Circa 1938 Gibson EH-150 Tube Amplifier

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Circa 1938 Gibson EH-150 Amplifier Style 3, Geib made Tweedcovering with airline stripes, Rounded top, Twelve inch speaker, 5Z3 rectifier, Two 6L6 power tubes and four metal 6C5tubers, Very clean example that has been serviced in the past with a groundedplug, Has a very warm sound, Looks gorgeous
A word about purchasing any of these rare Vintage amps, ??these amps need to be regularly cared for??. These are very old and may need to be or may have been serviced in thepast. We recommend that ... more
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Gibson Country Western Guitar Amplifier Amp GA-70

Gibson Country Western Guitar Amplifier Amp GA-70

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson GA-70 Country Western Amp
6L6, 12AU7, 12AY7, 7025 & 5V4 tubes
Ships from Nashville, TN... more
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Vintage Gibson GA79RVT amplifier

Vintage Gibson GA79RVT amplifier

Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 488**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Has foot switch tremolo not working non-original concentric knobs and speakers and rear panel
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1957 1958 Gibson GA-20 Combo Amp

1957 1958 Gibson GA-20 Combo Amp

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


1957 1958 era Gibson GA-20 Combo Amp2 tone tweedThe tweed was "sharpied" or painted with some black type sharpie or paintSome has been cleaned off, it is how I got itAmp has been serviced by George AlessandroA few caps have been changedOriginal Field coil speaker works but is a little buzzy
D-Town Guitars
1109 N Easton Rd Doylestown PA 18902
mon-fri 12-8pm sat 11-5pm EST- closed on sundays
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SUPER CLEAN FENDER   GIBSON SPEAKER 1960s CTS alnico 10" 8 ohms 134

SUPER CLEAN FENDER GIBSON SPEAKER 1960's CTS alnico 10" 8 ohms 134

Tempe, Arizona, 852**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The speakers are 10" CTS alnico with 8 ohms impedance, likely from the 1960s.... more
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Vintage 1950 Gibson GA-50T Rare Blues Jazz Tube Amp Amplifier 1x12 Chicago 6L6

Vintage 1950 Gibson GA-50T Rare Blues Jazz Tube Amp Amplifier 1x12 Chicago 6L6

New Lenox, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Cabinet Chassis and Speakers are original as well as the transformers. The amp was serviced years back with new caps

The amp has been powered up and plays.

No foot switch or back cover included

Tremolo could not be tested and or not functioning

The four input jacks are working and all knobs are functioning except the tremolo knobs

Cabinet has had wood repairs over the 75 years of life as shown

Side and bottom tolex missing ... 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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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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1961 Gibson GA-40 Tweed Les Paul Amplifier

1961 Gibson GA-40 Tweed Les Paul Amplifier

Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 041**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1961 Gibson GA-40 Tweed Les Paul amp in great condition. Very few of these ever have both the Les Paul & Gibson badges intact. The speaker code (1960) and transformer codes (all 1961) point to this as a 1961 amp. The original 2 prong power cable was converted to a grounded 3-prong plug albeit on the short side. Includes the original wood tremelo foot switch. All original except for the converted power cable and the worn out electrolytics replaced. This is an amazing amp
First heard one ... more
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Vintage 1958 Gibson GA-9 Combo AmpĀ Black Tolex

Vintage 1958 Gibson GA-9 Combo AmpĀ Black Tolex

Santa Clarita, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage original 1950s Gibson GA-9 combo amp. Absolutely fantastic warm and fat blues tones.
Serviced and working great with a good 3 prong chord so no shocks or sound issues. Has a replaced Eminence speaker. Emblem not original
Perfect for recording and gigging
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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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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.