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1960 Gibson guitar and amplifier catalog, page 30

Gibson 1960 guitar and amplifier catalog. Page 30. Gibson galaxy of stars - Wilburn Brothers, William Makel, Homer and Jethro, Charlie Byrd, Danny Perri, Billy Byrd, George Gobel and Bill Haley

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1935 Gibson L-30 Sunburst Arch Top Guitar

1935 Gibson L-30 Sunburst Arch Top Guitar

Fresno, California, 937**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1935 Gibson L-30 Sunburst Arch Top GuitarSer# 1505
Small crack on face and a tiny hole next to neckDoes NOT affect the soundSelling as is
Please look at pictures as they are part of the description
We are third generation pawnbrokers. Customer satisfaction is our priority. Please feel free to message with any questions. Bid / Buy / Offer with confidence. We only ship domestic. SERIOUS BIDDERS ONLY!... more
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Gibson LG-1 1951 - Natural

Gibson LG-1 1951 - Natural

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 024**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is the best sounding LG-1 I've ever owned. A level of richness and warmth not usually attainable with Gibson's ladder-braced guitars. This one's hard to put down. Plays effortlessly. Refinished a long time ago to natural. Not an absolute flawless job but is still very attractive with a great vintage look / vibe. Scratches, dings and some repaired cracks typical of a well-loved 70 year old Gibbie
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1934 Gibson A Century of Progress Mandolin

1934 Gibson A Century of Progress Mandolin

Fredericksburg, Virginia, 224**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Made for the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago. White pearloid fingerboard and peghead veneer. Only made 1934-1936 with symmetrical body, carved top, oval soundhole, flat back, pickguard glued to top, bound top and back, bound pearloid fingerboard, double and triple diamond pearl inlay set into rosewood. Very rare, all original
Instrument: Mandolin
Brand: Gibson
Era: 1930s
Condition: Vintage (Pre 1980s)
Body: Other
Scale: Long
Wood (Top): Spruce
Wood (Sides): ... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base L-5ces Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base L-5ces Super 400 ES175

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
Correct for the L-5CES, Byrdland, Super 400, ES-175 and any other Gibson arch tops from this era. The tone on these is INCREDIBLE! They don't make them like this anymore.
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage Gibson OR dress up... more
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1962 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry 100% Original w /  Mudbucker

1962 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry 100% Original w / Mudbucker

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


Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson EB-0 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Introduced in 1959 in response to declining sales of the EB-1, the EB-0 originally came with a Les Paul Junior style body, quickly superseded by the SG style body (like the example seen here) in 1961. Lightweight at 7lbs 2oz with solid mahogany construction, this bass delivers pure, fat low-end thump courtesy of the famous "Mudbucker" pickup. The rich growl of the EB-0 sits perfectly in a mix, deftly below ... more
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Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


You are buying a VINTAGE 1919 GIBSON A-4 MANDOLIN in near excellent condition. Carved spruce top, maple back and sides,
Fleur De Lis peghead inlay, bound ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, Plays and sounds great. At some point a strap button was added on the heel. Non original hard shell case included
Please view photos and email questionsbefore buying. Payment is due uponpurchase. No International shippingunless you use the Ebay Global Shipping program which charges an ... more
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Gibson howard roberts fusion Guitar W Case

Gibson howard roberts fusion Guitar W Case

Satellite Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Nice shape older Gibson Howard Robert??s Fusion in black , with original brown case with pink fur cover -has some paint smudges / marks as older Gibson black finishes were tough to keep clean !!! Plays & sounds fine- was owned by collector who recently passed all sales final-recent set up & string change
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Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Electric Bass 1968 Walnut, Original, 2 Pickup, VeriTone

Gibson EB-3 Short Scale Electric Bass 1968 Walnut, Original, 2 Pickup, VeriTone

Clifton, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson's EB-3 bass guitar was released in 1961 and wasproduced through 1979, sporting the familiar sharp double-cutaway solid bodysimilar to the SG. As an upgrade to the EB-0, which also makes the EB-3 a moredesirable collectors' piece, the EB-3 sports dual humbuckers on its solidmahogany body with a metal cover over the bridge pickup and a 4-position rotarytone switch
A fantastic opportunity to buy a ... more
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Gibson Guitar 1965 J-45

Gibson Guitar 1965 J-45

Oak Lawn, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 J-45. This guitar is in amazing condition. I bought it last year from Carter's Vintage Guitars down in Nashville, TN. The description below is the one they gave me. The guitar comes with the original case, as well as a hardshell I picked up as well. Reason for selling is that I just have not played it enough, I prefer the smaller LG models. No trades, looking for serious offers only. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so much!
Top: SpruceBack and Sides: Mahogany Finish ... more
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w /  Original Case and Amplifier

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / Original Case and Amplifier

Babb, Montana, 594**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Excellent Package for the vintage guitar enthusiast:
Original 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst single cut, solid body, electric guitar Very Good to Excellent Condition
Original "Alligator" case (small area of trim missing)
1957 GA-5 Gibson Amplifier with cords and extras... more
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Vintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar w /  Case! Gold Top Finish! NICE!

Vintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar w / Case! Gold Top Finish! NICE!

Santee, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


At top 40 guitarsour customers satisfaction is our first concern All of our items have a 14 day return policy If after 14 days you are not completely satisfiedwith your purchase, please return it for a full refund .Peace be with you
all returned items must be in the same condition theywere at the time of sale. All original packing must be included
Up for Sale is aVintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar!
Gold Top Finish!
This is really Cool. You are looking at a ... more
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Vintage 1955 Gibson GA 20 Tube Guitar 1-12 Combo Amplifier , freshly serviced.

Vintage 1955 Gibson GA 20 Tube Guitar 1-12 Combo Amplifier , freshly serviced.

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1955 Gibson Ga-20. Original Jenson 12 inch speaker, recapped and playing well.... more
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Vintage Gibson 1968 Les Paul Custom Stoptail Tailpiece - Aluminum Featherweight!

Vintage Gibson 1968 Les Paul Custom Stoptail Tailpiece - Aluminum Featherweight!

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and completely original
Vintage Gibson 1968 - 1970 Les Paul Custom Gold Stoptail
Rare and correct for that awesome 1966-1970 Gibson LPC Black Beauty!
Also correct for a stoptail ES-345 or ES-355!
This is an awesome original gold plated aluminum stoptail
Featherweight, just like a 1950's Tailpiece, these are in fact largely interchangeable with a 1950s stop tail - the only minor difference is the ... more
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all original 1975 Gibson ES-335 rare LEFT-HANDED Walnut

all original 1975 Gibson ES-335 rare LEFT-HANDED Walnut

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


Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1975 Gibson left-handed ES-335 in its original Walnut finish. It has a good playing neck with good frets. It's all original along with its original hardshell case. It's in great condition with some very minor nicks + dings, some impressions in the finish left from a guitar strap resting underneath the body while the guitar was stored in the case and other very minor cosmetic wear. Everything remains structurally ... more
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1957 Gibson ES-225T Vintage Thinline Electric Guitar - Sunburst, P-90, 1950??s,

1957 Gibson ES-225T Vintage Thinline Electric Guitar - Sunburst, P-90, 1950??s,

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


1957 Gibson ES-225T!
Very cool 1950s Gibson ES-225 in Sunburst. Great way to get a 1950s Gibson on a budget. This guitar has a great vibe. Most of the parts are original. Importantly the electronics are unmodified. The changed parts are the tuners, knobs are 60??s, strap button, one missing dot inlay and the back of the neck was stripped and clear-coated  
No breaks or repairs! The guitar plays well and is set up with the strings going through the trapeze not too differently than ... more
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vintage cts potentiometer 250k Fender Guitar Amp Gibson

vintage cts potentiometer 250k Fender Guitar Amp Gibson

Madison, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage potentiometer with a 250k rating is a great addition to any Fender Guitar Amp or Gibson. Made by cts, a trusted brand in the industry, this potentiometer ensures high-quality performance and reliability. It is made in the United States, adding to its value as a vintage guitar part
Whether you are a collector looking to add to your vintage guitar collection or a musician looking to upgrade your equipment, this potentiometer is a great choice. It is specifically designed for use ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover 1966 69 ES-335 SG

Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover 1966 69 ES-335 SG

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
Vintage c 1965 Chrome Patent Number PAF humbucker cover
Killer 50+ year old patina!
This is a standard spaced cover - amazing shape with a killer vintage patina
Nothing looks as good as the real deal with real authentic wear !!!
These are correct for your 1965 thru 1969 ES-335, SG Standard, ES-175 and many others!
Our vintage PAF covers sell FAST ., ... more
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gibson melody maker electric guitar

gibson melody maker electric guitar

Peru, Illinois, 613**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


2007 Melody Maker With Original Box
Excellent Condition
Weighs 6 pounds 8 oz
Very Small Scuff Mark (last pic) And Small Scratch On Pickguard Above PickupAlso A Flaw In Finish Just Above Pickguard (2nd to last pic)
Will Ship In Original Box Inside Another Box
Check My Other Auctions For More Guitar Goodies
Thanks For Looking... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Zebra Patent Number PAF Pickup RARE! 7 32k Les Paul Burst!

Vintage 1960's Gibson Zebra Patent Number PAF Pickup RARE! 7 32k Les Paul Burst!

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
One KILLER and SUPER rare Vintage Gibson 1960's "Zebra" Patent Number" PAF pickup!!!
In well over 15 years of selling vintage guitar parts, we've only ever encountered ONE other example of a Zebra "Patent Number" PAF in our shop. We have seen one, maybe two, documented online as they are INCREDIBLY rare. Gibson likely had some leftover cream bobbins in Kalamazoo that got used up a... more
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1966-1969 Gibson USA ES-335 ES-335TD

1966-1969 Gibson USA ES-335 ES-335TD

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 554**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For the sake of clarity, this well preserved ES-335TD was built in the mid late 1960s. It's not a modern day re-issue supplied with vintage features. It's the real deal, down to the last detail. It was made in the 60s during one of the most prolific eras in music history. It wasset up, cleaned, and restrung by an experienced luthier inEarly September 2023. It was built in Gibson's Kalamazoo Michiganfactory at 225 Parsons Street. It found its way into the hands of great guitarists making history ... more
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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 (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

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave 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 Hofner Diamond 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-respected Matsumoku plant 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 IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to 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). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 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 Gibson Marauder began 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 the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying 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 bass Rose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was 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 Zambesi This 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 Ace The Vox Super Ace was 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-pickup Vox 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 Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New Escort The Vox New Escort was 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 Care Catalog 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 Folk The 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 guitar The 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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar 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 the Les Paul Personal / Professional