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1930s Vintage GROVER PATENT Banjo Tuners Gibson Vega Tuning Peg IVOROID

1930s Vintage GROVER PATENT Banjo Tuners Gibson Vega Tuning Peg IVOROID

Wilmington, Delaware, 198**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

1930s Vintage GROVER PATENT Banjo Tuners Gibson Vega Tuning Peg IVOROID
GOOD OVERALL, BUT ONE PEG HAS SHALLOW DENT IN THE COVER RESULTING IN A SLIGHT 'LEAN' TO THE SHAFT (LAST PIC). WORKS FINE THOUGH. ALL REQUIRE COMPLETE CLEAN & LUBE FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE... more
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1964 Gibson Banjo 5 string with case

1964 Gibson Banjo 5 string with case

Goshen, Indiana, 465**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2860

1964 Gibson Banjo with Gator case. I replaced the head, bridge and 5th string tuner. There are holes in the side of the neck from a 5th string capo that did not come with the banjo This is priced with the hard shell case for shipping. If you don't want the hard shell case contact me and I will reduce the price by $200 This does not come with a strap or capo. I don't need to sell but I would like this to go to someone who will play it more than I do.... more
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1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Pot Part

1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k Pot Part

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$125

Short shaft , date code 1977, reads Strong on meter, clean pot , Thanks for looking
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1961 Gibson ES-330 TC

1961 Gibson ES-330 TC

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

$9695

1961Gibson ES-330 TC, Cherry Red, P-90 pickup, Great sounding acoustically andplugged in, Nicely set up, One of the few guitars we have seen with a ??Q?? precedingthe FON number, Sweet looking and a great performing instrument, Excellent condition, Nice original hard case... more
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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Cherry Sunburst 1984

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Cherry Sunburst 1984

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1999


Vintage Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Cherry Sunburst 1984
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
Not your typical Les Paul Studio, some of these early models featured solid alder bodies with maple necks, just like this gorgeous example. The slender profile neck is silky smooth & plays like a dream up & down the fretboard. The PAF humbuckers sound magnificent & deliver warm, rich tones with sustain that seems to last for days. Professionally ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1976 in Original Hardshell Case

Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage 1976 in Original Hardshell Case

Bridgeport, West Virginia, 263**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6200

This is a 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom in factory Wine Redwith the original hardshell case. Cosmetically the guitar is in pretty goodcondition for being 47 years old, showing normal nick, dings and play wear. The LP Custom is popular with rock groups because of its amazingsustain capabilities. It has thatclassic 70's Les Paul tone. Thereis nothing that sounds better than a Les Paul turned way up, grinding out somehot riffs! The guitar weighs 10 4Pounds
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1976 Vintage Gibson J45 / 50 Acoustic Electric Guitar

1976 Vintage Gibson J45 / 50 Acoustic Electric Guitar

Van Nuys, California, 914**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2190

What an amazing guitar. I can't describe the sound but if I had to put it in words; the sound vibrated your chest and sounded so great it made you want to play constantly, inspired you to sing and write song
Gibson only made the J45 / 50 model one year in 1976 which was just a combination of the two model numbers on both the natural and the sunburst. Of course the J45 was the sunburst finish but all guitars shared the same J45 / 50 stamp on the back of the headstock. This guitar is in very ... more
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1961 Gibson L-50 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

1961 Gibson L-50 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Oak View, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1430

For auction here is a 1961 Gibson L-50 Archtop acoustic guitar Factory Order Number R5016 Stamped inside of back. The guitar body is constructed of Solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides. The neck is solid mahogany with a rosewood fingerboard sporting 20 jumbo frets and the Gibson "Trapezoid" inlays. I purchased this guitar on ebay 25yrs ago. I received it with a partially cracked headstock and 3 top cracks at the f-holes. The top cracks have been glued and cleated and the headstock glued ... more
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Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D Sunburst 1964

Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D Sunburst 1964

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999


Vintage Gibson Melody Maker D Sunburst 1964
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
We get a lot of modified Melody Makers, so it's always a real treat to come across one that's all original, like this ultra cool double-cutaway, double pickup model. This beauty dates to '64 & sports a perfectly sculpted neck that plays great up & down the fretboard. Professionally set up with fresh strings & low action so it plays & sounds fabulous ... more
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Vintage Gibson Melody Maker Sunburst 1964

Vintage Gibson Melody Maker Sunburst 1964

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2499


Vintage Gibson Melody Maker Sunburst 1964
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
100% original & just recently acquired from the original owner. Light weight, resonant & tons of fun to play, these vintage Melody Makers have always been a favorite here at Cream City Music, and thanks to a pro set up, this one plays exceptionally well
Cosmetic Condition: Really nice shape for being nearly 60 years old! Various little nicks, chips, dents & ... more
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Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer Inspired by Gibson *SHELL ONLY*  AS IS

Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer Inspired by Gibson *SHELL ONLY* AS IS

Franklin, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100

Up for Sale is an Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer Inspired by Gibson. This is an awesome guitar which came to us missing all of its electronics and hardware. There are some slight heel cracks in the finish which do not affect playability. The headstock is stamped USED per our agreement with the manufacturer. This guitar is in as-is condition, and may have various imperfections such as light surface scratches, dings, or finish cracks. Perfect for projects or partscaster builds. Please feel free to ... more
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single  vintage Kluson Waffle back Gibson guitar gold tuner Bass side EAD

single vintage Kluson Waffle back Gibson guitar gold tuner Bass side EAD

Southampton, Massachusetts, 010**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$30

I'm cleaning out a long closed Western Ma. luthier shops inventory and will be selling a lifetime collection of mostly vintage musical instruments and parts. Today I have a single gold Kluson waffle back bass side tuner. This was marked 1967 Gibson ES 345 , but I have no way of verifying this. This one is not bent , and it turns freely . There are no screws or bushing. Please note I am not a vintage guitar expert and I am going mostly from notes left on items. Any input is appreciated Check ... more
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Vintage Guitar Case Fender ? Gibson ? Gretsch ? Ibanez ?

Vintage Guitar Case Fender ? Gibson ? Gretsch ? Ibanez ?

West Sacramento, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$100

This vintage guitar case is the perfect addition to any musician's collection. Its timeless design and sturdy construction make it ideal for transporting your beloved instrument to gigs and rehearsals. This case is could be compatible with a variety of guitar brands, including Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, and Ibanez. We are not sure which guitar it fits. Its durable exterior and plush interior ensure that your guitar will be kept safe and secure while on the go. Whether you're a seasoned ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Recording 1972 Vintage USA in Original Headshell Case

Gibson Les Paul Recording 1972 Vintage USA in Original Headshell Case

Bridgeport, West Virginia, 263**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4200

This is a hard-to-find 1972 Gibson Les Paul Recording. Theseguitars have some of the best clean tones out there. Walnut finish. Lowimpedance pickups, Mahogany body and neck, Lots of tonal options. BeautifulNatural finish, this guitar comes with Original Gibson hardshell case aspictured. Rare guitar! The guitar is invery good condition. A few dings and scratches, but nothing outside of normalplay wear. This guitar weighs 11 2 pounds
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Used Vintage 60es Gibson Eb-2 Base

Used Vintage 60es Gibson Eb-2 Base

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

$3350

Hi This is very nice 60es Gibson Eb-2 Base ,one of the first production of hollow body's .The BASS is AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL Gibson USA product with AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL electronics, tuners and pickups on it.
#on a back is 872232 . Right handed. Yes, It has strait neck and classic 60ES "Beatles'' sound ( POSSIBLE NEED SOME CLEANING ) This is real vintage instrument and You mast be ready for any adjustments WITHOUT BLAME THE SELLER !!Thank You and good luck bidding
Shipping USA ... more
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Gibson Corvus III 1983 Guitar

Gibson Corvus III 1983 Guitar

Marion, North Carolina, 287**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

I have had this guitar put up in my vault for years
It is surprisingly comfortable guitar that plays good and sounds good
USA sales only
No international shipping
Payment expected within 3 days of the end of auction... more
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New Gibson Original Equipment Stop Bar Tailpiece Gibson Chrome - Free US Ship

New Gibson Original Equipment Stop Bar Tailpiece Gibson Chrome - Free US Ship

Salisbury, Maryland, 218**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$58

New Gibson Original Equipment Stop Bar Tailpiece Gibson Chrome(ASK ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE BIDDING AND ONLY BID IF YOU PLAN ON COMPLETING THE TRANSACTION!!!)
This item comes to us in New condition.
DUE TO THE EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF NON-PAYMENTS RECENTLY: ALL NON-PAYING BIDDERS WILL BE REPORTED TO EBAY AND ADDED TO OUR BLOCKED BIDDERS LIST. ONLY BID IF YOU CAN PAY!!
Free Shipping to the Continental US!!!
ALWAYS READ OUR INSPECTION REPORTS PRIOR TO BIDDING!!!
Inspection Report:Up for ... more
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GIBSON TUBE AMP AMPLIFIER 1959 BROCHURE GA Series

GIBSON TUBE AMP AMPLIFIER 1959 BROCHURE GA Series

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

$300


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

$4000


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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Gibson MELODY MAKER Double Cutaway 1964 Vintage Guitar

Gibson MELODY MAKER Double Cutaway 1964 Vintage Guitar

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

$1973

1964 Double Cut Gibson Melody Maker PLEASE LOOK AT ALL PHOTOS! THE LOW OPENING BID DOES NOT REFLECT THE QUALITY OF THIS INSTRUMENT OR IT'S CURRENT PLAYABLITY! A short time ago, an Ebay member offered to buy outside of Ebay. That member was reported. I only sell through EBAY, in auction style, NEVER a direct sale. This protects me and you!
Original pots were checked, pickup, original tuners and hardware. Plays like any great vintage slab-body of the 1960's. The pickup is great, includes the ... 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