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"In the Gibson Galaxy of Stars"

1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog page 3

Gibson 1962 guitar and amplifier catalogue. Page 3. Gibson Galaxy of Stars - Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell, Mundell Lowe, Jim Hall and Herb Ellis

Fine guitarists demand fine instruments... that's why there are so many stars in the Gibson Galaxy, why so many fine musicians everywhere choose Gibson. They appreciate Gibson tonal perfection, superb response, and ease of playing - so fast and low and light. They appreciate, too, the beauty of their instruments. Top performers in the guitar world are shown throughout this book - they're Gibson artists all!

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Vintage 1963 Gibson Firebird I (Reverse)

Vintage 1963 Gibson Firebird I (Reverse)

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Configuration ?? asymmetrical hourglass Reverse Firebird-style mahogany body, nine-piece mahogany / walnut neck-through-body, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, layered reverse headstock with pearl Gibson logo inlay, six-on-the-other-side banjo-style tuners, combination wraparound stop bridge / tailpiece with raised integral saddles, three-ply white pickguard with red Firebird logo (missing), single covered mini-humbucker pickup, two knobs (volume, tone), nickel hardware.... more
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Gibson Electric Guitar - 1961 ES330 Dot Fretboard

Gibson Electric Guitar - 1961 ES330 Dot Fretboard

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 152**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Original owner. This 1961 Gibson ES330 features the DOT fretboard, twin pickups and all original 1961 parts, with the exception of one set of replica tuning pegs. Included is the 1961 original hard-shell case with an excellent orange interior and some signs of normal wear on the exterior. The playing condition and tonal quality is excellent.... more
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2023 Gibson 1961 ES-335 Sixties Cherry Ultra Light Aged Murphy Lab

2023 Gibson 1961 ES-335 Sixties Cherry Ultra Light Aged Murphy Lab

Morristown, New Jersey, 079**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This killer Murphy Lab 1961 ES-335 is just into the shop and is awesome sounding! This is a great guitar from the Gibson Custom shop and right now it seems like Gibson's really hit their stride at the Custom Shop. Ships with COA, case candy and OHSC.

Weight 7lbs 13oz
Just an awesome guitar
Semi-Hollow Soul
The Historic Reissue ES-335 is back and better than ever thanks to a year of studying, scanning, and listening to original examples. The expert craftspeople at ... more
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1963 Gibson Melody Maker

1963 Gibson Melody Maker

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


Here??s a cool old full size 60s Gibson Melody Maker. It??s been refinished but it looks like that was done long ago because it has plenty of finish wear, light scratches, scuffs and 70s style checking.

The neck is pretty straight and it??s set up for comfy action. Frets show light wear and the fret board has wear between the first 3 frets.

The tuners and electronics have been changed out. A nice Seymour Duncan Hotrail Humbucker has been added. It sounds good! I don??t ... more
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1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1961 Gibson Les Paul (SG) Custom in its original White finish with gold hardware and a factory sideways Vibrola. It has a great playing neck with very worn frets, but still playable. It's all original with the exception of one volume knob. It's also 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. This original Les Paul Custom looks great with lots of minor nicks + dings (most have been touched-up with white... more
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Vintage 1961 Gibson eh-500 lapsteel Korina body and strung Left Handed

Vintage 1961 Gibson eh-500 lapsteel Korina body and strung Left Handed

Woodland Hills, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1961 Gibson EH-500 Skylark lap steel in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of only 373 EH-500s produced in ?61, this Skylark lap steel may be most notable for being crafted out of the same African Korina used for Gibson??s original ??Modernistic?? guitars (the Flying V, Explorer, and Moderne)
The Melody Maker-style pickup, used on these steels from 1960 onwards, has a sparkling sound with a certain midrange ... more
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original 1962 Gibson ES-330 Sunburst

original 1962 Gibson ES-330 Sunburst

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1962 Gibson ES-330 in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete. The pictured period correct Gibson hardshell case is included, but it housed a guitar with a Bigsby at one time. This ES-330 is in great condition with only some minor nicks + dings, finish checking and other cosmetic wear. The guitar itself remains structurally sound with no ... more
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1962 Gibson ES-125 Vintage Archtop Guitar Sunburst 100% Original w /  P-90, Case

1962 Gibson ES-125 Vintage Archtop Guitar Sunburst 100% Original w / P-90, Case

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


Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson ES-125 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original faux alligator chipboard case. Fully hollow with an arched maple top and back, mahogany rims, and a 16" lower bout width, the ES-125 is a golden-era Gibson which delivers a clear, broad natural acoustic tone that projects well and is faithfully captured by the P-90 pickup. Very dynamically responsive and rich, the P-90 has a glassy treble bite, smooth growl and rich ... more
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1963 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom - Spruce top - Cherry Sunburst

1963 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom - Spruce top - Cherry Sunburst

Greenville, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1963 Gibson Barney Kessel is one of the more desirable early model with a spruce top, long heel neck joint, and features all original electronics with early patent decal pickups which are internally exactly the same as late PAFs. These pickups have never been opened. The pots and jack are all original with the original shielding canisters. The finish is all original and has the darker cherry color that I've only seen on some others from 1963 which makes me think they may all be from the ... more
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1961 Gibson ES-125TCD Hollowbody Electric Guitar

1961 Gibson ES-125TCD Hollowbody Electric Guitar

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1961 Gibson ES-125TCD with its original case
The guitar has a few miles on it, but appears to all original except for a few screws
There are no breaks or previous repairs
The frets are in decent shape and have plenty of life left. The guitar is currently setup with 11's and feels pretty darn good. On the side of the guitar, near the bottom and on the underside, there is some discoloration that can be seen in the pics
On the back of the headstock, there is a tiny extra ... more
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Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES 335 in Sixties Cherry with Case w / Gibson Pickups

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES 335 in Sixties Cherry with Case w / Gibson Pickups

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


Mint Condition
Set up with low buzz free action
Straight neck
no wear at all
A meticulous replica of a beloved instrument, with Gibson Burstbucker 2 and 3 pickups
The Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1962 ES-335 semi-hollow electric guitar is a tribute to a legendary guitarist and one of his cherished instruments. In 1996, Bonamassa purchased a red 1962 Gibson ES-335 and used it on his first solo album, A New Day Yesterday. In 2001, he sold the guitar to help fund his move to L A, but as ... more
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1961 Gibson ES-330 TC

1961 Gibson ES-330 TC

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


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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1961 Gibson EH-500 Skylark Vintage Lap Steel Korina w /  Case

1961 Gibson EH-500 Skylark Vintage Lap Steel Korina w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1961 Gibson EH-500 Skylark lap steel in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of only 373 EH-500s produced in ?61, this Skylark lap steel may be most notable for being crafted out of the same African Korina used for Gibson??s original ??Modernistic?? guitars (the Flying V, Explorer, and Moderne)
The Melody Maker-style pickup, used on these steels from 1960 onwards, has a sparkling sound with a certain midrange ... more
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1962 GIBSON MELODY MAKER USA - 42 mm breite Mutter - 50er LES PAUL GRIFFBOARD

1962 GIBSON MELODY MAKER USA - 42 mm breite Mutter - 50er LES PAUL GRIFFBOARD



* 42 mm breiter Profilhals=gleiche Spezifikationen wie die LP-Griffbretter
der späten 50er Jahre
* ca. 4 mal nachbearbeitet=grob
* Spindelstock hat 2 kleinere Risse, 1 wurde repariert
* Kopfplatte wurde abgespeckt=letztes Bild prüfen
* hat eine Reihe von zusätzlichen Tunerschrauben Löcher auf der Rückseite
* etwas Holz in der Griffbrettkurve unterhalb von Bund 5 & 11=siehe Bilder 6 & 7
* Bünde sind LOOOOW
* benötigt Teile... more
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Gibson ES-335 1961, cherry finish

Gibson ES-335 1961, cherry finish

Linz, 4***, AUSTRIA


Trenne mich von einer wunderschönen Gibson ES-335 von 1961!
Cherry finish, in beinahe mint Condition!
Man muss schon sehr lange suchen um so eine besondere 335er zu finden
Potis sind datiert 134 6103, 3 Woche 1961
Slim Taper Neck
PAFs sind ungeöffnet
komplett original ausser:
kleiner Overspray beim Gurtpin (Kratzer übersprüht)
Neubundierung von Matthias Schindehütte
Top Zustand!
Inkl. original braunem Lifton Case!... more
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Gibson ES-330 TD 1963 Tobacco Sunburst

Gibson ES-330 TD 1963 Tobacco Sunburst

Congleton, CW12***, UNITED KINGDOM


Gibson ES-330 TD 1963 Sunburst. 7 5 / 10 Good Vintage condition
For best price visit our website
The guitar looks to be original aside from a later 60s Gibson P90 bridge pickup, changed tuners with conversion bushings and switch tip
The body features earlier "mickey mouse" contours and a beautiful darker sunburst finish from the pre '62 period. Quite a unique guitar to see with '62 body contours and 63 features everywhere else. There is lacquer checking as you'd expect with only ... more
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1963 gibson firebird replica liuteria NM guitars

1963 gibson firebird replica liuteria NM guitars

Bassano in Teverina, 01***, ITALY


Replica di liuteria NM guitars di Nicola Mozzillo. Un capolavoro realizzato con materiali, finitura e componenti strettamente fedeli al modello del 1963. Hardware originale Gibson, pickups Seymour Duncan Antiquity, finitura Nitro... more
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1963 Gibson ES 335 ABR 1 BRIDGE USA

1963 Gibson ES 335 ABR 1 BRIDGE USA



* nickel
* has wear
... more
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Gibson LG-2 1961 original vintage guitar(kalamazoo usa)

Gibson LG-2 1961 original vintage guitar(kalamazoo usa)

Chelmsford, CM1***, UNITED KINGDOM


Gibson LG-2 1961 original vintage guitar(kalamazoo usa)
excellent original condition
sounds and plays wonderfully
for Viewing and collection contact rick on
07747737156 ,any trial welcome
Chelmsford essex
... more
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Köln, 50***, GERMANY


1961 GIBSON SG JUNIOR - made in USA :
* compeletely refinished(spray can) including headstock front
* repaired cracks at body / heel plus headstock below low E tuner=check pics 9 & 10
* wide 43 mm nut
* long neck tenon
* extra tail piece studs are mounted
* original P 90 pickup & 1 x 1961 pot are included=NOTHING ELSE
... 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

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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

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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

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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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