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Gibson Super 400C , L-5C, L-5CT and L-7C

1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog Page 40

Gibson 1962 guitar and amplifier catalogue. Page 40. Details of the Super 400C , L-5C, L-5CT and L-7C acoustic guitars

1962 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 40: Gibson Super 400C , L-5C, L-5CT and L-7C
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1940 Gibson L-5 - Originally Owned by Al Valenti

1940 Gibson L-5 - Originally Owned by Al Valenti

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

$19999

This 1940 L-5 was owned by Al Valenti. Valenti was a professional guitarist for nearly his entire life, gigging for around 80 years! In the 1930s he was reknown as a virtuoso and was the first endorser of D'Angelico guitars. Following his death in the 2010s his family sold off some of his guitars. I purchased this guitar at that time in 2017 to add to my personal collection. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Valenti's nephew
This guitar was one of several ... more
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1969 Gibson Super 400C Acoustic Guitar

1969 Gibson Super 400C Acoustic Guitar

Houston, Texas, 770**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19000

This is a 1969 Gibson Super 400C Acoustic Guitar. We are selling this one on consignment for one of our customers. It's a real beauty! The Guitar is in unbelievable Shape and Condition. Especially for being 55 years old. The only real cosmetic issues I can find are a couple of nicks in the Finish on the Top of the Guitar on the Lower Left side as you are looking at it. Also a very minor Finish flaw on the Back (Top Right). Has 2-3 Minor nicks on the very Top of the Headstock. Other than that ... more
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1949 Gibson L-5P Acoustic Archtop - Sunburst - Excellent Condition

1949 Gibson L-5P Acoustic Archtop - Sunburst - Excellent Condition

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

$17599

This two owner 1949 Gibson L-5 Premier is almost certainly among the very last of the archtops given the Premier model name by Gibson and among the very last to have the script logo on the headstock as the standard logo. It has been played over its 75 years, but also remarkably well cared for. The original finish shows virtually no checking and I have only found one significant small dent in the top measuring approximately 1 / 32?? which is shown in a closeup photo. There is some play wear to ... more
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1953 Gibson L-5 CN with 1960s Johnny Smith Pickup - 1 of 4 shipped in 1953

1953 Gibson L-5 CN with 1960s Johnny Smith Pickup - 1 of 4 shipped in 1953

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

$17499

This 1953 Gibson L-5CN is one of just four shipped by Gibson that year. At the time this was the top of the line, most expensive 17-inch archtop made by Gibson, due to the cutaway and the necessity for the absolute best woods because of the natural finish. Speaking of the woods, notice the intensely flamed maple used for the back of this guitar. The top is fine grained spruce, the fretboard is ebony with block mother of pearl inlays, as is traditional for an L-5, and the neck is 3-ply flamed ... more
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1951 Gibson L5 Archtop Guitar Natural

1951 Gibson L5 Archtop Guitar Natural

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

$14999

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1957 Gibson L-5C Cutaway a true professional Jazz Guitar for the professional.

1957 Gibson L-5C Cutaway a true professional Jazz Guitar for the professional.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$13495

Introduced in 1922 and developed by Lloyd Loar the L-5 was the first guitar by any manufacturer to combine a carved top and back, f-holes, an adjustable truss rod and a neck that joined the body at the 14th fret. Part of the Master Model series of instruments the L-5 would remain the flagship guitar for Gibson until the release of the Super 400 in 1935. Early examples had a 16-inch body with the neck joining at the 14th fret, constructed from two sections of maple with a dark center seam, the ... more
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EARLY 50??s CLASSIC GIBSON SUNBURST L-50 F-HOLE GUITAR IN PERFECT COND. #2167

EARLY 50??s CLASSIC GIBSON SUNBURST L-50 F-HOLE GUITAR IN PERFECT COND. #2167

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12000

EARLY 50??s CLASSIC GIBSON SUNBURST L-50 F-HOLE GUITAR IN PERFECT CONDITION !!. #2167
Played only a few times through the years! Only one in the World in this Condition.
Includes a New Hard Case!
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Gibson L-5 1936 - Sunburst

Gibson L-5 1936 - Sunburst

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

$11500

1936 Gibson L-5
A beautiful example from the peak period of acoustic archtop production out of Kalamazoo. This is an early "Advanced" version of the L-5, which had just increased in size from a 16" lower bout to a 17" lower bout in the year before this guitar was built. At this time the bracing pattern was changed to an X braced instrument, as opposed to the previous parallel bracing pattern. This change was somewhat short lived, as they reverted to parallel bracing just a few years later. ... more
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Vintage 1936 Gibson L7 Guitar

Vintage 1936 Gibson L7 Guitar

Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7900

This Vintage 1936 Gibson L7 Guitar is a rare and unique find for any guitar enthusiast. Pre-Nashville, made in Kalamazoo Michigan, double, finger rest with a 1950's era McCarty floating pick-up. The brand speaks for itself, and the series is known for its rare fret board inlay which is unique for only a few years during that era. This six-string guitar has a rich history and has been well-maintained over the years. The title says it all, this guitar is from 1936 and has a beautiful vintage look ... more
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1944 Gibson L-7 Acoustic Archtop - Rare WW2 Era Guitar

1944 Gibson L-7 Acoustic Archtop - Rare WW2 Era Guitar

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

$4599

This 1944 Gibson L-7 is a rare World War 2 era example. Gibson made very few archtops during the war, and most were lower end models, primarily L-50s. This one shows the typical war era tailpiece with the rosewood crossbar instead of metal, due to steel being in limited supply since it was needed for the war effort. This example is remarkable for still having an adjustable truss rod, which was not the case for most war era Gibson guitars. Interestingly it also features a rosewood fretboard ... more
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1936 Gibson L-50 - Elevated Fingerboard

1936 Gibson L-50 - Elevated Fingerboard

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

$2999

A mid-1930s L-50 like this may be the biggest bang for the buck if you're looking for a vintage 16-inch Gibson archtop. That's why we love to have these available. While the model had lots of little variations during the pre-war era, this version is the most desirable. The reason is that it is the closest in build to the higher end versions like the L-5, L-7, L-10, and L-12. That feature is the neck joint with the elevated fingerboard, rather than the flush fingerboard found on most L-50s. ... more
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Gibson L-50 F-Hole Archtop Acoustic- Sunburst (1952)

Gibson L-50 F-Hole Archtop Acoustic- Sunburst (1952)

Mansfield, Ohio, 449**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2850

Metronome Music inspects and test all used gear before listing and again before shipping. Photographs are of the product that will ship and accurately represent condition and appearance.
SERIAL / FACTORY ORDER NUMBER: Z1240 15 WEIGHT: 4LBS 12OZ Very Good Condition: This guitar is in very good condition overall with cosmetic wear typical of an instrument this age. The finish has nice even checking with no flaking or large areas of missing finish. The binding is in very nice shape ... more
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1936 Gibson L-50 F-Hole Sunburst

1936 Gibson L-50 F-Hole Sunburst

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

$2500

Very good condition 1936 Gibson L-50. All original. Some scuffs and bumps as pictured, but in very good playing condition. One repair on the side of the guitar as pictured. Back of the neck was sanded down for a more modern D carve. A super resonant and full sounding L-50. Comes with pictured hard shell case. Willing to ship or drive a reasonable distance
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GIBSON VINTAGE 1950S L50 ARCHED SPRUCE TOP NICE NECK GOLD HARDWARE

GIBSON VINTAGE 1950S L50 ARCHED SPRUCE TOP NICE NECK GOLD HARDWARE

Southington, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

This beautiful Gibson vintage acoustic guitar from the 1950s boasts an arched spruce top and gold hardware, making it a stunning addition to any collection. The L50 model is known for its exceptional sound quality and durability, making it a beloved choice for musicians of all levels. The guitar has a nice neck and is crafted with attention to detail, ensuring that it will provide you with years of exceptional performance. Perfect for both amateur and professional musicians, this guitar is a ... more
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1950s Gibson L-50 Archtop acoustic guitar

1950s Gibson L-50 Archtop acoustic guitar

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2200

1950s Gibson L-50 Archtop acoustic guitar-This is an original 1950s Gibson Acoustic Archtop L-50 with all original hardware and inlay. In addition, there is a quality floating pick-up attached to the fingerboard w / a replica pick guard. The original plain (un-notched) Gibson pick guard will also be included as well as another original 1950s L-50 Gibson (stripes) pickguard.
The frets are level, the action is low & it has gauge strings, appropriate for Big Band Rhythm playing. All cracks... more
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1946 Gibson L-5O Sunburst

1946 Gibson L-5O Sunburst

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

$1949

Up for sale is a circa 1946 Gibson L-5O in its original sunburst finish. This fully hollow design features a 16" lower bout, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, trapeze tailpiece, a rounded neck profile that measurers .90 @ 1st and 1 19 @ 12th. This instrument has a number of modifications which include repaired cracks, replaced fingerboard inlays, a re-done headstock logo. Overall in good condition and plays and sounds quite nice. Pro setup in house and comes complete with a non original hard ... more
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Vintage Gibson L-50 Acoustic Archtop Guitar 1953

Vintage Gibson L-50 Acoustic Archtop Guitar 1953

Lemon Grove, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1800

Up for sale is a vintage Gibson L50 archtop from 1953. This guitar plays great, sounds great (has a carved Spruce top). Besides many little dings and a fixed crack off the F-hole (see picture) it??s in solid, very good condition. The tuners have been replaced at some point with knock off Kluson style tuners that do the job. This guitar is easy to play and stays in good tune. Please look at the pics carefully for cosmetic condition, and if you have any questions please ask away. Also included is ... more
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Gibson Barney Kessel von 1969, ähnlich L5, Super 400

Gibson Barney Kessel von 1969, ähnlich L5, Super 400

Bonn, 53***, GERMANY

€5199

Gibson Barney Kessel von 1969
Seriennummer 542335
Diese sehr geliebte und deshalb auch viel gespielte Gitarre hat diverse kleine Gebrauchsspuren (siehe Fotos)
Alle Teile (bis auf den Saitenhalter) sind original , bzw. sind im Original vorhanden. Ausgetauscht wurden die Tuner (original Tuner gleichen Designs vorhanden) und die Stegauflage (original Stegauflage aus Holz ebenfalls noch vorhanden)
Der Saitenhalter ist nicht original, dieser scheint von einer Gibson ES 175 zu sein. ... more
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Handmade  Sorrentino  Jumbo (Gibson L5) shaped acoustic guitar

Handmade Sorrentino Jumbo (Gibson L5) shaped acoustic guitar

Flint, CH6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1100

This Sorrentino acoustic guitar is a handcrafted instrument made in Wales. Its L5 Gibson 1926 body shape, pear body material, and ash fretboard material make it a stunning addition to any musician's collection. The guitar features 21 frets and a 6-string configuration, making it a professional-level instrument perfect for any performance  
With a solid Top  braced with Carbon fibre that  gives this guitar a perfectly balanced tone and loads of volume
Whether you're a ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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

1963 Vox Super Ace

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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

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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 catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.