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GIBSON | CATALOGS | 1964 | FRONT COVER

1964 Gibson electric guitars, front cover

1964 Gibson Guitar and Bass Catalogue - front cover. This was Gibson's first full colour catalog cover, and it beautifully demonstrates the top of the Gibson range thinline semi-acoustic, the ES-355TD-SV.

Gibson is and always has been a leader in electric guitars. Pioneering the pickups, the bridges and the electro-acoustical properties necessary to achieve truly great amplifiable instruments. In Spanish Electrics, Solid Bodies and Bass Guitars. Gibson has been the imaginative leader. Skilled and patient craftsmanship coupled with inspired electronic engineering have created instruments suited to the individual artistry of musicians everywhere

1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog front cover
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1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case

1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case

Chantilly, Virginia, 201**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

1964 Gibson EB-2 Bass with Hard Shell Vintage Flight Case.

The Gibson comes with a stellar silver and gold very early flight case you could ship it overseas in that thing and I wouldn't be afraid. It came from a very high end Collection and is in extremely good condition and will not find one in better shape. Plays and sounds amazing, has the stock bass boost switch that gets super deep tones and a very very cool bass!!!!  It is so clean you can eat off of it!!! Jimmy page... more
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1965 Gibson Melody Maker

1965 Gibson Melody Maker

Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 433**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1277

1965 Gibson Melody Maker. Wonderful tone for this small giant . So much fun to twank?? around on this gem . Actually quite a variety of tone even when playing at low volume on this piece . Enjoy the simple things would be the motto on this one. Nothing especially delinquent as its all there other than some usual skiffs and scuffs as pictured in listing for us on it. Thanks for your viewing time today and wish our bidding community happy hunting ??
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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

$1800

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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Gibson B-15 1963-1968 vintage acoustic guitar with original

Gibson B-15 1963-1968 vintage acoustic guitar with original

Pflugerville, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

This b-15 has only had 1 owner and it was hardly used. Gibson is in excellent working condition with straight neck. The action is low and comfortable to play. There is no buzzing and frets are in excellent condition. There are no cracks or repairs. It does have the normal wear consistent of a vintage Guitar such as hazy areas, scratches and dings. This is still one of the best looking gibsons b-15 out there. Comes with its original case. Keep in mind theses cases almost feel like cardboard so ... more
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Vintage 1965 Gibson Skylark lap steel with case Korina

Vintage 1965 Gibson Skylark lap steel with case Korina

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 532**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1459

Vintage 1965 Gibson Skylark lap steel with hard case. Condition of the lap steel and case are in quite nice condition, other than marks from use and 2 holes on top from a hand rest the owner had on it at one point.
PayPal or M / 0 only. No wire / bank transfers of any sort. Questions about this item? Ask before you bid Also note, we do NOT send out 2nd chance offers after auctions end.
We have lots of new, used and vintage items on our website and facebook page

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Gibson SG Les Paul Standard 1965-68? Cherry Vintage Guitar

Gibson SG Les Paul Standard 1965-68? Cherry Vintage Guitar

Fountain Valley, California, 927**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7950

Gibson SG Les Paul Standard 1965-1968 ?
Serial no. 505325
Very good condition - Play and sound great
Vintage warrior with used scratch and mark
Neck is smooth and low string setting
Headstock seems to have a repaired crack along the tuners - hold tune fine - no issue
Please view all pictures as my description may miss something
Gibson hardshell case included
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1963 Gibson SJ Country Western Southern Jumbo Sunburst Finish Acoustic Guitar

1963 Gibson SJ Country Western Southern Jumbo Sunburst Finish Acoustic Guitar

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

$6995

1963 Gibson SJ Country Western Southern Jumbo Sunburst Finish Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC
Located At IVG Burbank
In Excellent Overall Condition With Some Light Scratches, Dings And Playwear
Sunburst Finish
Spruce Top
Mahogany Back And Sides
Mahogany Neck With Rosewood Fingerboard
Weight 4lbs 10oz
Nut Width 1 11 / 16 "
Neck Depth At 1st Fret .86 "
Neck Depth At 12th Fret 1 32 "
Comes With Original Hardshell Case
Made In Kalamazoo, MI
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1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion Vintage P-90s

1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion Vintage P-90's

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

Vintage 1965 & A Super Cool Player
Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion
Original With The Exception Of Added Real 1950s P-90 (other is original to the guitar), Tuning Peg Bushings & Unsure of the Pots
SN 282670
Sounds & Plays Excellent
This is an older conversion that was done beautifully. Upon completion, a "D" magically appeared at the end of the ES-125T ink stamp
If your seeing something of concern not described below, please ask
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1965 Gibson EB-2 Bass a very special ordered EB-2 in a factory Argentine Gray !

1965 Gibson EB-2 Bass a very special ordered EB-2 in a factory Argentine Gray !

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

$8995

The Gibson EB-2 Bass was invented in 1959 & made famous by many players. This example is oh-so rare & very special ordered by its 1st owner & is 1 of the coolest special ordered EB-2??s from 1965. Its beautiful slightly faded original ??Argentine Gray?? custom color finish is what this is all about & its so frickin rare. Its 1 of only 2 of this color known to exist. Its 1 piece mahogany neck feel delicious. No volute nor Made in the USA stamp. She??s got a perfect orange label ... more
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1963 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry w /  Mudbucker, Case

1963 Gibson EB-0 Vintage Short Scale SG Bass Cherry w / Mudbucker, Case

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

$3900

Up for sale, a 1963 Gibson EB-0 in perfect working order, 100% original save for a refret and carved bone nut, and complete with a hardshell case. 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 7oz with solid mahogany construction, this bass delivers pure, fat low-end thump courtesy of the famous "Mudbucker" pickup. The rich... more
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Gibson Melody Maker 1965 - Cherry Electric Guitar w /  Original Case

Gibson Melody Maker 1965 - Cherry Electric Guitar w / Original Case

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

For sale is a Gibson Melody Maker 1965 - Cherry Electric Guitar w / Original Case in Very Good Condition!
Weight - 5 lbs 10 5 oz
Nut Width - 1 56 "
Scale Length - Roughly 22 3 / 4 "
Includes the original hard case, but the handle is broken on one side
The guitar is currently strung just using the hardtail, but can be strung for the whammy bar as well
Sold as pictured / described
Internal Use (Bin) - P2
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 .

Vintage 1960's Gibson Kluson Deluxe Tuner Double Line Ring ES-335 Es-175 1965 .

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

$35

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage 1964 - 1965 Gibson / Kluson "double line double ring" tuner
This is a "Bass Side" (E-A-D) tuner
This vintage and rare original set of tuners is correct for your mid 1960's Gibson Models include the ES-335, ES-175, SG Standard and many others!
All original tuner button is in very nice shape!
Marked "Kluson Deluxe" in one two lines, Patent Number stamp on the inside ... more
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1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Vintage Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse Vintage Guitar Sunburst w / Case

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

$6200

Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson Firebird III Non-Reverse in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The basic elements of the Firebird design add up to a resonant and powerful platform, with mahogany set-neck construction and a thick Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Acoustically, the guitar has a very clear and resonant voice with a chime and cut that translates well through the trio of original P-90 pickups
The bridge pickup has great midrange kick, harmonic density and a glassy, ... more
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Vintage  1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual original

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

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

$34

Vintage 1964 Gibson HAWK GA-25RVT Amplifier Instructions owners Manual 11 x 17 and all original1964 was the second year for the Hawk Amp and they had a rough brown tolex exterior Reverb and Tremolo they now sell for $900-1200 and this is an original manual form 8 / 64 Kalamazoo Michigan. If you have a 6gibson with a matching amp .you will want this for your case candy investment. Anyway, if not, I have attached the pics so you will have the information for free. :)This Instructions manual ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover set 1966 68 ES-335 SG

Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover set 1966 68 ES-335 SG

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

$295

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
Vintage c 1965 Chrome Patent Number PAF humbucker cover set
REAL DEAL AND IN AMAZING SHAPE
Killer 50+ year old patina!
This is a standard spaced cover set - amazing shape with a killer vintage patina
These are correct for your 1965 thru 1969 ES-335, SG Standard, ES-175 and many others!
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
WE SHIP WORLDWIDE... more
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1965 Gibson EB-0 bass 100% original one owner guitar w / case

1965 Gibson EB-0 bass 100% original one owner guitar w / case

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 170**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999


READ THE DESCRIPTIONS
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Here's a 1965 Gibson EB-0, one owner, bass guitar. Immaculate condition with little if any wear. 100% original except strings. Very very little lacquer checking and one very minor touched up edge where your arm would rest. No neck or body to neck issues. No fade to the cherry red finish. Barely any appreciable fret wear. You'd be hard pressed to ... more
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1965 Gibson ES-125 TC Vintage Hollowbody Guitar w /  1 11 / 16" Nut, Case

1965 Gibson ES-125 TC Vintage Hollowbody Guitar w / 1 11 / 16" Nut, Case

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

$3500

Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson ES-125TC in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Introduced in 1960, this ES-125TC (Thinline Cutaway) model features all maple body construction and a nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst top that has aged to a uniform trans amber. Produced in the first half of '65, this ES-125TC retains a full traditional 1 11 / 16" nut width
The tonewood complement is rounded out by a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and Brazilian ... more
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Gibson ES-335TD 1963 - Cherry

Gibson ES-335TD 1963 - Cherry

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

$27950

Here we have a very cool block neck 335 from 1963! This cherry finish guitar is serial number 147426 and features a bigsby tremolo and dual patent number pickups. It is all original with no breaks and no issues, and weighs in at 8 lbs 15 oz
The guitar is in great shape overall. The early patent number pickups are similar to late PAFs and sound sweetly harmonic. The bigsby, ABR-1, and pickup covers all show light wear, but are in-tact original pieces. The Kluson double ring tuners are also ... more
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1964 Gibson acoustic guitar LGO model

1964 Gibson acoustic guitar LGO model

Springfield, Virginia, 221**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1150

1964 Gibson acoustic guitar LGO model.... more
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GIBSON ES175 VINTAGE 1965 - VERY WELL MAINTAINED - ALL ORIGINAL- GIBSON HC CASE

GIBSON ES175 VINTAGE 1965 - VERY WELL MAINTAINED - ALL ORIGINAL- GIBSON HC CASE

Bedford, Texas, 760**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5500

GIBSON ES-175 ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC CUTAWAY - 1965 ALL ORIGINAL - S#367240 KALAMZOO FACTORY - UNDER SERIAL #STAMP IS A 2 INDICATING A FACTORY SECOND BUT THERE ARE NO DEFECTS. THE UNIQUE CHERRY SUNBURST FINISH WAS USED ON A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF THIS MODEL MOST YEARS VERY WELL MAINTAINED ALL MAPLE BODY WHICH IS PERFECT COSMETICALLY & SHOWS VERY SLIGHT WEATHER CHECKING IN THE LAQUER. THE NECK IS PERFECTLY STRAIGHT. THE ACTION IS VERY LOW FOR EASY PLAY ACTION. A VERY SMOOTH EBONY FRETBOARD w /... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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

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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

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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

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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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

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe 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 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.