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1964 Gibson Electric Guitars

16 page catalog of Gibson electrics

1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog front cover
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 2 - Gibson Johnny Smith
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 3 - Gibson Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 4 - Gibson Super 400CES, L-5CES and ES-175D
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 5 - Gibson ES125 and Byrdland
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 6 - Gibson ES-355TD-SV and ES-345TD
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 7 - Gibson ES335TD, ES330TD, ES125TC and ES125TDC
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 8 - Gibson ES140 3/4, ES125T and ES120T
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 9 - Gibson Firebird VII and Firebird V
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 10 - Gibson Firebird I and Firebird III
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 11 - Gibson SG Custom, Standard and Special
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 12 - Gibson SG-TV, SG Junior and Melody Maker
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 13 - Gibson Thunderbird bass guitars
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 14 - Gibson EB-0, EB-3 and EB-6 bass guitars
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 15 - doubleneck guitars: Double 12, Double Bass and Double Mandolin
1964 Gibson electric guitars catalog page 16 - back cover

The 1964 Gibson Electric Guitars guitar and bass guitar catalog. Companion to the Gibson Folk Instruments, which featured acoustics, banjos etc and Gibson Crestline Amplifiers catalog produced at the same time. 16 pages. 11 inches x 8 1/2 inches. Full colour cover, two-colour/three-colour printing on other pages. This was the last Gibson catalog (excluding pricelists and flyers of course) not to show instruments in full colour, yet the first to have a full colour cover. The 1966 Gibson catalog was full colour throughout.

This catalog introduces several new models, most notably the Firebird solid body guitars and Thunderbird bass, but also the Tal Farlow Artist jazz guitar, and the ES120T, "created for a volume market". It is the final appearance of the six string EB6 bass.

This catalog features the following guitars. Click on the images for full size versions, or click on the model names below to jump to that page


Johnny Smith Guitar
Barney Kessel Guitar
Tal Farlow Guitar
Super 400 CES
Firebird V, VI
Firebird I, II
SG Standard, Custom, Special
SG-TV, Junior
Melody Maker


Thunderbird II, IV


Double 12
Double Mandolin
Double Bass
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1964 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass the mintest 100% original Polaris White example.

1964 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass the mintest 100% original Polaris White example.

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


This is most likely the rarest & most significant Gibson Bass ever produced. These 1st issue Thunderbird??s & Firebird??s were so far ahead of time & very few were ever made comparatively to Fender??s P & J Basses. Most all T??bird??s were available in a Sunburst finish. But some were ordered in their select Custom Colors. This particular example was ordered in Gibson??s most luv??d optional color of Polaris White all over its neck & body. This T??bird is most likely the ... more
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Gibson ES-335TD 1964 - Sunburst

Gibson ES-335TD 1964 - Sunburst

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


1964 Gibson ES-335TD
This is an extremely clean and well-preserved 1964 ES-335TD in sunburst with a Maestro Vibrola tailpiece. This guitar has clearly been well-kept and well-loved in what is now its 60th year. The guitar is completely original with no changes and no breaks, serial number 176017
We love the look of the Maestro Vibrola with its etched design, and find it to be a useful option versus some other tailpieces. This vibrola would have been a custom order option at the time, and ... more
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all original 1964 Gibson FIREBIRD I Sunburst

all original 1964 Gibson FIREBIRD I Sunburst

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1964 Gibson Firebird I in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete with the only exception being one small chipped corner of the pickguard. The original hardshell case is included. This Firebird looks great with some nicks + dings, finish checking and other cosmetic wear. There is one filled screw hole near the bottom corner of the pickguard ... more
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1964 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red Late 1964  /  Very Early 1965

1964 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red Late 1964 / Very Early 1965

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


For sale is a late '64 Gibson / early '65 ES-335. The "Bigsby" model ES 335s serialed in early 65 but with all 64 appointments were actually left overs from the recession year 1964. Nice wide fat neck, Nichel hardware, early pat numbered pickups, even '64 headstock angle and 64 style pebble case. It is essentially a 1964 and 10k less!
The guitar is all original except for perfect new frets and the back of the neck has been clear coated. It had a Bigsby on it
At one point the guitar had... more
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1964 Gibson SG Junior ridiculous figured Mahogany w / a stop tail & 1 11 / 16" nut !

1964 Gibson SG Junior ridiculous figured Mahogany w / a stop tail & 1 11 / 16" nut !

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


This is a very cool last of the early 60??s type SG Junior in a nice all original see-thru Cherry finish over a 1 of a kind super figured Mahogany body like no other. Its dot inlaid rosewood fingerboard feels great & its 1 11 / 16?? 1 piece mahogany neck profile is very wide & comfortable. Its headstock has Gibson??s famous gold logo w / a set of 3-in-line single line Kluson tuners. It??s loaded w / a single black P-90 that frickin screams. Its Small pickgard is the last of its type ... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-335 1964 With Original Hardshell Case

Vintage Gibson ES-335 1964 With Original Hardshell Case

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Gibson ES-335 1964 is a true gem for any guitar enthusiast. With its patina cherry finish, upgraded Grover tuners and playability, it's a stunning addition to any collection. The guitar has been well played and has mucho mojo and comes with its original hardshell case

The switch has been replaced but original switch does comes with the guitar
Upgraded Grover tuners. The original tuner screw holes have not been filled
Other than that, the guitar is original ... more
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Gibson J-45 1964

Gibson J-45 1964



A Gibson guitar 1964 vintage nearly 60 years old. Guitar comes with hard case Approximately the same age. This old fellow played a lot of Honky Tonk's in the South. Made a lot of pretty girls smile
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1964 Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar excellent condition

1964 Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar excellent condition

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


1964 Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ Dreadnaught Acoustic Guitar excellent condition
This 59 ½ year old guitar Vintage Gibson J50 ADJ was barely played! Awesome condition. The pictures don??t do her justice. There are very few signs of use or age for that matter. Please see the pictures
SN#168237 places her at 1964 almost 60 years old. The action is on the lower side, and she has a straight neck, rounded shoulders and a sweet body! Just grab her by the G string and you won??t want to let go.... more
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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


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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1964 Gibson ES-125 TDC Vintage Thinline Hollowbody Guitar, Near-Mint w /  Case

1964 Gibson ES-125 TDC Vintage Thinline Hollowbody Guitar, Near-Mint w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson ES-125TDC in near-mint condition and in perfect working order, finished in Ice Tea Sunburst and complete with the original chipboard case. Introduced in 1960, this early and stunningly-clean example of the ES-125TDC (Thinline Double Cutaway) model is 100% original save for a bone nut and pair of vintage strap buttons
The fully hollow maple body is paired with a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The natural acoustic ... more
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2022 Gibson Custom 1964 335 Ebony Black

2022 Gibson Custom 1964 335 Ebony Black

Grants Pass, Oregon, 975**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Like new except for nut sprout on bass side finish, rust on hardware from VOS treatment, and a small tear in tolex on case.
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1964 Gibson ES-125 TC

1964 Gibson ES-125 TC

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


1964 Gibson ES-125 TC, Vibrant Cherry Sunburst finish, Wideat the nut, Nice looking figured Maple top, P-90 pickup, Nickel single line Klusontuners, Gold knobs, Tortoise guard, Light weight, Resonant, Acousticallyrobust, Nicely setup, Excellent condition, Worn Original soft alligator case.
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Phenomenal 1964 Gibson J-50 Dreadnaught Natural Acoustic Guitar W / Original Case

Phenomenal 1964 Gibson J-50 Dreadnaught Natural Acoustic Guitar W / Original Case



Gibson J-50 acoustic guitar natural with adjustable bridge and original red lined case in unbelievably nice condition. This guitar looks like it was virtually unplayed for the past 60 years. Serial number 216618 dates it to 1964 There are light finish scratches just above the sound hole and on the pick guard which was hard to capture with a camera and a few other minor nicks and finish scratches The original case has some thread loosening and an area on the bottom back where the threads have ... more
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1964 Gibson F-25 Folk Singer Acoustic Guitar

1964 Gibson F-25 Folk Singer Acoustic Guitar

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


1964 Gibson F-25 Folksinger, Natural Spruce top, 2 0 inches wide nutwidth, Dual White pick guards, X-bracing, Fine example, Hang tags, EC ,OSSC... more
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Gibson 1964 TB100 Banjo 5 String Conversion - Look

Gibson 1964 TB100 Banjo 5 String Conversion - Look

Pontotoc, Mississippi, 388**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Gibson TB100 conversion to 5string. Gibson serial number 174766 places the production of this banjo around 1964. Original 3 ply rim. The rim was cut by Ronnie Bales of Gatlinburg Tn. For proper fit of Gibson Kulesh tone ring. The tone ring serial number is 1941. This production number places the Kulesh ring made around 1991 to 1993. You can also see the Kulesh RK birthmark stamped on the ring (photo). Dual coordinator rods. New Remo weatherking head. 5th string spikes have been added. New ... more
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Vintage 1964 GIbson Melody Maker 3 / 4 Sunburst

Vintage 1964 GIbson Melody Maker 3 / 4 Sunburst



A clean and original vintage 1964 Gibson Melody Maker 3 / 4 in original Sunburst finish
Plays and sounds killer
A real nice vintage Melody Maker with a 3 / 4 scale that is surprisingly easy to play
Original pickup is warm and strong with a real classic tone, great for recording
Comes with a hard case
Guitar is exactly as pictured.
Buyer pays $125 shipping in the USA, $150 to Hawaii or Alaska, $400 International, $450 to Australia
Pay Pal Accepted
International ... more
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Very Cool  1964 Vintage Gibson B25 Natural Acoustic Guitar in Case

Very Cool 1964 Vintage Gibson B25 Natural Acoustic Guitar in Case

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


Very Cool 1964 Vintage Gibson B25 Natural Acoustic Guitar in Case. All original, No broken parts, Original bridge. Some Coating wear on the back of the neck. Straight neck, low strings action. The guitar produce amazing deep sound. Comes in the nice case.... more
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Vintage 1964 Gibson Melody Maker Double Electric Guitar USA

Vintage 1964 Gibson Melody Maker Double Electric Guitar USA

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is an all original 1964 Gibson Melody Maker double electric guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 2033XX. This guitar is in very good condition for its age. It has some nicks, dings, and scratches. It looks good with a nice patina. The neck is straight with good action. The frets have a little wear, but are still in good shape. All of the electronics work as they should. Included is a non original hard shell case. This is a great guitar for any player or collector!
Please feel free to... more
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Vintage Gibson LG-1 Sunburst 1964

Vintage Gibson LG-1 Sunburst 1964

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson LG-1 Sunburst 1964
A true vintage beauty with a bright, snappy tone that's so much fun to play. The neck is super comfortable & plays great anywhere on the fretboard. Professionally set up & ready to play upon arrival
Cosmetic Condition: Various nicks, chips, dents & dings; scratches, weather checking & some finish wear. There's a top crack that was professionally glued & ... more
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1964 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Pickup Vintage Guitar Sunburst w /  Case

1964 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Pickup Vintage Guitar Sunburst w / Case

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


Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson Melody Maker D (Double) in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for a vintage replica wraparound bridge intonated for a plain G string. With a particularly vibrant three-tone Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish, this Melody Maker D features solid Honduran mahogany body construction with a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The pair of robust-sounding single coil pickups combine a Fender-esque snap and ... more
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1967 Vox Stroller

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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.