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1966 Gibson fold-out leaflet

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This 1966 flyer is a single sheet, folded into 3 panels. Rather than describing individual models in detail, a collage of illustrations depict the brand, and Gibson's clientel in a more general way. There are pictorial examples of many of the products in Gibson's line, including a Barney Kessel guitar, an ES-335TD, an ES-335 12 string, and an EBO bass.

1966 Gibson catalogue page 1
1966 Gibson catalogue page 2

Instruments are split into categories: artist series, 12 string guitars and doublenecks, solid body guitars and amplifiers, popular acoustic and electric guitars, folk guitars and banjos, and country & western.

The artwork in this brochure is very similar in style to that of two other 1966 catalogues in the CMI stable, the 1966 Epiphone and Kalamazoo brochures. Furthermore a number of print ads used in 1965/66 were also in the same style.

In 1966, owners, CMI (Chicago Musical Instrument company) were rightly promoting Gibson as a brand for serious musicians; their guitars were built in traditional ways by craftsmen, in contrast to the lesser brands aimed at the youngsters being caught up in the guitar/beat boom of mid-1960s USA. All the characters illustrated in this flyer are suitably traditional/conservative; older men wearing ties; surely playing jazz and bluegrass. No long haired kids to be seen, although some are represented, in the Kalamazoo brochure.

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Vintage! 1966 Gibson ES-335 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Royal Tea Burst + OHSC

Vintage! 1966 Gibson ES-335 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Royal Tea Burst + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage! 1966 Gibson ES-335 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Royal Tea Burst + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is excited to present this 1966 Gibson ES-335 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with a Royal Tea Burst Finish! Two patent sticker pickups, black knobs, and orange label. One Owner! Includes a picture of the original owner and original sales article! This guitar is in good shape for its age with holes in the body from tail piece and bigsby, hardware tarnish, ... more
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Vintage 1966 Gibson Electric Bass Guitar

Vintage 1966 Gibson Electric Bass Guitar

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1966 Gibson Electric Bass Guitar. Up for sale used Original Gibson .
I do not know much about vintage guitars , but i took this guitar to the nearest Guitar center store and was told that is a 1966 Gibson Electric Bass( if someone thinks differently , please let me know).
There are some scratches here and there ( please see the pictures)
Comes without a original case. ( still in a nice soft case)
Plays great.
Original big fat Gibson pickup is super warm and sounds ... more
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Gunnison, Colorado, 812**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Gibson SG Special from 1966 is a true gem for collectors and musicians alike. Made in the United States, this guitar features a solid body and 6 strings for a classic sound. The iconic Gibson brand and SG series are well-known for their quality and craftsmanship. The model is SG Special, with a unique history and story behind it. Its exact year of production is clearly marked, adding to its value as a vintage instrument. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, this ... more
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1966-1969 Gibson B-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar w /  Case! Only 500 Were Made! RARE

1966-1969 Gibson B-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar w / Case! Only 500 Were Made! RARE

Santee, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


At top 40 guitarsour customers satisfaction is our first concern All of our items have a 14 day return policy If after 14 days you are not completely satisfiedwith your purchase, please return it for a full refund .Peace be with you
all returned items must be in the same condition theywere at the time of sale. All original packing must be included
Up for Sale is a1966-1969 Gibson B-20 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar!
Only 500 B-20's Were Ever Built!
This is really cool, You are... more
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Gibson Southern Jumbo 1966

Gibson Southern Jumbo 1966

Gunnison, Colorado, 812**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic guitar from 1966 is a true gem for any musician or collector. With its jumbo body type and 6-string configuration, it produces a rich and full sound that is perfect for a variety of music genres. The guitar is right-handed and has been well-maintained over the years, still retaining its beautiful vintage charm The guitar's brand and series are both Gibson Southern Jumbo, ensuring high quality craftsmanship and a timeless design. Its exact year of ... more
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1966 Gibson LG-1  Blues Mojo Machine!  Free Shipping

1966 Gibson LG-1 Blues Mojo Machine! Free Shipping

Boca Raton, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Cool old Gibson LG-1 made in 1966
Great condition
Very little fret wear
Bridge looks to have been re-glued
Plays great! -zero buzzing or issues
Neck angle is good
Intonation is good
No loose braces or cracks
Stays in tune -tuners work great
Currently strung with 12's
Comes with cool old strap
Ships FREE via FedEx in original case that has a couple of tears, but works fine.... more
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1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Ice Tea Sunburst, Near-Mint

1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Ice Tea Sunburst, Near-Mint

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


Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson ES-330TD in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A stunningly well-preserved vintage Gibson, the guitar features a lightly figured maple body finished in Ice Tea Sunburst
Highlighting both the clarity and note attack of maple and the airy quality of the fully hollow construction, this Gibson has a relaxed, smooth natural acoustic tone that translates well through the pickups. The P-90s have a glassy ... more
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1966 Gibson 250k Centralab Guitar Pot Short Shaft Part 242K

1966 Gibson 250k Centralab Guitar Pot Short Shaft Part 242K



Centralab, Short shaft, normal lot vintage were with patina , reads 242k on meter, includes mounting nut. Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking
... more
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1966 Gibson 250k Centralab Guitar Pot Short Shaft Part 265K

1966 Gibson 250k Centralab Guitar Pot Short Shaft Part 265K



Centralab, Short shaft, normal lot vintage were with patina , reads a Strong 265K on meter, includes mounting nut. Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking
... more
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1966 Gibson B-25N Sunburst

1966 Gibson B-25N Sunburst

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is this great 1966 gibson B-25 N
Quick Details
Nut Width 1 9 / 16 inches
Depth at 1st fret 0 84 Inches
Depth at 10th fret 1 00
Just in on Consignment is this Great 1966 Gibson B-25N. This guitar is stamped in the sound hole as a Natural finished guitar but as you can see it came out of the factory in the Sunburst finish. This paint has been blacklight inspected and is original. The guitar is in very good shape with just one repair crack on the face of the guitar on the ... more
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1966 Gibson Minuteman GA-20 RVT  TubeAmp Combo

1966 Gibson Minuteman GA-20 RVT TubeAmp Combo

La Habra, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage original 1966 Gibson GA-20 RVT Minuteman combo amp

Clean and all original with footswitch, too!

This was loosely Gibson??s competition for the Deluxe Reverb

A pair of EL84??s for about 18 watts of output, while of course the Deluxe Reverb pushes its 6V6??s up to a rated 22 watts

Here's a great article about this amp:

https: / / www myrareguitars com / gibson-minuteman-ga-20-rvt

Excellent warm vintage tone, a ... more
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1966 Gibson SG Custom a genuine Polaris White w / 3 early Pat. Stickered pickups.

1966 Gibson SG Custom a genuine Polaris White w / 3 early Pat. Stickered pickups.

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


This is a very cool last of the early 60??s type SG Customs in a fabulous all original Polaris White finish. Its block inlaid ebony fingerboard feels great & its neck profile is very comfortable. Its headstock has Gibson??s famous Les Paul Custom pearl inlays w / a set of factory pat. pending Grover tuners. It??s loaded w / 3 potent original early 60??s Pat. Stickered Humbuckers (Pre-T Tops w / out covers). Its Small pickgard is the last of its type prior to the ugly full faced pickgards of ... more
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1966 Gibson Southern Jumbo SJ Natural

1966 Gibson Southern Jumbo SJ Natural

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


Very good condition 1966 Gibson Southern Jumbo. Finish has been stripped down to the natural wood. Original pick guard was replaced for a same era Gibson dove pick guard by the previous owner, as pictured. All original aside from those two details mentioned. This was a special order Southern Jumbo, as the additional binding pictured was not typical to these SJ's. I have not seen another one with said binding. All tuners work perfectly, and the frets have a good amount of life left. Medium ... more
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1966 Gibson 330 TDC Vintage

1966 Gibson 330 TDC Vintage

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


Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson ES-330 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Well maintained with a fresh refret with vintage style fretwire, this guitar plays extremely well and features the warmth and growl of two original P-90 pickups with early chrome covers.  Very acoustically resonant, the fullness of the unplugged tone translates very well through the pickups, which deliver a very dynamic and nuanced tone, with the heft and midrange fullness that only comes with the ... more
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Vintage 1965 Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Chrome Zig-Zag Tailpiece Complete 1966 1967

Vintage 1965 Gibson ES-175 ES-175d Chrome Zig-Zag Tailpiece Complete 1966 1967

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantasticVintage 1960's Gibson Chrome ES-175 "Zig Zag" Tailpiece assemebly
Correct for your 1965 thru 1969 ES-175 and ES-175D
Incredible original condition with original mounting screws, strap button and ground wire
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT
Check our outstanding feedback and buy with confidence... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-335 mono wiring harness ES335 Es-345 Es-355 1966 1967

Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-335 mono wiring harness ES335 Es-345 Es-355 1966 1967

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration, a fantastic:
Vintage Gibson 1967 ES-335 Wiring Harness
Correct for your mid 1960's Mono ES Gibson Restoration!
This harness is 100% original and in fantastic shape. It does not have any tone caps installed. Ready for the caps of your choice! The pots are all matched, the solder and wiring is all factory original to 1965. Pots date to early 1967 (137671x). Original switchtip and switch nut. Original pointer washers... more
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PAIR of vintage 1961-1966 GIBSON Strap Buttons, very good condition

PAIR of vintage 1961-1966 GIBSON Strap Buttons, very good condition



Here's the real deal original vintage strap buttons to have the max value for your 60s Gibson.
Guaranteed genuine, unlike many out there
... more
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1966 Gibson Firebird Pickguard, Bone Nut, Switch Ring, Truss Rod Cover. *read*

1966 Gibson Firebird Pickguard, Bone Nut, Switch Ring, Truss Rod Cover. *read*

Bay City, Michigan, 487**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Gibson Firebird Pickguard, Guitar Nut, Switch Ring, Truss Rod Cover
These items are beat up a little bit so they would need some attention / fixing up prior to putting onto the guitar.
Pickguard has 2 chips in it could be repsired somehow and has scratches on front snd back shown in photos and would need some of the screw holes repaired in order to put on guitar
Switch ring cover is faded on front and back
Truss rod cover has slight fade on the Gold Gibson word but is ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1960s SG Les Paul Standard Backplate Control Cavity Cover 1966

Vintage Gibson 1960's SG Les Paul Standard Backplate Control Cavity Cover 1966

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
Vintage Gibson 1960's Gibson SG Standard Backplate / Control Cover
Original 1960's Gibson SG cavity cover in great shape! This is the mid / later 60's version that accommodates the larger control cavity shape Gibson adopted in the mid 60's. This will also fit the SG "Melody Maker" and SG "Special" From the same years
The REAL DEAL in killer shape!
Great original condition with ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175 Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES175

Vintage 1960's Gibson ES-175 Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES175

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A fantastic and original
Vintage Gibson ES-175 Wide Bevel "Single PAF" Pickguard
This will fit your vintage Single PAF ES-175 perfectly
Excellent original condition! This is the version with the "top mount" screw opening.
Original Mounting Bracket included as well
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage ES-175
Get it back to stock, get it VINTAGE CORRECT

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1959 Hofner Committee

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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.