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1966 Gibson 'Guitars & Amplifiers' catalog

Guitars, basses, amplifiers

1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, front cover
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, inside cover
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 1
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 2 - Johnny Smith and Trini Lopez Deluxe
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 3 - Trini Lopez Standard, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 4 - Super 400CES, L-5 CES and ES-175
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 5 - ES-125CD and ES-125
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 6 - Gibson Byrdland, ES-355TD-SV and ES-345TD
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 7 - Gibson ES-335TD, ES-330TD and ES-125TDC
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 8 - Gibson ES140T, ES-125T and ES-120T
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 9 - Gibson ES-33512 and Firebird V-12
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 10 - Gibson SG Custom, SG Standard
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 11 - Gibson SG Special, SG Junior and Melody Maker
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 12 - Gibson Firebird III, V and VII
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 13 - Gibson Firebird I, Thunderbird II and IV
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 14 - Gibson EB-O and EB-3 basses
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 15 - Gibson EB-2 bass, and Double Bass, Double 12 and Double Mandolin doublenecks
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 16 - Gibson amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 17 - Gibson amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 18 - Gibson GSS-100 amplifier
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 19 - Gibson GSS-50 and plus-50 amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 20 - Gibson Titan and Mercury amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 21 - Gibson Atlas and Atlas Medalist amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 22 - Gibson Vanguard, Apollo and GA-4RE reverb echo unit
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 23 - Gibson Multi-Stereo, Ranger and Saturn amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 24 - Gibson Lancer, Minuteman and Explorer Amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 25 - Gibson Recording and Gibson Skylark Amplifiers
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 26 - Gibson Flat Top Acoustic Guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 27 - Gibson Flat Top Acoustic Guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 28 - Gibson J-200, Dove and Heritage flat top acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 29 - Gibson Everly Brothers, Hummingbird and Southern Jumbo flat top acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 30 - Gibson J-45, J-50 and J-160E flat top acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 31 - Gibson B-25, LG-0 and LG-1 flat top acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 32 - Gibson FJ-N and F-25 folk acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 33 - Gibson B-45-12 and B-25-12 twelve string acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 34 - Gibson classic acoustic guitars
1966 Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers catalog, page 35 - Gibson C-8 Grand Classic, C-6 Richard Pick Custom and C-4 Classic acoustic guitars

1966 Gibson 'Guitars & Amplifiers' Catalog

The 1966 Gibson catalog was the most lavish produced to date, and for many years afterwards. It had been the first to be in full colour, and contained Gibson's entire product range, from high-end jazz guitars, solid bodies (including the newly designed non-reverse body style Firebird range), amplifiers, and Gibson's wide range of acoustic instruments. But this was a very sucessful time for Gibson. 1965 had been their very best year, with massive sales and a huge expansion of their Kalamazoo facilities. There was a huge rise in the popularity of guitar playing, and cheaper imported brands were not yet been able to compete on grounds of quality.

There is a theme of the natural world running through this catalog, from the trees on the front and back covers, via the photographs of guitars in and amongst nature, and to the illustrations of plants and animals throughout the catalog as a whole. The electric guitar section is adorned with birds, the amplifier section fish, and the acoustic guitars plants.

The lyric song of birds, the wind whistling softly through the trees, the music of a rippling brook, the rumbling bass of a thunderstorm!
These are the stirring notes of nature's symphony, reflected today in the most sensitive of musical instruments, the Gibson guitar. Gibson instruments are true to their heritage, each one crafted like a fine violin. They provide the musical perfection that has become Gibson tradition through more than 60 years of dedication to creating the worlds finest fretted instruments.

The entire ranges of electric guitars, basses, acoustics, banjos, mandolins and amplifiers are shown: fourteen pages of electric guitars and basses; eight pages of Gibson amplifiers; twelve pages of Gibson acoustic guitars (flat tops, classic acoustic and archtops); three pages of banjos; two pages of mandolins, and a single page of steel guitars. Click on the images for full size versions, or click on the model names below for more about each instrument

Electric Guitars:

Johnny Smith Guitar
Trini Lopez Deluxe
Trini Lopez Standard
Barney Kessel Guitar
Tal Farlow Guitar
Super 400 CES
L-5 CES
ES-175D
ES-125C
ES-125
Byrdland
ES-355TD-SV
ES-345TD
ES-335TD
ES335-12
ES-330TD
ES-125TC
ES-140T¾
ES-125T
ES-120T
Firebird I
Firebird III, V, VII
Firebird V-12
SG Standard, Custom
Special Junior
Melody Maker

Basses:

Thunderbird II, IV
EB-0
EB-2
EB-3

Doublenecks:

Double 12
Double Mandolin
Double Bass

Flat Top Acoustics:

J-200
Dove
Heritage
Everly Brothers
Hummingbird
SJ Southerner Jumbo
J-45
J-50
J-160E
B-25
LG-0
LG-1
FJ-N
F-25
B-45-12
B-25-12

Classic Acoustics:

C-8 Grand Classic
C-6 Richard Pick Custom
C-4 Classic

Amplifiers:

GSS-100
GSS-50
Plus-50
Titan
Mercury
Vanguard
Apollo
Multi-Stereo
Ranger
Saturn
Lancer
Minuteman
Explorer
Recording
Skylark

Reverb-Echo Units:

GA-4RE
GA-3RV
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1966 Gibson J50 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Natural

1966 Gibson J50 Vintage Acoustic Guitar Natural

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

$3185

Up for sale is a 1966 Gibson J-50 Acoustic Guitar in excellent condition. Serial Number 551434. Looks and sounds great. Natural front with Mahogany Back and sides, Tortoises pickguard. Very minor scratches on back. Front is in Excellent + condition. I have done my best to photo the scratches on the neck. The nut measures 1 9 / 16 at the headstock. It has had a neck reset at some point in its playing career. If you have questions or concerns message me. Yes, the intonation is good, and a nice ... more
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1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent w / Pro setup OHSC

1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent w / Pro setup OHSC

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

$5825

1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent condition straight neck & very low playing time on this one. She sports a pro setup with low action. The Original Hard Shell Case well worth $500 on its own. Excellent Condition and new strings 10's. In this condition they are rare as this is one of 1151 Cherry ES-330 TDC's produced in 1966. The serial number is 887311. The neck joint at the 16th fret confirms she was born in 1966. Polished , neck lemon oiled, new set of ... more
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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175D Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES-175

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

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

$295

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This will fit your vintage Double humbucking / 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
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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

$13495

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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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

$595

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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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1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 Vintage Gibson USA American Bass Guitar

1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 Vintage Gibson USA American Bass Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$999

1966-1969 Kalamazoo KB-1 short-scale bass with a Forest Green refinish. This bass was made by Gibson's USA factory. It has been modified with an additional matching bridge pickup, Badass bridge, custom pickguard, and pickup activation switches. The original bridge is included. One strap button has been replaced as well as one neck screw. A previous owner etched their personal details in the neck plate and two tuners. This bass plays great and sounds fantastic with zero issues. There is just a ... more
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1966 Gibson Hummingbird Natural

1966 Gibson Hummingbird Natural

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

$7019

Up for sale is a stunning 1966 Gibson Hummingbird in its original and nicely faded natural finish. I absolutely LOVE this guitar! Strong and boomy articulate tone! 1 9 / 16th nut width, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, adjustable rosewood bridge with rosewood saddle, slim neck profile, gold Kluson double line tuners, Hummingbird pickguard. No cracks but there is some light bellying behind the bridge, some scattered binding wear and an added strap button. Overall nicely worn and sounds lively! Pro... 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

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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!
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Gibson Vintage ES-345 Gold Varitone Plate 355 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1960

Gibson Vintage ES-345 Gold Varitone Plate 355 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1960

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$139

** Vintage Gibson 1960's Gold ES 345 Varitone Plate **
Very Good ConditionSee PhotosShipping Lower 48 $11 00We Ship Worldwide030824... more
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1966 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Player Grade Great Condition!

1966 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Player Grade Great Condition!

Norman, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6499

Player grade, vintage Gibson ES 335. It's had some mods, but it plays awesome and sounds killer. Here are some details. Very vibey with lots of checking and yellowing. I have gigged with this guitar regularly for a couple of years and it has been solid as a rock for me! I really love it, but I am selling a couple items to chase something else
Repaired headstock break. Don't know the history here but it's solid and has given me no issues 1 9 / 16 nut widthNeck is .81" thick at 1st fret, .98" ... more
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Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960s

Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960's

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$49

Gibson Vintage 1968 Pointers Washer Nuts Les Paul SG ES 1966 1967 1969 1960's
* Vintage Gibson Les Paul ES SG Pointers Nuts and Washer Set **
Excellent ConditionSee PhotosDomestic shipping $9 00031524We Ship Worldwide
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Vintage 1966 Gibson Electric Bass Guitar

Vintage 1966 Gibson Electric Bass Guitar

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

$2312

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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1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded

Fenton, Missouri, 630**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

1968 Fender Bandmaster Refurbished with 2 1966 Gibson 2x10 Cabinets. CTS Loaded. The amplifiers has been extensively refurbished. New Power Supply Capacitors. New Capacitors on the PCB. New Diode Capacitor. New Metal Film 6L6 Grid Resistors. New Metal Film 6L6 Bypass Resistors. Three Wire Power Cord. All new Hardware. Chassis Straps, Handle, Corners and Feet. All controls cleaned. Tolex has bee cleaned and rejuvenated. Tubes have all been tested. All original parts will come wit the amp ... more
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Gibson Classic 1966 EBO Bass Guitar

Gibson Classic 1966 EBO Bass Guitar

Adrian, Michigan, 492**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2100

This is a rare and collectible 1966 Gibson Classic EBO bass guitar in a stunning red color. With its 4-string configuration, this electric bass guitar is perfect for any musician who wants to make a statement. The Gibson brand is known for its quality and excellence, and this Classic series bass guitar is no exception. Whether you're a seasoned musician or just starting out, this bass guitar is sure to impress. It's perfect for playing a wide range of musical styles and is ideal for both live ... 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

$1599


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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-335 mono wiring harness ES335 Es-345 Es-355 1967 1966 68

Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-335 mono wiring harness ES335 Es-345 Es-355 1967 1966 68

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

$595

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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 1967. Pots date to the 20th week of 1967 (137672x).
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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

$295

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

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

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

$295

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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

$8800

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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Vintage 1966-7 or 1969 American Made Gibson Electric Guitar

Vintage 1966-7 or 1969 American Made Gibson Electric Guitar

Norwalk, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Vintage 1966-7 or 1969 American Made Gibson Electric Guitar Used Please verify condition and view pictures for details Free Shipping(You will be shipped exact item pictured)... more
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Daniel Comment left 19th July 2022 18:06:41 reply
Amazing! The original catalog, is priceless
christina Comment left 27th June 2014 19:07:48 reply
I just found a 1966 Gibson Guitar and Amplifier catalog in like new condition. someone was discarding it. I guess they didn't see the value in it.
Rich Hagerty Comment left 9th June 2014 19:07:11 reply
Hi, I have a 1965 EB3, purchased new from Muscara Music in Belleville NJ I still own & use it reularily and was wondering what was the Original type and gauge of the srings were?.. I was also surprised recently to learn that this model was not considered "Short Scale" and also the 65 may have been the only one with the the "TaliPiece" String muffler that can be locked in place. Last, any idea where I can buy "inserts" for the Vol & Tone control, or the complete 4 piece set if I have to? Thanks for th information
Alfredo Lopez Comment left 8th March 2014 00:12:35 reply
I've had that catalog in 1970, and i lost it, I like get a copy, Thanks

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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

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.