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GIBSON | CATALOGS | 1970 SOLID BODY

1970 Gibson Electric Solid Bodies Catalogue

SG Custom, Standard, Special, Junior, Melody Maker-D, Melody Maker-12

1970 Gibson electric bass catalog front cover
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog page 2 - Gibson SG Custom
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog page 3 - Gibson SG Standard
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog page 4 - Gibson SG Special
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog page 5 - Gibson SG Junior
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog page 6 - Gibson Melody Maker
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog page 7 - Gibson Melody Maker 12
1970 Gibson electric bass catalog, back cover

Gibson solid body guitars

1970 electric solid bodies catalog

The solid body guitars manufactured by Gibson in 1970 are shown here, with the exception of the Les Pauls, which had their own Les Paul catalog. Models shown are the SG Custom, SG Standard, SG Special, SG Junior, Melody maker D and Melody Maker 12

1970 was a fantastic year overall for the Gibson SG, shipping 12914 instruments. In total more SG guitars were sold than in any other single year in the period 1961-1979, selling a third more than the next best year 1965 (8871 units). Most of these sales came from two models, the Standard (6677 - double the previous years sales) and the Special (4982). Perhaps it was the influence of popular bands of the time (Clapton with his SG standard, and the remarkable performances of the Who and Santana at Woodstock the previous year - both SG Special users). Walnut, a new colour option announced in 1969 became available, and almost 60% of the Specials were shipped in this colour. It became the default colour for the Custom, which sported a fetching white pickguard, and was also available for the standard, and Junior - though shipping figures for these models are not split by colour.

Despite the sales success of 1971, Gibson redesigned the SG in mid 1971; partially to decrease production costs (front routed control panels) and partially to improve the instrument (volute to improve neck strength). This resulted in a new Custom, and the Standard and Special renamed to Deluxe and Pro accordingly. The Junior and Melody Maker models were dropped in favour of new budget models the SG100, SG200 and SG250. The very similar looking 1972 Gibson solid bodies catalogue shows details of these instruments

The 1970 Gibson catalogue consisted of 12 separate brochures, all the same size, and basic design, each concentrating on a specific segment of Gibson's product range. This was the first time the Gibson catalogue had been split into so many sections.

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1971 Gibson SG Deluxe Electric Guitar Walnut Great Condition 6 8125 Lbs W / HSC

1971 Gibson SG Deluxe Electric Guitar Walnut Great Condition 6 8125 Lbs W / HSC

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

$2700

Very Clean & Original!
Vintage Gibson USA
1971 Gibson SG Deluxe Electric Guitar
All Original Except Bridge (original was warped)
Comes With Non Original Hard Case Pictured
Weighs Only 6 Pounds, 13 Ounces
PLEASE DO NOT mistake picture glare for flaws . If you think you're seeing something not mentioned in this listing, please ask!!
There are lots of pics, so when you receive it, its exactly what you expected, if not better. No surprises with this sale . Buy with ... more
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Gibson SG-200 1971 - 1972 - Walnut with Hard Shell Case

Gibson SG-200 1971 - 1972 - Walnut with Hard Shell Case

Independence, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400

Howdy all from Music Gear in Independence Missouri! Want a vintage Gibson that's just a little different and cool? Check out this SG-200, pretty neat little piece of Gibson history, short production and pretty funky fun
Gibson SG-200 serial number 965355 with a vintage hard shell case - I think the case is really a bass case but it fits surprisingly well. The guitar is vintage player grade, is in good playing condition and looks early 70's as you would ever want. The walnut brown is classic,... more
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1969 gibson sg custom with Vibrola bar

1969 gibson sg custom with Vibrola bar

Accord, New York, 124**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5200

Had some wood repairs, see pictures. Crack in back around electronics cutout and, overlay of knob area, only noticeable from the side
Original pick ups, New Sg III custom wiring and knobs:
When all push pull pots are down / in your LP III rig works just like 2 pickup LP 50s wiring and when switch is in the middle and either vol pot is turned down all the way it will shut the guitar completely off
The 3 way toggle switch toggle will allow you to select 1 ) Bridge 2 )Bridge+Neck 3 ) ... more
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1970s Gibson SG II Vintage Guitar Walnut w /  Lollar Firebird & Mini Humbucker

1970s Gibson SG II Vintage Guitar Walnut w / Lollar Firebird & Mini Humbucker

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

$1700

Up for sale, a 1970s Gibson SG II in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Only produced from 1972-76, this short-lived Gibson offering was initially introduced as a more affordable, entry-level SG, with features including a pair of mini humbuckers, a solid alder body, mahogany neck and a slab Indian rosewood fretboard. This particular SG II features a bevy of upgrades and augmentations, including a pair of Lollar pickups, a MojoAxe compensated wraparound tailpiece, ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom 3 Pickup Maestro Vibrola - Gold Hardware

1969 Gibson SG Custom 3 Pickup Maestro Vibrola - Gold Hardware

Morgantown, Pennsylvania, 195**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17999

1969 Gibson SG Custom 3 Pickup Maestro Vibrola - Gold Hardware. This SG is an absolute joy to play, as it is set up well and is fast and smooth up and down the neck


It appears to be all original including the pickups, electronics, and stunning gold hardware. This guitar is an absolute tone monster as It sounds every bit as good as it looks

Overall, the condition is excellent. The frets and fretboard are in fantastic shape. The original frets have plenty of life. ... more
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Gibson SG Junior 1970 - Walnut (Rare Matching Headstock)

Gibson SG Junior 1970 - Walnut (Rare Matching Headstock)

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3750

This is a 1970 Gibson SG Junior with a walnut finish and a short Maestro Vibrola tailpiece. Originally introduced in the early 60s as a student version of the SG, it is simple in its design and features, but has no shortage of tone, playability, and personality
This one sports a rare body-color-matched headstock with silver logo which was only produced for about a year. Its neck has a chunky '50s-style profile that feels great in the hand. All its electronics are original, including its ... more
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Gibson SG Standard - 1968. Excellent Condition

Gibson SG Standard - 1968. Excellent Condition

Barto, Pennsylvania, 195**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9500

ppGibson SG Standard - 1968. Excellent condition. Collector grade with surprisingly little play time evident, the guitar having been owned and stored by a collector of high end guitars. No cracks, breaks, repairs, modifications or issues of any kind, and only a few very tiny surface dings and barely visible tiny scratches. The original walnut finish is just beautiful. The neck is straight, the fretboard is level and the frets are in excellent condition. The sound is wonderfully clean and ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Standard Walnut

1969 Gibson SG Standard Walnut

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

$7000

NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING!!!LOWER 48 UNITED STATES SALES ONLY!!!1969 Gibson SG Standard Walnut. Replacement pickguardReplacement switch tip
... more
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Vintage 1968 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Brown finish with case

Vintage 1968 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Brown finish with case

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000


Vintage 1968 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Brown finishWeight: 8 LBSHas had a small headstock repair years ago, old repair and is rock solidAppears to have a few cracks (they seem solid) at the neck heels also as shownFrets and neck in very good conditionFrets have some very light signs of wear just on the first few fretsIn my opinion not enough wear to be worried about at this time so I didn't feel the need to dress themThey have lots of meat and don't appear to have been dressed downIt's ... more
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1968 Gibson SG Custom Guitar with Maestro Vibrola - Polaris White

1968 Gibson SG Custom Guitar with Maestro Vibrola - Polaris White

West Hartford, Connecticut, 061**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

Here??s a rare opportunity to own a valuable 60s SG Custom at a below market price   1968 was the last year without ??Made in the USA?? on the back of the headstock. This guitar has been professionally set up and plays the way you??d expect a ??Fretless Wonder?? to play and feel   It has three of those incredible, original 60s humbuckers   The pots are original except for one that the previous owner had replaced. It also features those unique waffle-back gold Klusons, gold Maestro Lyre ... more
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Gibson SG Standard Guitar /  Cherry  /  Circa 1969 with Engraved Lyre Tail piece

Gibson SG Standard Guitar / Cherry / Circa 1969 with Engraved Lyre Tail piece

Hyannis, Massachusetts, 026**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7350

Gibson SG Standard Guitar / Cherry / Circa 1960s with Engraved Lyre Tail piece with Vibrola
Ser # 855530
Vintage Gibson SG in good condition. In production since the 60s this iconic guitar has withstood the test of time. This guitar has cosmetic wear marks and a few battle scars (see photos) but plays beautifully and looks fantastic. Original hard case included
The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 as a complete replacement for the Les Paul. The new design was thought to be a more... more
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1969 Gibson SG EB0 Electric Bass Guitar Husk Heritage Cherry Repaired Project

1969 Gibson SG EB0 Electric Bass Guitar Husk Heritage Cherry Repaired Project

State College, Pennsylvania, 168**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750

Up for sale is a 1969 Gibson USA SG EB0 bass empty husk. It??s a total project. Headstock was broken and glued. Wood is missing along the break. Neck joint was also broken and repaired. I put some heavy pressure on the neck and both repairs are solid, no movement or flexing that I saw. The frets are decent. The truss rod works great. Neck is straight. I will ship well packaged in a proper box  Thanks for looking and please ask any questions. Most my items ship the next day if purchased before ... more
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Gibson SG Custom ( 1969-Factory White )

Gibson SG Custom ( 1969-Factory White )

Mission, Kansas, 662**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$22000

See Above... more
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1968 GIBSON SG MM - Made in USA - SCHMALER 40 mm HALS

1968 GIBSON SG MM - Made in USA - SCHMALER 40 mm HALS

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£2500

1968 GIBSON SG MELODY MAKER USA :
* nitro finish has LOTSA wear & weather checking
* neck has a 40 mm nut width
* SMALL headstock design=check pic 5 & 6
* minor heel repair=check last 4 pics
* Grover tuners installed
* OLD light weight mahogany=TONE
* just add your fave pickups and it is ready for the stairsteps to HELLLLLL
... more
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1968 Gibson SG STANDARD  /  MASSGESCHNEIDERT - Made in USA

1968 Gibson SG STANDARD / MASSGESCHNEIDERT - Made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£3698

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD / CUSTOM - made in USA :
* original rout for 3 humbuckers under the pickguard
* refinished in matte natural
* converted to a stop tail piece, tremolo holes are filled
* all parts are newer
* 40 mm nut width
* new frets
* 2 unbranded ZEBRA humbuckers
* long heel & small headstock version
* has a minor stress crack repair below tuners=check last 2 pics
* old mahogany=TONEEEEE
* needs electronics back plate, truss rod cover & knobs... more
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1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD  /  CUSTOM - made in USA

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD / CUSTOM - made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€3993

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD / CUSTOM - made in USA :
* original rout for 3 humbuckers under the pickguard
* refinished in matte natural
* converted to a stop tail piece, tremolo holes are filled
* all parts are newer
* 40 mm nut width
* new frets
* 2 unbranded ZEBRA humbuckers
* long heel & small headstock version
* has a minor stress crack repair below tuners=check last 2 pics
* old mahogany=TONEEEEE
* needs electronics back plate, truss rod cover & ... more
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1968 Gibson SG MM USA - 40 mm MUTTER

1968 Gibson SG MM USA - 40 mm MUTTER

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$2950

1968 GIBSON SG MELODY MAKER USA :
* NARROW 40 mm width nut
* SMALL headstock design
* GROVER tuners installed
* HAD A MINOR REPAIR AT HEEL=CHECK LAST 4 PICS
* just add your fave humbucker pickups=
READY 2 ROCK !
... more
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1968 Gibson SG STANDARD  /  KUNDENSPEZIFISCHE USA

1968 Gibson SG STANDARD / KUNDENSPEZIFISCHE USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

$4250

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD / CUSTOM - made in USA :
* original rout for 3 humbuckers under the pickguard
* refinished in matte natural
* converted to a stop tail piece, tremolo holes are filled
* all parts are newer
* 40 mm nut width
* new frets
* 2 unbranded ZEBRA humbuckers
* long heel & small headstock version
* has a minor stress crack repair below tuners=check last 2 pics
* old mahogany=TONEEEEE
* needs electronics back plate, truss rod cover & knobs... more
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1968 GIBSON SG MM - made in USA

1968 GIBSON SG MM - made in USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€2950

1968 GIBSON SG MELODY MAKER :
* NARROW 40 mm nut width
* SMALL headstock design
* GROVER tuners installed
* had a MINOR HEEL REPAIR
=CHECK LAST 4 PICS
* old mahogany=TONE
* just add your fave humbucker pickups and
she is ready to roll
... more
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1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD USA

1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€6450


1968 GIBSON SG STANDARD - made in USA
* body & neck finished in original black, lots of wear
* long heel / large headstock design
* narrow neck width version, 40 mm at nut
* has 3 minor unrepaired cracks at body edge through the control cavity (last 2 pics)
* D & G tuners are slightly bent
* 2 original PAT No. humbuckers
* original Vibrola tremolo, arm is hanging loose
* pickguard is missing the left top tip
* control cavity cover has a crack in the ... more
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1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the GibsonES Artistlaunched 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 toLaVonne Musicby 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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional