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1975 Gibson Custom Order & Electric Acoustic catalog

Brochure featuring Gibson's mid-70s hollow body and archtop guitars

Gibson custom order and electric acoustics catalogue, like the others in the series, was prepared in late 1974 for use throughout 1975. A twelve page brochure measuring 7 1/2" x 11", and printed in full-colour throughout.

This booklet shows Gibson's higher end offerings: predominantly high-end carved top electric acoustics; jazz guitars made from the finest materials, by the top craftsmen at Kalamazoo, with the most elaborate ornamentation. Naturally, these were the most expensive instruments Gibson offered, some produced in very small numbers indeed - for example only nine Citations were shipped beteen 1969 and 1979.

Gibson Custom Order guitars are unequalled anywhere because their materials, designs and craftsmanship are unavailable anywhere else. Close, even-grained spruce from trees 450 to 500 years old; solid woods, not veneered; hand carved and graduated tops and backs; precision "f" holes based upon Stradivarius violin construction... it's no wonder that these instruments are considered collector's items - rare masterpieces.


Super 400C
Johnny Smith
Super 400-CES
Howard Roberts

The 1975 Gibson catalog consisted of several brochures, each concentrating on a specific area.

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1981 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion Vintage Guitar Sunburst w /  Tim Shaw, Tarback

1981 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion Vintage Guitar Sunburst w / Tim Shaw, Tarback

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


Up for sale, a 1981 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This uncommon Gibson signature model was designed in collaboration with jazz guitarists, session veteran and educator Roberts, featuring a semi-hollow single-cutaway body with a maple body, maple center block, and a maple neck capped by an ebony fretboard, loaded with a unique pair of Gibson humbuckers (one Tim Shaw, one Tarback)
The slightly ... more
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1967 Gibson Super 400C Cutaway Blonde Vintage Archtop Guitar with case

1967 Gibson Super 400C Cutaway Blonde Vintage Archtop Guitar with case

Summit, New Jersey, 079**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967 Gibson Super 400C Cutaway Blonde Vintage Archtop Guitar with case

Gibson 1967 Gibson Super 400 Blonde archtop Electric Guitar
This all original cutaway Super 400C features solid carved-wood construction with a carved spruce top and highly flamned carved maple back and solid maple sides, and upon its introduction was the largest guitar that Gibson had produced
18?? at the lower bout and 3 1 / 4?? in depth at the rims
Ebony fretboard with 20 frets joined to the body at ... more
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1938 Gibson Super 400 Sunburst Vintage Archtop Guitar with case

1938 Gibson Super 400 Sunburst Vintage Archtop Guitar with case

Summit, New Jersey, 079**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1938 Gibson Super 400 Sunburst Vintage Archtop Guitar with case

Gibson 1939 Gibson Super 400 Sunburst archtop Electric Guitar
This all original non cutaway Super 400 features solid carved-wood construction with a carved spruce top and carved maple back and solid maple sides, and upon its introduction was the largest guitar that Gibson had produced. 18?? at the lower bout and 3 3 / 8?? in depth at the rims. Ebony fretboard with 20 frets joined to the body at the 14th fret and ... more
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GIBSON Johnny Smith 1970 Ice Tea Burt Archtop Electric Guitar

GIBSON Johnny Smith 1970 Ice Tea Burt Archtop Electric Guitar

Summit, New Jersey, 079**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


GIBSON Johnny Smith 1970 Ice Tea Burt Archtop Electric Guitar

Gibson 1970??s
Johnny Smith Ice Tea Burst archtop Electric Guitar.
Early 1970??s Gibson Johnny Smith archtop Guitar. Amazing condition ?? Excellent ++ condition with flamed back and flamed sides, and exceptionally good playing / working condition. The feel and tone are PURE gibson golden era. Crystal clear notes with amazing sustain. It is very light to hold and has a beautiful tone. When I imagine what a great ... more
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1968 Gibson Johnny Smith Sunburst Vintage Archtop w / OHSC

1968 Gibson Johnny Smith Sunburst Vintage Archtop w / OHSC

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


Located At Our Brick'n'Mortar Store In San Diego, CA
1968 Gibson Johnny Smith In Sunburst
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See All Photos) - Finish Shows Playwear, Finish Checking, Small Nicks And Scratches
Original Pickups And Electronics On A Repro Guard (The Original Self Imploded As They Do)
Original Frets In Very Good Condition
Original Hardware Shows Tarnish - The "Johnny Smith" On The Tailpiece Fell Off At A Gig In New Orleans In 1996 And Was Never Seen Again ... more
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1959 Gibson Super 400CES Merle Travis Natural w / HSC

1959 Gibson Super 400CES Merle Travis Natural w / HSC

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


1959 Gibson Super 400CES In Natural Finish
This Guitar Is Located At Imperial Vintage Guitars Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Light Cosmetic Playwear And Lacquer Checking Throughout
One Of 8 Super 400 Models Built In 1959
Custom Made For Merle Travis For His 1959 NAMM Show Performance, As Stated By Joe Vinikow Of Archtop Com, No Written Provenance
Original Fixed-Arm Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece With Long Arm Further Indicates Merle Travis ... more
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1958 Gibson Super 400 CESN - All Original - Chinery Collection

1958 Gibson Super 400 CESN - All Original - Chinery Collection

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


TRM is excited to present such a stunning example of this very early example of a humbucker loaded Gibson Super 400. This guitar can be seen as plate 10 in the Tom Van Hoose "The Gibson Super 400" book and was sold to Scott Chinery to reside in his colleciton which was one of the finest guitar collections in the world at that time.
1958 was the first official year of production of Super 400s with PAF pickups. They continued to have Alnico V "staple" pickups until the middle of that year, ... more
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Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion II Hollowbody jazz guitar

Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion II Hollowbody jazz guitar

Fremont, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1989 Gibson Hollowbody Howard Roberts Fusion II guitar.
Great sounding hollowbody, for jazz, rock, or whatever you want!
Fine tuning bridge. Warm pick-ups. neck is straight and plays great.
Has a few blemishes and finish is slightly cracking. Pots need some cleaning (some crackle). Neck has a repair that has been 100% true and sound for over 17 years. Comes with original hard-shell case.
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1993 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III Ebony

1993 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III Ebony

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


Up for sale is a clean and wonderful sounding 1993 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III in its original ebony finish. This example is in fantastic shape less some light play wear, some buckle wear on the back of the body and scattered areas of light finish swirl and wear. Pro setup in house and comes complete with its original hard case.

We want you to be happy with your purchase and we try to represent the condition of all used and vintage products as ... more
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Vintage 1957 Gibson ES-295 GOLD Hollow Archtop Electric BYRDLAND Guitar & Case

Vintage 1957 Gibson ES-295 GOLD Hollow Archtop Electric BYRDLAND Guitar & Case

Boaz, Alabama, 359**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an original 1957 Gibson es-295 GOLD BYRDLAND.
It's a true gem for any musician or collector. With a beautiful hollow archtop body made of maple and finished in a classic gold color, this guitar is a stunning piece of musical history. The 6-string instrument was crafted in the United States in 1957 and has since become a sought-after piece
These are rare guitars and were very well crafted
See the pictures for the overall condition of this guitar. It does have some nicks, ... more
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1957 Gibson SUPER 400-C Sunburst

1957 Gibson SUPER 400-C Sunburst

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


Add Me to Your Favorite Sellers
Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1957 Gibson Super 400 in its original brilliant Sunburst finish which shows off its incredible flame maple back, sides and neck. It has a great playing neck with good frets as it has been re-fretted. The bottom of the bridge base was filed down to help lower the action. It's all original with the exception of the '60's Gibson bridge, frets, the nut, and the small gold nut on the end of the pickguard bracket ... more
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1978 Gibson ES-355 TDW Walnut, Custom Ordered Super 400 Inlay w /  Case & Hangtags

1978 Gibson ES-355 TDW Walnut, Custom Ordered Super 400 Inlay w / Case & Hangtags

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


Up for sale, a 1978 Gibson ES-355 TDW in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, factory paperwork, and stereo cable. A custom-ordered one-off example, this vintage Gibson features chrome hardware from the factory, as well as split pearl block Super 400-style inlay on the ebony fingerboard
The untouched factory wiring is still set up for stereo operation, with both the original stereo splitter cable and a modern TRS to Mono 1 / 4" ... more
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1970 Gibson Super 400 CESN

1970 Gibson Super 400 CESN

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


1970 Gibson Super 400 CESN, Blonde finish, Top of the line guitar with carved spruce top, Gold hardware, Ebony fingerboard with split block pearl inlays, No volute, Says made in USA, No dot over the I, Orange label, Attractive Maple back and sides, Carved bridge with abalone inlays, Plays and performs beautifully, EC+, Original hard case
... more
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces, Super 400 ES175

Vintage 1950's Gibson Rosewood Archtop Bridge and Base - L-5ces, Super 400 ES175

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


Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1950's thru 1960's Rosewood Archtop Bridge
This original Brazilian rosewood bridge and base is in fantastic original condition
Correct for the L-5CES, Byrdland, Super 400, ES-175 and any other Gibson arch tops from this era. The tone on these is INCREDIBLE! They don't make them like this anymore.
Perfect for the restoration of your vintage Gibson OR dress up... more
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1981 Gibson Citation

1981 Gibson Citation

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


1981 Gibson Citation Custom, Special ordered, Vanderbilt Rose finish, Hand crafted Top of the line Archtop made in Kalamzoo Michigan, Finest hand selected woods, Gorgeous Heart of Abalone inlays, Comes with matching Flamed wood pickguard & interchangeable Flamed Charcoal Grey Maple electric pickguard with Pearl inlaid ??The Gibson??, Complete with special deluxe Green leather case with fleur-de-lis engraved hardware & special Two tiered case pocket to house second pickguard, Includes a... more
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1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

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


SKU: (#GAT0338)
1969 Gibson Johnny Smith, Attractive Cherry Sunburst finish, Ridiculously flamed Maple back, All solid wood construction, 1 & ¾ inches wide at the nut, Two Johnny Smith floating pickups, Gold hardware, Great low action, Superb archtop! VG++, Original hard case
??At Gary??s Classic Guitars we professionally clean, setup & pro pack for safe transit of your new guitar to your door! We would love to earn your business ??
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1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

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


SKU: (#GAT0339)
1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D, Cherry Sunburst, Deluxe Artistmodel, Carved Spruce top, Attractively Flamed Maple back and sides, Ebonyfingerboard with split block inlays, Two Floating Johnny Smith pickups, Goldhardware, Marvelous instrument with fantastic playability, Stunning example! EC+, Clean original hard case with case cover, $12, 900

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Köln, 50***, GERMANY


* body and back of neck have laquer wear
* hardware has patina
* pickguard has a crack
* tail piece is missing the HR logo
* plays & sounds like a CHAMP !
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1969 Gibson Byrdland Carved top & back Kalamazoo Natural Vintage original case

1969 Gibson Byrdland Carved top & back Kalamazoo Natural Vintage original case

Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4***, UNITED KINGDOM


1969 Gibson Byrdland
Carved top & flamed maple back (some were laminate) Made in Kalamazoo
Best and rarest Natural finish , the best woods were reserved for the blonde finish guitars. One of the last orange label guitars.
Lovely carved flame maple back and lovely flamed neck, no fretwear
Complete with original case
Has the sought after 1 11 / 16 (42mm) nut width rather than the smaller 1 9 / 16 (40mm) which is too small for most peoples hands nowadays
Imported from ... more
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original edition
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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.