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1980 'Gibson Guitars' catalog, page 3

Gibson 1980 guitar, bass and banjo catalog. Page 3, contents. At 63 pages, this was one of Gibson's longest catalogues. It is separated into nine 'segments': seven in the Professional series, and one each in the Firebrand and Sonex series. Guitar shops had to be authorised to stock the Gibson range, however the Sonex series were branded differently, with "Gibson Guitar Co." on the headstock, not "Gibson". This allowed these guitars to be authorised separately, and presumably to a wider range of dealers.

Gibson produced new models throughout the Norlin era, and the new models for 1980 included here are the Sonex series, the 335-S series, and the Howard Roberts Fusion.

1980 Gibson Guitars catalog, page 3: index
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard Silverburst

1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard Silverburst

Beach Haven, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Experience the power of music with this 1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar. A true classic, this guitar is a must-have for any serious musician. Its sleek silver burst body color adds a touch of elegance to your stage presence. Crafted by renowned guitar makers, this model comes from the Gibson Les Paul series, known for its superior quality and sound
Ideal for both beginners and seasoned musicians, this guitar is perfect for playing a wide range of music genres. Its unique ... more
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Vintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar w /  Case! Gold Top Finish! NICE!

Vintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar w / Case! Gold Top Finish! NICE!

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 aVintage 1980 Gibson L6-S Deluxe Electric Guitar!
Gold Top Finish!
This is really Cool. You are looking at a ... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Sunburst LEFT-HANDED

1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Sunburst LEFT-HANDED

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1980 Gibson LEFT-HANDED Les Paul Custom in Tobacco Sunburst. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with an earlier Gibson hardshell case. This Les Paul Custom looks great with some nicks + dings and other cosmetic wear including an impression of a sticker that was adhered to the top of the body just below the tailpiece. The impression left by the sticker is mostly ... more
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1980 Gibson Heritage 80 Elite Les Paul Sunburst

1980 Gibson Heritage 80 Elite Les Paul Sunburst

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


Up for sale is a stunning 1980 Gibson Heritage 80 Les Paul Elite in its original sunburst finish. Once piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, one piece mahogany body with nicely figured maple top, Grover tuners, nickel hardware. Neck measures .87 @ 1st and .96 @ 12th. The pickup covers have been removed, pickups are original and are dated to 1980. The truss rod cover has also been changed. Overall in very good condition less some light play wear, some buckle wear on the back of the body ... more
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FIREBRAND DELUXE GIBSON 1980 Professional "The Paul" Natural Electric Guitar

FIREBRAND DELUXE GIBSON 1980 Professional "The Paul" Natural Electric Guitar



Here??s your chance at a higher end players grade Gibson Les Paul Firebrand Deluxe in mahogany! 8 0lbs weight
First and foremost, this is not a museum quality instrument, it has a few dings and scratches that are common on a n instrument of this age, I??ll do my best to show in photographs
That being said, there have been no major repairs or headstock cracks and it sounds and feels fantastic!
This is the real ??firebrand??, meaning the Gibson headstock logo has been burnt into the ... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Artist W /  Moog Electronics & Chainsaw Case!

1980 Gibson Les Paul Artist W / Moog Electronics & Chainsaw Case!

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1980 Gibson Les Paul Artist. This guitar is in very good condition with replaced capacitors, several light surface scratches, and some worming on the back being the most significant signs of wear. The pictured original hardshell case is included. As pictured.

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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1980 w /  1968 P90s - Ebony

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1980 w / 1968 P90s - Ebony

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


This is a vintage 1980 Gibson LP Deluxe with an Ebony finish. It has a one piece body, three-piece neck, and a neck volute to add some extra mass (and tone!) as well as add protection against drops or bumps. It is loaded with a set of vintage 1968 Gibson clear-bobbin P90s, which sound amazing. Their covers were long ago painted, but are originally black beneath. At some point, it had a trapeze tailpiece, leaving behind a couple small screw-holes near its bottom strap button. It has standard, ... more
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Vintage 1980 Gibson SG R1 Artist Rare Only 200 Produced Original Moog EXC Cond!

Vintage 1980 Gibson SG R1 Artist Rare Only 200 Produced Original Moog EXC Cond!

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


Vintage & Rare Gibson USA
Super Condition!!!
1980 Gibson SG R1 Artist Electric Guitar
Only 200 Produced
Original Working Moog System W / Case
All Original Without Changes
Weighs 8 3 Pounds
PLEASE DO NOT mistake picture glare for flaws . If you think you're seeing something not mentioned in this listing, please ask!!
Please review all pics for the true cosmetic condition after reading this description
Here's The Run Down:
This is a Super Clean & Original ... more
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GIBSON ES-335 TD 1980 Kalamzoo Original

GIBSON ES-335 TD 1980 Kalamzoo Original

Highlands, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson ES 335 1980Serial Number 83030007Kalamzoo MI
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1980s Gibson USA Brown-Pink ES-335 Hardshell Guitar Case Used 330-345-355

1980's Gibson USA Brown-Pink ES-335 Hardshell Guitar Case Used 330-345-355

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


This listing is for a Vintage 1980's Gibson USA Brown & Pink Hardshell Guitar. This case was made for Gibson in the 1980's and would fit and semi-hollowbody ES guitar such as an ES-330, ES-335, ES-345 and ES-355 amount others. Most commonly these cases are for the Gibson ES-335 "Dot" reissue guitars. These cases were very well made and are excellent quantity cases. This one has some light exterior cosmetic wear but is in overall very good condition and is fully functional. The handle is in ... more
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Hollywood, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This a great guitar in great condition with minor fret wear. I have several guitars and I am selling a few of them. This guitar comes with its original Gibson hard shell case. It will ship only to the continental USA.... more
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RARE Vintage 1980s Gibson L-6S Custom Silverburst 24 Fret Electric Guitar + Case

RARE Vintage 1980s Gibson L-6S Custom Silverburst 24 Fret Electric Guitar + Case

Kent, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a RARE Vintage 1980s Gibson L-6S Custom Silverburst 24 Fret Electric Guitar + Case
Item Specifics:
- RARE 1980's Gibson L-6S Electric Guitar
- 24 Frets, Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dots
- Maple neck and body in Silverburst!
- Volute with ??Made in USA?? marking
- 6-way rotary pickup / tone selector, master volume, separate mid-range and treble roll-off controls
- Serial #81760509
- This guitar was made on June 24th, 1980 in ... more
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1980 Gibson The Les Paul Firebrand Electric Guitar Husk Repaired

1980 Gibson The Les Paul Firebrand Electric Guitar Husk Repaired

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


Up for sale is a 1980 Gibson USA Les Paul Firebrand empty husk. Has a repaired headstock. It??s ugly but solid. It??s been totally refinished. The neck is straight and holds straight under string tension. It??s been strung up and played without issues. The frets are good. 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 8pm EST
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Vintage Hagstrom Swede Guitar 1980-1982 Super Condition Gibson Fender Les Paul

Vintage Hagstrom Swede Guitar 1980-1982 Super Condition Gibson Fender Les Paul

North Bay, Ontario, P1B***, CANADA

C $1999

The guitar is in super shape considering that it's 40 something years old   Comes with hardshell case   Will take more pics upon request   The clear coat has turned a bit milky on the guitars backside (common for late Swedes and especially Super Swede basses).
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand

1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand

Lisburn, BT27***, UNITED KINGDOM


1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand
Good condition. Minor scratches and dings barely visible. Excellent mojo!
Comes with Fitted Hard Case
Weight 3 89kg - thin body which will only improve with age. Well looked after so far with regular cleaning and conditioning.
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1980 Gibson Sonex 180 Custom Electric Guitar - Great Player with Hard Case

1980 Gibson Sonex 180 Custom Electric Guitar - Great Player with Hard Case

Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9***, UNITED KINGDOM


Hi and thanks for checking out our Listing for
1980 Gibson Sonex 180 Custom Electric Guitar
Great Player with Hard Case
In good condition, this guitar has been regularlyused since purchase, as such, shows lots of small scuffs and scratches to thebody, areas of wear to the finish and some light fret wear. None of this affects how the guitar plays orsounds.
The cosmetic condition in more detail - along withthis description, please see the pictures for full condition details. From ... more
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Vintage Gibson Flying V 2 V2 1978 1979 1980 ?

Vintage Gibson Flying V 2 V2 1978 1979 1980 ?



Keine Gitarre für Freunde des Originalzustands, aber eine sensationelle, leichte Gibson V2 für Profis, denen es ausschließlich um Tone und Sound geht!
Der Vorbesitzer hatte den Body professionell vom Gitarrenbauer entlacken und Humbucker einbauen lassen. Aus Sammlersicht ein Fehler, aber damals durchaus üblich! Das wurde vom Gitarrenbauer hochprofessionell zurückgebaut, das Holz neu geölt. Eine sensationelle Gitarre, sehr vielseitig und sehr cool, lt. Seriennummer von 1980 ... more
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Gibson Explorer E2 1980 5 Stück Nussbaum / Ahorn laminierter Körper, Ahornhals

Gibson Explorer E2 1980 5 Stück Nussbaum / Ahorn laminierter Körper, Ahornhals

Stadelhofen, 96***, GERMANY


Selling a beautiful E2 made in Kalamazoo Plant, MI, USA on October 22nd, 1980, Production Number: 66The rare E2 was only produced for four years, the Gibson Explorer II, also called the E2, was intended to serve as an update to the original Gibson Explorer. A few key differences that set the E2 apart included a five-piece maple or maple / walnut body that was contoured and sported beveled edges, as well as a few cosmetic appointments for differentiation Lightweight and two powerful original ... more
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Gibson Explorer E2 1980 - 5 Schicht Walnuß / Ahorn Korpus und Hals

Gibson Explorer E2 1980 - 5 Schicht Walnuß / Ahorn Korpus und Hals

Stadelhofen, 96***, GERMANY


Zum Verkauf eine wunderschöne und seltene E2, produziert in Kalamazoo, MI, USA am 22 10 1980, Produktionsnummer #66
Die seltene Gibson Explorer 2, auch E2 genannt, wurde nur für 4 Jahre produziert und war als Update zur Original Explorer gedacht mit einigen Unterschieden, wie z B. der 5-Schicht Walnuss / Ahorn Korpus und Hals, und der abgekantete und profilierte Körper. Die Gitarre kommt mit 2 kräftigen originalen Gibson Dirty Finger Humbucker Pickups. Koffer ist mit dabei.
Gewicht ... more
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1980 Gibson - Les Paul Custom - Silverburst - ID 3178

1980 Gibson - Les Paul Custom - Silverburst - ID 3178

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY


Die Kult-Gitarre nicht nur für Adam-Jones-Fans!
Zustand: Gut
SerNr: 81020617
Gewicht: 4, 5 kg Versandklasse: Standard
Koffer / Case: Chainsaw Case
Differenzbesteuert nach §25 UStG
Wenn man diese 1980er Les Paul Silverburst sieht, fällt einem natürlich sofort ein Name ein Adam Jones. Durch den Tool-Gitarristen wurden diese Silverbursts mittlerweile zu Kult-Gitarren.
Aber wieso eine überteuerte Reissue kaufen wenn man hier den Real-Deal bekommt???
Bei dieser Les ... more
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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar 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 the Les Paul Personal / Professional