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1980 'Gibson Guitars' catalog back cover

1980 Gibson guitars catalog - back cover. The instruments pictured are a 1938 Deluxe electric Hawaiian guitar, and a 1924 Ukulele banjo.

1980 Gibson Guitars catalog, back cover
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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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1980 Gibson Flying V Silverburst

1980 Gibson Flying V Silverburst

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


Up for sale is this amazing 1980 Gibson Flying V in Silverburst!
Quick Details
Weight 7 2lbs
Width at nut 1 59 "
Depth at 1st fret 0 80 "
Depth at 12th fret 0 98 "
This Silverburst Flying V is outstanding! The Silverbust finsh has aged in to that beautiful Greenish tint from the laquer yellowing over years. The body is free from breaks or repairs but does have some laquer rash on the back of the neck and lower bout from being in its case. There is also chips on the body and ... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1980

Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1980

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1980
Union made in Kalamzoo, MI, this gorgeous ES-335TD is an exquisite player offer magnificent tone with a smooth, comfortable feel. The Wine Red finish looks fabulous & the double humbuckers sound terrific. Fully inspected & professionally set up with fresh strings so it plays great!
Cosmetic Condition: Really great shape for its age with only mild play wear - various ... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Artisan Ebony

1980 Gibson Les Paul Artisan Ebony

Farmingdale, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1980 Gibson Heritage Series Standard Elite 80 Les Paul Guitar-Cherry Burst-OHSC!

1980 Gibson Heritage Series Standard Elite 80 Les Paul Guitar-Cherry Burst-OHSC!

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a
1980 Gibson Heritage Series Standard Elite 80 Les Paul Guitar-Cherry Burst-W / OHSC
If you are reading this, you know what it is
9 9lbs
This is a STELLAR example of the rare, Heritage Series Standard 80 Elite
Guitar is (of course) all original and it is in excellent+ condition. The only minuscule issue is some VERY light finish checking on the back of the neck. I did attempt to get it to show under bright lighting, but honestly you can only see it from ... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-347 Hollow Body Electric Guitar Circa 1980 Original Owner RARE

Vintage Gibson ES-347 Hollow Body Electric Guitar Circa 1980 Original Owner RARE

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


This was a really beautiful guitar with great tones. It has been in storage and has not been played for many years. It needs a little refurbishing, but no major issues
Feel free to ask any questions
Thank you for looking!... more
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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1980 - Tobacco Sunburst

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1980 - Tobacco Sunburst

Florence, Mississippi, 390**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard Tobacco SunburstThis is an amazing example of a rare Gibson early factory stock Les Paul StandardThis guitar is a jaw dropper in terms of original, unmolested condition! There are light scratches and a couple of small dings here and there but the pictures tell the story - incredibly minimal age and handling or wear! Fingerboard and frets have minimal play wear, great low action. The neck feels super slim, very comfortable and the truss rod functions as it should. ... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe Cherry Sunburst w / OHSC

1980 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe Cherry Sunburst w / OHSC

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


1980 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe In Cherry Sunburst Finish
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Finish Shows Some Cosmetic Playwear Including Some Small Marks, Dings, And Scratches Throughout
All Original Example
Made In USA
Original Frets In Good Condition With Some Life Left
Mahogany Body With 3-Piece Maple Neck
Bound Rosewood Fingerboard With Trapezoid Inlays
24 75" Scale Length
1 11 / 16" Nut ... more
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Gibson Es 347 1980 Beautiful Rare Electric Guitar

Gibson Es 347 1980 Beautiful Rare Electric Guitar

Rochester, Illinois, 625**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very well kept original instrument! Higher grade with only very light scratches from a pick no major issues or damage. This guitar is awesome with the unique capability of single coil pickups from the selector switch. Also has Gibson humbuckers of course. All original GEM

This beautiful and rare Gibson ES 347 Electric Guitar from 1980 is a true gem for any musician or collector. With its unique features and excellent craftsmanship, this guitar is sure to impress

Featuring... more
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Gibson Les Paul Custom 1980 Tobacco Sunburst Lefty Left-Handed

Gibson Les Paul Custom 1980 Tobacco Sunburst Lefty Left-Handed

Portage, Wisconsin, 539**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1980 Gibson Les Paul Custom | Tobacco Sunburst | Lefty | Left-Handed
Serial Number 81200098 | YDDDYRRR=April 29th, 1980, Kalamazoo, MI | 01-499 indicate Kalamazoo production
The neck has been re-fretted. The frets are in great condition with little use. Some frets could be smoothed out to the touch. Period-correct, mini-switches. One mini-switch makes the neck pickup single-coil. The other mini-switch makes both pickups out of phase
The body and neck are in very good condition. The ... 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 Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony w /  Case, T Tops

1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard Vintage Electric Guitar Ebony w / Case, T Tops

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


Up for sale, a 1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard in perfect working order with the original Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish and chainsaw case. The three-piece carved maple top, solid (non-sandwich) mahogany body, and maple neck deliver the classic range of sounds indicative of this tonewood combination, with incredible clarity and warmth. Loaded with an original pair of T Top humbuckers, the bridge pickup delivers round, chiming tones with a hint of growl and great cut, while the middle position on... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

1980 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

Keene, New Hampshire, 034**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1980 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. Three piece Maple neck. One piece Mahogany body with Maple top. Finish has nice lacquer checking and vintage patina. DiMarzio DLX humbucking pickups. Upgraded Gotoh Tuneomatic bridge. Chrome hardware. Grover Deluxe tuning machines ( one is gold ) Recent fret level. Plays and sounds great. Weight is 10 lbs 6-1 / 2 oz. Original hardshell case with purple lining and one broken latch. Pickguard is included but has piece cracked off near screw hole. Shipping will be $100... more
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Collectors Grade 1986 Vintage Gibson Chet Atkins CE Ebony +OHSC 1980s USA

Collectors Grade 1986 Vintage Gibson Chet Atkins CE Ebony +OHSC 1980s USA

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is an absolutely amazing and hard to come by 1986 Gibson Chet Atkins CE in RARE Ebony finish with Gold hardware ~ ~ Comes in the Original Case!
These are getting harder and harder to come by especially in this GREAT condition. So, don't miss out!
This guitar was developed in cooperation with Chet Atkins and was built in the old Gibson plant in Kalamazoo
The Chet Atkins CE is perfect for use in the studio or live on stage, where the sound of a nylon-string guitar is ... more
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Rare 1980 Gibson SG R1 Artist Guitar Active Moog Electronics W / OHSC-MINT!

Rare 1980 Gibson SG R1 Artist Guitar Active Moog Electronics W / OHSC-MINT!

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This listing is for a
1980 Gibson SG R1 Artist Guitar Active Moog Electronics W / OHSC
Extremely rare GIbson, there were only 200 of these ever made
This is example is in incredible condition for any guitar, let alone a nearly 45 year old one
I hesitate to call anything of this age mint, but this is about as close as you are going to find
No dents, no dings, I can't find a scratch on it
Comes as pictured with original chainsaw hard case, original warranty card, manual and ... more
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Gibson Firebrand SG 1980 - Walnut with Gibson Rectangular Case

Gibson Firebrand SG 1980 - Walnut with Gibson Rectangular Case

Van Buren, Arkansas, 729**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson SG Firebrand 1980's model. This is a one owner guitar which has been boxed since 2006. The box is in super condition, the plastic plate on the back of the guitar has a few scratches on it, see picture. We do not know much about this guitar so if you have any questions please let me know and I will try my best to answer your questions.... more
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Gibson Firebrand 335-S 1980 vintage bass guitar

Gibson Firebrand 335-S 1980 vintage bass guitar

Brownsville, Texas, 785**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1980 Gibson Firebrand 335S Standard, all original, with the 3-piece maple body, and 3-piece maple neck. It also features the Gibson Superhumbuking PUPs, which have quite a following on their own. The guitar was originally only made for 2 years, so there are not that many of them from 1980 / 81out there. Here is an excellent opportunity to pick one up in good playing condition
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Vintage 1980 USA Dean Cadillac Elite Guitar Gibson Hardcase

Vintage 1980 USA Dean Cadillac Elite Guitar Gibson Hardcase



Check out the new photos and video of me playing it! This guitar has been in the family since the 1980s. My uncle traded a gun for it in the 80s in California, He was told it was one of the Bay Area hair band guitars he told me he thought it was Y&T guitarists for a time. It??s got a vintage Gibson Hardcase with a shoe lace handle. I am a Luthier and have upgraded this guitar all over

Made in In USA in 1980 one of the early Dean production guitars

It ... more
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1986 model V2 Epiphone by Gibson 1980s rare flying v Seymour Duncan w /  case

1986 model V2 Epiphone by Gibson 1980s rare flying v Seymour Duncan w / case

Peotone, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1986 model V2 Epiphone by Gibson 1980s rare flying v Seymour Duncan w / original case
I will be the first to tell you that I know nothing about this guitar in regard to production, why it was made, did it sell well, or was it popular. Some say it's sought after for it's low production numbers
But, I can say, it appears to be rare and collectors like them a lot. This one was owned by a friend of mine that was in a Chicago band years ago and it was played and loved. In the 90's the guitar ... more
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Vintage 1980s Gibson warranty Card  E S. 335 Dot

Vintage 1980s Gibson warranty Card E S. 335 Dot

Staten Island, New York, 103**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1980s Gibson warranty Card E S. 335 Dot Please look at pictures and feel free to ask any questions Please look at my other listings for more vintage warranty cards Thanks... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

1961 Hofner Colorama I

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

1961 Hohner ZambesiThis very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

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.