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GIBSON | CATALOGS | 1980 | FRONT COVER

1980 'Gibson Guitars' catalog front cover

1980 Gibson guitars catalog - front cover. The instrument pictured is an 1894 five double string guitar, made by Orville Gibson.

1980 Gibson Guitars catalog, 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

$8500

Gibson ES 335 1980Serial Number 83030007Kalamzoo MI
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FIREBRAND DELUXE GIBSON 1980 Professional "The Paul" Natural Electric Guitar

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

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

$3995

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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Gibson Es 347 1980 Beautiful Rare Electric Guitar

Gibson Es 347 1980 Beautiful Rare Electric Guitar

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

$4200

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

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Gibson Spirit XPL Guitar Kahler tremelo w / Case 1980s

Gibson Spirit XPL Guitar Kahler tremelo w / Case 1980s

Columbus, Indiana, 472**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

It plays about effortlessly. Fretwire used is quite small. Sounds awesome too. I was never a big Gibson fan, this is easily the best one i have personally played. There are some sort of clear coat depressions on the top near the bass side, that you really have to be trying and shine light directly on, and i tried to show that. Other than some very minor marks, this guitar has been well taken care of. Looks Some finish checking is present due to the prevalent finish methods of the time... 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

$1500

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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1980 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

1980 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop

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

$3750

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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1980 Gibson ES-335 TD Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Wine Red, T Tops & 1 11 / 16" Nut

1980 Gibson ES-335 TD Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Wine Red, T Tops & 1 11 / 16" Nut

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

$5000

Up for sale, a 1980 Gibson ES-335TD in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Finished in gloss Wine Red nitro lacquer and featuring a pair of Gibson's "Tarback" humbuckers, this is a particularly clean and soulful vintage Gibson. By 1980, the ES line was just starting to revert to some of Gibson's most popular traditional features, and this ES-335TD reflects that transition, featuring a long tenon neck joint, a full 1 11 / 16" nut width,... more
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1980 Gibson L6-S Ebony Guitar w / Dimarzios USA

1980 Gibson L6-S Ebony Guitar w / Dimarzios USA

Marietta, Georgia, 300**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1249

Nice example of later model L-6S with upgrades to make is a little more conventional. Original body, paint, fixed neck, ebony fingerboard, pearloid dots, frets, and strap buttons. Period correct Schaller tuners. Upgrades / replaced parts: Electronics are new CTS with volume, volume, master tone config. DiMarzios with nickel covers added (Air Norton neck / PAF Master bridge). New three position switch with chrome tip. Pickguard, pickup surrounds and truss rod cover are replacements. ... 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

$5999


Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1980
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
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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1980s Gibson Tarback pickups Corvus L6s Vintage Luthier part restoration project

1980s Gibson Tarback pickups Corvus L6s Vintage Luthier part restoration project

Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, 875**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$579

Early 1980s, possibly late 1970s matched pair of Bill Lawrence Tarback pickups as used on L6-S, Corvus, Futura, Marauder, Challenger and other Gibson models of that era. In perfect working order. The one with the label measures 9 2k (clearly the bridge pickup) and the one with the label missing (neck) is 8 3k both hot for Gibson humbuckers, which is I suppose why they called them "Super Humbucker " . Price is for both.
Please see my other listings for more vintage guitar stuff -- also ... more
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Gibson ES-335TD 1980 - Sunburst All original

Gibson ES-335TD 1980 - Sunburst All original

Cottage Grove, Minnesota, 550**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

This is a vintage, all original, one owner, 1980 Gibson ES335TD electric guitar in a beautiful sunburst finish. Made in Kalamazoo Michigan, this guitar belongs to the Gibson ES series and is a model ES-335TD. It has a classic design and features an orange body color. The brand is Gibson, one of the most respected names in the music industry. The guitar has been well-maintained and is in excellent working condition. This guitar has been played and loved by its previous owner, and now it's ready ... 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

€4900

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.
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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

$4900

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 Poster / Catalog 1980 - Collector - good condition - rare

Gibson Poster / Catalog 1980 - Collector - good condition - rare

Lagarde, 31***, FRANCE

€39

Gibson Poster / Catalog 1980 - Collector - good condition - rare.
Good condition
Great Gibson collector item.... more
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Gibson ES-347 1980 guitarra eléctrica sunburst

Gibson ES-347 1980 guitarra eléctrica sunburst

Las Rozas de Madrid, 28***, SPAIN

€3600

Gibson ES-347 1980 guitarra eléctrica sunburst
Hermosa y rara guitarra eléctrica. Sonido maravilloso Toca perfectamente. Número de modelo 3358031. Fabricada en 1980. Modelo deguitarra eléctrica semi-hueca producido por Gibson desde 1978 hasta principiosde la década de 1990. Incluye correa y estuche. Un par de pequeños arañazos enla parte trasera de la guitarra, y el estuche está un poco maltratado peroresistente. Gran oportunidad de inversión, o perfecta para crear un sonido ... more
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Gibson Sonex-180 Custom Electric Guitar 1980 - White (ageing, yellowing)

Gibson Sonex-180 Custom Electric Guitar 1980 - White (ageing, yellowing)

St. Helens, WA9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1100

1980 Gibson Sonex-180 Custom electric guitar, made in USA with aftermarket hard case. These models are getting harder and harder to find now, especially in full working order. Looks the part for a guitar over 40 years old and plays really well. Everything functions as it should. Very slight crackle when using a couple of the pots but to be expected and will clear up no doubt with a bit of contact cleaner. The bridge could do with raising a hair on the treble side, but that would be my preference... more
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Gibson ES-175CC 1980 Sunburst Vintage Rare Hollow Body Jazz Guitar

Gibson ES-175CC 1980 Sunburst Vintage Rare Hollow Body Jazz Guitar

Poole, Dorset, BH14***, UNITED KINGDOM

£5799

USED Gibson ES-175 CC
Hi I'm Chris (MD, Guitar Mania), and I want to thank you for viewing this product. Guitar Mania is a small family run tradition bricks n mortar shop with a front door, til, phone and real people, offering a very personal service ;o)
It's business, but it's personal, so your order really matters to me! Thank you!
Here we have an incredible 1980 Gibson ES-175CC, these were only made for a few years and featured the unique Charlie Christian style ... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand

1980 Gibson Les Paul Firebrand

Lisburn, BT27***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1250

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   Body and neck are all mahogany and nicely shaped for comfort   Well looked after so far with regular cleaning and conditioning. Neck has a C profile. Barely any fret wear at all
Original T Top pickups still fitted - these are considered fairly rare and represent a certain ... more
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Rare Gibson ES-175d Made in Memphis USA 1980 Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Rare Gibson ES-175d Made in Memphis USA 1980 Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13***, UNITED KINGDOM

£5850

NB STRICTLY CASH ON COLLECTION ONLY WILL NOT POST

This rare collectible and vintage Gibson Memphis ES-175d 1980 (dual pickups) made in the Gibson factory in Memphis Tennessee USA.

Cash on collection only as you will need to try it out. So first come served to buy this collectible rare original Gibson. Will not accept immediate payment it??ll be refunded I??ll only sell if you come and try it first and then can arrange payment.

This rare Gibson electric ... more
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1980 Gibson Les Paul The Paul Body Neck Walnut Project Ohsc

1980 Gibson Les Paul The Paul Body Neck Walnut Project Ohsc

Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, V0C***, CANADA

C $2500

Gibson 1980 The Paul Husk Body And Neck Walnut refin using Watco Danish oil hand rubbed back cover included Ebony fingerboard original wiring harness included aged nickel tone pros locking hardware
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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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.