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GIBSON | CATALOGS | 1981 ROSETTI (UK)

1981 Gibson guitar and bass catalog (Rosetti, UK)

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1981 Rosetti Gibson catalogue, 20 pages, colour cover, black and white internal pages 30cm x 21cm.

Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Gibson had been distributed in the UK by Selmer (who were actually owned by Norlin, by the end of the 1970s), however, in the middle of 1981 distribution was awarded to Rosetti, who very quickly put out this 20-page catalogue/price list. This is a very interesting item for a number of reasons. Firstly, it did away with the formatting of the Norlin period catalogues, which were largely versions of their US equivalents; the vast majority of guitar images differ from the ones in US publicity material - this might suggest Rosetti rephotographed some of these guitars in the UK? But it also contains several guitars not included in any US catalog at all. Gibson put out full-line catalogues in 1980 and then again 1983, with just a few publicity sheets in the intervening years, but some of these guitars were so short-lived (most notably the GGC-700) that they seem to have missed even those.

Although this catalog is undated, it would appear to be from late 1981, or very early 1982.

Electric guitars:

Les Paul Deluxe
Les Paul Pro Deluxe
Les Paul Custom
Les Paul Standard
Les Paul XR-2
Victory MV-2
Victory MV-X
L5S
SG Standard
SG Firebrand
Explorer II
Flying V II
Paul Firebrand
GGC-700
EDS-1275
335S Standard
335S Custom
335S Deluxe
Sonex 180 Deluxe
Sonex 180 Custom
Sonex Artist
ES-335 Dot
ES-335 TD
ES-335 Pro
ES-347 TD
ES-355 TD SV
BB King Standard
BB King Custom
ES-175D
Howard Roberts Fusion
Byrdland
L5 CES
Super 400 CES
Kalamazoo Award Model
Super V CES
Johnny Smith

Basses:

Victory Standard Bass
Victory Artist Bass
Flying V Bass

Acoustic guitars:

J40, J45, J50, J55
J200
Heritage
Hummingbird
Dove

Banjos and Mandolins:

RB250
RB800
'All American' banjo
F5-L mandolin

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1981 Gibson Citation

1981 Gibson Citation

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

$32995

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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Classic 1981 Gibson Les Paul Heritage Series Standard 80 - Made in the USA

Classic 1981 Gibson Les Paul Heritage Series Standard 80 - Made in the USA

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5257

1981 Gibson Les Paul Model
Heritage Series
Standard 80
Made in the USA
Serial Number: 81601710
0122
Comes in a DELUXE Leather Soft Case
$$ Professionally setup for optimal tone and playability by Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, Ohio (Including Fret Work, Intonation, Truss Rod, Buffed Fingerboard and Set the Action) who also repaired the back of the headstock
Truly Stage or Studio Ready!


Here is a golden treasure that is sure to give you more than a ... more
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Gibson The Flying V Guitar CMT 1981-1985 - Sunburst

Gibson The Flying V Guitar CMT 1981-1985 - Sunburst

Durham, North Carolina, 277**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4200

Great looking Gibson CMT from 1982
For 40 years old it's in great shape
Whatever dings there are to be found are minimal. The biggest of which are by the wings and I got the best photos I could of them. If you want more, just holler
The back might be one of my favorite faces of it. There is a super minimal amount of worming where buckle rash would be but its only visible in certain lights. The finish on it just looks beautiful though
This guitar has had a Khaler Trem system ... more
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Vintage Gibson Flying V Sunburst 1981

Vintage Gibson Flying V Sunburst 1981

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8499


Vintage Gibson Flying V Sunburst 1981
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
100% original & a superb player featuring a sleek, fast neck & loaded with a pair of gorgeous sounding T-Tops that deliver rich, creamy tones. Lightweight & exceptionally resonant - this Flying V is an absolute must-have for any collector or player. Professionally inspected & set up right in house by the experts here at Cream City Music
Cosmetic Condition: ... more
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Used Gibson 1981 Les Paul Firebrand "The Paul" Deluxe with Hard Case

Used Gibson 1981 Les Paul Firebrand "The Paul" Deluxe with Hard Case

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1699

Up for sale is a used Gibson Firebrand "The Paul" Deluxe. This classic Les Paul has been thoroughly tested and found to be in perfect working order. This guitar has been fitted with a set of Benson Custom pickups. (pictured) The guitar will ship with an Epiphone branded hard case Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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1984 Gibson Flying V I with Stop Bar Tailpiece 1981 - 1988 Red 83 - ALL-ORIGINAL

1984 Gibson Flying V I with Stop Bar Tailpiece 1981 - 1988 Red 83 - ALL-ORIGINAL

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2900


1984 Gibson Flying V 83 I Red w Stoptail!
Get the real thing for only a few hundred more than the reissues! Nice 1984 Gibson Flying V I in Red with stoptail. No Kahler here .! The guitar is all original and features 2 Tim Shaw-era humbuckers that sounds fantastic. The guitar has no cracks as you'll see. These are pretty notorious for having jack cracks at least but not on this one luckily. No cracks! The guitar does have some finish checking and just overall wear and... more
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1981 USA GIBSON SONEX GUITAR HUMBUCKER  Bridge PICKUP SURROUND RING 3 Screw 1982

1981 USA GIBSON SONEX GUITAR HUMBUCKER Bridge PICKUP SURROUND RING 3 Screw 1982

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

Bridge position, three screw pick up mount normal light vintage wear. No cracks includes screws , Fender style rubber hose and surround screws. Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking
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1981 Gibson Firebird II FM Artist CMT Sunburst

1981 Gibson Firebird II FM Artist CMT Sunburst

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

$5939

Up for sale is a super cool and hard to find 1981 Gibson Firebird II FM Artist CMT Sunburst. CMT stands for curly maple top and apparently this variation was only offered for a short time in limited numbers. This instrument came out of a collection of guitars that came from an ex Kalamazoo Gibson employee. It is marked "second" indicating a finish flaw or ding when it left Gibson. This is likely how the original owner ended up with it. This is the first and only time this guitar has been on the ... more
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1981 USA GIBSON SONEX GUITAR HUMBUCKER  NECK PICKUP SURROUND RING 3 Screw 1982

1981 USA GIBSON SONEX GUITAR HUMBUCKER NECK PICKUP SURROUND RING 3 Screw 1982

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$89

Neck position, three screw pick up mount normal light vintage wear. No cracks includes screws springs and surround screws. Original vintage Gibson part. Thanks for looking
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Used Gibson 1981 Marauder Electric Guitar with Hard Case

Used Gibson 1981 Marauder Electric Guitar with Hard Case

Hudson Falls, New York, 128**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

Up for sale is a used Gibson Marauder from 1981. This guitar has been thoroughly inspected and found to be in perfect working order. There are some minor cosmetic imperfections along the back of the neck (pictured) but they do not affect the playability or performance of the guitar at all. There is also some minor paint transfer on the headstock (pictured) The guitar will ship with a hard case Listing and template services provided by inkFrog
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1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom (Signed by Les Paul) Alpine White Vintage Guitar

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom (Signed by Les Paul) Alpine White Vintage Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6499

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom with an Alpine White finish. This is a one-owner guitar, and Les Paul himself hand-etched his signature on the body. The guitar is all original with removed covers from the original patent-stamped T-Top pickups. It is in overall great condition for its age with zero issues. It weighs 11 60 pounds. The neck thickness measures 0 824" at the 1st fret and 1 008" at the 12th fret
Excellent overall condition. There are typical scratches and scuffs throughout. The Alpine... more
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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Tobacco Burst

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Tobacco Burst

Toms River, New Jersey, 087**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3650

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Tobacco BurstGuitar weighs 9 6 lbsThe frets are flat and lowHas typical wear, you can see a few dings, marks, scratches, etc. On the back of the body there is belt buckle rash, a noticeable one inch scrape near the strap button, and various dings. You can see a couple of 1 / 2 inch mild gouges between the pickups on the top of the body and several dings The neck binding has hairline cracks in the middle of the frets on the side of the binding Has noticeble fret wear... more
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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Cherry Sunburst

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1981 Cherry Sunburst

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

$2995

Visit my ebay store for more great deals on guitars and drums
Ships within the Contiguous USA via UPS Ground for $65
price is firm / no trades
Guitar is fully functional with no issues.
Cosmetic Condition-Very good, showing moderate wear with plenty of nicks, dings, scratches, finish checking and binding cracking (pictured). The pickup selector switch back plate is cracked (pictured).
Neck-straight, Slim Profile, low action, frets are in good shape with life left. ... more
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1981 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Cherry Sunburst

1981 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Cherry Sunburst

Tarzana, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3600

1981 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Cherry Sunburst - Tim Shaw Era
Up for sale is an incredible 1981 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe in a superb Cherry Sunburst finish. This is one of the early Tim Shaw era. Made in Nashville, TN USA. All Original, stock with its Black tolex hard case. If you know about Les Pauls, you knows these early to mid '80s are special
10 2 Lbs, which is average for a Les Paul
The guitar has an Incredibly comfortable neck with rosewood fretboard. No volute like on the '70s. It... more
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1981 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe Electric Guitar in Black Finish With Hardshell case

1981 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe Electric Guitar in Black Finish With Hardshell case

Harrisonville, Missouri, 647**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

1981 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe Electric Guitar in Black Finish With Hardshell case






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1981 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe Electric Guitar in Black Finish With Hardshell case This neat used Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe from 1981 is in good shape and is a very neat black finish . It has a few very minor issues which I have tried to show in the photos. It comes to you in a nice Epiphone hardshell case and the guitar is all original and it plays just great. This is ... more
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1981 Gibson ES-335 "Moog Prototype" Big Blonde Bad Boy 1 of a kind & Minty !

1981 Gibson ES-335 "Moog Prototype" Big Blonde Bad Boy 1 of a kind & Minty !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8495


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1981 Gibson ES-335 Wine Red

1981 Gibson ES-335 Wine Red

Clarksburg, West Virginia, 263**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500

Up for grabs is this gorgeous 1981 Gibson ES-335.
Aged to perfection. Checks all the boxes: Vintage, character, amazing sound, versatile, rare color. Also listed on Rev rb. This thing plays beautifully and needs a new home.

Wine Red color.
1-11 / 16 nut width.
Original frets, tuners, tailpiece.
Non-Original pickups (Peter Green clone Shed Supernaturals), non original bridge (TonePros), and custom knobs and cool added button at the right horn.
... more
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1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst with Original Gibson "Chainsaw" Case

1981 Gibson Les Paul Custom Silverburst with Original Gibson "Chainsaw" Case

Bridgeport, West Virginia, 263**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$11000

Reallycool 1981 Les Paul Custom Silverburst. We are selling this guitar for one ofour customers. The guitar is in pretty good shape for it's age, mostly justnormal playing wear. The back and headstock have some of the typical Gibsonchecking. The front doesn't have the checking, but has a few scratches and playwear. The back has the same play wear with some buckle rash. Maybe the mostimpressive quality of this guitar is that the original Gibson / Schaller " The Crank" tuners are still intact and ... more
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1981 Gibson USA The Paul Electric Guitar Husk Repaired

1981 Gibson USA The Paul Electric Guitar Husk Repaired

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

$750

Up for sale is a 1981 Gibson USA The Paul empty husk. The headstock was cracked a while back. All breaks have been repaired. They are good solid repairs but the crack lines are still visible and can be felt. Lots of other cosmetic damage but it??s still a solid player. The entire guitar was finished with a glossy poly. It??s been strung up and played without issues. The frets are good. The truss rod works great. Neck is straight. I will ship well packaged in a proper box  Thanks for looking ... more
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VTG 1981 Gibson Victory Loaded 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Body - Custom Paint

VTG 1981 Gibson Victory Loaded 4-String Electric Bass Guitar Body - Custom Paint

Edmond, Oklahoma, 730**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$700

Awesome project bass body from a model that you don??t see very often! This bass started out life as gloss black, but it was repainted white with a cool rock n?? roll dinosaur by someone named Scott Moon in 1988. The person I bought it from said that the bass was owned by someone who played for the band Mountain before it came to his family. I don??t have any evidence to support this, but it is a fun part of the story. This is a loaded body. The electronics, pickup, pick guard, neck plate and ... more
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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.