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Gibson Les Paul Series

1983 Gibson 'American-made. World-played' catalog, page 7

Gibson 1983 guitar and bass catalog. Introduction to the Les Paul range of guitars. Pictured is the Les Paul Standard.

1983 "Gibson American-made. World-played" catalog, page 7: Gibson Les Paul Series
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Gibson Les Paul 120th Anniversary Melody Maker Electric Guitar Wine Red -gig bag

Gibson Les Paul 120th Anniversary Melody Maker Electric Guitar Wine Red -gig bag

Huntington Station, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have a pre owned Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker 120th Anniversary electric guitar. Made in 2014 in the USA. The Melody Maker features a solid Mahogany body and neck with a Rosewood fingerboard. Satin finish Wine Red. 24 75" scale length. The top has a nice carve to it. The body depth is thinner than a traditional Les Paul so its light weight at 7lbs 10oz. It even has a tummy cut on the back. The guitar features 2- P90 alnico pickups, 2- Volume, 2- Tone control, 3 way toggle switch ... more
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1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red

1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Wine Red

Las Vegas, Nevada, 891**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I've had this guitar since the 90s and for the most part it has just sat in my closet unplayed. Its time to let it go. lots of fretlife left on the frets. This is a great sounding and great playing guitar. The tuners and strap buttons have been replaced. the originals are in the case. the case is the original case that it came with. Its a beautiful playing and sounding guitar. It has been lovingly cared for.... more
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Vintage 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Ebony SILVER hardware 1970s

Vintage 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Ebony SILVER hardware 1970s

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


Up for sale is an awesome and rare 1976 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony Black w / Factory Silver Hardware, in Original Case!
ALL Original! Featuring t-top stamped pickups, 1976 dated pots, original bridge, tuners, etc
This guitar is in GREAT vintage condition ~ NICE!
Showing some scratches and dents as expected giving it a killer vintage look
The original frets show some wear but still have lots of life left. Medium neck profile feels like a cross between the 60s and 50s ... more
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1978 Gibson Les Paul 25 / 50 Anniversary Electric Guitar w /  Case Sunburst

1978 Gibson Les Paul 25 / 50 Anniversary Electric Guitar w / Case Sunburst

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1978 Gibson Les Paul 25 / 50 Anniversary Electric Guitar w / Case
Hey now! You're looking at an iconic anniversary guitar This is a 1978 Gibson Les Paul 25 / 50 Anniversary Electric Guitar It weighs 10 lbs 11 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 69" nut width Celebrating the 25th year of the Les Paul guitar, and Les Paul's 50th year in the music business Gibson learned there was a market for anniversary Les Paul's after the success of the 20th in '74 The 25 / 50 is a unique model for many reasons, including ... more
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Vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Electric Guitar USA Cherry Sunburst

Vintage 1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Electric Guitar USA Cherry Sunburst

Cartersville, Virginia, 230**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Please look closely at the pictures for condition. This vintage Gibson Les Paul Deluxe electric guitar is a rare find for any serious guitarist. Crafted in the United States in 1974, this right-handed guitar is a 6 string with a solid body type and beautiful cherry sunburst color. This classic guitar is a must-have for any collection of musical instruments and gear
With its famous Gibson Les Paul series and model year, this electric guitar has been a go-to for guitar players for decades. ... more
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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Sunburst 1979

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Sunburst 1979

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


Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Sunburst 1979
An excellent player's grade Les Paul Custom, just recently acquired from the original owner. Loaded with a pair of powerful sounding DiMarzio humbuckers that deliver muscular yet dynamic tones. The sunburst finish exudes that classic '70s Gibson look & the silky smooth neck is super comfortable to play anywhere on the fretboard. Professionally set up with fresh strings... more
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Tobacco Sunburst

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Tobacco Sunburst

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


Just in is this great 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior
Quick Details
Weight 7 8lbs
Nut Width 1 69
Depth at 1st fret 0 88
Depth at 12th 1 00
This is a great playing and sounding 1957 Les Paul JR
The Tobacco burst finish shows its wear and age with dings and small chips on it to be expected from a guitar this vintage. The clear also has some light rash or burn to it so there is light spotting or dimples in the lacquer. It is mostly on the back and bottom of the guitar. We tried ... more
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Gibson Les Paul 1976 Deluxe

Gibson Les Paul 1976 Deluxe

Topock, Arizona, 864**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A rare offering with only 14 made in 1976 with the Wine Red finish! Non-original back plates, upgraded mojo-tone oil-filled capacitor and pots, and replaced with real Gibson tuners

Original finish, pickups, and everything else!
... more
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1979-1981 Gibson les paul Artist.

1979-1981 Gibson les paul Artist.

San Francisco, California, 941**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1979-1981 Gibson les paul Artist .this is an awesome sounding and playing guitar. The finish is not original but is beautiful. The guitar is set up with EMG??s but also comes with original pickups($400) and the original electronics from Moog. Basically is a really nice Les Paul custom as it is.... more
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Gibson 1974 Sun Burst Les Paul Custom Body & Ebony Neck

Gibson 1974 Sun Burst Les Paul Custom Body & Ebony Neck

Glassboro, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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How many of you Gibson fans out there have always wanted to build yourselves that awesome Gibson project guitar, but didn??t want to spend the money on a Gibson guitar only to dismantle it. ... more
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Vintage Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Cherry Sunburst 1984

Vintage Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Cherry Sunburst 1984

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


Vintage Gibson Les Paul Studio Standard Cherry Sunburst 1984
Not your typical Les Paul Studio, some of these early models featured solid alder bodies with maple necks, just like this gorgeous example. The slender profile neck is silky smooth & plays like a dream up & down the fretboard. The PAF humbuckers sound magnificent & deliver warm, rich tones with sustain that seems to last for days. Professionally ... more
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original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double-cut Cherry with HANG TAG!!!

original 1959 Gibson Les Paul Special double-cut Cherry with HANG TAG!!!

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


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1959 Gibson double-cut Les Paul Special in its original Cherry finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original chipboard case, adjustment allen wrench in original envelope, original "Professionals Attention" card and original Les Paul model HANG TAG. There are two jack plates included as the original cracked on two corners and a reissue plate is ... more
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Vintage 1978 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe Tobacco Sunburst 1970s  ~ CLEAN ~

Vintage 1978 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe Tobacco Sunburst 1970s ~ CLEAN ~

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


Up for sale is a Beautiful and Rare 1978 Gibson Les Paul Pro Deluxe in Tobacco Burst Finish with the Original Case
This guitar is in GOOD cosmetic condition
Showing playwear such as a couple of character dents and scratches. Has finish checking (as seen in pics)
The Ebony fretboard is in FANTASTIC condition. Original frets. Super nice action and AMAZING playability!
Maple Neck, Ebony fretboard with a 'C' Neck Profile Weight: 10lbs 10ozs1st Fret Thickness: 20 5mm (0 807 " )12th Fret ... more
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1971 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Fretless Wonder  ~ BLACK BEAUTY ~  Case 1970s

1971 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom Fretless Wonder ~ BLACK BEAUTY ~ Case 1970's

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


Up for sale is a killer 1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Fretless Wonder, in Case!
Featuring original 'PAT NO' sticker t-top pickups, original 1971 dated pots, Waffle-back tuners, 'PAT NO' bridge, witch-hat knobs, killer all-brass GOLD-plated tail-piece for better sustain.
GREAT vintage condition - showing honest wear and some light finish checking (see pics)
Neck or headstock has never been broken or repaired. The finish can be buffed if desired but I didn't want to remove the... more
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Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute DC Bass

Gibson Les Paul Junior Tribute DC Bass

Saint Petersburg, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Mint condition bass with upgraded hipshot hardware, have all original parts included. Contact us with questions Mad Music St Pete Fl 12- 5 m sat... more
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Case Queen! 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard w /  Rare ALL Gold Finish + OHSC

Case Queen! 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard w / Rare ALL Gold Finish + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Case Queen! 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard w / Rare ALL Gold Finish + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is Excited to offer up this 1956 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar with Rare ALL Gold Finish! By 1956, Gibson had five different solid body electric guitars in the Les Paul line: Junior, TV Model, Special, Standard, and Custom (from least to most expensive). What Gibson guitar collector??s call the Goldtop today was listed in the catalog simply as the... more
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Gibson Vintage 1978 Custom Build Les Paul Recording Electric Guitar W / OHSC

Gibson Vintage 1978 Custom Build Les Paul Recording Electric Guitar W / OHSC

Redwood City, California, 940**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Gibson Pre-Owned Vintage 1978 Custom Build Les Paul Recording Guitar W / Original Hard Shell Molded Case
One-Of-A-Kind commissioned custom build Les Paul Recording model from Gibson, predates the Custom Shop!
Base model is the Les Paul Recording guitar with customized and entirely unique features. Mahogany Body and Neck with Ebony Fingerboard, Dual Gibson Low Impedance Pickups with 3-Way Toggle Switch, Gold Hardware, In-Line 4-Knob Controls for Volume, Treble, Bass, and Decade with Tone ... more
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Gibson Les Paul Custom Alpine White 1978 w OHSC Original Chainsaw Case

Gibson Les Paul Custom Alpine White 1978 w OHSC Original Chainsaw Case

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


Gibson Les Paul Custom in Alpine White finish made in 1978 with Original Hard Shell Case. This guitar features a solid mahogany body with a maple cap, mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. Equipped with Gibson T Top Humbuckers in both positions. Controlled by 2-volume, 2-tone knobs and a 3-way toggle switch. The 24 75" scale length neck has mother of pearl block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets with a slim taper neck profile. The hardware is comprised of Gibson tuning machines, a bone nut, a ... 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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1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tri-Burst. Kalamazoo

1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tri-Burst. Kalamazoo

Austin, Texas, 787**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1979 Les Paul Custom Tri Burst built in the Kalamazoo factory.
The pots are original with consistent date codes The phase mini switch is not connected to the circuit. The mini switch is NOT after market , it??s original. That attribute and the Tri Burst finish make this LPC one that you wont see up for grabs very often.
Firstly , here??s what??s not original:
Tuners: The replacements are Gotoh Keystone Locking.
Bridge+Stop Bar: Currently has an Aluminum stop bar , and the bridge ... more
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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

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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)

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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

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

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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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

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 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