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Details of pickups used on vintage Gibson guitars

1960s Gibson pickups

Gibson Melody Maker Single Coil

Gibson PU380 single coil pickup fitted to a Kalamazoo KG2a electric guitar
Underside of a Gibson PU380 single coil pickup fitted to an Epiphone Granada electric guitar
The simple components that go up to make a Gibson PU380 single coil pickup
Underside of a Gibson PU380 single coil pickup showing magnet and windings

Gibson part PU380. The PU380 single coil is often referred to as a Melody Maker pickup; it was indeed widely used on Gibson Melody Maker guitars, but also the ES120T (and it's equivalent, the Epiphone Granada), the Epiphone Olympic and Olympic Special, and the Kalamazoo KG1 and KG2 guitars. It is a simple single coil pickup with a plastic cover; cheap but highly effective, in fact (according to available shipping figures) it was fitted to over 96000 Gibson, Epiphone and Kalamazoo guitars between 1959 and 1970. When you consider that many of these guitars had two or even three pickups, it is clear that Gibson produced these pickups in very large numbers.

Construction is a simple single coil wound around an Alnico magnet core, and then potted, for a "bright/low" tonality. more

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Mini Humbucker

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe mini-humbucker with cream mounting ring
Gibson Les Paul Deluxe mini-humbucker with and without mounting ring, and with cover removed
Gibson mini-humbucker pickup cover
Gibson mini-humbucker coils with the cover removed
Gibson mini-humbucker coils, polepieces and bar magnet
Gibson mini-humbucker baseplate with polepieces unscrewed and magnet and wooden spacers removed

This mini humbucker was introduced in 1969 with the new Les Paul Deluxe. It is somewhat smaller in size (1.078" x 2.578") than the standard PAF humbucker used in the Les Paul Standard and Custom, and also brighter sounding, perhaps somewhere between single coil pickups and the standard PAF humbucker. Gibson part 13544 front, 13545 rear (1971,1977); 13394 front, 13395 rear (1981).

Early examples are stickered with PATENT NO 2,737,842, though by around 1975 this is stamped into the reverse, often with an inked date.

1970s Gibson pickups

Gibson L-6S Custom Pickup

 

This superhumbucker pickup was design by Gibson engineer Bill Lawrence, and was used in the L-6S/L-6S Custom only, in the neck and bridge positions. Part numbers 13682 (neck) and 13683 (bridge). Dimensions: 70mm x 38mm x 19mm (excluding mounting tabs); Surround, 90mm x 45mm; Mounting screw holes are 78mm apart. more

Gibson L-6S Deluxe Pickup

This humbucker pickup was used in the L-6S Deluxe only, in the neck and bridge positions. Part numbers 13654 (neck) and 13655 (bridge). Dimensions 73mm x 41mm x 19.3mm. Hole to hole 79mm. Surround 93mm x 54mm (widest). Typical DC resistance 6.5kΩ. more

Gibson Marauder Neck Humbucker

Gibson Marauder pickups with black opaque covers
Gibson Marauder pickups with translucent covers
Gibson Marauder neck humbucker disassembled from scratchplate
Underside of a (early clear-covered) Gibson Marauder humbucker mounted to the scratchplate
The underside of the Gibson Marauder humbucker with mounting screws and springs
Side view of Gibson Marauder humbucker with red windings visible

This humbucking pickup was used in the front position of the Gibson Marauder from the model's inception in 1974, right through to 1981. Part number 13670. Super humbucking, traditional coil configuration with three indox magnets, for "bright/loud" tonality. Potted. from Gibson 78 promo magazine: "The front pickup is similar to the Super Humbucker with small additional magnets reinforcing and directing the field". Dimensions 1.64" x 2.87" x 0.75"

Early examples had the clear casing, allowing the coils to be seen, but from late summer 1978 the covers (and scratchplate) were phased to black, arguably creating a much sleeker, cleaner look. These pickups are potted and removal of the coil/magnets from covers is impossible without damaging the pickup. more

Gibson Marauder Bridge Pickup

1981 Gibson Marauder, with black opaque pickups
Mid 1970s Marauder bridge pickup with clear cover
Marauder bridge pickup with clear cover
Marauder bridge pickup with black cover
Marauder bridge pickup with black cover - underside view
Marauder bridge pickup with clear cover - underside view

This pickup (Gibson part number 13671) was fitted exclusively to the Gibson Marauder, 1974-1981. It comprised a single coil around an iron former positioned above twin magnets, and potted in resin. Like the Marauder's neck pickup, above, this was initially in a clear case allowing the coil and former to be seen, changing to a black opaque casing in mid-1978. It was similarly mounted with three screws tapping into the pickup casing allowing height and angular adjustment relative to the strings. Dimensions 1.025" x 3.025" x 0.95"

It was very much chosen to give the Marauder some Telecaster-style country twang; and to aid this it was positioned at a forward slant. Combined they offered "tremendous brilliance and a cutting sound suitable for almost any form of popular music" more

1980s Gibson pickups

Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe Pickup

Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe humbucker
Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe humbucker
Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe humbucker
Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe humbucker
Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe humbucker
 

The Sonex-180 Deluxe was an entry level Gibson instrument, made with a innovative new 'Multiphonic' body material at the Gibson plant in Nashville, USA. It had simple construction and was fitted with basic components; these pickups are often (incorrectly) referred to as Velvet Bricks, or Dirty Fingers (see above), but although similar in appearance, were in fact a lower-cost unit produced in Japan (anyone know who by?) - Dirty Fingers were fitted to the Sonex-180 Standard and Custom models. They were later fitted to the Gibson Invader. Part numbers 13248 (neck) and 13249 (bridge). Dimensions: 70mm x 38mm x 18mm (excluding mounting tabs); Surround, 92mm x 45mm; Mounting screw holes are 78mm apart. DC resistance: The pair pictured were 7.6kΩ (front) and 7.7kΩ (back). more

Velvet Brick

Gibson Velvet Brick humbucker
Gibson Velvet Brick humbucker
Gibson Velvet Brick humbucker
Gibson Velvet Brick humbucker
Gibson Velvet Brick humbucker

The Velvet Brick was an exposed coil humbucker with contrasting coloured cream/black formers, the black coil having adjustable pole pieces. Designed by Gibson's Tim Shaw, for use in a number of guitars: in the bridge position of Firebrand series "the SG" Standard and Deluxe from 1980, and in the neck position of the Gibson Victory MV2 from 1981.

The Victory MV owners manual described it as follows: Conventional iron-loaded "hot rodded" humbucking pickup (indox ceramic magnet substituted for Alnico) whilst highlighting the contrast to the magnet-loaded Magna II pickup (below) in the bridge position. more

Magna II

Gibson Magna II humbucker
Gibson Magna II humbucker
Gibson Magna II humbucker in situ
Gibson Magna II humbucker - reverse view showing baseplate and patent number
Early promotional photograph of the Victory MVII - the Magna II pickup in the bridge position has two black coils

The Magna II was another exposed coil humbucker, usually with contrasting coloured cream/black formers, although early examples were black only. Unlike the Velvet Brick (above) with which it was paired in the Gibson Victory MV2 (bridge position) it had no adjustable polepieces.

The Victory MV owners manual described it as follows: "Over wound" with tall coil forms as in Magna Plus B, but with full magnet loading in both coils. more

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1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w /  Pat # Pickups

1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w / Pat # Pickups

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

$7500

Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-175D in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A clean vintage example, this ES-175 boasts its original "patent sticker" humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. Acoustically, the fully hollow maple body delivers a big, open sound with both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, and an airy, smooth quality befitting the hollowbody construction. These patent sticker humbuckers both meter in the mid... more
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Vintage 1959 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 8 03k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 60

Vintage 1959 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 8 03k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 60

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960 "dogear" P-90 pickup
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1969 Gibson L4-CN Natural W / Benedetto Floating pickup

1969 Gibson L4-CN Natural W / Benedetto Floating pickup

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

$5295

Just in is this beautiful 1969 Gibson L4-CN. This guitar weighs 5 6 lbs in it's current setup with added pickup
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Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover set 1966 68 ES-335 SG

Vintage Gibson 1965 Chrome Patent Sticker PAF pickup cover set 1966 68 ES-335 SG

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

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Vintage 1960s Gibson PAF Patent Sticker Pickup 7 33k Purple Wire 1959 Les Paul

Vintage 1960's Gibson PAF Patent Sticker Pickup 7 33k Purple Wire 1959 Les Paul

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2495

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One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1960's DOUBLE BLACK "Patent Number" PAF pickup
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Gibson Melody Maker D Electric Guitar Vintage 1968 Cardinal Red 2 Pickup Model

Gibson Melody Maker D Electric Guitar Vintage 1968 Cardinal Red 2 Pickup Model

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

$2300

Original & Repair Free!
1968 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Pickup Electric Guitar
Original Cardinal Red Finish
SN 900302
Weighs: 6 Pounds, 14 Ounces
Nut Width: 1-9 / 16 "
Comes With Vintage Hard Case Pictured
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Gibson 1961 Melody Maker D, hardshell case, P90 pickups, new hardware

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

$3400

Serial #34638
Professionally-installed:New electronics (wiring, Lollar P90 pickups), New tuners (period-correct), nut, and bridge, New volume / tone knobs and pickguard
No modifications made to original body
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1960 gibson melody maker sunburst dual pickups dbl cutaway  w /  orig case

1960 gibson melody maker sunburst dual pickups dbl cutaway  w / orig case

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5500

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Vintage 1955 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 52k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 330

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Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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1957 Gibson Les Paul GOLDTOP with original PAF pickups

1957 Gibson Les Paul GOLDTOP with original PAF pickups

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

$174900


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1957 Gibson Les Paul in its original Goldtop finish. The back of the body shows a bit of figured / flamed mahogany on the lower bass side. It has a good playing neck with some worn, but good frets. It's all original with the exception of the jackplate, a couple of jackplate screws and most of the screws for the tuning keys. There was another set of tuning keys installed at one time that required the tuning peg ... more
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1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom with all 3 original PAF pickups RARE IMPORT MODEL

1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom with all 3 original PAF pickups RARE IMPORT MODEL

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

$95000


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1960 Gibson Les Paul Custom in its original Black finish. This is a rare import guitar with the faint original factory "MADE IN THE USA" stamped above the serial number. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original hardshell case and an old English made Bulgin guitar cable. There are nicks + dings (a couple have been touched-up), finish checking, belt ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1950s "Dogear" P-90 pickup cover set ES-175D ES-225tD L-5CES 59

Vintage Gibson 1950's "Dogear" P-90 pickup cover set ES-175D ES-225tD L-5CES 59

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$195

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1957 Gibson Les Paul Custom w / 3 original PAF pickups + Fretless Wonder HANG TAG!

1957 Gibson Les Paul Custom w / 3 original PAF pickups + Fretless Wonder HANG TAG!

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

$98000


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Vintage 1960s Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 83k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Vintage 1960's Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 83k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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Vintage 1950s Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 82k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Vintage 1950's Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 82k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1950's "dogear" P-90 pickup
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1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion Vintage P-90s

1965 Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion Vintage P-90's

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

$2700

Vintage 1965 & A Super Cool Player
Gibson ES-125T Electric Guitar ES-125TD 2 Pickup Conversion
Original With The Exception Of Added Real 1950s P-90 (other is original to the guitar), Tuning Peg Bushings & Unsure of the Pots
SN 282670
Sounds & Plays Excellent
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Vintage 1960s Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 69k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Vintage 1960's Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 7 69k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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~ 1952 Harmony H 50 Archtop Electric Hollowbody w /  Gibson P-13 Pickup Sunburst

~ 1952 Harmony H 50 Archtop Electric Hollowbody w / Gibson P-13 Pickup Sunburst

New York, 100**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1695

A stunning vintage circa 1952 Silvertone Model H50 arch top electric hollowbody in original Sunburst finish
This is an early example with deluxe headstock artwork and original Gibson made P-13 pickup
Pickup sounds just incredible. Super warm and fat and thick, great for Jazz and killer for Rock
Neck is straight and the guitar plays well all the way up and down with a good action
Comes with nice vintage original hard case, too!
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1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage Guitar Natural w /  Lollar Pickups, Case, Tag

1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Vintage Guitar Natural w / Lollar Pickups, Case, Tag

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

$6000

Up for sale, 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and warranty card. This Norlin-era Les Paul features a gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish, loaded with a pair of boutique Lollar Imperial humbuckers
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Vintage 1950s Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 8 04k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

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Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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One KILLER Vintage Gibson 1950's "dogear" P-90 pickup
From an all original early 1956 Gibson - vintage dogear P-90s are PURE magic .
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This is a rare example in that it has gold pole pieces. Please note that there is some splitting on the top of the bobbin. You can see these areas in the photos. It is currently stable and ... more
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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.