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Gibson vibrola tailpieces

Vibrato tailpieces used by Gibson 1960s-1980s

1960s Gibson tuners / machine heads

Gibson GV19 vibrola

Gibson vibrola tailpiece GV19
Gibson vibrola tailpiece GV19
Gibson vibrola tailpiece GV19
Gibson vibrola tailpiece GV19
Gibson vibrola tailpiece GV19
Gibson vibrola tailpiece GV19

This vibrola had Gibson part number GV19, and was designed for use on solid body guitars only. As used throughout the early/mid 1960s on Gibson SG Special, SG Junior, SG-TV, Melody maker and Kalamazoo KG guitars. By the end of the decade, it had altered somewhat with an additional 'hold down bar' and new handle design.

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1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

1961 Gibson Les Paul / SG Custom original WHITE with Sideways Vibrola

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

$31900


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1961 Gibson Les Paul (SG) Custom in its original White finish with gold hardware and a factory sideways Vibrola. It has a great playing neck with very worn frets, but still playable. It's all original with the exception of one volume knob. It's also 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. This original Les Paul Custom looks great with lots of minor nicks + dings (most have been touched-up with white... more
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Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w /  original hardshell case

Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w / original hardshell case

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$21965

vintage 1965 Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola
Comes with original case
In good playing condition- Setup for optimal playability with new strings Daddario EXL110 10-46 (9 / 19 / 23)
Specs:
- Pickups: 7 69K (N), 7 84K (B)
Guitar weighs 7lb 2oz
Back of neck possibly refinished or at least clear coated
Rest of instrument black lights properly. Neck appears to have slight separation from body. .no evidence of repair and plays perfectly
Original Pickups: Black decal "PATENT ... more
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Vintage 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Stereo Electric Guitar w /  Case Lyre Vibrola Mono

Vintage 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Stereo Electric Guitar w / Case Lyre Vibrola Mono

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

$9000

Vintage 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Stereo Electric Guitar w / Case Lyre Vibrola Mono
Hey now! You are drooling at one of Gibson's finest guitars This is a 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar It weighs 9 lbs 3 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 56" nut width Introduced in 1958, it was created to be the fanciest of the Gibson thinline semi-hollow guitars The semi-hollow maple body / mahogany neck gives you incredible natural resonance, with excellent tone transfer Grabbing up all this delicious tone ... more
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1973 GIBSON SG SPECIAL W / GIBSON BIGSBY STYLE TREMOLO

1973 GIBSON SG SPECIAL W / GIBSON BIGSBY STYLE TREMOLO

Van Nuys, California, 914**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3475

Original case in fair condition and included. Some belt buckle rash. a few pocks on the neck. very underplayed. It sat under my friend's bed since 1985. Looks like some mold got under the lacquer. This I do not know about. I am not the owner. This is owned by a dear friend who wants some help selling it. He was the third owner when he bought it in 1980. A few of the black screws that hold the pickguard have been replaced with silver ones. Other than that, all electronics and hardware are ... more
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Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo 1960-1961 Vintage

Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo 1960-1961 Vintage

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

$1700

This vintage Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo amp is a rare find from the early 1960s. It's perfect for guitar players who want that classic, vintage sound. The amp features tremolo and a 10-inch speaker, making it ideal for small gigs and recording sessions. It has been well-maintained and is in excellent working condition

Used in Good working condition
The best way to describe my item is with my pictures please look at all my photos to find out more details

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Gibson Discoverer Tremolo GA-8T - 1963

Gibson Discoverer Tremolo GA-8T - 1963

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

$699

The Gibson Discoverer Tremolo GA-8T is 60 years old and still rocks. Are you ready to ?Rumble??? This is it, brother!
Included is the Original tremolo foot switch and box. The original ungrounded death cable has been replaced with a 3-prong, grounded cable. The few GA-8Ts that are left have most of the labelling text and decals worn off, but not this guy. This is a gem of a vintage amp. Local Pickup Chicago, As is... more
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Gibson 1950s Vintage VIBRA-REST Guitar Tremolo

Gibson 1950s Vintage VIBRA-REST Guitar Tremolo

Adrian, Michigan, 492**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$125

Has some scratches on the top and a little rusting on the back. Sold as is
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Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Brooklyn, Connecticut, 062**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400

Outstanding example of a gibson tweed! Dead quiet with zero issues. Wood pedal for tremolo looks cool as heck.
I currently have a weber speaker in there, but you can choose the original jensen if you want. I don't really hear a difference between them, I was just scared of blowing out the original one. I had a tech install a 3 prong cable as well. Local pickup in Brooklyn, CT only.... more
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Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Gibson GA-18 Explorer 1x10 Tube Amplifier with tremolo 1950s 1960s

Utica, New York, 135**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1750

Beautiful amp in nice shape for its age. Sounds amazing. Tremolo is awesome. Tweed Is clean and smooth with some stains on bottom. Even those feel smooth. Original p10r speaker sounds great. original transformers. Vintage tubes. Just gone through and functioning perfectly with tone that is killer. three prong chord added. the silk screening on faceplate that tells you what control is which is gone but it??s pretty simple To figure out. Original footswitch was long gone and was bypassed. Rare ... more
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1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard with Sideways Vibrola

1961 Gibson Les Paul SG Standard with Sideways Vibrola

Llano, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$15500

pspanVintage 1961 Gibson Les Paul SG in original cherry finish with Sideways Vibrola, one-piece Honduran Mahogany body / neck, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays, and 60s slim neck profile make this a player??s dream.
The original "Patent Applied For" humbucking pickups were replaced with the nearly identical, 60s "Patent Number" T-Top pickups which sound incredible. The pickups have ??patent number?? stickers and L-tooling marks on the feet??all characteristic features of ... more
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COOL VINTAGE 1962-63 GIBSON DISCOVERER TREMOLO AMP GA 8T AMPLIFIER 12 INCH COMBO

COOL VINTAGE 1962-63 GIBSON DISCOVERER TREMOLO AMP GA 8T AMPLIFIER 12 INCH COMBO

Hays, Kansas, 676**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$599

This is a VINTAGE 1962-63 GIBSON DISCOVERER TREMOLO AMP. MODEL GA 8T, 12 INCH COMBO AMPLIFIER. Made in the USA. It is complete: less the 'GIBSON' logo (replacements are available for less than 40 bucks). Date was determined by the codes on the transformers, pot codes and catalog images. Tube line up: 6CA4 rectifier, 2-6BQ5(EL84) power, 2-6EU7 pre-amp. All the tubes are branded RCA or GE that test strong on my Hickok 6000a tube tester. Speaker is a CTS from 1967. This amp is nicer than most old ... more
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Gibson Melody Maker SG w / Vibrola and DimMarzio mid-late 60s - Pelham Blue

Gibson Melody Maker SG w / Vibrola and DimMarzio mid-late 60's - Pelham Blue

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2200

Very nice and solid late 60's Gibson Melody Maker D w / vibrola. All original parts and finish. The pickup is one DiMarzio single coil it's super strong and snappy It has been used but has been taken care of VERY WELL! All electronics still work and comes with original hardshell case.... more
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Vintage Gibson Short Maestro SG Special Standard Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone 1960

Vintage Gibson Short Maestro SG Special Standard Vibrola Tailpiece Epiphone 1960

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

$595

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1960's "Maestro" Tremolo Vibrola Unit
Correct for your mid 1960's Gibson or Epiphone
These rare and very cool little units are frequently found on SG Specials, but also Standards, Melody Makers, various Epiphones and many others! We've even seen these pop up on early 60's ES-335's!
100% original and in FANTASTIC condition - the unit is cosmetically perfect and ... more
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1984 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Cherry Sunburst - Factory Kahler Tremolo Shaw

1984 Gibson Les Paul Custom - Cherry Sunburst - Factory Kahler Tremolo Shaw

Columbia, Maryland, 210**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4599

A 1984 Gibson Les Paul Custom in stunning Cherry Sunburst Finish with Factory Kahler Tremolo. The guitar is powered by two great sounding Shaw Humbucking Pickups, Gold Hardware, Ebony Fingerboard, Original Gibson flip out speed tuners, and untouched electronics. The guitar was played little over the years by the original owner resulting in a nice tidy example. The Gold hardware is clean and sparkly. There are some clear coat blemishes on the body from where the guitar was stored with a strap. No... more
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Gibson SG Junior "Large Guard" with Vibrola Cherry 1967 w / original Chipboard

Gibson SG Junior "Large Guard" with Vibrola Cherry 1967 w / original Chipboard

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

$5000

Vintage Gibson SG JR with Vibrola in Cherry finish made in 1967 with original chipboard case. This guitar features a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with its original Gibson P-90 dogear Single coil in the bridge position measuring in at 7 55k DCR and controlled by 1 volume and 1 tone pot, which were replaced with vintage spec components. The 24 75" scale length neck has pearloid dot inlays and 22 vintage frets on a 12" radius with a slim taper profile. The ... more
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Gibson Les Paul (SG) Standard with Sideways Vibrola Cherry 1963 w / OHSC

Gibson Les Paul (SG) Standard with Sideways Vibrola Cherry 1963 w / OHSC

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

$15000

Vintage Gibson Les Paul "SG" Standard with Vibrola in cherry finish made in 1963 with original marigold interior hard shell case(Refin / Refret). This guitar features a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and bound brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a set of Throbak Maximum vintage ER-Custom humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions. Controlled by 2 volume, 2 tone pots and a 3-Way toggle switch comprised of its original pots dating the 41st week& 44th week of 1962. The 24 75" scale ... more
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Gibson SG Junior with Vibrola Cherry Finish 1966 w / OHSC

Gibson SG Junior with Vibrola Cherry Finish 1966 w / OHSC

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

$7000

Vintage Gibson SG Junior with Vibrola in Cherry Finish made in 1966 with original Lifton hard shell case. This guitar features a solid mahogany body, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a single original Gibson dog ear P-90 in the bridge position and Controlled by 1 volume and 1 tone pots comprised of its original CTS pots dating to the 7th week of 1966. The 24 75" scale length neck has pearloid dot inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets on a 12" radius with a slim taper profile. The... more
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Vintage 1970s Gibson Skylark Tremolo Electric Guitar Amplifier

Vintage 1970's Gibson 'Skylark Tremolo' Electric Guitar Amplifier

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

Skylark Tremelo Tube Amplifier produced by Gibson in the mid to late 1960??s
Amazing tone and incredible tremolo circuit.
Recently Serviced this month by Amphole in Burbank. good to go!
Ready for it??s new home
... more
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1966 Gibson Gibsonette Tremolo GA-8T 1x10" 10W Tube Guitar Combo Amp #54074

1966 Gibson Gibsonette Tremolo GA-8T 1x10" 10W Tube Guitar Combo Amp #54074

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1795

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Vintage 1960s Gold Gibson SG Custom Lyre Maestro Vibrola Complete vintage unit

Vintage 1960's Gold Gibson SG Custom Lyre Maestro Vibrola Complete vintage unit

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

$895

Vintage Correct Parts is proud to offer, for your consideration,
A completely original and fantastic
Vintage Gibson 1960's Gold "Lyre" or "Maestro" Vibrola
Correct for your 1960's Gibson SG Custom, ES-355 and also the ES-345.
This version of the Gibson vibrola tailpiece started to appear in 1964 and was used sporadically on various high-end models until the 1970's.
100% original - This unit is in fantastic original condition. All components are original and there is a very ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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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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

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.