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Gretsch solid state amplifiers

1968 "That Great Gretsch Sound" guitar and amplifier catalog page 15

Gretsch solid state amplifiers

First with the advanced features of standard amplification, Gretsch is second to none in offering the new wave of amplifiers... the cool ones.. the solid state transistorized amplifiers. Here are three winners... the Tornado, the Nashville, and the Rogue. Each features the very latest solid state technical innovations. Exclusive features include the Gretsch Tri-Button Pedal Console which is a component of each amp. This is a remote foot control that lets you get Reverb, Magic Echo and Tremolo merely by pressing for the effect you want. Your pace is never interrupted. Your playing ability is unhampered. Whatever your style of music... whatever your playing proficiency, you get sharp, clean highs, undistorted basses and a powerhouse of sound with the superb advances of this new concept of sound projection by Gretsch solid state transistorized amplifiers.

1968 Gretsch guitar catalog page 15 - Gretsch solid state amplifiers

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Vintage Gretsch Guitar Tube Amp Valco Electromatic 1957 Working Rare

Vintage Gretsch Guitar Tube Amp Valco Electromatic 1957 Working Rare

Mastic Beach, New York, 119**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

Very rare 1957 Valco made Gretsch Electromatic 6155 tube amp. In good working condition. Body is in great shape over all with wear. Some denting by one input. All inputs work. Middle input needs a little jiggle sometimes but works good otherwise. Ask any questions and I'll try and answer them.... more
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1966 Gretsch 6160 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Tube Amp

1966 Gretsch 6160 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman Tube Amp

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

$2195

1966 Gretsch 6160 Country Gentleman Amplifier, Two TwelveTube combo with a pair of 6l6??s, Tremolo, No footswitch ¼ inch type included, Addedcasters, Nice clean sound! VG++
A word aboutpurchasing any of these rare Vintage amps, ??these amps need to be regularlycared for??. These are very old and mayneed to be or may have been serviced in the past. We recommend that any ofthese amps upon purchase be serviced and then regularly looked over by askilled amp tech. Used amps are sold here on... more
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New Old Stock Vintage 6 x 9 Speakers for Valco, Supro, Gretsch amplifiers 8 ohm

New Old Stock Vintage 6 x 9 Speakers for Valco, Supro, Gretsch amplifiers 8 ohm

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$59

Listing is for one speaker New Old Stock Vintage 8 ohm 6 x 9 Oval Speakers for Valco, Supro, Gretsch Vintage amplifiers 1966 Date code, hole spacing 4 1 / 2 X 6 1 / 2, usually you need to modify to get a fit in those vintage amps I made a plywood spacer when I used them in my amp collection I can combine shipping if you need more than one speaker I found a few cases of these in a closed electronics store sale
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1960s Gretsch 6150 5w 1x8" Combo Amplifier

1960s Gretsch 6150 5w 1x8" Combo Amplifier

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$795

1960s Gretsch 6150 5w 1x8" Combo Amplifier
Located At IVG Burbank
Serviced w / Three Prong Cord
5 Watts
1x8" Jensen Speaker
Tested And Fully Functional
... more
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1965 Gretsch Twin  Reverb Combo Tube Amplifier Model 6162

1965 Gretsch Twin Reverb Combo Tube Amplifier Model 6162

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

$1095

This is a rare version of the Gretsch Twin Reverb. This Valco made amp has a lot of potential. It's a Two Ten inch model with Jensen speakers dating from 1966. We have the shorter version of this amp that sounds amazing. This one produces sound but will need to be serviced maybe tubes and caps. The Trem and reverb are currently not functioning. 27 x 19 x 9 inches.
A word about purchasing any of these rare Vintage amps, ??these amps need to be regularly cared for??. These are very ... more
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1950s Gretsch Tweed Electromatic Amplifier (MISC0007)

1950's Gretsch Tweed Electromatic Amplifier (MISC0007)

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

$2195

1950's Gretsch "Electromatic" Tweed Amp, Raremodel, Large size cabinet, 4 instrument inputs and 1 mic input, Jensen P12P speaker, Greatvintage condition!
Amp powers on and works but has been in storage for manyyears. The amp is sold "AS IS " and the buyer should have amp serviced prior to use
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1960s Gretsch 6150 Combo Amp

1960s Gretsch 6150 Combo Amp

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$749

Located At Our Brick'n'Mortar Store In San Diego, CA
Vintage 1960s Gretsch 6150 Combo
In Very Good Overall Condition
Original Iron
Original 1x8" Speaker
Original 2-Prong Power Cord
Tested At Functioning As Intended
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Vintage Gretsch GA 425 (GA425) Solid State Guitar Amplifier

Vintage Gretsch GA 425 (GA425) Solid State Guitar Amplifier

Kingston, Pennsylvania, 187**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$60

Vintage amp in good working condition. Pots a bit noise and could use cleaning. Dont miss out on this vintage gem
This is a vintage item with no warranty, sold as is, all sales final.... more
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Vintage 1969 Gretsch Model 6162 Tremolo Reverb Guitar Amp Combo Gray

Vintage 1969 Gretsch Model 6162 Tremolo Reverb Guitar Amp Combo Gray

Santa Monica, California, 904**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1700

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Up for sale is this awesome vintage Gretsch Model 6162 Tremolo Reverb amp!  It's one that you rarely see   This wonderful piece comes from 1969 and it has all the vintage mojo you'd want   1969 also gave us man landing on the moon, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and the Internet   Yes, the thing you're reading this on, the Internet, was invented in 1969   But that's besides the point - lets get back to this amp
The Gretsch 6162 features ... more
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Gretsch Dual Twin amp mdl 6161 1960??s Valco made - Black E / C

Gretsch Dual Twin amp mdl 6161 1960??s Valco made - Black E / C

Eastlake, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1175

1960??s Gretsch (Valco Made) Dual Twin model 6161 guitar amplifier In excellent condition. It??s all original except 2 new Celestion Ten 30 speakers and a 3 prong cord to properly ground the amp. The original speakers are in great shape and come with the amp they are boxed up in the speaker box the Celestions came in. The Tremolo works perfect and I detoxed all pots and switches. This amp was designed and made by Valco in Chicago IL which are know for making some of finest small guitars amps in ... more
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1960s Gretsch Broadcaster Mini Lead 50 Solid State Guitar Amplifier RARE Works

1960s Gretsch Broadcaster Mini Lead 50 Solid State Guitar Amplifier RARE Works

Ponca City, Oklahoma, 746**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$399

Gretsch broadcaster mini lead 50
50 white solid-state single channel with two inputs, volume base, treble and reverb controls 12 inch speaker cabinet is black vinyl is in good condition comes with a cover it offers a pretty loud and clean sound
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1965 Gretsch 6162 Dual Twin Reverb 18w 2x10" Combo Amp

1965 Gretsch 6162 Dual Twin Reverb 18w 2x10" Combo Amp

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1695

1965 Gretsch 6162 Amp
In Good Condition
2x10" Original Jensens
18w Tube Circuit
Reverb & Tremolo
Comes As Shown In The Photos
Available For Local Pickup Only - Currently Located At The Sherman Oaks Location
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1955 GRETSCH VALVE COWBOY AMPLIFIER 6169

1955 GRETSCH VALVE COWBOY AMPLIFIER 6169

manchester, M41***, UNITED KINGDOM

£4250

GRETSCH COWBOY AMP 6169 1955, WORKING ORDER APART FROM THE TREMOLO WHICH I HAVE NEVER BOTHERED
WITH SO NOT SURE WHAT IT IS WHY IT WONT WORK, IN ALL FOR ITS AGE ITS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, MAIN WIRE WITH
THE 3 PIN USA PLUG HAS BEEN CHANGED TO CORRESPOND WITH THE UK SAFETY REGULATIONS
IE PROPERLY EARTHED' STEP DOWN CONVERTER IS INCLUDED IN THE SALE
MATCHES THE GRETSCH ROUNDUP GUITAR OR THE GRETSCH 6120 GUITAR WITH ALL WESTERN APPOINTMENTS
I WOULD MUCH PREFER PICK UP WITH CASH OR ... more
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Vintage 1951 Gretsch Electromatic 6163 ??Deluxe?? Tube  /  Valve Amp Made By Valco

Vintage 1951 Gretsch Electromatic 6163 ??Deluxe?? Tube / Valve Amp Made By Valco

Lincoln, LN6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1795

1951 GRETSCH 6163 Electromatic "Deluxe" made by Valco

This amp has been fully serviced to the stock schematic drawing by Terry Dobbs (aka Mr Valco) in Indiana USA.

The original Rola speaker has been reconed by Gordon Kjellberg in Seattle, he is one of the very best in the business, he uses light weight cone material like what was used in that period

It really does sound amazing and is full of patina, it is a wolf in sheep clothing with its aged look,... 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

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

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.