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HAGSTROM | CATALOGS | 1975 | PAGE 14

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1975 Hagstrom 'electric guitars / bass guitars / semi-acoustic guitars' catalog, page 14

The back cover image is actually an extension of the picture on the front cover. The catalog is dated May 1975 on this page, however, as explained on the index page, is mostly a slightly later reprint (with two additional pages) but without an update made to this page.

1975 Hagstrom electric guitar and bass catalog, back cover
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1960s Hagstrom Viking V1 Vintage Hollowbody Cherry Red w /  Case

1960s Hagstrom Viking V1 Vintage Hollowbody Cherry Red w / Case

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

$1500

Up for sale, a 1967 Hagstrom Viking V1 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced from 1965-72, this Swedish semi-hollow model has been played by artists including Frank Zappa, Pat Smear, and Elvis, who famously played the upscale V2 iteration during his televised 1968 Comeback Special
Tonewoods include a maple body, maple neck, and bound rosewood fingerboard, and this guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 2oz. The original ... more
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Hagstrom 12 String Electric Guitar, White, Hardshell Case

Hagstrom 12 String Electric Guitar, White, Hardshell Case

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 549**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

Hagstrom 12 String Electric Guitar, White, Hardshell Case
Serial# 668748 (1966-67) Production Run 668; #748 of 999
Guitar weight: 8lbs 1oz
Includes Deluxe G&G Hardshell Case
This Hagstrom F-12S is a recent consignment at Mike's Music and Sound. The 12 string is in very good condition and has been completely restrung and setup by our guitar techs. The neck is straight; the frets have some wear, nothing that affects playability and the truss rod functions properly. The body shows ... more
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HAGSTROM 67 VIKING II HOLLOW BODY  electric guitar

HAGSTROM '67 VIKING II HOLLOW BODY electric guitar

Boynton Beach, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

Swedish made hollow body. Beautiful trapeze tail. Maple neck and body. Ebonol fingerboard. Quality bound with die-cast tuners. Push-Pull split coil humbuckers. Hard case included.... more
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Hagstrom SWEDE Electric Guitar 6 String w /  Hard Case (Used) Cherry Red

Hagstrom SWEDE Electric Guitar 6 String w / Hard Case (Used) Cherry Red

Suffolk, Virginia, 234**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$895

Hagstrom SWEDE Electric Guitar 6 String w / Hard Case Cherry Red
22 FretsS / N: IK12060431
Preowned: Good Condition (Tested & Working)
If you may have any questions or concerns, Please message me prior to purchase Thank you
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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881051730 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881051730 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881058555 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881058555 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Hagstrom Super Swedeelectric guitar RARE color

Hagstrom Super Swedeelectric guitar RARE color

Melbourne, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750

Hagstrom Super Swedeelectric guitar RARE color
AMAZING SHAPE no scratches or dings. Comes with Hard Case
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HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 6 STRING - BLACK GLOSS For Parts Only

HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 6 STRING - BLACK GLOSS For Parts Only

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

$450

HAGSTROM VIKING DELUXE 6 STRING - BLACK GLOSS For Parts Only this item it is being sold in as is conditions, expectations you will see some dents, and some scratches. The item remains untested for parts only. Missing some strings. I guess you can see in the pictures. Please let us know if you have any questions
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Hagstrom Ultra Swede Electric Guitar Gloss Red Used With Hard Case

Hagstrom Ultra Swede Electric Guitar Gloss Red Used With Hard Case

Unionville, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$599

Hagstrom Ultra Swede Electric Guitar Gloss Red Used.
Guitar is estate fresh check out my other guitars from same collection. None smoking home . Don??t think he ever took this out of the studio. Comes with orig case might show normal wear looks nice to me . He had so much stuff I don??t think he played this much. What you see here is what I send you. Case has keys inside . Guitar looks even better in person! I do not know where this was made . Maybe you hagstrom experts know from the serial ... more
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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Limited-Edition Hollowbody Electric Guitar DAMAGED

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Limited-Edition Hollowbody Electric Guitar DAMAGED

Lone Jack, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$979

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Limited-Edition Hollowbody Electric Guitar DAMAGED Hagstrom '67 Viking II Limited-Edition Hollowbody Electric Guitar DAMAGED
DESCRIPTION:This item is a store return.  It has the following issues:  The neck is warped and twisted, and will need to be adjusted to play well again. There are quite a few ... more
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Vintage MIJ copy of Hagstrom Guitar by Electra

Vintage MIJ copy of Hagstrom Guitar by Electra

Des Moines, Iowa, 503**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

Awesome guitar for those who like something different. There are minor scrapes and impressions in finish as is expected on a used guitar. The worst is a chip of paint on the base side top edge. Frets are clean with very minor wear pits on first few. Truss rod works. Pickups are strong with great tones. Switches and pots work but have some minor crackling when used (I have not tried to clean them)
Plays great as is or set up to your specs. No hardware is rusted or stripped so everything is ... more
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Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar - White

Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar - White

San Pedro, California, 907**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$425

Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar - WhiteGSX
the guitar play great and sounds great. the condition has a few nicks here and there but the top looks great
no case
fast shipping
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Vintage 1960s Hagstrom Sweden I Red Electric Guitar w /  Chipboard Case

Vintage 1960s Hagstrom Sweden I Red Electric Guitar w / Chipboard Case

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

$950

Vintage 1960s Hagstrom Sweden I Red Electric Guitar w / Chipboard Case Vintage 1960s Hagstrom Sweden I Red Electric Guitar w / Chipboard Case
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Welcome to All Music Inc. (20k positive feedbacks on our other account, Musicdungeon), you are looking at a great piece.
This is the Vintage Hagstrom Sweden I Red Electric Guitar.
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Vintage 1966 Hagstrom 1 / Kent 1 "Transitional" Electric Guitar: Red

Vintage 1966 Hagstrom 1 / Kent 1 "Transitional" Electric Guitar: Red

Eureka, California, 955**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Introducing a rare vintage 1966 Kent 1 electric guitar in a vibrant red color. This Rare Swedish made guitar was produced while Hagsrom was in transition between the Kent I and the Hagsrom I. This is a Kent I with a Hagsrom I badge, making it a rare find indeed! This right-handed six-string guitar, boasting 22 frets, is perfect for any music enthusiast. The guitar has been well-maintained and is in excellent working condition. Its unique brand, Hagstrom, is known for producing high-quality ... more
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Hagstrom 67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881069827 OB

Hagstrom '67 Viking II Hollowbody Guitar Transparent Wild Cherry 197881069827 OB

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$896

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Vintage 1967 Hagstrom Viking I Semi-Hollow Guitar

Vintage 1967 Hagstrom Viking I Semi-Hollow Guitar

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, 544**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400

Pre-owned condition, please see photosto evaluate the physical condition of the item for yourself.
P-48482
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Hagstrom Vintage Viking  Guitar

Hagstrom Vintage Viking Guitar

Salinas, California, 939**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000

Hagstrom Viking guitar
Original hardshell case
All original has it normal wear due to age.
" This is a Viking Model 1 which was made from 1970 - 1972 (batch 791). This serial number, is original to this guitar puts it around the 1972 date because Hagstrom made 200 of these models total " .
Vintage Hagstrom
All Hagstrom instruments and amplifiers, made in Alvdalen between 1958 and the beginning of the 80s, have a unique serial number. The serial number is structured so that ... more
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Used 1964 Hagstrom II Electric Guitar with Case- Red

Used 1964 Hagstrom II Electric Guitar with Case- Red

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

$1199

Up for sale is a Vintage 1964 Hagstrom II electric guitar. It looks like this may have been refinished in a satin red and it looks great. Electronics appear to be original(pictured) and they have a really nice vintage voicing. The neck has had a fresh setup and it plays great. includes a hard shell case.
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Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Hagstrom Viking Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, 207**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$499

HagstromVIKING
Not sure of the year, but I believe it to be 2012
Beautiful Sunburst finishExtremely well taken care of with very mild wear Rating it as EXCELLENT condition
EXCELLENT: When something's been used a bit but is still close to new, youcan file it under Excellent. For modern gear, Excellent items arealmost entirely free of blemishes and other visual defects and havebeen played or used with the utmost care. For vintage items, theremay be some marks here and there, but the item ... more
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Hagstrom II 1960s - Red

Hagstrom II 1960s - Red

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$825

This is a vintage circa 1965 Hagstrom II with a Red finish. On the earlier side of this model's production, it boasts a pair of oval single coil pickups. It has a super thin, fast-playing neck, as well as its vibrato tailpiece complete with oft-missing arm!
This particular guitar is a great example - in awesome shape, with light wear in the form of some scuffs and dings, and some light tarnish on its hardware. All original, and all switches functional, this guitar looks, plays, and sounds ... 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)

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)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

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

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

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bassRose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

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

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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

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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.