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Vintage Harmony Guitars

Instruments and amplifiers manufactured by Harmony, USA

American guitar manufacture was at its peak in the 1960s, with numerous highly-respected guitar companies making instruments at all levels; from the likes of Kay, Gretsch, Epiphone, Guild, Fender and Gibson. But Harmony was one of the very biggest producers, at one point the biggest, selling guitars branded both as Harmony, and rebadged for numerous other distributors. In fact, in the mid/late 1960s, Harmony was said to produce more guitars than all other American guitar manufacturers combined. Most were entry or intermediate level instruments though, and although examples of most models are easy to find, examples in really good condition are rare.

1966 Harmony advertisement featuring the H76 thinline semi acoustic, the H19 solid body electric and the 1260 flat-top acoustic

1966 Harmony advertisement featuring the H76 thinline semi acoustic, the H19 solid body electric and the 1260 flat-top acoustic

But Harmony produced a lot of instruments other than guitars: ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, violins etc; the company was proud of it's history, proudly American, and as proud of its skilled workforce, as it's use of modern technology "We've produced millions of instruments but we make them one at a time". This long history of instrument manufacture explains why Harmony had the expertise to produce so many well-built acoustic and hollow-body electric instruments; guitars like the Meteor and Rocket were very well received. They were slow, however, in committing to the solid body market; although they released the H44 Stratotone neck-through solid body in 1952, it was gone by 1957, and there were only hollow bodies until the release of the Silhouette in 1963.

So you can be sure that, while every Harmony instrument has the same basic characteristics for which all Harmony products are noted, each individual instrument has had dozens of man hours devoted just to it alone
    - By skilled craftsmen fully trained in innumerable precision hand operations - and the use of most modern equipment- for that closeness-to-perfection which is our constant goal
    - By experienced finishers, who give thoroughgoing individual care to each instrument as it passes through their hands
    - By inspectors who know that Harmony's heritage of fine instrument making depends on how carefully they check each detail of adjustment and playability before the name Harmony may be affixed to the instrument

Harmony H72
Harmony guitars use De Armond pickups, 1965
Harmony Chicago guitar plants 1 and 2, opened in 1940 and 1962 respectively

Harmony Chicago guitar plants 1 and 2, opened in 1940 and 1962 respectively

Harmony had been producing instruments in America since 1892, and used a number of different premises in Chicago, however from 1940 instrument production was performed at the Racine Avenue factory (plant 1, top right). From 1962, some processes - final assembly, inspection, and shipping - was moved to plant 2, about a mile away (bottom right).

Harmony, like many other early guitar manufacturers, used some very fine tonewoods in the production of instruments: spruce tops, maple, African mahogany and birch backs and sides, South American mahogany, maple and poplar necks and rosewood fingerboards and bridges.

Several notable ranges of similar guitars were produced with different finishes and features; whilst some companies lumped all variants together with a single model name - i.e. a Fender Stratocaster is a Fender Stratocaster, irrespective of it's finish, in many cases Harmony split it's models, giving a different model designation depending on finish, inclusion of a tremolo etc.

Harmony's market share of entry and intermediate-level instruments was it's downfall in the mid-1970s, as it found itself unable to compete with the competition from overseas (particularly Japanese) manufacturers. The higher-end American companies like Guild, Gibson and Fender struggled to some extent too, but the imports were generally aimed at student guitarists rather than professionals.

Harmony guitars, basses and amplifiers

Follow the links listed below for more information on each model.

Harmony Catalogs

Page by page scans of guitar catalogs by USA guitar manufacturer Harmony.

1963 Harmony catalogue

Electric acoustic guitars: H75, H77, Neo-Cutaway H74, Meteor H70, H71, Vibra Jet H66, Roy Smeck H73, Rocket H53, H54, H59, Mars H45, H46, Stratotone Mercury H47, Stratotone Jupiter H49, Hollywood H39, H41, Solid body guitars: Silhouette H14, H15, H17, H19, Bass: H22, Archtop acoustics:: Master 945, Monterey Leader 950, Broadway 954, Montclair 956W, 1213, 1214, 1215, TG1215, Brilliant Cutaway 1310, Monterey Grand Auditorium 1325, Patrician 1407, Monterey Professional 1456, Flat Tops: Sovereign H55, Stella 12-string 922, Sovereign Tenor TG1201, Western Special 1203, Sovereign 1260, 1270 twelve string, Classic guitars: 150, 162, 162 3/4, 165, 173, 174, Stella acoustics: 910, 927, 929, 929 3/4, tenor TG929, 931, 1141, Amplifiers: H303A, H304A, H305A, H306A, H310, H311, H322, Steel guitars: H1, Roy Smeck H7


1965 Harmony catalogue

Electric acoustic guitars: H75, H76, H77, H78, Neo-Cutaway H74, Meteor H70, Vibra Jet H66, Roy Smeck H73, Rocket H53, H54, H56, H59, Hollywood H39, H41, Mars H45, H46, Stratotone Mercury H47, Stratotone Jupiter H49, Solid body guitars: Silhouette H14, H15, H17, H19, Bass: H22, Archtop acoustics:: Master 945, Monterey Leader 950, Broadway 954, Montclair 956, 1213, 1215, TG1215, Brilliant Cutaway 1310, Monterey Grand Auditorium 1325, Patrician 1407, Monterey Professional 1456, Flat Tops: Sovereign H55, Sovereign Tenor TG1201, Western Special 1203, Sovereign 1260, 1270 twelve string, Classic guitars: 150, 162, 162 3/4, 165, 173, 174, Stella acoustics: 910, 912, 927, 929, 929 3/4, tenor TG929, 931, 1141, Amplifiers: H304A, H305A, H306A, H400, H410, H420, H430, H440, Steel guitars: H1, Roy Smeck H7


1968 Harmony catalogue

Electric acoustic guitars: H60, H64, H72, Deep Body, H68, H75, H76, H77, H78, H79, Rocket H53/1, H54/1, H56/1, H59/1, Rebel H81, H82, H82G, Solid body guitars: Bob Kat H14, H14V, H15, H15V, H16B, H16R, H16W, Bass: H22, H25, H27, Archtop acoustics:: Master 945, Monterey Leader 950, TG950, Broadway 954, Montclair 956, 1213, 1215, TG1215, Brilliant Cutaway 1310, Monterey Grand Auditorium 1325, Patrician 1407, Monterey Professional 1456, Flat Tops: 150, 158, 162, 162 3/4, 165, 167, 168, 180, 181, Sovereign Dual H55, 937, TG1201, 1203, Sovereign 1260, Sovereign Deluxe 1265, 1270 twelve string, Classic guitars: 171, 173, 174, 175 Stella acoustics: 910, 912, 927, 929, 929 3/4, 933, 942, TG929, Amplifiers: H400A, H410A, H415, H525, H535, H540, H570, Steel guitars: H1, Roy Smeck H7


1971 Harmony catalogue

Electric acoustic guitars: H61, H71, H72, Deep Body, H68, Rocket H53/1, H54/1, H56/1, Rebel H81, H82, H82G, Solid body guitars: Bob Kat H14, H14V, H15, H15V, H16B, H16R, H16W, Bass: H22, H25, H27, Archtop acoustics:: Master H945, Monterey Leader H950, HTG950, Broadway H954, H1213, H1215, HTG1215, Brilliant Cutaway H1310, Monterey Grand Auditorium H1325, Patrician H1407, Flat Tops: H151, H159, H162 3/4, H162/1, H164, H165/1, H166, H182, H937, HTG1201, H1203, H1204, H1230, H1260, H1264, H1266, H1270 twelve string, Classic guitars: H171, H172, H175, H177 Stella acoustics: H910, H913, H928, H930, H930 3/4, HTG930, H934, H940, H941, Amplifiers: H500, H510, H512, H515, H530, H540, H545, H550, Steel guitars: H1, Roy Smeck H7


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Vintage April 1960 Harmony H-45 Stratotone Electric Guitar W / Case USA

Vintage April 1960 Harmony H-45 Stratotone Electric Guitar W / Case USA

Elmwood Park, New Jersey, 074**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1250

Up for sale is a Vintage Electric Guitar, Very Good Overall Condition As Shown, Please see photos for details, Plays & sounds great, Neck is straight, Low easy to play action, All original for the most part - the original 50K pots are frozen and have been replaced with new 50K pots - the original pots are included and date to April 1960 - as well as the serial number inside the guitar that dates to April 1960 - I could not get a clear picture of the H-45 serial number inside the guitar, ... more
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1972 Harmony Rocket h54 Redburst

1972 Harmony Rocket h54 Redburst

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

$1099

Just in is this great example of a 1972 Harmony H54 / 1
Quick Details
Weight 5 8lbs
Nut width 1 3 / 4inches
Depth at 1st fret 0 91 inches
Depth at 12th fret 0 94 inches
This Harmony Rocket is in really good shape with minimal wear
The puckguard is a well made replacement
The body has minimal wear to it with only a few small dings. The headstock does have chips on it by the lower tuners and on the top(pictured)
The electronics and gold foils are all original and work... more
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Harmony 1963 H78, Redburst

Harmony 1963 H78, Redburst

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2250

One of the best Harmony models, the H-78 is my personal favorite, the adjustable DeArmond pickups, Bigsby and fully hollowbody make it a great guitar. The pickup's dates this guitar to late '63 or '64. Overall this example is in good condition, with nice flame maple on the top. It's a Harmony guitar, not a vintage Fender or Gibson so don??t expect the playability of one of those models, but it's perfect for lots of sounds thanks to those DeArmond pickups. The headstock has evidence of a sticker,... more
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1960S Harmony Rocket H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar

1960'S Harmony Rocket H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Claremore, Oklahoma, 740**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$750


1960'S Harmony Rocket H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Item Details
A picture says a thousand words, please referto pictures for full condition and specific item details. Please note that youare purchasing the exact contents pictured and only what is pictured. Ifit is not pictured, then it is not included in this listing. Assume majorcosmetic wear; scratches, chips, cuts, cracks, dents, and dings on any part ofany item that is not pictured. It is your responsibility as the buyerto ... more
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Harmony Stratotone Electric Guitar Ca Mid-1960s

Harmony Stratotone Electric Guitar Ca Mid-1960's

Claremore, Oklahoma, 740**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800


Harmony Stratotone Electric Guitar Ca Mid-1960's
Guitar is functioning and sounds great. Has been completely gone through and set up. Ready for play
Item Details
A picture says a thousand words, please referto pictures for full condition and specific item details. Please note that youare purchasing the exact contents pictured and only what is pictured. Ifit is not pictured, then it is not included in this listing. Assume majorcosmetic wear; scratches, chips, cuts, cracks, dents, ... more
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VINTAGE LATE 1966 HARMONY H14 BOBKAT ELECTRIC GUITAR DEARMOND GOLDFOIL PU w / CASE

VINTAGE LATE 1966 HARMONY H14 BOBKAT ELECTRIC GUITAR DEARMOND GOLDFOIL PU w / CASE

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

$599

WOW!! BEAUTIFUL GUITAR!
This is a VINTAGE LATE 1966 HARMONY H-14 ELECTRIC GUITAR with ROWE Industry DeARMOND GOLD FOIL MUSTACHE PICKUP. Bobkat (Silhouette) model. Made in the USA. This guitar is in EXCEPTIONAL condition with very few body and neck blemishes. The frets and fingerboard look new. 100% original and complete. Everything works as it should. Includes the original chipboard case you see in the pictures
I purchased this guitar from a Harmony Collector friend of mine when he had ... more
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1965 Holiday Harmony Silhouette Sunburst

1965 Holiday Harmony Silhouette Sunburst

Hampton, Virginia, 236**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

1965 Holiday Harmony Silhouette Sunburst. Condition is Used. Shipped with UPS Ground.... more
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Harmony H75 - 1961 - Very good condition - Plays great - Includes a new case

Harmony H75 - 1961 - Very good condition - Plays great - Includes a new case

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

I played a lot of gigs with this guitar, but it's time to give it a new home. It is in very good condition, with several small dings and scratches. As far as I can tell it is all original. It is missing the pick guard. The frets are smooth but are getting low, so the next fret leveling might mean a refret. There is no ground hum. At high volume it can give you some feedback, but that's normal for a hollow body like this It plays well, and the action is low. The DeArmond pickups are very lively. ... more
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Vintage 1960s  USA HARMONY Guitar Tremolo Tailpiece  Rocket Bobkat Rebel 1966

Vintage 1960's USA HARMONY Guitar Tremolo Tailpiece Rocket Bobkat Rebel 1966

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

$89

Vintage 1965 USA HARMONY Guitar Tremolo Tailpiece Rocket Bobkat Rebel 1966... more
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1966 Harmony H76 Vintage Electric Guitar, Airline-Branded, DeArmond Gold Foils

1966 Harmony H76 Vintage Electric Guitar, Airline-Branded, DeArmond Gold Foils

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

$2200

Up for sale, a 1966 Harmony H76 in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. This particular USA-made Harmony iteration is branded "Airline, " indicating that it was made exclusively for the Montgomery Ward catalog. The H76 was at the top of Harmony's vintage guitar line, featuring three DeArmond gold foil pickups, a figured curly maple body, factory-installed Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece, and nitrate tortoise appointments
There's really ... more
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Harmony H-61 Meteor 1972 - Sunburst

Harmony H-61 Meteor 1972 - Sunburst

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

$1195

This is a vintage 1972 Harmony Meteor H61 hollow-body electric. It features two coveted, awesome-sounding DeArmond gold-foil mustache single coil pickups. It has a harp tailpiece and an intonate-able bridge. It is all original but missing its headstock emblem. It sounds amazing, with a glowing, woody tone. It is in great shape with some light nicks and dings here and there, but generally very clean
Professionally set up and comes with a hardshell case
Please feel free to ask any ... more
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1963 Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter 1423 Vintage Guitar by Harmony USA, Gold Foil

1963 Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter 1423 Vintage Guitar by Harmony USA, Gold Foil

Hermosa Beach, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

1963 Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter 1423 Vintage Guitar by Harmony USA, Gold Foil.
Everything is original except for the bridge. Custom made for a wound G string. Plays great.
... more
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RARE! 1960s Harmony Alden H45 Stratotone Black Tuxedo Semi Hollow Guitar!

RARE! 1960's Harmony Alden H45 Stratotone Black Tuxedo Semi Hollow Guitar!

Pompano Beach, Florida, 330**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$400

This vintage Harmony Alden H45 Stratotone guitar is a rare find from the 1960s. With its black tuxedo finish and semi-hollow body type, it's sure to catch the eye of any guitar collector. The guitar is right-handed and has a 6-string configuration, making it perfect for any musician looking for a unique sound The Harmony brand is known for its quality and this guitar is no exception. Made in the United States. This guitar is perfect for anyone looking for a vintage sound and is sure to impress ... more
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1961 Harmony H-74 Meteor Sunburst w / HSC

1961 Harmony H-74 Meteor Sunburst w / HSC

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

$1495

1961 Harmony H-74 Meteor In Sunburst Finish
This Guitar Is Located At IVG Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Finish Shows Some Cosmetic Playwear Including Small Marks, Dings And Scratches
All Original Parts
No Major Cracks, Breaks, Or Repairs
Made In Chicago, IL
Laminated Maple Body
Maple Neck With bound Rosewood Fingerboard And Dot Inlay
Dual DeArmond Goldfoil Pickups
Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece
Cupcake Knobs
Original ... more
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VINTAGE 1965 HARMONY H15 BOBKAT ELECTRIC GUITAR DEARMOND GOLDFOIL PUs w /  CASE

VINTAGE 1965 HARMONY H15 BOBKAT ELECTRIC GUITAR DEARMOND GOLDFOIL PU's w / CASE

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

$849

WOW!! 100% ORIGINAL and COMPLETE!
NICE AND SHINY FINISH!
This is a VINTAGE 1965 HARMONY H-15 ELECTRIC GUITAR with ROWE Industry DeARMOND GOLD FOIL PICKUPS. Bobkat (Silhouette) model. Made in the USA. This guitar is in amazing condition with very few neck and body blemishes. 100% original and complete. The frets and fingerboard look new, no player wear. Everything works as it should. Includes the original chipboard case you see in the pictures
This guitar has been completely serviced ... more
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1971 Harmony H82 Electric Guitar Sunburst w Hard Case Very Good Condition

1971 Harmony H82 Electric Guitar Sunburst w Hard Case Very Good Condition

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

$720

Single owner 1971 Harmony H82 Rebel Sunburst Electric Hollowbody GuitarMade in USA
Overall, very clean. Low action, lightweight, plays nicely.
Features dual DeArmond gold foil mustache pickups and includes original tremelo bar.
Sliders are a bit scratchy and the headstock has a few nicks, including one by the plastic nut. None of the nicks or scratches affect the playability
Includes hard case purchased in the mid-1990's.... more
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VINTAGE 1960s SILVERTONE Harmony STRATOTONE Input Jack

VINTAGE 1960's SILVERTONE Harmony STRATOTONE Input Jack

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

$35

VINTAGE 1960's SILVERTONE Harmony STRATOTONE Input Jack... more
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1955 Harmony H42 Stratotone Newport Vintage Electric Guitar

1955 Harmony H42 Stratotone Newport Vintage Electric Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1399

1955 Harmony H42 Stratotone Newport Vintage Electric Guitar with a yellow refinish. It has a very chunky neck and is a blast to play. It weighs just 4 56 pounds. It has a 25" scale length and a 1 72" nut width. The neck thickness measures 0 945" at the 1st fret and 1 220" at the 12th fret
Overall in excellent condition for its age. The guitar was refinished in its original yellow color long ago. There are some light scuffs throughout that you would expect from a guitar this old. All hardware... more
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1960s Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar Model H56

1960s Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar Model H56

Framingham, Massachusetts, 017**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1000

Harmony Rocket Electric Guitar Model H56 (USED)
Our Notes: Mid to Late 1960s Harmony Rocket guitar, model H56. This guitar is in very good condition for its age. Both pickups function properly as well as the volume and tone pots and select switch. This model features a trapeze tailpiece and floating bridge. The number stamped inside is: 3975H56. The action is very good, the tuners are in very good condition. Missing are the pickguard and truss rod cover. The Volume and Tone knobs are not ... more
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Harmony H51 Vintage 1950s Electric Jazz Guitar w /  Gibson P-13 pickup

Harmony H51 Vintage 1950's Electric Jazz Guitar w / Gibson P-13 pickup

Oswego, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1400



Harmony H51 Vintage 1950's Electric Jazz Guitar w / Gibson P-13 pickup
Any questions, please feel free to contact us!
Great item by DeMont Guitars!
Returns not accepted from overseas and buyer should assume item is 'as-is' please feel free to ask any and all questions prior to auction end. Please email if you plan on bidder, or would like to purchase item for out-of-USA delivery
WE DO NOT DO PARTIAL REFUNDS
will accept most returns - return shipping and / or original ... more
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Rick garibaldi Comment left 27th January 2017 09:09:10 reply
I have a Harmony Guitar Sunburst color with a clamp-on Bridge it looks pretty old the number inside is 4 337 h605 I can't find that are anywhere on any site or anything I'd like to send you a picture but I don't know how to do that on your page share thank you.... Rick
Jace Comment left 23rd June 2015 07:07:38 reply
What about the later Harmony branded guitars (EG H-802, which I believe was made by Teisco)?
Carol Carter Comment left 9th March 2015 19:07:32 reply
I have a 1954 Harmony Electro Banjo that I am interested in selling. Evidently it is rare as I have found little information. I have found that it is model #H281. It is copper/bronze and in very good condition. If you can give me any other info including value estimate and best place to sell I would be grateful.
bobby phillips jr Comment left 7th December 2014 06:06:16 reply
My great grandfather's vibratone H1113 acoustic guitar I cant find info about anywhere - I have figured out it's made by Harmony but still no model H1113 my serial number is 654H1113.would like to know all about it. Thanks bobby.
james w. smit Comment left 8th March 2014 00:12:13 reply
looking for price and availability for a 1966 harmony H72v(that's the one w/the bigsby vibrato)

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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

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.