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Hofner 490, 492 and 492E

1967 Hofner 'fine professional guitars and electric basses' catalog page 13

1967 Hofner electric guitar and bass catalog - page 13. Hofner twelve string folk and western guitars 490, 492 and 492E.

1967 Hofner Fine Professional Guitars And Electric Basses catalog, page 13: Hofner 490, 492 and 492E
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Hofner 450 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Hofner 450 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a mid 50??s Hofner 450 archtop acoustic guitar. It is very clean with no cracks or repairs and very playable. Perfect for acoustic jazz. Frets are in great shape and the action is good. It has an adjustable bridge and is currently setup with flatwound strings. The guitar is all original sans original case.
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Genuine Hofner Original  1970s Western Series Removable Neck Made In Germany

Genuine Hofner Original 1970's Western Series Removable Neck Made In Germany

Loveland, Colorado, 805**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Genuine Hofner original 1970's Western Series Removable Neck Made In Germany. Beautiful guitar does have a repair on the back that you can see however solid as a rock very smooth through the touch as well does not a big playability does not come with the case the removable the neck is a great feature for traveling
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unbespielte Gitarre Fabrikat Höfner von 1957

unbespielte Gitarre Fabrikat Höfner von 1957

Roxheim, 55***, GERMANY


Gitarre ist ein Geschenk gewesen, sie wurde nie bespielt, wurde viele Jahre geschützt verpackt aufgehobenFabrikat Höfner von 1957.... more
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Hofner Committee 1956 - Free UK Delivery

Hofner Committee 1956 - Free UK Delivery



Hofner Committee 1956
In very good vintage condition with the original case. Very nice playing condition. No buzzes. All original. Small glue splodge on the pickguard. Can probably be removed. (See photos)
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Hofner "Square Dance" 1954 vintage

Hofner "Square Dance" 1954 vintage

Barcelona, 08***, SPAIN


In the first picture we have the social scale of the Hofners distributed by Selmer in the UK (Square Dance-Congress-Senator-President-Committee) that I will be putting on sale little by little. In fact, the first one is missing, called Four Dance, which was manufactured for a short time and was replaced by this one called Square Dance (remaining photos) that we are dealing with today This modest Square Dance from 1954 is in very good condition for its age, the only change is that we replaced ... more
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Hofner President Guitar

Hofner President Guitar

Shoreham-by-sea, BN43***, UNITED KINGDOM


My Dads Hofner. Was always used so not a collectors piece to be hung in a cabinet I think. He told me he bought it in the early 60's after one of the Beatles (Lennon or Harrison) had one
Served him well with his band mates
Later on he had it registered with the owners club - see photo. Turns out to be older than thought - 1953!
I've tried too show model and serial number
I think he may have fitted a pick up at one time but I can't find that anywhere
Happy to answer any... more
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Hofner 491 acoustic flattop 1968 vintage

Hofner 491 acoustic flattop 1968 vintage

Barcelona, 08***, SPAIN


Hofner model 491 from 1968. Spruce top and mahogany sides and back, I believe other woods were also used over the years. Long scale 64, 5 cm. This guitar was born in the image and likeness of the Gibson J-45, they are practically the same. Great sound. This one has some wear on the fretboard in frets 1 to 5. In excellent cosmetic condition for its age. No case
Hofner modelo 491 de 1968. Tapa de abeto y lados y fondo de caoba, creo que en el transcurso de los años tambien se emplearon otras ... more
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Hofner Senator archtop 1955 vintage original case

Hofner Senator archtop 1955 vintage original case

Barcelona, 08***, SPAIN


Early 1955 Hofner Senator acoustic with the small mother-of-pearl cross inlaid in a smooth black ebony plated headstock. In great cosmetic condition with its original case. The case you see in the picture is not yours, it is the same but in better condition
Acustica Hofner Senator de las primeras, 1955, con la pequeña cruz de madreperla incrustada en un cabezal liso chapado en ébano negro. En un estado estético estupendo con su estuche original. El estuche que se ve en la foto no es el ... more
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Vintage Hofner Acoustic Parlour Guitar 1950s / 60s

Vintage Hofner Acoustic Parlour Guitar 1950's / 60's

High Barnet , EN5***, UNITED KINGDOM


Vintage Hofner Parlour Acoustic Guitar 1950's / 60's
Although unbranded this is a late 50's early 60's Hofner, most likely a 55 model
Overall in great condition for its age
Can be collected from Fleetville, Hitchin
Will be packed carefully
Many thanks
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Hofner Senator guitar - 1960 - natural maple finish

Hofner Senator guitar - 1960 - natural maple finish



Hofner Senator 1960 in a natural maple finish / Serial No. 10 442
The good the bad and the ugly
It's a well-loved guitar but needs some attention, hence the low price, compared to others on here It's been modified for a lefty but wouldn't take much (new nut) to change it back The neck has been reset and re fretted (by a professional luthier) and it plays ok (great sound!) but could do with setting up and new strings There's plenty of signs of wear, scratches, dings and cracked varnish... more
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Hofner Senator 1950??s vintage Acoustic Guitar.

Hofner Senator 1950??s vintage Acoustic Guitar.

Glasgow, G11***, UNITED KINGDOM


Hofner Senator 1950??s vintage Acoustic Guitar .
Guitar has some some signs of wear and tear, one of the top turners is broken and it is missing one string, there is some marks and scratches present
It does comes in a hard case but the case is very old, worn and rusted
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Hofner 495 acoustic jumbo nylon strings 1957 / 58 vintage

Hofner 495 acoustic jumbo nylon strings 1957 / 58 vintage

Barcelona, 08***, SPAIN


Hofner acoustic model 495 western jumbo flattop 1957 / 58 in excellent condition. Attached is a description from the expert Steve Russell: A rather unusual guitar, whit the five-piece nek of the contemporary President model, including Lily of the Valley headstock inlays, but mounten on a 20" long by 16" wide flattop body, with narrow waist and circular soundhole. Hofner themselves seem to have been pretty confused with this model, as generally it was produced with nylon strings but it would ... more
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Akustik Gitarre Höfner MC 504 4 / 4

Akustik Gitarre Höfner MC 504 4 / 4

Hohenstein-Ernstthal, 09***, GERMANY


Zustand siehe Bilder.... more
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1967 Selmer  /  Hofner J45 style Acoustic Guitar and Case. Fixed price. New video.

1967 Selmer / Hofner J45 style Acoustic Guitar and Case. Fixed price. New video.

Felixstowe, IP11***, UNITED KINGDOM


1967 Selmer branded ?Arizona?? guitar, made by Hofner in West Germany. There??s varnish checking, but no structural issues with the wood at all. No cracks, no splits, no separation. Back and sides are laminate, and I think the top is too, but I??m not 100% on that. The top is a thing of beauty in any case, with a sunburst that??s better executed than the one on an Atkin forty three I once owned, which cost five times as much. The body is X-braced. I??ve been buying and selling acoustic guitars ... more
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1950s Hofner Flamenco Guitar 3411.

1950's Hofner Flamenco Guitar 3411.

Grimsby, DN41***, UNITED KINGDOM


1950's Hofner Flamenco Guitar 3411 . This is my guitar that I bought in 1962 / 3. The elderly neighbour I bought it from said it was eight years old which makes it approx 1955. I started lessons at school as I loved the music at the time. Unfortunately I haven??t got a musical bone in my body and am tone deaf so it wasn??t one of my better ideas. It has been sorted since and not used I have included the music books I used at the time It is in good condition for its age with just a few minor ... more
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1957 Hofner Model 497 Clasical Guitar. Hofners top specification. Solid woods

1957 Hofner Model 497 Clasical Guitar. Hofner's top specification. Solid woods



This is one of Hofner's Master Guitars, and therefore of a very high quality built to compete directly with Martin and Gibson from the USA
The 497 has a solid spruce top, with back and sides of Rosewood, I am presuming Brazilian Rosewood which was freely available in the 50's and still being used by Martin until the late 60's. It is too stunning to be anything else! Also very hard to photograph as it is so glossy as you can see in the photos
The upper and back edges of the body are laced... more
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1959 Hofner senator

1959 Hofner senator

Horncastle, LN9***, UNITED KINGDOM


1959 Hofner senator with original hard shell case The guitar is in very good condition for its age Some nice laquer crackle all over the body, the old senator aged quite well All the electrics are working fine The neck although without a trussrod is straight and comes with a low, fast action.
The frets are ok and have a lot of life left
The accoustic tone of the instrument has the sharpish sound of an archtop typical for that time As soon you plug it in, it changes character, the solo ... more
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Beautiful 1953 / 4 Hofner Committee electric guitar, very rare model, collectible

Beautiful 1953 / 4' Hofner Committee electric guitar, very rare model, collectible

Blackpool, FY5***, UNITED KINGDOM


This is a very rare model of Hofner Committee, it could be one of the very first produced, it is either late 1953 or early 1954. The label is slightly stained but the serial number appears to be 2115. It has a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with ebony and abalone inlays, Birds Eye maple back and sides, spruce top. It has had a Seymour Duncan model SH2N jazz neck pick up fitted. It is in very nice condition and comes in a new de luxe jumbo hardshell case.... more
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Vintage Hofner (Germany) 492 / E 1969 Electro-Acoustic Guitar - Sunburst

Vintage Hofner (Germany) 492 / E 1969 Electro-Acoustic Guitar - Sunburst

Nottingham, NG3***, UNITED KINGDOM


Beautiful and rare Hofner 490 / E model, dating from 1969, made in Germany
This was Hofner??s attempt at something similar to its USA contemporary??s 160-E model, providing an acoustic guitar with onboard electronics
It features a floating body-mounted pickup, with a single volume and tone knob respectively to the body
In great vintage condition, with plenty of lacquer checking, playing wear and minor dings, but no structural issues / breaks or repairs. It also appears to be all ... more
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Vintage  1950??s Acoustic Arch top Model Jackson Hofner Style Guitar

Vintage 1950??s Acoustic Arch top Model Jackson Hofner Style Guitar



Vintage 1950??s Acoustic Arch top Model Jackson Hofner style guitar

Professionally setup
New Martin strings
All original
No cracks or repairs
Shows some scratching
Includes guitar only
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

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

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

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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional