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HOFNER | CATALOGS | 1967

Hofner 1967 guitar catalog

16 pages of electric guitars, basses, acoustics, mandolins and lute

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Fine professional guitars and electric basses

This 16 page catalog was produced for the US market, and prices are included in dollars. With the enormous worldwide importance of the Beatles at this time, the endorsement of Paul McCartney pushed basses right to the front of the companys considerations and indeed this catalogue. Hofner had of course made very many other instruments for a very long time, but then, and now, they were best known for the 500/1 violin bass.

One interesting development in mid 1960s guitar manufacture was the inclusion of effects circuitry within the guitar itself. By 1967 this was not especially new, but along with Vox, Hofner were one of the first companies to widely offer guitar effects across a wide range of their guitar line.

The 1967 Hofner Fine professional guitars and electric basses catalog featured the following instruments. Click on the images for full size versions, or click on the model names below for more about each instrument

Hofner Basses:

Hofner 500/1, 500/2, G500/1,
Hofner 500/8BZ, B500/8BZ, 500/6, 185-S

Hofner Electric Guitars:

Hofner 172, 173, 176, 177
Hofner 459VTZ, 459TZ, G459VTZ, G459TZ
Hofner 4500, 4560, 4680, 4700
Hofner 4572, 4578, B4578
Hofner 4574VTZ, 4575VTZ, 4600
Hofner 125, 126, 457/12, 457SE2, 470SE2, 467SE2

Acoustic Instruments:

Hofner 450-S, 457-S, 470-S, 467-S
Hofner 408, 420 (Lute), 545, E545 (Mandolin)
Hofner 448, 489, 491, 496
Hofner 490, 492, 492E
Hofner E484
Hofner 484, 487, 493, 497, 498, 4980, 514H
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Hofner Vintage Senator E 1 Thin Brunette 1964 Sunburst Hollowbody Guitar w / HC

Hofner Vintage Senator E 1 Thin Brunette 1964 Sunburst Hollowbody Guitar w / HC

Huntington Station, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$899

Here we have a vintage Hofner Senator E 1 Thin Brunette Archtop Hollowbody electric guitar. Made in Germany in 1964. Serial number 1492. The Hofner Senator is a thin body guitar. Its loud and resonant. Similar to a Gibson ES125T. It has a single neck pickup and a Master Volume and Tone control. The double bound body is made from Maple with what looks like a Maple neck and a Rosewood fingerboard. Classic zero fret design. Triple dot inlays on the fingerboard. The guitar has just been ... more
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1960s Hofner Colorama model 161 Circa 1960s - Redburst Made in Germany Vintage

1960's Hofner Colorama model 161 Circa 1960's - Redburst Made in Germany Vintage

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

$795

This Hofner Model 161 Colorama was made in Germany in the early to mid 1960's. The guitar is a fun little single pickup guitar that plays and sounds good. The guitar is super light and weighs 4 LBS & 8 ounces. The body is very thin and comfortable to play. The guitar is in good shape for it's age but does show a fair amount of nicks, dings and scratches. The high E tuner is changed but the guitar is otherwise original to the best of my knowledge. The pickup sounds good and the electronics ... more
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1957 Hofner model 127 Club 50 a killer John Lennon "Beatle" guitar very clean !

1957 Hofner model 127 Club 50 a killer John Lennon "Beatle" guitar very clean !

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

$3495

This super rare and very early ?Sunburst?? Model 127 Club 50 it has a 13 inch wide, 2 inch thick, single cutaway hollow body, with a slightly arched top and a flat-back. One-piece natural spruce ?carved?? top with a one-piece maple back. The sides of the body are lightly flamed maple and triple-bound bound in black. Original two-layer pearloid over black plastic heel-cap. Three-piece (maple-beech-maple) neck with a scale length of 24 1 / 4 inches, a nut width of just under 1 5 / 8 inches and a ... more
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Vtg 60??s Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Vtg 60??s Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

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All items get checked before listing.

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Vintage RARE Hofner 4990-12 1975 Natural Acoustic Made in Germany

Vintage RARE Hofner 4990-12 1975 Natural Acoustic Made in Germany

Mount Sinai, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

Up for sale is a RARE Hofner 4990-12 from 1975. Made in Germany. Featured on Steve??s Vintage Hofner website! A photo of this guitar was apparently never put in their 1975 catalogue. I have never seen another like one like this. Definitely a rare find

The projection in on this guitar is very powerful. The grain on the woods are beautiful. And the bookmark matched back is truly stunning. It is a work of art!

Open chords are easy to play. The action is high as you get down ... more
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Vintage Circa 1965  /  1966 Hofner Electric Guitar 4578 VTZ Active Circuit Pickups

Vintage Circa 1965 / 1966 Hofner Electric Guitar 4578 VTZ Active Circuit Pickups

Greeley, Colorado, 806**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2695

Beautiful vintage, Hofner Guitar, 4578 VTZ with active circuit pickups. Circa 1960??s - I believe inbetween 1965 and 1966.

It??s a beauty of a guitar, a true relic - would love for it to go to a loving home.

I??m not certain of the current status of the electronics, everything was working when it was tested with a new battery 2 years ago. All Original pickups and hardware.

Slight, superficial nicks on the body, due to play-wear and the age. Guitar only - no ... more
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Hofner Jazzica Custom

Hofner Jazzica Custom

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

$3300

Hofner Jazzica Custom.

Excellent condition Hofner Jazzica Custom.

Guitar sounds and plays fantastically. Currently set up with flat wound 12s.

Comes with F holes mutes and hardcase. However some of the stands have fallen off the hardcase.
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Rare Vtg Hofner Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Rare Vtg Hofner Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

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Hofner Verythin

Hofner Verythin

Dixon, Illinois, 610**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$275

I'm retiring in a couple months, so I'm letting some instruments go:
Here's a Hofner Verithin semi-hollow guitar I acquired as a semi-finisher husk, and later refurbished. The original finish was a lumpy / pebbled epoxy mess which I sanded down and clear-coated w / clear poly. I added gold hardware, wired up a simple harness, and installed covered Guitar Madness ceramic humbuckers. Very nice results; in excellent condition (though some of the original finish irregularities are visible in ... more
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Hofner Colorama double-cut HH electric red

Hofner Colorama double-cut HH electric red

Lynn, Massachusetts, 019**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$475

Works great. Straight neck, good action, frets have very little wear, truss turns, electronics are clean. There's some chipping on the nut. Doesn't affect playability. Regular player wear throughout. Features set maple neck, rosewood fretboard, abalone inlays, mini humbuckers, Grover tuners. Ships to lower 48. No case. No trades.... more
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1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

Buy with confidence knowing this guitar will rock your socks off! We ship off same day or next business day!
In the early 1960s, rock music was sweeping across Europe, and one of the most iconic bands of that era was undoubtedly the Beatles. Their arrival on the scene in 1962 and 1963 marked the onset of Beatlemania, a phenomenon that swept the globe, with audiences clamoring to see them perform and emulate their style
The immense demand for instruments like the ones the Beatles played ... more
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Hofner 1965 Vintage 4570e Hollow Body Electric Guitar NEAR MINT - W. GERMANY

Hofner 1965 Vintage 4570e Hollow Body Electric Guitar NEAR MINT - W. GERMANY

Montclair, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2795


Hofner 1965 Vintage 4570e Hollow Body Electric Guitar NEAR MINT - W. GERMANY
Gorgeous vintage 1965 wide-body semi-hollow Höfner was made in West Germany and is a special instrument. It has been remarkably preserved over the years and shows little to no signs of its age.
A beautiful medium sunburst, a pearloid inlay fretboard and headstock make this a work of art. Every bit of this guitar is original.
The pickups were rewired about five years ago (see pictures) and the slot ... more
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Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Guitar - Green - Used

Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Guitar - Green - Used

Winchester, Virginia, 226**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$330

ProAudioStar DJ GEAR INSTRUMENT GEAR LIVE SOUND RECORDING MICROPHONES HEADPHONES ACCESSORIES SOFTWARE LIGHTING BUNDLES Authorized Dealer
Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Guitar - Green - ... more
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Vintage Hofner Electric Guitar 60??s 459VTZ  Neck With SG-Style Body

Vintage Hofner Electric Guitar 60??s 459VTZ Neck With SG-Style Body

Bettendorf, Iowa, 527**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

I found this interesting piece at a pawn shop on Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was drawn to it by the unusual neck. I??ll give you my best shot at what we have here
??????????Neck was salvaged from a 60??s 459VTZ Hofner. It has a very curved radius and is fairly thick. Very nice feel and easy to bend notes on???? guitar currently has very low action, but could use a little fret work in a couple of spots. Fret wires in decent condition, one or two high spots. Original tuners and beautiful ... more
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1959 Hofner 455 / S / b / E1 -Model President.  Excellent Condition! Rarität!

1959 Hofner 455 / S / b / E1 -Model President. Excellent Condition! Rarität!

Berlin, 13***, GERMANY

€2500

Verkaufe Hofner Jazz Gitarre aus dem Baujahr 1961 mit Typ 1 PU. Die Gitarre wurde von einem Gitarrenbauer generalüberholt Die Gitarre hatte einen Fallschaden. Letztes Foto. Wurde vom Gitarrenbauer repariert
Die Gitarre wird aus Altersgründen verkauft. Angesammelt in über 60 Jahren Musiker Leben Dieses Modell wurde auch von John Lennon in HH gespielt
Die Gitarre hat die E1 Elektronik von Höfner Sie kommt in einem neuen originalen Höfner Koffer Es wäre mir lieb wenn die Gitarre ... more
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Höfner Colorama III 1961

Höfner Colorama III 1961

Bingley, BD16***, UNITED KINGDOM

£122

A beautiful vintage guitar that is fully functional. It has developed a stunning patina on its lacquer.

Beautifully resonant and elegant in its simplicity with just a single P90 and volume control.

It has clearly been used and loved over its long life and has picked up a few minor dings along the way, but nothing of any particular note (no obvious signs of repair)

It has had a new set of tuners put on, which work very well but do show a number of screw holes. ... more
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Vintage 1965 Hofner President E2 Blonde Electric Guitar w /  Original Case *1960s*

Vintage 1965 Hofner President E2 Blonde Electric Guitar w / Original Case *1960s*

Derby, DE7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£895

Vintage 1965 Hofner President E2 Blonde Electric Guitar w / Original Case *1960s
This is a real beauty of a guitar - an early 1965 Hofner President E2 with the 2x staple pickups. The sound on this thing is awesome - it's one of the nicest sounding Hofner guitars I've played in some time! It has been well looked after, with very little to report. However, the previous owner from new dropped this back in the day and the headstock broke. He did a crude job of repairing it so when I got it, my ... more
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Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round Panel

Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round Panel

Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1699

FINESTSELECTIONSHIPPINGSPECIALISTS24 HourSupportLondon Vintage Guitars are please to offer:Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round PanelGerman Connection
 We are happy to offer the following Hofner President that has just been secured from its original owner   , details as follows
Hofner President
1956  ( Circa ) 
Blonde
Electric
Oval / Round Control Panel ( Rare / Early Feature )
Internally / Externally Original
Condition 8 75 / 10 ( Light ... more
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Hofner president

Hofner president

Horncastle, LN9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£995

Hofner president 1960
The guitar is in very good playing and looking condition
All electrics are working and the action is very low, with a straight neck
The guitar has a trussrod which means that the neck is not a fork handle diameter. An original hard shell case is in the deal as well
Happy hunting
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Vintage 1959  Hofner committee Electric Guitar.

Vintage 1959 Hofner committee Electric Guitar.

Southampton, SO30***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1100

1959 Hofner committee Electric Guitar . Is in fairly good condition for
for it age but is showing some signs of wear mainly on front of the body where the finish has worn off by palm, fingers and picks. The pick guard is missing which left two small screw holes in the bottom rim .There is laquer checking and some nicks marks as you would expect on a 63 year old instrument and one small ding on the neck which I have tried to show in the photos. All the electrics look to be original and are ... more
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Josef Comment left 20th November 2020 19:07:03 reply
Hya! FEI: The E484 (even though it was electrifyed) was one of the cheaper models. The real deal was the model 497. I think it was primarly supported by Walter Hofner. Mine came from "Bubenruth" I think. Around 1960 - 1970 the 497 was one of the international top models used by many famous musicians in any kind of scene (Jazz, classical, Rock,...). It was probably THE top model at that time - not sure. The sound was totally astonishing the one or the other way. It actually found it to be very able to compete with several nowadays Hofner guitars in the price range between $1500-$2500. While this model has been unavailable in most countries, it was very expensive at the few places where you could get one. Not sure if that was the reason but "Hofner" stamp outside went away and the label inside soon proclaimed "HoFNER - The worlds most sought after guitar" (if I remember right). IF you were able to get one, you most often had to pay way more then the prices suggested by Hofner themselves. In USA the price was around $250. That was actually cheap. I myself paid $310 in Paris, while my pal in Germany paid 445 Deutschmark. In 1963, any of that bills equalled a small car nowadays. Mine was paid by my employee who had really good connections to Hofner, Hopf and Hanika. Yet I had to wait more than half a year to finally get mine. It has always been a great pleasure to pick up that guitar at any time. Mine (in the sad end) lasted over 40 years before my grandson dropped it while moving furniture for his grandmom. The neck broke. Unfortunately the magic was gone even though it was professionally and expensively fixed. It first replace by a Hofner HM82, later with a Yulong Guo. Both guitars had their benefits over the 497 but yet I can sometimes remember that warm and all-encompassing sound - which I was never able to compensate at all. Maybe it was the very kindly aged and well played woods but a friend of mine recently told me, that Hofner was experimenting with different varnishings which is said to have huge impact on the soundstage of the guitars. In memorial... ... and with best regards Josef

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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. TheFender Precisionhad 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 StrollerTheVox Strollerwas 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 theVox Clubman IIbass, 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 GibsonES Artistlaunched 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 toLaVonne Musicby 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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar 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 theLes Paul Personal / Professional