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Vintage Martin Acoustic Guitar 2-17

Vintage Martin Acoustic Guitar 2-17

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a 1930 Martin 2-17 Acoustic Guitar and case Serial Number is 46483Mahogany
Includes case and satin case pillows; unattached wood brace [?] included (see image).... more
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1931 Martin OM-28 Herringbone Pre War Acoustic Guitar

1931 Martin OM-28 Herringbone Pre War Acoustic Guitar

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


1931 Martin 0M-28 Herringbone, Exceedingly rare prewar flattop acousticguitar, Grover banjo tuners, Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Solid pegheadwith no logo on front but stamped on the back, Ebony fingerboard with Pearl Diamondinlays, 25 4 inches long scale length, 1 75 inches wide at the nut, Soft V neckprofile, Two scalloped tone bars, Extremely rich and full sound that bloomswith soaring overtones! Plays great with pro neck reset, Needs nothing, Truly gorgeousand amazing, EC, Original ... more
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50s Lifton Guitar case Logo Oval Badge Built Like a fortress Fit Gibson Martin

50s Lifton Guitar case Logo Oval Badge Built Like a fortress Fit Gibson Martin

Orange, California, 928**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


original oval logo for Guitar Case1-3 / 4" x 1 " Real Deal Vintagenot a reproduction... more
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1979 Seasoned Rosewood Takamine FF360-S (Martin Subsidiary Days)

1979 Seasoned Rosewood Takamine FF360-S (Martin Subsidiary Days)

Gresham, Oregon, 970**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is my best (and oldest / most seasoned) Rosewood acoustic-electric guitar from Takamine (when they were a subsidiary for Martin). This guitar looks like a Martin! But now sounds better through all the branding changes I have made.
I upgraded the tuners, nut, strap buttons (the heel strap button is also the jack but on a plate!)Electronics (I upgraded the preamp to one with an equalizer), pick guard (it??s now an elevated custom shaped tortoise shell), pickups (I added a Bill Lawrence ... more
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1966 Martin 00-18 - Vintage Acoustic Guitar

1966 Martin 00-18 - Vintage Acoustic Guitar

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Martin has been fully serviced needs nothing

Check out the video demo for an in hand description, and for a taste of the sounds

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The guitar has signs of use and for good reason: this thing sounds incredible! You would never guess it was a small-bodied Martin when you strum it and hear the sounds. It has a very nice and balanced tone with plenty of low end, especially for... more
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C F. Martin 1976 Vega by Martin Bicentennial Banjo, #38 of 76, Rare Ltd. Edition

C F. Martin 1976 Vega by Martin Bicentennial Banjo, #38 of 76, Rare Ltd. Edition

Panorama City, California, 914**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


C F. Martin 1976 Vega by Martin Bicentennial Banjo, #38 of 76, Rare Limited Edition
Martin Vega V-76 1976 Banjo Bicentennial 1976 Commemorative Limited Edition - Rare!
This listing is for an extremely rare Martin 1976 Bicentennial Commemorative Limited Edition Martin Vega V-76 Banjo with original hardshell case.
1976 V-76 Martin Vega Banjo S / N 1562 No. 38 of 76
Features include: herringbone inlay is centered on the side of the resonator, there are thirteen pearl stars, ... more
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Pro Martin W300TS 1970s - Tobacco Burst Japan Rare

Pro Martin W300TS 1970s - Tobacco Burst Japan Rare

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


For sale is a Pro Martin W300TS 1970s - Tobacco Burst Japan Rare in Good Condition!
This is an amazing acoustic with plenty of tone and resonance!
The nut is bone and this really adds to the richness of the tonality
Made in Japan and really hard to find many of these!
The latches don't close very well on the case
Case: Chipboard
Scale Length: 25 25??
Nut Width: 1 67??
Frets Remaining: 8 / 10
Action at 12F (1st): 5 / 64??
Action at 12F (6th): 4 / 64??
Overall ... more
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Vintage CORT AW16 Acoustic Dreadnought Martin Copy Korea 1980s Beauty

Vintage CORT AW16 Acoustic Dreadnought Martin Copy Korea 1980s Beauty

Normal, Illinois, 617**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage CORT AW-16 Acoustic Dreadnought. This is Korean Made Killer Martin Copy. Will need set up and strings, comes with the chip board case. Very Clean. IT has been sitting for decades. I took the old strings off and cleaned it up. I figured someone would want to set it up to their liking from this point on .
A picture can speak 1, 000 words. Everything in the photos and description is what you will receive.
We encourage communication, if you have any questions feel free to contact ... more
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Takamine & Co. 1977 F-340S Vintage Acoustic Guitar Made in Japan Martin

Takamine & Co. 1977 F-340S Vintage Acoustic Guitar Made in Japan Martin

Norwalk, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Takamine & Co. 1977 F-340S Vintage Acoustic Guitar Made in Japan MartinUsed / Pre-Owned The Guitar Does Have Minor Wear & Tear Such As Small Scratches, Dings. Bolt Cover Missing For One Of The String Tension Adjustments Please view pictures for details of condition Free Shipping(You will be shipped exact item pictured)... more
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1969 Martin D-28 - Brazilian Rosewood

1969 Martin D-28 - Brazilian Rosewood

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Martin D-28. This one is coming out of my personal collection. It??s among the best sounding D-28s I??ve had, but I just got a prewar Martin and need to let something go

The guitar has a very nice, balanced tone, wonderful sustain, and is a joy to play

This one still has Brazilian Rosewood. The wood grain is quite beautiful and decorative.

The guitar has received all the necessary servicing and set up, including a fresh neck reset, bridge ... more
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Vintage 1950s Martin 0-15 Mahogany

Vintage 1950's Martin 0-15 Mahogany



Vintage 1950s Martin 0-15 acoustic. An all Mahogany beauty with a sweet, deep tone
Though this baby is beat she sure is sweet. Several repaired cracks on the front and the back and few small ones on the side. Has a good neck set so the action is good and playability superb. Tone is wonderful
When they set the neck they put a new piece of wood over the serial number in the neck block, so you can't see the serial number so it is hard to date precisely
These are one of our ... more
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Martin D18 vintage 1971 acoustic guitar w /  case

Martin D18 vintage 1971 acoustic guitar w / case

Los Angeles, California, 900**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A wonderful example of one of Martins most iconic dreadnoughts, the D-18. This one from 1971
This guitar has only had one owner (my mother). It was originally purchased in 1972 (serial number shows that it was manufactured in 1971). I recently took it to McCabe's vintage guitar store in Santa Monica for an unofficial appraisal and they said it was in great shape. There are some minor cosmetic dings and scratches (see photos). The crack on the back of the guitar is "not open" according to ... more
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1950 Martin 000-21

1950 Martin 000-21

Encinitas, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice and quite clean Family Owned 1950 Martin 000-21 Brazilian Rosewood.
Very clean minus the strumming wear on the treble bout
No issues , ready to go -
All original finish with no overspray. Slight , very small pickguard crack just starting to form. Always has been stable
This is a babe of a Braz 000 in very fine condition
... more
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1977 Martin D-28 Natural with OHSC Vintage 1970s

1977 Martin D-28 Natural with OHSC Vintage 1970's

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


This listing is for a Vintage 1977 Martin D-28 dreadnought acoustic guitar. This guitar was made in the USA in 1977 and the guitar comes as pictured with the original hard-shell case. The guitar is a great playing and sounding instrument with a lovely rich and full tone that D-28's are known for. The guitar is in very good overall condition but is an older guitar so please review the description and pictures and message with any questions. The guitar is all original and set up well and plays ... more
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Vintage 1955 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar USA

Vintage 1955 Martin 0-15 Acoustic Guitar USA

Cleveland, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a vintage 1955 Martin 0-15 acoustic guitar, made in the USA. The serial # is 1504XX. This guitar is in good condition for its age. It has some nicks, scratches, and dings. It has a repaired crack above the pick guard. The neck is straight. The frets show no real wear. The bridge is pulling some. The action is good, if you want to lower it, it has room to lower the saddle. Included is a new hard shell case. This is a great guitar for any player or collector!
Please feel free to ask me ... more
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1965 CF Martin D-18 Dreadnought Guitar with case

1965 CF Martin D-18 Dreadnought Guitar with case

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 189**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 CF Martin D-18 Dreadnought Guitar
Serial # 204198Weight: 4 LBS 1 OZHad had a neck re-set done at Brothers Music so neck angle is right where it should beFrets have been dressed and are in excellent conditionSaddle is set for bluegrass but can be adjusted lower if you preferHas a repair crack on the top and also some over spray on the bodyVery nice playerPlays and sounds really greatComes with case as shown, not sure if it's original, it kinda looks too new
D-Town Guitars1109 N ... more
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1966 Martin GT-75 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

1966 Martin GT-75 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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


1966 Martin GT-75, Rare thinline electric guitar. MartinDeArmond Dynasonic pickups, Martin designed Bigsby, Rosewood fingerboard, Modernistic design, Nice playing and great sounding, VG++, Original hard case
... more
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Vintage 1973 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Natural

Vintage 1973 Martin D-18 Dreadnought Natural



An original vintage 1973 Martin D-18, this one really sings
Beautiful solid Spruce top, mahogany back and sides all made for a bright and concise tone. Super warm and organic. Classic vintage D-18 tones a la Neil Young, CSN, Johnny Cash, and more
This example has a good straight neck with good playability and no buzz or issues. There is a significant top crack that has been professionally repaired, priced accordingly
Comes with a good heavy duty hard case
Guitar is exactly ... more
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Martin Guitar D 45, 1981  Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case

Martin Guitar D 45, 1981  Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case

New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 321**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Martin Guitar D 45, 1981 Beautiful Very good+ original condition w hard case.
Shows only minor scuffing to polish in spots as shown in photos. Sound is powerful.
Has been cared for & ptotected, inherited from my father- original owner & Martin devotee in 1984
But she needs to be enjoyed & played well now
(Also have a 1974 Martin 12 string)
Please inquire w any questions
... more
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Vintage! 1950??s Martin Style 1 Tenor Ukulele Natural Mahogany + OHSC

Vintage! 1950??s Martin Style 1 Tenor Ukulele Natural Mahogany + OHSC

Thousand Oaks, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage! 1950??s Martin Style 1 Tenor Ukulele Natural Mahogany + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is excited to offer up this 1950??s Martin Style 1 Tenor Ukulele with a Natural Mahogany Finish! The C. F. Martin guitar company is almost single-handedly responsible for what we know as the modern tenor ukulele and soprano ukulele. This example of a Martin Style 1 Tenor ukulele dates to the 1950??s. As ukes from this period do not carry serial numbers, precise ... more
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1952 Martin D-18 Natural

1952 Martin D-18 Natural

Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition 1952 Martin D-18. All original. Pickguard was removed earlier in the guitars life. Almost posted as excellent condition as the back and sides are very well kept. Slight wood discoloration on the top. A few nicks and cracks but very light. Bridge has been reglued but could benefit from a look over. Very full and loud ring out of this acoustic, and it feels like the wood has had a good amount of time to open up. Comes with pictured hard shell case. Kept in a smoke free, pet ... more
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C F. Martin 00-17 Flat Top Acoustic w / Chipboard Case (1949)

C F. Martin 00-17 Flat Top Acoustic w / Chipboard Case (1949)

Mansfield, Ohio, 449**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Metronome Music inspects and test all used gear before listing and again before shipping. Photographs are of the product that will ship and accurately represent condition and appearance.
Serial Number: 115684
Very Good Condition: This C F. Martin 00-17 was manufactured in 1949 and shows signs of being well played over 75 years. There was a pickup installed in the 60s and an input jack with a large metal mounting plate was added. This has been removed and the hole patched. The ... more
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Auburn, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale in a Martin D12-35 (NECK AND TUNERS ONLY) parts from a 1968 12-String dreadnought guitar. This 12-String guitar neck along with the original tuners were removed from a D12-35 which was ultimately converted to a 6-String D-35S conversion. The replacement of the neck and its removal work was performed by the CF Martin & Company factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania a couple of years ago. The removed 12-String neck featured here is in extremely good condition for its age and would ... more
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1954 Martin 000-18 Natural Finish Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC

1954 Martin 000-18 Natural Finish Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC

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


1954 Martin 000-18 Natural Finish Acoustic Guitar w / OHSC
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Fresh Professional Neck Reset (See Photos)
Professionally Repaired Cracks On Side And Back (See Photos)
Original Bridge Has Been Reshaped And Reset With Repro Saddle And Pins
Natural Finish Shows Moderate Playwear For Age
Spruce Top
Mahogany Back, Sides And Neck
Rosewood Fingerboard
Weight 3lbs 12oz
Nut Width 1 712 "
Neck Depth At 1st Fret .85... more
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1969 Martin D-28 Natural

1969 Martin D-28 Natural

Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Excellent condition 1969 Martin D-28. Very clean with minimal signs of wear. Just came back from a neck reset. Bridge has been replaced, but the original will be included as well. Everything else is original. Frets have plenty of life. Comes with pictured hard shell case. Never gigged, and kept in a pet free, smoke free studio. Willing to ship or drive a reasonable distance
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1964 Vega Folk Ranger 5  banjo with new Martin strings vintage 5 string Banjo

1964 Vega Folk Ranger 5 banjo with new Martin strings vintage 5 string Banjo

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Vega Folk Ranger 5 banjo with new Martin strings vintage 5 string Banjo1964 Vega Folk Ranger 5 with brand new set of Martin Vega Strings Med gauge
Looks to be all original and comes with the Vegalon Weatherproof head
Polished nickel plated parts and 5 ply rim
These 60??s Vegas were well made and stand up to the test of time
Weighs in at 4 lbs 2 5oz
Nut to bridge scale length 27 "
11" diameter head
22 frets
38" overall length

Sn No. A- 125410
In ... more
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Vintage RARE Martin 00-17 1946 Guitar with case candy

Vintage RARE Martin 00-17 1946 Guitar with case candy

Richmond, Virginia, 232**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a 1946 Vintage Martin 00-17 acoustic guitar. This guitar is an original one owner guitar that has been in a collection ever since. There are no cracks or major issues with the guitar besides your normal play wear from a guitar that is 78 years old. There is a new set of tuners on it currently but the original ones do come with the guitar. No extra screw holes will be noticeable if the buyer does decide to put the original ones back on. Guitar does come with a newer Martin hardshell ... more
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1967 GIBSON J-45 Cherry Sunburst Steel Strings Dylan played one MARTIN case

1967 GIBSON J-45 Cherry Sunburst Steel Strings Dylan played one MARTIN case

Sarasota, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A 1967 cherry sunburst finish(not faded) Gibson J-45 acoustic steel sting guitar. The last production of thecherry sunburst finish was 2019. One owner (me) and I have the original 1967 purchaseinvoice / receipt from Arthur Smith Music Co , 1512Golf St , Sarasota, FL which I will give you upon purchase (also, the hang tag)as well as the 1970 Martin hard-shell case invoice / receipt from Jules??Enterprises Inc. Music Center, 1527 Main St , Sarasota, FL . ... more
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1969 Martin D-35 Braz. Rosewood Acoustic Guitar

1969 Martin D-35 Braz. Rosewood Acoustic Guitar

Lake Stevens, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Martin D-35. In very nice shape for its age. Just fully serviced with a fresh neck reset, bridge reglue and pro setup. Very nice full, balanced tone. Great sustain. This one still has the highly desirable Brazilian Rosewood back and sides which was discontinued the next year. It comes in the original case which is also in very nice shape. It has a slight old case smell, but nothing terrible. There are no cracks on the neck or on the top or on the back. It only has fairly minor cosmetic... more
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North Haven, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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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.