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Cases available from Rose Morris

1970 'Exciting Electrics • Wonderful Westerns • Celebrated Classics' guitar catalog page 18

Page 18 shows the selection of cases available from Rose Morris, circa 1970.

1970 Rose Morris guitar catalog page 18 - cases available from Rose Morris

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original 1957 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst w / orig. tweed case

original 1957 Fender Stratocaster Sunburst w / orig. tweed case

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$54900


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this early 1957 Fender Stratocaster in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with a "V" profile and good frets. All parts are original to this Strat and it is 100% complete along with its original tremolo arm, bridge cover and tweed hardshell case. The neck dates to February 1957, pots dating to January 1957 and the body date of December 1956. The pickup covers and knobs are the earlier "bakelite" ... more
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1951 Fender Nocaster Vintage Electric Guitar Butterscotch w /  Case, Telecaster

1951 Fender Nocaster Vintage Electric Guitar Butterscotch w / Case, Telecaster

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

$51000

Up for sale, a 1951 Fender Nocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Crafted at the tail end of the brief period between this model's original Broadcaster branding and the Telecaster name which would supplant it by late '51, this guitar exists in the tiny sliver of Fender history between these two model names, with a simple "Fender" waterslide decal on the headstock (thus the Nocaster moniker)
Complete with a full suite of vintage electronics, hardware, and plastics, ... more
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1959 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar, Collector-Grade w /  Tweed Case

1959 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar, Collector-Grade w / Tweed Case

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

$44000

Up for sale, a 1959 Fender Stratocaster in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with a tweed "knucklebuster" case. 100% original save for a substituted vibrato arm, this Stratocaster is stunning in its presentation
Extremely lively and resonant acoustically with a natural woody cut and sweet sustain, this Strat features an alder body and one-piece maple neck. The three black bobbin single coil pickups all retain their original windings, metering at a healthy 5 7k ... more
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1966 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar Candy Apple Red w /  Case

1966 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar Candy Apple Red w / Case

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

$30000

Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Stratocaster in excellent condition and in perfect working order, finished in original custom color Candy Apple Red and complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a professional refret and bone nut, this Stratocaster is one of the very first to feature the larger '60s headstock, with date codes spanning late 1965 to January, 1966
Tonewoods comprise an alder body, maple neck and dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard, and the natural... more
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1962 Vintage Les Paul SG body vintage all original w / Pink & Brown original case

1962 Vintage Les Paul SG body vintage all original w / Pink & Brown original case

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

$29995


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1962 VINTAGE LES PAUL SG BODY VINTAGE ALL ORIGINAL PARTS ORIGINAL GIBSON PLAQUE ON GIBSON. PINK AND BROWN CASE IN GREAT CONDITION WITH ALL LATCHES WORKING PROFESSIONALLY SET UP WITH SUPER LOW ACTION .JUST BLOW ON THE STRINGS AND SHE PLAYS HERSELF. BOTH PAFS AND ALL ELECTRONICS UNTOUCHED AND ORIGINALNEW STRINGS AND READY TO ROCK. PLAY ALL NIGHT WITH THIS FEATHER LIGHT PIUECE OF ROCK HISTORY. THE PICTURES TELL THE BEST STORY, ... more
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1953 Fender Telecaster Vintage Electric Guitar Blackguard Butterscotch w /  Case

1953 Fender Telecaster Vintage Electric Guitar Blackguard Butterscotch w / Case

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

$28000

Up for sale, a 1953 Fender Telecaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a tweed thermometer case. This early "Blackguard" Telecaster has been refinished in a vintage-accurate shade of nitro lacquer Butterscotch Blonde, featuring a combination of vintage and modern electronics and hardware. Perhaps most impactful to a certain group of players, this Tele was crafted with a more slender neck than most, measuring just a hair over 1 9 / 16" at the nut with a soft ... more
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Vintage 1961 Gibson ES345 W /  2 PAFs Bigsby & Original Hardshell Case! Clean!!

Vintage 1961 Gibson ES345 W / 2 PAFs Bigsby & Original Hardshell Case! Clean!!

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$28000

Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1961 Gibson ES345. This guitar is super resonant, an absolute joy to play, and sounds incredible through any decent tube amp. This spectacular example is in very good condition with the pictured small scuffs, scratches, and pictured imperfection on the back of the neck being the most significant signs of wear. The pictured original hardshell case is included. As pictured.

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1974 Fender Stratocaster Strat Electric Guitar w /  Vintage Fender Case

1974 Fender Stratocaster Strat Electric Guitar w / Vintage Fender Case

Atoka, Oklahoma, 745**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$25000

Like a matching pair of beautiful playing strats! Both 1974 Fender Stratocasters in their original cases! 3 bolt ??bird??s eye?? maple necks! Minimal wear for instruments that are half a century old! The ultimate collectors dream! All case candy! Whammy bars! Ashtrays! Locking cases with keys!
Shipping for both to the lower 48 additionally $175 00!... more
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1964 Fender Stratocaster with 60s Fender Case

1964 Fender Stratocaster with 60's Fender Case

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

$24000

This is a 1964 Stratocaster It's in Excellent Condition and it plays and sounds amazing The neck is a B shape / size or more commonly known as a "Fast C" (see picture on butt of neck). When I bought it in 1996, the body had been routed for a humbucker in the bridge and refinished. In 2006, my friend (Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Fleming)did me the honor of filling in the humbucker route (back to an SSS config--see picture). He refinished and relic-ed it in Black Nitro at the Custom ... more
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1960s Wandré Rock Oval Vintage Aluminum Neck Guitar w /  Case, Italy

1960s Wandré Rock Oval Vintage Aluminum Neck Guitar w / Case, Italy

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

$23000

Up for sale, a 1960s Wandré Rock Oval in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The Rock Oval, generally considered to be Wandre's most iconic model, is emblematic of Mid Century Italian guitar design, outlandish and surreal. Wandré guitars were the brainchild of self-described ??artist of life?? Antoni Vandré Pioli. The son of an Italian violin luthier, Pioli (also known himself as Wandré) produced his utterly unique instruments in Cavriago, Reggio Emilia, Italy, from roughly ... more
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Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w /  original hardshell case

Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola vintage 1965 w / original hardshell case

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$21965

vintage 1965 Gibson SG with Maestro Vibrola
Comes with original case
In good playing condition- Setup for optimal playability with new strings Daddario EXL110 10-46 (9 / 19 / 23)
Specs:
- Pickups: 7 69K (N), 7 84K (B)
Guitar weighs 7lb 2oz
Back of neck possibly refinished or at least clear coated
Rest of instrument black lights properly. Neck appears to have slight separation from body. .no evidence of repair and plays perfectly
Original Pickups: Black decal "PATENT ... more
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1958 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Offset Guitar Sunburst Gold Guard w /  Tweed Case

1958 Fender Jazzmaster Vintage Offset Guitar Sunburst Gold Guard w / Tweed Case

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

$21000

Up for sale, a 1958 Fender Jazzmaster in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original tweed "knucklebuster" hardshell case. Produced in the very first months of the Jazzmaster model (the first Jazzmasters left the factory in August of 1958), this guitar features a 10 / 58 body date and 12 / 58 neck date. Save for two replaced potentiometers and a modern Rhythm Circuit switch, this Jazzmaster is 100% original
There's a woody and detailed tonal quality to ... more
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1952 Gibson ES-295 Electric Guitar 100% Original with Case

1952 Gibson ES-295 Electric Guitar 100% Original with Case

Birmingham, Alabama, 352**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19995

This is about as nice of a 100% original 1952 ES-295 as you can find. The gold finish on these doesn't age well. Making this one, well above average.
The guitar has no breaks or cracks and needs nothing. The original frets have plenty of life left, the truss rod works as it should, and the guitar plays extremely well all the way up the neck. Even the original case is in great shape.
There really isn't much else to say, this is just a great playing guitar in great condition. 0 ... more
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Case Queen! 1966 Fender Stratocaster  3-Color Sunburst All Original + OHSC

Case Queen! 1966 Fender Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst All Original + OHSC

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

$19995



Case Queen! 1966 Fender Stratocaster 3-Color Sunburst All Original + OHSC

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Lovies Guitars is excited to present this 1966 Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar with a 3-Color Sunburst Finish! The 1966 Fender Stratocaster, adorned in its iconic 3-Color Sunburst finish, represents a pinnacle of vintage allure, embodying the spirit of classic rock 'n' roll. Fashioned from premium woods, its balanced resonance and double-cutaway design offer not only ... more
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Vintage 1957 Gibson ES-295 GOLD Hollow Archtop Electric BYRDLAND Guitar & Case

Vintage 1957 Gibson ES-295 GOLD Hollow Archtop Electric BYRDLAND Guitar & Case

Boaz, Alabama, 359**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19879

This is an original 1957 Gibson es-295 GOLD BYRDLAND.
It's a true gem for any musician or collector. With a beautiful hollow archtop body made of maple and finished in a classic gold color, this guitar is a stunning piece of musical history. The 6-string instrument was crafted in the United States in 1957 and has since become a sought-after piece
These are rare guitars and were very well crafted
See the pictures for the overall condition of this guitar. It does have some nicks, ... more
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w /  Original Case and Amplifier

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / Original Case and Amplifier

Babb, Montana, 594**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$18000

Excellent Package for the vintage guitar enthusiast:
Original 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst single cut, solid body, electric guitar Very Good to Excellent Condition
Original "Alligator" case (small area of trim missing)
1957 GA-5 Gibson Amplifier with cords and extras... more
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1955 Fender Telecaster Vintage Guitar Blonde (Riggio Finish) w /  Tweed Case

1955 Fender Telecaster Vintage Guitar Blonde (Riggio Finish) w / Tweed Case

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

$18000

Up for sale, a 1955 Fender Telecaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. An early "Whiteguard" example, this Telecaster has been faithfully restored to vintage spec with a combination of original components and modern equivalents. Refinished and lightly relic'd by Riggio Custom Guitars, the burst gradient and tint of the Blonde lacquer finish represents a narrow window between late 1954-early '55 where the finish retained a more yellowed hue with subtle bursting on the body ... more
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1965 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Electric Guitar Sonic Blue w /  Case

1965 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Electric Guitar Sonic Blue w / Case

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

$18000

Up for sale, a 1965 Fender Stratocaster in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage hardshell case. This Strat features a nitro lacquer refinish in Sonic Blue by Eric Daw (of Pin-Up Guitar and The Fret Files podcast), retaining the original trio of gray bobbin pickups
This Strat hails from the tail end of Fender??s golden age, and tonewoods comprise an alder body, maple neck and dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard, offering a natural liveliness... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w /  Pat # T-Tops, Case

1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w / Pat # T-Tops, Case

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

$17500

Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson SG Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This extremely well-kept SG features a gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish, the original trio of Pat # T Top humbuckers, and a long frame Maestro Vibrola. This particular instrument comes from the personal collection of Slipknot??s Jim Root, aka #4
The tonewood complement comprises solid mahogany neck and body construction, offering a rich ... more
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1960 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar Slab Board Sunburst w /  Case

1960 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Guitar Slab Board Sunburst w / Case

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

$16500

For sale is this a wonderful player grade 1960 Fender Stratocaster

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This one has a refinish, probably from the 80s or 90s if I were to guess. It has the original body and neck, one original pot, an original set of early 1960s black bobbin Pre-CBS pickups, although two of them had to be rewound. The other has the original windings, but needed a coil repair. The neck plate is also original ... more
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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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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.