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1970 Rose-Morris guitar and bass catalog

Exciting Electrics • Wonderful Westerns • Celebrated Classics

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The 1970 Rose-Morris catalog "Exciting Electrics • Wonderful Westerns • Celebrated Classics" featured a wide range of electric and acoustic guitars and basses, over 20 pages. Included are 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar.

This was the first appearance of several Shaftesbury guitars, including two Fender styled models, 3265 and 3266, and the Les Paul styled 3400. It was the final appearance of the twelve string 3262.

Two color print. Dimensions 11" x 8 3/8". It is dated May 1970 on the front page, with a Thomas Knight & co. print date of 4/70 on the back cover.

The 1970 Rose Morris catalog features the following guitars and basses. Click on the images for full size versions, or click on the model names below to go directly to that page.

Electric guitars:

Shaftesbury 3261
Shaftesbury 3262
Shaftesbury 3264
Shaftesbury 3265
Shaftesbury 3400
Top Twenty 1970

Bass guitars:

Shaftesbury 3263
Shaftesbury 3266
Top Twenty 1971

Acoustic guitars:

Eko Ranger 1780
Eko Ranger 1781
Eko Ranger 1793 (12 string)
Eko Ranger 1893 (12 string)
Eko Ranger 1894
Eko Rio Bravo 3131
Eko Rio Bravo 3132 (12 string)
Eko Ranchero 3133
Eko Ranchero 3134 (12 string)
Eko Colorado 3135
Aria Jumbo 3106
Aria Folk 3107
Aria 1674
Aria 1675
Aria 1676
Aria 1679
Aria 1680
Aria 1695
Rose Morris 15-11
Rose Morris Kansas 1512
Rose Morris Georgian 1777
Rose Morris Florida 1847
Suzuki 1663
Suzuki 1664
Suzuki 1665
Suzuki 3054
Suzuki 3055
Suzuki 3060
Tatay 1713
Tatay 1714
Tatay 1715
Peerless 3052

Steel guitars:

Aria 3425

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1967 Vox Stroller

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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.