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1970 Rosetti Epiphone guitar catalog

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The Japanese-built Epiphone line of guitars launched in late 1970 after decades of production in the USA. They were built at the Matsumoku factory in the city of Matsumoto. Rosetti had been the UK distributor for Epiphone throughout the 1960s, and this relationship continued into the 1970s; but Rosetti had previously distributed some Matsumoku guitars badged Eros (rebadged Aria 1802T). And some of these Eros guitars were very similar to the new line of Epiphones, with Rosetti's distribution of these only ceasing once the Epiphones were in stock.

The new Epiphone models included two guitars, two basses, and three acoustics, one being a 12-string. The model designations for the the acoustic guitars (6730, 6830 and 6834) followed the same names as initially used for these guitars in the USA. But oddly the electric models (at first at least) kept the same designations as the fore-mentioned Eros guitars from which they clearly derived: 9520 / 9525 guitars and 9521 / 9526 basses.

This catalogue is undated but is most likely from late 1970, being the first UK catalogue of Japanese Epiphones. Initially seven models were announced, as described in this advert from November 1970 7 New Epiphones At Fantastic New Prices. Note the solid body guitar in the November 1970 advert and this catalogue (also the 1820 bass, see pages 6 and 7) with a single sided headstock arrangement - just like the Aria/Eros equivalents! The advert was reprinted in February 1971 with the image of the Epiphone 9525 (1802T / ET-270) updated to a guitar with a two-sided, more traditionally Epiphone-style headstock.

Epiphone always the pace-setters in styling and performance, now change gear for a new era. Built beautifully, as they have always been built, but by a new association of cost-conscious craftsman, they cut the cost of excellence. Not by a little. By a margin so fantastic as to be unbelievable, if the prices had not been based on an enormous world-wide turnover. Epiphone still means leadership, but at prices that bring the superlative within the reach of every talent. Play Epiphone and you play the best there is, at a price you can now forward.

Eight pages, 11 1/2" x 8 1/2".

1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue front cover
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 2 - Epiphone 6730 and 6830 Jumbo flat-top acoustics
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 3 - Epiphone 6834 12-string Jumbo flat-top acoustic
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 4 - Epiphone 9520 semi-acoustic guitar
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 5 - Epiphone 9521 semi-acoustic bass guitar
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 6 - Epiphone 9525 solid body electric guitar
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 7 - Epiphone 9526 solid body electric bass
1970 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 8 - back cover

Epiphone electric guitars:

Epiphone 9520
Epiphone 9525

Epiphone bass guitars:

Epiphone 9521
Epiphone 9526

Epiphone acoustic guitars:

Epiphone 6730
Epiphone 6830
Epiphone 6834
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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.