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ROSETTI | CATALOGS | 1971 WORLD OF GUITARS

A World of Guitars by Rosetti

1971 Rosetti guitar catalog (UK)

This Rosetti catalogue has no date, but would seem to be from 1971. "A World of Guitars by Rosetti" features guitars from numerous manufacturers worldwide - guitars by Epiphone, Hagstrom, Levin, Hoyer, Egmond, Eros, Moridaira, Kiso-Suzuki, Schaller, and Tatra.

Epiphone

Japanese guitars from Epiphone. The Epiphone pages are a last minute addition to this catalogue, having pages numbered 1-8, yet appearing in the very centre, between pages 18-19. This is effectively an update of the 1970 version, showing the 1802T and 1820 Bass with the traditional two-sided headstocks. Two guitars, two basses and five acoustics over eight pages.

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.

Hagstrom

Rosetti had only been distributing Swedish Hagstrom guitars since 1969, after many years with Selmer. One guitar, two basses and five acoustics are included over 4 sides. Pages 21 to 24.

Another great name joins the Rosetti galaxy of star-makers. Hagstrom of Sweden build their instruments to compare with any in the world. Nothing but the best of materials, nothing but the closest attention to every detail of design and manufacturer, make these guitars master works of the modern craftsman. So much so that every instrument is held in the work-rooms until it has been inspected by specialists, both in fabrication and performance. And, should anything less than perfection slip through the net, Hagstrom, with Rosetti, will restore the instrument without question and without delay.

Levin

Another brand from Sweden. This catalogue has a three-page section of Levin fine acoustic guitars. These are the most expensive acoustic guitars available from Rosetti. Pages 9 to 11.

Hoyer

This catalogue has three pages of guitars by German maker Arnold Hoyer: three Jumbo acoustics; and Les Paul, Telecaster and SG-styled solid bodies. Pages 16 to 18.

Eros

Rosetti sold a number of re-badged guitars with the brand Eros (most likely a reference to the famous statue in Piccadilly Circus, London), including Matsumoku electrics from Japan - page 8 and Eko acoustics from Italy page 12.

44 pages. 11 1/2" x 8 1/2".

1971 Rosetti catalogue front cover
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 2 - Moridaira 9510 and 9511 acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 3 - Moridaira 9512, 9513 and 9514 acoustics
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 4 - Moridaira 9517, 9518 and 9519 jumbo acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 5 - Kiso-Suzuki 9500, 9501 and 9502 classic acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 6 - Kiso-Suzuki Concert Classic 9503 and Jumbo acoustic 9507
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 7 - Geisha 9530 and 9531 classic acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 8 - Eros 9520 and 9525 electric guitars and 9521 and 9526 basses (Matsumoku)
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 9 - Levin acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 10 - Levin Jumbo guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 11 - Levin classic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 12 - Eros 6-string and 12-string Jumbo acoustics
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 13 - Tatra Classic, Tatra De Luxe and Hi Spot acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 14 - Rosetti Serenader and Rudi classic acoustics
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 15 - Schaller Master Classic and Scholar Classic acoustics
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 16 - Hoyer Jumbo, 12-String and Concert Western Jumbo
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 17 - Hoyer H.27 and Hoyer H.35 electric guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 18 - Hoyer H.37 six string electric and Hoyer H.34 bass
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue front cover
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 2 - Epiphone 6730 and 6830 Jumbo flat-top acoustics
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 3 - Epiphone 6834 12-string Jumbo flat-top acoustic
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 4 - Epiphone 6732 and 6832 folk acoustics
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 5 - Epiphone 9520 semi-acoustic guitar and 9521 semi-acoustic bass
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 6 - Epiphone 9525 solid body electric guitar
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 7 - Epiphone 9526 solid body electric bass
1971 Rosetti Epiphone catalogue page 8 - back cover
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 19 - Egmond Folk acoustic guitars, models: Kentucky, Toledo, Jumbo and Double Six
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 20 - Egmond Lucky Seven, Jumbo De Luxe and 12-String De Luxe
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 21 - Hagstrom Swedish Viking and Swedish Viking bass
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 22 - Hagstrom 8-String Bass
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 23 - Hagstrom Jumbo and Hagstrom 12-string acoustics
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 24 - Hagstrom La Rita, Isabella and Senorita classic acoustic guitars
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 25 - Schaller Double Bass, and Rosetti Ukuleles
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 26 - Tatra, Rosetti and Hoyer Mandolines
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 27 - 9151G and 9151T banjos
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 28
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 29 - Guitar accessories: Guitar covers and cases
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 30 - Guitar accessories: Machine heads
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 31 - Guitar accessories: Plectra, Bigsby vibrato and Hawaiian guitar accessories
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 32 - Guitar accessories: Stands, capodastros, pitchpipes, guitar straps, guitar slings
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 33 - Guitar accessories: straps, leads, capos
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 34 - Guitar accessories: Schaller pick-ups
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 35
1971 Rosetti catalogue page 36

Eros electric guitars

Eros 9520
Eros 9525

Eros bass guitars

Eros 9521
Eros 9526

Epiphone electric guitars:

Epiphone 9520
Epiphone 9525

Epiphone bass guitars:

Epiphone 9521
Epiphone 9526

Hoyer electric guitars

Hoyer Solid Body H.27
Hoyer Solid Body H.35
Hoyer Solid Body H.37

Hoyer bass guitar:

Hoyer Solid Bass H.34

Egmond electric guitars

Egmond Lucky Seven 9273

Hagstrom electric guitar:

Hagstrom Viking 9376

Hagstrom bass guitars:

Hagstrom Viking Bass 9377
Hagstrom 8-String Bass 9397

Moridaira acoustic guitars

Moridaira 9510
Moridaira 9511
Moridaira 9512
Moridaira 9513
Moridaira 9514
Moridaira 9517
Moridaira 9518
Moridaira 9519

Kiso-Suzuki acoustic guitars

Kiso-Suzuki 9500
Kiso-Suzuki 9501
Kiso-Suzuki 9502
Kiso-Suzuki 9503
Kiso-Suzuki 9507

Geisha acoustic guitars

Geisha 9530
Geisha 9531

Levin acoustic guitars

Levin Goliath Super Jumbo L.174
Levin Goliath Sunburst Jumbo 163
Levin Goliath 12-String Jumbo LTS.4
Levin Grand Concert L.113
Levin Grand Concert L.G.17
Levin Concert L.G.10

Eros acoustic guitars

Eros Jumbo 9353
Eros 12-string 9356

Tatra acoustic guitars

Tatra Classic 9198
Tatra De Luxe 9225
Hi-Spot Student 9227

Rosetti acoustic guitars

Rosetti Serenader Classic 9401
Rosetti Rudi Classic 9400

Hermann Schaller acoustic guitars

Schaller Master Classic 9298
Schaller Scholar Classic 007

Hoyer acoustic guitars

Hoyer Jumbo 9155
Hoyer 12-String 9176
Hoyer Concert Western Jumbo 9308

Epiphone acoustic guitars:

Epiphone 6730
Epiphone 6732
Epiphone 6830
Epiphone 6832
Epiphone 6834

Egmond acoustic guitars

Egmond Toledo 9272
Egmond Kentucky 9275
Egmond Jumbo 9279
Egmond Double Six 9280
Egmond Jumbo De Luxe 9402
Egmond 12-String De Luxe 9403

Hagstrom acoustic guitars

Hagstrom Senorita 9371
Hagstrom Isobella 9372
Hagstrom La Rita 9373
Hagstrom Jumbo 9374
Hagstrom 12-String 9375

Mandolins

Levin mandolin L.158
Tatra mandolin 293
Tatra mandolin 453
Tatra mandolin 9304
Rosetti mandolin 9203
Hoyer electric mandolin E9046
Hoyer mandolin 9046

Upright Bass

Schaller 391

Ukuleles

Rosetti 9346
Rosetti 9347

Banjos

G Banjo 9151G
Tenor Banjo 9151T
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1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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.