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Inside the Selmer shop, circa 1964

Inside the Selmer shop (114-116 Charing Cross Road) circa 1964. Head of sales Rod Hannaford with a selection of Selmer amplifiers, and Gibson and Futurama (Hagstrom) guitars.

1960s Selmer Advertisement

Selmer was one of, if not the most important name in musical instruments in 1960s Britain. It was an offshoot of Selmer Paris, that had been trading since 1928. Aswell as being the major UK and Commonwealth distributor of guitars for the likes of Fender, Gibson and Hofner, it also had it's own brand of guitars Futurama, which were rebranded guitars by Swedish manufacturer Hagstrom and Czechoslovakian manufacturers Resonet and CSHN.

But the guitar brand most strongly associated with Selmer has to be Hofner. Selmer had been selling Hofner guitars since 1953, but the early 1960s were definitely their heyday. Hofner made distinct (though similar to European models) guitars for Selmer, which were given American sounding names: President, Congress, Senator etc; typically hollow bodies in the style of Gibson, and solid bodies in the style of Fender. These guitars played very well with the American-minded British public who could not afford the American equivalents, priced many times higher.

1964 Selmer guitar catalogue

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In the summer of 1967, Selmer also introduced a number of guitars actually branded Selmer: The Emperor, Diplomat, Astra, Triumph and Arizona; all manufactured by Hofner.

But Selmer also produced it's own excellent guitar amplifiers, that, at the time, were somewhat eclipsed by Vox (with their Beatles and Stones product endorsements), and later Marshall. But many of these were actually very good amplifiers and are still well regarded, and used in the studio as great recording amps - such as the Selmer Treble 'n' Bass.

The 1970s were a troubled time for guitar businesses worldwide. Selmer found itself changing hands a number of times, being owned briefly by two separate Gibson parent companies CMI, and later Norlin.

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Vtg Selmer Signet 1970s  GC50 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Vtg Selmer Signet 1970's GC50 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Greencastle, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vtg Selmer Signet 1970's GC50 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String. Guitar is in great shape, no real issues that I can see. A few small scratches (please look closely at all pictures for details), but nothing to affect sound. Very nice sounding instrument
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Vtg Selmer Signet 1970s  Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Vtg Selmer Signet 1970's Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String

Titusville, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vtg Selmer Signet 1970's Auditorium Acoustic Guitar 6 String Pre-owned condition. Untested. Has not been stored in a case. Shows settled dust. Being sold as is, no returns, sorry. Measures 40" long. Is missing the inside body sticker Has a chip in the wood on the back and on the head The first two frets have black tape on them. Shows some wear on the edges of the body and the head. Pegs have some patina. Signet logo is worn. Strings show some patina. Actually in good ... more
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Combo by Selmer Acoustic Guitar OM 000

Combo by Selmer Acoustic Guitar OM 000

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I am selling a vintage 1974 Combo by Selmer GS-10 acoustic guitar. I have a non-original case for it. Selling "as is " . No returns.... more
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Signet by Selmer - 6 String Acoustic Guitar w /  hard original case

Signet by Selmer - 6 String Acoustic Guitar w / hard original case

Massapequa, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale vintage Signet 6 string acoustic guitar
Please see all pictures
Recently professionally set up. Sounds great
in good condition cosmetically. hazy discoloration on body, most apparent on sides (please see pics)
Feel free to come in and check it out before purchasing or making offer .
Includes original hard case
No Warranty offered
buy it now or best offer.
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Signet Selmer 1970s, Vintage Japanese Acoustic guitar

Signet Selmer 1970's, Vintage Japanese Acoustic guitar

Killeen, Texas, 765**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970s acoustic guitar made in Japan rare guitar. See pictures for condition over good no cracks. Re string it and it will sound amazing!
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vintage 1970s  Selmer SV era 4x12 2x12 combo valve head logo  /  emblem

vintage 1970's  Selmer SV era 4x12 2x12 combo valve head logo / emblem



Vintage 1970s Selmer logo / emblem.
no mounting screws just the logo, perfect if your vintage SV cab is missing its logo
4??x 5??
great condition for the age
perfect if your vintage SV era cab / combo is missing its logo
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Vintage 1960s 1962 1963 Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 Fifty Valve Amplifier Head

Vintage 1960s 1962 1963 Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 Fifty Valve Amplifier Head



Vintage 1960s 1962 1963 Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 Fifty Valve Amplifier Head
I was recently contacted by the long-term owner of this incredible amplifier, a true rarity indeed. It's not often you find an original 'crocodile period' Selmer Truvoice Bassmaster 50 head. I've not had one of these in for many years, and I forgot how good they were! This one is in wonderful original condition, including the majority original valves inside including a Mazda GZ34, 2x Mullard XF2 EL34, and a ... more
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Selmer 1950s Lap Steel Guitar Great Condition

Selmer 1950's Lap Steel Guitar Great Condition



Selmer 1950's Lap Steel Guitar Great Condition.... more
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Vintage 1960s Selmer Treble N Bass 50 MKII Valve Amplifier *Ex. Robbie McIntosh*

Vintage 1960s Selmer Treble N Bass 50 MKII Valve Amplifier *Ex. Robbie McIntosh*



Vintage 1960s Selmer Treble N Bass 50 MKII Valve Amplifier *Ex. Robbie McIntosh
This is a truly incredible opportunity to own a piece of rock n' roll history. Through a good friend of mine, I was able to purchase this very amplifier off of Robbie McIntosh (ex. The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, John Mayer, the list can go on ). He's owned it for many years and it's featured on many of his projects over the decades. The amplifier itself is a 1966 MKIII Treble N Bass, placed inside a ... more
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Hofner 1959 Club 60 - Sunburst + Selmer Hard Case

Hofner 1959 Club 60 - Sunburst + Selmer Hard Case

Nottingham, NG1***, UNITED KINGDOM


For sale is an impeccably-kept Hofner Club 60 model, dating from 1959
As guitar mania hit the UK during the 1950s, retailers such as Selmer looked toward continental suppliers, namely Hofner, to meet the growing demand for electric guitars. These instruments were favoured by young musicians - including the likes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon - the latter of which famously having played a natural Club 40 model during the early days of The Beatles
This guitar is the sister model, ... more
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selmer esquire archtop 1938 Prototype art deco unique museum masterpiece

selmer esquire archtop 1938 Prototype art deco unique museum masterpiece

Brescia, 25***, ITALY


A unique museum masterpiece pre war selmer esquire prototype art deco, in exceptional conditions, . full of mother of pearl and abalone hand made cut inlays from headstock with a tuba hat ,the dog, the walking stick, and the pipe, to the neck, to the ebony scratchplate to the S Holes to the binding and the neck heel, beautiful maple flamed back and sides and neck with patterns, with other woods such as ebony, teak and african mahogany ,real brass original tuning keys that do keep in tune ... more
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Jean-Pierre Favino ?? original Gypsy Django guitar 1983  /  Selmer Maccaferri

Jean-Pierre Favino ?? original Gypsy Django guitar 1983 / Selmer Maccaferri

Salzburg, 5***, AUSTRIA


Jean-Pierre Favino ?? ultra rare original Gypsy / Django style guitar from 1983
Gypsyguitars from the famous Favino family's workshop at Paris are next to Selmer guitars or those by B. Busato the most sought after (and most expensive) instruments in the field of Gypsyswing. From 1945 on Jacques Favino has learned his mastery in guitar making in the workshop of B. Busato. His son Jean-Pierre began to work on Selmer style guitars in 1973, together with his father and uncle, but also made ... more
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Vintage 1961 Hofner Verithin Cherry Red And Selmer Strap

Vintage 1961 Hofner Verithin Cherry Red And Selmer Strap

Meols West Wirral, CH47***, UNITED KINGDOM


Here we have a super nice and clean Vintage 1961 Hofner Verithin Cherry Red together with a rare period Selmer London Strap. This is one of the last Verithin guitars with a switch block control plate as this is the point they changed to just four control knobs. The guitar has Mini Humbucker pickups so not original but having said that it has an amazing sound quality and plays beautifully. Offered for collection only from Meols in West Wirral Merseyside.... more
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Vintage 1960s REAN insert handles AND Feet - Vox Marshall Laney Selmer Carlsbro

Vintage 1960's REAN insert handles AND Feet - Vox Marshall Laney Selmer Carlsbro

Stourbridge, DY9***, UNITED KINGDOM


Vintage 1960's REAN insert handles AND Feet - Vox Marshall Laney Selmer Carlsbro.

Perfect for your vintage restoration - genuine REAN Made in England cabinet handles X 2 and feet X 4

Handles are in excellent condition considering age - 8 screws included

Feet are showing a bit more wear but are perfectly usable - no screws included

Study pictures carefully as they form part of the description

Trusted Ebayer - see other items
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CSL Maccaferri 70s Gypsy Jazz Guitar D Hole Hard Case Django Reinhardt Selmer

CSL Maccaferri 70s Gypsy Jazz Guitar D Hole Hard Case Django Reinhardt Selmer



Condition & DescriptionCondition: ExcellentDescription:- CSL Maccaferri 70s Gypsy Jazz Guitar D Hole - Natural - 2nd Hand Details:The Gypsy style guitar was made famous by musician Django Reinhardt who had guitars made by the Selmer Company of Paris. This was one of the first Japanese reissues of these unique guitars
Hard Case / Box: YES with KeyWeight: 4LBNotes: Aged related wearSpruce TopRosewood back and sidesMahogany NeckMade circa 1974Internal bracing for tonal projectionExcellent ... more
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Jwc 12 Fret D Orchestre Selmer Replica No:706 with 3 piece maple neck 2022 gypsy

Jwc 12 Fret D Orchestre Selmer Replica No:706 with 3 piece maple neck 2022 gypsy

Chippenham , SN15***, UNITED KINGDOM


Jwc 12 Fret D Orchestre Selmer Replica No:706 with 3 piece maple neck 2022. Gypsy jazz guitar

Regret having to let go of this, it??s like new, very loud

Spec-ebony fingerboard, 3 piece maple neck, French polished top spruce top, bocote back and sides

Comes with new hardcase
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* 1 latch is missing the hinge
* top and bottom are loose in some places... more
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Vintage 1960s Selmer 100 1x18 1x12 Pinstripe Amplifier Speaker Cabinet *Custom*

Vintage 1960s Selmer 100 1x18 1x12 Pinstripe Amplifier Speaker Cabinet *Custom*



Vintage 1960s Selmer 100 1x18 1x12 Pinstripe Amplifier Speaker Cabinet *Custom
It is with my greatest excitement I am posting this for sale. I purchased this off of the family of the original owner from new, who had recently passed away. He had purchased this brand new and custom ordered it as a cabinet that would fit his preferences. Basically, it is a 1960s Selmer 100w cabinet, which is usually a 1x18 cabinet, but this one has an extra unseen 1x12 speaker which makes this super rare! The ... more
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Vintage 1950s Selmer Truvoice Blood Red Cream Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo

Vintage 1950s Selmer Truvoice Blood Red Cream Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo



Vintage 1950s Selmer Truvoice Blood Red Cream Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo
Arguably one of the most iconic Selmer amplifiers out there, and they do exactly what they say on the tin! This is one of the early ones, that was made with the 'Truvoice' logo in the late 1950s. The original Elac speaker sounds awesome, alongside the 3x original valves. Cosmetically in good condition, with a few scuffs and scrapes from many years of bedroom use. These are some of my favourite amplifiers, and ... more
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Selmer tv12 valve amplifier. 1958. In need of a service

Selmer tv12 valve amplifier. 1958. In need of a service

Norwich, Norfolk, IP22***, UNITED KINGDOM


Hadn't played for a number of years but plugged in and working Then the sound cut out and intermitently came back on. I have isolated the problem to one of the valve holders (ecc83 valve) which needs to be replaced. With some careful jiggling about, you can play with out problems but not worth the hassle as any movements will cut the sound out again and not good for the amp. So I have to sell as not working
Cosmetically in very good condition. A rare beast
As you can see from the photos,... more
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (seepage 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

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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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' 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

1967 Vox StrollerTheVox Strollerwas 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 theVox Clubman IIbass, 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 GibsonES Artistlaunched 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 toLaVonne Musicby 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

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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 PresidentThePresidentwas 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 newJaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manualThe newly designedLes Paul Recordingguitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for theLes Paul Personal / Professional