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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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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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SELMER TruVoice Varsity 19t Amplifier

SELMER TruVoice Varsity 19t Amplifier

Encinitas, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale , circa 1963 SELMER TrueVoice Stadium 19t valve amplifier. 3-tube pentode preamp with 2 channels & 3 inputs , plus tremolo
Tremolo is on channel 2 (inputs 2 & 3) It has been re-tolexed and now houses a vintage Jensen C12 Q. It comes with its original gold footswitch as well

These vintage SELMERS are both rare & desirable amplifiers

I will charge only the EXACT shipping for this amp
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Gitane D-500 Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar

Gitane D-500 Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar

Dobbs Ferry, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Saga Musical Instruments: Gitane D-500
Saga??s re-introduction of the classic Selmer-Maccaferri style jazz guitar
The guitar features a very flat and comfortable neck carve with a relief cut in the body so you can reach the 24th fret on the extended ebony fretboard. The unique "D" shape sound hole gives the guitar an incredibly bright and loud sound that anyone playing it is sure to smile about
The technical specs of the Gitane D-500 are:
Back and Side Material: Indian ... 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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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


You are bidding on:
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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* 1 latch is missing the hinge
* top and bottom are loose in some places... more
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Selmer Truvoice Auditorium 1961 Combo Amplifier 1x10 15W

Selmer Truvoice Auditorium 1961 Combo Amplifier 1x10 15W

Peterborough, PE8***, UNITED KINGDOM


Selling on behalf of a friend.

Very nice and rare amp used by many British artists of the 60??s like The Shadows, The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Animals etc

In fully working order and very good nick. My friend bought it second hand from someone who??d had the cabinet professionally restored so it??s not the original Telex

Please study the photo??s for cosmetic condition

A few details I copied from a web search about specs

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Vintage Saxon Model 813 Acoustic Guitar by Selmer London One Careful Owner

Vintage Saxon Model 813 Acoustic Guitar by Selmer London One Careful Owner

Ramsgate, CT12***, UNITED KINGDOM


Not played for years, but recall
it having a gentle, warm tone. Attempted to replace the strings without much success. Managed to break one of them, -it could possibly still be used?, -remaining other 5 intact strings of the new set included
Comes with a (new) carry case
Minimal degree of wear, - one very thin scratch and one or two tiny indentation marks. Otherwise in a glorious and glossy state
I have no idea, what the original cost was, as it was a gift
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4 x Vintage RENDAR 1 / 4" Jack Socket 60??s Mono for Selmer Valve Amplifier Guitar

4 x Vintage RENDAR 1 / 4" Jack Socket 60??s Mono for Selmer Valve Amplifier Guitar

Worstead, Norfolk, NR28***, UNITED KINGDOM


4 X Vintage 1960??s black Mono 1 / 4" Jack Sockets
Recovered in the past from a 1960's Selmer amplifier
2 x 2 pole / 4 contacts ( "hot" contacts in normal closed position when there's no plug )
2 x 2 pole / 2 contacts ( all contacts in normal open position when there's no plug )
UK manufactured by Rendar

For Valve Amplifier / Vintage guitar pedal / effect etc.
VOX, Marshall, Selmer, Plexi, Dallas Arbiter etc
The sockets have been tested and are ... 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

Braintree, CM77***, UNITED KINGDOM


Vintage 1950s Selmer Truvoice Blood Red Cream Little Giant Valve Amplifier Combo. Condition is For parts or not working. Dispatched with Yodel Store to Door.... more
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Vintage 1970s Saxon Folk Guitar By Selmer

Vintage 1970s Saxon Folk Guitar By Selmer

Wingate, TS28***, UNITED KINGDOM


This vintage Selmer Saxon Folk Guitar will transport you back to the 1970s with its classic sound and style. Perfect for collectors and musicians alike, this acoustic guitar has been carefully crafted and maintained over the years. Its rich and full-bodied tone is sure to impress any audience and its durable construction ensures that it will last for many more years to come. Featuring a beautiful design and exceptional craftsmanship, this guitar is a true gem for any guitar enthusiast ... more
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Selmer Westerngitarre

Selmer Westerngitarre

Düsseldorf, 40***, GERMANY


Selmer Westerngitarre
Sensationeller Klang!
(Ich kann die Einstellung nicht ändern .?!?)
Ich nutze KEIN PAYPAL !
Abholung in Düsseldorf möglich.
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1964 Selmer Truvoice Constellation 20 2x12 Valve amp Guitar Combo in Crocskin

1964 Selmer Truvoice Constellation 20 2x12 Valve amp Guitar Combo in Crocskin



Rare circa 1964 Selmer Constellation 20 watt Crocskin era amp, which in our opinion is probably the most appealing styling of the vintage British amps. Has later Celestion G12M speakers (which in themselves are collectible). Shows some wear which is evident from the pics. Please look at the pics carefully as they depict the condition of the amp. Comes with ... more
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Hofner Violin Bass Guitar 1965 With Selmer Case

Hofner Violin Bass Guitar 1965 With Selmer Case

Bicester, OX26***, UNITED KINGDOM


1965 Hofner Violin Bass Guitar, made in Germany with Selmer case. Guitar is in good condition with the expected signs of age and use over the years. Selmer case has a replacement handle, but the original is included should you wish to reinstate it.

POTS 250K 395 - 39th week of 1965 (October)
POTS 250K 325 - 25th week of 1965 (July)

Collection only please.
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Gitarrenbauer gebaute Maccaferri Selmer D-Loch-Stil Gitarre " " La Belle Epoque " " Hot Club

Gitarrenbauer gebaute Maccaferri Selmer D-Loch-Stil Gitarre " " La Belle Epoque " " Hot Club

Vevey 1, 1***, SWITZERLAND


Handbuilt Selmer Maccaferri D-Hole Style Guitar, nicknamed "La Belle Epoque" Hot Club by a swiss luthier in 2008. Built to the exact same specs as an original Maccaferri with the same woods and dimensions. With hardshell case. This guitar belonged to one of Charlie Chaplin's sons in Vevey, Switzerland (certificate of authenticity and signature on demand). One of a kind! This guitar has been played and shows some signs of wear, aging and play.... more
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Vintage 1959 1960 Selmer Truvoice New Standard TV8 / T Valve Amplifier 1x10 Combo

Vintage 1959 1960 Selmer Truvoice New Standard TV8 / T Valve Amplifier 1x10 Combo



Vintage 1959 1960 Selmer Truvoice New Standard TV8 / T Valve Amplifier 1x10 Combo
This beauty came to me last week from the legendary Andrew Berkeley Martin who'd owned this for some time before deciding to get rid. I had to snap it up! It's a 1959 / 1960 Selmer New Standard (Model Number TV8 / T). The original Elac 10N / 49 speaker sounds awesome, with the original cone, alongside the original valves. It works a treat! Cosmetically in good condition, with a few scuffs and scrapes from many... more
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Selmer Pro-Electric Lap Steel 1950??s

Selmer Pro-Electric Lap Steel 1950??s



Selmer Lap Steel in excellent, original condition complete with its premium case

It??s around 1952 with everything original and working perfectly. The original fixed lead was crackling at the body and, rather than cut it down, I have replaced it with another fixed lead, but the original is still in the case

The pick up on this was revolutionary, it was effectively six pickups in one and each individual string output can be adjusted or balanced from the back. Mahogany ... more
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Guitar amplifier:Selmer:TRUVOICE:TV6:Vintage 1950s:Full working order

Guitar amplifier:Selmer:TRUVOICE:TV6:Vintage 1950s:Full working order

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM


A Selmer:TRUVOICE:TV6:from the 1950s, well looked after Recent full service Full working order 6.5 inch oval speaker Lovely smooth tone Like all valve amplifiers they need a couple of minutes to warm up for the best sound Few and Far between in this condition Ask any questions... more
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SELMER  GUITAR AMPLIFIER: TV 12 :Vintage late 1950s:10 Watt:10 " Speaker:excellent

SELMER GUITAR AMPLIFIER: TV 12 :Vintage late 1950s:10 Watt:10 " Speaker:excellent

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM


A Selmer Guitar amplifier, TV 12, from the late 1950s Well looked after Recent full Service Full working order Ten inch speaker, 8watt- max ten watt, Twin channel, twin volume controls, on / off / tone control Ideal for home or small venue for that Clean, Warm, Valve sound of the sixties A piece of Guitar History 16 inches wide:17 inches tall:8 5 inches wide Mains 240vAsk any questions Delivery to any UK, mainland, Address £10Shipping abroad via ebay's Global Shipping Programme.... more
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Guitar:Selmer Triumph:Thinline:Vintage 1967:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Excellent

Guitar:Selmer Triumph:Thinline:Vintage 1967:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Excellent

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM


A Beautiful, all original, Vintage, Selmer, Thinline ,Triumph Guitar, cleaned, polished, serviced, new strings, ready to play Few and far between
The Headstock carries the elegant Hofner ,Pyramid Tuners and the Selmer Harp logo The Neck is straight, the joint solid, the frets are in very good condition ,as is the fretboard, with a low action Made in Germany and furnshed with a Schaller pickup, linked to a Volume and a tone control with original Schaller knobs The Hardwood Bridge is ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

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 (see page 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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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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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.