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1964 Selmer Catalog page 29

Selmer 1964 Hofner and Futurama catalog, page 29. Spare parts and accessories: straps, polish, stands, plectums, machine heads etc

Selmer 1964 Hofner and Futurama catalog page 29 - spare parts and accessories
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1965 Hofner Club Bass 500 / 2 Sunburst with Case

1965 Hofner Club Bass 500 / 2 Sunburst with Case

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

$7498

1965 Hofner 500 / 2 ClubExcellent 100% Beautiful sunburst. With gorgeous flamed maple. First year. Very light weight. Excellent action and very easy to play. Guitar has been professionally cleaned and setup with new flat wound strings. We love the Club bass over the violin Beatle bass. If these would have been available in 1962 Sir Paul would have surely picked the Club bass Safely packed. World wide shipping
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Rare Vtg Hofner Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Rare Vtg Hofner Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6000

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1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass

1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5395

1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin body Beatle Bass, Amazing sounding ??Staple??pole piece pickup, individual tuners, Raised logo, Nice light weight, Fun toplay, VG+, NSSC
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1974 Hofner 500 / 1 Beatle Bass Vintage Violin Bass 100% Original w /  Blade Pickups

1974 Hofner 500 / 1 Beatle Bass Vintage Violin Bass 100% Original w / Blade Pickups

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4300

Up for sale, a 1974 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin ??Beatle Bass?? in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Indelibly linked with Paul McCartney and the Beatles, this genuine vintage 500 / 1 captures the round, pillowy thump and definition inherent to the iconic Beatles sound, with a fully hollow body and blade pickups
There??s a distinctive pluck, percussive cut, and hollow thud that this bass delivers even while unplugged, with... more
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Hofner H500 / 1-61L Cavern Club 61 Violin Beatle Bass, Left-Handed w /  Case & Tags

Hofner H500 / 1-61L Cavern Club '61 Violin Beatle Bass, Left-Handed w / Case & Tags

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4200

Up for sale, a left-handed Hofner H500 / 1-61L ??Cavern Club?? ?61 vintage reissue bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, factory paperwork and hangtag. The H500 / 1-61 features all the hallmarks of Hofner's early violin bass design, as seen played by Paul McCartney in The Beatles?? formative days
A genuine German-made Hofner and the highest tiered example offered, this Cavern Club bass features a flat, ... more
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Vintage 1966 Hofner Beatle Bass 500 / 1

Vintage 1966 Hofner Beatle Bass 500 / 1

Round Rock, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4000


Here's a beautiful example of a well-aged 1966 Hofner Beatle Bass. All original with the vintage case, this one is unique in having a sleek, black finish on the neck. It plays extremely well and recording with it produces the sound this bass is known and loved for.
All electronics / pickups work and sound great! The neck is also remarkably straight for it's age. Set up by Kurt Viles guitar tech with flat-wounds, it's ready for any show or recording session. There are some knicks and ... more
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1957 Hofner model 127 Club 50 a killer John Lennon "Beatle" guitar very clean !

1957 Hofner model 127 Club 50 a killer John Lennon "Beatle" guitar very clean !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3495

This super rare and very early ?Sunburst?? Model 127 Club 50 it has a 13 inch wide, 2 inch thick, single cutaway hollow body, with a slightly arched top and a flat-back. One-piece natural spruce ?carved?? top with a one-piece maple back. The sides of the body are lightly flamed maple and triple-bound bound in black. Original two-layer pearloid over black plastic heel-cap. Three-piece (maple-beech-maple) neck with a scale length of 24 1 / 4 inches, a nut width of just under 1 5 / 8 inches and a ... more
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Hofner Jazzica Custom

Hofner Jazzica Custom

San Pedro, California, 907**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3300

Hofner Jazzica Custom.

Excellent condition Hofner Jazzica Custom.

Guitar sounds and plays fantastically. Currently set up with flat wound 12s.

Comes with F holes mutes and hardcase. However some of the stands have fallen off the hardcase.
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Vtg 60??s Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Vtg 60??s Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3000

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Vintage 1965 Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar 4570e NEAR MINT W. GERMANY

Vintage 1965 Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar 4570e NEAR MINT W. GERMANY

Montclair, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2795

Vintage 1965 Höfner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Model 4570e NEAR MiNT! MADE IN GERMANY
This gorgeous, vintage 1965 wide-body semi-hollow Höfner was made in West Germany and is a special instrument. It has been remarkably preserved over the years and shows little to no signs of its age.
A beautiful medium sunburst, a pearloid inlay fretboard and headstock make this a work of art. Every bit of this guitar is original.
The pickups were rewired about five years ago (see pictures) and ... more
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"Mint" 2010 Hofner HCT 500 / 1 SB Contemporary Violin Bass w /  German Control Panel

"Mint" 2010 Hofner HCT 500 / 1 SB Contemporary Violin Bass w / German Control Panel

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1795

Here's my Beautiful Hofner Contemprary Series HCT500 / 01 Violin "Beatle" Bass. This Bass is in Phenominal Shape and has had some "GERMAN" modifications done to it. It now has a "GERMAN" Hofner Tail piece and a "GERMAN PEARL CONTROL PANEL" with 250K and "TEA CUP" Knobs. Completely in Awesome working order. I just recently ahad it SET UP with Nice low action with LaBella flatwound strings and a GERMAN truss Rod Cover. LOOKS AND PLAYS LIKE NEW!!!! I have too many Bass's and besides, I don't look ... more
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Vintage RARE Hofner 4990-12 1975 Natural Acoustic Made in Germany

Vintage RARE Hofner 4990-12 1975 Natural Acoustic Made in Germany

Mount Sinai, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

Up for sale is a RARE Hofner 4990-12 from 1975. Made in Germany. Featured on Steve??s Vintage Hofner website! A photo of this guitar was apparently never put in their 1975 catalogue. I have never seen another like one like this. Definitely a rare find

The projection in on this guitar is very powerful. The grain on the woods are beautiful. And the bookmark matched back is truly stunning. It is a work of art!

Open chords are easy to play. The action is high as you get down ... more
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HOFNER GERMANY VERITHIN VERYTHIN STANDARD ELECTRIC GUITAR

HOFNER GERMANY VERITHIN VERYTHIN STANDARD ELECTRIC GUITAR

Fort Worth, Texas, 761**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

HOFNER VERITHIN VERYTHIN STANDARD HOLLOW BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR

MADE IN GERMANY IN 2004

IN GREAT CONDITION

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Hofner 185 Artist Bass Guitar 1964-1965 Polished Sunburst W Original Case

Hofner 185 Artist Bass Guitar 1964-1965 Polished Sunburst W Original Case

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 191**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499


Dates of manufacture: 1962 to 1983Hofner made the 185 bass from around 1962 to 1983. It was a solid body electric bass with polyester Polished Sunburst or ruby finish. The 2 special bass sound pickups were mutually switchable to that 3 different pickup combinations could be obtained. The 185 had 1 volume and two tone controls - (some had 2 volume & 2 tone controls). This bass was reissued with an updated design and longer scale length as the Hofner HCT 185 bass
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Vintage 1964 Hagstrom Futurama III Red Electric Guitar w /  Gig Bag

Vintage 1964 Hagstrom Futurama III Red Electric Guitar w / Gig Bag

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1450

Vintage 1964 Hagstrom Futurama III Red Electric Guitar w / Gig Bag
Hey now! You're looking at a super cool vintage guitar This is a Vintage 1964 Hagstrom Futurama III Red Electric Guitar It weighs 6 lbs 9 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 59" nut width The vintage Hagstroms are highly sought by collectors and players alike. With their insanely thin bodies and necks, these have a tone all their own. This beauty has 3 single coils and 6 switches, offering a wide range of tones. From brilliant bridge cleans ... more
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Mint "2013" "Epiphone Viola"  Looks New with "HOFNER MODIFICATIONS"

Mint "2013" "Epiphone Viola" Looks New with "HOFNER MODIFICATIONS"

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1295

Here we have a Beautiful 2013 "EPIPHONE VIOLA" in absolutley "PRISTINE CONDITION" This Bass has been modified to " HOFNER SPECS " . I had this Bass a bit overhauled for "THE BEATLES" enthusiast. I had a "HOFNER GERMAN TAILPIECE put on, a "HOFNER BRIDGE" a "HOFNER NUT" "HOFNER TUNING PEGS" put on "LABELLA FLATWOUND STRINGS" put on, and had the EPIPHONE CONTROL PANEL, (volume and tone controls) into 250k just like "THE HOFNER " . It has been completely set up and ready to do it's duty. I thought ... more
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late 60s Hofner Galaxie 176

late 60s Hofner Galaxie 176

Long Beach, California, 908**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1200

Let's go surfing now!Tremelo is repaired & working great. All electronics have been cleaned & work as they should too. One exception is the tone for the neck pickup is frozen. Fortunately it's in the all-the-way-up position. There is some fret wear mostly on the high E and B, but it doesn't buzz and there's plenty of meat left on the frets if you want to do a level Lots of finish checking & character Remains of a hard case included.... more
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Hofner Contemporary HCT Bass with OHSC

Hofner Contemporary HCT Bass with OHSC

Florence, Arizona, 851**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

Offered here is mint, like-new Hofner Contemporary HCT Bass guitar with deluxe custom padded and fitted Hardshell Case. I purchased these brand new from Barry Clark Music in 2022. Serial Number is X0128Y124. While I cannot find a good source for Hofner serial number dating, per my experience this would indicate that it was manufactured in China in 2021. Again, it was brand new when I purchased it. I have gigged with it twice and it has had no other use
The bass has new D?? Addario ENR70 long... more
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1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

Buy with confidence knowing this guitar will rock your socks off! We ship off same day or next business day!
In the early 1960s, rock music was sweeping across Europe, and one of the most iconic bands of that era was undoubtedly the Beatles. Their arrival on the scene in 1962 and 1963 marked the onset of Beatlemania, a phenomenon that swept the globe, with audiences clamoring to see them perform and emulate their style
The immense demand for instruments like the ones the Beatles played ... more
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1960s Hofner Colorama model 161 Circa 1960s - Redburst Made in Germany Vintage

1960's Hofner Colorama model 161 Circa 1960's - Redburst Made in Germany Vintage

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$795

This Hofner Model 161 Colorama was made in Germany in the early to mid 1960's. The guitar is a fun little single pickup guitar that plays and sounds good. The guitar is super light and weighs 4 LBS & 8 ounces. The body is very thin and comfortable to play. The guitar is in good shape for it's age but does show a fair amount of nicks, dings and scratches. The high E tuner is changed but the guitar is otherwise original to the best of my knowledge. The pickup sounds good and the electronics ... 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 (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

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass Rose-Morris were selling Shaftesbury-branded Rickenbacker copy instruments from the late 1960s right through the 1970s. The 3263 bass was one of the first models, (alongside the 3261 six string and 3262 twelve string) available from late 1968 until about 1974. The earliest incarnation was a set neck bass, produced very briefly in Japan. But production quickly moved to Italy. This bolt-on neck example was built by Eko, in Recanati, using the same hardware and pickups as fitted to Eko, and Vox basses built around the same time. It's certainly a fine looking bass, and not a bad player either.

1961 Hohner Zambesi

1961 Hohner Zambesi This very early, and pretty rare British-built guitar is branded Hohner London. Hohner were, of course, a German company, better known for their harmonicas and accordions, but they were keenly expanding into guitars at the birth of the 1960s. This model, along with the Hohner Amazon and (particularly) the Hohner Holborn, bear some similarity with Vox guitars of the same period; furniture manufacturer Stuart Darkins constructed bodies and necks for both brands, with Fenton Weill assembling them using their hardware and pickups. These guitars do have some hardware peculiarities, and they are not the most adjustable of instruments, but they actually play very nicely, being solidly built out of some very nice woods. Check out the video on this page.

1963 Vox Super Ace

1963 Vox Super Ace The Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of £47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar 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 the Les Paul Personal / Professional