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1965/66 Selmer 'Guitars and Accessories' catalog

Hofner, Gibson, and Hagstrom guitars

1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog front cover
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 2 - Hofner guitar features: bridge, tremolo, pickups
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 3 - Hofner Committee
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 4 - Hofner Verithin
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 5 - Hofner Ambassador
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 6 - Hofner President and Senator
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 7 - Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 8 - Hofner Committee Bass and Verithin Bass
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 9 - Hofner President bass and Senator bass
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 10 - Hofner Galaxie
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 11 - Hofner Artist and Professional Bass
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 12 -Hofner Committee and President acoustics
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 13 - Hofner Senator and Congress Acoustics
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 14 - Hofner Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 15 - Hofner Acoustic and Electric-Acoustic twelve strings
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 16 - Hofner Artist and Standard Electric Hawaiian Guitars
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 17 - Hofner Vienna and Flamenco
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 18 - Hagstrom Viking
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 19 - Hagstrom Viking Bass
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 20 - Hagstrom Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 21 - Hagstrom Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic 12-strings
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 22 - Futurama De Luxe Solids
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 23  Futurama Bass De Luxe
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 24 - Futurama Duo
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 25 - Giannini Models 6 and 104
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 26 - Futurama Cutaway, Selmer Triple-2 and Triple-3
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 27 - Gibson guitars
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 28 - Gibson Barney Kessel
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 29 - Gibson ES335TD and ES345TD thinlines
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 30 - Gibson ES330TD and ES175D electric acoustics
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 31 - Gibson EB-2 Bass
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 32 - Gibson SG Standard
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 33 - Gibson SG Special and SG Junior
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 34 - Gibson EB-0 and EB-3 bass guitars
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 35 - Gibson J-200
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 36 - Gibson Everly Brothers
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 37 - Gibson SJN Country Western and J-45 flat-tops
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 38 - Gibson J-160E and B-45 12-String
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 39 - Selmer guitar cases
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 40 - De Armond pickups and Bigsby Vibrato units
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 41 - Hofner guitar pickups
1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 42 - Gibson and Hofner strings
 

1965/1966 Selmer Guitars and Accessories catalog

44 pages, 10" x 8". Dated September 1965 (back page). This catalog contains guitars produced in numerous countries worldwide, imported for sale in the United Kingdom: guitars branded Hofner, Hagstrom, Futurama, Giannini and Gibson, with UK prices included; in guineas (this was still pre-decimalisation, 1 guinea = 21 shillings, or £1.05 in decimalised currency).

Selmer were, at the time, the exclusive distributors for these brands in the UK, and in parts of the Commonwealth. West German manufacturer Hofner was the biggest seller for Selmer, and naturally commands the first and largest section of this catalog.

Hofner produced numerous models, but those made for distribution by Selmer had their own distinct names and specifications, usually differing somewhat from the equivalents sold in mainland Europe. Although acoustic and solid body guitars are included here, the majority of Hofner instruments listed are semi-acoustics, which had been the mainstay of the range since the 1950s.

A number of new/redesigned models appeared in late 1965 for inclusion in this catalogue: the Ambassador, Verithin 66 and President being the most notable examples; the latter two models changing from the old Venetian cutaway body design to a sharper Florentine cutaway.

It was the final UK catalog appearance of several models though, most notably the Committee bass, President bass and Artist bass - all dual pickups models, leaving only the Violin bass and the entry-level single-pickup Professional and Senator in the 1968/69 Selmer catalog.

Selmer also stocked spare parts and accessories: pickups, tailpieces, strings etc, which appear in the final pages of the catalogue.

Hofner electric guitars:

Hofner Committee
Hofner Verithin 66
Hofner Ambassador
Hofner President
Hofner Senator
Hofner Galaxie

Hofner Basses:

Hofner Violin bass
Hofner Committee bass
Hofner Verithin bass
Hofner President bass
Hofner Senator bass
Hofner Artist bass
Hofner Professional bass

Hofner Acoustic guitars:

Hofner Committee
Hofner President
Hofner Senator
Hofner Congress
Hofner Acoustic
Hofner Electro-Acoustic
Hofner Acoustic 12-String
Hofner Electro-Acoustic 12-String
Hofner Vienna
Hofner Flamenco

Electric Hawaiian guitars:

Hofner Hawaiian Artist
Hofner Hawaiian Standard

Swedish manufacturer Hagstrom had supplied guitars to Selmer under it's own name, but also under Selmer's own brand Futurama (the De Luxe and De Luxe bass). The Futurama Duo, however, was made by another maker, CSHN of Czechoslovakia. Giannini, a less well-known brand in the UK, produced acoustic guitars in Brazil.

This was the last Selmer catalog to include Hagstrom and Futurama (irrespective of maker) guitars; by the next catalog (1968/69) they were gone, with Hagstrom distribution in the UK moving over to another London-based company, Rosetti.

Hagstrom Electric guitars:

Hagstrom Viking
Futurama II De Luxe
Futurama III De Luxe
Futurama Duo

Hagstrom Basses:

Hagstrom Viking bass
Futurama Bass De Luxe

Acoustic guitars:

Hagstrom Acoustic
Hagstrom Electro-Acoustic
Hagstrom Acoustic 12-String
Hagstrom Electro-Acoustic 12-String
Giannini model no. 104
Giannini model no. 6
Futurama Cutaway
Selmer Triple-2 / Triple-3

Selmer were the sole distributors of Gibson guitars in the United Kingdom. As everybody knows, they produced some of the very finest guitars available in the 1960s, and the prices listed are significantly higher than other guitars appearing in this catalog. Only a small selection of Gibson's range is included here; for a more complete view of the 1965/66 line, see the 1966 US Gibson catalogue.

Gibson electric acoustic guitars:

Gibson Barney Kessel
Gibson ES-330TD
Gibson ES-335TD
Gibson ES-345TD
Gibson ES-175D

Gibson electric solid body guitars:

Gibson SG Standard
Gibson SG Junior
Gibson SG Special

Gibson basses:

Gibson EB-0 bass
Gibson EB-2 bass
Gibson EB-3 bass

Gibson acoustic guitars:

Gibson J-200
Gibson Everly Brothers
Gibson SJN Country Western
Gibson J-45
Gibson J-160E
Gibson B-45-12

The final section of this catalog includes cases, pickups (by Hofner and De Armond), Bigbsy Vibrato units and strings by Gibson and Hofner.

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Vintage Circa 1965  /  1966 Hofner Electric Guitar 4578 VTZ Active Circuit Pickups

Vintage Circa 1965 / 1966 Hofner Electric Guitar 4578 VTZ Active Circuit Pickups

Greeley, Colorado, 806**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2325

Beautiful vintage, Hofner Guitar, 4578 VTZ with active circuit pickups. Circa 1960??s - I believe inbetween 1965 and 1966.

It??s a beauty of a guitar, a true relic - would love for it to go to a loving home.

I??m not certain of the current status of the electronics, everything was working when it was tested with a new battery 2 years ago. All Original pickups and hardware.

Slight, superficial nicks on the body, due to play-wear and the age. Guitar only - no ... more
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Hofner Vintage Senator E 1 Thin Brunette 1964 Sunburst Hollowbody Guitar w / HC

Hofner Vintage Senator E 1 Thin Brunette 1964 Sunburst Hollowbody Guitar w / HC

Huntington Station, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Here we have a vintage Hofner Senator E 1 Thin Brunette Archtop Hollowbody electric guitar. Made in Germany in 1964. Serial number 1492. The Hofner Senator is a thin body guitar. Its loud and resonant. Similar to a Gibson ES125T. It has a single neck pickup and a Master Volume and Tone control. The double bound body is made from Maple with what looks like a Maple neck and a Rosewood fingerboard. Classic zero fret design. Triple dot inlays on the fingerboard. The guitar has just been ... more
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1970 Hofner 490 Guitar

1970 Hofner 490 Guitar

Sarasota, Florida, 342**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$260

Super cool 1970 German made guitar! It does has some dings and scratches and the polyurethane is cracking from age. The neck has some bow in it but it does contain a truss rod. I tried to get as many pictures as I could. There is some slight bubbling in the body which is shown in the pictures aswell, so look at those. All of these conditions are normal for a guitar this old. The wood has been humidified and it??s stored in a cool, dry room. Comes in an old hard shell case that??s got a dent / ... more
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RARE ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1968 HOFNER 500 / 2 CLUB ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR P / C 298 EX CND

RARE ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1968 HOFNER 500 / 2 CLUB ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR P / C 298 EX CND

Altha, Florida, 324**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7500

* ESTATE SALE FIND. WAS ONLY PLAYED AT CHRISTMAS BY THE ORIGINAL OWNER FOR HER CHILDREN. HAS SPENT THE VAST MAJORITY OF IT'S LIFE WELL STORED IN THE CASE. OVERALL, IN EXCELLENT FUNCTIONING AND COSMETIC CONDITION. READ AND SEE ALL 24 PICS. NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS. IF THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE *
A VERY NICE RARE ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1968 HOFNER HOLLOWBODY MODEL 500 / 2 CLUB BASS GUITAR. SHORT SCALE. WEIGHS ABOUT 4-1 / 2 LBS. MATCHING POT CODES 298. (JULY 1968) 512 BLADE PICKUPS. ... more
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Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Guitar - Green - Used

Hofner Ignition Pro Violin Guitar - Green - Used

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

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

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

$2795


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

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$275

I'm retiring in a couple months, so I'm letting some instruments go:
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Used Hofner H500 / 1-61L-RLC-0 1961 Violin Bass Left Handed - Aged Sunburst

Used Hofner H500 / 1-61L-RLC-0 1961 Violin Bass Left Handed - Aged Sunburst

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$2239


Used Hofner H500 / 1-61L-RLC-0 1961 Violin Bass Left Handed - Aged Sunburst
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Vintage Hofner Electric Guitar 60??s 459VTZ  Neck With SG-Style Body

Vintage Hofner Electric Guitar 60??s 459VTZ Neck With SG-Style Body

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I found this interesting piece at a pawn shop on Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was drawn to it by the unusual neck. I??ll give you my best shot at what we have here
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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
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1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

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$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
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1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass

1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass

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

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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

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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

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Hofner Colorama double-cut HH electric red

Hofner Colorama double-cut HH electric red

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

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

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Vintage 1940s Hofner Acoustic Guitar Slot Headstock Cracked Playable

Vintage 1940s Hofner Acoustic Guitar Slot Headstock Cracked Playable

Canyon, Texas, 790**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

Top is flat neck is solid in body neck is straight action at 12th feet is 1 / 4 of a inch has glued crack on top from bottom of bridge to bottom of guitar has overall checking end pin is broken off in body pretty back dings scratches and general wear lower bout is 13 5 / 8 inches body depth is 3 3 / 8 inches scale length is 24 1 / 4 width at nut is 1 3 / 4
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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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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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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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1961 Hohner ZambesiThis 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 AceTheVox Super Acewas 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-pickupVox 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 Basssupporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortTheVox New Escortwas 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 guitarTheSymphonicbass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to theFender Precisionbass, 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-style3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string3261, the twelve string3262and the3263bass.Shaftesburywas the house-brand of major UK distributorRose-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, byEko

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. TheFender Precisionhad 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 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

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 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