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SELMER | CATALOGS | 1968 | PAGE 63

Gibson Electro-Acoustic, Solid and Flat-Top Guitars

1968/1969 Selmer 'Guitars and Accessories' catalog page 63

The Gibson section of this catalog consists ten pages (p63 to p73) displaying 11 electric guitars, 8 acoustics and 3 basses.

1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog, page 63: Gibson electro-acoustic, solid and flat-top guitars
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1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w /  Pat # Pickups

1968 Gibson ES-175 D Vintage Archtop Electric Guitar Sunburst w / Pat # Pickups

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

$7500

Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-175D in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A clean vintage example, this ES-175 boasts its original "patent sticker" humbuckers, delivering a detailed and dynamic range of tones. Acoustically, the fully hollow maple body delivers a big, open sound with both the immediate attack and clarity of maple, and an airy, smooth quality befitting the hollowbody construction. These patent sticker humbuckers both meter in the mid... more
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1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

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

$12900

SKU: (#GAT0338)
1969 Gibson Johnny Smith, Attractive Cherry Sunburst finish, Ridiculously flamed Maple back, All solid wood construction, 1 & ¾ inches wide at the nut, Two Johnny Smith floating pickups, Gold hardware, Great low action, Superb archtop! VG++, Original hard case
??At Gary??s Classic Guitars we professionally clean, setup & pro pack for safe transit of your new guitar to your door! We would love to earn your business ??
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Gibson Melody Maker D Electric Guitar Vintage 1968 Cardinal Red 2 Pickup Model

Gibson Melody Maker D Electric Guitar Vintage 1968 Cardinal Red 2 Pickup Model

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2300

Original & Repair Free!
1968 Gibson Melody Maker D Double Pickup Electric Guitar
Original Cardinal Red Finish
SN 900302
Weighs: 6 Pounds, 14 Ounces
Nut Width: 1-9 / 16 "
Comes With Vintage Hard Case Pictured
Plays & Sounds Great Without Issue
No Repairs Or Refinishing
PLEASE DO NOT mistake picture glare for flaws . If you think you're seeing something not mentioned in this listing, please ask!!
There are lots of pics available, so when you receive it, its... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-175D Sunburst 1969

Vintage Gibson ES-175D Sunburst 1969

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6499


Vintage Gibson ES-175D Sunburst 1969
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
A true vintage beauty & in great shape for its age. The sunburst finish looks marvelous over some pretty bird's eye figuring in the body. The slender profile neck is very comfortable to play up & down the fretboard. The guitar has a natural, woody acoustic resonance, but when plugged in the double humbuckers offer warm, rich tones.
Professionally set up with fresh ... more
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1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D

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

$12900

SKU: (#GAT0339)
1969 Gibson Johnny Smith D, Cherry Sunburst, Deluxe Artistmodel, Carved Spruce top, Attractively Flamed Maple back and sides, Ebonyfingerboard with split block inlays, Two Floating Johnny Smith pickups, Goldhardware, Marvelous instrument with fantastic playability, Stunning example! EC+, Clean original hard case with case cover, $12, 900

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1968 Gibson SG Custom Guitar with Maestro Vibrola - Polaris White

1968 Gibson SG Custom Guitar with Maestro Vibrola - Polaris White

West Hartford, Connecticut, 061**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

Here??s a rare opportunity to own a valuable 60s SG Custom at a below market price   1968 was the last year without ??Made in the USA?? on the back of the headstock. This guitar has been professionally set up and plays the way you??d expect a ??Fretless Wonder?? to play and feel   It has three of those incredible, original 60s humbuckers   The pots are original except for one that the previous owner had replaced. It also features those unique waffle-back gold Klusons, gold Maestro Lyre ... more
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1968 Gibson L-7CES a Sharp Cut Electric L-7 that was a true 1-off special order.

1968 Gibson L-7CES a Sharp Cut Electric L-7 that was a true 1-off special order.

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

$8995

This is a really cool 1-of-a-kind Arch Top that's an exceedingly unusual special order model L-7CES from 1968 in which was never available in their product catalogs. Its pretty much an L-5CES w / down graded appointments perhaps a more affordable version for its 1st owner wanting that cool body shape. Its got a gorgeous rich Dark Sunburst finish over a nice grainy ??carved?? spruce top w / a sharp "Florintine" cutaway that was never optional on any L-7, all being round Venetian cutaways, always ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom original owner

1969 Gibson SG Custom original owner

Rock Hill, South Carolina, 297**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$22000

In 1969 I was very fortunate to see Jimi Hendrix in Nuerenburg, Germany He played a Strat for all songs except for Red house when he went behind hisamps and came back playing a white Gibson SG Custom. Wow!! I had never such abeautiful guitar! I had to have one. Living in Germany it took 3 months forshipment from the States (which is a very long time for a 16-year old). Theguitar has been with me ever since
The guitar is actually in a pristine condition. Used 99% for home recording
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1969 Gibson EB-3 Transistional Headstock - 7 77 LBS

1969 Gibson EB-3 Transistional Headstock - 7 77 LBS

Lawrence Township, New Jersey, 086**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2499

Guitar is 7 / 10. Has tiny chips in headstock. Finish checking throughout. Spot of wear on back. Sifnificant wearming on rear. Oxidation, pitting on chrome parts. A "preserved" signature on back. Has a '68 headstock style but a '69 finish. Can't explain it. Seen other similar examples
Brand: Gibson
Model: EB-3
Year: 1969
Serial: 886092
Color: Walnut
Weight: 7 77
NECK
Neck Type: Set / Glued-In Frets: 20... more
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Exquisitely Rare Lefty Left-Handed 1968 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Cherry Red

Exquisitely Rare 'Lefty' Left-Handed 1968 Gibson SG Standard Vintage Cherry Red

Reseda, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$19675

Introducing one of the rarest, nearly impossible to find, legendary pieces of Music History
An Authentic, originally built, "Left-Handed" 1968 Gibson SG Standard. This is NOT a 'reissued' instrument
There are many 'reissued' knock-off guitars made all over the world by machines. They have very little value and will not go up in value as any true collector's piece should. Here on eBay, you will see names that can confuse someone seeking to purchase a genuine collector's piece.
The... more
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1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut Electric Guitar

1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut Electric Guitar

Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9499

For sale is a 1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut guitar. Excellent condition, all original. Rare walnut finish.

The guitar features a unique stutter (kill) switch. My father went to Guitar Center in 1969 to buy a Gibson ES 335 in the walnut finish but they didn't have one in stock. So he ordered one directly from Gibson. When my father picked it up it had the switch on it, so it came that way from the factory

Note: the guitar case is in fair condition and not original ... more
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Gibson Vintage ES-345 Gold Varitone Plate 355 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1960

Gibson Vintage ES-345 Gold Varitone Plate 355 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1960

Mill Valley, California, 949**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$139

** Vintage Gibson 1960's Gold ES 345 Varitone Plate **
Very Good ConditionSee PhotosShipping Lower 48 $11 00We Ship Worldwide030824... more
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Vintage 1966-7 or 1969 American Made Gibson Electric Guitar

Vintage 1966-7 or 1969 American Made Gibson Electric Guitar

Norwalk, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1499

Vintage 1966-7 or 1969 American Made Gibson Electric Guitar Used Please verify condition and view pictures for details Free Shipping(You will be shipped exact item pictured)... more
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1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Vintage Guitar w /  Pat # T Tops, Tags

1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Vintage Guitar w / Pat # T Tops, Tags

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

$20000

Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. Produced early in '69 (with pot codes from late '68), this Custom is extremely responsive, offering bold muscle and dynamic cut when played acoustically, weighing 10lbs 1oz
The guitar retains the original pair of patent sticker T Top humbuckers and delivers plenty of detail, treble cut, and roaring, punchy low end. All three pickup positions ... more
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1969-1970 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe ultra rare made late 1969 completed Jan. 1970.

1969-1970 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe ultra rare made late 1969 completed Jan. 1970.

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

$12495

This is a crazy cool, rare & untouched all original late 1969 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe from a very transitional year for Gibson before the 70??s guitar push started as these changed drastically just post-1970. It??s an early Deluxe model in the very desirable Gold Top finish over the 1st of the sandwich bodies w / its natural finished figured mahogany back & neck. Its early 3-piece mahogany neck feels fabulous w / its trapezoid inlaid rosewood fingerboard. It??s got no dot in its Gibson ... more
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1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w /  Pat # T-Tops, Case

1969 Gibson SG Custom Vintage Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w / Pat # T-Tops, Case

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

$17500

Up for sale, a 1969 Gibson SG Custom in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This extremely well-kept SG features a gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish, the original trio of Pat # T Top humbuckers, and a long frame Maestro Vibrola. This particular instrument comes from the personal collection of Slipknot??s Jim Root, aka #4
The tonewood complement comprises solid mahogany neck and body construction, offering a rich ... more
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1968 Gibson ES-330 TDC Vintage Hollowbody Sparkling Burgundy, Near Mint w /  Case

1968 Gibson ES-330 TDC Vintage Hollowbody Sparkling Burgundy, Near Mint w / Case

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

$9500

Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-330TD in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Finished in Sparkling Burgundy, this particular example is very bold and unfaded in its presentation, with sparingly little of the oxidation and color shifting emblematic of how this finish ages. A rare iteration of the ES-330 with features spanning only 1968-69, this guitar boasts a one-piece mahogany neck and 19th fret neck joint, allowing easier ... more
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1968 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst Electric Guitar Archtop Hollow Body #509180

1968 Gibson ES-175D Sunburst Electric Guitar Archtop Hollow Body #509180

Columbia, South Carolina, 292**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

This is a BEAUTY and a great collectors dream. Gibson Es-175D. ALL parts are original and in great playing condition. Comes with the Gibson case. From the product number it was union manufactured from 1968-70. If you have any questions or need additional views please contact me
... more
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1969 Gibson ES-125 Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst W / Case Great Cond W / Hang Tag!

1969 Gibson ES-125 Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst W / Case Great Cond W / Hang Tag!

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2400

Vintage & Repair Free
1969 Gibson ES-125 Hollowbody Electric Guitar
With Original Hang Tag & Vintage Gator Chip Board Case Pictured (harder than your average chipboard case)
Low Action & Is A True Player!!
Originality:
Finish: Black Lighted & 100% Original & Repair / Crack Free
Tuning Pegs: Original
Strap Buttons: Non Original
Pickup, pots & wiring: Original
Pick Guard & Mounting Hardware: Not Sure. It Glows Under Black Light
Knobs: ... more
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original 1968 Gibson ES-335 Walnut

original 1968 Gibson ES-335 Walnut

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7890


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1968 Gibson ES-335 in its original Walnut finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete with the exception of the two chrome pickup covers. The original hardshell case is included. This 335 looks great with some minor nicks + dings and other cosmetic wear. The guitar itself remains structurally sound with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Underneath the high E tuning key ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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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 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.