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1968/1969 Selmer 'Guitars and Accessories' catalog

Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini guitars

1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog front cover
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 42 - Hofner Committee
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 43 - Hofner Verithin
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 44 - Hofner Club 70
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 45 - Hofner Ambassador
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 46 - Hofner President and Senator
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 47 - Hofner 500/1 Bass and Hofner Violin guitar
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 48 - Hofner Verithin Bass and Senator Bass
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 49 - Hofner Galaxie and Professional bass
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 50 - Hofner Committee and President acoustics
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 51 - Hofner Senator and Congress acoustics
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 52 - Hofner Acoustic and Electro-acoustic
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 53 - Hofner Classic acoustic
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 54 - Hofner Vienna and Flamenco acoustics
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 55 - Hofner Matador and Alhambra acoustics
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 56 - Hofner Arizona 6 and 12 strings
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 57 - Hofner Hawaiian Guitars
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 58 - Selmer Blue Grass and Rancher
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 59 - Selmer Granados, Sevilla and Meister Schaffner
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 60 - Selmer Triple-2 and Selmer Minstrel
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 61 - Giannini guitars
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 62
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 63 - Gibson guitars
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 64 - Gibson Barney Kessel
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 65 - Gibson ES-335TD and ES-345TD
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 66 - ES-330TD, ES-175D and ES-125CD
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 67 - Gibson EB-2 bass
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 68 - Gibson SG Standard, SG Special and SG Junior
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 69 - Gibson Les Paul Custom and Standard
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 70 - Gibson EB0 and EB3 bass
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 71 - Gibson J-200 and Everly Brothers Jumbo
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 72 - Gibson SJN, J-45 and Dove
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 73 - Gibson Hummingbird, B-45-12 and J-160E
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 74 - Selmer cases and guitar bags
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 75 - Gibson and Hofner strings
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 76 - Hofner and Selmer strings
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 77 - Hofner pickups
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 78 - De Armond pickups
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 79 - straps, plectra, Bigsby vibrato
1968 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog page 80 - Hamilton Capodastra

1968/1969 Selmer Guitars and Accessories catalog

39 printed pages, 10" x 8". Printed July 1968. This catalog contains guitars produced in numerous countries worldwide, imported for sale in the United Kingdom: guitars branded Hofner, Selmer, 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 the exclusive UK distributors of Hofner and Gibson guitars, and these instruments make up the majority of this catalog, although the Hofner electric range has decreased somewhat - but in turn there are more flat-top acoustic models; both by Hofner, Selmer, and Brazilian maker Giannini. There are no longer any guitars by Hagstrom or branded Futurama in this catalog.

As had always been the case, Hofner guitars produced for distribution by Selmer were given own distinct names and specifications, usually differing somewhat from the equivalents sold in mainland Europe. Many of the images (and a significant amount of the text) is reproduced from previous catalogues, but the majority of Hofner guitars are described as having the new Hofner bar pickup (or 'blade' pickup as they seem to be more widely described online). These pickups are an easy way to differentiate late-1960s and 70s Hofners from early/mid-1960s examples.

A number of new Hofner models were listed for the first time in this catalogue: the Hofner Club 70, and the Classic, Matador and Alhambra acoustics. But perhaps the most notable new inclusions are that of the newly reissued Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard. In total the 1968/69 Selmer catalogue contains 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars.

Hofner electric guitars:

Hofner Committee
Hofner Verithin
Hofner Club 70
Hofner Ambassador
Hofner President
Hofner Senator
Hofner Galaxie

Hofner Basses:

Hofner Violin bass
Hofner Verithin bass
Hofner Senator bass
Hofner Professional bass

Hofner Acoustic and Electro-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 Classic
Hofner Vienna
Hofner Flamenco
Hofner Matador
Hofner Alhambra
Hofner Arizona
Hofner Arizona 12-string

Electric Hawaiian guitars:

Hofner Hawaiian Artist
Hofner Hawaiian Standard

Acoustic guitars:

Selmer Blue Grass
Selmer Rancher
Selmer Granados
Selmer Sevilla
Selmer Meister Schaffner
Selmer Triple-2
Selmer Minstrel
Giannini model no. 535
Giannini model no. 1005
Giannini model no. 514
Giannini model no. 4
Giannini model no. 1001
Giannini model no. 104
Giannini model no. 6

Gibson guitars were distributed by Selmer in the UK, but only a small selection of Gibson's US product line was ever included in Selmer catalogues (and presumably stocked). Gibson did not produce a full-line catalogue in 1968, but check out the 1966 US Gibson catalogue for an idea of the US Gibson range at this time.

Gibson electric acoustic guitars:

Gibson Barney Kessel
Gibson ES-330TD
Gibson ES-335TD
Gibson ES-345TD
Gibson ES-175D
Gibson ES-125CD

Gibson electric solid body guitars:

Gibson SG Standard
Gibson SG Junior
Gibson SG Special
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Gibson Les Paul Standard

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 Dove
Gibson J-160E
Gibson B-45-12
Gibson Hummingbird

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

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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