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SELMER | CATALOGS | 1971 | PAGE 21

Yamaha FG-180, FG-230 (12-string), FG-300, FG-500 folk acoustics

1971 Selmer 'Guitars & Accessories' catalog page 21

A selection of better quality Yamaha folk acoustics, following on from the entry-mid level guitars on the previous page. Four models are shown, the FG-180, FG-230 (12-string), FG-300, FG-500.

The Jumbo FG-180 is described as follows:

The new Jumbo Guitar is the latest addition to the Yamaha family are fine professional instruments. The large deep body produces a tone of great power and balance. Back and sides are Mahogany finished in a rich deep town. The top is selects natural Spruce. The curved Rosewood fingerboard has twenty frets and seven inlaid position markers. The slim neck has an adjustable steel reinforcing rod to enable the player to completely adjust the action. Pin style Rosewood bridge. The sound hole is inlaid with a decorative design with a matching top edge binding. Individual chrome-plated machine heads are used. The Yamaha Jumbo Guitar is also the outstanding choice of Western Style performers.

Yamaha folk guitar pricing (UK, August 1971)
codemodelfinishprice
5310FG-180Natural£41
5311FG-230 12-stringNatural£52.75
5312FG-300Natural£76.50
5328FG-500Natural£96.50
1971 Selmer "Guitars & Accessories" catalog page 21: Yamaha FG-180, FG-230 (12-string), FG-300, FG-500 folk acoustics
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Yamaha FG-75 Acoustic Guitar, 1970s Made in Japan (Red Label).

Yamaha FG-75 Acoustic Guitar, 1970's Made in Japan (Red Label).

San Jose, California, 951**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$99

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Vintage Yamaha FG-340 Dreadnought Musical Instrument Acoustic Guitar With Case

Vintage Yamaha FG-340 Dreadnought Musical Instrument Acoustic Guitar With Case

Detroit, Michigan, 482**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$104

Title: Vintage Yamaha FG-340 Dreadnought Musical Instrument Acoustic Guitar With Case
Brand & Model Name: Yamaha FG-340
Type: Acoustic Dreadnought
Condition: Good - shows some signs
Case: A Case in Good condition - shows some signs
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Vintage c. 1980 Yamaha FG 340 dreadnought acoustic guitar, Taiwan

Vintage c. 1980 Yamaha FG 340 dreadnought acoustic guitar, Taiwan

Youngstown, Ohio, 445**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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IMO, every acoustic guitar Yamaha makes is an excellent value in its price range. Not many companies can say that. Here we have a c. 1980 Taiwan FG-340 dreadnought with the three-piece rosewood and dark (faux ebony) back. All laminates, as was the case for all but the professional models. Nice player, and in fact action might even be a little low for an aggressive player (barely 1 / 16??). Very nice tone, with rich bottom end. A little bit of finish blushing on the back and sides (see pics). Two... more
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Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Model FG-140 Red Label 1968-72

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San Bruno, California, 940**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$290

This beautiful Yamaha acoustic guitar, model FG-140 Red Label from 1968-1972, is a true gem for any musician or collector. Its stunning red body color is sure to catch the eye, but it's the quality and craftsmanship that truly make this guitar stand out. Made by one of the most respected names in the industry, this Yamaha FG series guitar boasts a rich, full-bodied sound that is perfect for any style of music. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, this acoustic guitar is ... more
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Yamaha ? FG-110 Vintage 1969 Acoustic Guitar  Nippon Gakki Red Label

Yamaha ? FG-110 Vintage 1969 Acoustic Guitar Nippon Gakki Red Label

New Rochelle, New York, 108**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$299

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Overall Very Good Condition
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Yamaha FG350F Japan Acoustic Guitar  Black Label FG-350f Vintage w / case

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Boca Raton, Florida, 334**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Vintage 1977 Yamaha FG-335 Acoustic Guitar Six String Right Handed

Vintage 1977 Yamaha FG-335 Acoustic Guitar Six String Right Handed

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

$300

Vintage Yamaha FG-335 Acoustic Guitar
All original. This has not been repaired or worked on professionally. I have restrung the guitar with new strings and this plays well and sounds great. The action is nice and low, and this one is a keeper!
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Vintage Signed Yamaha FG-420A Acoustic Guitar Six String Right Handed With Case

Vintage Signed Yamaha FG-420A Acoustic Guitar Six String Right Handed With Case

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

$300

Vintage Signed Yamaha FG-420A Acoustic Guitar
I have restrung the guitar with new strings and this plays well and sounds great. The action is nice and low, and this one is a keeper!
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Vintage Yamaha Nippon Gakki Fg 140 Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan Red Label  / Case

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Tampa, Florida, 336**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Vintage Yamaha Nippon Gakki Fg 140 Acoustic Guitar Made In Japan Red Label / Hard Case
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Yamaha FG160 Acoustic Guitar, Vintage

Yamaha FG160 Acoustic Guitar, Vintage

Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 482**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$350

Sounds loud and full, as many of these '70s Yamahas do. Made in Taiwan

Truss rod turns. Good action. Tuners turn easily. Frets have very little wear and looks to have lived in the case most of its life

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Yamaha FG-110 Red label - Made In Japan, Old 1960s,

Yamaha FG-110 Red label - Made In Japan, Old 1960s,

Copperopolis, California, 952**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$350

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Vintage Yamaha FG-75 Red Label Acoustic Guitar 1970s Nippon Gakki Original Case!

Vintage Yamaha FG-75 Red Label Acoustic Guitar 1970s Nippon Gakki Original Case!

Pahrump, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$399

? Yamaha Red Label!
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Awesome Sounding Vintage wood Yamaha 6- string acoustic guitar!?
Great songwriter guitar. I have another one (my first guitar) that I play daily!
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Yamaha FG-110 Red label - 1967 Made Japan (EXCELLENT CONDITION)

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1982 Yamaha FG335II

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Titusville, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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This 1982 Yamaha FG335II acoustic guitar is a beautiful instrument with a natural body color and a full sized dreadnaught body. It features a mahogany neck, back, and sides, a spruce top and a rosewood fretboard, providing a great playing experience to all guitarists. The spruce and mahogany body produce a warm, full, and versatile sound that would be perfect for any style of music. The Yamaha FG335II is a part of the FG series and was manufactured 3 / 30 1982, making it a classic model that any... more
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Yamaha FG-365Sii Acoustic Guitar Taiwan 1980s w Vtg Hard Case VGC

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Stony Brook, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Vintage Yamaha FG-200 Acoustic Guitar w / Original Case. 1975 ish. XLNT. Condition

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Yamaha FG-312 12 String Vintage Acoustic Guitar - 1980 (electric)

Yamaha FG-312 12 String Vintage Acoustic Guitar - 1980 (electric)

Daleville, Alabama, 363**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$450

The guitar has an acoustic guitar sound hole pick up
Guitar comes with Road Runner padded case
1980's Yamaha FG-312 !2-String Acoustic In Natural Finish
In Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Some Cosmetic Playwear Throughout (review photos)
High Action
Nut Width: 1 88 "
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Yamaha FG180 Vintage Red Label 1971

Yamaha FG180 Vintage Red Label 1971

Bend, Oregon, 977**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$650

I have personally owned this guitar since 1980. I have always kept in a case and tried to take good care of it. I really love this guitar. Sounds fantastic. I had the strings lowered in the late 90s and it makes this guitar so easy to play
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Yamaha FG-300 Red Label Acoustic Guitar

Yamaha FG-300 Red Label Acoustic Guitar

Franklin, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$799

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Vintage Yamaha FG-612S, 1980 12-String Guitar and Hardcase Excellent Condition

Vintage Yamaha FG-612S, 1980 12-String Guitar and Hardcase Excellent Condition

Portland, Oregon, 972**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$875

Vintage Yamaha FG-612S, 1980 12-String Guitar and Hard case Excellent Condition
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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.