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SELMER | CATALOGS | 1971 GUITARS AND ACCESSORIES

1971 Selmer Gibson Hofner Yamaha guitar catalog

This 1971 UK Selmer guitar catalogue shows numerous guitar models from numerous manufacturers: Gibson from USA, Yamaha and Suzuki from Japan, Hofner from Germany. This publication includes so many nice guitars - but the complexion of the Selmer guitar line is changing. The focus has certainly moved away from the numerous Hofner cello-bodied guitars like the Committee, President and Senator - and onto solid bodies. This is the final Selmer catalogue to include many of these models, and they no longer take pride of place on the first few pages of this catalogue.

And this is also the final Selmer catalog issued exclusively with two-colour print. The following catalogue from 1972 starts with a beautiful full-colour Gibson section, then falls back on to a similar red / black print as seen here for all other sections. Although undated, this catalog (from its contents) would appear to be from very late 1970/early 1971. It certainly contains instruments not seen in US Gibson price lists until 1971 (SG-100, SG-200 and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses), whilst also includes instruments not listed in the August 1971 Selmer (UK) price list (Such as the S.G Junior). Dimensions 21cm x 30cm, 52 pages.

The range of guitars stocked by Selmer has changed somewhat. Although Gibson and Hofner make the bulk of guitars listed alongside older Selmer acoustics (as had been the case throughout the 1960s), there is now a large range of Yamaha electrics, basses and acoustic models, and a small number of Suzuki acoustic guitars.

Gibson guitars

1971 Selmer catalogue

The Gibson guitars shown in this catalogue contain numerous long-established models, a few making their final catalogue appearances (Gibson Melody Maker, SG Junior, Melody Maker bass and Les Paul Professional); and a few making their first (SG-100, SG-200, and the SG-300 and SG-400 basses). Pages 2 to 17.

Hofner guitars

The Hofner line of guitars had always been given pride of place in 1960s Selmer guitar catalogues, however since the 1969 Selmer catalogue they had been pushed back being placed after the Gibson, Yamaha nd even Selmer models. No doubt this must have been in response to demand / sales levels, and many of the long-standing hollow body semi-acoustics were being phased out at this time. It is interesting to note the first models shown in the Hofner section are new solid body "copies" such as the SG-styled HS-174, the Telecaster-styled HS-186 bass and the Les Paul-styled HS-4579. Pages 26 to 41.

Yamaha guitars

Yamaha guitars were a relatively new addition to the catalogue, first appearing in the 1969 Selmer catalogue. Yamaha acoustic guitars remained in Selmer price lists for some years, but solid bodies were dropped from the Selmer line by August 1972. Pages 20 to 25.

Suzuki guitars

Three new Suzuki acoustic guitars are included in this catalogue for the first time, the Sierra Classic 60, Catalan Classic 70 and Laredo Folk 80 occupying pages 42 to 43.


1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog front cover - Hofner Ambassador
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 2 - Gibson Barney Kessel
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 3 - Gibson ES-335TD and ES-345TD
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 4 - Gibson ES-340TD and ES-150DC
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 5 - Gibson ES-330TD, ES-175D and ES-125CD
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 6 - Gibson EB-1 and EB-2 bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 7 - Gibson custom order instruments
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 8 - Gibson EB-3, EB-0 and Melody Maker bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 9 - Gibson SG Standard and SG Junior
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 10 - Gibson SG-100 and SG-200
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 11 - Gibson SB-300 and SB-400 bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 12 - Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Deluxe
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 13 - Gibson Melody Maker and Les Paul Professional
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 14 - Gibson J-200 and Everly Brothers Jumbo
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 15 - Gibson Heritage 6 string, Heritage 12-string and Blue Ridge
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 16 - Gibson SJ Southerner, J-45 and Dove
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 17 -  Gibson Hummingbird, J-160E, B-45 12-string and Bossa Nova
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 18 - Selmer Rancher, Rancher 12-string, Meister Schaffner, Cortez, Cordoba and Pizarro
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 19 - Selmer Triple-1, Triple-2 and Triple-3
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 20 - Yamaha FG-75, FG-110, FG-140, FG-150
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 21 - Yamaha FG-180, FG-230, FG-300, FG-500
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 22 - Yamaha SA-15D and SA-30
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 23 - Yamaha SG-2A, SG-5A, SG-7A, SG-12A, SB-5A and SB-7A
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 24 - Yamaha G-50A, G-60A, G-85A, G-100A, G-130A, G-170A
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 25 - Yamaha GC-3, GC-5 and GC-10
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 26 - Hofner HS-174, HS-175, HS-4579 and HS-186 bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 27 - Hofner HS-164V, HS-173 and HS-182 bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 28 - Hofner Committee
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 29 - Hofner Ambassador
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 30 - Hofner President and Hofner Senator
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 31 - Hofner Verithin
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 32 - Hofner Violin Bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 33 - Hofner Verithin bass, Hofner Senator bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 34 - Hofner Galaxie, Hofner Professional Bass
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 35 - Hofner Senator Acoustic, Hofner Congress
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 36 - Hofner Classic
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 37 - Hofner Matador and Alhambra
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 38 - Hofner Acoustic and Electro-acoustic
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 39 - Hofner Vienna and Flamenco
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 40 - Hofner Arizona
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 41 - Hofner Hawaiian Standard and Hawaiian Artist Lap Steels
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 42 - Suzuki Sierra Classic 60 and Catalan Classic 70
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 43 - Suzuki Laredo Folk 80
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 44 - Selmer cases and guitar bags
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 45 - Gibson strings
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 46 - Selmer and Hofner strings
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 47 - Yamaha strings
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 48 - Yamaha strings
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 49 - Hofner pickups
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 50 - De Armond Accessories
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 51 - Maestro effects and Hamilton Capodastra
1971 Gibson, Hofner and Yamaha catalog page 52 - General Accessories

Gibson electric guitars:

Gibson Barney Kessel
Gibson ES-345TD
Gibson ES-340TD
Gibson ES-335TD
Gibson ES-330TD
Gibson ES-175D
Gibson ES-150DC
Gibson ES-125CD
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson SG Junior
Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson SG-100
Gibson SG-200
Gibson Les Paul Custom
Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
Gibson Les Paul Professional

Gibson bass guitars:

Gibson EB-1
Gibson EB-2
Gibson EB-3
Gibson EB-0
Gibson Melody Maker bass
Gibson SB-300
Gibson SB-400

Gibson acoustic guitars:

Gibson J-200
Gibson Everly Brothers Jumbo
Gibson Heritage
Gibson Heritage 12-string
Gibson Blue Ridge
Gibson SJ Southerner
Gibson J-45
Gibson Dove
Gibson Hummingbird
Gibson J-160E
Gibson B-45 12-string
Gibson Bossa Nova

Selmer acoustic guitars:

Selmer Rancher
Selmer Rancher 12-string
Selmer Meister Schaffner
Selmer Cortez
Selmer Cordoba
Selmer Pizarro
Selmer Triple-1
Selmer Triple-2
Selmer Triple-3

Yamaha electric guitars:

Yamaha SA-15D
Yamaha SA-30
Yamaha SG-2A
Yamaha SG-5A
Yamaha SG-7A
Yamaha SG-12A

Yamaha bass guitars:

Yamaha SB-5A
Yamaha SB-7A

Yamaha acoustic guitars:

Yamaha FG-75
Yamaha FG-110
Yamaha FG-140
Yamaha FG-150
Yamaha FG-180
Yamaha FG-230
Yamaha FG-300
Yamaha FG-500
Yamaha G-50A
Yamaha G-60A
Yamaha G-85A
Yamaha G-100A
Yamaha G-130A
Yamaha G-170A
Yamaha GC-3
Yamaha GC-5
Yamaha GC-10

Hofner electric guitars:

Hofner HS-164V
Hofner HS-173
Hofner HS-174
Hofner HS-175
Hofner HS-4579
Hofner Committee
Hofner Ambassador
Hofner President
Hofner Senator
Hofner Verithin
Hofner Galaxie

Hofner electric basses:

Hofner HS-182 bass
Hofner HS-186 bass
Hofner Violin Bass
Hofner Verithin bass
Hofner Senator bass
Hofner Professional Bass

Hofner acoustic guitars:

Hofner Senator Acoustic
Hofner Congress
Hofner Classic
Hofner Matador
Hofner Alhambra
Hofner Acoustic
Hofner Electro-acoustic
Hofner Vienna
Hofner Flamenco
Hofner Arizona

Hofner Hawaiian steel guitars:

Hofner Hawaiian Standard
Hofner Hawaiian Artist

Suzuki acoustic guitars:

Suzuki Sierra Classic 60
Suzuki Catalan Classic 70
Suzuki Laredo Folk 80
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Gibson Standard 58 Les Paul Goldtop 1958 Reissue 1971 1 of 25 rarest Les Paul

Gibson Standard 58 Les Paul Goldtop 1958 Reissue 1971 1 of 25 rarest Les Paul

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$10695

Gibson Standard 58 Les Paul Goldtop 1958 Reissue 1971 With original hang tag and blank guarantee card returnable to Kalamazoo
Being offered from the private collection of Sound Investments USA LLC

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1971 Gibson EB-2D Bass Cherry Sunburst with Original Hardshell Case EB-2

1971 Gibson EB-2D Bass Cherry Sunburst with Original Hardshell Case EB-2

El Cajon, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

1971 Gibson EB-2D Bass
The serial number is "619435" which dates it to 1970-1972. It has the "Made In USA" on the back of the headstock but no volute. One of the pots also dates to January 1971 (137-7104). The body is in excellent condition overall and there are no major dings. There are some scratches, scuffs and general wear, but pretty remarkable for a vintage guitar. No cracks, modifications or structural issues
The neck is straight and the frets show only light wear. It's in ... more
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1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Burst Fretless Wonder Guitar w /  Case #50445

1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom Tobacco Burst Fretless Wonder Guitar w / Case #50445

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7995

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Vintage 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Stereo Electric Guitar w /  Case Lyre Vibrola Mono

Vintage 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Stereo Electric Guitar w / Case Lyre Vibrola Mono

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

$9000

Vintage 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Stereo Electric Guitar w / Case Lyre Vibrola Mono
Hey now! You are drooling at one of Gibson's finest guitars This is a 1971 Gibson ES-355TD Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar It weighs 9 lbs 3 oz, 24 75" scale, 1 56" nut width Introduced in 1958, it was created to be the fanciest of the Gibson thinline semi-hollow guitars The semi-hollow maple body / mahogany neck gives you incredible natural resonance, with excellent tone transfer Grabbing up all this delicious tone ... more
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1971 Gibson SG 200 Walnut

1971 Gibson SG 200 Walnut

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

$1940


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1971 Gibson SG 200 in its original Walnut finish. It has a great neck with great frets. It's all original with the exception of the reissue Kluson Deluxe tuning keys, 2 screws for the bridge cover and the bridge that has replaced the original with a higher quality 1970's Gibson bridge. The original bridge is included, but is not usable. The bridge plate was modified to house a set of 1970's Gibson anchors, bridge... more
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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1971 With Factory Stinger !!!

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1971 With Factory Stinger !!!

Miami, Florida, 331**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5850

Up for sale is my 1971 Les Paul Deluxe with FACTORY STINGER!

This Les Paul has TONS of mojo! The top was refinished decades ago and looks amazing with a deep carve like the golden era Les Pauls. The binding has turned a super vintage yellow and there??s beautiful finish checking throughout the body. She has a Tom Holmes H450 neck Humbucker double white, which gos for $700 dollars alone and a real1980s super distortion bridge pickup installed. The factory stinger is as cool as it ... more
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1970 / 1971 Gibson SG Standard, Large Guard, walnut, Maestro Vibrola, very nice!

1970 / 1971 Gibson SG Standard, Large Guard, walnut, Maestro Vibrola, very nice!

Milton, Vermont, 054**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4995

1970 / 1971 Gibson SG Standard Large Guard, walnut, all original, case is older but not sure it's original, Maestro Vibrola, plays and sounds great, some finish checking, blem on neck as shown, frets show even wear, not buzzy, overall a great piece. Serial #912326.... more
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Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1971  with original case

Gibson Les Paul Deluxe 1971 with original case

Baltimore, Maryland, 212**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5500

This is a beautiful Gibson Les Paul Deluxe from 1971, complete with its original case. The guitar features a solid body, with 22 frets and a 6 string configuration. It is a right-handed electric guitar, part of the Gibson Les Paul series, and is a model year 1971 The guitar is in excellent condition and has been well taken care of. It has been used by a professional musician and has a fantastic sound. This is a great opportunity to own a piece of music history and add an amazing instrument to ... more
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Gibson Vintage 1971 Les Paul Deluxe Sunburst Embossed Pickups w / OHSC Collector

Gibson Vintage 1971 Les Paul Deluxe Sunburst Embossed Pickups w / OHSC Collector

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

$7300

** 1978 Gibson L6-S Project Guitar **

Excellent ConditionOriginal FinishNo Breaks or RepairsMaple Neck is StraightTruss Rod Works Perfectly Maple Fret BoardOriginal FretsSee PhotosNut Width 1 9 / 16Serial Number 73108504No CaseFully Insured Shipping Lower 48 States $90 00All others email for quoteWe Ship Worldwide... more
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1971 Gibson ES345TD

1971 Gibson ES345TD

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

$4999

For grabs is this 1971-72 Gibson ES345TD i good working cond No breaks of cracks Some buckle rash on back; look at foto Original pickups and electronics Original hardware except 1 tuner that was damaged and replace with a nickel but i just found one online same year tuner It will arrive today or tomorrow Guitar has been Re- fretted with jumbos; great feel;converted to stop tailpiece(more sustain) but done by a pro. Non original case Guitar sound amazing 8 Lbs Sale is final No refunds or returns.... more
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Gibson SG-200 Electric Guitar 1971 Walnut w /  80s Chainsaw Case

Gibson SG-200 Electric Guitar 1971 Walnut w / 80s Chainsaw Case

San Francisco, California, 941**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1450

This is a vintage Gibson SG-200 electric guitar from 1971 with a beautiful walnut color body and a rosewood fret board
The SG-200 is a pretty rare SG that was only made for about 2 years and has 2 original single coil pickup
I've replaced the pots since the original ones no longer work. The original pickup selectors switches can be a bit fiddly to get into the off position but they do work. I've included two new ones in case you which to change them. This guitar is in fair condition and ... more
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meccaniche Gibson Deluxe 1971

meccaniche Gibson Deluxe 1971

Gruaro, 30***, ITALY

€600

MECCANICHE GIBSON DELUX 1971 ORIGINALI QUASI NUOVE PERFETTAMENTE / FUNZIONANTI /... more
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1971 Gibson ES 325

1971 Gibson ES 325

East Grinstead, RH19***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3500

This model wasn??t Introduced until 1972, so it??s likely that this guitar was made in 1971 for a show. All original parts, original mini humbuckers, tuners, pots etc even original case. Does everything. Jazz, rock, funk, indie. Great action. No issues just a few minor scratches and love nibbles
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1971 GIBSON  LES PAUL CUSTOM TRUSS ROD COVER USA

1971 GIBSON LES PAUL CUSTOM TRUSS ROD COVER USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€198

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Gibson Les Paul Custom Black 1971

Gibson Les Paul Custom Black 1971

Wendelstein, 90***, GERMANY

€8290

Biete Gibson Les Paul Custom Black 1971, in gutem Zustand. Die Bünde wurden mal gegen Jumbo Bünde erneuert!Der Body und Hals bestehen aus jeweils 3 Teilen Mahagoni (Sandwichbauweise) Ahorn Decke. 2 Potis getauscht (Originale dabei)
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1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom 3-Pickup Black Beauty Peter Frampton Vintage 70s

1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom 3-Pickup Black Beauty Peter Frampton Vintage 70s

Southend-on-Sea, SS1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£4699

1971 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty 3-Pickup for sale. This is an incredible 53 year old Gibson with major Peter Frampton vibes. A look underneath the neck pickup reveals vintage Seymour Duncan with accompanying push-pull pots. The guitar looks incredible, sounds amazing and is a functional piece of art worthy of display in the finest studios and on the biggest stages. It has the common volute repair found on thousands of Les Pauls from the era, making it stronger for the future. At this ... more
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ORIGINAL Gibson SG-1  1971 Vintage and Rare

ORIGINAL Gibson SG-1 1971 Vintage and Rare

Gerrards Cross, SL9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1849

For sale is my 1971 Gibson SG-1, an amazing display of original USA made craftsmanship! equipped with a single mini humbucker, it does the classic rock thing incredibly well, but unfortunately i??m a diehard strat and single coil fan so it just doesn??t get enough play time. That being said, I can genuinely say it??s the best playing guitar of my lot and you??re welcome to test that claim!

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1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top

1971 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Gold Top

New Brunswick, CANADA

C $6500

Guitar comes with original Gibson case in good working condition
Dings and bumps on the outside, inside is clean
Also included: The original Gibson booklet and the 1971 Gibson price list
Overall condition:
- Neck is straight and all electronics work as they should
- Truss rod works fine in both directions
- Frets are the original ones. They are used but no issue anywhere on the fingerboard. Guitar plays well with low action
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1971 Gibson SG Special P90 Large Guard with Vibrola - Superb Player

1971 Gibson SG Special P90 Large Guard with Vibrola - Superb Player

Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3995


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1971 Gibson SG Standard Walnut  Maestro Vibrola Original vintage Gibson guitar

1971 Gibson SG Standard Walnut Maestro Vibrola Original vintage Gibson guitar

Chilliwack, British Columbia, V4Z***, CANADA

$5996

Original Early 1971 Gibson SG Standard in Walnut finish with Maestro Vibrola
Original aside from changed tuners and trem arm, Grover machine heads have been on this guitar for the majority of its life. Otherwise everything else is 100% factory. No touch ups, repairs or oversprays
Visible pot code - 7th week of 1971Neck width at nut - 1 56Neck depth at 1st fret - .80Neck depth at 12th fret - .94
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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 bassRose-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 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 AceThe 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

1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was 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 guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, 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-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 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.