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Supro Guitar and Bass Amplifiers

Supro guitars were first produced in the 1930s by the National Dobro Corporation (rebranding as Valco in the 1940s), with the first solid body electrics produced in the early 1950s. The company produced guitars with numerous names on the headstock, with Supro and National being the best known. They produced some interesting guitars in the 1960s, including some of the earliest fiberglas-bodied instruments; financial pressure necessitated a merger with Kay of Chicago in 1967, but the new comapany only managed to limp on until 1968, before folding and ending all guitar production. Today vintage Supro guitars are somewhat collectable, and although eclipsed by the many bigger American guitar brands still fetch reasonable prices. Vintage Supro amplifiers also have a great reputation, and are well respected in the recording studio

Supro Guitars

Supro Arlington
Supro Lexington
Supro Normandy
Supro Stratford
Supro Carlisle
Supro Clermont
Supro Croydon
Supro Colt
Supro 12 String
Supro Vagabond

Supro Bass Guitars

Supro Taurus bass
Supro Pocket bass

Supro Steel Guitars

Studio Four
Jet Airliner
Comet

Supro Amplifiers

Supro Statesman
Supro Sportsman
Supro Taurus
Supro Thunderbolt
Galaxy
Combo
Royal Reverb
Big Star
Corsica
Supreme
Trojan
Super Six
Dual-Tone
Bantam

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1966 Supro Thunderbolt Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x15 Model S6420 w /  Jensen C15P

1966 Supro Thunderbolt Vintage Tube Guitar Amp 1x15 Model S6420 w / Jensen C15P

Woodland Hills, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

1966 Supro Thunderbolt amplifier. Amplifier is used and in good condition with normal use. Lots of rust on the chassis as you can see in the photos. Amplifier works fine and sounds good. Some capacitors have been changed on the inside and possibly some of the wire. Original transformers and speaker are there. Power Tubes are less than a year old. Covering has some scuffs and scrapes etc. as you might expect. Please see photos for condition. Great bluesy sounding amp, Some mighty 35 big sounding... more
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VINTAGE RARE 1961 SUPRO GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER PLATE SUPRO, VALCO, OAHU

VINTAGE RARE 1961 SUPRO GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER PLATE SUPRO, VALCO, OAHU

Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$119

VINTAGE RARE 1961 SUPRO GUITAR / AMP SERIAL PLATE WITH NAILS??HARD TO FIND ONE OF THESE NOWADAYS ??NATIONAL, VALCO, AIRLINE, GRETSCH, OAHU, ETC
SHIPPING $4 95??INT??L SHIPPING OK BUT PLEASE CHECK FOR RATES??
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VINTAGE 1964 GRETSCH AMPLIFIER GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER PLATE SUPRO, VALCO, OAHU

VINTAGE 1964 GRETSCH AMPLIFIER GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER PLATE SUPRO, VALCO, OAHU

Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$99

VINTAGE RARE 1964 GRETSCH GUITAR / AMP SERIAL PLATE WITH NAILS ??VALCO, SUPRO, OAHU, ETC
SHIPPING $4 95??INT??L SHIPPING OK BUT PLEASE CHECK FOR RATES??
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VINTAGE 1950 NATIONAL GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER PLATE SUPRO, VALCO, OAHU AMP

VINTAGE 1950 NATIONAL GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER PLATE SUPRO, VALCO, OAHU AMP

Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$149

VINTAGE RARE 1950 NATIONAL GUITR SERIAL PLATE WITH NAILS ??VALCO, SUPRO, OAHU, ETC
SHIPPING $4 95??INT??L SHIPPING OK BUT PLEASE CHECK FOR RATES??
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Ry Cooder 1956 Supro Duo Tone Electric Guitar used on tour 1970 / 80s and with

Ry Cooder 1956 Supro Duo Tone Electric Guitar used on tour 1970 / 80s and with

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

$69000

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Valco Custom Kraft Model 900 Trojan 1960s Supro Tube Tremelo Amp Classic 1x12

Valco Custom Kraft Model 900 Trojan 1960s Supro Tube Tremelo Amp Classic 1x12

Blacklick, Ohio, 430**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$800

This Valco Custom Kraft Model 900 Trojan amplifier from the 1960s is a classic piece of gear for any guitar player. With a tube-based design and built-in tremolo, it delivers warm, vintage tone with plenty of character. The 1x12 speaker provides a clear, punchy sound that can handle anything from clean chords to gritty overdrive
This amp is perfect for anyone looking to add some vintage flair to their setup. The Valco brand has a long history of producing quality instruments and this model ... more
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Vintage 1962 Supro Coronado II Original Electric Guitar, Very Rare Collectible

Vintage 1962 Supro Coronado II Original Electric Guitar, Very Rare Collectible

Katy, Texas, 774**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

This is a True Vintage 1962 Supro Coronado II Electric Guitar, it is in good condition with normal small signs of wear. nothing major, I tried to capture all its condition in the pictures, so please check the picture carefully.
Headstock: Logo is clear and tight on the headstock, Series number plate: G5126 on the back, original Kluson Butterfly is very clean almost no rust. Neck:42mm at the nut, Action : about 1mm at 1st fret, 2mm at 12th fret. Frets are a bit rust at each side. bindings ... more
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Supro 1970RK Keeley Custom 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier Blue LN

Supro 1970RK Keeley Custom 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier Blue LN

Kansas City, Missouri, 641**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$879

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1965 Supro Model 24 Showroom Clean - Valco

1965 Supro Model 24 Showroom Clean - Valco

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

$2599


This amplifier is 100% original and Minty MINT!
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1960 Supro Dual-Tone 1524N Vintage Guitar USA-Made Valco w /  Case

1960 Supro Dual-Tone 1524N Vintage Guitar USA-Made Valco w / Case

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

$1400

Up for sale, a 1960 Supro Dual-Tone model 1524N in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Produced by Valco in Chicago (the parent company responsible for the National and Airline brands among others), this Supro is the model perhaps most associated with both David Bowie and Link Wray, the godfather of Punk and no-nonsense instrumental twang and clang
The oversized single coil pickups are powered by large ceramic magnets, and the tone... more
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Vintage Supro Airline Town & Country 1950s 3 pickup Guitar

Vintage Supro Airline Town & Country 1950's 3 pickup Guitar

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1099

Vintage Supro Airline Town & Country 1950's 3 pickup Guitar... more
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Supro 1960??s Guitar Amplifier

Supro 1960??s Guitar Amplifier

Salem, Oregon, 973**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

Supro Big Star Very rare early 60??s tube guitar amp. All original, except for tubes. Very clean. Sounds great. 2 - 12 inch speakers, Jensen C12PS. Minor pitting or scratches. Shipment to lower 48 only
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Supro 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp (B-STOCK)

Supro 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10'' Tube Guitar Combo Amp (B-STOCK)

National City, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$900

YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR PRO AUDIO GEAR Free shipping on Domestic orders* 30-day returns moneyback guarantee Customer Support Online Chat Supro 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10'' Tube Guitar Combo Amp (B-STOCK)
Description
Designed in collaboration with Keeley Electronics, the Supro Keeley Custom is built to integrate your pedals into the heart of an all-tube Supro amplifier. The preamp and 2-band EQ section are voiced perfectly for running your gain pedals in front of the... more
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Supro Amps 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10 All Tube Guitar Combo Amp

Supro Amps 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10'' All Tube Guitar Combo Amp

National City, California, 919**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$899

YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR PRO AUDIO GEAR Free shipping on Domestic orders* 30-day returns moneyback guarantee Customer Support Online Chat Supro Amps 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10'' All Tube Guitar Combo Amp
Description
Supro Amps 1970RK Robert Keeley Custom 25w 1x10'' All Tube Guitar Combo Amp
Designed in collaboration with Keeley Electronics, the Supro Keeley Custom is built to integrate your pedals into the heart of an all-tube Supro amplifier. The preamp and ... more
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Vintage 1960s Supro Guitar

Vintage 1960's Supro Guitar

Byron Center, Michigan, 493**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$650

Vintage and well used. Needs to be cleaned & possibly restored. Some surface corrosion on metal parts. Wear / fading on body around edges that were touched a lot. A few nicks on the body / neck. Tested with amp (not included) and works (see video). Missing a string but probably needs to be re-stringed anyway. This guitar has been in storage for a very long time. Shipping with the case for protection, but the case is very old, worn, and shows a lot of wear throughout. Look over all pictures ... more
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Vintage 1960s USA KAY  Guitar  or Amp Volume Knob Silvertone Supro 1970s

Vintage 1960s USA KAY Guitar or Amp Volume Knob Silvertone Supro 1970s

Plano, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$49

Black plastic Construction,   Push On Fit , No setscrew, fits 1 / 4" Splined  shaft , fine gripper sides, ??Volume / Arrow?? reflector cap, 4 Spoke design. Light Vintage wear with light patina,   RARE ORIGINAL USA PART. Shipped with USPS First Class. THANKS for looking!
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Vintage Supro Sahara Electric Guitar 1960 White Great Action Nice Shape All Work

Vintage Supro Sahara Electric Guitar 1960 White Great Action Nice Shape All Work

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

$1400

More Specific Pictures Available Upon Request
Super Cool & Great Playing!
Vintage 1960 Supro Sahara Electric Guitar
All Original Except Main Volume Knob
Weighs 7 Pounds, 10 Ounces
Serial Number T36569
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, so when you receive it, its exactly what you expected, if not better. No surprises with this sale . Buy with ... more
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VINTAGE USA 1960 AIRLINE TOWN AND COUNTRY ELECTRIC GUITAR w / CASE SUPRO NATIONAL

VINTAGE USA 1960 AIRLINE TOWN AND COUNTRY ELECTRIC GUITAR w / CASE SUPRO NATIONAL

Hays, Kansas, 676**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1199

SOUNDS AWESOME, PLAYS GREAT!!
This is a VINTAGE 1960 AIRLINE TOWN AND COUNTRY Electric Guitar in REDBURST Finish. Made in the USA for Montgomery Wards by the VALCO / SUPRO / NATIONAL Co. It is complete and mostly original. IT PLAYS and EVERYTHING WORKS. Look at the pictures for details. Features include nickel / chrome hardware, Kluson Deluxe single line tuners (period correct replacements, originals included), rosewood fretboard, bound neck, big 'C' shape neck profile, block inlays, two ... more
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Vintage Supro Lap Steel Guitar

Vintage Supro Lap Steel Guitar

Fresno, California, 937**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$500

Vintage Supro Lap Steel Guitarwith Original CaseRusted Does Not Work. Needs RepairSELLING AS IS Please see pictures as they are part of the descriptionWe are third generation pawnbrokers. Customer satisfaction is our priority. Please feel free to message with any questions. Bid / Buy / Offer with confidence. We only ship domestic. SERIOUS BIDDERS ONLY!... more
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50S-60S  VINTAGE SUPRO 16T GUITAR AMPLIFIER

50'S-60'S VINTAGE SUPRO 16T GUITAR AMPLIFIER

Vero Beach, Florida, 329**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1795

HERE WE HAVE A RARE ONE, A 1960??s SUPRO 16T AMPLIFIER IN CARIBBEAN BLUE??HAS THE OVAL 6 X 9 ORIGINAL SPEAKER with TREMULO WORKING GREAT??HAS AN NOS PEDAL FOR THE TREMULOU??CHROME PANEL IS NOT PERFECT BUT ALL LETTERING READABLE AND NICE??HANDLE SOLID, PLAYS GREAT FREE U S. ??SHIPPING WITH BUY IT NOW * WE SHIP INTERNATIONAL * NO PROBLEM LOCAL PICKUP OK ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT US PAYPAL OK BE SURE TO CHECK THE BANANA GUITARS EBAY STORE FOR MORE COOL STUFF AND WATCH FOR MORE COOL GUITARS I ... more
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Steve Puttkammer Comment left 13th November 2012 08:08:54 reply
I picked up a vintage Supro single pick up electric guitar and am having a real hard time finding out the year/model. Is there any way you can help me? From what I understand, it is a 1966 or 67?

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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

1961 Hofner Colorama I

1961 Hofner Colorama IHofner Colorama was the name UK distributor Selmer gave to a series of solid and semi-solid guitars built by Hofner for distribution in the UK. The construction and specifications of the guitars varied over the period of production, but by 1961 it was a totally solid, double cutaway instrument, with a set neck, translucent cherry finish, six-in-a-row headstock, and Hofner Diamond logo pickups. Available as a single or dual pickup guitar, this sngle pickup version would have been sold in mainland Europe as the Hofner 161.

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)Commodore was a brand applied to a series of guitars produced in Japan at the well-respected Matsumoku plant from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s - and sold primarily (perhaps exclusively?) in the United Kingdom. The models bearing the Commodore name were all guitars available from different distributors with different branding. Although there may have been some minor changes in appointments (specifically headstock branding) most had the same basic bodies, hardware and construction. Equivalent models to the Commodore N25 (and this is by no means an exhaustive list) include the Aria 5102T, Conrad 5102T(?), Electra 2221, Lyle 5102T, Ventura V-1001, Univox Coily - and most famously the Epiphone 5102T / Epiphone EA-250.

1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

1971 Epiphone 1820 (ET-280) bassBy the end of the 1960s, a decision had been made to move Epiphone guitar production from the USA (at the Kalamazoo plant where Gibson guitars were made), to Matsumoto in Japan, creating a line of guitars and basses significantly less expensive than the USA-built models (actually less than half the price). The Matsumoku factory had been producing guitars for export for some time, but the 1820 bass (alongside a number of guitar models and the 5120 electric acoustic bass) were the first Epiphone models to be made there. These new Epiphones were based on existing Matsumoku guitars, sharing body shapes, and hardware, but the Epiphone line was somewhat upgraded, with inlaid logos and a 2x2 peghead configuration. Over the course of the 70s, the Japanese output improved dramatically, and in many ways these early 70s models are a low point for the brand. Having said this, there are a lot worse guitars out there, and as well as being historically important, the 1820 bass can certainly provide the goods when required.

1981 Gibson Marauder

1981 Gibson MarauderProduction of Bill Lawrence's Gibson Marauder began in 1974, with production peaking in 1978. But by 1980 the model was officially discontinued, though very small numbers slipped out as late as spring 1981. Over 7000 examples shipped between 1974 and 1979, and although no totals are available for 1980 and 1981, it is unlikely production reached three figures in either of these years. These final Marauders were all assembled at the Gibson Nashville plant, and had some nice features not available through the later years of production, such as a rosewood fretboard, and in this case, an opaque 'Devil Red' finish. It's a great looking and fine playing guitar!

1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

1971 Pick Epiphone catalogWhen Epiphone production moved from Kalamazoo to the Matsumoku plant in Japan, a whole new range of electric, flattop and classic acoustic guitars was launched. Between late 1970 and 1972 the new models were launched and refined. This 'folder' catalog contains various inserts released over these years detailing four electric six-strings (ET-270, ET-275, ET-278, and thinline EA-250), three bass guitars (ET-280, ET-285, and thinline EA-260), three folk/steel acoustics, four jumbo flattop acoustics, two 12-string jumbos, four classic acoustics, and a banjo.

1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
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

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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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.