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Ventura Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag - Vintage - VWDOPUR3 / 4

Ventura Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag - Vintage - VWDOPUR3 / 4

Millsap, Texas, 760**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Ventura Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag - Vintage - VWDOPUR3 / 4.... more
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Vintage Ventura-V-10 BRUNO  ~  Mid Sixties Japan Acoustic Guitar OM Copy

Vintage Ventura-V-10 BRUNO ~ Mid Sixties Japan Acoustic Guitar OM Copy

Oak Park, Illinois, 603**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960s Ventura Bruno V10 . early versions of these V10s were designed to be affordable alternatives to Martin guitars of the day. This one is like a Martin OM model. 14 fret 25 5 in scale Neck width at nut 1 3 / 4 In Zero fret. Lower bout is 15 in across upper bout 11 5 / 8. Its X braced and had a solid Spruce top . There is no Volute on these early models and the have a larger Headstock with overlay. This one is in beautiful condition showing mostly case wear. One spot on the upper bout rubbed ... more
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Ventura Bruno V-26 Acoustic Guitar - excellent condition

Ventura Bruno V-26 Acoustic Guitar - excellent condition

Lynchburg, Virginia, 245**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A very lightly used instrument, this guitar is in excellent condition. Case is rough with two hinges detached from the body
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Beautiful Red Ventura VWDORED Dreadnaught acoustic hand crafted guitar

Beautiful Red Ventura VWDORED Dreadnaught acoustic hand crafted guitar

Boerne, Texas, 780**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Beautiful Ventura VWDORED acoustic electric guitar; RedIn Good ConditionNo Case
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Mid Sixties Japanese-made Ventura-V-10 w / NEW Case (ZERO Fret)

Mid Sixties Japanese-made Ventura-V-10 w / NEW Case (ZERO Fret)

Limestone, Maine, 047**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Ventura V-10, a 40 inch Japanese clone, with X-bracing. It has a 25 5 / 8 inch scale lenth. the lower bout is 15 inches at its widest point. I am guessing this was made in 1966. It has an abalone inlay on the headstock that says "Ventura " , and is fully two inches long. That sort of craftsmanship ended long before the 1970s. It also has the "ZERO" fret. (see pictures )
The condition is remarkably very good. This guitar is more than fifty years old. The white binding is ... more
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1973-75 Ventura ES-335 Style Semi Hollow Guitar Flame Maple Trans Red W / OHSC

1973-75 Ventura ES-335 Style Semi Hollow Guitar Flame Maple Trans Red W / OHSC

Flower Mound, Texas, 750**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Ventura Semi Hollow ES style electric guitar in excellent condition with original case
This guitar is very rare and nice. The gold hardware is still in great condition, and the finish is nice. It has two cracks on the rear of the body adjacent to the inspection cover (see pics)
The frets show minimal wear, and the guitar has just been cleaned, polished, and setup
The electronics are all original, and have the highly sought after Maxon pickups. The guitar was manufactured at the ... more
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1970s Ventura ES-175 Natural

1970's Ventura ES-175 Natural

Acworth, Georgia, 301**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Early 1970's pre lawsuit Ventura copy of a Gibson es-175. Amazing condition for an almost 60 year old guitar. This one has upgraded pots, tuners, wiring and Gibson 57 Classic pickups, really nice, full, round sound when plugged in. Your chance to get into a decent jazz box at a nice price! All sales are final. It comes with the hard case.
All sales are final. 89 00 Domestic shipping. See instructions for International shipping.

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1970s Ventura ES-175 Natural

1970's Ventura ES-175 Natural

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, 180**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in is this killer Japanese made 70's Ventura ES-175 copy. This was made right along side the ibanez guitars and sold under the Ventura brand
Quick Details
weight 7 2lbs
Nut width 1 11 / 16th
Depth at 1st fret 0 86
Depth at 12th 1 06
This is a killer Lawsuit era Ventura ES-175 Guitar
This guitar was rescued from being up in an attic for years. The strings still had tension on them so the Glue in the neck loosened up when it was hot so we had it reset and now it is in ... more
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Ventura Bruno V-1600  Acoustic Guitar and case

Ventura Bruno V-1600 Acoustic Guitar and case

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


Beautiful Guitar! This model is the top of the line from Ventura - Bruno, selected out of their production for physical beauty, tonal quality and playability. Perfect functionality with some small finger scrapes (barely visible) below the sound hole. Finish is like new otherwise, and no structural issues
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1970s Ventura 335 Style Hollow Body Electric Guitar Matsumoku

1970's Ventura 335 Style Hollow Body Electric Guitar Matsumoku

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I have a 1970's Ventura electric guitar for sale. Made in Japan at the Matsukoku factory (just like a Univox Coily and Epiphone EA-250). The front of the headstock has quit a few superficial scratches and there is binding missing on the front of it. For these reasons, it is being sold as a repair project. The black mark on the back will come out with little effort
Parts missing: original bridge, tremolo arm
Selling "as is" and untested. No returns.... more
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Vintage Ventura Guitar LOGO Emblem Badge ORIGINAL Teisco Japan Part

Vintage Ventura Guitar LOGO Emblem Badge ORIGINAL Teisco Japan Part



Stamped Tin construction,
Gold with Black lettering , Normal vintage wear with patina peel backer still original. Not a repro ORIGINAL Japanese vintage part. THANKS for looking!
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ventura acoustic guitar

ventura acoustic guitar

Fayetteville, North Carolina, 283**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Mahogany Ventura Acoustic Guitar
Perfect condition
Original strings and parts
Perfect for beginners and a great guitar for those experienced players
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1960??s Bruno Ventura V-1586 Classical Acoustic Guitar. Serial # 06467.

1960??s Bruno Ventura V-1586 Classical Acoustic Guitar. Serial # 06467.

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


This is a 1960's Bruno Ventura classical 6-string acoustic guitar. Some wear and tear as seen in the pictures. Missing one string. No guitar case.... more
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1970s VENTURA SG Electric Guitar Custom Artwork W / OHSC Matsumoku Japan

1970s VENTURA SG Electric Guitar Custom Artwork W / OHSC Matsumoku Japan

Bellingham, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970s VENTURA SG Electric Guitar Custom Artwork W / OHSC Matsumoku Japan. Another fine made Japanese guitar from Matsumoku this SG just plays the part ever so well. The solid very thin (7 5lbs) one piece mahogany body is an all night gig waiting to happen. The pickups, most likely Maxon, ring out in true style and have that grungy vintage rock tone. The custom hand done artwork by "Fernanando" gives it some originality and curb appeal. This all original (except art) guitar is in fine ... more
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Two ply black-and-white, normal light, vintage wear with patina, no cracks, original vintage Japanese part, thanks for looking
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1960 Teisco Mij Ventura Hollow Body

1960 Teisco Mij Ventura Hollow Body

Yuba City, California, 959**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960 Teisco Mij Ventura Hollow Body. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.... more
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Vintage Ventura Hollow Body Electric Guitar No Hardware

Vintage Ventura Hollow Body Electric Guitar No Hardware

Carmichael, California, 956**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is how I found it. Selling as is.
Item will ship FEDEX to any address in the lower 48 states.... more
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1970s Ventura V-17 12-String Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar! Made in Japan, AS IS

1970's Ventura V-17 12-String Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar! Made in Japan, AS IS

Sylvania, Georgia, 304**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1970's Ventura V-17 12-string acoustic dreadnought guitar! Crafted in Japan
This 12-string acoustic guitar comes with a Dean soft case for easy transport and storage. The V-17 model is part of the Vintage series from Ventura, known for their quality craftsmanship and impeccable sound.
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Ventura VWD0NAT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Steel String Dreadnaught

Ventura VWD0NAT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Steel String Dreadnaught

Bloomington, Indiana, 474**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Ventura VWD0NAT Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Steel String Dreadnaught. I picked this up from some students who were leaving town. I changed out the worn out wound strings for D'Addarios and mixed a little baking soda and super glue to raise the string slot for the low E, which was buzzing. It turned out to be a great sounding guitar! It's got crispy brightness, with enough low-end to satisfy. It would be a great beginner guitar and, with a few upgrades, could even be a lifetime guitar. If I were ... more
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Vintage VENTURA BRUNO Classical Acoustic Guitar. V-1585 Parts Repair

Vintage VENTURA BRUNO Classical Acoustic Guitar. V-1585 Parts Repair

Kent, Washington, 980**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage VENTURA BRUNO Classical Acoustic Guitar. V-1585 Parts Repair
This acoustic Ventura Bruno is a classic, but has suffered damage to the body. See photos where there is a crack from the sound hole to the edge of the body. All other parts are in excellent condition. Missing string will be supplied.
Length: 40" Width: 15" Depth: 4 "
Serial Number: C28067
SKU: 4 / 7 / 23 / 1

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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

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.