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Sound clips of vintage Gibson and Epiphone guitars through some cool old amps

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1981 Gibson Marauder / 1979 Lab Series L7 (short version, 3m 39s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1981 Gibson Marauder, 1979 LAB series L7

The Marauder was quite atypical when it was first developed by Bill Lawrence for Gibson: with its maple fretboard and bolt-on neck. This clip shows a late period mahogany body, rosewood neck Gibson Marauder, played through a contemporaneous (actually 1979) 4x10 100w LAB series L7. The guitar is strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46). The L7 was created by Moog and Gibson (both Norlin companies) and is a seriously underated amp. The snarlier sounds are featured here, but it has a lot of really nice clean tones too. Watch the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area, to hear a bit more of this guitar / amp under different settings.

There are three clips: first a demo of the pickup blend pot, then a clean/glassy tone demonstrating the LAB series midrange boost, and finally some really dirty fuzz from the lower boosted input. This amp has a HUGE range of sounds!

Recorded here with a Heil PR-40 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1969 Gibson Melody Maker Double / 1972 WEM Clubman mk8 (short version, 5m 51s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

This is a lovely late 1960s dual pickup Gibson Melody Maker D guitar. Pots date to December 1968 / January 1969. It plays beautifully and just rocks through a WEM. This Clubman (mk8) probably dates to the very early 1970s. 5w, all-valve, with superb clean tones, but super gainy when pushed. This has a lot of crunch with the volume up high, and extreme bite when the treble is turned up too. It's loud, but not too loud. This is an AWESOME combination -you just can't stop playing!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1979 Lab Series L7 - vintage guitar demo (long version, 11m 02s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1981 Gibson Marauder, 1979 LAB series L7

This video demonstrates 11 distinct sounds from a 1981 Gibson Marauder, played through a 1979 4x10 100w LAB series L7. This is a really nice playing guitars and a hugely versatile amplifier. As I usually do in these clips, I start off with some clean tones, and get gainier as the video progresses. There are a lot of recommended settings out there for this amp - but for this video I chose a few of my own. Settings that, to me at least, sound great paired with this guitar.

Recorded here with a Heil PR-40 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1969 Gibson Melody Maker D / 1970s WEM Clubman mk8 (long version, 8m 52s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 197X WEM Clubman MK 8

The WEM Clubman is one of my favourite amps. It's small; probably too small to play out; but capable of some really gritty sounds. Fantastic recording amp. Clean sounds first, getting gainier as we go through. Check it out!

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII - vintage guitar demo (4m 37s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1981 Gibson Marauder, 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII

This is a tasty combination. Actually these two give a pretty bassy basic tone, and the whole amp rattles and vibrates with any significant volume, especially on the lower strings - so quite a few of the settings I used had the amp bass rolled down to some extent. But not all - turn it up loud enough and you can't hear the amp anyway! This amp has some truly wonderful grittier tones, and a world apart from the clean tones of many other amps. Compare the sounds attained here with those from a Fender amp, or Gibson/Norlin solid state LAB series amp. Strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46)

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1969 Gibson Melody Maker Double / WEM Dominator bass MK1 (5m 16s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 1973 WEM Dominator Bass Mk 1

This is a wonderful late 1960s dual pickup Gibson Melody Maker D (pots date to December 1968 / January 1969). It's one of those guitars that you just can't put down! And it sounds great through this 15w WEM. The Dominator bass is technically a bass amp, but is basically the same as the guitar version, save for a bigger 15" speaker cone. Played first at a lower volume, and then ramped up for some lovely distorted valve tones.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII - vintage guitar demo, long version (long version, 11m 21s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1981 Gibson Marauder, 1976 WEM Dominator mkIII

Long version of this video with extra guitar and amp settings. This is a great guitar/amp combination, with a lot of awesome clean and distorted sounds.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1969 Gibson Melody Maker D / Marshall 2061X (reissue) (long version, 13m 18s)

Find out more about this instrument here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D

This is a wonderful playing guitar and a fantastic amp... really great combination! The 2061 has two channels, lead (left hand side) and bass (right hand side) - and both sound pretty cool, but the magic of this amp, at least for gainier sounds is when you patch the two together. This video demos the lead channel alone, then with it patched into the bass channel - in a range of volume and tone settings. I really like this guitar / amp combination with the tone rolled off a little - you can get some superbly rich tones - check it out around the 9 minute mark - tones to die for! As always the video starts with the cleaner tones, working through each guitar pickup configuration before tweaking the amp a little hotter as we go. The heavy overdriven sounds people most associate with Marshall start around the 11 minute mark.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb - vintage guitar demo (4m 34s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1981 Gibson Marauder, 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Fender amps are all about clean. You can push them for a bit of snarl, but it's the nice rounded warmth and the sparkling glassiness that really make this amp come alive. Dial in some vibrato and reverb for some really classy sounds. You can go overboard for some craziness (check out some of my other videos of this amp) but just a little shimmer goes a long way! There are some lovely tones here from this combination. What i've recorded here is pretty polite, but that's what this amp inspires. Strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46)

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1969 Gibson Melody Maker / 1964 Gibson Atlas IV (4m 19s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1969 Gibson Melody Maker D, 1964 Gibson Atlas IV

This is just a short video, demonstrating just one amp setting - full! The Gibson Atlas IV is technically a bass amp, but actually works great for guitar - especially when you turn it up. It's a 50w amp, with a single CTS brand 15" speaker in a somewhat oversized cab. And it sounds creamy delicious! Some beautifully rich tones to be had from this amp. The Melody Maker, with it's single coil pickups can sound a little thin through certain amps.. but not here. Great guitar, great amp!

Recorded through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended!

1987 Gibson 20/20 bass / Gibson Lab Series L2 - part 2 (L2 midrange settings) (9m 35s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1987 Gibson 20/20, LabSeries L2

The Gibson 20/20 is a superb playing instrument. It has a wide tonal range, is comfortable to play, and, frankly sounds immense. It's paired in this video, with a late 70s/early 80s Gibson/Norlin Lab Series L2 100w bass amp with 1x15 speaker. And this is an awesome (solid state) bass amp, designed by Bob Moog.

This video (part2) demonstrates some of the wide range of sounds you can get solely by adjusting the L2 midrange frequency control - and, to some extent, playing style.

As you can hear, just this one control has an enormous effect on the sound - the Lab series amps really are awesome, and hugely underrated

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1966 Gibson EB-0 Bass / WEM Dominator Bass mk1 (5m 34s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1966 Gibson EB-0, 1973 WEM Dominator Bass Mk 1

This is a really nice bass - a late 1965/early 1966 Gibson EB0 - single pickup, with that classic FAT Gibson bass tone. The WEM Dominator is harder to date - probably early to mid 1970s. All-valve, with superb clean tones, but super gainy when pushed. This is a really cool combination with a huge range of useable sounds. Watch the vid.. it goes from a relatively 'middy' honk when played at the bridge with a pick - to total mud when played at the neck with the tone down - and to extreme fuzz with the amp driven hard

This bass is fitted with Labella Deep Talkin' flatwound strings (short scale) set 760FL-S. Great great strings (although expensive!)

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1987 Gibson 20/20 bass / Gibson Lab Series L2 (4m 27s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1987 Gibson 20/20, LabSeries L2

The Gibson 20/20 was not (visually, at least) to everyone's taste, but it is actually a superb playing instrument. It has a wide tonal range, is comfortable to play, and, frankly sounds immense. It's paired in this video, with a late 70s/early 80s Gibson/Norlin Lab Series L2 100w bass amp with 1x15 speaker. This video (part1) demonstrates the variance in instrument settings. Part 2 demonstrates some of the great sounds you can get by using the amps midrange frequency control.

Wonderful bass, brilliant amp: AWESOME combination.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Victory Standard bass / Marshall 2061X (5m 02s)

Find out more about this instrument here: 1981 Gibson Victory Standard

Fantastic bass guitar - modelled on the single pickup Fender Precision, but with humbucking and single coil mode. Played through a very cool reissue Marshall 20w Lead and Bass tube amplifier. Superb amp, that can get a lot gainier than demonstrated here (if you daisy chain the channels), but i'll save that for another video. Strung (unusually for me) with roundwounds.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1967 Gibson Melody Maker Bass / 1963 WEM ER15 (2m 05s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1967 Gibson Melody Maker bass, 1963 WEM ER-15

A really cool bass, played through an equally cool amp. A rare Gibson Melody Maker bass, circa 1967, through a British WEM ER15 tube amplifier, with 'Pick-A-Bass' cabinet. With Gibson's hot EB-humbucker, a short 30" scale, all-mahogany construction - and finally strung with flatwounds - this bass is just SUPER FAT.

Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and a Shure SM57 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1981 Gibson Marauder / 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb - vintage guitar demo, long version (long version, 9m 34s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1981 Gibson Marauder, 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

Long version of this video with extra amp settings. This is a great guitar/amp combination with a lot of groovy sounds: great cleans for rhythmic funk or chord picking - and reverb/vibrato for surf and psychedelia, with enough snarl for some biting blues!

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

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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
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Original Vintage Gibson M-8 Cream Pickup Ring Bezel Les Paul

Original Vintage Gibson M-8 Cream Pickup Ring Bezel Les Paul

Lubbock, Texas, 794**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$229

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1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / HSC

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior Sunburst w / HSC

San Diego, California, 921**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7995

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior
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Professionally Repaired Headstock
Nitrocellulose Lacquer Clear Coat Overspray On Neck And Body With Tasteful Aging
Refretted With Correct Vintage-Size Wire
Bridge Stud Moved On Bass Side With Hole Doweled (See Photos)
Evidence Of Two Previous Holes Between And Above Knobs As Shown
Original Pots And Tone Capacitor
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Vintage 1960s Gibson Black VOLUME Knob ES-335tdc SG Standard Custom 1961

Vintage 1960's Gibson Black VOLUME Knob ES-335tdc SG Standard Custom 1961

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

$195

Clear plastic , black skirt, white numbering, silver reflector cap ??volume ??, normal light vintage wear , passes the black light test , nice original 1960 era USA Gibson. Thanks for looking
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1917 Gibson L3

1917 Gibson L3

Durham, North Carolina, 277**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3500

This is a vintage Gibson L3 acoustic guitar, known for its rich and warm tones. Crafted with high-quality materials, this guitar is perfect for any musician looking for a classic sound that stands the test of time. Its unique design and exceptional craftsmanship make it a collectors' item for guitar enthusiasts

With a rich history and proven track record, the Gibson L3 has stood the test of time and is widely regarded as a must-have for any serious musician. Whether you're ... more
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Vintage  1971 Gibson Strap Buttons & Screws  Nice

Vintage 1971 Gibson Strap Buttons & Screws Nice

Painesville, Ohio, 440**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$55

Up for sale is an original pair of 1971 Gibson strap buttons and screws in excellent condition with a touch of patina. These came off a 71 SG. Correct for other years, too.
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1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k

1977 Vintage Fender Gibson Guitar Potentiometer CTS 250k

Salina, Kansas, 674**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$115


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1961 Vintage Spec Gibson PAF Sticker Clone Humbucker set by Tone Specific.

1961 Vintage Spec Gibson PAF Sticker Clone Humbucker set by Tone Specific.

Ramona, California, 920**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$115

Keep an eye on our other auctions for the 1957 and 1959 Vintage Spec Sets
1961 PAFs sell for thousands of dollars. This set has the tone & will sell to the highest bidder.
Tone Specific is well known for making pickups for certain genre's. This set nails the tone of the 1961 PAF. They have that classic PAF tone with a little more output and more immediate attack than the 50s PAFs
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Gibson Vintage Gibson M-69 Pickup Ring Surround Set ES-335 345

Gibson Vintage Gibson M-69 Pickup Ring Surround Set ES-335 345

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

$329

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Vintage 1959 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 9 04k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 330

Vintage 1959 Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 9 04k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special 330

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo 1960-1961 Vintage Near Perfect Cabinet.

Gibson Skylark GA-5T Tremolo 1960-1961 Vintage Near Perfect Cabinet.

Bristolville, Ohio, 444**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500

Early 60??s Gibson Tremelo guitar amplifier. Found in an attic. It was covered with a plastic case. (Included) it tore when I pulled it off.
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1917 Gibson L4 Endpin

1917 Gibson L4 Endpin

New Haven, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$75

End pin removed from a 1917 Gibson l4. Has a slight chip in it as pictured
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Vintage 1950s Gibson Kluson Strip Tuners - Single Line - Les Paul Junior ES-125

Vintage 1950's Gibson Kluson Strip Tuners - Single Line - Les Paul Junior ES-125

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$195

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GIBSON VINTAGE 1946 L48 ARCHTOP DE ARMOND USA PICKUP SILKSCREEN LOGO NICE

GIBSON VINTAGE 1946 L48 ARCHTOP DE ARMOND USA PICKUP SILKSCREEN LOGO NICE

Southington, Connecticut, 064**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2000

This Gibson Vintage 1946 L48 Archtop guitar is a true gem for any musician looking for an exceptional instrument. With its beautiful design and high-quality materials, this guitar is a must-have for any serious collector or musician Featuring a DeArmond USA pickup and silkscreen logo, this guitar is not only stunning to look at but also produces a fantastic sound. It is perfect for playing a wide range of music styles, from jazz to blues to rock. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own this ... more
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Vintage Gibson 1960s SG Les Paul Standard Backplate Control Cavity Cover 1966

Vintage Gibson 1960's SG Les Paul Standard Backplate Control Cavity Cover 1966

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$95


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Vintage 1960s Gibson ES-175 Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES175

Vintage 1960's Gibson ES-175 Single PAF pickgaurd Wide Bevel 1960 - 1966 ES175

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

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1971 USA GIBSON MELODY MAKER Guitar Pickup BASE PLATE Part 1972

1971 USA GIBSON MELODY MAKER Guitar Pickup BASE PLATE Part 1972

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

$59

Black plastic construction , normal light vintage wear with patina , stamped ??2??, No Cracks, original early 70s vintage Gibson Part. Thanks for looking
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Vintage 1960s Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 8 12k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Vintage 1960's Gibson P-90 P90 Pickup 8 12k HOT Dogear Les Paul Junior Special

Chicago, Illinois, 606**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$995

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Vintage Circa 1980s Gibson USA Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set

Vintage Circa 1980's Gibson USA Humbucker Electric Guitar Pickup Set

Bell, California, 902**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300

Gibson humbuckers full set bridge and neck in used condition they do have scratches on the bobbins check pictures the bridge reads 8k and neck 7k plenty of leads on both not sure of the exact year or the model they came from but I was told they came on a guitar from the 80s
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c. 1942 Gibson "Mastertone Special" Lap Steel Guitar. Repair Project

c. 1942 Gibson "Mastertone Special" Lap Steel Guitar. Repair Project

Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$425

Travel back in time with this old electric lap steel guitar. The headstock top is branded MASTERTONE SPECIAL. It was built by Gibson, at its old Kalamazoo, Michigan factory.
The factory order number F(or E)7812-6 is stamped on back of headstock. That exact number is not in Spann's Prewar Guide to Gibson, but it's listed as in the 1942-1945 era. I think it's the same as the model EH-100, Gibson's low end lap steel
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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.