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Vox New Escort

Solid body 'Telecaster-style' electric guitar

1966 Vox New Escort - front view
1966 Vox New Escort - have a closer look at (and listen to) this guitar here
Vox New Escort electric guitar - from the 1967 Vox guitar catalogue

The Vox New Escort appeared towards the end of UK guitar production, and was only included in one British Vox catalog, the 1967 Vox guitar and bass, although it was first shown at the BMI trade fair, August 1965, and marketed with a price tag of 75 gns. It's design is clearly influenced by (or maybe you could say a direct copy of) the Fender Telecaster, and it's single pickup sibling the Fender Esquire. This might seem a little surprising; whilst they had produced several Fender-esque designs in the early 1960s (such as the Vox Shadow and Symphonic bass), by this stage Vox were much more famous for their unique designs such as the teardrop Mark VI and Phantom guitars. The reason seems to have been purely down to demand; Telecasters don't seem to have been widely available in the UK. Jennings (Vox's parent company) had been distributing Fender guitars (including Telecasters) in the UK until mid 1962, and when this arrangement ceased they attempted to fill significant UK demand with their own model. Selmer took over Fender distribution in late 1962, but omitted it from early publicity. American guitars were still not widely available in the UK, often with limited numbers coming in and expensively priced.

The following description comes from the 1967 Vox catalogue

A new dual pick-up guitar - latest addition to the VOX range - which incorporates all the well-known VOX features PLUS: a high quality sycamore neck adjustable at the head end; very high output moulded pickups; fully adjustable bridge; quick action string cast tailpiece; unique 'Steel Tone' sound. A new patented bridge mounting greatly enhances tone.

Calling it a copy is perhaps a little unfair, when you consider the teardrop-shaped headstock, but it was certainly very close in terms of body and controls. It was a substantial guitar, with a much heftier body than a lot of Voxs - not at all dissimilar in feel to the Fender on which it was based. It was fitted with two (scratchplate-mounted) Vox V2 pickups and had a pretty nice sound.

Vox Escort and Vox New Escort

JMI had offered a Vox Escort, somewhat similar to a Fender Jaguar, from late 1960 to early/mid 1962, though this bore no resemblance to the New Escort. In the same way the Soundcaster was named to evoke the Stratocaster, it would seem the New Escort was an attempt to evoke a connection - if one were needed - to the Fender Esquire. The name was certainly appropriate for the new guitar.

Vox New Escort Special

With psychedelia exploding in the brains of musicians and audiences in 1966-67, JMI's innovations in electronic gadgetry couldn't have been better timed. Vox has started producing 'Special' versions of many of their higher end guitars, with built in tone controls, fuzz and a particularly trippy 'repeat' effect. The New Escort was no exception, with the New Escort Special produced with all of these in-built effects; and a tremolo tailpiece replacing the standard stop tailpiece. Only a handful of demo instruments were produced before the companies demise in 1968.

Vox New Escort Publicity

The following images and text all come from 1967 issues of Beat Instrumental magazine

M.P. Sydney Irving visits Jennings, and is shown a Vox New Escort guitar

This news story from Beat Instrumental shows Labour M.P. for Dartford, Sydney Irving, at the Jennings plant, being shown a Vox New Escort. Note the black pickup covers and no bridge cover.

The staff at Jennings headquarters, in Dartford, had a visit from their M.P. recently. Mr. Sydney Irving, representing the minister of trade, went along to thank all the staff for their contributions to England's export trade. Here he is with Mr Tom Jennings. Left to right, Mr. M.P. Lipperton (Guitar inspector), Mr Sydney Irving, Mr S. Johnson (Ass. regional controller), Mr Tom Jennings

Dick Denny demonstrates the Vox Winchester, Dave Roberts plays a Vox New Escort Special

This image comes from the 1967 British Musical Instrument Trade Fair, Russel Square London. Whilst Dick Denny demonstrates the Vox Winchester, Dave Roberts plays a Vox New Escort Special, with built in electronic effects.

Dick Denny and Dave Roberts demonstrate the latest Vox equipment in Jennings "psychedelic theatre".

Shadow Bruce Welch is presented a Vox New Escort Special at the 1967 British Musical Instrument Trade Fair

Another image from the 1967 British Musical Instrument Trade Fair:

New guitar for Shads - One of the many celebrities at this year's trade fair was Shadow Bruce Welch he is seen here being presented with a Vox New Escort guitar by Jennings liaison officer, Charlie Corbett. After the presentation, Bruce commented "Hank will be dead chuffed with this".

One can only wonder why Bruce Welch wasn't sufficiently "chuffed" to keep this New Escort Special himself. Too 'out there' for the Shadows perhaps?

The most notable New Escort user was Graham Nash of the Hollies who sports one in the video for "I can't let go".

Dallas Arbiter New Escort

Despite the demand in the United Kingdom for Telecasters, the New Escort seemingly only sold in small numbers. When Vox UK guitar production ended in 1968, excess bodies and necks were sold on to UK distributor Dallas Arbiter, who (very briefly) sold a range of Vox guitars, often with Vox branded pickups, bridge covers etc, but typically without decals and serial numbers. Dallas Arbiter even promoted these guitars, allocating them new model numbers in their 1969 catalog. However the New Escort was not included in this publicity. Dallas Arbiter were the UK distributors of Fender at this time, so perhaps this was the reason, or perhaps they had them in insufficient numbers. Some models were available in large numbers, and are actually more common than the Vox-sold version (Soundcaster, Symphonic bass), others come up relatively infrequently. The New Escort is pretty rare either as a Vox or Dallas Arbiter sold instrument. But oddly, at least some of the Dallas Arbiter New Escorts that have surfaced had contemporaneous Watkins-made Telecaster shaped headstocks. These certainly don't appear to be made from another neck that has been reshaped. It has been suggested that these necks were ordered especially to complete the remaining parts, using any teardrop necks on Phantom and Mark (teardrop) models. Whilst this may be the case, it seems odd that Dallas Arbiter would order such necks, especially at the risk of damaging their relationship with Fender.

The image below shows a Dallas Arbiter-sold New Escort with Telecaster-style neck. It is not completely original - the pickups have been swapped out for a pair of Gibson Les Paul Deluxe mini-humbuckers, making an absolutely awesome playing and sounding guitar

1967 Vox New Escort - front view
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*VINTAGE!!!* 1960s Vox Meteor Electric Guitar, Red w /  *NEW* Gig Bag

*VINTAGE!!!* 1960's Vox Meteor Electric Guitar, Red w / *NEW* Gig Bag

Marietta, Georgia, 300**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a vintage, used instrument in working condition. Pickguard has some warping, but does not affect the playability of the instrument. This little 60's guitar has a lovely tone that takes the player back in time. This guitar is sold as-is, and includes a NEW padded gig bag


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Vox S66 Bobcat Semi Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

Vox S66 Bobcat Semi Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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Vox S66 Bobcat, in excellent condition. Original owner, professionally set up and comes with deluxe hard case

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Vintage Vox TEAR DROP  Guitar Case Slip Cover BLACK

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Kaufman, Texas, 751**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage 60s Vox Bobcat with original case and paperwork

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La Crosse, Wisconsin, 546**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice Vox Bobcat from the 60s. Original hardshell case and the paperwork it came with. Unsigned warranty card. All works as it should. Plays great. Sounds amazing. All original, one owner, non smoking home. Not too often do you see these complete AND with case. There are some scratches in the top (see photo) All is good. Shipping will be just $60 in the lower 48 USA... more
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Phantom Guitarworks (Vox) Limited Edition Teardrop Hollowbody #10 of 20

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Ashburn, Virginia, 201**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Limited Edition Phantom (Vox) Hollowbody Teardrop guitar is in mint unplayed condition. It is #10 of only 20 made. All Phantom®, Teardrop® and MandoGuitars® are hand-assembled in the United States of America with foreign and domestic parts
The bookmatched flame maple top pattern in the see-through red finish does not show up too well in photos but it's stunning in person.
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Vox Mark IX 1960s Vintage 9 string guitar Sunburst w / hard case *FREE SHIPPING*

Vox Mark IX 1960's Vintage 9 string guitar Sunburst w / hard case *FREE SHIPPING*

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This is a 1960's Vintage Vox 9 string electric guitar
The Low E, A, & D strings are single, and the Higher G, B, and E are doubled up
Plays great! Italian made
Tear drop shape
Appears to be all original except for:
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Vintage 1960s Vox Mark XII 12-String Electric Guitar Owned by Steve Earle

Vintage 1960's Vox Mark XII 12-String Electric Guitar Owned by Steve Earle

Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage 1960's Vox Mark XII 12-String Electric Guitar Owned / Played by Steve Earle
Italian made Vox from the mid 60's, it was owned and played by one of my favorite artists: Steve Earle!
This 12 string guitar features a teardrop shape, 3 tone sunburst and 3 single coil pickups
Steve used this on El Corazon (my 2nd favorite Steve Earle record) and whenever he used an electric 12 string on a record or play live
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VOX VSS-1P Starstream Type 1 Plus Mahogany Modeling Electric Guitar

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This Vox Starstream Type-1 Plus Mahogany modeling guitar is in excellent condition (see pictures). Tested and all functions work.


??C?? Shape
638mm (25 1 / 8??) Scale Length
22 x Medium Jumbo Frets
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43mm (1 692??) Nut

2 Post Tremolo

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2022 Vox Bobcat V90B

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Up for sale is this fantastic Bobcat from Vox. This guitar has incredible sustain and resonance thanks to the full size semi-hollow body and the p90 single coils. These pickups have a glassier tone to them, more similar to a Jazzmaster than a P90 Les Paul. The black hardware is a very cool aesthetic and the factory Bigsby actually holds tuning quite well. Action is low and fast without buzzing, just a great guitar

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PANaramic EKO Vox Electric Hollow body Guitar vintage used w /  Road Runner case

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Hi This is very nice 60es Rarest and hard to fined PANaramic guitar ,one of the first production of hollow body's of Vox factory .This is an AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL Vox Eko cooperation made in ITALY product with AUTHENTIC and ORIGINAL electronics, 5 tuners (6 one D tuner is klasson tip substitution) and Original good working pickups on it. This is old guitar with multiple scratches digs and finish cracks all over ,but NOTHING series Electronics and hardware works just fine, The frets are very ... more
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When I saw the case I got real excited. Then I opened it and BANG! A mid- 60's Vox Phantom 6 in near MINT condition and 100% original. The guitar is so clean I thought 'is this a reissue'? No, it's the real deal in amazing condition. No wear, very few slight surface blemishes with a small dose of laquer checking and frets that look new with no playing wear whatsoever. A pure white pickguard with 'no' pick scratching. I did find 1 scratch next to the neck plate with a bit of wood exposed. The... more
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00 Vox Mark lll Guitar

'00 Vox Mark lll Guitar

Fredericksburg, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Welcome to Street Dreams in Texas as we celebrate our 25th year in the classic and muscle car business. We also sell rare and hard to find rock and roll memorabilia. We are happy to offer one of those rare items. This is a '00 Vox Mark lll in this original zebra finish by Kevin Smith. Only three of these were done with this finish, this is #2 of only 3. This guitar features an alder body, thin C shaped maple neck with a 12" radius Rosewood fingerboard and medium jumbo frets, 25 5" scale ... more
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Vox Apollo V266 Vintage Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar w /  OHSC ?? Used

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Brookfield, Connecticut, 068**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967 / 1968 VOX Apollo V266 Hollowbody Guitar in exceptional condition with the original case! All electronics are working perfectly!
The Vox Apollo was offered in the 1967 ??Vox, It??s Whats Happening?? and the 1968 ??The Sound That Travels With the Stars?? catalogs. This semi acoustic, single pickup guitar features a single florentine (pointed) cutaway and a number of onboard battery operated special effects
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Vintage Early 80s Vox Custom 24 Guitar Model 3001-All Original-Excellent!

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Bigfork, Montana, 599**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Vintage Early 80s Vox Custom 24 Guitar Model 3001
This rare Vox was made from 1982-1985 in very limited quantities
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Excellent vintage condition with a few small marks here and there, but for its age, overall very, very, clean
Comes as pictured with original case
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Vox Bobcat V90 Black 194744499364 OB

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VOX MARK VI WITH MINT CASE Electric Teardrop Guitar 1960s SUPER NICE! ITALY!

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Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


VOX MARK VI ITALY SUPER CLEAN WITH CASE!!!! I have owned the guitar for over 15 years, I'm the 3rd owner. The neck is in "10" condition, absolutely amazing, no marks at all! The body has normal veneer cracking due to age. It comes with the ORIGINAL CASE! Comfortable to play, and seems to have a distinct Beatles round tone that comes through. One of the finest guitars I've ever owned. It isn't going away cheap, because you'll never find one as clean as this. The serial... more
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VOX MARK VI WITH  CASE Electric Teardrop Guitar 1966 Sunburst Made In Italy

VOX MARK VI WITH CASE Electric Teardrop Guitar 1966 Sunburst Made In Italy

Dallas, Texas, 752**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This vintage Vox Mark VI electric teardrop guitar from 1966 is a true gem for any guitar collector or enthusiast. Crafted in Italy, this right-handed guitar has a solid body with a beautiful sunburst color. It features a 6-string configuration and comes with a case for safekeeping. The guitar is in great shape and has been well-maintained over the years.

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1967-68 Vox Bossman Hollowbody Electric Guitar Cherry Red w /  Original Case V265

1967-68 Vox Bossman Hollowbody Electric Guitar Cherry Red w / Original Case V265

La Crescenta, California, 912**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1967-68 EKO Vox Bossman V265 Hollowbody Electric Guitar in Cherry Red for sale. Nice condition for its age! Plays when plugged in but its pickup is non-original so the built-in effect's electronics need some work. The pickguards and nameplate are also not present. Original hardshell case included, which is in remarkably clean shape. Solid neck, still straight with no loosening issues. Nice patina all around. Great guitar, she's almost there! Offered for local pick up, but shipping may be ... more
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Guitarra eléctrica Vox Consort 1963 / 4 JMI Dartford Kent UK

Guitarra eléctrica Vox Consort 1963 / 4 JMI Dartford Kent UK

Viladecans, 08***, SPAIN


Guitarra eléctrica Vox Consort, ideal para coleccionistas (las imágenes lo dicen todo) fabricada en 1963 y comprada en 1964 (lleva el sello del año de venta en el mástil y el número de serie en el clavijero), sin restauración, todo totalmente original, clavijero, ceja, clavija, trastes, mástil tensor, marcadores, posición, diapasón, mástil, cuerpo, pastillas, controles de volumen y tono, puente, protector o golpeador, 100% de origen!!
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I have a vox new escort guitar I want to sell its from the 60's in immaculate condition in the original case one of the pick ups isn't working but still a beautiful guitar just wanted to know its value


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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.