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Vox Amplifier List

Vintage Vox amps

Vox AC-4
   1964 AC-4
   1965 AC-4
Vox AC-10
Vox AC-15
Vox AC-30
Vox AC-50
Vox AC-100 Super Deluxe
Vox T-60
Vox Foundation Bass
Vox Supreme
Vox Pathfinder V1011
Vox Pacemaker V1022
Vox Cambridge Reverb V1032
Vox Essex Bass V1042
Vox Essex Bass Deluxe V1043
Vox Berkeley II V1081
Vox Grenadier X V1091
Vox Buckingham V1121/V1122/V1123
Vox Royal Guardsman V1131/V1132/V1133
Vox Super Beatle V1141/V1142
Vox Beatle Deluxe V1143
Vox Viscount V1151/V1152/V1154
Vox Scorpion V116
Vox Sovereign Bass V117
Vox Westminster V118
Vox Westmisnster Deluxe V1182
Vox Churchhill V119
Vox Kensington Bass V1241
1965 Vox AC4

Vox amps have had a fantastic reputation from the late 1950s onwards. Their endorsements by the Shadows, and then the Beatles firmly fixed their position amongst far better established brands, and set the 'Vox sound' in the consciousness of the worlds music lovers. And Vox amps do have a great sound! Especially great for chiming chords and stabbing rhythm parts. Even today, the earlier Vox tube amplifiers are still widely used in recording studios for their wonderful tone. As the 1960s turned into the seventies, and rock music got heavier, other British amp manufacturers took the lead - notably Marshall; such amps are great for blistering lead work, but few amps can match the unique 'Vox sound' of an early-mid 1960s Vox AC30.

Early Vox amps

The story starts with Dick Denny's 15 watt AC15, which the company launched in 1958. This was followed by the 30 watt AC30 a year later in 1959.

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Vintage 1959 Magnavox Alnico 15" speaker

Vintage 1959 Magnavox Alnico 15" speaker

Camano Island, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1959 Magnavox 15" Alnico speaker, used
Date code: 232916
Impedance: 8 ohms
Please!!!! Read item descriptionand ask questions before bidding!!!
USShipping ONLY!

Shipping is $35 in lower 48States
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Vintage Original 1960s VOX Amplifier Cabinet Countersink Finish Washers

Vintage Original 1960s VOX Amplifier Cabinet Countersink Finish Washers

Port Charlotte, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


These are Vintage 1960s Vox Amplifier Speaker Cabinet Countersink Finish Washers for the back of the Speaker Cabinet They came from a vintage 1960s Vox Speaker Cabinet Normal vintage wear and tarnishing Hard to find Great for making your Vintage Speaker Cabinet Original Looks like there are 13 of them Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final No Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks
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Vox Pathfinder 15W Guitar Amp Model V9106 Vintage Untested

Vox Pathfinder 15W Guitar Amp Model V9106 Vintage Untested

Cedar Park, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hello! This is a garage sale find. It turns on. No further testing done. Any questions or concerns please ask
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Vintage Magnavox P232 Jensen P12N Clone 12" Fender Tweed Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

Vintage Magnavox P232 Jensen P12N Clone 12" Fender Tweed Guitar Tube Amp Speaker

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


Here is an amazing and beautiful Vintage 1950s Magnavox P232 Jensen P12N Clone 12" Fender Tweed Guitar Tube Amp Speaker. Excellent cosmetic and working condition as shown. This was recently professionally re-coned with period correct components by one of the best in the industry and it sounds amazing. This will make a wonderful addition to anyone's collection. Money back guarantee you will not be disappointed
Click the "Enlarge" tab to view all 12 pictures for details.
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Vox Nova Amp 95-901211

Vox Nova Amp 95-901211

Simi Valley, California, 930**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Neat rare sm. Vox amp. 25 watts. solid state

Tested, Everything works on it.

If you have any question please let me know.

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Slash recorded JMI VoX AC15 AC30 1963 1964 vintage guitar amp amplifier combo

Slash recorded JMI VoX AC15 AC30 1963 1964 vintage guitar amp amplifier combo

Saint Cloud, Minnesota, 563**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a vintage 1963-64 JMI VOX AC15 bought from record producer Eric Valentine and used on all sorts of records including Slash's first solo album. Check out the youtube video of Eric demonstrating it called "Eric Valentine's Electric Guitars -Surf Guitar " . It was sold to me as an AC30 that was modded to be an AC15, which is strange because it has the copper panel of an AC15 (so maybe it was modded to be more like an AC30?) I don't really know but it was modded by Cesar Diaz who was ... more
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Vintage Original 1960s VOX Scorpion Metal Amplifier Cabinet Logo Badge V116

Vintage Original 1960s VOX Scorpion Metal Amplifier Cabinet Logo Badge V116

Buena Park, California, 906**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Used condition but authentic. See pictures for condition. Measures 3 x 3 inches
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Vintage Original VOX Royal Guardsman Amplifier Cabinet Back Panel

Vintage Original VOX Royal Guardsman Amplifier Cabinet Back Panel

Port Charlotte, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage Vox Royal Guardsman Amplifier Speaker Cabinet Back Panel It comes with the Vox ID Plate with Serial Number and Switchcraft XLR Input Jack It came from a vintage 1960s Vox Royal Guardsman Speaker Cabinet Normal vintage wear, scrathes scrapes tolex nicks, etc Great for making your Vintage Speaker Cabinet Original Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final No Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks
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Goodmans (VOX) MIDAX 1960s Horn Made In England

Goodmans (VOX) MIDAX 1960's Horn Made In England

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


Tested and working please see video

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1967 Vox Kensington Bass Model V1241 Amp Vintage Empty 1x15 Enclosure!

1967 Vox Kensington Bass Model V1241 Amp Vintage Empty 1x15 Enclosure!

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1967 Vox Kensington enclosure in very good condition. As pictured.

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2 Cordovox volume expression / swell pedal tube or S State amp accordion Vintage

2 Cordovox volume expression / swell pedal tube or S State amp accordion Vintage

East Bethany, New York, 140**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


2 Cordovox volume expression / swell pedal tube or S State amp accordion choice. Condition is "Used " . Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. Please see pictures for more details and feel free to email with any questions
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1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II Early Big Box, Original trolly, Foundation cab And Cover

1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II Early Big Box, Original trolly, Foundation cab And Cover

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a rare 1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II amplifier in excellent working condition. This vintage piece comes with its original trolly, foundation cab, and cover. It has been well-maintained and has a warm, rich tone that is perfect for any guitar enthusiast. The exact year of production is 1964, and it has been a highly sought-after item for collectors and musicians alike. Whether you are a professional musician or a collector, this amplifier is a must-have addition to your collection

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1970s Bell Duovox III Organ / Guitar Amp, USA, Works-Needs Repair-HumsBUILT, Potentia

1970s Bell Duovox III Organ / Guitar Amp, USA, Works-Needs Repair-HumsBUILT, Potentia

Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 325**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice quality vintage Bell Duovox III Organ / Guitar amp, design, built and crafted in the USA, 1970s. It has discrete bipolar output transformers, massive power transformer, 2 inputs, Bass, Treble, Volume, Pilot light, all original and well cared for. It does work, but has some noise and hum in the background. It has never been serviced and will need the typical and necessary repair / restoration that all vintage amps require. It has excellent potential is a strong 80 watt amplifier. It ... more
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Vintage Original 1960s VOX Vertical Amplifier Cabinet Logo

Vintage Original 1960s VOX Vertical Amplifier Cabinet Logo

Port Charlotte, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a Vintage 1960s Vox Vertical Amplifier Logo It came from a vintage 1960s Vox Speaker Cabinet Normal vintage wear and wear on the lettering as seen in the pictures Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final NO Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks
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documentation Gabriel Voxer 18 33 brochure manual etc. vintage amp guitar

documentation Gabriel Voxer 18 33 brochure manual etc. vintage amp guitar



these are promotional materials for Gabriel Amplifiers
they are in great shape

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Vox Custom AC15C1 15 Watt 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp Vintage G12 Greenback

Vox Custom AC15C1 15 Watt 1x12" Tube Guitar Combo Amp Vintage G12 Greenback

San Leandro, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vox AC15C1 tube amp, bought few years ago but used less than two hours, everything worked great and stored with a cover.

Item includes the Amp, user manual and the power cable.

Two channels

15W into 16 ohms

12?? Celestion G12M Greenback speaker

Normal input, Top Boost input

Classic tremolo effect, Spring reverb

Weight: 49 lbs

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Vox Beatle Amplifier 1960??s With Custom Covers

Vox Beatle Amplifier 1960??s With Custom Covers

League City, Texas, 775**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vox Beatle good condition head has been recapped see pics will ship freight
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1968 Vintage VOX KENSINGTON V1241 Bass Amp with VOX Vinyl Cover - RARE BEAUTY!

1968 Vintage VOX KENSINGTON V1241 Bass Amp with VOX Vinyl Cover - RARE BEAUTY!

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


VOX Kensington V-1241 Bass Amplifier with Original VOX Vinyl Cover - RARE BEAUTY!
The second and final best generation of this VOX amplifier classic
A wonderful, all original example of solid state technology from 1967-70, and a rarity
Completely gone over by British Audio techs in Nashville, TN to be functionally perfect
?? 50 watts of pure 60??s magic. Plug in a Hofner Beatle Bass and you??re in a time machine!
?? Wired Tone-X pedal works as designed ( see ... more
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1969 Vox pathfinder solid state with footswitch

1969 Vox pathfinder solid state with footswitch

Manheim, Pennsylvania, 175**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1969 Vox Pathfinder guitar amp
All original
Works great
Original footswitch
Original speaker dated 1969
From my personal collection
No offers or trades
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1968 Vox Super Berkeley III V1083 Head & Berkeley II V4082 Cabinet Beatle type.

1968 Vox Super Berkeley III V1083 Head & Berkeley II V4082 Cabinet Beatle type.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This was the amp that so many British & US groups used thru-out the late 60's & early 70's. Everyone thinks "The Beatles" when they see these amps. Here is a great example of a 1968 Vox Super Berkeley III trapezoid shaped amp head w / a Berkeley II 2 x 10 cabinet. Very clean and 100% original. Comes with original tilt swivel chrome amp rack, footswitch and 3 pin cable to hook up the cab. These are solid state and the Reverb and Vibrato work perfectly. Its excellent overall. One can use ... more
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michael winfield Comment left 8th July 2012 20:08:35 reply
You left off AC-15 and AC-15 twins. These work better than AC-30's, Ac-50's because they compress at a much more listenable volumes. I love my AC-15 twin with silver bell celestians!


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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 bass Rose-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 Zambesi This 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 Ace The 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 Escort The 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 Care Catalog 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 Folk The 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 guitar The 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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional