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Vox amps: AC4, AC10, AC15, AC30

Vox 'Choice of the Stars' brochure

This page features eleven distinct configurations of four basic amplifiers, the AC/4, AC/10, AC/15, AC/30.

Except for the A.C.4, all VOX amplifiers have the dynamic Vibravox. This is a unique method of introducing vibrato and is NOT featured on any other make of amplifier. It provides both Frequency and Amplitude controlled vibrato, and it is this combined effect which gives VOX amplifiers their characteristic Vibrato

The individual models are the AC/4, 4w 1x8" speaker; AC/10, 10w 1x10" speaker; AC/10 Twin, 10w 2x10" speaker; AC/15, 15w 1x12" speaker; AC/15 Twin, 15w 2x12" speaker; AC/15 Bass, 15w 2x12" speaker; AC/30 Twin, 30w 2x12" speaker; AC/30 Super Twin I, with echo-reverb; AC/30 Twin Bass, 30w 2x12" speaker; AC/30 Super Reverb/Twin I, non-mechanical reverb; AC/30 Super Reverb/Twin II, two speaker cabinets

1962 Vox guitar catalog page 9 - Vox amps: AC4, AC10, AC15, AC30

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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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1960s Vox AC60 vintage valve guitar amplifier with 1960s HH 2 x 12" (AC30)

1960s Vox AC60 vintage valve guitar amplifier with 1960s HH 2 x 12" (AC30)

Bangor, North Wales., LL57***, UNITED KINGDOM


1960s (I believe it's 1964) Vox AC60 vintage valve guitar amplifier head. Original and Unmodified.
Very loud, double the watts of the AC30, works well
The 1960s HH 212 2 x 12" Cab. is of the same era and is included free. Reputedly better than the Vox speakers of the time
The Vox is in great condition considering its age, but does have wear / looseness in the inputs. They're fine if you set the lead in the right position but could do with sorting out.
Collection in person or ... more
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Vox AC30 1962 JMI Copper Panel blue speakers top boost vintage 60s

Vox AC30 1962 JMI Copper Panel blue speakers top boost vintage 60s



1962 vintage Vox AC30, JMI model with the desirable copper panel and original blue speakers. This wonderful amp was meticulously renovated by Roger Kenyon of Sound Services in the late 90s and further serviced by John Kelly, one of the top amp specialists in the UK. Housed in a retro Vox cabinet to hold the magic components in for years to come, this beautiful amp has all the reliability and performance of a brand new amp , while keeping all the essential 1962 sound and components original. The ... more
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Vox AC50 1967 JMI guitar amp

Vox AC50 1967 JMI guitar amp

Vilafranca del Penedes, 08***, SPAIN


Original Vox AC50 JMI from the year 1967 Working perfectly. New EL34 valves
Externally restored with original Vox parts
Cabin with 2 original Vox speakers + Goodmans horn.... more
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VOX AC30 - 1963 - Superbe état

VOX AC30 - 1963 - Superbe état

Cholet, 49***, FRANCE


VOX AC30 - 1963 - Superbe état Numéro chassis et étiquette : 8874, donc fabrication de l??électronique 1963
Très rare et dans un état neuf !! Collector
A la fin des années 60, Vox a décidé d??utiliser des châssis de 1963 restés en stock pour fabriquer une série d??AC30
En utilisant des caisses et hp du moment. C??est pourquoi la caisse et les hp sont de la fin des années 60
Cet ampli est complètement d??origine et ce n??est pas un « bricolage »
Etat impeccable, ... more
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vox ac 30 Gitarrenverstärker gebraucht Bj 1968

vox ac 30 Gitarrenverstärker gebraucht Bj 1968

Regensburg, 93***, GERMANY


vox ac 30 Gitarrenverstärker gebraucht Bj. 1968. top boost 110 Watt
Seriennummer 21659 Silver bulldog speaker,
Gebrauchsspuren, rauscht ein wenig, sonst einwandfrei. Wurde kaum benutzt, stand im Keller, Volumepoti kratzt ein wenig.
... more
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Arrow black bat switch for 1965 Vox AC30, AC50, AC100, or Marshall 100

Arrow black bat switch for 1965 Vox AC30, AC50, AC100, or Marshall 100



Arrow black bat switch for 1965 Vox AC30, AC50, AC100, or Marshall 100. Scarce these days
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Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Top Boost 2×12 Guitar Valve Amplifier Combo 1960s & Pedal

Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Top Boost 2×12 Guitar Valve Amplifier Combo 1960s & Pedal



Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Top Boost 2×12 Guitar Valve Amplifier Combo 1960s w / Pedal
This is a wonderfully rare original 1964 Vox AC30 Top Boost version that I purchased from the original owner. It had been in the family since new, and the owner kept the original cover and even the original blue 'about Vox' manual - crazy rare. It has the grey top and silver speakers from the last quarter of 1964. The amplifier dates to 1964 by the serial number, circuit board, tolex, and panel. All three ... more
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Vox AC 30 Top Boost Bj. 1965, Silver Bulldogs, Made by Jennings

Vox AC 30 Top Boost Bj. 1965, Silver Bulldogs, Made by Jennings

Schwanewede, 28***, GERMANY


Zum AC 30 muss man nichts mehr sagen. Jeder kennt Ihn, auf jeder Bühne der Welt ist er seit den 60er Jahren nicht mehr weg zu denken Vor 25 Jahren für meine Sammlung gekauft
Immer gewartet, läuft einwandfrei. Fußschalter ist auch dabei. Der Frontbezug hat unten rechts eine Macke Den Bezug gibt es für kleines Geld neu zu kaufen
Bitte keine Tauschangebote
Privatverkauf ohne Garantie und Rücknahme!... more
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Vintage vox AC30 JMI spec Bulgin pilot light  /  lamp 1960??s

Vintage vox AC30 JMI spec Bulgin pilot light / lamp 1960??s



Pair of mid sixties AC30 spec Bulgin pilot light assemblies
Listing is for 2 - one with the jewel and one without
The sale does not include the lamps, you can still buy these (TAD have them in stock)
Perfect if your restoring a vintage AC30
Anything else just ask
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Vox AC 30 Silver Bulldogs Top Boost Baujahr 1967 / 68

Vox AC 30 Silver Bulldogs Top Boost Baujahr 1967 / 68

Weißenstadt, 95***, GERMANY


Vox AC 30 Baujahr 1967 - kein Italiener!
Mint Condition
Zustand: Gut
SerNr: 05554
Gewicht: ca. 28 kgLautsprecher: VOX Silver BulldogsTrafos: Pameko und Wooodden (siehe Bilder)
Fußschalter: jamit No-Brand Cover
Der Top Boost - alles Original und altersbedingt gut erhalten! Steht nur rum und wird zu wenig gespielt - bräuchte etwas TLC. Zwei Tragegriffe gebrochen (Neuteil ca. 18 - Euro), Neuverlöten empfohlen, Grundreinigung Elektrik - ansonsten ist der Vox AC 30 spielbar, ... more
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Vox AC30 EMPTY Head Unit Sawn Down Combo Early 1960s

Vox AC30 EMPTY Head Unit Sawn Down Combo Early 1960's

Birmingham, B23***, UNITED KINGDOM


This is an old head unit that was once a comboYou will notice from the pictures it is an early square edged box The separation from combo to head unit is quite a good jobAll the screws were missing so I replaced them with newer onesIt still has one of the original brass vents There is another one there but only in spirit
I bought this from a guy who bought from Debbie Bonham who was given it by her father The father of John Bonham the drummer in Led Zeppelin
Any questions welcomeWill ... more
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Vintage 1962 Vox AC10 Fawn 1x10 Valve Guitar Amplifier Combo Pedal Players Grade

Vintage 1962 Vox AC10 Fawn 1x10 Valve Guitar Amplifier Combo Pedal Players Grade



Vintage 1962 Vox AC10 Fawn 1x10 Valve Guitar Amplifier Combo Pedal Players Grade
If you've never played one of these - you need to! This beauty I purchased from the original owner from new - one single owner since 1962!! It's a players grade rarity, having undergone internal restoration a few years ago. It plays and sounds incredible. The previous owner took it to a technician who had the original speaker re-coned with the correct part, he had the mains transformer replaced, along with the ... more
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Vintage 1963 Vox AC30 Treble Westrex Copper Guitar Valve Amplifier Head 1960s

Vintage 1963 Vox AC30 Treble Westrex Copper Guitar Valve Amplifier Head 1960s



Vintage 1963 Vox AC30 Treble Westrex Copper Guitar Valve Amplifier Head 1960s
I purchased this beautiful Super Twin head from the family of the original owner, alongside a lovely Selmer cabinet. It had been sat for many years unused, but well looked after. This one dates to late 1963 / early 1964, and is one of the 'Westrex' assembled chassis'. Original inside including the 3x transformers, and the majority original valves. The previous owner lost the original serial number plate, and ... more
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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

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1973 Eko Ranger Folk

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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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