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1980 Gibson Guitars catalog

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1970 Vox guitar catalog page 1
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 2
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 3 - Vox Continental, Foundation and AC30 amplifiers
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 4 - Vox Continental 300 with Gyrotone 50, and Foundation, Defiant and PA100 amplifiers
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 5 - Vox Continental 300 with Gyrotone 100, and Foundation, Supreme and PA100 amplifiers
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 6 - Vox Continental 300 with Gyrotone 100, and Foundation, Supreme, PA100 amplifiers, Multi-link I and Multi-link II
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 7 - Vox Riviera 400 organ with Gyratone II and Foundation, PA-100 and Multi-link I
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 8 - Vox Riviera 400 organ with Gyratone II and Foundation, PA-100 and Multi-link I
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 9 - Vox organs
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 10 - Vox Corinthian organ
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 11 - Vox Continental 300 organ
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 12 - Continental 301 Organ
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 13 - Vox Riviera 400
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 14 - Gyrotone II, III, 50 and 100
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 15 - Vox amplifiers
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 16 - Vox Defiant and Vox Supreme amplifiers
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 17 - Vox Foundation and Super Foundation Bass Amps
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 18 - Vox Midas 100 and Vox AC30
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 19 - Multi-link speaker
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 20 - Multi-link Speaker Cabinets
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 21 - Vox VG2 electric guitar
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 22 - VOX | CATALOGS | 1970 | PAGE 22
Vox VG4 and VG6 guitars
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 23 - PA100 and UD1 microphone
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 24 - Microphone stands and Focus Linesouce
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 25 - Vox Accesories: Tonebender MKIII and Wow Fuzz
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 26 - Vox Accesories: Wah Wah, Swell, Wow Swell, Distortion Booster and Repeat Percussion effect units
1970 Vox guitar catalog page 27 - Back Cover

1970 Vox guitar, organ and amplifier catalog

The 1970 UK Vox catalogue was the first (and only) catalogue issued by Vox Sounds Ltd, under the ownership of the Corinthian Bank. They bought the company after the Royston Group went into liquidation in 1969, and rather than stock Italian guitars made at the E.M.E factory in Recanati, they soon changed to a range of Japanese models. Oddly, a good proportion of the catalogue is dedicated to group set-ups; they clearly intended to outfit entire bands in one go. This catalogue features the following guitars, basses, organs and amplifiers.

Electric guitars:

Vox VG2
Vox VG6


Vox VG4


Vox Corinthian
Vox Continental 300
Vox Continental 301
Vox Riviera 400


Vox Defiant
Vox Supreme
Vox Foundation bass
Vox Super Foundation bass
Vox Midas 100
Vox AC30


Vox Gyrotone II, III, 50 and 100
Vox Multilink I and II

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1960s Vox Mark XII 12 String Vintage Electric Guitar Teardrop w /  Case, Italy Eko

1960s Vox Mark XII 12 String Vintage Electric Guitar Teardrop w / Case, Italy Eko

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


Up for sale, a 1960s Vox Mark XII 12-string in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This Vox was produced in Recanati, Italy by the Eko company, delivering quintessential ?60s looks and sounds with its iconic teardrop body shape. This particular guitar features a replacement (also vintage) neck but is otherwise 100% original, and the original neck is included
Weighing 8lbs, this Vox has all the chime, sparkle, and chorusing shimmer of ... more
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1960s V250 Vox Violin Bass Pickguard, ALL Original with Mounting Hardware CLEAN

1960s V250 Vox Violin Bass Pickguard, ALL Original with Mounting Hardware CLEAN

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


welcome!i still have the pickguard from my first bass, a 60s Vox Violin Bass (Beatles style) made in Italy straight and clean, with mounting bracket thanks!... more
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Rare 1960s Domino Californian Vox Style Electric Guitar Aged White 6 String RH

Rare 1960's Domino Californian Vox Style Electric Guitar Aged White 6 String RH

Oley, Pennsylvania, 195**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Tested and sounds great! There is a low buzz. Good cosmetic condition for it's age. Many cracks in the veneer that have not gone into the wood. Rub marks on some areas, especially bottom of body. Needs a little TLC cleaning All parts appear to be original to the guitar 6 String??Right HandedComes with vintage case as shown Any discolorations are from reflections or camera flash unless stated above I attempt to capture all imperfections in photos Please see photos for details Thank You For ... more
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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*

Neosho, Missouri, 648**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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:
It's missing the pickup selector switch tip, and missing the back upholstery piece,
The tremolo bar was replaced with a newer aftermarket one
She shows lots of wear throughout, with dings and nicks all over . I snapped several pictures, ... more
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Vox Berkeley ll amp head - vintage

Vox Berkeley ll amp head - vintage

Acton, Massachusetts, 017**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very good condition. Upgraded circuit board from R G. Keen. Sounds great but reverb is weak. Comes with vinyl cover and non original foot switch.... more
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Depoe Bay, Oregon, 973**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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Buffalo, New York, 142**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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All original Great Condition, Italian Made Vox V229 Student semi-acoustic guitar. Pre-Price Model. One original owner!
The guitar has been benched at our facility, and everything functions as it should. As you can see in the pictures, the guitar comes with the original case, Vox Wipe cloth, Vox strap, and some vintage strings
The Vox V229 Student or Student Prince semi-acoustic guitar was manufactured for Vox by the Italian guitar manufacturer, Eko. The 1 ... more
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Vintage 1950s - 1960s Goodmans Audiom 70 8 ohm 12" Alnico speaker Vox Selmer

Vintage 1950s - 1960s Goodmans Audiom 70 8 ohm 12" Alnico speaker Vox Selmer

Point Roberts, Washington, 982**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage late 50's early 60's Goodmans Audiom 70 12" 8 ohm speaker.
Shipping calculator is not always accurate for overseas or non USA locations. Please email for exact quote
You are bidding on a very hard to find very clean Goodmans Audiom 70 8 ohm 12" 20 watt guitar speaker.
These were used in Vox and selmer amps as well as some Hifi speakers of the time.
Speaker is 8 ohm and is rated at approx 20 watts.
The speaker has the original cone which is in great condition ... more
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Vox Berkeley II & III, Cambridge Reverb Replacement 3 Button Pedal

Vox Berkeley II & III, Cambridge Reverb Replacement 3 Button Pedal

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


Don't believe in paying $200 plus dollars for an original untested Vox 3 button pedal that might need some work? Or, don't want to thrash your vintage original pedal? Up for sale is one custom built replacement for the 1960's Vox Thomas Organ 3 button foot pedal at a fraction of the cost. This custom made 3 button pedal operates the Reverb, Tremolo, and MRB. This pedal will work on any other Thomas Organ Vox amps Let me know at time of purchase your exact model to insure proper use. ... more
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Vox Apollo V266 Vintage Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar w /  OHSC ?? Used

Vox Apollo V266 Vintage Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar w / OHSC ?? Used

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
The 1968 US Vox catalog described the Apollo guitar as follows:
??A ... more
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rare and minty vintage VOX Bulldog electric guitar 1966 1960??s

rare and minty vintage VOX Bulldog electric guitar 1966 1960??s

Spokane, Washington, 992**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This guitar is in spectacular looking and working condition. Was just tuned up and re-strung. Look at others for sale on reverb??they are all dinged and scratched up.
... more
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Custom 2x12 Tube Guitar Amp in Cordovox Vintage Cab w /  Jensen Speakers, 6V6

Custom 2x12 Tube Guitar Amp in Cordovox Vintage Cab w / Jensen Speakers, 6V6

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


Up for sale, a custom tube amp housed inside a 1960s Cordovox CG 2x12 enclosure loaded with Jensen C12R speakers. This unique, one-off amp is in perfect working order, 6V6-powered and loosely based on a Fender Black Panel platform
An ideal combination of warmth and articulation, this circuit has a singing treble response with plenty of headroom. Cranking this amp up yields a buttery smooth, naturally compressed tone with creamy breakup. There are a huge array of tones accessible, thanks to ... more
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1966 VOX Beatle V1141, cover, footswitch, & few mods. Needs work but OKAY sound.

1966 VOX Beatle V1141, cover, footswitch, & few mods. Needs work but OKAY sound.

San Pedro, California, 907**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Vox V1141 Beatle Amplifier Head, cover, and foot switch
A friend of mine and I bought this just as the V1143 came out, so we added a few upgrades to try to match it. We added an E-Tuner (the Bass channel volume knob controls the volume). And we upgraded 4 of the power transistors with larger, more powerful, more blow proof transistors (these transistors and the rest are from the '60s so may need replacing now or later). We also added a switch to cross connect sound ... more
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Cordovox GIG Amp Amplifier Accordion CXG Guitar Amp Vintage

Cordovox GIG Amp Amplifier Accordion CXG Guitar Amp Vintage



This vintage amplifier is a must-have for any musician. With its cabinet amplifier type, it is perfect for gigs of any size. The Cordovox Accordion CXG model also makes it a great addition to any collection
It features one speaker and is branded Cordovox. This amplifier is perfect for guitarists and accordion players alike. Don't miss out on this unique piece of musical history
Pictures are of the exact item that you'll be receiving. Please see pictures for more details and feel free to ... more
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Vintage Leather Vox Guitar Strap Black with Gold Logo - RARE!, EXC

Vintage Leather Vox Guitar Strap Black with Gold Logo - RARE!, EXC

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Although Vox is best known in the music history books for their legendary guitar amps (used by The Beatles, Queen, U2, Tom Petty and numerous other artists) and organs (the sound of The Doors as played by Ray Manzarek), the company also made guitars during the 1960s. Although some British guitarists like Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones used them on occasion, Vox guitars never caught on with players compared with their amps, and were discontinued by the 1970s
In the 1990s, Vox had a ... more
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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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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.

... more
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Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Amplifier AC30 / 6 T Amp JMI

Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Amplifier AC30 / 6 T Amp JMI

Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 / 6 T. Great condition. Recently serviced. Works and sounds great. Looks like a jack was added for an additional speaker cab. This jack has been removed, but the plate remains. Original Mullard preamp tubes. Also appears to have had wheels at some point. These have also been removed. Some screws on the back are not original. Awesome amplifier. Trem / Vib sound incredible. This amp weighs 72 pounds on its own. Shipping will be expensive but professional packaged. Please ... more
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2022 Vox Bobcat V90B

2022 Vox Bobcat V90B

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 547**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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

This one is in near-mint condition aside from a finish crack ... more
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Ampeg V4-B  Bass Amp Head 100Watt Vintage Pre-Magnavox, 7027s, Not Converted

Ampeg V4-B Bass Amp Head 100Watt Vintage Pre-Magnavox, 7027s, Not Converted

Haddonfield, New Jersey, 080**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is from the very first year(s) of production. NOT Magnavox. Used only 2 times since servicing. Obvious wear and tear left for buyer to restore / clean as they choose. Original knobs. Three-prong grounded power cable replaced the cloth 2-prong. I have owned since early 1980's and used dependably for 4 straight years back then
... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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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.