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1947 Gibson LG-2

The Gibson LG-2 was introduced in 1942 as the next iteration of their 10 year old L-00 model. It featured a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, X style top bracing and a lower body width of about 14 and 1/4″. With a lightly braced top and smaller sound chamber, the LG-2 produces a lot of volume from lighter picking hand. It’s got warm, trebly mid range and a full low end thump. This clean...
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1955 Fender Deluxe

“The Deluxe Amplifier is as modern as tomorrow and will give long lasting satisfaction to the owner.” (Fender Electric Instrument Co catalog 1955). Fender debuted the new 5E3 circuit Deluxe model amplifier in 1955 with an updated cabinet design that became known as the narrow panel tweed Deluxe. The cabinet was made wider from 18″ to 20″ in 1956 but the circuit remained largely unchanged until...
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1963 Fender Champ

Another tweed Champ just in at True Vintage Guitar! From the 1962 Fender catalog, “The Champ Amp is constructed of the finest cabinet design. Circuit provides extremely pleasing reproduction. Speaker is a fine quality permanent magnet type. The Champ Amp has two instrument inputs, volume control, jeweled pilot light, and extractor type fuse holder. The amp covering is striped airplane luggage...
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1957 Gibson Les Paul Model

Gibson’s Les Paul TV Model was officially offered in the 1956 catalog but was listed next to the Special instead of the similarly appointed Junior. Shipping records for the time period indicate that 552 TV Models were produced in 1957 compared to 1,452 Specials and 2,959 Juniors (not including 3/4 size guitars, data from Gibson Electrics: The Classic Years by A. R. Duchossoir). The model stayed...
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1965 Epiphone FT-110 Frontier

From the 1961 Epiphone catalog: “Frontier – A jumbo like no other! Epiphone’s finest in this popular size and the pride of Country & Western artists who prize the beauty of its tone, deep bass, and big volume. The Frontier has the mellow sound so ideal for voice accompaniment….. the depth and resonance so desired for ballad playing….. and the superior quality always associated with Epiphone....
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1957 Gibson J-45

Gibson introduced the J-45 in the summer of 1942 as the newest version in its Jumbo line preceded by the J-35. In Gibson nomenclature, “Jumbo” refers to a 16″ wide lower bout while the 17″ lower bout is known as the Super Jumbo. The J-45 featured a Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides a 24 3/4″ scale length. The 1955-1960 J-45s are some of our favorites because of the light unscalloped top...
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1963 Gibson Hummingbird

From the 1962 Gibson catalog, “A fabulous new acoustical guitar – one of the finest made for voice accompaniment. The sound is big, and round, and full with the deep rumbly bass so prized by guitar players.” Indeed, Gibson designed the square shoulder body shape to emphasize the bass frequencies and leave room in the mid and top end frequency range for a tenor voice. As the Fabulous Flat-tops...
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1968 Gibson ES-335TD

The Gibson ES-335 debuted in 1958 with a revolutionary new design: a double cutaway, thin solid body with hollow wings electric guitar. The thin body of this guitar was constructed of a laminated Maple arched top and back but had a solid center Maple block running down the center of the body. The resulting guitar had a warm tonal response but limited the problem of feedback at high stage volumes...
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1974 Gibson ES-335TD

Ted McCarty’s tenure as president of Gibson from 1949 until 1966 resulted in many great advancements in the electric guitar but his finest may be the ES-335 model in 1958. The design took advantage of Gibson’s reputation for warm hollow body tone but also decreased the propensity to feedback at high stage volumes. The thin body was comfortable to hold and and the tune-o-matic bridge (another...
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1973 Echoplex EM-1 Groupmaster

The Echoplex EM-1 Groupmaster was released in 1971 and was the top of Mike Battle’s Echoplex line. While many of today’s delay units use digital technology to repeat a signal, tape echo machines record a signal to tape and play the signal back at different intervals to achieve an echo sound. The result is a warm, analog tone with pleasing tape machine variables that aren’t easily emulated with...
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1963 Fender Bass VI

Leo Fender debuted the “VI” in 1961 as the next model utilizing the patented offset contour waist body after the Jazzmaster. It’s possible that the popularity of Danelectro’s electric baritone guitar (1956) gave rise to Leo’s upgraded version with an additional pickup, fully adjustable floating bridge, and smooth tremolo design. The Fender company updated its own VI in 1963 following the Jaguar...
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1974 Fender Telecaster Thinline

Fender’s “Thinline” version of the popular Telecaster model was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and debuted in 1968. After a short time routing the body under the pickguard (called the “Smuggler’s Tele”),Rossmeisl decided instead to chamber the body and added an attractive F hole route in the bass side lower bout. The Thinline was updated to its second version in 1972 with two Seth Lover designed...
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1966 Silvertone 1454

The Silvertone brand name was used throughout the 1960s as Sears’s name for all things musical. The Silvertone 1454 model was manufactured by Harmony in Chicago and featured three DeArmond Goldentone pickups commonly known as Gold Foil pickups. The 1454 is unique in that it features individual on/off switches, volume, and tone knobs for each pickup. This 1454 has survived in very nice...
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1963 Harmony H66 Vibra Jet

From the 1962 Harmony Catalog, “Want unusual sound effects while playing? Would you enjoy tremolo at your fingertips, in your guitar, as now attainable only thru certain circuit amplifiers? Then Harmony’s Vibra-Jet Tremolo Electric is for you! Enjoy pulsating tremolo through your guitar, not your amplifier.” While the built in tremolo effect never really caught on in the guitar world, Harmony’s...
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1951 Silvertone 1342

The Silvertone 1342 debuted in the 1950 Sears catalog in a rare but aesthetically pleasing trapezoidal cabinet shape and a green and tan color scheme. The catalog described the shape of the amp as “low, wide and handsome”. The 1342’s amplifier featured one microphone channel with one input and one instrument channel with two inputs and produced about 12 watts through two 6V6 power tubes. It had a...
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1965 Silvertone 1488

The Silvertone 1488 was the top of the line solid body electric guitar in the Sears catalog in the 1960s. Made by Harmony in Chicago, the 1488 featured three DeArmond made gold foil pickups, individual rocker switches for each pickup and a unique volume-tone-tone-tone control layout. The Bobkat shaped body is actually slightly larger than the Harmony version. This 1965 Silvertone 1488 is in...
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1929 Gibson U-1

We've got two of these in the shop right now. This one is very clean and has hardly been played at all. It has had no repairs except for adding a little glue to seal up that hairline crack. It is loud and sweet and ready for you. Comes with the original canvas bag.
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1929 Epiphone Model 0

Ever come across one of these? This Epiphone Model 0 is construction of solid Mahogany throughout. The neck joins the body at the 13th fret and the body features X style bracing with a single tone bar. The guitar is very lightly constructed. Repairs include a neck set, a cut down saddle and one replaced tuner button. The guitar is playable in it's current condition but would benefit from...
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