In 1957 in an effort to bolster their stand up bass business Gibson purchased their arch rival the Epiphone Guitar Company and moved production to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Along with the sought after bass tooling Gibson acquired access to many storied models and a brand name with a history of quality and prestige. With plans to expand retail distribution by differentiating Epiphone dealers from Gibson dealers, Gibson began production of a new line of "Kalamazoo-made and designed" Epiphones in 1959.
For over a decade from 1959 through early 1970 Epiphone solid body guitars and basses were produced in limited numbers right along side some of the greatest Gibson's of all time. These Epiphone guitars represented some of the highest quality and best sounding instruments of their generation. They provided unique shapes, pickup arrangements, and tonal signatures not seen on comparable Gibson models of the day.
The Epiphone Olympic started out looking similar to a Les Paul Special Doublecut From 1960 until 1963. In 1963, Epiphone redesigned the Olympic to match its other solid body guitars such as the Coronet and Wilshire. The original Olympic body shape became the Olympic Special with slight modification to the lower horn, which was shortened and re-angled slightly.
The Olympic, Crestwood, Coronet, and Wilshire guitars are often confused with the ET-Series, which were a Japanese-made amalgamation of the older Epiphone body shapes and designs.
This is a 1963 Epiphone Olympic Double (double cutaway) in Sunburst finish being sold in "Excellent" condition. Original case included.
Before the Telecaster and the short-lived Broadcaster, there was the Esquire: Fender'sf first production solid-body electric guitar. The original Esquire came out in 1950 and was produced with either one or two pickups. Apart from standardizing the two pickup layout, the Broadcaster also introduced a truss rod into the neck when it premiered in autumn of that same year. No Esquires were produced from September 1950 to January 1951, when the model was reintroduced as a single pickup counterpart to the Telecaster. By the mid-'50s, the Esquire designed had changed to include a white celluloid pickguard instead of black bakelite. Staggered height pickup poles were also introduced in 1955.
This is a REAL 1956 Fender Esquire in all original condition with original hardshell case.
Years of Production: 1950 - 1970
Get classic Fender twang with plenty of swagger in tow with the 1973 Telecaster in a blonde finish. Built with a slab ash body and smooth C-shape maple neck, the '70s Teles featured a pair of warm single-coil pickups and string guides for greater precision introduced in the previous year. It's pretty hard to go wrong with a vintage Telecaster in see-through blonde.
Originally intended as a replacement for the Musicmaster and Mustang models, the Fender Bullet was a short-lived model that initially featured a single cutaway body.
In 1983, the last year of production, Fender changed the body to a double cutaway similar to a Strat but with a Tele-style headstock. The Fender Bullet H-1 model featured a single covered humbucker.
Years of Production: 1981-1983
This is a VINTAGE guitar being sold in 'Excellent' condition. This is a very clean guitar.
Gibson launched the Firebird design in 1963 with four main models: the Firebird I, II, V, and VII. Each was distinguished by different pickup and hardware configurations, though they all shared thru-body construction and a unique "reversed" body shape with a large lower horn. The Firebird III in specific used chrome hardware, a vibrato tailpece, and two mini-humbucker pickups. By mid-1965, Gibson changed the Firebird (as well as its counterpart Thunderbird bass) to a more traditional "non-reversed" body shape.
This instrument is in all original condition. Photos are of the actual instrument.
Introduced in 1959, the Melody Maker was Gibson's flagship entry-level solid body guitar. Initially offered in three iterations-- a standard model with an lone single-coil pickup, a 3/4 sized model, and a Melody Maker 'D' dual pickup model--, early Melody Makers featured a single-cutaway sunburst slab mahogany body redolent of a Les Paul Junior. The body transitioned to double-cut in 1961, and in 1967 two additional models-- a three-pickup Melody Maker III and a 12-string model-- were introduced. The original run of Melody Makers was discontinued in 1971.
This is a VINTAGE guitar being sold in 'Excellent' condition. Non-original hardshell case included.
In late 1960, Gibson replaced the Les Paul body shape with the SG design. When the original Les Paul was relaunched in the late '60s, the new "Standard" in the catalog was dubbed the Les Paul Deluxe until the actual Standard came back in in 1975 (though there were a few reissues of '50s Standards made in 1968 and 1969). The new Les Paul Deluxe included a four-ply Maple and Mahogany body, a three-piece Maple neck, and mini-humbuckers instead of PAFs.
*This guitar has had the pickups replaced with new Gibson Mini Humbuckers as well as the pots and jack.
Produced for seven years from 1973 to 1980, the Gibson L6-S wasn't necessarily popular during its lifetime, but picked up steam when it was endorsed by players like Carlos Santana and Pat Martino. Its all maple solid body took direction from the hollowbodied Gibson L Series, intended on giving guitarists an instrument that was both versatile and affordable. The six-way pickup selector allowed for selection of both phase and output settings, adding to the versatility of the L6-S.
This is the limited run, upscale model of the Gibson Corvus. It has a solid neck as opposed to the Corvus which has a bolt on neck. It should not to be confused with the 1950's Futura which was the precursor of the Explorer.
This guitar is a VINTAGE instrument being sold in 'Very Good' condition. This is a great looking guitar with the expected, minimal wear. The one exception is a large scratch on the back of the body (visible in photos).
This is a VINTAGE, all original, 1962 Harmony H53 Rocket electric hollow body guitar with original chipboard case.
Here is the text from the Harmony 1962 catalog about this model.
Rocket ultra-thin cutaway electric
- Golden Tone Indox Pickup designed in cooperation with DeArmond
- Harmony's ultra-thin arched "tone chamber" construction
- "Ultra-slim" neck, steel rod reinforced, uniform "feel"
- "Straight line" narrow fingerboards - short scale for easy chording, "comping", or solo work
- Outstanding modern design, quality and value !
- Hardwood bodies, celluloid bound edges
- Cutaway design makes fingering easy to last fret
This is a beautiful, almost mint condition Paul Reed Smith Signature electric guitar in all original condition, rarely played. This is one of the cleanest 30 year old guitars you'll find.
SIGNATURE SERIES: 1986 - 1990. The first ‘ultimate quality wood grade’ PRS, hand-signed by Paul Reed Smith and based on the Custom 24, extremely figured (artist grade) maple top, bird inlays, only 1,000 made.
Teisco was a Japanese budget brand that produced guitars starting in the late '40s. By the early '60s, Teisco guitars became increasingly unique with a number of original shapes and designs being produced. Those imported to the United States were branded as Teisco Del Rey starting in 1965. Collector interest in Teisco and other budget import brands has increased in the past several years. Teiscos are notoriously difficult to date and identify as no comprehensive records were kept during production. The ET-200 was a two pick-up version of an earlier design.
Years of Production: 1960s
Design Elements: Two single-coil pickups, floral pickguard, dot inlays