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 1962. 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 1965 Epiphone Olympic Special being sold in "Excellent" condition. Includes non-original case.
This is a vintage original Epiphone Model E422T Century. All original and clean with original P-90 pickup pickup which sounds incredible. This is made by Gibson and it is the Epiphone version of the Gibson ES-125T.
This is an all original, vintage guitar being sold in 'Excellent' condition. Vintage, non-Epiphone hard shell case included. Photos are of the actual instrument for sale.
This guitar is all original except the rear pickup was rewound with vintage style wire by our friends at Taylor Guitars. 1963 Fender Stratocaster. Hardshell case included.
Like 1962, very little changed about the Stratocaster for the production year of 1963. Sales were still extremely strong, and the Stratocaster continued to etch out its place as the one of the world's most popular and iconic instruments. Some very minor changes seen in 1963 include a subtle shift in the shape of the pickup selector switch and a change in the location of the pickguard screw above the front two pickups. Also, by 1963 the "veneer" style of Rosewood fingerboard had become standard.
Years of Production: 1954 - present
Unique to this Year: No more date markers on body. Veneer Rosewood fingerboard becomes standard.
Body Style: Offset solidbody
Wood Composition: Alder body, Maple neck with slab or veneer Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Bolt-on neck, dot inlays, 3 single-coil pickups, 3-way pickup selector
Finish Specifications: Sunburst was a standard finish for the '63 Stratocaster
Notable Players: Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix
The G&L ASAT was used and endorsed by John Jorgenson of the Hellecasters. In the late 1980s, John had the factory custom make him a large flake, silver sparkle ASAT using Z-coil MFD pickups and Dual Fulcrum vibrato as a back-up guitar for his one-of-a-kind prototype Comanche. When BBE/G&L approached John about a signature model in 1994 he specified that it be fitted with a new type of MFD that looked like a regular ASAT soapbar, but with a dummy coil under the pickguard for hum cancellation. This pickup had been under development by Leo Fender before his death, but it was never completed. The new pickup design did not have the same output as a regular ASAT soapbar and G&L did not have the expertise to continue developing Leo's design. So G&L then turned to Seymour Duncan to design a pickup that would meet John's specifications, but that turned into a dead end as well. Without John's consent, the guitar was made with the same large flake, silver sparkle finish, as on his back up ASAT/Comanche, but with regular ASAT pickups. The disagreement resulted in Jorgenson dropping his endorsment of G&Ls and moving to Fender which introduced a John Jorgenson signature model in 1997. Less than 200 G&L John Jorgenson models were made.
This is a VINTAGE guitar being sold in 'Very Good/Excellent' condition. Original case included. Photos are the actual instrument for sale.
The revolutionary double-cutaway thinline electric guitar series begun by Gibson with the ES-335 in 1958 expanded to both higher- and lower-end models by 1959. These included the upscale gold-hardware-bearing ES-345 and ES-355, as well as the student level ES-330T, ES-330TD, ES-125TC, and ES-125TCD. (The “D” was used to denote a double pickup model.) The ES-330 shared the same body dimensions as the ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355, but had a very different interior construction. Rather than having a semi-solidbody, the ES-330 was fully hollow, similar to the original 1955 thinlines like the ES-350T and ES-225.
The original catalog text describing the guitar highlights the similarities to the ES-335: “A wonderful instrument with truly magical tone available in single- or double-pickup models. The double cutaway body and thin silhouette make it wonderfully easy to hold and play. The new slim neck provides fast, low action and perfect response. A beautiful guitar in the finest curly maple and rosewood and nickel-plated metal parts.”
This 1959 ES-330T has the usual features seen that year. These include:
Like the Les Paul, the ES-335 stands as one of Gibson's all-time most iconic models. The ES-335 is a semi-hollowbody guitar which means that it has a solid block of wood running through its center with hollow wings on either side. This construction style maintains the open tone of a hollowbody while helping to reduce feedback. The ES-335 was introduced in 1958 and has remained in production in various forms ever since. The official model designation of the ES-335 is ES-335TD, with the TD standing for thinline, double pickups.
This is an all original 1968 Gibson ES-335 in Vintage Sunburst finish. This guitar is in 'Excellent' condition for a 49 year old instrument. Original case included.
The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 as a complete replacement for the Les Paul. The new design was thought to be a more modern solidbody guitar, with sleek beveled edges and two sharp cutaways. By late 1963, the Les Paul moniker was dropped, and the SG (or Solid Guitar) became an entirely separate model. The SG has remained in steady production ever since earning a place as one of the truly classic solidbody guitars. The design went through a number of changes in 1972 including new placement of the pickups, a larger tune-o-matic bridge, and a switch back the original smaller pickguard.
This is a VINTAGE 1978 Gibson SG Standard being sold in all original, 'Very Good/Excellent' condition.
The Gibson SG was introduced in 1961 as a complete replacement for the Les Paul. The new design was thought to be a more modern solidbody guitar, with sleek beveled edges and two sharp cutaways. By late 1963, the Les Paul moniker was dropped, and the SG (or Solid Guitar) became an entirely separate model. The SG has remained in steady production ever since earning a place as one of the truly classic solidbody guitars. The design went through a number of changes in 1972 including new placement of the pickups, and a switch back the original smaller pickguard.
This is a VINTAGE 1987 Gibson SG Standard being sold in all original, "Good" condition.There are finish scratches, swirl marks, finish nicks and dings, and a crack in one of the control knobs. A Gibson gig bag is included with this guitar in lieu of the original hardshell case.
This is a 1968 Kalamazoo KG1 made by Gibson in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This VINTAGE instrument is all original with the exception of the Bad Ass bridge.
Here is a little history on this particular model.
Kalamazoo was an American budget guitar brand, created by Gibson to market cheaper guitars than the fine instruments they were already making for professional musicians. This marque had been used by Gibson previously in the 1930s and 1940s, and was resurrected to cope with the massive demand for entry level guitars after the beat boom of 1964/1965. They were made in Kalamazoo, but not at the Parsons street facility (plant I), rather a newer building at 416 E. Ransom Street (plant II).
The KG guitar was a simple solid-body electric, using Gibson parts on a fibre-board body made by a manufacturer in Wisconsin. The parts used also appeared on other lower-end Gibson solid-bodies: the pickups were straight from the Gibson Melody Maker, the bridge and vibrola from the Melody Maker and the Gibson SG Special and Gibson SG Jr.
It was aimed at younger players; primary colours and surf styling - early models had a Fender Mustang shape (and were available in the same three colours of the Mustang, red, white and blue), although this changed to the SG style as the sixties wore on, and that shape became more fashionable. Despite the fibre-board body, the Kalamazoo guitars had a nice maple neck with rosewood fingerboard; bolted on (rather than set as was Gibson's norm), and the same electronic components as some more expensive Gibsons.
With Gibson quality and components, and a fair price, it is not surprising these guitars sold well; a total of 23994 KG guitars were shipped between 1965 and 1969, in three colours: Flame Red, Glacier White, Las Vegas Blue.
The first of several Gretsch guitars with the endorsement of country legend Chet Atkins, the 6120 Chet Atkins Hollowbody is a prime example of the type of guitar most commonly associated with Gretch. This electric archtop premiered in 1955 with bound F-holes, a Bigsby tremolo tailpiece, and a striking set of finishes. Like many Gretsch archtops, this model has been embraced by a number of rockabilly guitarists including Brian Setzer. In late 1961, the 6120 switched form a single to a double cutaway design.
Years of Production: 1955 - 1980, 2004 - present
This VINTAGE 1962 Gretsch 6120 has the most flame you will find on a vintage Gretsch! This guitar is all original and includes the original hardshell case.
This is a VINTAGE 1995 strat style ash guitar body with a licensed by Fender Mighty Mite neck.
This guitar has some finish scratches and the pick guard is peeling on the corners, but is in very good working condition.
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