August

Vintage Vault

VINTAGE VAULT

1952 Fender Precision Bass

May 13, 2013
This well-played, yet beautifully preserved 1952 Fender Precision Bass—serial #0215—rests against a 1952 TV front Fender Bassman 1x15 combo.
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1961 Gibson Les Paul Custom

April 15, 2013
The new Les Paul’s double-cutaway and lightweight body with contoured edges were influenced by players’ requests for lighter, more comfortable guitars with easy access to the high frets.
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1983 Fender Elite Telecaster

March 11, 2013
After introducing the Vintage Reissue line of guitars and basses, which recreated the classic designs of Fender’s glory years, Smith developed the Elite series.
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1949 Gibson ES-350N

February 4, 2013
A beautiful 1949 Gibson ES-350N, serial #A4308. Gibson introduced its first electric guitar—the ES-150—in 1936. Its acceptance by influential players like Eddie Durham and Charlie Christian led to the
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1962 Gibson ES-350T

January 9, 2013
With its laminated maple top, back, and sides, the ES-350T was meant to be a more affordable version of the Byrdland.
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1958 Gretsch 6136 White Falcon

December 10, 2012
As far as bright colors and fancy appointments, the Fred Gretsch Company led the way. Gretsch achieved the pinnacle of luxury and style with its pièce de résistance, the White Falcon.
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1955 Fender Stratocaster Serial #7589

November 5, 2012
While the standard finish for a Stratocaster was a deep sunburst, this guitar has the same see-through blonde as a Telecaster.
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1968 Rickenbacker 360/12

October 8, 2012
The 1968 360/12 pictured here has the features most often associated with classic Deluxe Rickenbacker models of the ’60s.
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1962 Epiphone Emperor

September 5, 2012
Originally called the Zepher Emperor Regent, this model name changed to Emperor Electric in 1954.
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1968 Fender Telecaster Custom and 1967 Fender Solid State Super Reverb

August 10, 2012
The 1968 Telecaster Custom pictured this month has a custom olympic white finish with black binding.
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1972 Fender Montego II

July 9, 2012
This 1972 Fender Montego II archtop was designed by Roger Rossmeisl of Rickenbacker fame. In 1962, Leo Fender was continuing to devise ways to expand his company’s line of
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1963 Fender Bass VI and 1966 Fender Bassman

June 8, 2012
Cream’s Jack Bruce and The Shadows’ Jet Harris were among those who explored the Bass VI’s soloing capability.
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1955 Gibson J-200

May 11, 2012
The guitar featured this month is one of 41 natural-finished J-200s made in 1955
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1962 Fiesta Red Fender Jaguar

April 6, 2012
The Jaguar made its debut in 1962, and with it Fender hoped to attract interest from surf guitarists who were then dominating American popular music.
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1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2

March 9, 2012
A swinging ’60s couple: 1968 Fender Stratocaster and 1969 Kustom K 100 2 head and cab. By the mid 1960s, the Stratocaster— Fender’s top model of 1954—had taken a
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1957 Gretsch 6022 Rancher

February 10, 2012
The Rancher was a 17"-wide jumbo acoustic with a triangular soundhole based on Gretsch’s earlier 125F, but with Western-themed decorations similar to the Chet Atkins 6120, 6121, and the 6130 Round Up.
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1965 Fender Precision Bass and '70s Ampeg B-15 S

January 10, 2012
When the Fender Precision bass was introduced in late 1951, almost immediately it had a dramatic and lasting effect on how music was heard and played.
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1955 Gibson J-160E

December 20, 2011
The J-160E was introduced in 1954 and had the more conventional look of the popular J-45 and Southern Jumbo models.
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1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe and 1968 Gibson Barney Kessel Regular

November 15, 2011
The list of ’60s players with signature Gibson guitars includes Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel, the Everly Brothers, and Trini Lopez.
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1937 Martin D-28

October 18, 2011
More than 70 years after its first appearance, the dreadnought remains the most popular flattop body style among acoustic guitarists.
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