Monday, March 26, 2012

Orpheum (Kay) 1950's neck thru electric guitar in Long beach CA for $500

This seller is offering an Orpheum single pickup electric for $500. These Orpheums are similar to the Kay one piece guitars from the late 1950's that were similar to the Harmony H44 Stratotones. From the looks of that body, pickup and neck I'd say this one was made in the Kay factory. Orpheum is an old guitar brand out of New York. I am curious to find out from any players what these sound and play like.


Vintage Orpheum Electric Guitar - $500 (Signal Hill / Long Beach)

Date: 2012-03-26, 10:05AM PDT
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I believe this guitar was made in the late '50's - early '60's. Similar to a Harmony Stratotone. Cool copper finsih that has faded a bit. The headstock logo is faded but still very visible. Lots of play wear and plenty of nicks and scratches. Everything works, sounds cool. I believe this guitar is all original except for the new strings, a couple pickguard screws, and maybe the output cable. $500 OBO cash only, no trades. Call or text James 562 ***-****.

Location: Signal Hill / Long Beach

Ampeg Super Rocket 100 watt 2x12 Tube combo in North Hollywood CA for $250

This seller is offering a pretty good deal on a "vintage style" amp. These Ampegs are made to look just like the old Blue Tolex models from the 1960's and they have decent tone with good all around flexibility. This Super Rocket model has 100 all tube watts which is way more than most of us will ever need. It also has two channels, Reverb, Tremolo - and wheels! The knobs are easy to find and replace.


Ampeg super rocket 2x12 all tube amplifier with wheels! - $250 (North Hollywood)

Date: 2012-03-26, 11:42AM PDT
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Selling my amp.I haven't used it in a few months. Paid 450 for this back in '10 .works great for rehearsal or performing .very loud ALL TUBE amp comes with built in reverb and tremolo with individual controls .2 channels ,line in/out .it's missing one knob.Comes with foot switch . 2 x12" celestion loudspeakers .grill is in great shape ampeg emblem missing the M.and my favorite part's got wheels!which makes it very easy to move around. If you are interested and wanna come check it out call me at 818 ********** I'm asking 250 firm no trades please .I am in north Hollywood.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Gorgeous Kay Sunburst Acoustic w/ vintage pickup and Case in Buffalo NY for $175

This seller is offering a gorgeous Kay acoustic that looks just like a vintage Gibson L-00 or a Kalamazoo KG-14. He is also including a vintage Teisco Gold Foil pickup and a Guild Hard shell case.

That is a very nice deal for only $175 cash.


Harmony Grand Concert,case,USA 1960s - $175 (Fredonia)

Date: 2012-03-20, 5:59PM EDT
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Grand Concert tobaco sunburst Body with a solid spruce top,(Kay Decal). Removeable Tiesco gold foil 1966 Ry Cooder pickup with adjustable pole pieces, (1/8"inside plug in jack)(very precise string seperation and loud sweet tone.). Vintage tuners are 5- 1965 Gibson double ring Tulip deluxe tuners, 1-copy .Volume control and 1/4" external jack. 25.5"scale. . Bridge is solid, Top is flat and joints are tight. One small crack on top above pickguard that was cleated and repaired years ago, no issues now. Bone nut and saddle. The neck is straight as an arrow and frets are very good and plays easily with 3/32" action. This is a real pretty head turning classic blues box, or a great country and folk guitar. Comes with plush beat up old solid wood Guild hard case.

Hammmond JR20 Tone cabinet in Buffalo NY for $100

Most modern guitar players are not familiar with these older tube Organ tone units but if you are a fan of 1950's Jazz Guitar and Organists like Jimmy Smith you should know what this is all about.

This seller is offering a real steal on a killer Reverb and Leslie amp unit in one.

No pic on the listing but I posted a clip of a guy on Youtube playing a Hammond Organ through one of these JR20 units to give you an idea of the sound.


hammond tone cabinet & m3 amp - $100 (pendleton)

Date: 2012-03-21, 9:43AM EDT
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hammond jr20 tone cabinet-very good condition


1 power amp
1 reverb amp
1 m3 amp
1 reverb unit
1 12" jensen speaker
4 8" speakers


Val-Dez Acoustic in Lexington KY for $100

I am highlighting this posting because these Val-Dez models are fairly uncommon and there is not much info on the web. Val-Dez was a label of Espana Guitars (a distrib out of NYC). These were made by a company called Landola in Finland who also made the Espana Classical guitars in the late 60's and early 1970's. Don't confuse these with Levin Guitars that were made in Sweden - they are not as well-constructed as a Levin - but some are more than decent and they are likely on par with many of the Japanese and Italian acoustics of the same era.

This model appears to be a copy of a Martin D-18. It seems most of the Val Dez models you will see are either OO (ie. Concert) sized or Classical guitars.


Vintage Val Dez Guitar - $100 (Lexington)

Date: 2012-03-09, 12:06PM EST
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Nice Vintage (1960's) Val Dez Acoustic Guitar.

Gibson Les Paul Jr. w Humbucker in Lexington KY for $400

I don't know exactly which Les Paul Jr. model this is but somebody is offering a good deal on a USA Gibson. Guitar Center offered a special edition LP Jr. with a Humbucker for $599 a little while ago but that guitar had a satin finish and plastic tuner buttons. It also had a coil tap for the humbucker. But i don't think it was available in a Red Sunburst like this one.

This model seems to have a gloss finish and it has chrome tuners and what appear from the photo to be speed knobs. Whatever it is it would be worth checking out.

Warning: I can' help but notice that the back of that neck seems to be unpainted which allows for one other possibility - this could be a cheap Epiphone Jr. Body with a Gibson Sonex neck bolted onto it. Caveat Emptor!


gibson guitar - $400 (frankfort, ky)

Date: 2012-03-21, 2:35AM EDT
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Selling my Gibson (not epiphone) guitar ...serious inquiries can be made via email or text/call five zero two ************.

Airline 2x10 Combo amp model 62-9026A in Albany for $500

Sounds like the seller has had all the upgrade and maintenance done on this amp that you would need. The basic setup on this amp is similar to a Fender Vibrolux - 30 or 40 watts with 2x10 vintage Jensens and Reverb and Tremolo - nice club amp.

BTW - He's not joking about the GC one for $2195 - that amp is still listed on their website.


Vintage 1960's Airline Professional Amplifier Model 62-9026A - $500 (City of Albany

Date: 2012-03-19, 8:28AM EDT
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I have an early to mid 1960's Airline Professional Model number 62-9026A Amplifier in very nice condition for sale. 2 channels, reverb, tremelo, etc... UPDATE! THE AMPLIFIER HAS JUST BEEN SERVICED, SEVERAL TUBES REPLACED, ALONG WITH SEVERAL CAPS AND RESISTORS. IN ADDITION, A NEW 3 PRONG, GROUNDED POWER CABLE WAS INSTALLED. Everything works PERFECT! Amp is clean, loud and no hums, pops or clicks at all. Has original matching Jensen 10" speakers in it.Nice, warm sounding, vintage tube guitar amp! Handbuilt by Valco in the 1960's. I checked online, Guitar Center has one in their inventory, they are asking $2195.00! Go figure. I'll sell this one for the first $500.00 cash. Local sale only, no shipping. Located in the City of Albany. Phone Calls ONLY. NO EMAILS. 518-***-**** daytime 8am to 5pm is the best time to reach me. Thanks for looking.

Location: City of Albany

Fender Bronco Silverface tube combo amp in Atlanta for $325

These Bronco's are identical in every way to the Vibro Champs of the same era. The seller says this one is a 1970 so I take for granted he knows - though the "tail on" Fender logo could make this a 1967 or 1968 model. The Bronco holds the distinction of being the first Fender amp of the Silverface era. It was available with a Silverface panel a full year before any of the other Fender amps sported that look.


vintage fender tube amp - $325 (douglasville)

Date: 2012-03-19, 6:36PM EDT
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vintage working fender 1970 tube amp, its a bronco

Location: douglasville

Monday, March 19, 2012

Silvertone 1474 Twin Twelve 100 watt tube combo in Westchester NY for $525

This seller is offering a very hard to find 100 Watt 2x12 combo version of the Silvertone 1474 that appears to be all original.

Just look at that sweet row of 5 fat tubes including the Quad of 6L6's and rectifier. And there is a close up of the original "cardboard" reverb pan.



Vintage Silvertone 1474 Amp - $525 (Pelham Manor)

Date: 2012-03-19, 11:29AM EDT
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Beautiful 60's Silvertone Guitar Amp...Sounds amazing...Beautifully maintained. More pix if you're interested.

Location: Pelham Manor

Friday, March 16, 2012

Awesome original 1956 Studio Footage of a Bigsby Double neck electric guitar

This is some mind blowing footage. The player is _______* and he is playing a rare (even at the time) Paul Bigsby built Double neck solid body electric guitar. Check out the awesome Chuck Berry - James Burton style licks and the killer tone!

One of the best parts is at the end when the recording engineer says: "That guitar is really distawted - guess we better do it again." LOL!!

This is courtesy of _____ family who posted it on youtube. Sadly ____ died a few years ago but there are some other videos of the guitar that is still in their possession - check it out.

Here is a modern close up examination of the guitar. Try not to fall out of your seat at some of the hilarious comments made by the grandsons about the guitar.

Note: * I have no idea if the player on these videos is G___ Martin or not so I am purposefully not identifying him as such. I don't see the name emblazoned on the guitar (as it was on all of G__ M___'s guitars) so there is no way to know for sure. Just doing it that way out of respect for the player and his family. - JC

1955 K27 Jumbo acoustic in Richmond VA for $220

These K27's are very nice acoustics and far superior to some of the other lesser Jumbo's and other flat top acoustics Kay made over the years.

Very similar in size and shape to a Gibson J-200 these have a two-piece solid (not laminate) Spruce top and solid maple back and sides. These are X-braced guitars so they resonate fairly well. The MOP inlays on the fretbaord and headstock show this to be a circa 1955 version. In fact if you look at the pic of Elmore James and his famous Kay acoustic you'll see it has the exact same headstock. This guitar shows some serious play wear on the top but for some of us that just adds to the mojo.

BTW - I can't tell from the photos but if those are still the original tuners they would be the same Kluson sealed tuning machines you would get on a 1950's Gibson.


Vintage 1950's KAY Acoustic Guitar - $250 (Richmond)

Date: 2012-03-11, 2:03PM EDT
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Acoustic Guitar, Vintage 50's KAY. Beautifully worn and lovingly played. Mother of pearl in lay on neck.
Needs one string, to be tuned, and a good musical home.

ASKING $250.00 with stand.
Without stand $220.00

email your contact info(name /number) so we can call u back.
Can meet @ Starbucks or Lamplighter to show.

No SPAM email please.

Kay Truetone Vanguard (K100) w/ Orig case in North Jersey for $250

This seller is offering a Truetone Vanguard for $250 with the original case. This one looks exactly like my old Vanguard and I loved that guitar. The finish on these is so thin it is almost like a stain - which of course is totally cool.


Kay TrueTone Vanguard guitar w/case - $250 (Union County)

Date: 2012-03-16, 11:54AM EDT
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Selling my 1964 Kay TrueTone Vanguard electric with original case.
Has one of the toneful DeArmond pickups in it...pickup sings beautifully.
Everything is original to my knowledge. Has a crack in the pickguard by the right pickup screw.
Small nicks here and there and there's a hairline strip of paint missing on the side.
Reason for selling? Too many guitars/need money to fund another guitar project/you know the story (of my life), etc.

Location: Union County

Magnatone Tornado in Portland for $400 - Arrrggh - I want it! Must control self.... must control....

I will give my readers a head start on this Magnatone Tornado but it is very hard to resist. I have wanted one of these for years and the gold is the best color of all.

Grrrr..... must not buy any more guitars - maxed out at 20 guitars right now and cash flow is very poor... still... it's an investment right?

Must control self...


Vintage 60s Magnatone Tornado - $400 (SE)

Date: 2012-03-15, 3:48PM PDT
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1964 Magnatone Tornado w/ case. Made in USA. Its in awesome shape but missing the trem arm. The neck is fast and straight and the p-90 style pick-ups sound rad. I'm open to trades for pedals and smaller tube amps, and but would prefer cash.

Location: SE

1950's Kay Electric Mandolin in Portland for $425

hey, I don't know much about Mandolins except that they have 8 strings and make my fingers cramp up when I try to play them but this Kay is a real eye-popper. Just glancing at the photo we can see that it has the original Kay Kraft Voisenette style body shape, the old Kay Metal Script logo, a beautiful herringbone type binding and lo and behold - an original Thin Twin Jimmy Reed pickup with cupcake control knobs. Wow!


kay mandolin vintage electric - $425 (nw portland)

Date: 2012-03-15, 10:56PM PDT
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Vintage Kay mandolin with original case.
Set up well and plays well. Electric with tone and volume controls.
All original including bridge, binding, wire Kay name on headstock, strap buttons, pic guard and real nice tortoise shell jack plate.
Some finish deterioration on player side of body.
Call Ron if interested.

Kay Vanguard (late 60's version) in Scranton for $260

this same seller offered this guitar back in February for $315 and I listed it then - he has now dropped the price to $260. Should be a pretty good deal if you ask me - check it out:


Kay USA Guitar electric solid body Vanguard vintage 1960s 3 pups full - $260 (Scranton)

Date: 2012-03-16, 10:49AM EDT

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Kay Vanguard vintage 1960s 3 pick-up made in USA electric solid body guitar.3 DeArmond vintage surface mount single coils.Neck pup has the gold foil in near perfect shape.The mid & bridge pups have had the gold foil removed w/a couple specks of gold residue on each.Solid mahogany body,neck & headstock w/well preserved (K)circle logo plate & KAY plate.6 on a strip NN Kluson open gear tuners.Gorgeous cherry burst finish front,back & neck.This one has 60s muchu mojo.As soon as you touch,you feel the quality.Top of the line USA 1960s cool.6 knobs.3 vol & 3 tone. 2 position duck/penguin/toocan? bill select switch(turns on bridge pup only or all).Torch headstock.Fully functional truss rod w/well preserved cover.MOP Fan/guitar pic inlays.White bound 3 bolt neck.Verticle adjustable fixed wooden bridge w/trem style tail.Unique tailpiece is well preserved but has some plate surface oxidation.Missing the bar & cover.19 frets are nicely preserved.25.5" full scale neck.39" total length.A featherweight at 5+lbs.Vintage style "V" neck is 1 5/8" at top nut.Very clean operation.Super playability & low action.Nicely preserved w/some lite nicks,dings & scratches,mostly on the body edges.7 on 10 scale cosmetically.

Will trade for other guitars,amps,basses & gear

Please mention by name what you are trying to contact me about(Kay guitar,Peavey amp etc).

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Teisco Guitar Collection in Milwaukee WI

This seller posted a comment on the Hofner guitar below linking to his sale so I am doing him the courtesy of posting directly to his listing.

These are mostly Spectrums and ET-200 guitars but those Teisco basses are pretty interesting (and uncommon). He isn't asking all that much for the whole shebang - more than I would pay but nothing unreasonable. That little E-100 is pretty cute.


Guitar Collection- Teisco! (S.E. Wi.)

Date: 2012-03-08, 7:05AM CST
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For Sale: Moving sale- have to down size! Selling my entire Teisco Guitar collection! 15 guitars. Includes - 1 extra #ET-200 (needs string nut and bridge), 1 extra neck(needs string nut), 1 extra guitar body. 13 guitars are complete and working ( except for their missing whammy bars). One Teisco ET-310N is only missing the string nut and top potion of the bridge(thats the only reason it doesnt have strings on it, and been played). Collection includes: 1-Schaffer bass, short scale(Teisco), 3- Teisco EB-120 basses, 1- Teisco E-110, 1- Teisco E-100(red), 1- Teisco ET-200, 1- Teisco ET-220, 1- Teisco with 3 gold foil pick ups(no back plate with model #), 1-Teisco ET-311, 1-Teisco ET-310N, 1- Teisco? - 2 pick up with chrome pickguard(no badges or backplate) , 1 - Teisco ET-440, 1- Teisco/ Guyatone - "Queen Harp" 2- pick up, lap steel guitar with wooden case(no tolex left on case), 1 extra Teisco ET-200(needs string nut and bridge- good parts guitar), 1 - extra neck(needs nut) and 1 - extra guitar body. Asking $2975 or best offer for entire collection , Come over and check the guitars out! Local pick up only. If interested,call: 262-***-**** or 262-***-**** , thanks.

Location: S.E. Wi.

Hofner 173 solid body electric in Mass for $475

This seller is offering a rare and funky Hofner solid-body electric form the 1960's. I used to have a Hofner COlorama and it had the "vinyl striping" around it like this one which means it should also have the "plastic coating" on the body. This is similar to the Airline-Supro Reso-glas type body but with more of a complete wooden core underneath.

Hofners were always unique guitars so it's rare to see one so closely imitating a Strat. That said this guitar still has unique elements like the tailpiece, pickups and control configuration. I would expect this to be a pretty darn nice guitar.

BTW: If you are a bargain hunter like me you will note several things about this sellers guitar that make it appealing. 1 - it has what looks like a perfect original case OHSC. 2 - it has the original Whammy bar - which can be a real PITA to find. 3 - All the original tuners and buttons are intact - another tough find if one or more were missing. I usually buy guitars that are missing one or more of these elements and then spend months trying to locate replacement parts. - JC

Steve Russell runs a terrific Hofner guitar site with lots of photos and upon looking at that site I would estimate this is a post 1966 but pre-1970's model 173 since it has the fancier dot marker layout on the neck and the solid chrome Hofner pickup covers but it also has the individual switches for each pickup.

here is a link to that website HOFNER GUITARS GALLERY


*** 1960's HOFNER 173 SOLID BODY*** - $475 (SS)

Date: 2012-03-05, 11:40PM EST
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This is a real neat German Hofner Solidbody 173 with a Pewter Metallic body with a Gold mist on the front. Everything else is original. The neck plays smooth and kind of reminds me of a Fender Mustang which is a little fatter than a Strat. The rubber around the body is original and is a little beat up. Everything else is in great shape being a vintage guitar. The pickguard is custom made, the original is deformed and has scratch marks on it,however it will be included with the guitar. This is a cool guitar,fun to play and has many tone options. Has that classic 60's Vibe. Comes with original case in excellent cond.

Pics to follow or request.


Kustom 1960's Silver Sparkle Tuck n' Roll 4 x 10 amplifier in Denver for $250

This seller is offering a very hip amp - the Kustom Silver Sparkle Tuck and Roll 4x10. yes it is a solid state amplifier but this is about as cool a retro indie look as you can get on stage. These also make great keyboard amps.

If you happen to watch GLEE you know that the entire band on that show uses Kustom Red Sparkle tuck and roll amps. Don't ask how I know that (12 year old son).


60's Vintage Kustom 410 Guitar Combo Amp - $250 (Denver)

Date: 2012-03-07, 1:11PM MST
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This is an old amp from the 1960's. I believe it's a 1967 or 1968 model. The model number is K150-8. It was Kustom's version of the Fender Super Reverb. It is a self-contained guitar combo amp with 4 10" speakers. It has 2 channels, 1 wet, 1 dry. The wet channel (reverb) also has tremelo and vibrato (few amps have both) and a pull bright switch for the treble. There are 2 inputs per channel, one high and one low, per channel. There's a monitor output on the back. That may be Kustom's name for line out. I've not tested that jack. There's also a stereo footswitch jack on the back to control the reverb and tremelo/vibrato. There's a long power cord and convenient cord winder on the back. It's a 2 prong cord and a 3 way on-off switch. I recommend converting to a grounded outlet, but it works just fine right now. The speakers are in very good shape. The grill cloth is not torn. There are some rips in the roll and pleating fabric, but most can be mended. One handle is missing the grab handle. If I kept it, I would replace it with recessed handles, like modern amps have. Simple fix, and very effective.

If you have questions about this amp, or Kustom amps in general, give me a call. I grew up playing in a band in the 60's and we used Kustom amps (not this one, however). They were way ahead of their time and still have a huge fan base. There are some websites dedicated to Kustom where you can buy/sell/trade/ and get info on old Kustom amps.

It's a great size for gigging and with all the inputs, works well for multiple uses. It's plenty loud for most gigs. Everything works except for the reverb. I think there's an unplugged wire internally. Replacement reverb tanks are available. I just don't know how to replace one.

These are actual photos. Local sale only for cash, no exceptions. I'll remove the ad when it's sold. If you see this ad, then it's still for sale. I live near 100th and York in Thornton, where it can be seen and demo'd.

Kapa Challenger vintage Semi-hollow in Seattle WA area for $300

This seller is offering a Kapa Challenger which is a vintage 1960's USA built guitar that used mostly German made Hofner parts including the pickups. Kapa's usually sound good but have some quality control issues especially with the paint finish but this one looks pretty nice to me.

If the pickups are original that's all that matters. Everything else on these guitars can be addressed as far as playability.


Vintage KAPA Challenger Hollow Body Guitar - $300 (auburn)

Date: 2012-03-07, 7:49AM PST
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pretty rare 60's USA KAPA Challenger.......coooooool guitar. Straight and other than 2 non-original knobs, no issues to disclose.....plays nice, sounds great. Call 253-***-****

kay silvertone danelectro echo semi vox gibson les teisco goya univox gretsch mosrite

Location: auburn


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