1959 Martin D-18 early 1960s Factory “L” Conversion

1959 Martin D-18 early 1960s Factory “L” Conversion

CF Martin & Co hit a home run when they combined their Dreadnought body size with the affordable style 18 level trim and 14 fret neck joint in 1934. It's been in production ever since and is a huge commercial success. This clean guitar presents as a factory left handed…
1960 DeArmond R15t

1960 DeArmond R15t

From the June 1960 De Armond amplifier catalog, “Born of many years of research and experimentation with “live” musical instrument amplification, De Armond amplifiers can be expected to faithfully project the instrument tones without false compensation.” The De Armond amps are few and far between but well worth the time spent hunting…
1960 Gibson ES-355td Stereo Varitone

1960 Gibson ES-355td Stereo Varitone

The top of Ted McCarty's Thinline Electric Spanish family of guitars debuted in 1959 as the ES-355td Stereo Varitone. It featured all top of the line appointments including humbucking pickups, Ebony fretboard with large pearl block inlays, custom headstock overlay, gold plated hardware, and thick multi-ply binding throughout. Around the…
1960 Gibson ES-330td

1960 Gibson ES-330td

From the 1960 Gibson catalog, "A wonderful instrument with truly magical tone available in single and double pickup models. The double cutaway body and think silhouette make it wonderfully easy to hold and play." High praise from the company simultaneously manufacturing the Les Paul Standard and ES-335tdc. An ES-330td in…
1960 Fender Jazzmaster Blond

1960 Fender Jazzmaster Blond

Leo Fender's Jazzmaster model has gathered a cult following as a result of its unique offset styling, proprietary pickups/electronics, and smooth action tremolo tailpiece. Jazzmaster pickups are unique in that the coils are only 1/8" high but extend out to the edge of the almost inch wide bobbin. Fender's custom color…
1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior

1960 Gibson Les Paul Junior

Gibson's Les Paul Junior model was introduced in 1954 as an entry level student model electric guitar. It wasn't until the late 1960s that the Junior kicked the student model image in favor of the bare bones rock and roll screamer that it's known to be today. The Junior is known for…
1960 Gibson SG Special

1960 Gibson SG Special

Gibson's "SG" model name made its debut in mid 1959 with the SG Special. It was the exact same guitar as the Les Paul Special utilizing the double cutaway LP body but devoid of the "Les Paul" signature on the headstock and a pearl inlaid Gibson logo instead of the silk…
1960 DeArmond R15t

1960 DeArmond R15t

From the June 1960 De Armond amplifier catalog, “Born of many years of research and experimentation with “live” musical instrument amplification, De Armond amplifiers can be expected to faithfully project the instrument tones without false compensation.” The De Armond amps are few and far between but well worth the time spent hunting…
1960 Fender Tremolux 5G9

1960 Fender Tremolux 5G9

Fender introduced the Tremolux model in 1955 as their first amp with tremolo built in rated at about 15 watts. By 1960, the Tremolux featured a larger cabinet and an output rating of about 18 watts with its transition to the 5G9 circuit. The 5G9 Tremolux uses a 5U4 (GZ34) recitfier tube…
1960 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst

1960 Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst

After a slow start in 1958, the Fender Jazzmaster quickly picked up steam as an American classic. While never as popular as the Stratocaster or Telecaster, the Jazzmaster has gathered a cult following as a result of its unique offset styling and proprietary pickups and electronics. The Jazzmaster has been…