1962 Gibson TB-250 Special

1962 Gibson TB-250 Special

From the 1962 Gibson catalog, "The Gibson Mastertone Tenor Banjo with its characteristic snap, clear ringing tone and attractive appearance is an enthusiastic choice of today's banjo artists and all players who recall the previous top popularity of this famous tenor model." An attractive appearance indeed, especially when ordered Special…
1962 Fender Jazzmaster

1962 Fender Jazzmaster

Leo Fender debuted the new Jazzmaster model in the summer 1958 catalog with a radical new shape: the offset contour waist. Many Jazz players at the time preferred playing the guitar sitting down and Leo wanted the body to fit comfortably over the player's knee and fit the rib cage…
1962 Gibson Les Paul Junior

1962 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 1970s that the Jr kicked the student model image in favor of the bare bones rock and roll screamer that it's known to be today. With a solid Mahogany body, one…
1962 Gibson J-50

1962 Gibson J-50

Gibson's J line began in 1934 with a 16" wide round shoulder dreadnought in sunburst they called simply the "Jumbo." The Jumbo 35 or J-35 followed suit offered only in Sunburst until 1939 when the natural finish was introduced. In 1942, Gibson redesigned the model again and split it into two…
1962 Silvertone 1472

1962 Silvertone 1472

Before the Silvertone 1480 series were the 1470 amps. Both series had similar or identical circuits and were made by Danelectro. They differed in styling and sometimes speaker brand. The 1472 had a very similar design to the brown face era Fender Deluxe using a 12" speaker, two 6V6 power tubes,…
1962 Fender Jazzmaster Lake Placid Blue Metallic

1962 Fender Jazzmaster Lake Placid Blue Metallic

While the Jazzmaster model never really appealed to the Jazz musician market, it seems to have a lasting appeal to just about all other types of guitar players. The offset body and endless tonal combinations were just what the burgeoning Surf scene musicians were looking for. The Jazzmaster model has been…
1962 Gibson SG Special

1962 Gibson SG Special

Both the Les Paul Special and SG Special have long since been the more affordable, P-90 equipped part of Gibson's solid body offerings. In 1961, the Special was the first of the lineup to be completely devoid of the "Les Paul" name while the Junior retained the silk screen and the…
1962 Silvertone 1429

1962 Silvertone 1429

The Silvertone 1429 was the pinnacle of the Sears catalog guitar line when it was introduced in 1959. The thinline archtop construction was becoming very popular as a result of the Gibson ES-335 of the same time period. The 1429 was built by Harmony for Silvertone and was the exact same body as…
1961 Fender VI (Bass 6)

1961 Fender VI (Bass 6)

From the 1962 Fender catalog, "NEW FENDER BASS VI GUITAR - The new six-string bass guitar is the finest on the market. It is tuned one octave below that of the Spanish guitar. The instrument incorporates three pickups that can be used together or in any combination making a total…
1965 Fender Jaguar Fiesta Red

1965 Fender Jaguar Fiesta Red

Fender debuted the Jaguar model in 1962 as the next jewel in the offset line. The Jaguar featured a slightly modified version of the Jazzmaster’s offset body, proprietary shielded single coil pickups, a rhythm/lead circuit with bass cut switch, a new “Fender Mute” bridge mute and the Jazzmaster’s tremolo and…