The 1959 Gibson Electric Guitars and Amplifiers Catalog

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  1. Louie

    Louie Senior Member

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    Gibson isn't updating their current digital catalogue on their website in 2013, yet people are surprised they were a little behind on their printed catalogue half a century ago? ;)
     
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  2. Cozmik Cowboy

    Cozmik Cowboy Senior Member

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    Nah - when I was in HS, a friend of mine went through about 10 Jrs, both double- & single-cut; always buying & selling them, never as much as $75...........that seems about right to me (guess you can figure out when I was in HS now, eh?)
     
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  3. MineGoes211

    MineGoes211 Senior Member

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    Doublenecks where cool back now! I paid $975.00 for my Double Neck in 1980 (wish I still had it).
     
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  4. kevinpaul

    kevinpaul Senior Member

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    I would take a hand full at those prices, I would not even test them. Box them up and pay the man. That was so cool to look at, thanks.
     
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    7gtop Premium Member

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    someth!ng about returning here ngg ,

    just so purr=dy

    :thumb:
     
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  6. Coldacre

    Coldacre Senior Member

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    not quite.

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    about the same as today's RRP prices. like anything, you would have got it for a couple of hundred less if you offered cash.
     
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  7. parts

    parts Senior Member

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    Old question I know but..as I was selling at a Gibson (Thomas Organ CMI) store about 1965-1971 there was something called "Fair Trade"
    A Authorized dealer had to offer the Guitars at the Gibson Retail Price.
    Allegedly it was to Brand Name image intact..but it would keep smaller stores from being crushed by larger stores on pricing..was a way to protect profits,
    The law was ruled illegal "Parker Pen" if I remember was the initial case..
    Old memory flash..

    We would trade for Fenders with a nearby shop to get Fender amps..
    But we had to agree to the Retail Price agreement with them..however..

    When the Gibson reps would come in these Amps were listed as Used and we covered it up,
    As we bought them (back doored) technically they were used and as Fair Traded items New was only at a Fender Dealer..

    Gibson would come in to our Thomas Organ store to check Floor Planning through CMI. The used was not on Floor Plan as we bought them cash,,alleged as trade ins.

    Fun times for a kid..
    Learned a lot..
     
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  8. Xiaobai

    Xiaobai Junior Member

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    Thanks, this really helps
     
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  9. Bluntforcetrauma

    Bluntforcetrauma Senior Member

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    Even in 1955 T.V yellow was a choice because as i am sure all know it would show up better on T.V. My question is there any national TV evidence that a " TV yellow "made its way to the tube?
     
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  10. retrobob

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    I would gladly pay $247.50 for that flying V now!
     
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  11. treatb

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    i've got a 1959 es-125, it's amazing, and i love seeing it here in this catalog! makes me wonder how great the top of the line arch tops were. by the way, the pickup is really hot.
     
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  12. treatb

    treatb Senior Member

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    that is what i though as well but 57 was paf goldtops and 56 was p90 with abr1, if i remember right, 55 as well. , but it's also got paf's in various instruments, so maybe it's a early 58? where they had not completely developed all instruments away from stop tail bridges.
     
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    Fretteaser Junior Member

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    ... and the tailpieceposition on the Junior is like pre early 56
     
  14. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    Clearly recycled photos. Note that even the flagship Super 400 is pictured with P-90s. Also, that Vee is a (mahogany) prototype; the same picture appeared in the Gibson Gazette announcement.

    Man, I'd love to know what happened to that guitar!
     
  15. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    Sadly, this formerly useful thread has been ruined by Photobucket's money-grubbing. Is there any chance the OP could transfer his scans to Flickr or Imgur?
     
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  16. 61LPSG

    61LPSG Senior Member

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    +1... What Bill said.

    On a side note I have a Gibson catalogue from '6x, no date anywhere and no prices. It has amps, guitars, mandolins, steels, banjos, SGs, MMs, and Firebirds but no LPs. Always wondered what year it was from.
     
  17. RayTorvalds

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    Damned Photof*cket has ruined so many old(er) threads with their money-grubbing. #sshats !!
     
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  18. Xrun Morzov

    Xrun Morzov Senior Member

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    Can anyone repost the pictures?
     
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  19. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Gimme a few moments and I'll repost this,
     
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