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For the fun of it: Sears guitars from the eighties.

Blazer
September 24th, 2010, 12:09 PM
Well I came across a website that had scans from old Sears catalogs and I figured it to be fun to showcase the guitars they had in the eighties, since it shows how much the style changed in only a few years..

http://www.wishbookweb.com/1983_SearsWishbook/images/SearsWishbook-1983-P427.jpg
1983, Cort guitars galore

http://www.wishbookweb.com/1985_SearsWishbook/images/SearsWishbook.1985EC.P593.jpg
1985, let me have the white multi switch explorer.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1244/1460740098_4498dbe73e_o.jpg
1986, love the Prince style Tele.

http://www.wishbookweb.com/1988_Sears_Wishbook/images/1988.xx.xx%20Sears%20Christmas%20Catalog%20P632.jp g
1988 and things are getting pointy.

Sterling Indigo
September 24th, 2010, 12:14 PM
Sears Rocks!

"K-Mart sucks"
(from the major motion picture, "Rain Man" 1988 starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise...)

TELEkinetic
September 24th, 2010, 12:18 PM
Half of those could have been endorsed by Ted Williams!

_TFC_
September 24th, 2010, 12:25 PM
My very first electric, a Cort, was the one in the first photo, #10. I haven't seen it in about 25 years, so it's great to see it in the ad. "A real looker..." - yeah right! I loved it though. Thanks for posting this.

StrangerNY
September 24th, 2010, 02:22 PM
What did all the buttons on the Explorer-like guitars do? On-board effects, I'm guessing?

- D

Alex W
September 24th, 2010, 02:41 PM
Man, if I could have back all the hours that I spent dreaming over those very same Sears guitars. I shoulda been practicing.

Come to think of it, the same could be said for the time I spend looking at guitars online...

Strat62
September 24th, 2010, 02:44 PM
I see that guitar "A" has Goldfoil-style pickups in it, only the gold foil is now black!:confused:

bossaholic
September 24th, 2010, 02:57 PM
http://www.wishbookweb.com/

Love that site. All the old catalogs are scanned.

DrewB
September 24th, 2010, 02:59 PM
What did all the buttons on the Explorer-like guitars do? On-board effects, I'm guessing?

Yeah, POS-grade effects! My first electric was a Cort Effector (Explorer copy with a set neck that was fretted by a blind gorilla). It totally relieved my Sears-guitar GAS; I figured if my guitar was the "upmarket" model, there was no point having anything to do with the ones in the Sears catalog.

Mid Life Crisis
September 24th, 2010, 03:14 PM
Ah yes. I used to love looking at catalogues when I was in my early teens. Maybe not so much for the musical instruments though.

elicross
September 24th, 2010, 03:45 PM
My big brother had the 6-watt bass amp on that first page! It became my first guitar amp when I started to play (he'd already quit by then).

nadzab
September 24th, 2010, 05:52 PM
Wow, that brings back some memories! My first electric guitar, around 1980, was like #11 in the first picture, but in cherry sunburst...I wouldn't have known then if it was a piece of crap or halfway decent, but I loved it...and I used to pore over those catalogs.

davidge1
September 24th, 2010, 05:58 PM
the scale of the white bass looks shorter than a guitar!

Coop47
September 24th, 2010, 06:17 PM
Man, does that bring back memories. I can almost smell those pages.

Stuco
September 24th, 2010, 06:20 PM
Great thread! When I saw the title I clicked on it before I read who posted thinking it must have been blazer. :)

TG
September 24th, 2010, 07:03 PM
http://www.wishbookweb.com/

Love that site. All the old catalogs are scanned.

Wow...what a fun site. When I was a kid I'd pore over those catalogs...usually going straight to the electric guitars.

This page from Sears in 1971 is typical.

blueshawk1
September 24th, 2010, 10:36 PM
http://www.wishbookweb.com/1983_SearsWishbook/images/SearsWishbook-1983-P427.jpg


Back when, I had the one on the right with all the built in effects, it was kind of cool, not as bad a player as one might imagine from those old catalogs.

Fearnot
September 25th, 2010, 08:02 AM
Coop, me too! I could actually smell the pages. Wild.

voodoostation
September 25th, 2010, 08:12 AM
The white Synsonic on the last page was the first guitar my parents bought me. Still have it as well.

castpolymer
September 25th, 2010, 08:33 AM
Quite a few of those guitars look pretty cool.

hannigan
September 25th, 2010, 08:50 AM
I have the guitar in the pic that has the built in amp,

I found it in the trash and absolutely love it.

It is one of my favorite guitars even if the body is made from some kind of particle board.

Coop47
September 25th, 2010, 08:53 AM
Coop, me too! I could actually smell the pages. Wild.

That and I remember the feel of the pages and could hear the sound they made when you accidentally ripped one because they were so thin. Jeez, I didn't think I had spent that much time looking through those...

Stuco
September 26th, 2010, 07:14 PM
Here's the one with all the built in effects on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190448340774&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:en

Warm Gums
September 26th, 2010, 07:22 PM
"Get 6 watts of amplification for your bass guitar.." :shock:

hairy heretic
September 26th, 2010, 07:40 PM
I was reading up on WEM gear the other day, when i ran into this site. its hugely interesting and entertaining! Any one fancy a shower proof cover for their guitars?

http://personal.inet.fi/surf/lorse/bellcatalogue/bellcatalogue.html



http://personal.inet.fi/surf/lorse/bellcatalogue/29.jpg

Mightyaxeman
September 26th, 2010, 07:48 PM
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1244/1460740098_4498dbe73e_o.jpg
1986, love the Prince style Tele.



I think that is the Prince Tele. For $99.00

rangercaster
September 26th, 2010, 07:58 PM
over the last 100 years, many, many players started with a Sears guitar ...

dannew02
September 26th, 2010, 09:22 PM
http://www.matsumoku.org/models/skylark/skylark_info.html
For a little while in the 80s, JCPenny sold some really good quality guitars called "Skylark"
that I really wanted, but couldn't come up with the $ for one. I ended up with #11 from the first picture. Seeing these pix bring back some really good memories. Well, good in the fact that "cheap" guitars back then were definitely worse than cheap ones today.

RodeoTex
September 26th, 2010, 10:15 PM
I actually bought that black Explorer back in the day. I put the neck on a Strat type body with a 'Whammy Bar II' and that got me through my EVH period in the '80.
Still have that guitar and its still a great neck.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1244/1460740098_4498dbe73e_o.jpg

motwang
September 26th, 2010, 10:23 PM
Half of those could have been endorsed by Ted Williams!

Didn't Ted Williams endorse for Monkey Wards???

DrewB
September 27th, 2010, 01:49 PM
Yes, he did.

TELEkinetic
September 27th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Didn't Ted Williams endorse for Monkey Wards???

He may have - also.... As a kid in Memphis we had ONLY Sears and his picture was plastered everywhere around the sporting goods department.

Ted Barchetta
September 27th, 2010, 03:59 PM
I have that exact black Cort headless bass. It was defretted by the previous owner, and it was my first bass. I wish that dang thing would work; I miss the way it sounds. :/

tele salivas
September 28th, 2010, 06:30 AM
Man I used to just look over those ads for hours...the Teisco looking guitars were the ones I though were coolest,,sunburst dreams. My kick ass dad finally took me to Mel Bay's music in Kirkwood , MO and bought a guitar from Mel Bay. Even though he was pretty old and slow by then, he showed me what a Fender Bullet could do,,played some cool jazz licks,smiled and handed me back the guitar, nice guy...$100 ..Took me a while to find out that you needed a distortion pedal and skill to play like Dave Murray from Iron Maiden, but I got there.

Stuco
September 28th, 2010, 09:44 AM
The white Synsonic on the last page was the first guitar my parents bought me. Still have it as well.

Got a pic?

oramac7891
September 28th, 2010, 10:11 AM
I see the Tele in the Cort ad and think, I betcha Fender had a problem with that headstock ( I would have a problem if I were them, it is crazy close to the Fender shape)

doster
September 28th, 2010, 05:23 PM
Ah, the Sears catalog, how things have changed. At one time, Sears offered just about one of everything, even if you needed a house!
I loved looking at the guitars.

LeftyAl
September 28th, 2010, 07:53 PM
Ted Williams endorsed for Sears I remember everything in the sports dept. seemed to have his name on it baseball, fishing hunting I also had a Sears acoustic guitar. Had to teach myself to play We had Merles record rack They had some pretty good books to learn from . I stand there and read them all afternoon fun days

SackvilleDan
October 4th, 2010, 05:47 PM
There's one of these for sale locally for $375 canadian:

http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-VINTAGE-JAPANESE-LES-PAUL-SET-NECK-SOLID-MAHOGANY-BUILT-IN-FX-W0QQAdIdZ234125413

voodoostation
October 5th, 2010, 05:00 PM
Here Stuco, just fer you!

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff215/voodoostation/100_0942.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff215/voodoostation/100_0943.jpg

The body is also made of MDF, so I've got that going for me. The body is also about 3/4 size, and about 1 3/8 inches thick. The action was a heck of a lot better than my Dad's old Harmony archtop electric I first learned on.

GaryMe
February 7th, 2013, 04:04 AM
My first guitar was a Sears Les Paul copy. I was trying to find the original ad from the catalog and ended up here. They may not have been high quality, but it was definitely my start to a enjoyable music future. I still have it and have replaced the pickups with "Real Gibson" quality. Currently I am replacing all the electronics. It actually always played well, just need help with the sound. I have other guitars now, but this one will always be special to me.

Manolete
February 7th, 2013, 06:42 AM
A weird mix of lawsuit, pre-lawsuit and '80s cheese designs. That PJ headless bass is of a design that was sold under different names.

cocoboudin
February 7th, 2013, 08:39 AM
Well I came across a website that had scans from old Sears catalogs and I figured it to be fun to showcase the guitars they had in the eighties, since it shows how much the style changed in only a few years..

http://www.wishbookweb.com/1983_SearsWishbook/images/SearsWishbook-1983-P427.jpg
1983, Cort guitars galore

http://www.wishbookweb.com/1985_SearsWishbook/images/SearsWishbook.1985EC.P593.jpg
1985, let me have the white multi switch explorer.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1244/1460740098_4498dbe73e_o.jpg
1986, love the Prince style Tele.

http://www.wishbookweb.com/1988_Sears_Wishbook/images/1988.xx.xx%20Sears%20Christmas%20Catalog%20P632.jp g
1988 and things are getting pointy.

165379

165380

165381

165382165383That is my first guitar bought from Sears in 1987 for my High School graduation. That guitar has been mod over the years but play's like a charm, the only problem whit that guitar was the pup's the rest is perfect, it's hard to bellive after all maybe i was lucky on that 1. Cocoboudin

tele salivas
February 7th, 2013, 10:05 AM
My first amp was one of those Sears models, 10 watters. Had a Tremolo on it, I think it also had the word Tronix on there somewhere. Bought it from a kid who got it for Christmas but didn't want to play guitar, he wanted to play sax.

soul-o
February 7th, 2013, 10:12 AM
Between the guitars and the bra ads, the Sears catalog was a very important part of my teenage years.

Oh, c'mon, you did, too.

Dogface
February 7th, 2013, 10:44 AM
I was reading up on WEM gear the other day, when i ran into this site. its hugely interesting and entertaining! Any one fancy a shower proof cover for their guitars?

http://personal.inet.fi/surf/lorse/bellcatalogue/bellcatalogue.html



http://personal.inet.fi/surf/lorse/bellcatalogue/29.jpg

Heh Heh before the days of sixty gazillion signature models :roll:

nadzab
February 7th, 2013, 08:40 PM
My first guitar was a Sears Les Paul copy. I was trying to find the original ad from the catalog and ended up here. They may not have been high quality, but it was definitely my start to a enjoyable music future. I still have it and have replaced the pickups with "Real Gibson" quality. Currently I am replacing all the electronics. It actually always played well, just need help with the sound. I have other guitars now, but this one will always be special to me.

I'm sure I had that exact same model, received as a Christmas gift around 1980 or so...I knew nothing about guitars at the time.

I wish I still had mine, your picture is making me nostalgic. Does that guitar had a set or bolt-on neck? I don't remember.

John Backlund
February 8th, 2013, 12:59 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v192/JohnBacklund/1967_01S_zps3903fc69.jpg

purpletele
February 8th, 2013, 01:14 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v192/JohnBacklund/1967_01S_zps3903fc69.jpg

Well done, and you picked an excellent year to sample to boot!