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Old September 24th, 2010, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For the fun of it: Sears guitars from the eighties.

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..


1983, Cort guitars galore


1985, let me have the white multi switch explorer.


1986, love the Prince style Tele.


1988 and things are getting pointy.

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Old September 24th, 2010, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sears Rocks!

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Old September 24th, 2010, 12:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Half of those could have been endorsed by Ted Williams!
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Old September 24th, 2010, 12:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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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.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What did all the buttons on the Explorer-like guitars do? On-board effects, I'm guessing?

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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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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...
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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I see that guitar "A" has Goldfoil-style pickups in it, only the gold foil is now black!
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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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http://www.wishbookweb.com/

Love that site. All the old catalogs are scanned.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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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.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #11 (permalink)
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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).
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Old September 24th, 2010, 05:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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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.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 05:58 PM   #13 (permalink)
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the scale of the white bass looks shorter than a guitar!
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Old September 24th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Man, does that bring back memories. I can almost smell those pages.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 06:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Great thread! When I saw the title I clicked on it before I read who posted thinking it must have been blazer. :)
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Old September 24th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #16 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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Old September 25th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Coop, me too! I could actually smell the pages. Wild.
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The white Synsonic on the last page was the first guitar my parents bought me. Still have it as well.
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Quite a few of those guitars look pretty cool.
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