Gallery: Vintage Music Gear Catalogs

Most of the goods that pass through Reverb, being the gear marketplace that it is, are instruments and other music-making equipment. But there has also been a wealth of vintage memorabilia to go along with the drums, mics, guitars, and other finds. Today, we're flipping through the pages of the gear catalogs of the past.

Some you'll see below are brochures or full-lineup advertisements sent to dealers, while others began their life as case candy to the lucky first-time buyers of now-vintage instruments. All of them are a window into a past gear life, from Ludwig's Jazz Age designs through the psychedelic '60s.

Do you remember a time when Goldtop Les Pauls were less than $250, when E-Mu made modular synths, or when Fender's creative team took a turn toward fairy tales?

Click any of the listings below to see more pictures or learn more about each catalog.

1900s–'30s

1940s–'50s

1960s

1970s–'80s

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