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#1 User is offline   mazing85 

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:13 AM

I have a Gibson 335 sunburst that I bought last year , with dots on the fretboard. Custom shop model stamped on the back of the headstock. The serial number on the orange label inside of the soundhole is A-98015, also says made in nashville.

id like to know year of production. According to the board Im nt sure wheter it was made in 1998 or in 2008.

Also id like to know the specifications of this guitar (pick ups) is possible, because Im not sure if itīs all original. The pots look different to other 335 historic models that i have seen in the past and i think this one has jumbo frets.

Many thanks in advance
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#2 User is offline   L5Larry 

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:36 AM

It is my understanding that the Historic Series continuation of the "A" serial numbers is meant to replicate the serial number system used on the original instruments from the late 50's. Therefore it is just a sequential series of numbers and contains no "date code".

That said, Gibson Customer Service should be able to tell you a few things about your guitar from their records.

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 11:48 AM

I don't know enough about 335s to differentiate a 1998 from a 2008. 2008s all should have '57 Classics except for the Memphis Block neck. Why don't you just take the pickups out to see what you have?
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:24 AM

View PostR9, on 10 January 2011 - 11:48 AM, said:

I don't know enough about 335s to differentiate a 1998 from a 2008. 2008s all should have '57 Classics except for the Memphis Block neck. Why don't you just take the pickups out to see what you have?



I might do it !!! But would like to kow what the people from Gibson can tell me about this guitar !!!

I think the frets are not original but im not sure, and the production year is a mistake for me as well !!!

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 02:38 AM

View Postmazing85, on 11 January 2011 - 09:24 AM, said:

I might do it !!! But would like to kow what the people from Gibson can tell me about this guitar !!!

I think the frets are not original but im not sure, and the production year is a mistake for me as well !!!




anyone knows what year of production is this custom Shop 335 ?? serial number is A-98015.

1998 or 2008 ??

Someone from Gibson must know

Thanks

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 12:11 PM

The Es-335 1959 reissue was introduced in 2002, so the year of manufacture must be 2008 in this case. In addition to this:

Historic ES MODELS (since 1995):
(A or B -MYRRR
M is the model year being reissued
Y is the production year
RRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of Historic ES production for that year.
Reissue model codes:
2= ES-295
3= 1963 ES-335 (block inlays)
4= ES-330
5= ES-345
9 with an "A" prefix = 1959 ES-335 (dot inlays)
9 with a "B" prefix= ES-355

Example: A-38005 is the 5th '63 ES-335 Reissue produced in 1998. B)

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 12:39 PM

Great info, thanks StijnV.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:44 AM

View PostStijnV, on 12 January 2011 - 12:11 PM, said:

The Es-335 1959 reissue was introduced in 2002, so the year of manufacture must be 2008 in this case. In addition to this:

Historic ES MODELS (since 1995):
(A or B -MYRRR
M is the model year being reissued
Y is the production year
RRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of Historic ES production for that year.
Reissue model codes:
2= ES-295
3= 1963 ES-335 (block inlays)
4= ES-330
5= ES-345
9 with an "A" prefix = 1959 ES-335 (dot inlays)
9 with a "B" prefix= ES-355

Example: A-38005 is the 5th '63 ES-335 Reissue produced in 1998. B)





Hi , many thanks for the reply. Then I understand that my guitar with serial A-98015, could be a Historic model from 98, or maybe a Reissue from 2008. Thatīs understood, but theres any way i can find out exactly which year of production is. How can identify it ??

Im almost sure is a 1998 but i would like to confirm it.

Thanks

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:02 PM

In fact I have to rectify something here; the serial number can also refer to a normal ES-335 from 1998. The first 9 does not necessarily mean that it's a 1959 reissue.

As it's a sunburst, it must be a 1998 model, as the 2008 model is not a sunburst. You can however also always check the pot codes for an idea for the year of manufacture.

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 01:08 PM

View PostStijnV, on 13 January 2011 - 12:02 PM, said:

In fact I have to rectify something here; the serial number can also refer to a normal ES-335 from 1998. The first 9 does not necessarily mean that it's a 1959 reissue.

As it's a sunburst, it must be a 1998 model, as the 2008 model is not a sunburst. You can however also always check the pot codes for an idea for the year of manufacture.



Thanks, the thing is that my guitar is not a normal. Mine is a custom shop, it has the custom shop stamp on the back of the neck.
So according to the serial number A-98015 in the orange label, this is a Historic Custom Shop, but no still no idea whether is from 1998 or 2008.

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:11 PM

View Postmazing85, on 24 January 2011 - 01:08 PM, said:

Thanks, the thing is that my guitar is not a normal. Mine is a custom shop, it has the custom shop stamp on the back of the neck.
So according to the serial number A-98015 in the orange label, this is a Historic Custom Shop, but no still no idea whether is from 1998 or 2008.



I have see that the pick ups are PAF, .... but still doesnt now the year of production of this custom shop guitar !!!

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Posted 29 January 2011 - 05:52 PM

View Postmazing85, on 29 January 2011 - 05:11 PM, said:

I have see that the pick ups are PAF, .... but still doesnt now the year of production of this custom shop guitar !!!


I need to know year of production of my guitar.

Please help. Can be a 1998 or a 2008 according to the serial number...but i need to know exactly.

Any help will be appreciated

Thanks guys !!

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