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Gibson ES 347 - The Red-Headed Stepchild of the Gibson Line?

#1 User is offline   Hoya 

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 08:26 PM

I own a 1981 ES 347 that I love - the craftsmanship, the features, its a great guitar. Why is there no mention of the ES 347 in the Gibson website? Also - does anyone know how many of these were made? Thanks!

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 08:08 AM

[quote name='Hoya]I own a 1981 ES 347 that I love - the craftsmanship' date=' the features, its a great guitar. Why is there no mention of the ES 347 in the Gibson website? Also - does anyone know how many of these were made? Thanks![/quote']

Don't know about red-heads, 'cause mine's a blonde. I have an '88 347S, and I love it too.
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I believe these were "officially" in production from 1978 through 1988, but I know that I have seen a few '89s and even ones from the early 1990s, the latter probably made on a custom basis.

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 07:39 AM

Hi Fred:

That's a beauty guitar. Did that come with a brass nut? In your photo it looks like bone or other material. Mine has a brass nut - I read an early review of the ES 347 where the writer thought that brass was a poor choice due to its "softness". I wonder if Gibson changed the material?

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 12:36 PM

Hey Brian.

Yeah, I think the earlier 347s came with the brass nut. Mine is all-original, and it's got either a bone or a gen-you-whine plastic nut.

I love the TP-6 tailpiece though -- that is a nice Gibson creation!

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:14 AM

I had a ES-347 as of 3 days ago, my home was broken into and they took the guitar. It was a guitar that my buddy had before he died at an early age. I purchased it from his wife so I could have one of his instruments. Very sentimental. My ES-347 was exactly like the one posted, blond. But mine had a switch on the lower horn. Glad I have renter insurance and I am hoping to find one just like mine. It is hard to adjust to the loss of a guitar, ES-347's are beautiful guitars.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 02:37 AM

[quote name='steve]I had a ES-347 as of 3 days ago' date=' my home was broken into and they took the guitar. It was a guitar that my buddy had before he died at an early age. I purchased it from his wife so I could have one of his instruments. Very sentimental. My ES-347 was exactly like the one posted, blond. But mine had a switch on the lower horn. Glad I have renter insurance and I am hoping to find one just like mine. It is hard to adjust to the loss of a guitar, ES-347's are beautiful guitars.[/quote']

Wow, Steve, that is a sad story. I know how sentimental attachments to instruments make them valuable beyond any insurance check. Do you have the serial number and some photos? I would not only file a police report but (if you haven't) let some of the area's guitar shops know about it so they can be on watch for it. Also, maybe call some of the local pawn shops? Just a thought.

I know at least one Martin guitar site has a stolen guitar registry as well. I wonder if you could google to find out whether there is a similar Gibson registry or even just a simple general stolen guitar registry. In the case of the Martin registry, I know dealers regularly check the site to verify incoming guitars are not stolen.

Just a thought.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 07:00 AM

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I believe these were "officially" in production from 1978 through 1988, but I know that I have seen a few '89s and even ones from the early 1990s, the latter probably made on a custom basis.

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I have one from 1990 that has no custom markings on it.

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 12:27 PM

[quote name='steve]I had a ES-347 as of 3 days ago' date=' my home was broken into and they took the guitar. It was a guitar that my buddy had before he died at an early age. I purchased it from his wife so I could have one of his instruments. Very sentimental. My ES-347 was exactly like the one posted, blond. But mine had a switch on the lower horn. Glad I have renter insurance and I am hoping to find one just like mine. It is hard to adjust to the loss of a guitar, ES-347's are beautiful guitars.[/quote']

Horrible. :(

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 01:04 PM

[quote name='steve]I had a ES-347 as of 3 days ago' date=' my home was broken into and they took the guitar. It was a guitar that my buddy had before he died at an early age. I purchased it from his wife so I could have one of his instruments. Very sentimental. My ES-347 was exactly like the one posted, blond. But mine had a switch on the lower horn. Glad I have renter insurance and I am hoping to find one just like mine. It is hard to adjust to the loss of a guitar, ES-347's are beautiful guitars.[/quote']

Steve:

Ignatious is right - get the word out and maybe offer a reward. I feel really bad for you cause I would be freaking out if that happened to me. Also - most robberies are committed by people that are acquaintances (friend of a friend) so if you have any suspicians about someone make sure the police know. Post the information on this forum and maybe someone will see it. Good luck.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 03:27 AM

Steve sorry for your loss, put the word out on what ever forums you know of ie Les Paul forum, visited by a lot of gibson aficianados. also a pic to the local police. vintage guitar magazine is read by a lot of collectors and players and they will publish this info as well.

Shimmer, that is a beautiful 347, it has some of the best features, great asthetics, coil tap (i think), tp6, is good, traditionalist want the abr, but for function it is better, inlays, headstock, definitely a keeper, add to you collection don't trade it away unless you don't like the way it plays, but i wouldn't let it go.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 08:09 AM

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Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:17 PM

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I have one from 1990 that has no custom markings on it.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:24 AM

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Nice 347!! And I know -- they made them afetr the 'offical' end date of 1988-89; I think I've seen some from as late as the mid-1990s.

I may be wrong on this, but from what I recall I think they made a lot of these with the blonde or the black finish, but perhaps a few less in sunburst. I believe I've seen a few in trans cherry too.

The neck on mine is great, very comfy and fast.

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 05:32 PM

Steve-What a way to start the new year. Sorry man. Hope insurance paid ya what it was worth. I bought my 347 in 1980 but think it's a '79. S/N 70119009. Can anyone confirm this? Yea mine has brass nut. Had some problems with coil tap switch but otherwise it practically plays itself. I've heard and read it wasn't a big seller is probably why it's hard to find info on 'em. Love to add a tremlo to mine and sure that'll affect value but hell I'll probably die with it anyways. Beautiful guitars you guys posted!

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:24 AM

zojo, i think adding a bigsby to the guitar would lessen its value, i am not an expert but different pups, that are easily replaced, even tone pots, and abr's all can easily be taken back to original, but a bigsby means drilling some holes and i wouldn't do it to that guitar. while not highly sought after, in time it will certainly hold its value and probably increase due to its scarcity. Bottom line it is yours and you can do as you please. But major mods that cause routing or drilling are considered exteme, maybe perfect for you but not a potential buyer.


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Posted 01 February 2008 - 02:26 AM

To all that responded to me about my stolen ES-347, thank you for the condolences and kind words. All your suggestions are helpful, at least I know I AM doing all I can to find it. I cruise all the local pawn shops, have filed the police and insurance report. I have not found my photographs I took of it (including serial number) but am still searching. It looks exactly like the one on this blog from Fred, blond, with the switch on the lower horn. Not all 347's have that switch. Still looking, kind of like a loss of a loved one!

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 05:00 AM

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Steve-What a way to start the new year. Sorry man. Hope insurance paid ya what it was worth. I bought my 347 in 1980 but think it's a '79. S/N 70119009. Can anyone confirm this? Yea mine has brass nut. Had some problems with coil tap switch but otherwise it practically plays itself. I've heard and read it wasn't a big seller is probably why it's hard to find info on 'em. Love to add a tremlo to mine and sure that'll affect value but hell I'll probably die with it anyways. Beautiful guitars you guys posted!


Yeah that' a 79. serial number code goes like this: ydddyfnn. y&y is year. ddd is day number of year. f is factory (0 for kalamazoo, 5 for nashville) and nn is guitar stamping number for that day. So yours was made 29th April 79 at Kalamazoo and was the ninth stamped that day. I own an 82 (Nashville) ES 347 and it's just the loveliest guitar I own.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 05:11 AM

eh i'm beginning to find out that just because it isn't on the gibson website doesn't mean that it's discontinued or doesn't exist. great website but is lacking in the model recognitions.
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 06:57 AM

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Steve:

Ignatious is right - get the word out and maybe offer a reward. I feel really bad for you cause I would be freaking out if that happened to me. Also - most robberies are committed by people that are acquaintances (friend of a friend) so if you have any suspicians about someone make sure the police know. Post the information on this forum and maybe someone will see it. Good luck.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:24 AM

Mine is a 82 Tobacco burst. According to the Blue Book, they were manufactured from '78 to '91.


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