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

#21 User is offline   Tux 

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 07:53 AM

Hi zojo, this might be the answer for your tremolo desire without affecting the guitar:
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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!


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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:25 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']

Do you know what year the guitar was? What state do you live in?

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 01:41 PM

I have to say, this is an interesting thread (apart from the sad story of the stolen 347). Back in 1982, I was shopping for a cool electric thin-archtop and had narrowed the choices down to a Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gent and the Gibson ES-347. In the event, I found a CACG from 1963 for $425 with the original two-tone case, but ever afterward I regretted not buying a 347. A quarter of a century later, I have sold the Gretsch for $3100 and acquired a blonde 335 Dot, but, dammit, I'd still love to have a 347.

A few loose ends: the extra switch is a phase switch, and apparently 347s were available on special order into the early '90s. To my mine, it's one of the great unsung thinbodies, especially since it was the ONLY one available with a stop tailpiece for many years.

Thanks to all for posting the photos, and condolences to all for the horror stories. God bless 347s.
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 04:25 AM

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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.


man, why do ppl feel the need to steal? im sure if that guy knew what he did he would feel like a jerk, just make an honest living like the rest of us. my dad told me when i was a kid most of the times ppl dont steal because they have to they do it cause its a thrill they could be stealing candy for all they care. thats really unfortunate man. im agreed with some posts before put posters up for it, have a reward. maybe some honest person will bring it back to you. i may not have read the feed carefully enough but check the local pawn shops.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 03:55 PM

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A few loose ends: the extra switch is a phase switch, and apparently 347s were available on special order into the early '90s. To my mine, it's one of the great unsung thinbodies, especially since it was the ONLY one available with a stop tailpiece for many years.

Thanks to all for posting the photos, and condolences to all for the horror stories. God bless 347s.


I love my ES-347 and it sounds gr8!! But I gotta a little correction: the extra switch is a coil-tap, which shuts off one the humbucker coils in both pickups, when engaged. The pickups are 4-wire Series 7's, aka Dirty Fingers with gold covers. Mine was bought new in '93, but manufactured in 1990, in tobacco sunburst finish. They positioned the coil-tap near the pickup selector switch, in later models. See my avatar.
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:48 PM

qblue, if you nave any audio with the different settings... please post. Inquiring ears want to know.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:22 AM

Sorry I have no audio; but I have some pics:

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The serial # is 90510625, suggesting 1990 as the production year. No metal nut or pickup selector on one of the upper bouts of the guitar, as on earlier models. I once thought to change the pickups to '57 PAF's, but those pickups are 2-wire leads and would disable the coil-tap. A coil tap needs a 4 wire lead from the pu. I like the dirty fingers pu because it is not a ceramic type, but rivals the original 57 PAF's with more windings. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I love the sound driven or tuned to a jazzbox sound; it's a versatile guitar. Though similar to a BB King model (sans Varitone) in hardware, I think the dirty fingers sound better than the 490(?) pickups. I even like the TP-6 tailpiece, as it is a functional part in fine tuning the guitar.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 04:03 AM

gblue. thanks for the correction. Once a mistake gets onto the internet, it becomes a new "factoid."

That's a beauty, also. I've been playing my 335 for the last couple of days (gig coming up Saturday) and once again I realize the semi-acoustic shape is the one I love. I got out my SG to try on one song, and -- although it's lighter, and has incredible upper-fret access -- the 335 is the one I love.
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Posted 13 March 2009 - 04:35 AM

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Sorry I have no audio; but I have some pics:

The serial # is 90510625, suggesting 1990 as the production year. No metal nut or pickup selector on one of the upper bouts of the guitar, as on earlier models. I once thought to change the pickups to '57 PAF's, but those pickups are 2-wire leads and would disable the coil-tap. A coil tap needs a 4 wire lead from the pu. I like the dirty fingers pu because it is not a ceramic type, but rivals the original 57 PAF's with more windings. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I love the sound driven or tuned to a jazzbox sound; it's a versatile guitar. Though similar to a BB King model (sans Varitone) in hardware, I think the dirty fingers sound better than the 490(?) pickups. I even like the TP-6 tailpiece, as it is a functional part in fine tuning the guitar.


The Dirty Fingers are ceramic, as far as I know (Sweetwater)

And you actually need only 3 wires. That's what I ordered from Lindy Fralin and it worked just fine.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 03:22 PM

Tux you are right. The Dirty Fingers are Ceramic pickups. The current Dirty fingers pu's don't have covers, and are known as Series 7's on the ES-347. But it is still called a historic humbucker according to Gibson:

http://www.gibson.co...ickup_Guide.pdf
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Posted 27 November 2009 - 04:47 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.


I bought my blonde ES347 new in 1974 from Modern Music in Ft Lauderdale. Great guitar!

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Posted 27 November 2009 - 03:14 PM

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:21 PM

Yeah, the TP6 is on Lucille, BB King's lady friend. And it is on the Epiphone version, too
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 05:37 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']


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That is a very sad thing to happen , I realize that your post was awhile ago but I read through the posts and
Vintage Guitar
http://www.vintageguitar.com (free registration for online use) they publish in a early section of the magazine of stolen gear and any info available (serial number, make, model, any modifications, etc and if a police report is on file give them that info (what Police Dept to contact and phone number and anyone in particular that is a contact there and you can include your name and phone as well (I would under "about us" in the upper left hand corner contact Ward Meeker (editor) a e-mail link will pop up
he will get the info in the Vintage Guitar print version and subscribers can put a free 50 word ad in the back referancing stolen gear as well. I wish you the best in finding the guitar and ? put no ? asked upon return may help or reward offered. depends

The band The Pixies had a trailer of gear stolen and so did Iggy Popp and Vintage Guitar published all the info they provided
Peter Buck of R.E.M. had his Rickenbacker grabbed off the stage in ? Denmark or Norway and it was returned after ads were posted no questions asked upon return, guess it was the Rick he had used forr most of R.E.M.'s recordings and tours (it was black) Suprises do happen, I insure my gear against theft and breakage (after providing receipts , serial numbers etc
under a personal articles Policy with State Farm, no deductable either and reemarkably inexpenive (I have about $5,000 worth of gear insured for about $55.00 annually. I insure what I feel is most valuable and not everything.

My gear never leaves the house either which makes the policy easier to obtain, pro use is difficult

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:14 AM

Just got a '78 347 with brass nut, #105. The tone is unreal. Beautiful ES's in this thread btw.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:33 PM

That's gorgeous.
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 01:44 AM

I'm glad they are the red-headed stepchild. I have three - a '79, an '87 and a '91 and they are fantastic. Not being as popular, I aquired them at a great price.
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 08:46 AM

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This is a 1982 Gibson ES-347, I was told it was a Custom Shop guitar, but didn't get any paperwork with it. Bought it about 9 years ago. Looks similar to artmaker's last pic. Would appreciate any info that can be given. Can't seem to find any info about this guitar in this color.

It's a little dirty in this pic, i'll post a better one when i have a chance.
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Posted 31 December 2009 - 01:03 AM

Hey dROK83,
I got this about 4 years ago from Buzzy Levine at Larkstreet Music who I know is a reputable dealer. I was curious about the sunburst finish that I had never seen before on a 347 but couldn't get much info. He said he hadn't seen too many but that the finish was original. The guitar is in pristine condition so I count myself fortunate to get a rare example of such a fine instrument. It is fantastic for blues and jazz especially run through my '65 Fender Showman 15.
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