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  1. Funny. The Sweetwater ad makes it sound like it's a recreation of a vintage 345. It is nothing like it. 2 different pickups? No varitone? Light-weight tailpiece? No wonder the guitar is no longer available. False advertising if you ask me. I have a 1962 ES345 and I absolutely love it. It plays itself. Thorne
  2. I like the Gibson 60's slim necks. It feels easier to get around on such a neck. I don't understand why some people love the Gibson fat necks. To me it means wrist strain after playing for 4 hours. But it comes down to whatever a person likes and whatever feels good to play. That's the bottom line. Play it. If you love it, buy it... if you can afford it. I wouldn't hold out for the perfect guitar (then again if your funds are limited, I understand waiting). You may be playing the perfect guitar right now ! Thorne
  3. thornev

    New Es335

    I've been dealing with a 335 expert who primarily sells Gibson 3x5 guitars. He knows people at Gibson. He told me that Epiphone and Gibson are made by the same people at the same factory. If that is true, I doubt there is that much of a difference between Gibsons and Epiphones. Maybe some of the parts in Epiphones are less expensive and hence the cheaper price tag. But I've played many many guitars and basses and this I know - there are great Gibsons and crap Gibsons and there are great unknowns and crap unknowns. It comes down to how you feel about the instrument. In good hands any instrument can sound great. If it feels good and sounds good, then it's for you, regardless of the name on it. I would and have paid premiums for guitars just because I loved playing them. And it doesn't take long to know. I know after 5 minutes and if I'm still rockin' out on the instrument after 30 minutes. Thorne
  4. The problem with those guitars that hang around on eBay and Reverb is that the seller is asking too much. Yes, vintage instruments in exceptional condition deserve a premium, but some sellers are just dreaming when their guitars have issues. Vintage guitars are like any - some are a joy to play and some are not. You won't know until it's in your hands for 30m. For me, if I enjoy playing it, it's worth paying a premium. But that's not an investment decision. That's a guitar player decision. If investment is your top priority, you have to invest in those guitars that have always been and will continue to be popular. And because they are popular, you will pay a premium. But then you get back that premium when you sell... assuming the market doesn't go south. That can happen and does happen periodically. Just wait it out if you can. Thorne
  5. Can you buy conditionally? That is get a full refund if the bridge is not setup correctly and cannot be unglued? I agree that is a concern, but there's no way to know unless you can conditionally return it or if you can bring an expert with you to examine it. Thorne
  6. For me, the feel and tone are most important. If you've played it and you like playing it and like the tone, go for it. Not all guitars will have those characteristics. From a collector's point of view, the damages bring the value down so it might not be a good investment. But I don't know what clean ones go for. So you'll have to do some research and decide if it's worth the cost to you. Thorne
  7. If it's truly your dream guitar, why wouldn't you go for it? That means there's no better guitar out there for you. Who cares if it's genuine Gibson or not? I know what you fear. I can't judge based on a few pictures, but it looks genuine to me, for what little I know about new Gibson guitars. I know more about vintage. Thorne
  8. Not worth it. There's nothing special about that guitar except maybe the maple top. Everything else, as far as I know, and I'm guessing, is electronics you can get in any other Gibson guitar. They're praying on people who don't know any better is my guess. For that money you can buy an original ES350T with PAFs that smokes. I know - I've got a 1957 ES350T. Shame on Gibson. Thorne
  9. A black 335 ?!?! That's a keeper ! My 1960 ES335 natural has a neck repair, but, one, the repair is so well done, you can't see it unless someone tells you, and two, it's been that way for decades with no stability issues. Although it's def an investment guitar (because how many of the eighty-eight 1960 naturals are still out there?) and it was quite expensive, like you I don't care. Why? It plays great ! The PAFs really kick and although it also has a lot of finish cracks (it's been on the road a LOT so a lot of hot/cold changes - the guitar is weather-worn), I still don't care because it's a beautiful piece of wood and IT PLAYS GREAT ! Oh, and did I mention it plays great? =:-) Enjoy your guitars. They are the tools with which we create and talk using the language of The Universe. Thorne
  10. That truss looks authentic to me. I know the issue is paying for a brand name when maybe it's not and hence overpaying, but the real question, or at least the 2nd one of importance, should be this... do you like playing the guitar? If you do, then ask if you like it enough to pay the price. See, what's most important in my mind, unless you're buying for an investment, is if you will be happy playing it. Happiness will outlast any amount of money if you know what I mean. Thorne
  11. Yeah, the label is missing the color, hardware type (e.g. nickel) and 335 type (e.g. NH1 for Reissue) info. ES is obvious, DT means Dot Neck. Quite a coincidence that it's a 335 and the day of the year in the serial number is 335. 317 would be correct for an electric. I went looking for that label but couldn't find it. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
  12. Ever since Gibson sold out to Norlin, I find the quality has decreased despite the fact that the prices have increased. This selling of pre-distressed finishes is such BS. Is that what the public wants, guitars that are fake vintage? I have a 1957 ES, a 1960 ES, a 1962 ES and a 1969 LPC, all Gibsons, and I cherish those guitars as they are built well, play fantastically and sound great. And it's not just Gibson whose guitars lack quality. All name brand guitar manufacturers seem to want to maximize profit at the cost of quality instruments. Quality instruments are available, but now we have to pay a premium for them. They're no longer the norm. Sad. Maybe there are exceptions. I hope so. Thorne
  13. I emailed Gibson customer service and they said it left the Kalamazoo factory on March 10, 1960 according to their ledgers. I agree the market will treat it as a 1960. I can always say it has 1959 characteristics...for what it's worth. Thanks for all the replies.
  14. thornev

    small ES335

    ES339 e.g. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/MEM7X3642/es-339-figured
  15. Not specific to the 339, but I am loving the D'adarrio NYXL series. They seem to last longer and give a more robust sound. I believe they are made with titanium or some unusual metal or alloy hence they're rather expensive. I use .008's, but then I like a very low action on low frets and I have a soft touch with my fretting and strumming hands. I play a lot of solos so I like the easy bending of 8's. Thorne
  16. Hi Everyone, I've been a Gibson player since I bought my 1st Gibson in 1969, a sunburst 335. I've had all sorts of Les Pauls, Les Paul Customs, SG's, Hummingbirds, 335's, and 345's. Fenders just can't get that full humbucker sound. I've played Line 6 too because with those programmable guitars and amps, I can get any sound I need for the songs I've played through the decades in my cover bands. I've been playing professionally since 1971. I started playing guitar when I was 9. Never stopped. I play almost every day although I take hiatus's here and there. I don't plan to be an active forum guy. But I LOVE looking at guitars especially vintage! I joined so I can settle a question I just posted in ES forum about my 59/60 335 - which year is it? Post is here: Happy playing ! Thorne
  17. I just purchased a blond ES335. The electronics date the instrument to 1959 (e.g. bumblebee caps), but the serial (A329xx) dates it to 1960. I've put a camera into the guitar and cannot for the life of me find a FON on the top nor bottom inside the guitar. Are there other places it might be? I figure the FON will settle whether it's a 59 or a 60. I figure the guitar build started in 1959 and ended in 1960 when the serial number sticker was applied. But since the value of this instrument differs greatly between 59 and 60, I'd like to get closure. Thanks for any help. PS - I've been a Gibson guy ever since I bought my first 335 in 1969.
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