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  1. Your LPC truss cover appears to be placed a bit off-center to the left (see the top screw in relation to the inlays above it). As others have said, I wouldn't be worried about that in itself. The headstock looks legit to me overall.
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    Since I bought a Memphis 2011 ES-345 a few years ago, I have been crazy about the ES-345. It really is much like you described, relative to the ES-335 and ES-355. I personally think the older (say, mid 60s through early 80s) ES-345 and ES-355 instruments did sound a lot different than their ES-335 counterparts. The stereo wiring along with the Varitone kind of "smoothed out" the tone a bit, which wasn't necessarily bad in all cases, though I did not really care for the tone of the early 70s ES-355 I once had; it was rather bland. The newer ES-345 (and, I assume ES-355) made since the late 90s, seem to be "better" - though I don't really like all the internet-speak that groups models from one year or era into "better" and "worse" groups. But I like the fact that you get two jacks on the rim of the guitar, so you can play either in stereo or mono mode. Nice feature, there. (Note: This feature is not on the new '59 and '64 reissue ES-345). Also, the 2011 model I have seems to have the best tone of any Gibson I've ever had, including a couple late 60s ES models. I guess the combination of the pickups, the wood, and wiring is spot on. The bypass position sounds very full-on ES-335, and the other Varitone positions get those cool tonal effects. The darn thing just feels great in my hands too. I was a little leery of the "60s" neck these have until I actually played one. Mine is not super-thin as I'd feared. It's more like a medium profile; nicely rounded and smooth to hold.
  3. I haven't played an ES with the 50s neck. But I know that I dislike the super fat necks Gibson put on the R7 Les Pauls I once had. What Gibson calls "60s Slim", as on my 2011 ES-345, is just perfect for me. It's not super slim, and it's nicely rounded. I had a Yamaha SA2200 which felt too slim for me.
  4. After reading many threads on this subject in this and other forums, the only conclusion I can make is that you are likely to get a great guitar from either factory. My Memphis ES-345 is as good as - actually better than - any other Gibson I've ever had, including a couple made in Kalamazoo in the late 60s. The sound and feel are unmatched.
  5. I checked out the Sweetwater and Dave's websites. Wow, these are stunning! I am still plenty happy with my standard (and less expensive) Memphis ES-345 with dual jacks, but you can see that the new shapes are closer to the original. Strangely, nobody at Gibson seems to notice that the split inlays are still wider than they were in the old days.
  6. I saw this link posted on the Les Paul Forum by, I believe, Steve Selvidge, who is playing the 335. Its a good song, IMO, and the 335 and 345 both look and sound amazing. I have a red 345, and the only thing I regret is that it isn't sunburst like this one.
  7. The early 80s ES-335 DOT reissue guitars seem to be very well regarded on internet forums. Like the originals in the late 50s, I have seen them in cherry red, natural, and sunburst (though the DOT Reissue sunburst is quite different than the old sunbursts). The general consensus is that Gibson made many undesirable changes to many of their model specs and to the production process through the late 60s and 70s. Enjoy your 335...I would always like to have at least one Fender single-coil and one Gibson HB guitar.
  8. For a while, I had a '67 ES-335 and a '68 ES-345. They were excellent, but did not play or sound quite as good as the newbie 2011:
  9. I don't recall what solvent I used, but it didn't come out very clean and was a pain in the neck. I would recommend painting over the silkscreen or putting a sticker over it. If you really just want to remove it and have a clean case that looks like the silkscreen was never there - I don't have any good suggestions. I wanted it just to be blank, but I ultimately silkscreened my own name over the mess.
  10. I actually removed the "BB King" silkscreen from the case of my ES-345. Lord knows, I'm not trying to be BB King.
  11. Thank you... Although it is a touch blurry, it came out great, especially considering that I didn't try hard to compose the picture. I think it may have already been leaning there when I decided to take a picture.
  12. I think the standard 2011 ES-345 that I have is close enough already to whatever a "Freddie King" ES-345 would be. The main difference being the dual input jacks on the rim...which I prefer over the original single stereo jack on top.
  13. That's a 1983 serial number and that's a model that was being made in 1983, so it's certainly from '83.
  14. Since others have dared muddy the waters here with their respective 345 and 355 cousins, I will display my 345 too. :) This not a Historic, Reissue, Signature, etc...just a stock 2011 ES-345 made in the Memphis plant. It is the best Gibson electric I've had out of a dozen or so.
  15. I went back and looked at your '79 ES-355. I used to have a 1970-72 ES-355 that looked just like yours, with the very dark Walnut finish...not the tepid dung brown. Beautiful, but unfortunately, the tone of my guitar was pretty sterile, so it's long gone from my possession.
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