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    Guitar playing and collecting (electric, acoustic, bass), jamming with my band, playin' the Blues, Classic and Southern Rock. Sound engineering and recording.

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  1. Hi Chris, My go to source for serial# dating is Gibson Electric Serialization taken from the 11th Edition Blue Book of Electric Guitars. It is much more accurate than other sources out there like guitar dater project. Your serial number points to a 1969 date which is lucky since a lot of serial numbers in the 60's were used in multiple years. When I got my vintage ES-335 the serial number corresponded to either 1966 or 1969. The pot closest to the f-hole had oxidation on the back obscuring the ability to see the number with an inspection mirror. I had to remove the pot by tying a string t
  2. Years ago I was in the car with public radio on Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor did Dylan's Don't Think Twice it's Alright. He changed the third verse from: Sittin' and a wondering' walking down the road. I once loved a woman, a child I'm told. I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul, Don't think twice, it's alright. To: I once loved a woman, it was you I'm told. I know I'm hard to handle, now that I am old. Don't think twice it's alright. I liked it so much it's now a staple of my solo acoustic sets and is a hit with the olde
  3. Custom Art and Historic is what Custom Shop cases say on them from mid '90's to 2000's. Also the COA if you have it will also have the Custom Art and Historic logo. I had several Custom Shop guitars with these cases; the oldest being a 1997 and the newest being a 2005. I'm not sure which year they switched but I had two Custom Shop 2008's that had different case labeling that just said Gibson Custom. If you email Gibson Customer Service with the serial number and a pic of the front and back of the headstock, they should get back to you with verification. I agree that it should be played
  4. I last played this at the last gig I had, 2019 Halloween Party at a Chinese restaurant. I play bass on it so not much fun for me. I'm partial to this version by the Ventures: The younger looking skinny guy with the red Strat is Peter Framptom.
  5. Mine is the headstock of the coolest guitar I ever owned: 2000 Custom Shop Custom order one of two commissioned by the Peace Frog Clothing Co. I picked it up at a Collector Auction nearly 10 years ago. It took about 4 years for the owner (a collector in Italy) of the other one to find me and after a few months of back and forth I sold it to him. It has a 50's chunky baseball bat type neck that was too big for me to bond with. Otherwise a fabulous guitar and a work of art. I decided to keep the avatar since it is unique, even though I no longer own it or the other 5 LP's I
  6. Hi Marktwine, The D is part of the DP which means dual pickup. This does to way back when Gibson made Electric Spanish guitars with one or two pickups; 1950's back. The CH is for cherry finish. The NH is for nickel hardware. I'm not positive but I think the 1 is for solid color finish. I used to have a 335 that I think had a 2 at the end and it was a sunburst finish. I hope this helps.
  7. Hi Bridgen41, Welcome to the forum. According to the 11th Edition Blue Book of Electric Guitars, Gibson Serialization what you have is a Historic Reissue but... according the the decoding it should be a '64 reissue that was made in 2003. Maybe they got the 3 and 4 mixed up on the serial number since it is listed as a '63-335 but also hand written, so human error might be involved. An original 1963 would have a six digit serial number with no A to start. An A or B at the start indicates a historic reissue ES series. The first number after the A should be the last number of the reissue yea
  8. Hi Maller, Here's a pic of my 2004 Custom order one off CS-336, S/N CS418XX: It is Tangerine Burst Quilt so very similar to the one you are looking at only more orange than the redder Cherry Burst. Photos don't do the top justice. It looks much better in real life with a deep 3D effect. It is also the best Gibson I've owned by far and I've had 5 Les Pauls (4 of them Custom Shop), 3 ES-335's, Explorer, Firebird and a Johnny A. Tone wise and playability it nicely bridges the gap between a Les Paul and a 335. Custom ordered upgrades (quilt top, ebony fretboard and gold hardw
  9. I'm by no means an expert but... I had a 1997 Custom Shop Les Paul Elegant and Gibson confirmed that there were no COA's issued that year. I had a 2000 Custom Shop LP that did have a COA. So maybe 1998 did not either. Gibson customer service is helpful but you'll need to email pics of the front and back of the headstock along with the serial number to get them to be responsive.
  10. Yeah, I had a '66 ES-335 12 string and it also had nylon saddles.
  11. All I can say is WOW!!! Amazing talent. Bonamassa might be on top but it's nice to see older guys like Popa Chubby and Walter Trout give him a run for the money. Not to mention Tommy Emanuel on the acoustic side.
  12. My go to source Gibson Electric Serialization from the 11th Edition Blue Bool of Electric Guitars also puts it as a '68. I have a '69 that could be its twin; exact same finish and headstock. My serial# could have been '66 or '69 so I removed a pot to verify and that dated to late '68, ruling out '66. Tuners have been replaced. Originals would have been tulip style Klusons. The pickups, if original should have Patent# stickers on the back. The original bridge would have had nylon saddles. Looks like a nice project as long as the neck is straight or can be straightened. Good luck!
  13. Hi Maller, I'll give my 2 cents worth of experience. Nearly 10 years ago I bought 18 guitars at a collector auction. All the guitars were case queens, in perfect condition, never played. Along with 5 Les Pauls, 5 Strats and singles of a few others, I got a 2003 Johnny A., S/N 024 from the first mfg run and a 2004 Custom one-off CS-336. Long story short I kept the 336 as the "one" I bonded with. I really wanted to like the Johnny A since it had the longer Fender scale length and I was a big time Strat guy for most of my playing time. However the neck was nothing like a Fender or a Gibson
  14. Hello Alicat, It is likely between '71 and '74 when walnut tops were popular. the purple, black and white sticker started in late '70/early '71. The best way to know for sure is to get a date code from one of the pots. A small inspection mirror through the f-hole and a flashlight might make the code readable. I have a '69 335 which by the serial# could have been either '66 or '69. The date code on one of the pots corresponded to '68 which eliminated the possibility of '66. Unfortunately for you the early '70's had no definitive serial number scheme. They were all over the place.
  15. I would say yes on the nitro. I had a limited edition 1 of 350 made John Lennon J160-E made in Bozeman and it definitely has a nitro finish. I've owned many Custom Shop Gibsons and nitro is the std finish.
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