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  1. I use a local company that can build a box to fit. FedEx might be able to do that. I would ship it without the case: a properly made box will work well enough. I have a bass that came from Japan without a case in a cardboard box, with zero issues. If Gibson requires shipping it in the case, that's another matter obviously.
  2. A friend told me a long time ago (probably ca. 1982): "always buy gear you can gig with. You'll grow into it, and when it's time to move on, you'll get more for it." I had a similar discussion with my stepson's father, who questioned why, as a classic guitar student, he needed a custom-made nylon string from a local luthier who had made a gorgeous steel string acoustic for me. I told him that it would always be worth more than he paid for it, and that having a quality guitar meant not wasting his time (as many of us have) trying to learn complex technique on a substandard instrument, with the concomitant poor action and sound. Another issue: I bought this perfect '00 ES-335 from craigslist for $1750US in 2009:
  3. I'd love to have a red, mono ES-335 with a Bigsby, but the amount of time I spend playing electric guitar these days makes a purchase impractical. I guess I'll just have to get by with my 335. In 1982, I pondered a 347 vs a Chet Atkins Country Gent. Gretsch won out at the time, but, having sold it in '07 (for multiples of what I had paid for it), I toyed first with a Les Paul and later with an SG before settling on the beauty pictured below. For what it's worth, my current playing partner is plugging into my Deluxe Reverb when he comes by on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and it sounds terrific. Ah, but that red 355....
  4. The Gibson knobs are very likely original. On the other hand, Adrian Ingram's book, The Gibson 335 has an undated catalog photo of an ES-347 (p 49) that shows speed knobs. I have a 1982 Gibson catalog that shows the top hats, I think.
  5. One other possibility: Elderly Guitars in Lansing, MI http://www.elderly.com/ maintains a data base of which cases fit which guitars. You might give them a call.
  6. My personal favorite is the Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight. I have one that gets heavy use, both by myself and my friends. We use it to amplify a Fishman-equipped Martin, a Martin EM18, a Carvin SH550, a '69 ES-340 and my own 335. It never fails to deliver a great tone, and it's small and light weight (25.6 lb) with a 1x12 speaker and 250 watts; it has chorus, delay and reverb in various combinations. I also have a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue and a Bandmaster VM head on a Weber California Ceramic 15 cabinet. Each one has its virtues, but the JM hits a real sweet spot. I traded off a Blues Jr NOS (tweed, Jensen speaker) because it couldn't compete, soundwise. It was small and handsome, but it didn't really contribute to the sound the way the others do.
  7. Not any one player, but had I seen the EC clips posted earlier, that would have done it! F-hole guitars just always seemed to be in the hands of knowledgeable players, while solid bodies belonged to guys who jumped around a lot. But mostly I guess I liked the traditional look of the f-hole. I've never tried to emulate other guitarists, for some reason, and I've never thought of myself as a "guitarist." I play electric bass, and electric guitar, and harmonica --almost forgot, Dobro -- with different lineups, so I think of myself as a musician who plays guitar. Sorry 'bout that.
  8. I have owned Kalamazoo, Memphis and Nashville guitars, and there's no difference in my experience. Gibson, like other manufacturers, depends heavily upon accurate jigs and fixtures to ensure consistency. It's not like a one-man luthier shop where there might be enormous variation between instruments.Checkout this video and you'll see what I mean. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4764707652331081865
  9. The current serial numbers have the date of manufacture encoded in them, so that's easy to check.
  10. It was a combination of things. I'm tall and rangey, and solid bodies -- although I loved the Les Paul gold top and the SG w/Bigsby I had -- just don't fit me. The ergonomics of a 335 are a lot better, as far as I'm concerned. My first really good guitar was a '63 Chet Atkins Country Gent. I played it steadily for 25 years, and I didn't know what I was missing until I got the LP. Hello, upper frets! But it was a boat anchor, so I added the SG. Much easier on my shoulder, but still too small. At last I found the 335 for a remarkable price and that did it for me: feel, sound and looks. Pics are always nice:
  11. lpdeluxe


    No. It's just the angle of the camera.
  12. =sigh= If I **EVER** find a cherry red 335 with mono wiring and a Bigsby....
  13. Danny W, gorgeous collection! Here are two of my favorites, along with a Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight: The speaker cabinet is a Weber California Ceramic 15 in one of their now discontinued boxes.
  14. My November 2000 lightly figured natural:
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    I have a 2000 Memphis-built 335 that I found on craigslist for $1750 with case. It's a honey, and just this morning I installed a Bigsby B-5 with a Vibramate. Here's a picture: Your question is pretty wide-ranging and you'll get a lot of answers. Some will tell you that this or that year or place of manufacture means it's junk, but look at each one individually and make up your own mind.
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