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  1. Hey Travis! Whoa Nelly, that sure is a beaut if I ever saw one. I noticed that this guitar looks pretty straight for a 1960, to my eyes almost all the features line right up. The long pickgaurd is definitely a 1960 element. It was the last year forthem. the reflector knobs, also definitely places it as a 1960 with all the other elements going on, this was the first year for them. Also the lack of stamped serial number on the headstock is right on the money for a 1960, the zig zag tailpiece is also correct. I have a 50th anniversary 1960 es-335 and it displays all the elements you have (of course without the zig zag tailpiece)! The neck should be slimmer, not super chunky or "baseball bat-like". The switch being on the horn is interesting, but not impossible. It seems like it was probably a custom order to the Gibson factory. If there's one thing you learn about golden era Gibson guitars it's that anything is possible! As far as the case, it very well could be the original case that your grandad got with the guitar. So often music stores would just grab whatever case was around, that's why there is a pretty sprawling lack of consistency with cases, but the normal for this guitar would be a gold plush lined case with a black exterior, someone correct me if I'm wrong. There is actually a site with a wealth of knowledge, mostly tailored to golden era 335's, but definitely applicable to most es Gibson models at: http://www.es-335.org . Congrats on that guitar and play it well sir!!!
  2. Guitar center in Sherman Oaks, CA has one. Saw it yesterday.
  3. Recently came upon this amazing video of Wes. It's him and a bunch of guys rehearsing for a television show. Seems like they've never played together and it's a great document at the sheer brilliance of jazz musicians in their element. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLPeyBtmQAM&feature=g-vrec
  4. Agreed, 100%. $3500 should do the job on this. If you're set on a lefty, it might get a little more expensive, but believe me, don't think that the guys on ebay's asking prices are reflective of the market value. check out in the advanced sear the completed listings and this will give you a better idea of price. I would also get in contact with Charlie from es-335.org or the es-335 blog. He is a dealer and might be able to track you one down at a very reasonable price. It never hurts to shoot him an email.
  5. Personally I have had much better luck running my Wah before any distortion/fuzz pedals.
  6. I agree with JazzGtr, 100%. For me the aesthetics are almost as important as the sound. I have to WANT to play a guitar and in order to have that urge I have to really be attracted to it. I also am kind of obsessive about things that I like and features that I want. Like the tortoise shell side markers, I love those. Do they help the guitar play or sound better? Nope, but I love that they're there. Just personally, I like specific colors, and even if I found a perfect guitar that was in the wrong color, I know I would never pull the trigger on it. that said, satin finishes do nothing for me, I also like binding on the neck, extras like a gloss finish or a bound neck or peal inlay on the logo mean a lot to me, but for others it might not. to me a guitar is to be enjoyed sonically, visually and physically while playing. For me a guitar needs to meet all three criteria, but for others maybe the more utilitarian models are the way to go. Everyone has got a preference. That said, the dots with the gloss finish, your "standard" model are hit or miss. I've recently played some new ones that were great and not so great. I've never picked up a satin for reasons just mentioned, and I have a memphis anniversary which is pretty spectacular feel and tone-wise, but it required some set up to get it there, which is pretty much the story for any gibson. My guitar guy said theres some truth to Gibson's slogan when it comes to fretwork and factory set up. Only a Gibson is good enough.
  7. wow I just realized this was a post from July. I guess if this guy didn't get an amp by now, he's in trouble. Oh well, I guess this part of the board is pretty inactive...
  8. You have a great guitar, and I'd say don't skimp on the amp, otherwise you won't be able to fully realize and enjoy your guitar's potential. I'm a big fan of vintage fender amps, but there are quite a few that are newer/reissues that are great. Just from personal experience I can vouch for any blackface/ early silverface (1960's-about 1972) fender champs or vibro champs. Those are fantastic. I have a silverface 1968 champ that sounds absolutely great with my 335. For real cheap you can get a new Fender Vibro-champ that is tube with a bunch of effects built in. The original vibro champ had no reverb and only vibrato as an effect and the champ is just a straight amp, no reverb or vibrato, but both still sound fantastic. For more money, I'd say check out the new princeton reverb reissues, they're great amps too. Vox also has the the AC15 which might be a little loud for just playing in the house, but still would sound great. Also if you're looking for something a little more rocking, check out the small marshall combo the Class 5. It has the vintage look and really sounds great. I believe on that one no reverb or anything either, but really, that's what all the greats rocked, amps with great tone don't really need effects. Just as a reference, Clapton did most of the Layla and other songs album with a Fender Champ, the Stones did Exile with champs and Princetons amongst others, and the list could go on from there. Small amps sometimes are a tone-meisters best friend and there's a reason why they've been the secret weapons of bands and studios since the late 50's. Here's some links: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Class5 http://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Fender-Champ-Blackface-/251034530179?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a72d2f183 http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-IN-BOX-Fender-Vibro-Champ-XD-Tube-Electric-Guitar-Combo-Amplifier-Amp-/320883717723?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab628f65b http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Fender-Vibro-Champ-Tube-Amp-/220994980647?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337453cb27
  9. Actually, I take that back, I have seen some book matched ES's, I believe I've seen some ES-5's like that, but I don't recall ever seeing one on a 3x5. Anyway, it is a real time capsule type instrument, that's for sure. They have the original receipt from when it was purchased at Ernie Ball's music store waaaaay back. That's always a pretty cool element to have and it contextualizes the guitar a bit, and I do believe it was a one owner until they got their hands on it. I wonder if it was just really babied or if it never got played. I'm sure it sounds great, but if it hasn't been played for 50 some odd years, it probably wouldn't sound as good as a more worn in 345, but I think that's besides the point here, this is a guitar clearly for the collector and not the player. Just imagine how terrible it would be ding that guitar. Ouch! Regardless that is one beautiful guit-fiddle. I might take a little ride over there this weekend and see if I can see it person!!! If I do I'll try and get some more pics.
  10. 250 k for a refin and a broken headstock! Yikes, I mean it's the holy grail and all, but with all that crap done to it, and the bigsby holes, forget it at that price. I would bet half that. Plus it's J. Geils, I mean big deal, it's not like it's Duane Allman or Peter Green.
  11. So a friend of mine works at this place called the Los Angeles Guitar Shop. I was perusing their website when I happened on this amazing es-345. It's a 1960 with a late 59 neck profile and a bookmatched flame top. It is a pretty darn glorious example, that's for sure, but $38 g's?! Good lord! I wonder what Charlie (335 blog) would say about it. It's worth a look though y'all, it's completely gorgeous, but amazing top or not, almost 40g's for a 345 in this market? what do you say? Also could it really be a one of a kind. To be honest I've never seen a book matched top on any ES. http://los-angeles-guitar-shop.com/1960-gibson-es-345/
  12. Yeah, I've seen Yes with Steve Howe twice, both within the past 10 years and both with the classic lineup (minus Bruford) and it was pretty incredible. One thing that struck me though is that Steve's tone at both showswas pretty close to the Magnification DVD if anyone's seen that, which is to say a lot less crunchy on the rocking stuff. Close to the Edge's intro lacked a lot of the fire and brimstone of the original and that could be said for a lot of the heavier parts of all the songs. That said I was STILL blown away and if push came to shove I think I'd have to say SH has got to be my all time favorite guitarist. He does meld all genres so masterfully to create incredible original and memorable parts and songs. It's what ever musician should strive to do!
  13. Well Gates is arguably the most complex Yes piece they ever did, and this CK example is a lot simpler, however, this might the first KC song I really could get into. Pretty great. Thanks for posting. I'll check out this whole album. Thanks!
  14. Pippy, you've been condescending from the word go and some your quotes from my OP are taken out of context. I do stand by the fact that it is mind boggling that Bruford, let a lone ANYONE would leave Yes after CTTE. I CAN on the other hand understand Wakeman leaving after Tale from Topographic Oceans, however, although his attempt to put his 6 wives of Henry the VIII on ice, was perhaps a misstep for him. But you miss the point of the entire post by even bringing it up. And what do you care if I send myself off on a fruitless journey to try and appreciate something that I might not end up fully appreciating? And why "Yup, obviously" to my remark that I have a rather encyclopedic knowledge of most rock genres? This isn't a pissing contest, but it just seems that of course you're going to try and hit me with a low blow, and I made it oh so easy for you. To be honest I make music documentaries seen by millions of people for a living, I am an avid consumer of all things music and a musician myself, so it MIGHT make sense that maybe I just might know quite a bit more than a lot of people about music, musicians, and a bunch of other music related esoterica. But I'm sure you'll want to roll your emoticon eyes at that too. Well have at it, sir. And thanks to STEIN for finding some value in this thread, I have found it valuable despite the posts of some.
  15. My pleasure Stein. I have the full concert film of this on DVD, and I must say it 's a necessity for any Steve Howe or Yes fan. It's just mind blowing. Close to the Edge live is another treat as is Roundabout which has Steve rocking a Switchmaster!
  16. For those of you who posted videos and songs, thanks. I'm going to tackle the ones I haven't seen/heard yet. I have the face album already, but the later stuff I have not really heard. I always assumed that the earlier incarnation was probably the best but I might be wrong there. To everyone that feels the need to constantly question my motives for posting here, get a freaking life. All I'm trying to do is get a little insight into why people are passionate about a certain band that happens to coexist in a musical genre I really love. Is that enough reason for you? And for the guy that said I WILL find other bands I like, no duh, hot shot. I obviously love a huge amount of music, and I have a rather encyclopedic knowledge of most rock based genres and bands, just the King Crimson stuff as always struck me as interesting. It's always weird when all things point to a band being really interesting/cool/incredible, but I just haven't heard it. I guess the whole point of the post was to figure out if I had actually listened to a lot of what fans of the band pinpoint as the best moments of their music. It seems though, looking at a lot of the videos posted, that I have. Maybe it's just that they're not a band for me. But if trying to connect with other people and expand your musical understanding and appreciation is "trolling" or "fishing" on a message board filled with musicians (or wannabe musicians) then guilty as charged.
  17. robert cray? Although did he ever play jazz? Maybe Lee Ritenuer?
  18. thanks guys. I imagine no one that has even posted in this topic is a King Crimson fan. If you're not a fan, don't have anything to add and are just being judgemental then don't post. You're the ones "fishing".
  19. No, no resurgence, I just was checking out some yes vids on youtube and KC came up in the side bar. For about the 30th time in my life I said, "let em check this out, maybe I get it this time," and yep, still just very underwhelming. But when juxtaposing Yes with Crimson it was so striking that a brilliant drummer like Bruford would leave an incredible musical force like Yes to join and band that just seems, from what I have seen/ heard, as boring at not super inventive, or either unable or unwilling to write great melodies. Anyway, I just was thinking about that and figured that this might be a good spot to post my quandary seeing that this is a sight full of musicians and most of the people I know that love King Crimson are fellow musicians.
  20. Sometimes with the right guidance we can learn to appreciate music we didn't like before. Who busts out of the womb liking jazz fusion? I don't like it much, but I can still appreciate some things about it. I'm looking for some of the same stuff in Crimson. It seems "intelligent" to try and figure out why large groups of people who like other bands that you like think a certain band that you don't get is great. Right? Right. Glad we cleared that up.
  21. Buxom, what planet are you on? I live in the epicenter of hipsters in LA and NO ONE listens to Yes.
  22. Ok, so no one can give me any good King Crimson songs/video advice to check out. I'd just like to know what the big deal is about them. I mean Bruford leaves Yes to join them, there's got to be SOMETHING to them, but I just can't find it. Man, everyone is a real negative nancy over here too. I should stick to the ES board...
  23. Ok, I'm going to play. Maybe it was made by John D'Angelico or Jimmy D'Aquisto, the two finest lutheirs of the 20th century. Anything? Huh?
  24. Hey, I was wondering if there's anyone who's a big King Crimson fan out there that can give me a heads up and some songs to listen to to convince me that they aren't just a sub par and often times real boring band. I mean 12 minute songs where nothing much happens, a singer that's pretty bad, and Robert Fripp! what's the big screaming deal? I've never heard/seen one thing he did that impressed me. That said I LOVE prog rock, Yes is one of my favorite bands of all time, and it's mind boggling to me that Bruford would leave Yes at the height of the creative output following Close to the Edge to join King Crimson. So , please convince me that they're even decent or did some really cool stuff, this is a band I'd love to like but for years of trying to get into them, it's just been a snore fest.
  25. Also note the non traditional guitar solo/ break is pretty ballsy and at one one point he's descending with 3 octaves simultaneously. TOUGH!
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