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  1. run! run! run! it's a fake, for sure. Just to name a few odds: Wrong headstock wrong fretboard inlays logo and Inlay on headstock look wrong far east bridge fake bigsby wrong pickguard, wrong pickguard bracket fake case and its a fake of 355 not a 335, just google Gibson ES 355, you will notice the differences! Maybe 150,- $ is a fair price.
  2. Gibson made some limited j-35, that were more like "TV" or nowadays "Vintage" guitars, with period correct headstock, bridge, case and whatnot. like this one. I'd guess it'll take a little more to fake this model, which isn't the OPs intention anyway. Whatever, wish I had a luthier to trust, I would let him do some unethical things to my guitars😜
  3. I used virtuose cleaner and polish to make the satin finish on my es 335 look a little more shiny, treated the headstock just like the rest. The result came pretty close to the vos finish on high end gibsons, if you look closer you see, its just a little rougher. Go figure!
  4. There was a message ? 🤡 You people really crack me up.
  5. a natural topped bird, yummy👍😍
  6. It's a fake! pickguard, especially the bracket is wrong! Case and logo on the case too. Position of the switch is wrong, guess there's more, but the pics are not that great.
  7. No, no, the replacement from the retailer, the red one in the last pic had a slight twist, the ES 355s neck is dead straight. Everything's fine!
  8. besides having a slight twist in the neck, the main issue with the guitar shown in my last picture (Which was sent to me by the shop as a replacement for the defective guitar) is not the small chip in the finish, but the shrunken binding or / and the frets sticking out (whatever it was caused by), the guitars neck felt like a mogul field (hope that makes sense). It was not just an aesthetic problem, it felt and played real bad. I never complained about fit and finish issues on this board, but I can: The guitar, that I bought and that was accepted as a warranty case by gibson because of a twisted neck, had a visible and mainly tangible line of lacquer where the neck binding ended along the entire fretboard on both sides, it took me about 1 hour of wet sanding and polishing to make it disappear and make it feel smooth. As I said, this was the guitar I kept, cause I liked its tone and neck feel etc. But isn't it kind of strange, that we accept those things normal on a 5k guitar? My replacement guitar also has quite some rough spots, you don't expect on such a pricey instrument. And Gibsons says: "The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail." It's hard not to laugh about that. In my limited experience, quite a few custom shop guitars from Gibson have fit and finish issues , and they shouldn't wonder, when people complain about those issues. But yes, all that matters is, I have a guitar that I'm happy with. To say it with the words of an reputable member of the acoustic board: Let's pick!
  9. I don't expect people to read my lengthy posts, but commenting, when you didn't even get half of the story is beyond me.
  10. Hi everyone I posted about a warranty claim a few month back - if you want the whole story, look here after the shop sent me a nos replacement guitar that I send back immediately, because it some unacceptable issues (see pic at the very end) I decided to deal with Gibson Customer Service Europe only. After I decided to wait for the a 1964 reissue to be delivered to CSE from the states, the corona thing got out of hand, and it was clear I had to wait even longer for the replacement guitar. Then CSE told me they had one new custom shop guitar I could have, since they could not get a shipping date for the guitar I ordered: a 1959 es 355 reissue in ebony. At first I decided to wait for the 1964, but finally took the 355. Thanks to CSE for being very patient with me and answering all my questions as far as they could. Sound: though this guitar sounds pretty different then the 1963 reissue I had, its just as good, if not better, acoustically its not as loud, but sustains for days, yet has the snappy and woody tone I like about 335s, the custombuckers are great too, different from the mhs in my old guitar. Fit and finish: If seen and owned some pretty rough guitars from memphis in my search over the last years. If you ever wondered if memphis or nashville production ES guitars are better, here is my definitive answer: guitars from bozeman are the best gibsons, when it comes to fit and finish, by far. But in the end, my new guitar has no issues that bother me that much, I'm gonna *** it up anyway. One last thing: you will notice, the guitar has a short pickguard, not the correct long guard for a '59 reissue, but CSE already sent me a correct guard. For now the short guard stays on the guitar, I think I like it that way, also put on some reflector knobs, which kind of makes it a 60s reissue 355 I guess. Bottom line: I'm super happy with my new guitar and the way this whole thing turned out: Thanks to Stijn from CSE for working this out for me. And finally: some pics Day one with reflecor knobs with my 2013 Hummingbird TV some close-ups And finally: a picture of the guitar I sent back (they really had the nerve to call me to ask, what was wrong with the guitar, and then explained to me, me, that this is completely normal for hand-built guitars. I felt even worse than it looks in the pic.
  11. To me there are two essential guitar designs: 1) Gibson style set neck, humbucker guitars (Les Pauls, SGs, Es 335 etc.) 2) Fender style bolt-on neck guitars with single coils. (Strats and t I own a ES 355 (basically a 335) and a Telecaster, nothing wrong with a SG, though. Oh and I know a lot might disagree, there are more cool electrics to consider, p-90 equipped Gibsons, Richenbacker or Gretsch guitars, but to me those are not essential. One more thing, a good guitar(tube-) amp is mandatory, its like 50% - if not more - of the sound of an electric guitar.
  12. I think the variation between the TV/Vintage models and the standard models is the only thing, were Bozeman guitars are really different. The TV/Vintage models are lighter build and its not just about a different top bracing. Therefore TV/Vintage models are lighter and react faster and more sensitive to your touch/ attack, which isn't necessarily a good thing. I'd say try both and see what you like better.
  13. Hi there and thanks! actually a new guitar is on its way, it'll be here next week. Its not the model I initially wanted, but hey its a gibson es style guitar. Gibson Customer Service Europe has been great so far. I'll report back, when the guitar is finally in my hands. Guess its gonna be in another thread.
  14. yes was talking about the modern j-35 with the natural top and the banner logo (😜) , the ones I've played had the biggest necks I'd come across on regular production Bozeman guitars.
  15. The neck on my 2013 hummingbird TV is not super thin, but I'd say it is on the thin side. , its about 2,1cm at the first fret. If you're looking for a thick neck on a normal production guitar, look for used j-35 from the first production years. They had pretty fat c-Profile necks. By the way, I really hate how gibson does not pay attention to neck profiles in their spec sheets. It seems to me they change the names every now and then, so nobody knows what the all names mean and whats the difference It would be nice, if they just state how thick necks are at the first and 12 fret and if its a c, d, v or whatever. What is a comfort contour neck?
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