The picture he sent me was pretty bad, and after a couple more emails I didn't bother him further. But it was pretty funny---
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> what were you looking to get, cash wise, for these? that's an odd neck on the tele.
Telecaster I'd like $750- rosewood strat neck w/ tele headstock, abalone floral inlay
> 335 $1000
are these real gibson and fender guitars? i can come over tonight if you like.
yes, gibson es-335 all original.
> telecaster aftermarket neck, curly ash body (custom, not factory). Fender OEM pickups, electronics, & bridge (later style)
> they never did a 3 pickup 335. So how can it be all original?
the 335 has all it's original factory parts (except pick guard) plus an additonal '57 classic in the center position.
the 335 is in perfect working & playing condition. it has cosmetic issues, however they do not effect playability & tone quality. the guitar's finish has been stripped & sanded, neck sanded, previous owner painted part of back & scraped some off- looks nasty, there's a small hole from mounting an acoustic pickup, also theres a cribbage board drilled in the back.
i bought the guitar from the original owner, a family friend, for $1350 about a year ago. he ordered the guitar in the summer of 2001 & used it while attending berklee music conservatory in boston.
well, that's a far cry for 'all original'
it's a far cry from 'original condition' which is reflected in asking only $1000.
a guitarist's guitar, not a collectors guitar indeed.
by the way- gibson custom shop produced the 'alvin lee es-335' which had a seymour duncan single coil between 2 '57 classics.
Folks, I leave you to your own assumptions about this. I can't pinpoint which year Gibson included the cribbage board as 'stock' on the 335's, that would definitely help.