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Ken Rayba

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  1. I have the same problem with my 2005 Ebony ES-335. I play it out quite often, I always wiped it down and used Gibson polish on it without much effect on the haze from my arm. Reading other posts, I picked up some Virtuoso Cleaner. It worked really well, about 95% of it gone. I think having the Ebony finish, the haze shows up more. I also have a 70's 345 and a 60's 330, no haze at all and I played those quite often since I had them too. I really think the finish on the older guitars is much better than the newer ones. That could be why the newer guitars are more susceptible to sweat s
  2. Interesting, just a thought. Measure each guitar's distance from the bottom of the strings holding down the last fret to the top of the pole-piece. That would give you an accurate measurement to verify they are exactly the same. Something else you didn't mention, are they both strung with the same gauge strings? I'm sure you are strumming or playing your notes with the same thickness pick and amount of effort too.
  3. What kind of amplifier are you using with this guitar? I have a stereo wired ES-345 purchased in the 70's. Played it through a Fender Super Reverb using the stereo cord, one in each channel, (Vibrato and Normal) sounded great. When I plugged both of the mono cords into the one channel with two inputs, like a Hot Rod Deluxe, which I also had, I would get that quack type sound. But using an amp with two separate channels, it was OK. We've had this discussion before regarding the stereo ES-345. If you don't have a two channel amplifier, like a Fender Super Reverb, or Twin Reverb, find
  4. My ES 330 has the silver top knob. I like those. When I purchased my ES 335 back a few years ago, it is Ebony and it came with the black speed knobs. Didn't like the look. I replaced them with the silver face tops, brings out the pickups, tailpiece, etc. A nicer look I think.
  5. Hi, I have a Gibson ES 330 TDC my father purchased for me back in 67. The neck joins the body at the 16th fret. S/N 053811. Just has a sticker inside the "F" hole.
  6. Hi Johnny, I have a Gibson ES 330TDC my father purchased for my 16th birthday back in 1967. Mine doesn't have a sticker either, I just looked. But there is a faint stamping that reads ES 330 TDC. My S/N is 053811. Purchased in September of 67', I believe my the S/N could actually be a 66. Nice guitar, still play it once in awhile.
  7. Back in the 70's or so didn't Gibson make a similar looking guitar, gold finish, but they called it a Les Paul model. I remember seeing a bass guitar, and if I'm not mistaken, they had a hollow body in the gold finish too.
  8. I like the black with that finish. I purchased an ebony ES 335 back in 05, with the nickel plated pick ups and stop tailpiece and it came with the totally black speed knobs for the volume and tone. First thing I did was order the old style chrome top knobs, sure made the nickel stand out more.
  9. First off, are you sure it is chrome! I purchased a new ES-335 back in 05, and had a similar problem then I found out that the pick up covers, stop bar and tuner handles are nicketl It does start to look old really early. Have no ideal is Gibson is still using nickel on the metal parts. I have a 67 ES-330 and the metal parts are chrome, and still hasn't tarnished at all, they look brand new.
  10. I like the Ebony. I purchased a new Ebony ES 335 back in 05'. I replaced the volume and tone knob that were the black speed type, with the old style silver top knobs. I think it matches the pick ups and looks nicer, of course that's my opinion. Nice guitar, looks like you have some heavy gauge strings on it, what are you using. And were did you get the decal of the guy taking the picture? LOL!
  11. Make sure that your amplifier is properly grounded also. Some of the older amps actually had a toggle switch for the ground, most newer amps just have the three pronged plug. Could be the receptacle that your amp is plugged into isn't properly grounded either. I would take the amp and guitar in different rooms of the house, and try it, or to a friends house too. Sometimes fluorescent lights will effect the grounding too. From my experience may not be the guitar, worth checking before you decide to send the guitar back.
  12. Back in the 60's from what I read, the first Ebony ES-335 was made for Johnny Rivers. Trini Lopez had his model which was a re-designed ES-335. Funny but Johnny Rivers actually played a 335 whereas Lopez didn't. Both great recording artists.
  13. If I remember correctly, the Gibson Factory Specs for the pick ups are 3/32" on the neck pick up and 1/16" on the bridge pick up. Measuring the distance from the bottom of the 6th and 1st string on the last fret.
  14. You could try spraying a small amount of WD-40 on it. I don't know how if anything the WD-40 would do to the wood or the finish.
  15. Another thought, just double checked my 05' ES-335, and it does have a retaining wire, I just didn't see it, probably because I didn't have enough light in the room when I looked. When I looked at my bridge I remembered something else, make sure the saddle is firmly up against the bridge. Sometimes they have a little bit of play in them, and from my experience having three ES series guitars, they will have some movement, and then I just push them back into a solid contact with the bridge. That could also contribute to a ringing.
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