Thank you 'everyone' for the kind replies.
I live in the UK so a pilgrimage to Wildwood is out of the question. I do like Greg Koch's Wildwood videos on Youtube though :)
Regarding the 345. The one linked to up above is only about 70 miles from where I live. It's a beauty alright. However, my budget is on stretching to £2500 max. Another £750 would have me in the poor house. I would never have considered spending £2000 on a guitar a year ago, let alone £3000+. Ouch!!! That 345 is right up my street though - if I could afford it.
I do like the 345s. In terms of looks, I see the 335 as a mainstay all rounder, the 355 as a 'Sunday best' blues guitar. For some reason, I associate the aesthetics of the 345 as an older refined gentleman's guitar getting played in a smokey jazz club by someone sipping port in between songs. Ha ha. Mind you, Elvin Bishop and Freddie King aren't really withstanding with this imagery. There a couple in Europe for about £2700 but they are sunbursts and are 1959 reissues. I have a 50s neck on a Les Paul I've fallen out of love with to a degree.
Yep, although the Richlite might be okay and play fine, it's the resale implications regarding the lower esteem in which a richlite fretboard has relative to the more upscale other appointments a 355 has retained. There's something uncomfortable about say...spending X on a flashy top of the range Mercedes whilst having to accept that it has the wheels of a car considerably cheaper. Possibly a flawed analogy?
I did have my eye on some of the limited edition Bourbon Burst 335 dots out there. I thought they looked stunning and would likely have held more value than a 355 richlites. They went really quick though. The GuitarGuitar store linked to earlier has one left but they want far more than the others I've seen being sold for. Kinda off putting. By the way, what's that deal with some stores having an over-abundance of ES models with white pickguards and very few with black pickguards? I realise a pickguard can easily be swapped out...but what's that all about?
It's looking like a cherry 335 block or a second hand 355. I have to say, I'd rather go with a brand new one (and keep it in good condition) though, so the former might be my better bet. I'll have to wait until late July so I have a bit more time to think yet.