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  1. Sorry, but it is indeed a "recreation", specifically called a reissue. Back then they could be had w/o varitone, and the MHS pups are the reissue pups Gibson uses. Not to mention all the other reissue-only specs. So it it hardly false advertising and it is no longer available because it is a 2015 model. I have a '64 ES-345 reissue with varitone and a Maestro (my avitar), and I love it, too. But that doesn't make this one an imposter.
  2. Both Ebay and Reverb have "sold" listings. That is where to look. But still take with a grain of salt.
  3. It does not look to be in a place where one would find structural damage, so even if you can feel it, it should not take much to smooth it up. It is, after all, used. If everything else checks out and it is a "good one", I wouldn't let that stop me. Are you sure that Explorer is "way lighter" than your Studio??
  4. ^this^ pretty wells says it. Yes, it is really good. It is not neutered, just less bling. It doesn't just say "Gibson", it says "ES-335" too. That cannot be said of other lesser models in other model lines. I have a 2016 along with other 3x5s, including reissues, so I can make a fair comparison. Good enough to be arguably more bang for the buck. Advice is as always, play as many as you can, and try to pick a good one.
  5. Not really any of that. Most model numbers of just about anything you can think of is a code, and it is only used to identify what it is. Model numbers virtually never spell out the info they contain. One has to expect that. Anyway, nice to see you're getting a good one! I'm sure you will really enjoy it!
  6. It is an M, and it is for the Maestro. That last digit 1 is not for "first quality". That's badly rumored meaning that is not only not true, it doesn't even make sense. A second would not change a model number! Gibson has not marked seconds for many year. And that marking has never been part of the model number, it was stamped on the guitar. And the guitars have never had the model number stamped on them. Anyway, Gibson wouldn't give me (or anyone else I know of) a direct answer as to what that digit does mean. Only my guess, but it may be the market it was made for, and 1 obviously would be the US market. 3 may be the Japanese market.
  7. Wmachine

    NGD

    Yeah, but that's all insignificant detail hardly worth mentioning.
  8. Wmachine

    NGD

    Okay, if that's your point, and not belittling the sig as is usually done, then I "take it back". Yes, good point then, too. it is a bit convoluted that his sig ends up on a modern SG even when it is supposed to honor him. I would even agree it would have been more appropriate to leave it off the SGs.
  9. I see that is really an entry level ES model. First I seen or heard of an ES model that didn't come with a hard case. "The new instant classic" Yeah, that's marketing for you. Guess they don't know how ridiculous that sounds.
  10. Wmachine

    NGD

    You may think making fun of one of the last Les Paul signatures is funny, but that is just plain disrespectful. Not the least funny.
  11. ^This^ for sure. Great pups and so make sure that's what you get!
  12. Thanks,BigKahune. Now that I know someone is collecting this info, I'll give you whatever I run into to help the cause. I'm quite familiar with this type of research and evidence gathering. I'll be more than happy to help. FWIW, it seems that model number on inside labels are really hodge podge and incomplete. More like an abbreviated description. Not matching the model number on the COA. BTW, that model number I gave you is my 2016 Memphis '64 ES-345 TDC Maestro VOS Sixties Cherry.
  13. Wmachine

    NGD

    I bought one, same color even, back when they were blowing them out. I already have another Standard, but I was curious about this and figured I'd probably just flip it. But I'm impressed. The '61s are enough different. Top shelf quality. Turns out to be a keeper. Enjoy!
  14. I really challenge some of your conclusions, like DT. Some of what may appear to be inconsistencies are simply because an assumed meaning is not correct. Not to say there are not inconsistencies. But I can tell you that the H in CH is definitionally not Hardware. Find a Les Paul with a Floyd and tell me what the model number is? I can tell you it has a F, not a H. I have an ES with a Maestro that is ES456416SCGM1. And I've seen lots more examples too. So again, certain presumptions have been made that are just not true. Sometime one has to use counter-logic too. H really can't mean hardware. Gold, Nickel, Chrome means the hardware color. The second digit would be meaninglessly redundant if that were true. But it is not, as other letters do exist, but are relatively rare in Gibson models. One thing for sure, the inconsistencies make this really difficult. And I don't know why Gibson can't be more help either.
  15. I have not yet been able to determine what the DT is, but all of the above are not it, and surly came from guesses. What I can determine is that it is used in the "standard" models of many types. CH is one of the most widely used wrongly interpreted codes. It is NOT Chrome Hardware. C is for the Chrome Hardware, H is for hardtail. The 1 at the end is not a designation for 1st or 2nd, probably the next most widely and wrongly interpreted codes. Stamps for that, when used. are never part of the serial number. And there never is the need to stamp a "first". Think about it. I've asked Gibson about that last digit and they blew me off saying it was not something that would mean anything to the consumer. I take that to mean he didn't know. And as said earlier, there is not a lot of consistency on what is in the model number, which leads to misinterpretations and speculations.
  16. I've read quite a few posts and threads about this over the years about this. And the short answer is that I've been able to conclude the answer is both, to some degree. Both the (some at least) cases and the USA guitars have a scent. "Both" also explains why the debate has raged on for so many years. That's why I roll my eyes when someone has "irrefutable proof" that it is one and not the other. "There you have it, folks!"
  17. You may get more responses if you start a new thread, but I think I can help. Your s/n and the OP s/n are correct for what they are. For the last 5 years or so, Gibson has used Axxxxx s/ns for some of the higher end reissues, the '59s in particular. This applies to '59 335s, too. I don't know what you mean by "coming up" unless you mean in a decoder. Decoders don't cover this, as it it too new and not that common. The A was added just for historical mimicking. Your model number should have the year in it. Here is another one apparently just like yours, and close to yours s/n-wise: Reverb ad
  18. So you're the cool one for trying to shame me? Three strikes and you're out. First you're a hypocrite. Second I was not shaming anyone, because third, my comment was about him "knowing" the smell was from the case and not the guitar.
  19. Wmachine

    Flying V

    S/n says 2007. I'm with you being quite suspicious. Many things make me suspicious, especially the ad. The body doesn't look right, the pickguard doesn't look right on the body. A custom that isn't a custom? I don't know enough here to be really specific, but I will say it doesn't look right. But can't be sure it is a fake either.
  20. You probably won't find out. Unless the model is released with a stated limited production number, Gibson is not forthcoming with their production numbers. You also may find the number "stated somewhere", but that usually traces to someone's guess. As always, you can write to Gibson, but.... I've even seen new releases of a model stated by dealers to be limited to a particular number. But when asking Gibson directly about it, Gibson simply says they can't confirm it. I'm sure the truth is they can, but won't.
  21. There's one in every crowd.......
  22. Also the H as in "CH1" is not for "hardware". It is for "hardtail", as evidenced by the Floyd equipped one above and Maestro equipped 335s being "GM1" (gold Maestro). Again, the assumption was that H was for hardware.
  23. I think there is a lot of misinformation here regarding the model "codes". I think assumptions have been made for some. I've seen a lot of inconsistencies in the model numbers (in recent years, at least) that would make these assumptions a bad idea. The hardware code? That and the "LP" are about the most consistent. And the color code is in there. Other than the inconsistencies take over. The last number is *not* always a 1, and it does not mean regular production and not a 2nd. Think about it, a 2nd won't be part of a model number! Gibson is not forthcoming about the meaning of that number, when asked, they told me it does not mean anything to the consumer. Can't let me decide if it does? My guess (and I may try to prove it some time) is that it designates the "market" it was made for (GC/MF, Japan, etc.). I have 2 Gibsons with a 3 at the end, and I know one was "made for Japan" and I think the other one may have been too. Numbers are sometimes used in the middle, and sometimes they are 2 digit for the model year. So the codes vary and are highly dependent on the year.
  24. Nice! You're already turning up some good stuff. That COA, though not yours, is good to keep for documentation of the model.
  25. ^This^ for sure. You can be pretty sure what they make is based on the ability to sell them! There is no incentive whatsoever for Gibson to stop making any model " wanting to have a finite number of these models". With the selloff of the Memphis warehouse guitars to CME, it was said that Gibson "overproduced" in 2016, including the ES-175. (As things unfolded, there is no reason not to believe that). So not currently offering it (along with the move to Nashville) makes sense, and reason to believe it will be back.
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