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reverednken

1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC metallic Burgundy

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This is a factory custom guitar. No one has one like it for sale.

 

If I has a 2 stamped on it is a factory second that was not meant for regular sale. Probably an employed bought it. It was no up to snuff for Gibson's QA. Does that make it less valuable. Maybe just a touch.

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Around that time, Gibson was having trouble with their ES guitars cracking on the tops. They ended up improving the kiln drying process & solved the problem. The solution they used to fix the cracked guitar bodies was to fill the cracks in and spray them with a paint that wasn't translucent like Sparkling Burgundy. That isn't likely why it is stamped as a 2nd. These guitars, even though they were screwups sometimes go for more money than if they had a standard cherry or sunburst finish. I don't believe that Sparkling Burgundy was ever used on ES guitars again after the cracking problem was resolved.

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