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2005 ES 335 1963 Reissue with SG/Les Paul inlays

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Hi There..

Just purchased this es335  63` reissue from 2005.  A super guitar, but was wondering how it is possible, that the fretboard inlays are les Paul / SG standards ?.

I have never ever seen a 335 with those inlays before.

its a genuine Gibson no doubt, and the headstock is 100% genuine with a serial no, that matches the serial no inside the guitar. its made on the Nashville plant/ TN  April 20th. 2005. 

Could it be that someone wanted to "pimp" the guitar and replaced the neck with a neck from a 60`s SG ?. it is from what i know of, the only Gibson model with those fretboard inlays and the pearl crown on the headstock.  But how is that done, considering that the 2 serial n´s matches. Is it possible that someone special customized a guitar from Gibson.  And does a SG neck fits a ES335 ? Or is it the original neck, just with different fretboard inlays ?.  And last but not least.. What is the meaning of moving the all the tuners 5mm down on the headstock, nd drill new holes for them to fit in. Some jazz guitar nerds told me some did it years ago, to get a better tuning etc.. WHY ?.. Hope someone can shade some information on this guitar. It plays absolutely awesome, and its the same feeling i have playing it as my old es175 and the ES339 i have..  just bought it because it looked diff, from any other es335 ive seen, and because it plays and sounds  perfect.

thanx

cheers

Borelli 🙂  Denmark

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If it's genuine Gibson, I'd suspect one of two things were done...

Either the rectangular markers were removed and replaced, not a big deal for the right luthier. 

OR, the fretboard was replaced. 

Is the FB rosewood?  It looks like Ebony?

At any rate, there's no need to replace the neck to do the fretboard but refinishing the neck would be a PITA.

If a luthier replaced the FB, I doubt it would have the nibs, if Gibson did it, it would likely have nibs. 

The Gibson logo on that one sets higher on the head than any I've seen, I think a call or Email to Gibson is in order, and pix of the back of the head and neck at fret edges may help as well as a look at the truss rod nut 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Steve...

Sounds interesting :-).  did you remove the tuners 5mm down from the standard holes.  And what is the purpose of doing that ? :-)

I talked to a long time Gibson dealer and specialist yesterday here in Copenhagen, and he said its likely that this guitar was specialized.  the serial no on the headstock matches the guitar so everything is in place. also the walnut edition was a limited run.  Heres some more pictures of the guitar

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For some reason it seems like you're reluctant to just simply write Gibson with pics I suggested and they'l tell you a whole lot more than "long time Gibson dealer and specialist yesterday here in Copenhagen" Who clearly knows nothing next to Gibson.

YMMV. 

 

 

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On 6/19/2019 at 3:27 AM, SteveFord said:

Maybe it's the photo but that headstock looks like I made it.  

Sure looks weird.. strange open book. .   other that that - I for one would take trapezoid inlays over small 60s inlays any time... that´s not fish nor bone..  sorry Eric, whatever year was that 335 from.. now that we know it was not a 64  really .   The dots are it -  for the true 335 feel 🙂

 

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On 6/18/2019 at 9:27 PM, SteveFord said:

Maybe it's the photo but that headstock looks like I made it.  

Yeah... Aside from the logo being a bit high, and the dotted "I" looking weird, the crown inlay is too high by at least a half inch as is the truss rod cover not looking correct.

I've never seen a Gibson with inlays placed like that, or the TRC so "big" especially if it were custom. 

Everything on the body looks spot on. 

The OP never posted more detailed pix here of things like the nibs, truss rod nut and serial number on the rear of the head, hopefully he gets a positive reply from Gibson.

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