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ES - 335 Black Beauty - Worth buying? Unsure whether its a replica?


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Hello people,

Recently came across a used Black Beauty Es335. I'm attaching some pictures and would honestly like your take on it? Getting it for a fraction of the price (close to a 1500$) as the owner is shifting to another country and is in a hurry. Hoping to get my hands on it but was hoping to get your take on whether this is a worthwhile investment. 

Here's a link to the pictures, had to use an external source since my attachment limit here has finished.



Thanks a ton in advance.

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run! run! run! it's a fake, for sure. 

Just to name a few odds:

  • Wrong headstock
  • wrong fretboard inlays
  • logo and Inlay on headstock look wrong
  • far east bridge
  • fake bigsby
  • wrong pickguard, wrong pickguard bracket
  • fake case

 and its a fake of 355 not a 335, just google Gibson ES 355, you will notice the differences!

Maybe 150,- $ is a fair price.

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Thanks a ton. Figured that it must have been a fake with the pictures and the bigsby. Perhaps 1500 is too much as well. 


Not really looking at is as an investment, rather for playing, but i meant perhaps it would be worthwhile re-selling it later on. But yeah, by the looks of it, not really a good copy either. 

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17 hours ago, merciful-evans said:

I'm no expert. Someone here might be able to give an opinion but more pictures are needed really. Headstock back & front. Year and serial number might help too.

So you want this guitar as an investment rather than as a player?


Just had another look. I only saw the 1st pic before.

Yes that headstock looks wrong.

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