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What was that one called?


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Back in the late '80's and maybe into the '90's, Gibson had a guitar that was mostly like the Lucille, as in: a semi hollow thin body in the traditionall 335/345/355 shape, but with no f-holes. ctually no holes at all. The only ones I saw local guys play both had EMG's in them. And the only celebrity artist I ever saw play one was Steve Howe.

 

I jammed with one guy who said he found one in a pawnshop and sold it on ebay. He described it as "a sunburst Lucille without the varitone-thing".

 

What was the name of that guitar? And are they ever still around. I've wanted one for something like fifteen years.

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Well crap.

 

It was LIKE a Lucille, but without the fancy touches. And it came it other finishes. The same way a Lucille is a 355 wihtout f holes, this was a 335 without f holes.

 

I want to say it was called something like an "ES-Artist" but that could be some other model entirely.

 

I remember Steve Howe had one that he added a second pickguard to.

 

I want one. I've wanted one since they were new.

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Okay. I finally found some info online.

 

It was called an ES-Artist. They were made from about '79 to about '86.

 

Norlin/Gibson had a bunch of the Moog systems left from the RD-Artists that nobody wanted. So they tried putting them in other body types.

 

The original Es Artists were sealed 335 type bodies with the Moog electronics in them.

 

I did remember correctly that Steve Howe played them. He had four when he was with ASIA and they were all he used with that band.

 

And I want one

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All I see is a red X.

 

edit: Now there's a picture. Strangely, it's not the guitar I expected. The ones I remember guys playing locally (with the EMG's in them) had traditional 2 vol,2 tone, 1 switch 335 controls, just without F holes. That's the one I really want.

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How do you make the pictures big enough to actually see on this forum?

 

I've looked at a few threads where people posted pics and they were all tiny. Like just now in this last post there are two pics that are about a quarter inch square and one that's roughly a half inch by a quarter inch. I can't make out what I'm looking at in that.

 

edit: And when I posted this, the pics got bigger. The 335S is visually similar to the one I'm talking about, but it would weigh a ton. And the guitar I'm trying to find out about is about the weight of a normal 335.

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There is a prototype guitar, the ES-357, that has no F-holes and 3 humbuckers. It was developed with input from Mitch Holder, a former tonight show guitarist. It was never put into mass production, however. But to complete the thought, there were 3 models without f-holes, BB King, ES Artist, and ES-357.

 

http://www.mitchholder.com/scripts/uploads/gallery/temp1/13_1155003028.jpg

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