'68 & '69

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  1. axe4me

    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Gibson '68 & '69 ES 335's.jpg
     
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    Very nice!
     
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    would love to play those..very nice !!!
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    I have owned well over 200 guitars.

    The '68 335 has some funny business on the neck behind the headstock.

    There's a bump (not quite a volute) and neck thickness is similar to a late 50's 335.

    I showed it to my luthier and he can't detect any seam but tells me that some wood was professionally added a while ago.

    It also has plenty of nicks and bruises.

    I never owned a guitar with any questionable neck issues.

    The serial # on the back of the headstock matches the orange label inside the body.

    The tuning pegs were changed to gold Grover Tullip style tuners

    I'm such a 335 nerd that I wanted it and the '68 is a player.

    I traded a 1975 black Fender Telecaster for the '68.

    The guy who previously owned it told me more than 2x that this '68 is a $7k guitar and I'll would be getting the better of the deal.

    Another mention of $7k and I would have told this guy to stop bullshiting.

    Any other guitar. I would have walked.

    I'm just a Jr. Mr. 335.:rolleyes:

    I wanted it and accepted the '68 as is.

    All I knew was that, it's NOT a $7k guitar and I really didn't want to hear the praises when I knew it isn't what a '68 335 should be.

    When I got the '68 home, I did a set up.

    The fretboard hasn't seen lemon oil in a long time and the body needed a good cleaning.

    I showed the '68 and the '69 335 to my luthier and he told me that the '69 (at 50 years old) looks like it just came from the factory.

    He told me to only play my '69 335 at home.:locked:

    1968 Gibson ES 335 Body.jpg
     
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    Damn what nice guitars!

    Very sweet AXE!
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.

    I came upon this that makes me feel very good about the tailpiece:

     
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    Thank you

    :D
     
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    Wow did you know that’s a $7,000...

    In the pre-bubble economy of 2006 possibly but with repairs never
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    If the '68 was a peach, maybe $7k.

    My luthier saw my '68 and '69.

    He told me that my '69 is a $10k guitar.

    He asked me, "do you take this guitar out, I wouldn't".

    Well, if I own it, it gets played and gigged.

    I baby my guitars and that '69 is my baby.

    I'm a tough grader and, even though the '69 335 is mine, there's no way it's worth $10k...........maybe $7k:mrburns:
     
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    axe4me Well-Known Member

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    The '68 with metal bridge saddles:


    1968 Gibson ES 335 Body.jpg



    The '69 with plastic bridge saddles:

    69 ES 335 TDC body.jpg
     
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