Last Feb., my wife and I drove to Pa and did a trade. I traded my 1975 Fender Black rosewood fret board Telecaster for a 1968 Gibson ES 335. Now, that '68 335 is NOT mint and it's a player. The guy I traded with told me the '68 335 is worth $7k and he's taking the lesser end of the deal. He said that a few times to let it sink in and, even though I'm a 335 nerd, I was about to walk. If he saw my 1969 Gibson ES 335, he would shit himself on how minty mint it is. Now, the '68 ES 335 is a player. It has bumps and bruises. A repaired (excellent job) headstock. I did the deal because I love 335's and I'm a sucker. When I brought both 335's to my luthier, he asked me about the '69, "do you play this guitar?" The '69 is that clean. Here's both 335's: The top335 is the '68.