1966 Gibson ES-335 with non-T-Top Patent Sticker/PAF Pickups

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    Danelectro V.I.P. Member

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    1966 Gibson ES-335 in very good condition. All parts are original with the exception of the pickup covers and the stoptail/ABR as described below.

    At one point the guitar had a Bigsby vibrola as evidenced by the "snake bites" on the top and the holes at the strap button. I don't believe that 1966 335's were available with a stop bar so it is assumed that it was added at a later date. Fortunately, the person who did the conversion positioned the stoptail in the proper location.

    As new, the guitar had an ABR bridge, however at some point that had been replaced with a Nashville Tune-a-Matic with bushings in place of the 6-32 ABR studs. I removed the bushings, plugged the holes with maple, re-drilled it for ABR studs, and touched up the top of the maple plugs to match the guitar. The photo below with the bridge removed shows the repair. The bridge currently on the guitar is a Gibson ABR-1, but its not original to the guitar.

    The pickups are original non-T-top patent sticker humbuckers with the square bobbin hole. The bridge pickup has orange wire and measures 7.79K. The neck pickup has maroon enameled bobbin wire with black leads on both bobbins, thus it is identical in construction to an early 1960’s PAF pickup. The photos below show the bobbins and wire color prior to when I added the pickup covers.

    I’m unable to read the date codes on pots, but from what I can see they appear to be original and the proper black cap is in intact.

    The neck has the typical mid-60’s neck with a 1.602 wide nut. The thickness measures .845” behind the 1st fret and .995” at the 12th.

    The tuners are original and work well.

    The finish is pleasantly checked across the body and neck.

    The guitar weighs in at 7.72 lbs.

    The Lifton case won’t win any beauty contests, but it is original and in good working order. It looks like it should stink, but the mildew haze on the outside is from long ago and it doesn’t smell.

    Asking $5200 plus actual shipping costs. Sale within the US only. Contact Dan at dynasonic@msn.com

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    WOW!
     
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    wonderful color and the cathedrale figuring of the back is to die for. Great job on the Nashville removal as well.

    GLWTS!
     
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    I've been asked for a couple of clarifications regarding the guitar so I'll post here for all.

    How was the year was determined?
    - The serial number 433681 would make it a 1966 per the Gibson serial number chart in Tony Bacon's book "The Gibson Les Paul". The features of the guitar are consistent with it being a 1966.
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    Is the fretboard Indian Rosewood or Brazilian Rosewood?
    - It looks like BRW to me based on the color and the open pores, but I can't say for sure. Here are some close-up photos so that you can be the judge:

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    Most likely Indian RW, as BRW was being phased out in/around '64.
     
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    Original frets? Love the wood they used for this one.
     
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    That's one of the prettiest guitars I've seen on here. Wish I could swing it. Best of luck with the sale.
     
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    Yikes!
     
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    Man this looks familiar. Have you had this a while? I feel like I was 1 step from buying this from a guy in Hawaii 2 years ago, maybe 3 now. The inlay rings a bell. Regardless, love it and glwts
     
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    Must be a look-alike. I've owned this one since 2006 and known of its whereabouts back to 2003.
     
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    Man oh man oh man oh man ...
     

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