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    What is considered Vintage?

    With regard to vintage Gibson electric guitars, the term vintage usually refers to those guitars manufactured during Gibson "Golden Era", from around 1952 to early 1965. In mid-1965 Gibson made several very undesirable changes to their electric guitars which resulted in the "vintage value"...
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    Burst Number 0 0252 'Dirty Burst'

    Contrary to what was suggested by ATB Guitars in their YouTube video......I don't really see the need for a "total refurberation", whatever that means?? This vintage Les Paul only needs the following: (1) a thorough cleaning of the guitar's finish and hardware - to remove years of grit, sweat...
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    Newly discovered '60 burst at Bristol Guitar Show today - photos

    Contrary to what was suggested by ATB Guitars in their YouTube video......I don't really see the need for a "total refurberation", whatever that means?? This vintage Les Paul only needs the following: (1) a thorough cleaning of the guitar's finish and hardware - to remove years of grit, sweat...
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    1966 ? Gibson SG Refin to Pelham blue 60477

    It's baffling to say the least. One thing that is really odd is a '69 SG Standard would have the "swimming pool" route for the pickups. This guitar apparently has individual pickup cavity routes. Unless the body has been plugged and repaired.
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    My uncle gave me his '65 SG (long story, lots of photos!)

    You are absolutely correct. Early 1965 SG Standards (Jan/Feb ??) are nearly identical to the 1964 SG Standards. I believe the truss-rod covers went from a wide bevel to a narrow bevel (an insignificant change). Coincidently the ES-335s also underwent a similar specification overhaul in 1965...
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    *** 1952 Les Paul - Next Project ***

    Agree....I wouldn't remove any original wood from that guitar, unless absolute necessary for: (1) repairing the altered pickup routes, and/or; (2) as required for a proper neck reset to accommodate an ABR-1 and stop-tailpiece.
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    335 vs. 345

    No contest! Hands-down an ES-335 from 1958 to early '65 w/ wide nut.... is my preferred Gibson semi-hollowbody electric. Sorry, but the unsightly, corroded gold hardware, 6-way varitone, stereo output ....featured on the majority of ES-345s and ES-355s..... just doesn't do it for me.
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    NGD Custom Shop ‘64 ES-335 Cherry

    Several years ago, I purchased two Nashville-made, Gibson Custom Shop ES-335s, both made around 2005-2007. Both were '59 Custom Shop reissue 335s with fat necks. Much earlier in 1984....I bought a brand new 1983 '59 reissue dot-neck ES-335. Big disappointment! After inspecting all three...
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    ES-335 TRAPEZE TAILPIECE, 1965-1969....A Functional Analysis

    Right you are......one advantage of the stop-tailpiece is you can raise or lower the height to suit your personal preferences regarding the string break-over angle at the ABR-1 bridge. Personally I find that an angle that matches that found at the headstock provides the best response, action...
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    Les Paul Junior or SG Junior ??

    Owner of a very nice 1958 Les Paul Jr. single-cut......the neck is just about perfect IMO....comfortable med/fat rounded profile .90" to .98". It's very light weight around 7 lbs. and rings like a bell. It has a beautiful dark BRW fingerboard w/ tight grain. The P-90 dog-ear pickup measures...
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    NGD Custom Shop ‘64 ES-335 Cherry

    Not sure where you heard this:......... "I hear that neck angles varied quite a bit starting from the 60's." My experience is quite a bit different; i.e., as the owner of two vintage '60s era ES-335s, and having poured over hundreds of detailed photos of "Golden Era" ES-335s from the late...
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    NGD Custom Shop ‘64 ES-335 Cherry

    Yeah I recall your threads on the LPF detailing your unpleasant journey regarding a couple of quirky 335s, As I recall you documented build issues that pointed to sloppy workmanship and QA/QC quirks. There were serious issues affecting the neck alignment, bridge placement, fret work, paint...
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    ES-335 TRAPEZE TAILPIECE, 1965-1969....A Functional Analysis

    No surprise here.....I've noticed on Reverb that vintage '65- '69 trap-tail Gibson ES-335s are listed at never-before-seen prices.....approaching $10,000 for examples in excellent condition. No way to really know if Reverb sellers are getting their asking prices. But I recall as recently as...
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    ES-335 TRAPEZE TAILPIECE, 1965-1969....A Functional Analysis

    My aim here is to objectively assess the characteristics and performance of Gibson's trapeze tailpiece installed on ES-335/345s manufactured from 1965 onward. I break down the subject by delving into practical applications of classical mechanics. Many will be familiar with the basic concepts...
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    My weird 66 ES-335.

    My untouched, pristine Jan/Feb 1965 ES-335 TDC has a great pair of nickel-covered Pat No. humbucking pickups....never opened. Both pickups measure 7.30 K ohms at the jack and sound phenomenal. Reliable sources indicate the nickel-covered pickups normally will have enamel coated 42 ga. wire...

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