1970 Gibson ES-335

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I used to frequent MLP a lot back in the day but took a hiatus. I scored this one while I was away. I saw it advertised on CL and drove five hours each way to get it. The case and guitar had that lovely musty smell that means it's been sitting for awhile. I took it home and cleaned it up and this is my favorite guitar out of all the ones I own. That's why I want to sell off the majority of my collection. You can see what I have listed in the member classifieds. Once those are gone, I'll dig a bit deeper on some less expensive stuff.

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Very Larry Carltonesque! Love it!

Congrats, HNGD :jam: and play her in good health!
 

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Love old Gibby 335's!

And that one's a beauty!

Enjoy in good health!
 

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Very nice. Something I've heard recently from some really well versed 3xx experts is that you can find incredible ones in each gen, from late 50s to late 60s and 70s as well. Nice find!
 

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Very nice. Something I've heard recently from some really well versed 3xx experts is that you can find incredible ones in each gen, from late 50s to late 60s and 70s as well. Nice find!

I think that's spot on. I keep hearing about how Norlins are junk but this is my second amazing Norlin, the first being a '77 LP. The frets on this one look, to me, to be factory standard with no wear. The guitar looks like it's hardly ever been played. That's usually a bad sign for a guitar this old. That usually means the guitar plays or sounds like crap which is why it looks like it hasn't been played... because it hasn't been played. This one has a vibe to it. I truly love the way it sounds and feels in my hands.
 

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I used to frequent MLP a lot back in the day but took a hiatus. I scored this one while I was away. I saw it advertised on CL and drove five hours each way to get it. The case and guitar had that lovely musty smell that means it's been sitting for awhile. I took it home and cleaned it up and this is my favorite guitar out of all the ones I own. That's why I want to sell off the majority of my collection. You can see what I have listed in the member classifieds. Once those are gone, I'll dig a bit deeper on some less expensive stuff.

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Sweet!! Very nice!!! I'm looking to buy one myself...cant get the price range yet I'm looking in.....but I'm in no hurry...Congrats on that find!!!!
 

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Nice score. I have a '69 that is very similar except mine has nylon saddles and is brown where yours goes to orange:



How do you know it's a '70. Does it have a volute? My serial number could have been from '66 or '69. I ended up unbolting one of the pots to get a date code which was from late '68, ruling out '66.
 

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I used to frequent MLP a lot back in the day but took a hiatus. I scored this one while I was away. I saw it advertised on CL and drove five hours each way to get it. The case and guitar had that lovely musty smell that means it's been sitting for awhile. I took it home and cleaned it up and this is my favorite guitar out of all the ones I own. That's why I want to sell off the majority of my collection. You can see what I have listed in the member classifieds. Once those are gone, I'll dig a bit deeper on some less expensive stuff.

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That rosewood neck has gorgeous colors and grain.
 

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Nice score. I have a '69 that is very similar except mine has nylon saddles and is brown where yours goes to orange:



How do you know it's a '70. Does it have a volute? My serial number could have been from '66 or '69. I ended up unbolting one of the pots to get a date code which was from late '68, ruling out '66.
I have two '67s, one a 335-12, the other a six-string. The 12-string actually came in a chipboard (original Gibson!) case, which was sewn together. Over the years and about two and a half times around the world, that chipboard case is finally in tatters. It was the thread that rotted over time. Both have nylon saddles. Always wondered about that, because I have a '59 double neck that has steel saddles. So Gibson went from those to nylon and back again. Anyone remember why?
 

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I have two '67s, one a 335-12, the other a six-string. The 12-string actually came in a chipboard (original Gibson!) case, which was sewn together. Over the years and about two and a half times around the world, that chipboard case is finally in tatters. It was the thread that rotted over time. Both have nylon saddles. Always wondered about that, because I have a '59 double neck that has steel saddles. So Gibson went from those to nylon and back again. Anyone remember why?
Not sure but I also had a '66 335-12. That had nylon also but it actually had a nice Lifton case. I've read that there were two case options back in the mid-late 60's. I don't like the nylon saddles on my '69. It's the only one of my electrics where I need to be careful bending because I can pop a string right off the saddle. Better than a broken string but still a hassle in the middle of a song. That said I wouldn't change them out because I want the guitar to stay original.
 

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Not sure but I also had a '66 335-12. That had nylon also but it actually had a nice Lifton case. I've read that there were two case options back in the mid-late 60's. I don't like the nylon saddles on my '69. It's the only one of my electrics where I need to be careful bending because I can pop a string right off the saddle. Better than a broken string but still a hassle in the middle of a song. That said I wouldn't change them out because I want the guitar to stay original.
I'm so far (several centuries along) good with the nylon saddles. No string issues.

As I recall there were indeed two case options, and it was just my luck that the previous owner had picked the cheapest one. Hard to find a case for the 12-string, since the headstock makes the guitar longer...
 

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