New Vintage Guitar Day! Rare Lefty!!!

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I had wondered if the personalized fingerboard on this guitar was done by Gibson or later, after Jimmy already had the guitar. I think this is all the proof I need to say it was a Gibson-done job. Here's Jimmy's fingerboard:
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... now check out the script on Joanie Marshall's double-neck. The "J" and the "e" are a perfect match!
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Thanks all ! I auditioned the 1962 lefty ES-345 for Alex at Lefty Vntage Guitars when he was interested in buying from Rumblseat Music about ten years ago. I've wanted one for myself ever since. I assumed lefty 345's were rare, but it seems that there are but five (known) examples of left handed pre-1965 ES-345's. Two from 1960 (cherry and sunburst, both stop-tail) One from 1961, (sunburst, stop tail, inlays on the first fret) One from 1962 (sunburst, with Bigsby) and mine from 1964 (cherry with Vibrola) I love the fact that of these known examples, no two are alike.
 

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I found this pic of the band backstage with Jack Bruce. You can see from what they're wearing, it's the same night.
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The last known image of Jimmy Fey playing. He owned several guitars, and this 1967 Tele was a favorite of his. He met Clarence White when they opened for The Byrds, and Jimmy wound up sending the Tele to him for installation of a Parsons-White B Bender. The whereabouts of this guitar are unknown.
 

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Amazing story!

Amazing guitar!

Lefty, your stars were aligned that day bro! :dude:

I love when really cool finds happen to good people!

And the song find and dub over is just too trippy!

BTW, looks like the whole band had a Gibson ES thinline thing going on huh? :applause:
 

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Super cool!!!

I'm not privy to what the 6-setting, birds beak knob does...
 

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Super cool!!!

I'm not privy to what the 6-setting, birds beak knob does...
Thanks! That's a Varitone, a series of filters that alter the sound. Think of the intro to The Beatles "I Feel Fine". I'm not entirely sure if George is using an ES-345 with the Varitone set on position 3, but it sounds like it.
 


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