New Vintage Guitar Day! Rare Lefty!!!

Lefty Elmo

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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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