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1962 Gibson ES-335

I've referred to 1962 PAF ES-335's as the "sleeper" among vintage 335's. The 59's get the glory and the 64's are the easiest to sell thanks to Eric Clapton and that big neck. But, generally, there are no PAFs in a 64 but a 62 often has them. Are PAFs enough? Well, no, there's the neck profile as well. The neck profile from late 60 through 61 is so slim that the necks have a bad tendency to split...
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1964 Gibson ES-335

The two most sought after 335's are the 59 dot neck and the red 64. I know this because I've owned and sold over 600 of them in the last 20 years. I also know that 90-95% of 335's sold (and probably everything else) have an undisclosed issue. It's not that folks are dishonest, they simply don't see enough 335's to know what to look for. Buy this one and you get exactly what you think you're...
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1957 Fender Bandmaster

Narrow panel tweeds have taken off price-wise recently and I'm not surprised. The Deluxe seems to be leading the way but the Deluxe is not, in my opinion, the one to buy if you're actually going to use it. The "middle" tweeds put out around 26 watts and have enough headroom to play clean in small venues. The break up at reasonable volume as well. A Deluxe breaks up very early which is great if...
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1957 Fender Stratocaster

It's 1957 and "That'll Be the Day" is number one on the chart. Every nerdy kid wants to be Buddy Holly. The Stratocaster is the ticket and you get up at 5 AM to deliver papers until you can afford the $274 for the guitar and $224 for the Super Amp. Mom helps out a little from her mad money stash and you pile into the DeSoto station wagon with Mom and your sister and you head to Hermie's Music...
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1961 Epiphone Wilshire

The Gibson USA built Epiphone Wilshire is the only Gibson made P90 equipped solid body guitar made between 1958 and 1968 that had an ABR-1/stoptail configuration. The only other was the Les Paul goldtop from 56 and early 57 and the reissue of that guitar from 68 on. All the others had wrap tails. I am a huge fan of this model-I own four of them and if I never sell any of them, it's ok with me....
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1963 Gibson ES-355

Gibson, back in the day, would make you just about anything you wanted if you were willing to pay up and willing to wait. The top of the thinline series was the ES-355 and it came in any color as long as it was red. Want a sunburst? Gonna cost. I know of perhaps 8. Want a blonde? Gonna have to wait (and pay). I know of just 4 blonde ES-355's built before 1965. This is the only 63 I've ever seen...
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1963 Fender Stratocaster

1963 Fender Stratocaster 17% off
A lot of players feel that the 63 Stratocaster is among the best of the pre CBS years. The neck profile had gotten rather slim in the early 60's but by 63, the profile had gotten back to a medium profile. It's still fairly slim at the first fret (.82") but gets pretty big by the 12th (.96"). And, you sure don't see a lot of seafoam green finished guitars. This 63 is all original except for a...
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1966 Marshall JTM 45

1966 Marshall JTM 45 11% off
Jim Marshall started a revolution with the JTM 45. He was smart to base the circuit design on the venerable tweed Bassman-it is widely considered the pinnacle of tube amps for guitar. But it's not a tweed Bassman. The British components give it a distinctive sound that few can replicate. It's not as gritty and nasty as the later JMP 50-it's more "musical" at lower volumes and only roars when...
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1957 Fender Bassman 5E6

1957 Fender Bassman 5E6 $1,000 off
It's getting a lot harder to find original tweed Bassmans so maybe instead of concentrating on the well regarded 5F6-A's that have gotten kind of pricey if original, you might want to look at the very underrated 5E6. These dual rectifier powerhouses are a bit more gritty than the 5F6-A and will break up at lower volumes. A 5F6-A has better headroom but you have to crank the crap out of it to get...
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1958 Fender Super

1958 Fender Super 23% off
One of my all time favorite amps is the 5F4 narrow panel tweed Super. Allegedly, it was Leo Fender's favorite as well. I currently have four of them in various states of originality and all of them sound great. I had one with a changed power transformer (from a 62 Bassman) and a changed output transformer (stock tweed type) so I decided to use this player grade Super as a guinea pig. I wanted to...
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1955 Fender Deluxe

Museum grade small box 1955 Fender 5E3 Deluxe. Original everything down to the two prong power cord. Serial number is 00040. Original P12R is showing its age around the edges of the cone but still sounds good. Finding any tweed in this condition (with its original handle) is something special. The early tweeds with the "firecracker" caps always sound better than the later ones with the yellow...
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2011 Gibson Les Paul R9

2011 Gibson Les Paul R9 $550 off
This 2011 Les Paul R9 is the gloss finish version and not the VOS (which is a good thing, I think). It is all original and has been played but not much. The guard (included) has never been installed and the finish is in near mint condition on the top and sides with some minor surface scratches on the back near the control plate. No fret wear. Over all, a 9+. Weight is 8.5 lbs. COA and case candy...
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1968 Fender Telecaster

1968 Fender Telecaster 13% off
CBS Fender board room 1968: Young Exec: "Hey, why don't we cover a Telecaster with paisley or flowered wallpaper and sell it to those long hair hippie types? They're the ones who buy electric guitars anyway". Old Exec: "Are you nuts?". Could have happened. Anyway, Fender under stodgy CBS went ahead and bought a load of Borden's Cling Foil Contact Paper and covered a load of Telecasters and Tele...
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1957 Gretsch Duo Jet

1957 Gretsch Duo Jet $1,500 off
Funny how the Les Paul ended up being a $400,000 guitar while the average Duo Jet sells for under $10K. Gretsch designed the Duo Jet in 1953 to compete directly with Gibsons gold top just released in 1952. I have lately been surprised at how good 50's Gretsch's can be. Odd that they fell so far in the 60's. Cadillac Green was an option for the Duo Jet and they didn't make a whole lot of them....
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1953 Gretsch Duo-Jet

1953 Gretsch Duo-Jet 16% off
It's 1953 and Gibson is showing early success with its new Les Paul model and Gretsch needs to play catch up. The first of it's single cut solid (well almost) body guitars is a run of 150 Duo-Jets. This first batch is the only one with the script logo. The design is very Les Paul like (at 1/50th the price today) with it's small single cut body and two single coil pickups. The bodies were weight...
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1958 Gibson ES-335

1958 Gibson ES-335 11% off
Impossibly gorgeous 58 ES-335 blonde. It's an early one, so the neck is unbound and the neck angle is shallow. The original low profile ABR-1 bridge collapsed and disappeared long ago. Gibson replaced them with shaved full height bridges and this has one of those (no wire ABR-1). The top is a stunning piece of birdseye maple. This guitar has been played it's entire life-no case queens here. The...
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1963 Gibson ES-335

1963 Gibson ES-335 11% off
How do you value a guitar that is one of only two of its kind? Blonde 335's were available from 1958 to 1960. After 1960, they could be ordered special which explains why there are so few. I've seen a lot of 335's over the twenty years I've been dealing and specializing in them. I know of only two blonde block neck ES-335's shipped during the "Golden Era" of 1958-1964. This one and a 1964 lefty....
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1959 Gibson ES-335

1959 Gibson ES-335 10% off
Let's say your holy grail guitar is a 59 blonde 335. They only made 77 of them so the chances of finding one are pretty slim but they do come up once in a while. About half of them have the "transitional" slimmer 59 neck which isn't what you want. So, now you're down to maybe 40 guitars. Now, you really care about tone and wouldn't it be great if you could find a big neck early 59 with a thin top...
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1957 Fender Stratocaster

I'm not a Strat guy but I could play this one all day. 57 is THE year for me because of that fabulous V neck. The neck profile actually makes me a better player although I'm not sure how that works. This is a mid year 57 so it doesn't have Bakelite parts. If not for some pick scratches, light checking and a couple of tiny dings, it would look like it just left the factory. Call it 9/10 condition....
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1961 Fender Stratocaster

Clean 1961 slab board Strat in rare blonde finish in 8.5/10 condition. You can see the outline of a couple of stick on initials-no damage just uneven fade to the finish. Ash body, of course. All original except for the following: The bridge cover is a repro. The trem arm is vintage but not original. That's all...everything else is original. Untouched electronics. Original frets are getting low...
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1959 Gibson ES-335

I always have a few ES-335's put aside for regular customers who are looking for one. There is usually a 59 that isn't listed anywhere. I also often keep a red 64 available off market as well. Feel free to call to find out what I'm keeping in the vault.
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