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1959 Gibson ES-345

$40,000
Own a piece of Gibson history. The conventional wisdom says the ES-345 was released to the public in April of 1959. Recently two examples came to light that were shipped in February of 1959. The folks at Gibson helped me to confirm this by getting me a copy of the ledger page that shows four ES-345's shipping on February 11,1959. These were serial number A29131-A29134. The factory order is T7303....
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1959 Gibson ES-335

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Incoming. I keep a list of the twenty best (out of 600) ES semi hollow guitars that I have owned. Out of that twenty 12 are either very late 58's or 59's with a 58 factory order number. I don't know exactly why these are consistently better than average (which is pretty darn good). The thin top is part of it. I'm sure the big neck is a factor. Long magnet PAFs certainly would have something to do...
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1962 Gibson ES-335

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62 is the sleeper year for ES-335's. The dot necks and the 64's get all the glory but a 62 gets you something most 64's don't have. That would be PAFs, of course. Granted an early patent is the same pickup but for the sticker but when it's time to sell, a PAF guitar will move a lot quicker than one with patents. It's worth noting that the sunburst 62 is the rarest sunburst 335 from the 58 to 65...
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1968 Gibson ES-175

$10,500
I love black guitars and if I played archtops, I'd keep this mint 68 ES-175. It is, and has always been black. Black 175's had to be special ordered so they are rare. Black generally doesn't age very well but this one shows no wear, no dings, dents scratches or excuses. The finish has some very light checking but it's essentially the finish sinking into the wood which happens with nitrocellulose...
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1969 Gibson Flying V

$18,000
Mid to late 60's Flying V's are rare and they are expensive. They only made around 175 of them and they don't come up for sale that often. This one has issues but it's an excellent player with some interesting history. It was special ordered in yellow with a black guard (last two photos). Over the years, the headstock was cracked and it was expertly refinished in cherry (by Jam City Guitars). The...
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2011 Gibson Les Paul R9

$5,800
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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2012 Gibson Kossoff Artist Signature Murphy

$17,500
This is the limited edition artist signature version of the Kossoff Les Paul. It is in pretty much the same Murphy aged condition in which it left the factory. COA and other case candy is there and it lives in its original Kossoff signature case. Wonderful player and a very distinctive piece. Just so you know, the "crack" between the tuners on the back of the headstock is fake --they all have it...
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1966 Fender Precision Bass

$14,500
This is a one owner Fender P-Bass from early 66. The one owner (a woman, by the way) played the crap out of it and it shows. The LPB is looking a whole lot like Sherwood Green especially where there is no arm wear but you can see plenty of blue showing its true color. Good news...both original covers are still there. Bad news...the guard is cracked in three places but is holding together. It is...
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1960 Gibson ES-335

$48,500
Great tone, great player. All original except the usual...frets and tuner tips. Never had a Bigsby, never had other tuners, never had any mods or repairs. The only thing that keeps this from being a serious collectors piece is player wear and even that isn't that big a deal. The back of the neck has some finish worn off and there is fine checking throughout the finish. Condition is 8+-maybe 8.5....
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1960 Gibson ES-335TDN

$98,000
This is perhaps the cleanest blonde 335 I've seen in a decade. This beauty was played but somebody loved it and took care of it like it was his child. There is some player wear to the sides of the neck but nowhere else. The finish shines like it just left the factory and shows no checking and no scratches or significant dings. There is some light buckle worming on the back but nothing through the...
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1960 Gibson ES-335

$39,500
1960 Gibson ES-335 $3,500 off
1959 ES-335's get all the glory but lots of folks don't really know the difference between a 59 and a 60. The answer? The biggest difference is the price. Late 59's and early 60's are identical. A mid to late 60 has some changes from the earlier ones... slimmer neck profile, reflector knobs and double ring tuners. A 60 still has long magnet PAFs, no wire bridge and short seam lightweight stop...
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1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6121

$12,000
1956 Gretsch Chet Atkins 6121 31% off
Any Gretsch 6121 is rare. There are a few 57's on the market but I think this is the only "G Brand" 6121 out there. It is transitional in that it has the hump block inlays like a 57 but it has the G Brand like a 56. It is the last of the 6121's with the very cool tooled leather covering the rims. It is all original except for two screws in the tuners. The DeArmond pickups are fat and loud. The...
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1968 Fender Telecaster

$21,000
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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1968 Fender Telecaster

$10,000
1968 Fender Telecaster 13% off
Hard to believe this 68 Bigsby Telecaster was once bright Olympic White. I'm not even sure what to call the current color. Gulden's Spicy Brown? It's a mustardy yellow for sure. You can see the original color under the guard. Think of it as Olympic White with a tan. It's been played a lot. The neck and body wear is considerable but I have to say, it plays just great. This is how I remember...
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1957 Gretsch Duo Jet

$13,000
1957 Gretsch Duo Jet 21% 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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1957 Gretsch 6120

$12,500
1957 Gretsch 6120 17% off
1957 transitional 6120. No more G Brand, no more cactus. This 6120 is either lightly faded Amber Red or really vibrant Gretsch orange. It is near mint with only the lightest worming on the back and very light checking mostly on the back. No wear to the body or neck and very light fret wear. It's about as clean a 6120 as I've seen. Everything works well and the guitar has a big open sound. Pickups...
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1941 Gibson Super 400

$19,500
1941 Gibson Super 400 22% off
In the years preceding the wide use of the electric guitar, the big three guitar makers were competing to see who could make the biggest (and loudest) guitar of all. It isn't the three you think either. It was Gibson, Epiphone and Stromberg. The Super 400 was Gibson's big dog in the fight at 18" across the lower bout. It's a big guitar and it's pretty loud. This one is from 1940 and shows...
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1968 Gibson ES-175

$11,000
I love black guitars and if I played archtops, I'd keep this mint 68 ES-175. It is, and has always been black. Black 175's had to be special ordered so they are rare. Black generally doesn't age very well but this one shows no wear, no dings, dents scratches or excuses. The finish has some very light checking but it's essentially the finish sinking into the wood which happens with nitrocellulose...
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1951 Gibson ES-350

$15,000
Back in the day when customer service meant more than lip service, Gibson would be happy to take back your old guitar and modernize it. Sometimes with not so great results (skinny neck replacements, chrome hardware) and sometimes with spectacular results. The ES-350 back in the P90 days was a wonderful guitar. Big deep body, big fat neck and a couple of P90's that did everything well including...
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1953 Gretsch Duo-Jet

$8,000
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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1969 Fender Stratocaster

$19,500
1969 Fender Stratocaster $1,500 off
Fender was on the verge of discontinuing the Stratocaster after the 1967 and 68 sales numbers went into the toilet. Then some guy named Jimi came along and single handed revitalized the venerable old Strat. Late 60's Strats can be incredible guitars. The slightly hotter gray back pickups make a difference and most of the rest of it is the same as it ever was (except the headstock). By 69 most had...
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1959 Gibson ES-335

$62,500
1959 Gibson ES-335 $2,500 off
In your gut, you really, really want a 59. You know you shouldn't spend that much on a guitar but your gut isn't wrong. A 59 will outperform every other year as an investment. You can take that to the bank. If you buy that presumably more economical 63 and the market tanks, you won't lose so much right? Wrong. In the event of a weakened market, what year do you think will hold up best? Answer:...
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1958 Gibson ES-335

$95,000
1958 Gibson ES-335 $3,000 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

$85,000
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

$120,000
1959 Gibson ES-335 $5,000 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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1964 Fender Stratocaster

$70,000
1964 Fender Stratocaster 29% off
I'm getting a fair bit of push back on this guitar because it's a 64. 63's are wildly popular but 64's are being treated as the "pre-CBS" red headed stepchild. This is due to the big changes (pearl dots, white guard, grey bottom pickups) in late 64. This guitar doesn't have them. Black bottom pickups, green guard, clay dots...all the same as a 63. The transition logo is the only difference so...
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