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1965 Gibson ES-335
Early '65: Wide Neck; Factory Bigsby; Sunburst - Sunburst
’65’s are 2x rarer than ’66 and 3x rarer than ’67! How is a ’64 worth $14K, when a ’65 is worth $9K’ Don't confuse this with the mid-1965 model... this has the 1964 neck; w/ OHSC ( I can tell because of the Bigsby indentations); solid VG/VG+ condition; had Schallers replaced (back to correct double-ring Kluson Deluxes), and FACTORY ORIGINAL Bigsby still on guitar! Also original nickel ABR-1 with nylon saddles! Original wiring, patent sticker pickups (more like PAF's , not T-Tops!) and CTS pots (hard to read them, but one shows 13763). Has 4 gold metal-capped knobs; PG looks original, slightly warped and needed part of bracket; guitar is quite clean, some normal finish checking, but no major dings, breaks or wear; it has very good unfaded color, unlike many of the "iced-tea" sunbursts I see from this era; possible it was refretted at some point, but it is one of the ’65’s still with the more desireable 1 & 11/16 width! There is no ’custom made’ plastic on this one, no studs/holes; it had 3-way toggle switch moved at one time (small hole plugged/pro-finished), pickups are correct patent sticker pickups (Phillips heads on back; matched set, wired to pots); covers were off and re-soldered; ’65 still had Brazilian RW fingerboard and the smaller pearl blocks (less than 3/4inch)! Heavier, with the Bigsby, weighing in at 8.5lbs, but great sustain... unlike the crappy trapeze version. Also a great playing neck, due to profile and frets.
Price: $12500 (USD)