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  1. #161

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot Easton View Post
    If I were right-handed.........bang, zoom!
    Sorry Elliot- I had a feeling that one would get you.

  2. #162

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Currently up on gbase, a 1969 ES-150D. This is the first one I've ever seen in cherry:




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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Currently up on gbase, a 1969 ES-150D. This is the first one I've ever seen in cherry:

    I wonder if that's my old one?
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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    There was a lefty in Viceroy Brown at Guitar Emporium for literally years, but beyond that I've only seen walnut and blonde. The cherry looks great. Black would be good too.
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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    It's always a bit surprising to see a 60's Gibson in sparkling burgundy that hasn't faded or started to turn that golden color from the metallic content of the paint. I just came across this '68 345 on ebay. Looks like it's barely been touched, let alone played. It's being offered by Olivia's, which means there are a ton of great photos:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/original-196...-/371131538641







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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I like red ...






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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era





    This just turned up on the Gibson forums. The serial number is from 1963, and the label says ES-355. Another mystery guitar, and I love it. I actually fantasized about something like this and did a drawing of something almost exactly like this back in the 1980's. The unfortunate thing here is that the guitar has been modded and a bit abused (head/neck break). Here's the Gibson thread: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/t...ibson-es355td/

    Anybody ever seen anything like this?

  8. #168

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Two red guitars from '60 and '61 tgat came to visit me tonight.





  9. #169

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

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    This just turned up on the Gibson forums. The serial number is from 1963, and the label says ES-355. Another mystery guitar, and I love it. I actually fantasized about something like this and did a drawing of something almost exactly like this back in the 1980's. The unfortunate thing here is that the guitar has been modded and a bit abused (head/neck break). Here's the Gibson thread: http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/t...ibson-es355td/

    Anybody ever seen anything like this?
    The owner is still trying to get the body depth measured. I suspect it's 1 3/4". In addition to the double florentine cutaways, I wonder if anybody has seen a 355 with both inputs on the top, rather than on the rim.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    A couple of red ones, 1964 335, 1962 LP/SG and 1959 355 with her sisters from the same year.






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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    A couple pairs......................




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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by captaincanada View Post
    After seeing J45's pictures of his red hollowbodies in another thread, I was inspired to start a thread on these red beauties. Please add any pictures you may have of factory red Gibsons from the 50s and 60s.

    I'm not really talking about the common examples like cherry SGs and ES-335s, I'm talking about models that don't usually come in red, or custom examples like Sparkling Burgandy, Cardinal Red...

    I'll start with a few:










    This thread has really strayed.

    At least they are all cool guitars.
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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    1961 ES-345 with 1st fret inlay


    (factory tp & studs in the case since the guitar was 1 year old)

  14. #174

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Just came across a clip from this video on a tv ad tonight, so I looked it up on Youtube. The music isn't for me, but you don't see a guitar like this every day (custom Super 400C in sparkling burgundy):


  15. #175

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    The music isn't for me.....
    Besides the cool custom Gibson, the video also contains a pretty bitchin pedal steel solo. It's a good watch even if you aren't a fan of late 60's cosmopolitan "country" music.

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  16. #176

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by WheelchairBandit View Post
    Besides the cool custom Gibson, the video also contains a pretty bitchin pedal steel solo. It's a good watch even if you aren't a fan of late 60's cosmopolitan "country" music.

    Brian.
    Not really a "good watch(/listen)" for me, but to each their own. And note that I didn't say "Guys, make sure you turn the sound off when you watch this one".

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by WheelchairBandit View Post
    Besides the cool custom Gibson, the video also contains a pretty bitchin pedal steel solo. It's a good watch even if you aren't a fan of late 60's cosmopolitan "country" music.

    Brian.
    I had a hard time watching til the steel player's solo. Man he made it look too easy...
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  18. #178

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    '67 ES-125TC in burgundy metallic




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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    That's an awesome fiddle!

    I'm not big on traps and sold a gorgeous Herb Ellis 165 because of the trap but I'd definitely try my best to cope for that one.
    "In Heaven all the interesting people are missing."

  20. #180

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Here's a photo that a friend sent me last July. He took this shot at a show in the Philly area. Anybody know anything about this Switchmaster? Refinned? It's a '58, and that's about all I know. Don't know who was selling it, or the price.


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Here's a photo that a friend sent me last July. He took this shot at a show in the Philly area. Anybody know anything about this Switchmaster? Refinned? It's a '58, and that's about all I know. Don't know who was selling it, or the price.


    Wow.... Pretty cool, I'd guess original custom color finish. Not very easy to refin a stained / sunburst plywood top...unless it was natural which would be as rare.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wittrock View Post
    This thread has really strayed.
    Yep, as I understood it was intended for unusual custom color / special order red guitars, not run of the mill guitars that normally come stock in cherry finishes.

  22. #182

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era



    '59 Gobel @ recent Dallas show (photo by member 4string). I'll never get tired of looking at these...

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    1965 Firebird I


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Nice!
    Woof!!!

  25. #185

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    Isn't it gorgeous? Link

    Quote: "Stupidly RARE 1957 Gibson ES-175D in Original Factory Cherry Red Finish and Early PAF Pickups with No Stickers. Condition is VG with Play wear and possible replaced pickguard but you probably won't find another Cherry Finish 175D from 1957!! I've seen one from 1959 and a few in the early 60's but thats it! This could be the earliest 50's Cherry Red Gibson Electric!!"

    Now that's something I wouldn't mind hanging on my wall.

  26. #186

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

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    Isn't it gorgeous? Link

    Quote: "Stupidly RARE 1957 Gibson ES-175D in Original Factory Cherry Red Finish and Early PAF Pickups with No Stickers. Condition is VG with Play wear and possible replaced pickguard but you probably won't find another Cherry Finish 175D from 1957!! I've seen one from 1959 and a few in the early 60's but thats it! This could be the earliest 50's Cherry Red Gibson Electric!!"

    Now that's something I wouldn't mind hanging on my wall.
    Ooooh! Yes, gorgeous. Also, perhaps historic if in fact that finish is original. This isn't the first time we've seen somebody offer a pre-'58 Gibson in cherry, in fact I think it was Craig Brody (Guitar Broker, Fla) most recently, who had a '53 or '54 (ES-295?) that he listed as original cherry. Kind of hard to believe that one, imho. I also saw a photo of a '55 295 in cherry that was claimed to be original several years ago. Duchossoir's book only mentions a '59 among 50's custom cherry 175's. At any rate, I'd love to know if in fact this thing is the first cherry Gibson. Anyway, this one may deserve its own thread.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    That factory red '59 175 is mine. As for as I know, it's the only one. I'd love to have that '57 to make it a pair.

    Mine isn't quite as cherry, more of that typical blood orange red you seem to only see in '59. Here it is next to a 345 from the same year.



  28. #188

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I remember Guitar Broker's 1953 "special order" cherry ES-295. It's no longer up on his site, but I found a picture on Pinterest:



    Love the colour on your ES 175, Barbarossa!

  29. #189

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by barbarossa View Post
    That factory red '59 175 is mine. As for as I know, it's the only one. I'd love to have that '57 to make it a pair.

    Mine isn't quite as cherry, more of that typical blood orange red you seem to only see in '59. Here it is next to a 345 from the same year.



  30. #190

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Here's a Byrdland picture I found on the web! Whoa!
    1960, red, Varitone and Bigsby! What more could you need?


  31. #191

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by brandtkronholm View Post
    Here's a Byrdland picture I found on the web! Whoa!
    1960, red, Varitone and Bigsby! What more could you need?

    Love it. That's the same one I posted earlier in the thread (two and a half years ago, post #107).

  32. #192

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Love it. That's the same one I posted earlier in the thread (two and a half years ago, post #107).

    D'oh!

    - It's just so cool that it's worth another look!

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    It's just so cool that it's worth another look!
    Absolutely!

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Just came across a clip from this video on a tv ad tonight, so I looked it up on Youtube. The music isn't for me, but you don't see a guitar like this every day (custom Super 400C in sparkling burgundy):

    my compliments , this is the best music i have heard today !

  35. #195

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    That S400 headstock is YUGE !!


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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era





    1962 ES-335.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    ^^^^^

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    No offense, but I think we're getting a little off-track here. Love the 330, but cherry was a standard finish on those. If you look at the OP, this topic was originally intended for custom/unusual/rare examples of red finishes on Gibsons. I honestly love looking at things like that 330 too, but this thread could get pretty diluted if all red Gibsons were included.
    Nice 335, though.

  38. #198

    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Although cherry was the standard color for the 355, this one is strange enough that I thought it should be in this thread too:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/original-196...3D152321971120

    I also posted it the double pickguard thread.

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    I know this thread is for " golden era " instruments.

    But, this was just too cool not to share.

    Saw it at Rumbleseat, lookin at a burst

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    Re: The Red Thread: Factory Red Gibsons from the Golden Era

    Some 1959 redness...with that cool fade builders are trying to replicate:



    This back shot has me drooling and I own the instrument:




    Kinda sad to say she hasn't been played lately, very strong double whites...sign of too many guitars and not enough time to play'em.

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