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    Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Hi Everyone - I wanted to share an awesome story. A few months ago I came across a kind fella with his original 1960 ES-355 TDSV. He bought it new in late 1960 at Shakleton's Music in Louisville, KY for his band, the Redcoats....As you can see from the guitar, it's a very fitting instrument for the band! He had this band from 1957 until they disbanded in 1969. The guitar then went into hibernation in his closet as he didn't play much guitar after that. That is, until now! He was kind enough to pass the torch to me and I couldn't be happier. So meet, the Redcoat: The original, flamey 1960 ES-355 from Kentucky. Cheers!

    Geeky details:
    Neck PAF: 8.2
    Bridge PAF: 8.5
    SN: A33272
    FON: R35XX 9
    Original Stereo, Bigsby
    Transitional neck - Wide and thinner, but still nice and rounded







    Last edited by treyrab; 06-01-18 at 12:55 PM.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow that thing is so clean! Good for you, congratulations.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow, what a piece! Congrats
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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    man that guitar is CLEAN! And what a vibrant cherry!! What a tasteful flame!!
    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Absolutely stunning !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Gorgeous time capsule!!! Congrats, it is so clean it could pass for a new guitar. Just phenomenal....enjoy it!!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    WOW!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats!!!
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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Absolutely fantastic.

    What a guitar.

    The pictures of the owner as a very young, and then slightly older Man, are just superb to see.

    Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Coming with a story and pics is truly priceless.
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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Awesome geeter... enjoy
    Music for me.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    That's the stuff! And such a cool story
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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Beautiful guitar with a great story and awesome pics! Congratulations!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow! That thing looks brand new! Amazing! Congrats!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Well done, that is beautiful. The picture of the Redcoats gives provenance, and really makes for a great story. Love to hear it if you record any clips.

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    Awesome guitar!
    ...And those pics are priceless.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Cool guitar! I don’t seem to come across many people that have these types of Guitars...

    i wonder of the bass player still has that Ric...

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Amazing. Stunning. This is one of the nicest 355's I've ever seen, in terms of that flame and the unreal condition it's in. I thought for sure it had to be a reissue (or that I was having a dream). Did that band play two gigs in 12 years, or what?!? I mean, it's ridiculously clean.

    If you're so inclined, it would be great to see more photos (as many as you'd like to share... like a hundred-ish!) Congratulations, sir.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    That's too much to look at.



    Quite the score.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by JimR56 View Post
    Amazing. Stunning. This is one of the nicest 355's I've ever seen, in terms of that flame and the unreal condition it's in. I thought for sure it had to be a reissue (or that I was having a dream). Did that band play two gigs in 12 years, or what?!? I mean, it's ridiculously clean.

    If you're so inclined, it would be great to see more photos (as many as you'd like to share... like a hundred-ish!) Congratulations, sir.
    Thank you for the kind words, I will gather some more photos! The band wasn't really a "gigging band" - They played mostly in the early 60's and were a swing band.
    Here was their "hit" single - As you can tell - There was just some light picking involved with that kind of music and not much wear on the guitar

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow! That’s just beautiful.

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    So nice
    Top carves are sexy

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. As requested, I had a bit of time to snap some extra photos today. Hope my wife isn't monitoring and seeing the guitar on the kitchen table!













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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    WOW!!!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    WOW!!!
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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow indeed. Congratulations!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    treyrab, thanks for the added photos. Much appreciated. I'm still having a hard time believing my eyes, especially 99% of that gold plating. I mean, look at that Bigsby, and those tuners!!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Absolutely a Stunning example .... HNGD

    Makes me want a Vintage 3X5 even more then I already do ....

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow. That guitar is in such great shape. Eye Candy. Totally blows my mind.


    Did you have to chase the seller on this one or did you show interest and it just happened?

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Quote Originally Posted by Finbar View Post
    Did you have to chase the seller on this one or did you show interest and it just happened?
    Well he was contemplating selling it, but it was his baby having bought it since knew (and he didn't need the money), so he was in no rush to let it go either. I paid more than I should have for it, but that's OK, it's truly a good one and beautiful! Thank you!

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    Wow, congrats on a most beautiful and stunning beauty . What a nice bonus of the song clip from the Redcoat band -which just enhanced the historical aspect of this treasure of a 355 . You are a lucky man to own such a treasure .

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    Re: Meet The New (Vintage) 1960, Flamey ES-355 TDSV: The Redcoat

    I wanna see a close up of those tuners!

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