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    Another 1959 ES-345 Cherry Red!

    Hi Everyone - I wanted to share a "new" vintage guitar with you all. I believe this is now the 7th cherry-red 1959 ES-345 (feel free to correct if my counting is off). I happened to be in a lucky scenario traveling to NYC for work last week when I connected with the family who owned the guitar. They decided it was the right time to sell the guitar after being under the bed for 40 years since pap's passing. So meet: Lucky. According to the old Gibson logs, it was shipped in October 1959 (though likely constructed earlier since it has a fat neck and the FON is the same rack as the "first 1959 cherry red"....Charlie can chime in here with more info. It has a nice watermelon color that has faded slightly (I tried to capture where the original cherry color was under the guard, pickup rings, bridge and stoptail...really cool to see). Cheers everyone! - Trey











    Last edited by treyrab; 06-21-18 at 04:26 PM.

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Nice score, that is an exceptional guitar!

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    I just love it and congrats and such a treasure and in such great shape .

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Big congrats! I have a 2016 '64 ES345 Reissue, and yours is pretty much what it was aspiring to reissue!

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Wow killer love ES 345's thanks for sharing !
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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    That is quite the time capsule. YOU are the lucky one. WOW!!

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Beautiful guitar! Congratulations!

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Congratulations -- that guitar is in incredibly fine shape! I'll bet it sounds killer, too.

    I think yours is the eighth or maybe ninth red '59 345. Here's the list I have (not including this new one):

    A29937
    A30993
    A31022
    A31038
    A31084? (A factory black refin that may have been originally red)
    A31411
    A31412
    A31413

    Care to share the serial number and FON of yours?

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jake View Post
    Congratulations -- that guitar is in incredibly fine shape! I'll bet it sounds killer, too.

    I think yours is the eighth or maybe ninth red '59 345. Here's the list I have (not including this new one):

    A29937
    A30993
    A31022
    A31038
    A31084? (A factory black refin that may have been originally red)
    A31411
    A31412
    A31413

    Care to share the serial number and FON of yours?

    Cool! I thought, when speaking to Charlie last week, that this was the 7th that he knew of (usually he's on top of these things), but I may have misunderstood him!

    This is A31536. Written in the ledger as "Cherry Red" (I know some aren't designated as that). It has a later SN, but was manufactured earlier as it was in the same rack as A30993 on your list above.

    Do you have any info on A29937? Charlie thought that A30993 was the first 59 345 in this color...
    Last edited by treyrab; 06-21-18 at 04:23 PM.

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    OOh ,

    very nioce

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Quote Originally Posted by treyrab View Post
    Cool! I thought, when speaking to Charlie last week, that this was the 7th that he knew of (usually he's on top of these things), but I may have misunderstood him!

    This is A31536. Written in the ledger as "Cherry Red" (I know some aren't designated as that). It has a later SN, but was manufactured earlier as it was in the same rack as A30993 on your list above.

    Do you have any info on A29937? Charlie thought that A30993 was the first 59 345 in this color...
    Charlie is definitely the expert, and has probably handled most if not all of these red '59 345s at some point. As noted, A31084 is now refinished black and may not belong on the list. I have seen pics of all the others except A29937, which is listed in the Gibson ledger (page 155) as an ES-345T with cherry finish. This may be the one that Charlie's not counting--it apparently hasn't been in recent circulation.

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jake View Post
    Congratulations -- that guitar is in incredibly fine shape! I'll bet it sounds killer, too.

    I think yours is the eighth or maybe ninth red '59 345. Here's the list I have (not including this new one):

    A29937
    A30993
    A31022
    A31038
    A31084? (A factory black refin that may have been originally red)
    A31411
    A31412
    A31413


    Care to share the serial number and FON of yours?
    A31411 was mine for quite awhile...picked it up in Hayward, CA for $400...circa late 70’s...

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Very clean. I'd play that all night long.


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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Great score. One of the nicest I've seen. I've owned two of them A30993 and A31038. A30993 was in about the same condition and is the earliest to surface. I wasn't aware of A29937 and I don't have that ledger page. It's often indicative to see what other guitars are in nearby serial numbers-note that there are three in a row (A31411-13). There are errors in the ledger (and errors on the labels as well) but there is no reason why A29937 wouldn't be a red 345. The 6 (now 7) that I know of doesn't include the refinished one. A30993 is the earliest to surface and is perhaps the best 345 I've ever played. Still stereo, too.

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Great score!!! Welcome to the club...I own A31022.




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    Quote Originally Posted by CDaughtry View Post
    Great score!!! Welcome to the club...I own A31022.
    Gorgeous Charlie! Happy to be in the club. It might be the best ES I own. Right up there with a First Rack 59 and 59 335. This was certainly an amazing time for these ES guitars!

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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Beautiful guitars, Trey and Charlie.
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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    Here's A30993. I've owned it twice and will probably own it again (I keep buying it back).


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    Re: The 7th 1959 ES-345 Cherry

    What a beauty! I would give my left ear lobe for one of those 345s. Congratulations.
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