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    Formerly Lefty Elmo Steve Craw's Avatar
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    The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    When I first joined this Forum in 2004, I ran a series I called "The Lefty Archives". It was my collection of photos of 1952-1960 left handed Les Pauls. I thought I would revive the idea, but this time pics of the five (known) examples of left handed pre-1965 ES-345's.
    1960 cherry:


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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    1960 sunburst:

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    1961 sunburst, with inlays at first fret:

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    1962 sunburst with Bigsby: This is the guitar that made me want an ES345. I played it and named it "Voice of God", because that's what it sounded like.

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    1964 cherry with Vibrola;

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    I love the fact that all five of these are different from each other. They are truly each one-of-a-kind.

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    Awesome, thanks Steve! The 61 is new to these eyes...

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    Old 345s are mystical guitars, even the lefties!

    Those sunbursts, especially that 1962, look perfect. They have just the right amount of bling without being over the top. The reflector knobs and bigsby are a perfect match.

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    Quote Originally Posted by brandtkronholm View Post
    Old 345s are mystical guitars, especially the lefties!
    Fixed!

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    Well played!


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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    Another thread where some of my pics have vanished. Why is this happening? Is it because I use Facebook to host images, now that Photobucket isn't user-friendly anymore?
    Last edited by Steve Craw; 05-17-20 at 08:25 AM.

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    Re: The Lefty Archives: The Five Lefty ES-345's

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Craw View Post
    Another thread where some of my pics have vanished. Why is this happening? Is it because I use Facebook to host images, now that Photobucket isn't user-friendly anymore?
    Steve -

    I believe so. I keep images active in some tabs, and for Facebook and Instagram, images crap-out after time. I haven't looked into it, but I suspect they tokenize and recycle URLs over time.

    Hope you are doing well....

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