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    NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Hi guys,
    I’m super excited to say that my very long hunt for a cherry ’64 ES 335 is over!
    For about a decade this has been my most coveted model of guitar, but I never thought I’d be able to afford one.
    About a year ago it turned out that I might after all, after which the happy hunting began. Last week, I bought this simply stunning example from Nottingham City Guitars, and I couldn’t be happier. It plays, sounds and looks just phenomenal!
    It is all original except for a changed tuner and a period correct but not original Lifton hardcase.
    The neck is to die for, seriously, this has to be the most comfortable shape on any Gibson I have tried yet.
    For the past 10 years, I had a cherry red 1970 ES 335, which I still feel is an exceptional guitar. The two sound quite similar, but the ’64 has this extra bit of clarity and evenness in all positions, plus a lot more dynamic response to the way I play. Also, it just feels and plays a lot better.
    Tomorrow I’ll take it to rehearsals for the first time, pretty sure it will blow me away once more when played over a loud amp in a band context.

    As a side note, I sold 5 very nice guitars to help finance this beauty, and reducing my small collection even further was actually a great experience. I feel way better having a few great guitars that I actually get to play regularly, than hoarding lots of guitars that each only get very little playing time.
    I still own 9 guitars in total, but if I had to, I would be perfectly happy with this 335, my Tele and my 000-18.
    Maybe, hopefully, one day I get to the point where I can reduce my collection even more and be happy with less. Working on it !









    Last edited by fakejake; 01-27-20 at 04:27 PM.

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Congratulations!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Congrats

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Congrats! There's something special about a 64 ES-335. Enjoy!
    Last edited by GuitarMikey; 01-27-20 at 02:06 PM.
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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    I can't see the pics. I love this period too. I've got one changed to stop tail. I had a long guard on it for while but it's back to stock. I have one of the "CUSTOM" TRCs so it's on there now (like Clapton's). Very light guitar. Neck is a little slim as the previous owner planed quite a bit off the fretboard.

    enjoy!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Huge congratulations! ‘64 necks are just perfect!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilko View Post
    I can't see the pics.

    enjoy!
    That's unfortunate, I'm trying to post again using my google account.
    The top one is the '64, below the '70 one. Both really great instruments!





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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Thanks guys! Those 335 necks vary so much it is crazy. I tried a '61 and a '63 recently, both were way too slim for my taste.
    For a short while I also had a '66 335, which had a nice round neck, but otherwise was more than below average, just a bad guitar really.
    When I bought the '64 the seller was super nice and gave me a 7 day return option, which made the whole deal very relaxed as I could try the guitar at home via my amp before settling for it.

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Looks like I messed up inserting the images, here's my 2nd try

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post









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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Awesome! Love the Vibrolux too. I sold mine to Harry Cody!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by Wilko View Post
    Awesome! Love the Vibrolux too. I sold mine to Harry Cody!
    Wow, thats cool! Yes, the Tweed Vibrolux is an amazing amp. I had a 5E3 before, but always had a hard time dialing in my sound. With the Vibrolux it is so much easier. The controls actually make sense!
    It is everything I thought a Tweed Deluxe would be but wasn't

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Looks like I messed up inserting the images, here's my 2nd try
    Wow, with all the talk of the new reissue, nothing beats the OG’s. That is a holy grail guitar, congratulations!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    have the pix disappeared or is it my computer

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Congratulations mate, enjoy your es-335,
    how was the experience with Nottingham guitars, they seems to be really really nice folks

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Hey,
    I think the pics should still be visible, at least I was able to see them on a different computer without being logged into my google account.

    The experience with Nottingham City Guitars was just great, Andy the owner was extremely helpful and upfront with everything about the guitar. It arrived very well packed and in no time. I'd gladly shop there again, in person or online.

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Congrats! However, no pics here either?
    Game on!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by akstrat61 View Post
    Congrats! However, no pics here either?
    Thats too bad, I don't know what I'm doing wrong here. I followed the sticky instructions from the forum. One last try via dropbox:







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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Pics don’t show... boo..

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    I've just started a search for my first ES335, I can't imagine how fullfiling it must be to have found 'the one'. Congratulations!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    I dub thee... "the placeholder"

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    I am happy for you and your invisible guitar

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by TM1 View Post
    Pics don’t show... boo..
    Same here.

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by jb_abides View Post
    I dub thee... "the placeholder"


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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Bummer, I really don't know wat I'm doing wrong.
    Maybe these links work, but embedding apparently didn't both via gmail and dropbox.
    Sorry guys

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7truco5nd3...01601.jpg?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/f5kon2edxh...01604.jpg?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/wqmxp5xcsp...01597.jpg?dl=0

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Bummer, I really don't know wat I'm doing wrong.
    Maybe these links work, but embedding apparently didn't both via gmail and dropbox.
    Sorry guys

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7truco5nd3...01601.jpg?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/f5kon2edxh...01604.jpg?dl=0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/wqmxp5xcsp...01597.jpg?dl=0
    NOW THERE'S A BEAST!


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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Oh yeahhhh !

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    God, that's beautiful!!!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    The bridge saddles are nearly all the way back - does it play in tune?
    Have you re-strung it up with your preferred gauge of strings since receiving it?

    It looks great!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Thanks!
    Yes, the guitar plays perfectly in tune. I could still flip the A and D string saddles if I needed more room for intonation there. The rest is pretty much all the way back, but no intonation issues.
    I've strung it up with DAddario balanced tension 11's like all my electrics, it plays absolutely wonderfully.
    Now that the 2020 '64 reissues are out, I'm really curious to compare it to one of those!
    Cheers

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335








    Looks almost identical to mine...only with more original parts, less wear and no covered up toggle switch holes. Other than that...not bad!
    Last edited by deytookerjaabs; 02-24-20 at 10:19 PM.

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by deytookerjaabs View Post
    Looks almost identical to mine...only with more original parts, less wear and no covered up toggle switch holes. Other than that...not bad!
    Wow, seriously, how did you manage post my pictures?!
    I followed the instructions step by step and tried dirfferent hosts, but nothing worked.

    Also: Now we need pics of yours!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Wow, seriously, how did you manage post my pictures?!
    I followed the instructions step by step and tried dirfferent hosts, but nothing worked.

    Also: Now we need pics of yours!

    Like this:







    The pickups/pots are actually '61/2 pat# PAFs. The ABR is older too (tarnished gold).

    Down the road I might try to get matching/original tuners, stop tail, the right case and either upgrade the toggle switch holes to hot gold rhinestones or have them professionally filled. But, all that would cost as much as a nice new amp, lol, choices!

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by fakejake View Post
    Wow, seriously, how did you manage post my pictures?!
    Where are the ones that he posted for you ? ..I only see blank squares in his post #30

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    Quote Originally Posted by garywright View Post
    Where are the ones that he posted for you ? ..I only see blank squares in his post #30


    They did disappear but they were there before, just changed hosts and edited to bring them back.


    Spooky **** on the LPF lately.

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    Re: NVGD: 1964 ES-335

    they look fine now

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