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Thread: Restoring a 345

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    Restoring a 345

    I have an early 60s ES-345 (sn 24071 - 1961, I believe). It has a lot of non-original parts and a few issues but I would like to do as much for it as I can afford. For starters, I would like to get a case that at least approximates the old Lifton cases. Originals are lotsa dough. Does anyone make vintage-style replacements?

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    Les Paul Forum Member Guitar Whiskey's Avatar
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    Re: Restoring a 345

    Send me an email; I may be able to help.

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    Formerly Lefty Elmo Steve Craw's Avatar
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    Re: Restoring a 345

    I bought an ES-345 last June. It came to me in a Harptone(?) case that fit just fine and is in good shape, but I really wanted a vintage Lifton for it. I found a nice one on Reverb for around $400.00, and no longer need the other case. Send me a message here, and maybe it would be a good case for you.
    Steve

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    Re: Restoring a 345

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc W View Post
    I have an early 60s ES-345 (sn 24071 - 1961, I believe). It has a lot of non-original parts and a few issues but I would like to do as much for it as I can afford. For starters, I would like to get a case that at least approximates the old Lifton cases. Originals are lotsa dough. Does anyone make vintage-style replacements?
    OK, now I feel like a bit of a dope. I just discovered that in 1961 the cases changed from brown to black with yellow lining. So it appears that the case I already have is a match for the guitar I have.

    DOH

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    Re: Restoring a 345

    Would love to see some photos of your guitar
    GuitarMikey

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    Re: Restoring a 345

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarMikey View Post
    Would love to see some photos of your guitar
    I don't seem to be able to post pics but if you are really interested, I can send you a few. It is not for sale, however.

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    Re: Restoring a 345

    Not looking to buy. Just need more photos of old guitars
    GuitarMikey

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