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Midnight Blues

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Just got this yesterday 2019 Antique Faded Red ES-335... It is Flawless... :salude
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She's very pretty ht! Congrats, HNGTD
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and play her in good health!

Lovin' the Marshall too!
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OKGuitar

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Just amazing Charlie. What amazes me more is that you're able to let them go!
Not totally true. The two with the open pickups are my personal players. they aren't going anywhere (not yet, anyway). Both were "projects"-
original finish blondes that had been abused and brought back from the junk heap.
 

gnappi

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New member here, longtime lurker.

I vacillate between playing my Les Pauls, and my ES models. Right now I've been working hard with my ES-3xx's and ES-Les Pauls.

Way back I had a Walnut 335 with a trapeze TP, and some long forgotten life situation forced its sale and a few years ago I bought a black 2000 fairly beat up "road warrior" and it rekindled my affection for them. As usual I go a bit overboard but the method to my buying is that my practice sessions last longer as I tire of one and pick up another.

I think that I'd still like an ES-340 and a pre 1980 355 but for now I can wait, there's lots of practicing to do in that pic :)

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lare65

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-60 ES 335 with -59 transitionell neck and zebra´s. Best guitar I ever played.
Edit: I couldn´t upload an image...You can see it in my avatar though.
 
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stilwel

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I had a red 2007 es-345 that I really liked a lot. I ended up selling it to fund a Luther Dickinson 335 purchase, but that 345 was really cool.

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Trans-Am

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My lowly 2016 Wine Red maple neck ES 335 Studio Demo:dude:

Nice neck shape for a fast slim taper, not too slim nor have the chunky girth. Just right at home with the Classic 57 & 57 Plus pups which is very creamy as opposed to the MHS and BB1&2 offering as of late with the other models in the line up.
No bling with inlays etc. but do have the black binding body/neck which is a cool thing from the rest.:2cool

It was a Demo from Gibson san's pickguard (included but never installed):biggrin:

Anybody have tried or picked out one?


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Cheers!
 

OKGuitar

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They didn't make too many blonde Sheratons before the Epiphone line moved from Kalamazoo to Japan. The shipping totals show only 1 blonde made in 62. Strangely, I currently have two of them, so that calls the accuracy of the shipping totals into question. This isn't a photo of both 62's-this is a 61 and a 62. Can you spot the differences? A Sheraton is pretty much a 355 with mini hum buckers and a Frequensator tailpiece. The Sheraton has cooler inlays. These are wonderful guitars. I like the early Sheratons with New York single coils just as much. Still a relative bargain in the ES market. You can grab a sunburst early 60's Sheraton for half the price of an early block neck 335. The 59's and 60's have a big V profile 5 piece neck. 61 is still pretty chunky and still 5 piece but no v shape. By 62 it is the same as a 335 neck-slim, wide and one piece. .
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Trans-Am

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Wow:3zone:3zone Look's like you have all the shades covered there with your EB:yah
 

Grog

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While not technically "ES's" I do love my EB's.


Fabulous Gibson bass collection! I dabble there myself. I think they are legitimate ES guitars. Gibson marketed an ES Les Paul Bass just a few years ago...… Love the Alpine White Triumph!
 
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Grog

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I thought I had posted these before, but only found one BLURRRRRED photo from the Photobucket days.

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JimR56

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They didn't make too many blonde Sheratons before the Epiphone line moved from Kalamazoo to Japan. The shipping totals show only 1 blonde made in 62. Strangely, I currently have two of them, so that calls the accuracy of the shipping totals into question. This isn't a photo of both 62's-this is a 61 and a 62. Can you spot the differences? A Sheraton is pretty much a 355 with mini hum buckers and a Frequensator tailpiece. The Sheraton has cooler inlays. These are wonderful guitars. I like the early Sheratons with New York single coils just as much. Still a relative bargain in the ES market. You can grab a sunburst early 60's Sheraton for half the price of an early block neck 335. The 59's and 60's have a big V profile 5 piece neck. 61 is still pretty chunky and still 5 piece but no v shape. By 62 it is the same as a 335 neck-slim, wide and one piece. .
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Thanks for the pic, Charlie. Drop dead gorgeous! I have a cherry '62, which I absolutely love.

I guess the differences between this '61 and '62 would be:
Traditional (earlier, NY) style script logo on the '61; streamlined logo on the '62 (I prefer the '62 style)
truss rod screws (one vs two?)
not visible in the photo, but as you mentioned, 5-piece Epi NY inventory neck on the '61; one-piece mahogany on the '62
illustrated pickguards and switch tips appear different, but I'm not sure those represent official differences in specs...? (my '62 guard shows like the '61 here, with tortoise color easy to see)
Anything else?

I would love to see more photos of both (and the other '62, if possible!), particularly to compare the fretboard inlays. The abalone inserts on mine are beautiful in their color variations, but as the years passed, I feel like a lot of the 60's Sheratons had less color in those inserts. I also love the inset binding on Sheraton boards. Adds an extra touch of class.

Although I'm not in the market for another Sheraton myself, I'm curious whether you'll be selling the '62's. Thanks again for the eye candy!

Jim
 

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Not totally true. The two with the open pickups are my personal players. they aren't going anywhere (not yet, anyway). Both were "projects"- original finish blondes that had been abused and brought back from the junk heap.

Same as a couple my ones Charlie. Restored from wrecks. Here are the videos about the restorations....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6HJzKQ_jk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXZY3QvDaJ4


And here's me giving my '65 a work out... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5-WWKP4H-8
 

Trans-Am

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Great takes on soundbites/playing those old vintage ES models guys, very tasty and refreshing.:jim They sure sound aged besides the looks.:3zone:3zone:3zone
 

Trans-Am

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love my lefty ES-345!! Uber-rare lefty from 1964.
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Hey Steve, question please?.....your 345 sound any different from what you thought you'd hear when you got her or it was totally another beast with all the set up and tweaking if there was one ever needed?:hmm

I've heard that some old vintage sounded better as it was with same type of gauge strings and set up untouched and then you get some that tweaks and sets them up to their liking and gauge of strings and all that sounded even way better or maybe the opposite so they try to bring it back to original state. Dunno as i haven't own a vintage piece before , although I almost did and missed out on a mint '61 SG Custom.:dang
 

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They didn't make too many blonde Sheratons before the Epiphone line moved from Kalamazoo to Japan. The shipping totals show only 1 blonde made in 62. Strangely, I currently have two of them, so that calls the accuracy of the shipping totals into question. This isn't a photo of both 62's-this is a 61 and a 62. Can you spot the differences? A Sheraton is pretty much a 355 with mini hum buckers and a Frequensator tailpiece. The Sheraton has cooler inlays. These are wonderful guitars. I like the early Sheratons with New York single coils just as much. Still a relative bargain in the ES market. You can grab a sunburst early 60's Sheraton for half the price of an early block neck 335. The 59's and 60's have a big V profile 5 piece neck. 61 is still pretty chunky and still 5 piece but no v shape. By 62 it is the same as a 335 neck-slim, wide and one piece.

I have noted three distinct variations between your '61 and '62 Sheratons.

1. The "Epiphone" script inlay on the headstocks have a different font.

2. The two examples have different pick guards.

3. They have a different switch tip color.
 

marshall1987

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Also noted another difference between the two Epiphone Sheratons.....

The guitar on the left in your photo has a bridge pickup that is turned around 180 degrees so that the pole pieces are closer to the neck. This may or may not be the original condition of the pickups, but clearly the guitar on the right does not have the bridge pickup rotated 180 degrees.
 

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I thought I had posted these before, but only found one BLURRRRRED photo from the Photobucket days.

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I think THOSE are the drop-dead sexiest beasts alive. I ALWAYS wanted them. I wish they used that body style on some regular pickup versions as well.
 
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