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And speaking of Oddball Colors…

How's this for rare? The 1964 Greenburst from Rumble Seat Music's collection. I'm guessing there isn't another like it.

My last post was about the small array of colors that Gibson used to finish ES 335’s 345’s and 355’s and it appears I missed one. There was a discussion on The Les Paul Forum about my newest guitar, “The Mexican” which is very unusual cherryburst 65 stop tail. Unusual, sure, but surely not unique. Let’s see you find another “Greenburst”. This is from the Rumble Seat Music site and is apparently in their permanent collection. I couldn’t tell you if this was done at the Gibson factory but I have a strong suspicion that it was. The guitar in question is a 64 from what I can see and from how Rumble Seat describes it (and they know-they’re a very knowledgeable bunch). My feeling is that the color element is a real Gibson color called Kerry Green. Gibson made a lot more custom color guitars than I mentioned in the previous post but they were mostly Firebirds. It wouldn’t surprise me if ES 335’s existed somewhere in some of these finishes. As I understand it, in the early 60’s, Fender was having some level of success with custom colors-especially on Jazzmasters and Jaguars and Gibson, not to be outdone started doing the same-offering 10 different colors. All were automobile finishes and can actually be seen on many cars from the era. In fact, Kerry Green appeared on the ’61 Buick-not that I remember ever seeing one. You can find some very detailed information here. This particular website might be the basis for most of the vintage guitar knowledge out there. This is perhaps the broadest, most informative vintage guitar site anywhere. I’ve used it as a reference dozens of times and still go there when I’m not sure of something. His information is very accurate and thorough. So, maybe there is a “Heather Mist” 335 out there. Gibson didn’t seem to fare as well as Fender with custom colors since the Firebird didn’t last that long. The custom color FB Reverses command huge premiums these days. The chart below is, by no means every color that Gibson had at its disposal during this period. One need only look at the solid body Epiphone line of the mid 60’s to find an array of others including California Coral, Silver Fox and Red Fox. The “Fox” colors were actually made by filling the mahogany grain with a yellow filler and finishing the guitar in a translucent color. These are not likely to show up on an ES 335 because they aren’t mahogany-well, not usually (see earlier post about one offs).

Gibson's 1963 Color Chart. The chart refers to the available colors for the new Firebird series but I'm sure they would have made you a 335 if you asked nicely. Maybe even "bursted" one for you although I'm not sure how good a "Frost Blue" burst would look.

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