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What Can I Do for You?

I’m wearing a couple of hats here which is a good thing considering how little hair I have left. On the one hand, I’m telling you everything I know about these great guitars. There are plenty of sites to go to for information about Stratocasters and Les Pauls but surprisingly few that offer up much useful information about the ES-335, 345 and 355. Considering how popular they are and how popular they have been throughout their long production run, there is a real dearth of information available.  I would hope that I’ve been responsive to your questions and comments and I hope I’ve helped you to decide which ES model you would like to own. The other hat is my dealer hat. That includes the appraiser hat and the authenticator hat. What I don’t want to be is just another dealer out there like every other dealer who buys low and sells high without too much regard for what they’re selling and for those spending their hard earned money. As a dealer, here’s what I can do for you. I can appraise your guitar from photos, letting you know how much it is worth at retail and how much a dealer might give you for it. If it’s a guitar I might be interested in, I will likely make you an offer for it. If you have a guitar but you don’t know what year it is or even what model it is, I can probably help you solve the mystery.  If you’re in the market for a particular guitar but you can’t locate it, I may be able to help you find one. I don’t charge for any of this. Zero, nada, zilch zip. The only thing you will pay for is if you buy one of the guitars I have for sale either here or in my Gbase store. If it’s a particularly valuable guitar, I’ll deliver it to you in person. I recently flew 2000 miles to “drop off” a guitar in Denver Colorado. If you’re selling a guitar that I might be interested in, I’ll come to you if you’re within driving distance. If you’ve got something of particular interest to me, I’ll get on a plane and fly to wherever you and the guitar happen to reside. Obviously, I won’t get on a plane to Pago Pago without seeing photographs and talking to you on the phone about the guitar first. I might even ask you for a “hostage photo” of the guitar. That’s a photo of the guitar with todays newspaper. Sometimes that’s the only way to prove you have it. While the vast majority of folks I’ve dealt with in my years of collecting have been honest and forthright, there have been one or two who have shown our species at its worst.  If you’re looking for a particular guitar at a particular price, I’ll try to help you find it. There are so many things that can go wrong with a guitar over the course of 50 or more years and I want to make absolutely certain that you get what you think you are getting and, when I’m the buyer, that I get what I’m expecting. That often requires an in hand inspection. Buying a guitar sight unseen is difficult and potentially disastrous. You may think you’re buying an original ’64 but just because the seller says its a 64 (I bought it when I joined the Army or I know I got it for my 12th birthday from my Aunt Gladys) doesn’t mean its a 64. A cleverly photographed modified 66 will look exactly like a 64 to you. It will to me too, except that I’ll know what shot of the guitar to ask for just to make sure. And don’t count on the serial number to keep a seller honest. Most of you know about Gibson serial numbers. I’ve known drug dealers that are more reliable. If you’re interested in one of my guitars you can make an appointment to come to New York and see it and play it. You can buy it and see if you like it and if you don’t, you’ve got 48 hours to return it to me. You will be responsible for only the shipping (both ways). If you have a trade, let me know. The worst I can say is no. I have no brick and mortar store but I have another (unrelated) business in New York City and I have space put aside with an amp where you can try any guitar out that’s in my inventory. All I need is a day or two notice so I can make certain the guitar is in New York. I’m pretty close 48th Street so while you’re here, you can take a walk to what used to be the center of the musical instrument world. It used to be wall to wall music shops but now it’s mostly Sam Ash.

Not all my guitars are Gibsons. I get trades all the time and they are often great fun and always interesting. I don't take in anything I can't have some fun with. I got to be George Harrison for a minute with this one.

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