GIBSON ES-335 ES-345 ES-355

For Sale

This is the home of OK Guitars in Kent, CT. Yes, it's an old train car.

This is the home of OK Guitars in Kent, CT. Yes, it’s an old train car.

All of the guitars in the “For Sale” section are in my possession unless I mention otherwise. They are not all my guitars. Some may be consignments. All of them have been set up by me and played by me to make certain they are everything I say they are. You are entitled to a 48 hour approval period. Buyer pays return shipping and will be charged for the initial shipping if it was free if the guitar is as described. If you just don’t “bond” with it, that’s a legitimate reason to return it but you will be responsible for its safe return to me. It must be shipped back by the same method you received it and must be fully insured.  All parts are photographed before shipping and parts that are missing or changed on a guitar that has been returned will be charged to the buyer. It’s not pretty but it happens. Fortunately, it rarely happens. You can also find me on Gbase and My dealer name is OK Guitars. You can pay using Paypal, credit card, check, cash and bank wire. I will hold any guitar as a courtesy for 24 hours without a deposit. Just call or email me and let me know you’re interested. This isn’t the entire inventory. Check Gbase for more guitars. Amps and parts are on a separate page on this site. Always check Gbase-I usually update that first when I get something new and there are more photos.

Mid 60 ES-335 with the same neck as a late 59. In fact, the pot codes are late 59 and it has bumblebee caps which were mostly gone by 60. The best news? It’s priced like a 60. Some issues: Grovers but no extra holes, later 60’s Gibson stop tail and the guard looks like a very good repro to me. PAFs (sealed). Excellent player. $26500

First 59 blondie I’ve seen in a while. This one takes its rightful place in my top ten and maybe even my top five-I’ll have to play it for a while and see if it qualifies. Thin top, double whites (sealed), good neck angle and very clean with only moderate checking keeping it from near mint status. Expensive. sold

Best deal in the ES universe. A 59 335 is $40K or more but a 59 ES-345 is roughly half that, although lots of folks are testing the top of the market. This is a no issue, no excuses guitar. Converted to mono using the original harness. $21500.

**HOLD**Stunningly clean 1960 blonde. Factory stop tail, double zebra PAFs, no issues, no wear. This guitar has had a pro re-fret. Call or email for price.

**HOLD**There are five known black 59 ES-345’s. Three (at least) are “first rack”. Three are Bigsby, two are stop tails. I’ve owned four of the five (lucky me). This one turned up in Pennsylvania. Call or email. Not cheap.

**HOLD**One of the “unicorns” of the guitar world. You simply never see a stop tail ES-355, let alone a 59 with a big neck profile. There are perhaps 10 stop tail 355’s out there and only 3 or 4 are 59’s. Great watermelon fade, sealed PAFs and nearly all original (bridge is vintage correct no wire from a different 355). It has a repaired “smile” crack at the headstock and some overspray on the neck. That cuts the price in half from sticker shock to simply expensive. Call me or email.

This early (A295xx) 59 is an awesome player. Thin top (like a 58) sealed PAFs, Monster tone and great looks with some light figure and nice color. Other than a SS# etched into the back of the headstock, this is a no issue, collector grade 59 ES-335. $40,000

This is a very early 60-most likely a 59 build but theres no visible factory order number. It is in the high A32xxx range which makes it from the late winter of 60. The neck is the same as a late 59-medium at the first (.825″) and fairly chunky at the 12th (.94″).  You’ll note that the “Custom Made” plate is in the wrong place. Well, not only is it in the wrong place but there are stop tail studs under it so if you want to add a stop tail, it will work fine, it will just look odd (Larry Carlton’s 335 has it in the wrong place too). There is a minor (and very old and stable) crack repair in the headstock. $39,500

1962 ES-345 stop tail (former Bigsby-holes filled). Sealed patent number pickups. Converted to mono with Varitone using original harness. All parts are original or correct. $12750

When did 59’s get so hard to find? This clean mid year has a big neck, PAFs and is all original except for a stunningly good fret job by Norio Imai-The best fret guy in New York. Repro tuners on the guitar but the originals are in the case (need tips). Great player.

I don’t buy a lot of Guilds but this one called out to me. It’s a 60 X-350-I think they called it a Stratford. It’s full hollow and every bit as pretty as anything Gibson made. Those are Franz pickups. $4500

Monster very late 58 (last week of December)with a stunning dark, dark burst. It’s a “2” which means it has some flaw-probably covered by the deeper than usual sunburst. Killer guitar in near mint condition. $38000 SOLD

1961 ES-335 Bigsby/Custom Made. Stop tail bushings are under the plate. I often avoid 61’s due to the very slim neck and the problems some of them have. This super clean Bigsby/Custom Made 335 is a killer player and priced to sell due to a single issue. 61’s sometimes develop a 3″ stress crack down the middle of the neck. Not structural at all. It is from the truss rod being overtightened at some point. It is perfectly repaired and you wouldn’t know it was there if I didn’t disclose it. It will never, ever be a problem unless you over crank the truss rod again(which I know you won’t). $16500

How is it I’ve been selling 335’s for all these years and never had an EB-2? It is, after, a 335 is a bass costume. It’s got that big, bad mud bucker that sounds like no other pickup on earth (or any other planet). This is a 59 and is all original except for three tuner tips. $5500.

I always thought Telecasters were kind of ugly but a bound Tele Custom is actually a pretty nice looking design. And a great player. This had a Bigsby at one time but there are no visible holes in the top (B16). CBS didn’t mess with Teles very much until the 70’s. Lucky for us. $12750

Refinished 1957 Esquire, Big fat v neck and a hot pickup make this a rock and roll (or country) twang machine. Not a relic. You want chips and scrapes? Get out there and play it yourself. There are no shortcuts to mojo. Cheap too. New thermometer case. $9750

52 Telecaster. I’ve had two well known experts look at the finish. One says original, one thinks overspray. I think original but I’ve priced it down close to the refins out there. The neck pickup has been out and back in and the wires extended slightly. Great player. Modern tweed case. $21000

Big neck 65's are still a relative bargain. Pickups could be early patents or later ones. They are not t-tops. This an all original guitar in 8/10 condition. There is one inlay that is slightly damaged (15th fret). Easy fix. Case is later. $8500

Big neck 65’s are still a relative bargain. Pickups could be early patents or later ones. They are not t-tops. This an all original guitar in 8/10 condition. There is one inlay that is missing (15th fret). $8000

This guitar is a cannon. Got a banjo player who steals the show? Not anymore if you owned this 1947 Martin D-18. No cracks ever. Neck reset done 25 years ago. $9500


This is a 67 Martin D-28. You know what the front looks like so here's the main event-Brazilian rosewood. More photos on Gbase if you must see the front. $5000

This is a 67 Martin D-28. You know what the front looks like so here’s the main event-Brazilian rosewood. More photos on Gbase if you must see the front. $5000

1958 J160-E. Like Lennons only older by a few years. All original except for the tuners. Lots of checking and character. Lots of wear but plays and sounds super. $3200

1956 J160-E. Like Lennons only older by a few years. All original except for the tuners. Lots of checking and character. Lots of wear but plays and sounds super. $3200

71 Responses to “For Sale”

  1. Dave says:

    You are a sweetheart for taking the time to respond to my post, especially so thoughtfully. Maybe there is a way for us to do business together. You have some beautiful guitars, and I realize I’d have to spend more, but with you my gut tells me it would be worth the additional investment. Maybe 64 isn’t right after all. Not sure how far Kent is from Wesrchester, NY, which is where I am, but if feasible a visit to your shop or at least a phone call would seem to make a lot of sense. Thank you again for your gracious assistance. – Dave

  2. cgelber says:

    Depending on where you are in Westchester, it’s around an hour drive. I-684 to Rt 22 to Rt 55 to Rt 7.

  3. Hey, I stumbled in your website looking for ES-335 dimensions but I didn’t find what I was looking for.

    On one hand, I have to admit that since this is a free country anyone can do anything they please as long as they are not breaking the law, of course. Still, I can’t help making a comment that asking $22,000 for an electric guitar with wear markings, scratches, possibly some replaced parts and even a part of the pick guard broken (but still in the case, ha-ha) is -basically- what’s fundamentally wrong with how America has changed (nfor the worse) during the past few decades.

    I always thought the vintage market is full of (you know what). It’s mostly hype and very little essence. This site is yet another example positively reinforcing my belief that I am on the right path. I always though Gibson guitars were nicely made but still way overpriced. Now that I saw your prices, well, I had to reconsider.

    Nevertheless, I wish you do well with your business, still I’m glad I’ll never be your customer.


  4. cgelber says:

    Bought a house lately?

  5. David from OZ says:

    Hi Charlie, David from OZ here. Thanks for all your kind help and expertise regarding my new toy which arrived today. It has been a great pleasure to deal with you and I should think we will do so again in the not to distant future. Kind regards, David.

  6. Jerry says:

    Hi Charlie! Thanks for your help with the 64 Cherry 335. Every time I play it I’m blown away by the tone from those patent #s. This guitar has a bit of that “magic”.

    Do the nut widths vary within that year? Mine is 1 5/8″, but I have found it to be comfortable after I play it for a few minutes. I think my muscle memory must be set to 1 11/16″ or so and it is amazing to me that I can even feel that sixteenth.

    Jerry in Florida

  7. doug says:

    Hey Charley,

    Thank you for responding to my query last night regarding the “58” 335 on Reverb. Not one of your listings.

    I feel like a dillweed that I did not see the “reissue” in the description. Then again – I think some sellers attempt to play that down.
    – Doug Clavell, Roseburg, OR

  8. cgelber says:

    Don’t feel bad. I miss stuff like that all the time.

  9. twotonemikeswoyer says:

    You have beautiful 335s. I would love one .I am to poor

  10. cgelber says:

    That’s the reason I have them now that I’m old. I was too poor too buy one in the 60’s. If I could have afforded one back then, I might not have so many now.

  11. Mike says:

    Love that Lentz!

  12. Woody says:

    i would like to get an ES 345 for about 5 k or 6 i play blues guitar and my own fok rock sort of thing im 64 i like used stuff playing 37 years

  13. cgelber says:

    Look for one from 66-68. Anything earlier will be beyond your budget unless it has some issues.

  14. Yotam Okon says:

    is the 61 es335 player grade still available?

  15. cgelber says:

    Yes, I still have it.

  16. bigbang3 says:

    regarding the 61 gretsch, I would have to say the 58 & 59 are the magic years for the 6120, That said, every guitar has to be judged on it’s own merits and it could well be that the 61 shown here is just such a guitar. Some people can’t live without the full thickness body, theres like the thinner style. At any rate I think the one shown is a bargain. As much as I love the ES Series I would argue that the early Filtertrons are some of the finest sounding pickups ever to grace a guitar.

  17. cgelber says:

    I don’t think there are any “magic” years for any guitar. Everybody thinks 59 is the pinnacle for 335’s but I’ve played average 59’s and stunningly good 65’s. I don’t play enough 6120’s to know much but the 61 I had was the best I’ve ever played. Perhaps if I had the opportunity to play more of them, I would agree with you but I can only write what I know.

  18. Aurelien Recco says:

    Hello what is the price for the 335 58 (bending neck ?)
    Are you interrested by a trade ? Thanks

  19. okguitars says:

    Send me an email at Trades are welcome if they are vintage.

  20. Jim Bonacum says:

    I came across your website and I was hoping that you might be willing to offer an opinion as you seem to have a good deal of expertise about ES guitars. I have been thinking about buying one. Actually that isn’t quite true. I want to buy one but I am going to have to convince my wife we can afford it! If I had the money I would obviously want a vintage model but they are way out of my price range. I have been poking around on the internet and I have seen a few that look interesting and affordable. One in particular was made in 2005 while another one was made in 2015. Given all of the troubles Gibson has been having would you recommend avoiding instruments from this era? Or in your opinion are they reasonably good quality? Oh, and unfortunately I live in small town USA and there isn’t a reasonable guitar store within 100 miles so it is kind of hard to shop or get a chance to see a new one. For what it is worth my price range is under $3000 so I don’t have a lot to work with.
    Thanks for any advice you would be kind enough to share.

  21. okguitars says:

    I would recommend either a 2000-2009 Nashville built Historic or a very recent 2014-2018 Memphis built reissue. They can be all over the place so buy something with a return policy.

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