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

This was the home of OK Guitars in Kent, CT. We are currently closed while we look for a new location. Internet sales will continue as usual.

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 Reverb.com. 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.

I’ve found that the best sounding 335’s seem to be very late 58’s and early 59’s. Thin top, big fat neck and a good neck angle set these apart from all others. PAFs with perfect stickers. I don’t know about you but I’m getting awfully suspicious of the number of PAFs that have lately lost their stickers. Don’t assume that if one pickup has a PAF sticker that the other one with no sticker is a PAF. That’s an old gambit that unscrupulous sellers have been using for years. This late 58 has had its neck refinished and fingerboard replaced.  That’ll save you around $8K. $32,000

**HOLD**This mid 60 still has the desirable 59 features (knobs, tuners) but managed to get the slimmer later 60 neck. It left the factory as a blonde but has been refinished in nitrocellulose lacquer by Ken McKay. All parts are original except the end pin strap button which broke (you can have the broken piece). So, if a clean 60 blonde is $95K and a refinish knocks off 40%, that puts this at $57K but blondes have different rules-even factory blondes (because you can refinish a red or a sunburst as a blonde). I have the ledger page showing this is a factory blonde but I’ll let you have it for $32K. OK?

Very clean collector grade 1960 ES-335 Bigsby.  This one left the factory with pearl dots over the stud bushings but somebody decided to put a CM plate over them. Collector grade 9/10 335. 59 harness with bees. $29000

**SOLD**Collector grade 61. 9/10 condition and all original. Nice vibrant red. $27500

Super clean 61 slab board Strat. Hang tag/instruction manual, original strap and case keys are still there so it must have been well cared for. Great player too. $28000

60 Blonde 335. No issues. Medium slim neck profile-not the 61 “blade” neck. Zebra PAFs (sealed). Great collector grade blonde. These have gotten nearly impossible to find. $95,000

There’s good news and bad news. First, the good news. This 62 slab board Strat might be the cleanest blonde in existence. It is 100% original including the frets and shows no wear of any kind. But turn it over and the bad news hits you like a brick. There’s about 8″ of coil cord rash. Worse, the original owner decided to engrave his name not once but three times-inches apart on the back-once on the trem cover but maybe the thief would just remove that, so how about another time in the neck plate. Oh, wait, he could remove that too. How about we do a third one right into the finish. I’m surprised he didn’t put one on the neck too. But there’s more good news. It’s all on the back. This is still a stunning example of a very rare guitar. Plays great and at least you don’t have to worry about crapping up the back when you take it on a gig. $45,000. Find another.

**HOLD**I think 68 and early 69 gold tops are the best P90 GT’s ever made. That puts me in the minority but I think they are great. They can be really heavy but this one is 8 lbs and change. $14,500

2003 Brazilian board R9 Les Paul. This is a brand new 17 year old guitar. Bought as an investment and never played (OK, I played it for 5 minutes). $15000

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.

90 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.

    Cheers!

  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:

    Hi
    is the 61 es335 player grade still available?
    thanks

  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 okguitars@gmail.com. Trades are welcome if they are vintage.

  20. Jim Bonacum says:

    Hi,
    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.
    Jim

  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.

  22. David Coe says:

    Great website – obviously a labor of love.

    Learn something new about the 335 family every time I visit.

    Keep up the quality work in 2019!

    Many thanks

  23. Michael Womack says:

    I have a Gibson ES-335. The serial number begins with 83. Does that mean that it was manufactured in 1983? Thanks for your help.

  24. okguitars says:

    It does not. Between 1977 and the middle of 2005, the serial is 8 digits following this pattern: YDDDYPPP
    YY is the production year
    DDD is the day of the year
    PPP is the plant designation and/or instrument rank.

    So if it was made during that period and the first digit is 8, look at the 5th digit and that will complete the year.

  25. Gill Barnett says:

    I am one of the fortunate ones who seized the opportunity to purchase a once-in-a-lifetiime guitar from Charlie Gelber, the world’s undisputed and foremost expert on 335 style instruments. Charlie got me a 1961 ES-335 sunburst, with factory matching PAFs, and factory stoptail and bigsby plus a factory “custom made” plaque in the case. Very expensive but has become my pride and joy and Charlie schooled me all the way through the selection process. I could not be happier and look forward to returning to his shop to get my next piece.

  26. I have a ES330TDC with serial number 1096_3 and have not found someone who has seen this type of number. I also have it for sale on Craigslist for $4500. Any idea abut the number and is the price fare?

    Thanks

    Larry A. Pace
    541-443-0991

  27. okguitars says:

    Is there a letter in front of that number? It should be an “S” or an “R”
    Send me a photo and I’ll answer the question (and possibly buy it)
    okguitars@gmail.com

  28. Hi, what do you think about this 345 ’69 ?
    Thank you
    Pino …. from Italy

  29. okguitars says:

    Looks OK in the photos. If you ever want to sell it, be aware that walnut ES guitars aren’t popular (or desirable).
    I would look for a sunburst or red. Also depends on the price which isn’t mentioned.

  30. Many thanks for your quickly response for a 345 on Reverb site …

  31. Pino Bruzzone says:

    i have a 355 td-sv ’68 and a 335 ’73 …and i want a 355 walnut because i’re a fan of B.B.King and he had this guitar

  32. Pino Bruzzone says:

    IHi,
    I have to replace the pickguard from my 355 ’68 …what do you suggest me …
    Thank you very much

  33. Pino Bruzzone says:

    335 Serial number: 729887

    I bought this guitar from Olivia’s vintage guitar and
    he told me year ’73
    but on http://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-gibson_eng.php the year is ’70-’72

    thank you

  34. okguitars says:

    The early 70’s are very difficult to date. They used the same serial numbers over and over again and the feature changes are not so obvious. Also, the guitar dating web sites are all pretty terrible in term of accuracy for the same reason. I can’t tell from the photo which year it is. Olivia’s generally knows their stuff so I would assume they researched it properly.

  35. Pino Bruzzone says:

    many many thanks for your response ….
    pino

  36. Todd L. says:

    I have a question, I recently picked up a 2003 Es-335 dot. I noticed the horns on mine are very flat with only a little carve on them. While others I’ve noticed are very carved. I’m sure it has to do with what year, where it was made, if it’s a specific reissue etc. But is that normal? I’m not talking Midtown flat, but there is not much. Just wondering.

  37. okguitars says:

    I’m a vintage guy. I’m not really qualified to comment on the new ones. They aren’t carved, they are pressed. They had a much more pronounced
    “bulge” on top of the cutaway horns from 58 to 63 but they were getting too many rejects as the wood was pressed to its thinnest in that area.
    The sanding would go through to the second ply and they had to be resprayed to cover or tossed into the reject pile.

  38. okguitars says:

    They aren’t carved at all. They are formed under pressure and should all be pretty close to the same.

  39. For all of you,

    I engaged Charlie with some questions about various 335’s I was considering and I feel compelled to tell you that his thoroughness and responsiveness has been unparalleled. He is engaging, fun and knows this segment of the guitar market like nobody else. He is a treasure to be appreciated.

    You want to talk about Nordstrom customer service as the gold standard, well Charlie is Nordy’s on Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco and Barry Bonds steroids!

    Thanks Charlie,

    Bruce Robinson
    PS I coached McGwire and Canseco so I should know! LOL

  40. okguitars says:

    All baseball nostalgia is appreciated. Happy to help out.

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