For Sale

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 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.

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. $105,000

This 1960 Les Paul has been refinished at least twice. Historic Makeovers did the most recent one and did a very nice job. All correct parts. Nice transitional neck and PAFs. I am seriously considering dropping a pair of double whites. That would be pretty cool. $140K. I will install a set of 59/60 double whites if desired for an additional $5K (I keep the black PAFs)

So, you spent $250K on your no issue burst and now you’re afraid to take it out of the house. I got yer solution right here. Stunning early 1960 burst. Refinished and re-necked by Jim Weyandt (Jam City) who has spent years doing conversions and knows his stuff. Big fat 59 neck profile. A double white and a super rare reverse zebra PAF. 5 latch Gibson badged case, all original or correct parts. 8 lbs 15 ounces. $85,000

Killer Birdseye unbound 58 ES-335. The finish has been mostly removed from the back of the neck (Fender guys do this for some reason) and it once had Grovers but correct Klusons are back on. $88,000.

**SOLD**59  ES-335  with a beautiful figured top. Sealed PAFs measure  8.56K  and 8.4K.  Shows  some  moderate player wear.  $31,000

Very nice clean 1964 ES-345. Factory Bigsby with stop tail bushings under the plate. This 345 is still stereo with its Varitone intact. Pickups look to have been opened but show no sign of rewind or repair. Original case in good shape with one busted latch. $13500

57 Dark back Les Paul. This guitar has Bigsby holes in the top and at the butt end. Great player. All original. $38K

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

60 slab board Esquire.  All original except that it may have had other tuners at some point-originals are back on. There is a single extra hole under each tuner but no footprint or reaming of the shaft holes. $18000

Stunningly clean late 1956 Fender Stratocaster. Late 56 means it has the desirable V neck. Still has the bakelite plastic parts and has the newly introduced alder body. Condition is 9++. $39,000

This is a very, very early 1958 ES-335. factory stop tail with an added Bigsby. All early 58 features: big fat neck, no neck binding, pointy-ish ears, thin top and, of course, PAFs.  $25000

1960 blonde 345. These never seem to come up for sale because there aren’t very many of them. They only made 32 in 1959 and just 18 in 1960. Don’t snooze-I don’t see more than one every two or three years. All original, although one tuner is changed and the original needs a tip and is in the case. There is some light damage to the finish under the bass side tuners. $55,000

One of the rarest and most desirable Fender custom colors is this one. It’s called Sonic Blue and was a 50’s Cadillac color. Looks pretty good on a Strat too. This is an all original 64 (spaghetti logo). It is not inexpensive. I’d buy this one if I could afford it. Beautiful guitar and a great player. $79000

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. Original tuners re-tipped. Great player. $38000

Clean 1964 ES-335. It’s got the neck profile that everybody wants. Early patent number pickups. Never had a Bigsby. The harness has been replaced with a new Creamtone harness with vintage bumblebee caps. Everything else is original. $19000

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.

52 Telecaster. Refinished a long time ago. The neck pickup is a Lindy Fralin. The original is in the case. Great player. Modern tweed case. $18500

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

77 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.

  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?


    Larry A. Pace

  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)

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