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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 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.

*HOLD**Stunning near mint early 58 with unbound neck. One of the best I’ve had. A monster of a guitar that all original and ready to rock. $44000

There are lots of iterations of the 59 dot neck. Big neck, transition necks, black PAFs, white PAFs, thin tops and on and on. For me, the best combination is a thin top (58 FON), double whites (OK this one has one double white and a super rare reverse zebra) and a big fat neck. Condition is around 8.5/10 and its a great player. You can pay a lot more for a 59 but this one is better and better priced. $39000

You don’t see a lot of 62 dot necks. That’s the year they switched to blocks but they made dots for a month or two before they made the change. This is only the second one I’ve ever had. PAFs and some minor issues. $18500

Later 58 with the bound neck. All 58 features-huge neck (.94" at the first fret), sealed PAFs, thin top. Killer player. Low profile ABR-1 in the case (partially collapsed like most of them), now has a no wire vintage correct ABR-1 ground down to accommodate shallow neck angle. Has some cracking around the jack that has been stabilized. This is very common in 58's. $34000

Later 58 with the bound neck. All 58 features-huge neck (.94″ at the first fret), sealed PAFs, thin top. Killer player. Low profile ABR-1 in the case (partially collapsed like most of them), now has a no wire vintage correct ABR-1 ground down to accommodate shallow neck angle. Has some cracking around the jack that has been stabilized. This is very common in 58’s. $34000

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.

Late 59 ES-335 with the medium chunky neck not the baseball bat. All original parts. The front of the headstock was refinished by the previous owner-strictly cosmetic, no repairs. If he'd known it would knock a few thousand off the value, maybe he wouldn't have done it. But you get to save a few grand and get a great guitar. $36000

Late 59 ES-335 with the medium chunky neck not the baseball bat. All original parts. The front of the headstock was refinished by the previous owner-strictly cosmetic, no repairs. If he’d known it would knock a few thousand off the value, maybe he wouldn’t have done it. But you get to save a few grand and get a great guitar. $35000

Early unbound 58 ES-335. Big fat neck, shallow neck angle, shaved bridge, thin top. These are great guitars and there aren't that many of them. Call me or email.

Early unbound 58 ES-335. Big fat neck, shallow neck angle, shaved bridge, thin top. These are great guitars and there aren’t that many of them. Original low profile bridge is broken as most of them are and is in the case. Reproduction shaved ABR-1 is on it now. $34000

 

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

**HOLD**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. Real clean 54 tweed case.

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 damaged (15th fret). Easy fix. Case is later.
$8000

The very earliest 65's still had stop tails. The Cherry sunburst finish started in 65, so how many cherry burst stoptails can there be? I had one the ("The Mexican") and I know of a third that was in Germany. All three were within 15 serial numbers. Big 64 size neck and all nickel parts. Had been Grovered now has correct vintage Klusons. Bigsby was added and removed. $12500

The very earliest 65’s still had stop tails. The Cherry sunburst finish started in 65, so how many cherry burst stoptails can there be? I had one (“The Mexican”) and I know of a third that was in Germany. All three were within 15 serial numbers. Big 64 size neck and all nickel parts. Had been Grovered now has correct vintage Klusons. Bigsby was added and removed. $11500

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted one of these. Not that I really wanted to be a bass player but these looked so cool, I couldn't help but want one. Kind of the best of Strat design combined with the best of the Jazzmaster and Jaguar. And a vibrato on a bass? How cool (dumb) is that? Anyway, it plays great and being that its just a guitar at an octave lower, I don't get lost while playing it. Mostly original-only Grovers have been added which is probably a big improvement . There are two little holes in the guard from an added finger rest which I'll include. Case is new and made for this bass. $6800.

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted one of these. Not that I really wanted to be a bass player but these looked so cool, I couldn’t help but want one. Kind of the best of Strat design combined with the best of the Jazzmaster and Jaguar. And a vibrato on a bass? How cool (dumb) is that? Anyway, it plays great and being that its just a guitar at an octave lower, I don’t get lost while playing it. Missing the bridge cover. Nice vibrant sunburst in excellent condition-call it 9/10 minus. Mostly original-only Grovers have been added which is probably a big improvement . There are two little holes in the guard from an added finger rest which I’ll include. Case is new and made for this bass. $6800.

My favorite Fender guitar is the Esquire Custom. My favorite guitar color is black. That pretty much says what I need to say. Except that its a very professional refinish. Other than that, it’s original and so terribly cool. Call. I’ll need to be talked out of keeping this one.

 

Super clean 64 Firebird V. All original, no issues. 9+ condition. Has some minor coil cord rash on the back. $14000

Super clean 64 Firebird V. All original, no issues. 9+ condition. Has some minor coil cord rash on the back. $14000

They only made around 175 reverse Firebird VII's and a lot of them have repaired headstocks. This one doesn't. 100% original down to the "fretless wonder" frets. It could use a fret job but I don't want to be the one to decide what frets to put on it. The case isn't original to this guitar but its correct. $19000

They only made around 175 reverse Firebird VII’s and a lot of them have repaired headstocks. This one doesn’t. 100% original down to the “fretless wonder” frets. It could use a fret job but I don’t want to be the one to decide what frets to put on it. The case isn’t original to this guitar but its correct. $19000

One owner and very close to mint 64 Bigsby?Custom made ES-335. No issues. No excuses, no wear, no scrapes, scratches or dings. Some light checking keeps it near mint rather than mint. Cleanest 64 I've ever had. $16000

One owner and very close to mint 64 Bigsby/Custom made ES-335. No issues. No excuses, no wear, no scrapes, scratches or dings. Some light checking keeps it near mint rather than mint. Cleanest 64 I’ve ever had. $16500

You won't find a cleaner blonde 335 unless you buy a reissue. This a real deal '60 that's all original and near mint. Not cheap.

You won’t find a cleaner blonde 335 unless you buy a reissue or you have a time machine,  This a real deal ’60 that’s all original and near mint. Not cheap.

 

70's Explorers have taken off price wise. It wasn't long ago you could get an early reissue for $2500. Not any more. This is an early 77 (76 pot codes, 77 serial). It has been re-fretted but is otherwise original. $4500

**HOLD**70’s Explorers have taken off price wise. It wasn’t long ago you could get an early reissue for $2500. Not any more. This is an early 77 LE  (76 pot codes, 77 serial). It has been re-fretted but is otherwise original. $4500

This 69 Precision Bass has the biggest neck I've ever run across on a bass. I simply don't have big enough hands to play it. If you have gorilla hands, this is your bass. $4500

This 69 Precision Bass has the biggest neck I’ve ever run across on a bass. I simply don’t have big enough hands to play it. If you have gorilla hands, this is your bass. $4500

 

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

This 61 is a cannon. No cracks, no repairs, no issue all original J50. $4000

This 61 is a cannon. No cracks, no repairs, no issue all original J50. $4000

67 Responses to “For Sale”

  1. Andreja says:

    Keep the excellent work man…it makes me very happy to see people who have the same interest as me.
    Looking and reading your blog is a true pleasure.
    Guitars and more guitars, tone, amps and pick ups…
    Look like you have some very nice guitars for sale.
    Mayabe some will end up in my place in Europe.
    Best regards,
    Andreja

  2. cgelber says:

    I sent you an email. I’ll have more photos for you tomorrow.

  3. leo (middle) says:

    hi, this is a cool one. i used to have a 345 like this. how much os it? thanks.

  4. leo (middle) says:

    do over do over…read is…not os. thanks

  5. OK Guitars says:

    I figured that out. o is right next to i on the keyboard. I’ll send you an email with details.

  6. bigsunburstgibson says:

    Love the site and the insights and the detail!

    A quick question. When you determine the age of a 335 do you refer to the manufacture serial number or the sale serial number? I have been looking at an 335 with an “S” manufacture number that makes it a 59 and a sales label that makes it an early 60. Your thoughts would be much appreciated!

  7. OK Guitars says:

    It really doesn’t make much difference. The FON will, in some cases, be more accurate in terms of when the guitar was actually built while the serial number will better reflect when it was finished and shipped. But I would call it whatever the serial number states and note any features that would distinguish it from the typical 1960. If it has the big 59 neck or single ring tuners (most 60’s had double ring), you might call it a 1960 “with 59 features”.
    A 60 with a big 59 neck would probably be slightly more desirable and easy to sell than a 60 with a thinner neck. Most everything else was pretty much the same between 59 and 60.

  8. Pablo says:

    Wow….thats one gorgeous guitar. Enjoy it Charlie!

  9. OK Guitars says:

    I got buyers lining up around the block. I just got it. Pleeease let me play it for awhile.

  10. Patrick says:

    Dear Sir
    Serial number A33108 this is from a Gibson es 345 stereo in I think argentine grey can you please confirm this from the serial number??
    If so how mauch is it worth approx it’s 8 out 10
    Sent from my iPad
    Kind regards Patrick

  11. OK Guitars says:

    Hi Patrick
    I don’t have that page of the Gibson logbook but I have one that starts at A33117 which is an Argentine Grey ES-345. A33108 would be March 22, 1960.
    The retail value would probably be $11,500 for a stop tail and $8500 for a Bigsby (with studs). That also assumes it’s mostly or completely original. I’m selling one for $9800 but the condition is 9.0+. It does have a changed harness and bridge.

  12. Richard says:

    PLEASE HELP
    i have 355 BLACK and I want to know the date ;
    serial number B15350 ORANGE LABEL. all original what is it worth now?

    Thank you,

    Richard

  13. OK Guitars says:

    If the label starts with B it isn’t vintage. It’s a modern 355 Historic. B designates 345 or 355. The second digit is supposed to be the year so it must be 1995 or 2005. I’m not even sure they were making Historic 355s in 1995. The first digit is supposed to be the year that is being replicated-for example a Historic 63 would be A3xxxx. A reissue 59 would be A9xxxx. The fact that yours starts with 1 seems odd since there would be no compelling reason to reissue a 61 ES 355 but with Gibson, you never know. You can call Gibson customer service and they’ll tell you exactly what you have. There were no vintage 355s that started with any letter other than “A”.

  14. Harry says:

    The second digit is the model, the third digit is the year and last 3 are the run number. If it is a Historic ES-355, the serial number should start with B9 followed by the year and three digit run number. The number is probably B95350 and not B15350. The ES-345s Historics would start with B5 followed by the year and three digit run number.

  15. OK Guitars says:

    That’s kind of what I said except I don’t consider B to be a digit. So, if B isn’t a digit, the first digit is the year being replicated and the second digit is the year. the last 3, we agree are the run number.

  16. Harry Akaki says:

    We do agree mostly. More important is that all Historic ES-355 serial numbers only start with B9xxxx. The only other serial numbers starting with a B would be B5xxxx which would be an ES-345. There are no other valid numbers with a Historic ES model that begin with B.

  17. Paul A'Barge says:

    A ’63 ES-335 with PAFs? Really?

  18. OK Guitars says:

    Yep. Not that unusual. One PAF is ore common but I’ve seen more than a few. the nice thing about early 335s is that its so freakin’ hard to pull the harness (out through the f-hole is the only way) that people didn’t mess with pickups nearly as often as they did with SGs and LPs.

  19. Alan says:

    I thought you wrote in your blog that some early ( 61/64 ) 335s have a cut out in the centre block for easy assembly/removal of the harness.
    Many thanks for a great Website.
    Cheers Alan

  20. OK Guitars says:

    It’s really kind of random. I had a 61 with the cutout but a 65 without it. Typically, you’ll see the cutout more frequently starting in late 63, although well over half of the 64s I’ve had (at least 20 of them) have had the solid center block.

  21. andre says:

    hi charlie, how much the 175? regards

  22. OK Guitars says:

    email sent

  23. Matt J says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Not to sound too terribly naive, but, you have mentioned and I have seen (as With Clapton’s 64 335) pages of the shipping logs. Is there a book or other accumulated source of these pages? I have a 64 335 and would really like to see the date produced and where it was originally shipped. (my guitar is a sunburst stop tail and the 197th after Clapton’s – s/m 67670)

    I thoroughly enjoy reading each installment of this blog and have learned an incredible amount about these guitars and the Golden Era from your work.

    Thank you!!!!

    Best Regards,
    Matt

  24. OK Guitars says:

    There are a number of pages out there on the internet and in some of the books that have been written about Gibsons but really not much. Gibson could probably make a pile of money publishing the logs but they haven’t as yet. Too bad.
    I’ve owned 2 64’s that were very close-one 23 numbers away-shipped the same day as ECs (may 20th) and another about 150 away.

  25. jeff says:

    Hi – I’m looking for a great playing/sounding 59 or thereabouts 335 or 345, player’s grade, for around $10,000. Do you have anything killer? Thanks – Jeff

  26. OK Guitars says:

    email sent.

  27. jeff says:

    I am looking to buy a nice vintage 335 or 345. Have $10,000 plus a Murophy Aged (heavily aged) Custom Shop Historic 57 Reissue LP (killer) worth about $5,500, a new Bonamassa 335 (I paid $3,000, worth at least $2,500) and a 1980 Yamaha SA2000 (335 style) (worth about $1,000, plus a 1972 Reissue 54 LP Custom (with repaired neck crack (worth $1,800). Do you have anything I might be interested in for any or all of the above — Thanks, Jeff

  28. OK Guitars says:

    I don’t generally deal in newer stuff and generally not in LPs (although I had a real nice 68 recently). I have lots of vintage 335s and 345s most of the time. Check the For Sale page on this site. I would probably take the Bonamassa in trade.

  29. Alain says:

    hy
    got an es 335 cherry 68
    but it is so unnatural thin (from the side )
    do you know ,were there (inferior models )coming out
    got another 335 with (normal thickness ) wich looks a lot better

    there is a 10721- stamped inside the opposite of the orange sticker f hole
    (wich is missing on the 68 )
    do you might know ??

    tcheers
    alain

  30. OK Guitars says:

    Send me a photo at okguitars@gmail.com. It could be a fake. A number of them came out of the far East with GI’s in Viet Nam during that era.

  31. Rob Heinink says:

    Hi, I am curious as to why Gibson left so much space between the bridge pickup and the pickguard cavity.
    Thanks, Rob

  32. MG says:

    how much for the black es-335 with binding and Bigsby?

  33. cgelber says:

    It’s a consignment, so it’s priced by the seller at $20,000

  34. MisterCmore says:

    So wish I would have seen this yesterday or at least did a little more research on these guitars, My good friend came across what i believe was a 66 ES 335 with the sunburst look to it, the man we sold it to said “It was made in the 70’s so its not worth as much”, funny thing is that the reason I thought it was a 66 was because that’s what it said when I searched the serial numbers that were found on the back of the head. Needless to say, wether a 66 or not with the original hard case sold to the cheapskate at the pawnshop for 500 dollars, he was gonna take 3 for it but I stood up for him. As soon as we were about to leave the man immediately said he would give us 5 for it, little did I know we were getting ripped off to the max, I’d like to go back and punch that guy
    In the face lol.

  35. Michael says:

    Hi,
    Great, fantastic website, 345’s, the best guitars. Would you have any idea where I could get a set of original pickups with covers for my 66 345.
    Thanks,
    Michael

  36. cgelber says:

    66 should have pre T-tops-one white lead, one black lead wire and orange windings. They come up on Ebay frequently. A 66 would not have t-tops. In fact, I’ve never had a 66 with t-tops. Conventional wisdom seems to think t-tops started in 65. They didn’t.

  37. Dave Perryman says:

    Love the site and looking at all the guitars, getting serious GAS ( Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) at the moment, but cant afford these prices… so will have to go a get a new/old one! Although this is probably the wrong place to ask this question… out of the Historic re-issues etc out there which would you buy if you had a gun to your head?

    RICH ROBINSON 1963 ES 335 CHERRY ( Yes I like the Bigsby on it)
    Warren Haynes 1961 ES-335 Limited Edition ( Seems like a good choice as its a limited Edition)
    Gibson Dot 1959 Reissue ES-335 ( looks like a good choice if you want a 59 Neck ) not sure I do?

    So are the Re-issues any good in comparison to the real thing?
    Your thoughts would be appreciated 🙂
    Your thoughts

  38. cgelber says:

    I’d buy the Rusty Anderson and then the Warren Haynes. I haven’t played the Robinson. Reissues are generally pretty good guitars-especially the most recent ones. Slowly, Gibson is getting the memo about quality and consistency. They still have a lot of stuff wrong if you’re a purist but the tone and playability are the main things and they are getting them better and better. Most guitars seem to improve with age so don’t expect a brand new guitar to sound just like an old one.

  39. I have a 1981 Blonde 335. Love it! Serial is 83021014 or Oct 29, 1981 Production Number 14 so it’s Kalamazoo. Amazing guitar in every way. Super resonant, balanced, full, responsive…. Shocked. I’m 45 and have played dozens of 335’s from some serious collections in Nashville as well as Gruhn’s there and Jimmy Brown’s Guitar Emporium (before it was sold and reformatted) in Louisville.

    I was just looking online and saw some comments on how relatively few of these might have been made in Kalamazoo. One serial I found indicated someone else’s blonde was made Sept 11 with a production number of 009! Am I reading this right? Did Kalamazoo Gibson only make about 5 of these in the month and a half between Sept 11 and Oct 29 of 1981? Maybe it’s worth a blog?

  40. cgelber says:

    There a quite a lot of Kalamazoo 335’s from the 80’s. The production number is not a linear count.

  41. I know the Kalamazoo numbers go to 500. I’m more curious about the gap in production time and how many were actually made that first year, 1981? I’ve not seen any production numbers over 050 for 1981. I also think mine could be the birch top and wonder if that was only in the early run.

  42. Bob Marsh says:

    Hi Charlie: I have a REAL player 1962 wideboard solid block 335 I need to move. It’s had a headstock repair and many other changes like they cut a control panel in the back, great idea but not smart for resale, they refinished it and pulled the pickups and put seth lovers in it prior to me getting it, it was converted to a stop tail. I paid 4500 for it…too much maybe but need to move it out if you any buyers that want a REAL player

    Orig case lol

    Thanks,
    Bob Marsh

  43. cgelber says:

    The one mod that drives me up the wall is cutting an access panel in the back. I don’t know why it bugs me so much-maybe because I pulled dozens of 335 harnesses and wouldn’t dream of cutting a hole in the back to make it easier. I think $4500 would be high for that guitar. Between a refinish, headstock break and cutout (and changed electronics) there isn’t much value left. I guess the value depends on the quality of the refinish and the headstock repair.

  44. John Scheefers says:

    I am the original owner of a 1966 ES-335, cherry. Everything is original, including case, except the tuners were switched out years ago. Played thousands of venues and traveled thousands of miles. This is a player’s guitar, has scratches and dings, but plays and sounds great. This is a very sentimental guitar as it was my first electric, but I am getting too old to play anymore. I would like it to go to a player, not collector, who can appreciate what an instrument is all about. I have no idea what this is worth, but it is time I explore the idea. I can provide photos and more info to interested parties.

  45. cgelber says:

    You can send a few photos to me at okguitars@gmail.com. The price range for 66’s is generally between $3500-$6000. It won’t be at the higher end due to the changed tuners and player wear but it is still a valuable guitar. Photos will help me nail down a value and also make certain that it is a 66. 65-66 and 67 look an awful lot alike and serial numbers are fairly worthless.

  46. Doug moran says:

    I’m an old guy from otsego/kalamazoo, sprayed Gibson’s in ’60s, MFA at WMU, a life as an artist and pilot now back into guitars…building, playing, researching and hopefully not collecting. Did some work on the MARK guitars…anyway…
    I’ve been gathering up a few es135 donor guitars which I’ve been chopping up and reorganizing using R&D as justification…so I pick up a 2001 blue burst, trapeze with “57s” and my back goes out. It weighs 8lbs 15 oz. so I figure it has a maple center block, pull the pups and there’s the maple block routed real pretty (most 135s insides look like a trailer park tornado) and written on the block at the neck pup pocket is E335H along with another E inside a box, all hand written. So, balsa and mahogany but, never before maple apparently borrowed from a 335?. I’m about to bust this guitar up and turn it into an experiment that involves water. Think I shouldn’t do that? Mother is dead or I’d ask her.

  47. cgelber says:

    We need to talk about life in Kalamazoo in the 60’s. I’ve been searching for someone who was “there” when all this great guitar building was going on. Email me at okguitars@gmail.com

  48. moxie50 says:

    Cool, I’ve been saying/wondering why can’t you find anyone who worked there–they can’t ALL be dead or dispersed. Have you ever run a Craigslist ad or something to try to find some of these guys??

  49. Dave says:

    Hi Charlie – Love your website! I am struggling with a potential purchase on which I’m hoping you can shed some light. It’s online, so I can’t touch, feel, play. Based on sn of 263187, and on narrow neck width, which appears to be 1 9/16s, I think I’m looking at a 1965 335. Has bigsby. Some bindi ding near nut starting to peel, plus nut itself partially chipped. Seller inherited from grandfather, says been sitting in storage since 1970. Other than above, seems to be in good condition though am concerned it my be dry guitar. The firm ask is 7,500, which I don’t know but think might be a bit high, especially since I might have to replace binding and nut. Plus, like thicker neck and always wanted ’64 — which realistically is twice the price and I can’t afford. Saw your piece on the 65s, which was both timely and on point. Also, grandpa did replace original tuners with Grovers so there was some routing done on headstock. Barely noticeable though. Looks like professional job well done. Hate to put you on you on the spot, but what do you think. Can only afford one vintage 335. Should I keep saving and waiting (I’m 55), or is this as good a time as any to take the plunge? And assuming I were to do so, is the price right? Ti look forward to your thoughts. Thank you much. – Dave

  50. cgelber says:

    The great deal 65 is the one with the wide nut. That serial is a relatively early 65 serial (although 65 serials are pretty unreliable).
    Get a photo with a ruler up against the nut. $7500 for a narrow nut Bigsby 65 isn’t a bad price but its no steal either unless its in near mint condition. The Grovers are a negative as well from a vintage standpoint. You probably won’t find a 64 anywhere near that price. $7500 is a lot of money for a guitar and I would think about whether I am going to be happy with that guitar in the long run. At 55, it’s time to get what you want but if a 64 is what you really want, then putting away another few thousand and waiting makes some sense. On the other hand, the value of a 65 is relatively stable and they aren’t hard to sell, so you could always upgrade later if the 65 doesn’t do it for you.

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