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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.

Next to the venerable Les Pauls from 57-60, the blonde 335 from 59 is the most desirable electric guitar in the world. They are impossible to find-they only made 77 of them. Grab it while you can. $120,000

 

Do the words “find another” mean anything to you? This is the only blonde 63 ES-335 known. There’s a 64 out there but it’s a lefty. There’s a Bigsby 65 but still crazy rare. $85,000

 

Speaking of “find another”, this requires that you look closely. It’s not a 335. It’s a mono 355 from 1959. That’s rare. It’s a stop tail-even rarer. It’s sunburst, even rarer. It’s got double white PAFs. It’s the only one. $145,000

 

Early 58 Blonde ES-335. Unbound neck. Really pretty birdseye top. All original except the bridge. The original ABR-1 on these early 58’s were much thinner than the normal ABR-1 and they all collapsed. Gibson would replace them with a shaved ABR-1. This has one of those. Back of the neck is refinished. PAFs, of course. $95,000

 

**HOLD**Near mint December 58 ES-335. This is among the best I’ve had. Thin top, sealed PAFs monster guitar. All original. $69,000

 

You won’t find a stop tail 62 ES-335 for less. wonderful player that won’t break the bank. Why so cheap? Hairline (repaired) truss rod crack on the back of the neck. This type of crack is not structural and will never be an issue unless you overtighten the truss rod. $19900

 

How cool would this 68 ES-175 look on stage. Factory black and it goes great with that tuxedo they make you wear for wedding gigs. $11,000

Why is any 67 Gibson this expensive? Because players love a Flying V and most can’t afford a 58. The mid to late 60’s V’s are rare too. Only 175 were made so you want one, it’s gonna cost. This one is all original-it had different tuners but the correct ones are back on. This is from the first batch of 35 instruments. $55,000

Pre War Gibson Super 400. These are big and bold and were the top of the Gibson line for many years. Eighteen inches wide, this is a big, big guitar. If you’re a jazzer, this guitar will make you very happy. $25,000

 

Ultra clean 60 Slab board Stratocaster. This is about as clean as they come. All original with strap, hang tag and cord. $39500

 

Fender had a bright idea in 1968 in the wake of the “Summer of Love”. Let’s put paisley or flowered wallpaper on a Telecaster and sell it top those long hair hippie types. They sold a lot of them. They didn’t age well and didn’t stay in the lineup for long. $24000

George Harrison said that a Duo Jet was his first really good guitar. This early script logo version is the rarest of the line-only 150 made. It is in great condition (9-) and plays as good as it looks. George used his Duo Jet on “Twist and Shout”, “Please, Please Me” and I Saw Her Standing There.” Sounds pretty good doesn’t it. $8000

Late 60’s Flying V’s are crazy expensive and rare. This one has issues so it won’t break the bank. Brilliantly repaired invisible headstock crack and refinished. 70’s case. Black pickguard is original. $19000

Norlin era Gibsons are hit and miss. Some great. Some not so great. But the top of the arch top line always got more attention than the lower end because they were played by the pro players who demanded a good playing guitar. Norlin made some bad mistakes but they wisely kept up the quality on the high end models. This is a 77 Super 400. All original and near mint. Only wear to the gold keeps it from mint status. $15,000

Fiesta Red 64. Cool, rare, near mint and expensive. Release your inner Hank Marvin. $75,000

68 Stratocaster. These are kind of rare as the Strat had fallen on hard times in 67 and 68. The Jimi came along and the Strat was back. Nice, clean example. $13,000

 

Oh no, it isn’t pre-CBS…Here’s a newsflash…CBS didn’t wreck the Stratocaster right away. It took a few years. These early CBS Strats are really excellent guitars. Good enough for Jimi, good enough for you. No exceptions. Near mint Candy Apple 69 is so pretty, you’ll want to play in the mirror so you can look at it. $21,000

 

Rare 68 blonde ES-330 long neck. They didn’t make any blondes of this model in 68 and yet, here it is. $11,500

 

**HOLD**63 ES-335. Super clean and all original. Unusual (for a 63) pearl inlays to cover stop tail bushings. Much better look than the “Custom Made” plaque. 9/10 condition $22,500

The best Gretsch’s ever made (IMO) are 55 to 61 Chet Atkins 6120’s. They went through a lot of changes during the period and each variety has its own strengths. The DeArmond pickups are wonderful on these early ones. This is the version Duane Eddy played. 9+ condition. $12500

1957 Gretsch Duo Jet in rare Cadillac Green. If you’ve been looking for one, this might be the only one you see this year. $14000

This 68 factory Bigsby Telecaster has gone from its Olympic White to something more like Gulden’s Spicy Brown. Excellent player that won’t bankrupt you. $11000

Another really rare Gretsch form the 50’s. This is a 56/57 transitional Chet Atkins solid body (6121). Fancy tooled leather around the rim and very clean cowboy case. Excellent player and cool looker. $17500

**HOLD**Transitional Fender Jazz Bass in Fiesta Red from 1966. Bound fingerboard with dots. Lollipop tuners. Lots of changes in 66. Fiesta red is a rare color for these. Rare “rifle” Fender badged Italian case $20000

95 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.

  41. Gordon Minette says:

    I am enthusiastically on board with you about the early ’69 GTs. I have one that I paid too much for at the top of the market, back in the oughts, and I’ve never regretted the overpayment. It sounds magnificent and plays like butter. The neck is divine.

    Always love checking into your site.

    I know you’ll remember me because I bought a memorable guitar from you a while back: a beautiful red ’61 330 with black knobs, swapped out by you.

    Glad you’re still up and running.

    Best regards

  42. Just Found Your Page, Glad I Did! Back In 1969-70 , Purchased A 1969? 12 String Epiphone , by Gibson, Les Paul – Wine Red Semi Hollow Body Guitar With Bigsby Tailpiece, Including Hard Shell Case! Unfortunately It Was Stolen While I Was On The Road With Young Apostles Gospel Ministry! It Was Stolen From My Apartment In Wintersville, Ohio [near Steubenville, Ohio]! Without a Serial# Written Down, I Would Have My Work Cut Out, as It’s Been Nearly 52 Years! But Could Use Your Advice , If I Stand Any Chance Of Finding It? Thank You! Sincerely L.G.I. [4-2-21] Have A Blessed Day!!

  43. okguitars says:

    Probably not. What might make it possible is the Bigsby. A Bigsby on a 12 string is a monumentally bad idea and few 12 strings have them. I expect that if you see a wine red Epi
    12 string with a Bigsby, it’s yours. I’ve never seen one.

  44. Joe says:

    Thank you for this Website.

    What is your opinion on the Stop tail vs.Trapeze in regards to sound and playability? In the MArket as a first time buyer.

    How About Patent# v. PAF? Seems like payign thousands for a sticker.?

    Thanks again

  45. okguitars says:

    I prefer the stop but not by much. Maybe slightly better sustain. Maybe not. I like the look of it better for sure. Stop tail stays in tune better.
    Early PAFs are different than patents. Late PAFs (short magnet) are exactly the same as late PAFS, so yes, you are paying for the sticker.

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