Readers’ Gallery

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296 Responses to “Readers’ Gallery”

  1. RAB says:

    Nice! Lotza Bigsbys! Git on the right is a 330, right?

  2. RAB says:

    Been digging playing my Crafted in Japan Fender Telecaster Custom! I stripped the guitar of all the stock parts, just leaving the neck and body. I then built the guitar up using the finest available aftermarket parts including Amalfitano pickups, a slanted switch control plate, Callaham bridge plate and Bensonite tumbled brass bridge saddles. Result? The git plays and sounds better than any of the several late 50’s-early 60’s vintage Teles and Esquires I’ve owned over the decades! And for a very modest outlay of coin!

  3. RAB says:

    Above photo is before I replaced the Callaham brass saddles with the Bensonites! Noticeable tonal improvement!

  4. Lane says:

    I was wondering why the ES-340 doesn’t get mentioned on this site. These guitars are awesome. This is one of the first ones made, it was actually a Gibson rep’s “salesman’s sample” sold by a music store in Georgia in the 1960’s. It has the orange oval label with no volute or “MADE IN USA”. One owner guitar and not for sale.

    This is a great site.

  5. okguitars says:

    I did a post about ES-340’s a couple of years ago. It wasn’t flattering because I think the circuit is not very user friendly.

  6. RAB says:

    Yup, a lot of 340’s wiring converted to 335 spec!

  7. John Rivas says:

    I have a 1967 Gibson ES-355 TDC Mono. I purchase the guitar used back in the early 70’s used. This guitar came with nickel hardware. I thought all ES-355 came with gold hardware? Could someone help me figure out why the guitar with a stop tail, because it looks like it had a Bigsby on it before? Thanks…

  8. RAB says:

    Covid guitar project update! Getting the Tele Custom refretted with Dunlop 6105 frets (tall and narrow) and a new bone nut. Should make an already great axe play even better! What y’all been up to guitar or amp project-wise?

  9. okguitars says:

    Post a photo or two and we’ll see what we can tell you.

  10. RAB says:

    Covid-induced git-tar acquisitions include a new pedal. I’ve always loved and used pedals by David Barber for the past 20 years. I just scored a very rare, original issue Barber Burn Unit. It is basically a Direct Drive overdrive with an additional control for “Dynamics” which is a variable compressor. That enables you to “squish” and fatten up the overdriven tone. Tasty! Will be gigging it on 9/4 at a social distancing outdoor gig!

  11. RAB says:

    Any other fans of Barber pedals? Or let’s hear about your favorite stomp boxes!

  12. RAB says:

    On a whim I just bought a used OD pedal hoping it’d sound like a juicier TS-808. Only $70, this pedal kills slays any 808 with fat, harmonically rich overtones! The Open Road by Visual Sound! I’ll be gigging it soon…get one for your gig bag!

  13. Logan says:

    Found this on reverb from Fretted Americana. 1964 Walnut 345 with short maestro vibrola

  14. RAB says:

    Yes, I’ve seen that walnut brown 345 on David’s site…pretty cool!

  15. Olleandro says:

    Anyone seen the ’63 335 on UK ebay that has been in a fire, become charcoal, and that the seller wants £10,000 for? Genuinely one of the maddest things I’ve seen. Just don’t ask the seller any questions, you’ll make him mad! Be genuinely interested to see what people here thought of it.

  16. RAB says:

    ‘Nuther COVID git-tar project y’all! I was craving the more classic look of a blonde Telecaster Standard and in tribute to Robben Ford’s (one of my favorite players!) famed 1960 Tele. So I swapped my sunburst Tele Custom body for a Fender Road Worn ash and blonde nitro body. I changed the Fender logo decal and put all the high end parts (mostly titanium!) on to the new body. Result? A lighter and twangier sounding Tele! Dig the classic looks too!

  17. RAB says:

    Oh yeah, I also ditched the 3 layer “green” guard in favor of an aged white, single ply guard. I used some OOOO steel wool to lightly relic the part…looks purty good, eh? Subsequent to this photo I used a fine, 1/2 round file to put in the truss rod adjustment “scoop” in the guard near the end of the fingerboard…

  18. DaveK says:

    Yes Olleandro I’ve had the horrific fire damaged 63 on my Ebay watch list since it was put up for sale. I thought someone was having a joke at first, but the seller’s history shows a lot a guitar merch sales. It really needs to be euthanased.

  19. RAB says:

    OK, COVID made me do it! I obtained a light weight, very resonant swamp ash blonde Tele body and installed all the premium parts I had from the yellow Telecaster I featured here previously. Result, a prettier and MUCH BETTER SOUNDING Telecaster! And for a modest outlay of coin. I’m a happy camper!

  20. RAB says:

    Let’s see yer partscasters!

  21. RAB says:

    Any other Covid-induced git-tar or amp projects out there ya want to share?! Let’s see ‘em!

  22. RAB says:

    Gulp! Must be some other projects and acquisitions! Let’s see ‘em!

  23. RAB says:

    I know I’m not the only one with a Covid guitar or amp project! Or even a cool pedal! Let’s see yours!

  24. RAB says:

    ?!?! Let’s see your Covid acquisitions!

  25. RAB says:

    C’mon…I know somebody must be droppin’ some COVID coin on a nice guitar, amp or pedal? Let’s see ‘em!

  26. RAB says:

    HNE everyone! Let’s see your guitar, amp or pedal acquisitions!

  27. RAB says:

    Meant HNY!

  28. RAB says:

    ‘Nuther COVID acquisition. Solid titanium bridge along with neck plate. Big tonal enhancement for my 2018 SVL ‘61 Reserve strat!

  29. RAB says:

    Nobody else dropping some coin on musical equipment during COVID? C’mon, let’s see those fine items!

  30. Graham Heath says:

    So I bought a 1983 es335 Dot ‘cherry burst’ from France a couple of weeks back. This is the damage that UPS did to it. The bridge managed to puncture the lid of the hard case. It’s broken the bridge and bent the posts. The tailpiece stud was also pushed down about 1mm lower than the other. Various chips to the finish but no actual damage to the top.
    It’s all fixed now and is a really nice guitar. I usually worry about buying without trying but my gamble paid off. As a rule of thumb (for me) if it sounds great acoustically then I don’t worry about the electronics as they can be tweaked. It really sings unplugged.
    I put a new Faber Hybridge ABR1 on it. A Kluson lightweight tailpiece. I also replaced the pots to close tolerance 500k CTS and put a .22uf on the bridge PU and a .15 on the neck. Most of these mods were suggested by you and they are sublime, thank you.
    Trying to sue UPS for damages as this has affected it’s value in that the original hardware is broken beyond repair so that has a knock on effect to it’s re-sale price.
    Really great guitar BUT couple of things I will address at some time. The binding is really thin and has cracked on all the fret lines. The original frets/nubs are really low and I prefer a bit more meat on them, but to me a fret job is just like replacing tyres on a vintage car.
    Thank you for this web site, when I can afford a very old 335 I’ll be in contact but don’t hold your breath

  31. Graham Heath says:

    This is her fixed

  32. Graham Heath says:

    Ooops)……015uf and 0.022uf

  33. RAB says:

    Graham, congrats on restoring and enhancing your 335. Beautiful sunburst finish too! Enjoy! RAB

  34. Dan Powers says:

    A 67 ES-335TDC (stop tail piece and machine heads installed in early 70s back when we were all doing it.)

  35. okguitars says:


  36. RAB says:

    Purty red color!

  37. RAB says:

    Yup, I too was guilty of immediately installing Shallers because everyone knew the stock Klusons slipped. WRONG! I was the cause of tuning issues because I was constantly fiddling with tuning between songs. Now I leave the stock Klusons alone and my guitars stay in tune for at least a set or two! The stupidity of youth…

  38. RAB says:

    Making my gig rigs simpler. ‘59 FR (First Rack) 345, early issue Barber Direct Drive OD into Blackface Fender amps. ‘64 tuxedo Bassman (with compact 1X15” custom cabinet) or ‘63 Pro for outdoor or large venues. ‘64 Deluxe for small venues…

  39. RAB says:

    Said 345…

  40. RAB says:

    Oh yeah, using Mogami Gold-series cables…

  41. RAB says:

    Let’s hear about your gig rigs!

  42. Luke B says:

    This might be something fun for you Ok Guitars. This is my 81′ Tokai ES-100R. This is from the “lawsuit” era of Japanese companies making better guitars than Gibson and Fender. On their catalog Tokai says they took the best parts about 58-64 335s to make theirs.

    It’s got a pretty decent top carve/press but 1-5/8″ nut. Tried to get better plastics to look like a late 60. Sounds more like a reissue but half the cost. Cheers.

  43. RAB says:

    Selling the ‘63 Fender Pro because it’s too damn heavy for this boomer git-slinger to lug around! We can’t afford roadies!) The piggyback tuxedo Bassman more than suffices for large and outdoor venues…let’s hear about yer gig rig!

  44. RAB says:

    Used the Pro Amp sale proceeds to pick up a mint ‘64 Fender Princeton. I upgraded the wimpy, stock Oxford speaker to a 30 watt Weber Alnico which makes the amp usable for small venue gigs; restaurants, etc.

  45. Michael says:

    1979 335-PRO

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