Online and books are pretty vague and I get that things get weird with later Gibson serials. For example, the only reissue 335 to have nylon saddles on the bridge prior to 2013 was the Eric Clapton limited run. So, it makes sense that the simplicity element is a factor. And quick as a flash it was stuffed in his sack, And he waved a goodbye as he snuck out the back. Why the completed body sat around from sometime in late 58 until April of 59 is a mystery. No dings, no scratches or belt-buckle rash. Please take a moment to read the and check out the before posting.Next
If you email a photo and let me know the serial number, I can tell you a lot more. While physical condition can be assessed with a careful inspection, rarity and date of manufacture are not always easy to determine. It turned out to have been re-necked in 69 or 70. At around age 50-55 a lot of things in your life can change. There are several instances where batches of numbers are switched in order and duplicated, not just once, but up to four times, and seem to be randomly assigned throughout the decade. It also looks to have been re-sprayed or re-finished.Next
Gibson is so convoluted with their models, it takes research and comparison to figure out the differences. Of course, if you were 50 in 1995, you are now at the top end of that range and if you were 65, you are probably not buying guitars any more or anything else for that matter. If it is red or blonde, it is worth more. This one has a single triangle design on the headstock. It doesn't have the standard Gibson serial number, so it's a little tougher to tell. So let me know what you think. Contact mods if you have a complaint.
That means it was built or at least started in 1958. Block necks had a great year after being a bit sluggish in the past few years. Available: 1958 to 1981 but reissued by Gibson as a reissue dotneck in 1981 Case: Brown hardshell case with a pink lining was the top-end Gibson case from 1958 to 1961. Sometimes the serial is duplicated on the label, some there is no label. There is no debate that, in general, a 59 335, 345 or 355 is worth more than any other year, assuming the condition and originality is equal. On the other hand, I would hate to hang-on to it, only to have it stolen or lost in a house fire when someone else might appreciate it more.Next
Or you could post a photo and I'll tell you what year it is. First off all: both thumbs up for your page! The availability of the red finish is a big part of it. It was a hobby until around 2006 when I started getting serious and my main source of income since 2010. It is red, has twin pick-ups, and a Bixby whammy bar. By the way, a family of 9 kids generates a lot of garbage. Reverb is a good place to look but be aware that most sellers ask more than their guitar is worth. I have a 1980 335 with dot inlays.
The 355 is worth more than the 335. Even some of the worst years can have good ones though. My offering up free advice is good business. Rules for Posting to - Posts that violate the rules will be removed without notice. Since 1977, Gibson has used the following method: The first and fifth numbers indicate the last two digits of the year the instrument was produced, the second through fourth digits tell the day of the year it was produced and the last three digits indicate the production rank. New guitars still drop in value the day you walk out of the store but the used market is pretty robust. We could include the 330, the 225, the 125 but those are full hollow.Next
The big surprise this year was that nearly half of the high end vintage guitars sold by me were bought by folks under the age of 50. Look for A32xxx-A33xxx for the larger neck. October was really slow as was November but it picked up before Christmas and looks good going forward. I had them all tuned and I played every one. It would have the stereo circuit and Varitone, a mid level binding treatment, gold hardware and fancier inlays but still plastic. Bottom line, the 1958 and 1959 models with stop tailpieces are considered the best. Then the doweled the holes and re-drilled them located for a 355.Next
For the serial number, the font, application and characters used are wrong. Though the parts look to be chrome plated, they are really nickel plated just in nice condition! That still means lots of 50 and 60 somethings are buying guitars but, as they say in the commercials, wait. Probably should have kept it anyway. But never what's seen on this guitar. So, you take your chances and try to minimize the risk any way you can. If you want to email me, you can find me at okguitars gmail.Next