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Anybody Want To Argue About What Year This ES335 Is?...

Jayyj

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1970. Label switched that year. Serial and other features put it at 70 -72, but no embossed pickup covers and the label say it's very early in 1970.
I've always thought the embossed covers were mid 71 through to early/mid 72 - on 335s they seem to correspond with the era where they were messing with the centerblock which was later than '70.
 

Sweetfinger

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I've always thought the embossed covers were mid 71 through to early/mid 72
Yeah, that's the time period I've seen them present. Rarely you'll have a guitar like the OP's or some 70s model that didn't change over the course of a few years and you can point to the embossed covers as a way to include/exclude a guitar for that period. It's a good shorthand for shopping. You could be walking around at a guitar show and instantly know within a couple years, the date for a Gibson, even across a room, just by seeing those covers.
 
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AFAIK, there are no orange labels after 70.
I don't think 69 had a volute.
Early/mid 70.
So, there ya go...another guess that's worth what you paid for it.
Cool guitar.
Those T-Tops can be magic.
The ones in my '74 are delish.
 

Jayyj

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AFAIK, there are no orange labels after 70.
I don't think 69 had a volute.
Early/mid 70.
So, there ya go...another guess that's worth what you paid for it.
Cool guitar.
Those T-Tops can be magic.
The ones in my '74 are delish.
I think the volute was implemented some way into Dec '69, so you might find the odd '69 with a volute but they're in an extreme minority compared to '69s without them.

I agree on T Tops, they're a really good sounding pickup and they seem pretty consistent as well.
 




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