Awesome! My Nashville has the real deep rounded 1959 neck profile with the same frets as my R9 had.. and not sticky.. maybe just because it is new, the lacquer needs some more curing time??? You might want to hold off on the micromesh to see if it cures some more..i got my Memphis Built 1959 ES-335 last night and got like an hour of time with it. Just to find ways to confuse us more, on Gibson's label on the box they call it a "Historic Cherry 1959 ES-335" and below that it says "Antique Red". Whatever.
It's a very nice playing guitar for sure. As archtop says, the neck carve is a bit different than i expected, it definitely has a soft V feel to it. not the same roundback profile that my R9 has. It also definitely has taller/thinner frets than the R9. I believe the historics have the same frets as the R9. Honestly, I'm not sure yet if i think this is a good thing or bad thing, just a little different.
of course, this being TGP, I immediately removed the pickups to look around inside. solid center maple block, no cut-outs like some other memphis built 335's have. It also has the long/wide neck tenon that i've seen on pictures of historics. looks like the thinner binding on the neck with nibs and tortoise shell side dots.
Overall, it's a very nice player and in the short time i've had it am pretty impressed so far. it has a nice acoustic resonance to it. it is very balanced across the strings, which was important to me, cause the previous 335 that i had about a year ago was a little boomy on the lower end. the guitar is going to need to be set up a bit better, with some nut work done. it's not as bad as other gibsons i've had issues with, but it's not perfect. and there is a slight bit of gumminess to the finish on the back of the neck. i may try the micromesh approach, but i'll see if it gets any better after a few weeks of playing. but so far, very happy with the purcahse.
i'm sure you're right, the lacquer needs to cure. i don't plan on doing anything to it for a while to see how it goes.Awesome! My Nashville has the real deep rounded 1959 neck profile with the same frets as my R9 had.. and not sticky.. maybe just because it is new, the lacquer needs some more curing time??? You might want to hold off on the micromesh to see if it cures some more..
Mine does tend to be a bit "boomy" on the low end, so I had to adjust it out a little with the pickup heights.. but I kind of like it
It's my understanding that there are no "production model" 335's. They are all labeled "custom-shop" now. The majority are from the memphis custom shop, the historic and truly custom (like my wraparound bridge '59 335) from nashville.The build quality on each is far above their production model 335s. But, the Historic Collection designation denotes the Nashville Custom Shop. The Memphis ES335s are still Custom Shop quality, but not necessarily as accurate to the original '59s as the Nashville shop . . .