Sorry for the long post, but my curiosity is getting to me. I have questions regarding my Walnut '73 ES-335. By everything that I've read, it is one of the least desirable ES-335s. However, it sounds noticeably better than any new 335 that I've played, including the Historics. I want to know more about it. If there is a forum for 335 nuts, please direct me where to go. Otherwise, I have the following questions: 1. The neck width at the nut is 1 9/16" and it is a very thin neck overall. Normally, 335s are 1 11/16" and even the '60s 335s are a bit chunkier. I've never met anyone who actually prefers the slimmer nut width and neck. I would love a 335 that sounded like this with a chunkier neck. Anyone know why Gibson went this direction? 2. Most 335s have a solid piece down the length of the body. This one stops at the neck pickup and has a separate piece of wood under the bridge. Again, anyone know why? 3. The pickups sound excellent. They do not have the Gibson logo stamped on them. Anyone know anything about these? They are about 3/4 the output of the Burstbuckers 1 and 2 in my R8, but have the warmes, chunkiest sound with clear note definition. 4. Why the trapeze? Unfortunately, when I was in high school I butchered the guitar by installing a Kahler. When I came to my senses, I had it replaced with a stop tail piece. The guitar really came into its own after that. 5. Why the three-piece neck? Given how small the necks were, was it that hard to find one piece of mahogony? In all, it seems to me that Gibson was trying to move the 335 to be more of a jazz guitar, which seems odd to me because 1973 was a period of time where they had to have been making much more money from the rock market. From all the chatter I've read, this should be one of the worst sounding Gibsons. However, its sustain is unsurpassed and it is extremely lively. Could this just be a function of comparing a 35 year old guitar to a new one? Or, could it be that all those details that people talk about that make a guitary great sounding (e.g. chunky one-piece neck) are somewhat inflated? Thanks!