Gibson Historic '58 es 335TDN Memphis

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  1. MR.K

    MR.K Member

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    This arrived today. After driving it around the block for a few hours I'm very impressed. This model is new for this year, no neck binding as were the early, first year '58 es335's. At 8.5lbs it feels good to me, not featherweight and not heavy, hangs well on the shoulder. Nice neck at .92 at the first fret and 1.04 at the 12th.
    Color and finish have a really nice look and feel. I've been a finisher for nearly 50 years, I'm not easily impressed. The Rosewood fingerboard is very dark with hint of red now and then.
    The new MHS pickups really shine. They can be clear and focused and with a turn of the knob will get up and sing. All the pickup selections shine. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm very impressed. Thumbs up for the Memphis shop for this one.

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  2. gibsonES330

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    Very nice - I almost bought that one, myself!
     
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  3. Franktone

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    Very beautiful guitar.
     
  4. MRscratch

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    Sweet guitar. Love the body/ neck colour difference. Gorgeous
     
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    Congrats. That's a nice looking 335.
     
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    That's really a beautiful looker, congratulations! I recently aquired a 2015 1963 Memphis ES-335TDC Figured Cherry color guitar. I'm completely blown away at the quality of these guitars. And being 58 years old and having owned many of original 1950's Gibsons. I actually think these are the best guitars Gibson have ever made!
     
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    That's a real looker you've got there.
    Congrats!!!

    I've really not had a chance to try out any of Gibson's 335 offerings in the last few years.

    I've heard really good thinks about them though.

    I'm satisfied right not with my '70 and '83 Dot. They both hold their own in tone a playability.

    Don't get me wrong, if a spectacular deal on a newer 335 presented itself, I'd most likely jump on it.

    For now I'm content.
     
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    All I can add again is that the Historic Memphis 335's are in another class from most any other 335, 345 I have ever played both newer and Vintage as well! Try one and you'll see!
     
  9. sliberty

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    I'm not surprised really. Gibson Historics of all flavor so tend to be superb instruments. And how can you go wrong with a fat neck 335?
     
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    AdmiralB Silver Supporting Member

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    Is that technically "Historic"? I've never seen that term applied to the Memphis guitars, only Nashville CS (which apparently still makes ES guitars occasionally).

    But Gibson terminology is nothing if not fluid...
     
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    Sweet score, that is one nice looking instrument.

    Have fun!
     
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    Very, very nice!
     
  13. Seafoam Green

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    Spectacular looking guitar. I love the '58 no binding look, and the colour is just right. Congrats.
     
  14. MR.K

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    They call it a VOS model. I may have been wrong is assigning it Historic. I do remember in the past VOS and Historic were mentioned in the same breath. Price and build wise it appears to sit in the same category. It's the first year for this particular model so Historic seemed appropriate.
     
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    AdmiralB Silver Supporting Member

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    It seemed like they got away from using the term for a few years - maybe 2012-2014? They were just "Custom Shop 19xx Reissues". Then in '15 the "True Historics" and now "Standard Historics" have returned.

    I didn't mean to imply anything by the question; I just can't figure out what's what anymore. About the time I was thinking that all ES guitars were in Memphis now, I saw a couple "Custom Shop" Nashville 335s appear on Wildwood's site. So, who knows?
     
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