Good deal? 1965 Gibson ES-335, Pelham Blue, Bigsby

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  1. newswede

    newswede Member

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    Hi!
    Might be buying this guitar this week and though I'd see what you all though.
    The orange sticker serial number says 1965 or 1967 on the Gibson site. Gibson ES-335
    Pelham Blue - not too faded
    Bigsby - factory installed so no stop bar
    Original case - orange interior
    Grover tuners - I'm thinking they aren't original
    Good frets
    for $2600
    I've never seen another! What do you think?!
    I'll see if I can post pics.
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  2. guitarman_1

    guitarman_1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Good buy either way, but I would bet its a 67 as the nutwidth looks narrow, as is 1 9/16.
    If it was a 65 it would most likely be 1 11/16, which would make it an incredible buy. Measure the nut. Thats ususally a dead giveaway.
     
  3. Drew816

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    If you don't want it, I'LL take it; that thing looks tough! Great price too IMHO, I'm digging it; but then I have a bit nutty about Blue guitars.

    Good luck and enjoy!
     
  4. newswede

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    I'll see if I can get the seller to do that! Might be a '67...I'm liking it so we may find out soon! I like the slim necks, but does that hurt the value? Custom color right? I've never seen another 335 like this.
    Some don't like the bigsby, but even though I've never really used one I kinda dig it!
     
  5. guitarman_1

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    Its a custom color 335.The neck size and year does matter a bit. If its a 67 it worth 5k minimum, all day long. If its a 65 its worth 7500 minimum, and up in that shape, assuming all is original, well the tuners arent, but lets hope no extra holes.Thr pickguard looks like a 67 for sure, as the 65 had more b/w/b showing and the edges were wider and more distinct too.
     
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    Thanks for the advice! Good to know what it could be worth too. I'm clearing out some gear and am planning to play this one all day & night! I just wish I could play it before I buy...the seller is about a 4hr drive from me.
    Getting more pictures from him soon.
     
  7. mad dog

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    That's a steal. On a mighty beautiful guitar. Grab it!

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  8. snarkle

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    That's a crappy deal. Send me the seller's phone number and paypal address and I'll straighten him out.

    OR YOU COULD JUST BUY IT...NOW!

    (Nonetheless, I might make double sure that's not a refin...looks pretty clean and unchecked even for a ’67. But if it's real it's the steal of the year.)
     
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    If it's real it's an absolute steal at $2600.
     
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    Agreed! I'd pay more for that one in a heartbeat!

    Go for it.
     
  11. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Gold Supporting Member

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    ridiculous deal. why haven't you bought this yet? every single person with this cash to spare would have bought it already - even if just to flip it!
     
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    it could be flash photography but doesnt that color looks a little "bright blue" to be an orig finish ?

    Most 60s pehlam blues that I see ( 40 some yrs later ) are a very splotchy ( and cool ) green / aqua / blue

    this looks brighter than the new Dave Grohl reissue

    it's obviously a mid 60s Gibson but are we sure about that finish ?

    I'd wanna see some pictures in sunlight if you arent gonna see it in person first ;)

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    Good lord....I think I don't like you much right now, just a little bit. Hope you get it, you lucky devil.
     
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    "Smells" a little funny to me. The blue is sooooo blue (would have greened some between '67 and now). The chrome is pretty bright. The price is so low.
     
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    True dat
     
  17. newswede

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    The serial number lists it as an ES-335 TDC, but that would make it a cherry finish - Wonder if Gibson just took one in the shop, did the custom finish and sent it out...or did custom finish guitars have a special name?
    Looks like these orange stickers are not always reliable. I've seen ES-330 stickers in ES-335 guitars from the same era.
     
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    I had an es150d with a 335 sticker
     
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    Looks like the old (new?) Gibsons weren't kept track of very well. LOL
     
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    Pelham Blue is a RARE color on a 335. That price is WAY low even for a standard burst or cherry 335. Even if it is a '67. I would black light that finish for sure. I too think it looks a little too bright. It sends up some red flags to me.
     

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