New Dot Neck Day!

Discussion in '"Vintage" Instruments' started by hogy, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. crashbelt

    crashbelt Member

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    Very cool. How is the neck depth? My only worry about 61s is the strength of the blade neck and even the occasional crack on the back of the neck from truss rod tightening.

    I have a 61 ES175 with a very thin 0.74" 1st fret depth and a 60 ES355 at 0.80". Both are fine and for playing I actually prefer them to the baseball bat 59s. How's your 61?
     
  2. hogy

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    It has a small, thin neck. Plays effortlessly.

    I'm not picky about necks. I get used to anything.
     
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  3. rockinrobby

    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    Crazy cool guitar dude!! If that guitar was mine I would have left on the Bigsby just because I use one on my 66 335.. Nice looking Axe Hogy..

     
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  4. sickboy79

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    Beautiful guitar! Congrats!
     
  5. Jeff West

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    I've had one since 1987, it's my all-time favorite guitar. Shipped in 10/61 per Gibson ledger. Yes, wide neck but quite thin back to front, sounds and plays fantastic. Obtained from Albert's Pawn (R.I.P.) on Claiborne in New Orleans, I was just in the right place at the right time. And as it happened, J Monque'd was working behind the counter that day and sold it to me!

    I've played quite a few '61 dot necks over the years, most are excellent. The bodies themselves seem to vary slightly in thickness. Enjoy yours, Hogy.

    PS: I get the Tele comment. On recordings made at Sun through a tweed Champ, a couple of people told me independently they were surprised to learn it was an ES335, sounded to them like a strong Telecaster!

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  6. JeffHaddad

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    Beautiful guitar, congrats!

    Great looking amp too!
     
  7. Chris Scott

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    Looks clean and solid Hogy...color me a bit green, as my "one that got away" was a same-year 345 with a great medio-cuchilla neck... it was arguably the most alive semi I've ever played.

    Have fun with your coming custodianship!
     
  8. Franktone

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    Really beautiful guitar Hogy.
     
  9. kracdown

    kracdown Custom User Title Gold Supporting Member

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    Crazy cool. I want one of these so damn bad right now. Someday soon...
     
  10. VaughnC

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    Wow, nice guitfiddle Hogy. There ain't many or any amps that do the Bassman/Vox thing...might make for a nice Komet production amp;). It's amazing how those two amps compliment each other.
     
  11. derekd

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    What a cool find.

    Congrats.
     
  12. deytookerjaabs

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    Kudos on the fiddle.

    Headroom is a lost art, I can't believe how many boutique amps I plug into and "3/4" on the dial is more than good enough for me. That's why I mainly use big amps.
     
  13. Bleubyeyou

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    Great Es!, been looking for an Es 35-45 1964 or older but want a larger neck, any thoughts? Been searching for awhile. Any referrals from TGP community? Commission for right instrument. FYI- I’ve been to the usual online suspects but no luck. Enjoy your new purchase!,
     
  14. Franktone

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    ES 3xx guitars from later 1963 through 1964 and possibly into early 1965 generally have the larger chunkier neck.
    The 1958 - 1959 are even chunkier but usually more expensive than those from 1964.
     
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  15. Bleubyeyou

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    Thanks, I know there is lots of variation . I’ve owned a 59 335 on the slimmer side. Found a 59 345 for sale but owner non-responsive. Do the 345 s typically have similar neck profiles by year?
     
  16. hogy

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    So, what's really cool about a good ES-335 is how good they sound clean. Played a gig yesterday with the 335 and a silverface Twin on 4, and it was just glorious sounding. Singing, fat, round, but also really sparkly and clear at the same time. Crystal clear rhythm chords, but the single notes have this thing where you just kind of can't tell if they're clean or overdriven. Well, they are clean, but the have the feel of an overdriven sound, with the sustain and girth that would come with that. So cool!

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  17. Nonvintage

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    So the Bigsby is back on. Why?
     
  18. hogy

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    Cause I'm getting ready to sell it!
     
  19. Anje

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    What a cool simple rig; your description reminds me of some great time I've had playing my old 64-67 ES3x5 with a pair of 64-68 Twin Reverb.
    "Those were the days" :beer
     
  20. john guay

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    Love these old Dot Necks. My 60' 335 has that brightness and clarity which I tend to associate with the PAF's. My 60' 330 has a more mids with the P90's.
     
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