Pricing a 66 ES335

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  1. xroads

    xroads Member

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    I have the opportunity of getting a Gibson ES335 from 1966.
    Wood is solid (no cracks), original PUs, non-original
    stoptail, the neck is relaq with nitro-finish and refretted.
    Otherwise original.

    What would be the going price of this?

    Thanks a lot for your help!!

    xroads
     
  2. Unburst

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  3. GCDEF

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    For what it's worth, I would think a new one would be both cheaper and nicer.
     
  4. jackaroo

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    3500 give or take a few $$$. I know- I have 2 '66 335s- love them so much. One is very similar to what you describe in terms of originality. The other is all straight , but with a great fret job.

    cheers,

    JD

    BTW I think they are a substantial step up from a new one. The vibe thing is one thing and some may ? it- but there's no doubt to me that the older wood is more resonant and gives a sweeter, airier, and woody tone when compared to the new stuff-

    Plus those pat sticker PUs are the ****.

    Some rag on the narrow nut width, but it works for me very well. YMMV.
     
  5. GCDEF

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    I had one from the early 70s that was nowhere near as nice as the current crop. Maybe the 66 would be nicer, I don't know. But I do know, old does not necessarily = good.
     
  6. Unburst

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    Same could be said for new ones...
     
  7. GCDEF

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    Every 335 I've seen from 92 on has been excellent.
     
  8. xroads

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    Guys,
    thanks for your input!

    I will play it on the weekend, right now the seller
    wants more than 3.5k, negotiable.
     
  9. Laroosco!

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    A friend of mine paid $2300 for his 68 335. Beutiful guitar
     
  10. Marty Horne

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    My second guitar was a 66 ES 335 which I had for about 8 years.
    That guitar and a 52 Goldtop are the only 2 guitars I really miss.
     

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