1968 Gibson Blonde ES-335, EXC, 100% Original with OHSC/Tags/Receipt!

1968 Gibson Left Handed ES-335TDN(Blonde Finish), same owner 51 years, unmolested original with OHSC, hang tags, and original receipt.

This was a special order 335 in Blonde, which was an available catalog color only from 1958-1960, a period which saw Gibson only produce 209 ES-335s in the Blonde finish.

Small f-holes, pointy ears and low headstock logo are only features seen from late 1966 to the end of 1967. Big f-holes started in very early 1968 so this 335 could be as early as end of 1966 to as late as January 1968.

As far as lefties go, I have only seen one other vintage(1960s) ES-335 in Blonde – this would be only the second one!

The guitar is in Excellent overall condition. The finish has a fair amount of lacquer checking due to its age of 51 years. There is a small area(pencil eraser size) of finish chipped to the left of the Bigsby, and a small ding on the back of the neck at the 8th fret/treble side. Some very minor buckle wear on the back, nothing through the wood.

This is a very attractive guitar with some moderate flame to the maple top. Most of the 58-60 Blonde ES-335s had very little, if any flame. And the reissue Blonde 335s can be too flamy relative to their historic counterparts. This guitar has just the right amount of flame – and it looks even better in person!

The guitar has been inspected and perfectly set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music. There is barely any fret wear.

This is one of the rarest Left Handed vintage guitars I’ve seen. And it’s a two-owner with hang tags and original receipt!

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2021 Gibson Murphy Lab 1964 ES-335, Cherry, Ultra Light Aged, New!

2021 GIBSON MURPHY LAB 1964 ES-335 CHERRY

The Historic Reissue ES-335 is back and better than ever thanks to a year of studying, scanning, and listening to original examples. The expert craftspeople at Gibson Custom Shop have rendered every contour, profile, inlay and color of the priceless vintage ES™ models in magnificent detail. The result is a playing and ownership experience that will keep you coming back for more.

This 1964 Reissue model utilizes sharp horn cutaways, a medium C-shape neck profile scanned from originals, small block inlays, and vintage-replica parts. It also features Ultra Light Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged finish treatment, paired with lightly aged hardware, simulates decades of light play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era.

Body:

Body Shape: ES-335
Body Material: 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Centerblock: Solid Maple
Binding: 1-Ply Royalite
Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer; Murphy Lab Ultra Light Aged

Neck:

Material: Solid Mahogany
Profile: Authentic ’64 Medium C-Shape
Scale Length: 24.75″ / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material: Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Number Of Frets: 22
Frets: Authentic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material: Nylon
Nut Width: 1.69″ / 42.85mm
Inlays: Small Block Cellulose Nitrate
Joint: Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit

Hardware:

Finish: Nickel; Murphy Lab Light Aged
Tuner Plating: Nickel
Bridge: ABR-1
Saddle Material: Nylon
Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
Tuning Machines: Kluson Single Line, Double Ring
Pickguard: Black 5-Ply Wide Bevel
TrussRod: Authentic 1950s No-Tube
Truss Rod Cover: Authentic Stepped 2-Ply
Control Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts
Switch Tip: Cream
Strap Buttons: Aluminum
Mounting Rings: Black M69 Medium & Tall
Pickup Covers: Authentic Profile Nickel Silver

Electronics:

Neck Pickup: Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Bridge Pickup: Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil Capacitors
Pickup Selector: 3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack: 1/4″ Switchcraft

Miscellaneous:

Strings Gauge: .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case: Black/Yellow Custom Shop Hardshell

Accessories: Certificate of Authenticity

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1955 Martin D-18, Factory Left Handed D-18L!

1955 Martin Factory Left Handed D-18 (D-18L), serial # 146788, manufactured 11-25-55 (verified by Martin factory). According to the current owner, this was the only Left Handed D-18 made in 1955, along with 3 other Lefty Martins.
The current owner had 2 cracks (top and bottom) recently repaired (correctly) along with a new nut installed and neck reset. If you like Low action, this guitar has it: 4/64 at High E, 5/64 at Low E (12th fret) with no buzzing. I just had it looked at by a few ex-Gibson luthiers I know who worked in the Nashville factory. New Martin MA140S 12-54 strings installed. The top has the clear coat removed, and the sides and back have been refinished poorly by the previous owner. As is, the guitar is 100% functional and plays and sounds great – it has the elusive Dry vintage Martin tone everyone wants in an acoustic.
Since the guitar was already refinished poorly, it would benefit greatly by having a complete refinish done to correct the appearance and make it look new again. If it was me, I would have someone like Lay’s Guitar Shop (who has done Excellent work for me in the past), the Martin factory, or a similar top-notch restoration repair shop do the work.
At the end of the day, it is a 1955 Martin D-18L (factory Left Handed). I own a 1954 D-18L (pictured).
I know how great and rare these guitars are. I see a factory Left Handed Martin from the 1950s about once every 10 years – Martin guitars through the 1950s are Gold!
The guitar comes with a newer Martin molded hardshell case.
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