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'65 ES-335s......How Many Stop-Tailpiece Models Shipped?

marshall1987

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Just curious.....most folks are aware that in 1965 Gibson started shipping ES-335s with their standard trapeze tailpiece, and within a month or two, completely phased out production of 335s with the stop-tailpiece. Anyone have a rough estimate of how many stop-tail, ES-335s Gibson made in 1965? I've only seen photos of perhaps 5-6 online, and none in person.

Not surprisingly, it's fairly common to find '65 stop-tail "conversions" listed for $10 -15K or more on the internet,..... even the narrow-nut '65s are being pitched at these unrealistic prices. WTF! IIRC one or two years ago, all-original trap-tail '65s with the wide nut (1-11/16") could be had for $6-7K....perhaps $8K with all-nickel parts. Begs the question....what's is driving up prices on vintage ES-335s?
 

bern1

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Probably a question for Charlie Gelber on the ‘65’s. Doesn’t seem to be that many original stops around for sure.
As far as vintage 335’s pricing, going going, all gonna be gone soon like vintage Les Pauls.
 

agogetr

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Probably a question for Charlie Gelber on the ‘65’s. Doesn’t seem to be that many original stops around for sure.
As far as vintage 335’s pricing, going going, all gonna be gone soon like vintage Les Pauls.
thats what i,m thinkin,even a couple mid sixties trapeze models i got a few years ago have seemed to have gone way up in price, kind of like if you want one better snag anything with an orange label while you can!
 

bern1

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This is happening in a lot of collectible/investment areas, not just guitars.

Put simply, there is a ton of money being printed and it all goes somewhere.

The question is, who wants to be walking the beach holding the bag while the waves are receding just before the tsunami?
 
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