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Bought an ES-355 in Dallas Yesterday

Amp360

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I flew down to the Dallas show looking for a 345 or 355. I didn’t think I would find what I was looking for but I found exactly what I was looking for.

Basically I have a late 60s ES-330 that I really like. I wanted something like that but I wanted to be able to take it out.

I found this 1968 ES-355 at a place called Jimmy Wallace Guitars. They were very helpful and came down enough to make it good for both of us.

the case is not original and there is a headstock repair and no pick guard but it sounds great and plays great and is light.

the confusing thing is the neck is much, much bigger than my ES-330. It’s probably closer to my R4 but slightly smaller.

I always thought these had small necks on them.

Anyways, here are some pics. I know it’s prob not what the real collectors would want but it’s in budget and I can use it out and it sounds great
 

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Frost

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Beautiful guitar. I love 355s and wish I could have attended Dallas this year. Congrats! Were the pickup covers replated or are they newer pickups? Gibson gold plating tarnishes/wears off with even using strong language around it and those are really shiny for a '68. Very cool with the Bigsby B7. Usually the late '60s ones have the Vibrola; I much prefer the Bigsby myself.

Heiko
 

Amp360

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They told me the pickups were original. I thought they were shiny as well but they do have more wear on them than what’s shown.

when I get it home I’ll look at them.
 

brandtkronholm

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Yep, you've chosen wisely! Great score!
What is the width of the fretboard at the nut?
Gibson made 144 Mono 355s and 174 Stereo/Varitone 355s. in 1968. (guitarhq.com)

Things I would do with it of it were my newly acquired 1968 ES355: (Can a guy dream for a second? 😊)
i) Repro long pick-guard OR repro short tortoise shell pick-guard;
ii) Black control knobs (think LP Custom) OR gold with silver top control knobs (early '60s look);
iii) Amber switch tip - historically inaccurate but I just think they look cool;
iv) play the heck out of it!
 

goldtop0

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iii) Amber switch tip - historically inaccurate but I just think they look cool;
de rigueur with any Gibson I reckon.
You see the pics of some of the old '50 vintage guitars and it's just the best looking thing.........that rich honey/amber kinda flatter topped tip.
Why do you say historically inaccurate............because they were white or a lighter yellow maybe at the outset?
 

65Firebird

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I flew down to the Dallas show looking for a 345 or 355. I didn’t think I would find what I was looking for but I found exactly what I was looking for.

Basically I have a late 60s ES-330 that I really like. I wanted something like that but I wanted to be able to take it out.

I found this 1968 ES-355 at a place called Jimmy Wallace Guitars. They were very helpful and came down enough to make it good for both of us.

the case is not original and there is a headstock repair and no pick guard but it sounds great and plays great and is light.

the confusing thing is the neck is much, much bigger than my ES-330. It’s probably closer to my R4 but slightly smaller.

I always thought these had small necks on them.

Anyways, here are some pics. I know it’s prob not what the real collectors would want but it’s in budget and I can use it out and it sounds great
Congrats, nice rig. Is it wine red or cherry? I have a '74 wine red 345 that I would love a Bigsby on.
 

Amp360

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Thanks! I’m pretty sure it’s cherry. It didn’t look wine to me in person.
 

brandtkronholm

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de rigueur with any Gibson I reckon.
You see the pics of some of the old '50 vintage guitars and it's just the best looking thing.........that rich honey/amber kinda flatter topped tip.
Why do you say historically inaccurate............because they were white or a lighter yellow maybe at the outset?
Historically inaccurate: Gibson changed the material (hence color) of the switch tips some time in 1960/1. Up to and including 1960 we have amber; by 1961 we have white. A 1968 355 would have a white switch tip. Amber just looks cooler.
 

Amp360

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Finally arrived! The action is a little low for my tastes and there were what I'm guessing are the original covers in the case. All in all I'm really happy with it. Just need to find a pickguard at some point.

Just for fun I put it on my scale because I've been shipping a lot of packages. 8.1lbs. Not sure if that's considered heavy or light but it feels really nice to me!
 

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