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CME shows off an early ES-355 (the 3rd)

jb_abides

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Early example: 3rd 355 made, only 10 shipped in 1958, dealer Andy Nelson customized for original owner Kenny W. 'Huff' Hough [who according to Huff convinced Gibson into making the 355]. Holly veneer on the rear of headstock with a stinger... is it a prototype?

Amazing history with personal and period-correct photos interspersed with this tale, and the Bigsby tidbit is worth the price of your attention.

Of course, excellent playing by Nathaniel Murphy with close-up video.

Uniquely faded, not a watermelon.

And one for the Gibson-hater QC police, note the finish on the fingerboard binding above the guard. Great guitars were never totally perfect...



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MarcB

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I’m very interested to see what Gibson produces within the es “historic” range (as rumoured)
 

bursty

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guy said it's for sale so, you know JB gonna buy and ticket prices gonna higher :cautious:
 

jb_abides

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guy said it's for sale so, you know JB gonna buy and ticket prices gonna higher :cautious:

I believe he stated word got out and it's already sold to a well know musician; also not listed on CME site.

Of course, it may well be JB (...the other JB :cool: ). Time will tell.
 
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