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NGD - Murphy Lab ES335

sws1

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Lightly aged '59 ES335. Incredibly well made. Probably the best fit/finish of any Gibson I've ever bought, with the best pots I've ever seen this side of vintage.

I did swap out the pickups pretty quickly for Throbaks, because I wanted a more vintage sound, and the stock ones were far too modern sounding for me.

Love this thing. (Unfortunately, black shows alot of dust and fingerprints.)


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C-4

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Congratulations on a beautiful ML 335!
I'm waiting for a ML ultra-light aged red 355, and it's 10-12 months wait.
 

fakejake

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Stunning!!
Do you own or have extensive experience with a vintage 335 so that you could elaborate on the differences? Would be really curious to know!
Cheers!
 

sws1

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Stunning!!
Do you own or have extensive experience with a vintage 335 so that you could elaborate on the differences? Would be really curious to know!
Cheers!

I had a 63 until recently. And I have a friend with many dots and block necks from the 50s and early 60s.

The Throbaks made it far closer to vintage. There is a still a "new guitar" feel to the new ones. I'm a firm believer that when a semi-hollow gets 60 years of vibration on it, it "loosens" the wood (for lack of a better term). So even unplugged, the old ones sound a bit "softer". Keep in mind the new one still has steel wheels on the bridge, so that contributes to the 'stiffer' sound. Perhaps, I'll change those out at next string change.
 

fakejake

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I had a 63 until recently. And I have a friend with many dots and block necks from the 50s and early 60s.

The Throbaks made it far closer to vintage. There is a still a "new guitar" feel to the new ones. I'm a firm believer that when a semi-hollow gets 60 years of vibration on it, it "loosens" the wood (for lack of a better term). So even unplugged, the old ones sound a bit "softer". Keep in mind the new one still has steel wheels on the bridge, so that contributes to the 'stiffer' sound. Perhaps, I'll change those out at next string change.
Thanks! In my very limited understanding of the matter, I would guess that a semi- or full hollowbody guitar would change more over time as it gets played a lot, compated to a solid body.
Regardless, I really should give Throbaks a try once, I'm only hearing great things about them.
 

Amp360

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I have an R-4 that's the perfect match for that! I saw one of those in black at a Guitar Center (Boston) a few weeks ago. Looked great. I didn't play it because if I'm not buying that day I don't play.
 
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