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strange f-hole finish on 64 reissue 335

strat71

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i received my new 64 reissue 335, it have to say i love it, it's gorgeous, the red is just stunning...
i'm not sure i like the pickups and pots, but hey i'd have changed anyway for real PAF and good pots..
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but??
look at the f-hole slice... it looks like it's not been finished at the same time as the top and with a strange red paint...
have you notice that on yours? is it the way Gibson nashville finish their f-hole? don't have a real one but looks odd to me...

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amorrow

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Totally normal, mine looks similar. Just my assumption that the areas were painted because would’ve been difficult to mask/shoot lacquer in the area without running or having overspray inside the body.
 
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J T

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Hey nice guitar!
My Nashville 345 is black on the rim of the F-hole
 

strat71

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thanks,
maybe that how they did in 64... maybe vintage accuracy has it's limits... ha ha
but anyway, really enjoy the guitar
 

Wally

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I have a cherry 1966 ES-345TDC. iirc, finish on the edges of the f-holes is a bit more transparent than this 335 RI. it is done with the same transparent cherry as the body rather and is not as opaque as in this RI. I bought this in June, 1967 when I was 16….washing and lubing cars.
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blueline

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I have a cherry 1966 ES-345TDC. iirc, finish on the edges of the f-holes is a bit more transparent than this 335 RI. it is done with the same transparent cherry as the body rather and is not as opaque as in this RI. I bought this in June, 1967 when I was 16….washing and lubing cars.
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thanks,
maybe that how they did in 64... maybe vintage accuracy has it's limits... ha ha
but anyway, really enjoy the guitar
 

blueline

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All 335s had a solid block of maple up until 1964. The only way the electronics were going in is through the narrow f-holes. Gibson kept a touch up paint handy to paint to cover any damage that may have been done. So the f-holes got painted last . After 64 Gibson cut a sizable chunk out the block and that facilitated the easy intsallation of the electronics and so no more f-hole installation. The 345s and some 355s already had this block cut due to the choke placements. On my sunburst 59 335 the f-holes are painted solid brown .
 

strat71

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thanks blueline you may have the last word... sounds logic...
that also mean it'll be hard to change the pots and pickups... i'll think twice... ha ha
 
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