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Today's turd - '62 345 with Kahler

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Basketcase if there ever was one, or fun project maybe, but at $1,500 it's A-OK I guess.. (not mine though, and more likely a '64)

https://reverb.com/item/26060766-gibson-es-345-1962-red?show_sold=true

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wmachine

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An interesting beater. But I wouldn't call it a basket case, especially if it is "ready to play" as it appears to be. I'd but it if it was cheap enough. But $1500 is not nearly cheap enough.
 

fakejake

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Not such a bad price for a set of pickups, wiring harness, tuners, and braz fretboard.
Plus whatever is left of that body...
 

J T

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I would guess the Bigsby wasn't dive bomby enough.:rolleyes
 

marshall1987

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Looks like that guitar has the wide F-holes common to post 1967 Gibson ES-3XX guitars! I doubt it's a 1962.:dang
 

OKGuitar

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Looks like that guitar has the wide F-holes common to post 1967 Gibson ES-3XX guitars! I doubt it's a 1962.:dang
Nope. Those look to me like the narrow f-holes but the body shape says 64-67. The ears are rounder in 68 (when the bigger f-holes started).
It would be unusual for a 345 to have the pointy ears and the big f-holes but not impossible. Show me the nut and the headstock and I'll nail down the year.
 

GuitarMikey

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Click the link in the original post. The headstock inlay position looks 66 or earlier.

Nope. Those look to me like the narrow f-holes but the body shape says 64-67. The ears are rounder in 68 (when the bigger f-holes started).
It would be unusual for a 345 to have the pointy ears and the big f-holes but not impossible. Show me the nut and the headstock and I'll nail down the year.
 

marshall1987

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Geez that guitar is chopped badly! It has a replacement headstock grafted on around the 3rd or 4th fret. The back is cut out too! The pickups are pooched. I wouldn't give $500 for that thing. :dang
 
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Geez that guitar is chopped badly! It has a replacement headstock grafted on around the 3rd or 4th fret. The back is cut out too! The pickups are pooched. I wouldn't give $500 for that thing. :dang

A mess indeed, but worth the sale price IMO. The grafted headstock is actually the only pro looking 'repair' done on it - the stamped '64 serial number also seems to correspond to the remaining visible digits on the orange label.

I would have the front and back holes patched up plus a total refin in aged black. This could be a great gigging guitar.


Agreed though - this really HURTS..

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AA00475Bassman

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What define's this guitar age , state of alteration , price , considerations of vintage allure ?

One thing absolute shame what has happened over the years , to list a old used altered to this point guitar & have interest & a sale wow!!!
 
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