1959 ES-335TD proto build

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  1. preeb

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    They were used on the cheaper models (ES-330, ES-335) in 1958-1960 and discontinued in 1961.
    The other models (ES-345, ES-355, EB-2..) were always equipped with the aluminum buttons.
     
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    I was waiting for this build so I'm soaking everything in... the eye candy, the detailed info, the expert knowledge, history, etc... Thanks, preeb and cohorts, please keep em coming.
     
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    The CAB buttons are successfully molded. Still needed to drill the hole since it wasn't going through from top to bottom but once done, I couldn't tell the new ones from the original if it wasn't for the dirt inside the hole.

    See if you can spot the original in the pack?

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    This little project burned a little hole in my pocket for only 10 sets of strap buttons... well... I'm still happy (-;

    Next week I'll start the finishing process, PAF's and harness.

    Shabat Shalom (-;
     
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    That looks beautiful! I see a lot of small business opportunities :D
     
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    I cant tell, but I,m sure I can smell it:D
     
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    Shabat Shalom (-;

    We need more of that in this world! I might have a few updates for those who check in 20 times per day LOL>
     
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    Thank you.
    Cordite odor+vinegar odor+rancid butter odor=I can imagine what you mean by "smells bad".
     
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    There are a few bad smells in this world that actually smell good...
    about which I will specify no further (-;
     
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    The middle-one, in the front row?

     
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    were they used on B-15's, J-45's or Melody makers, or any other gibson models?? they look familar to me.
     
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    What I've always wondered - not being able to compare the real thing side to side - is how do 50's and 60's models differ in sound? Do they? differences like ply thickness aside, is the main difference just the pickups? Even then the PAF and Pat nr are virtually identical?

    Here is 2 examples by Eric Clapton on the same concert. On the 1959 sunburst he plays with his fingers and he gets that great 'hollow tone' which reminds me of a P90. On the 2nd vid on his cherry 1964 he sounds so much louder and the tone is fatter.



     
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    Yes, they were used on other models too and were made in both white and black. Gibson still made (ordered) them after 1959 as well but the 60's buttons I have look very slightly bigger to me... didn't want to take any chances and used an original 58 I borrowed for the initial silicone mold.
     
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    Can you tell me which year this one was made?

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    I have a little trouble identifying the hear shape...

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    That's an example of a modern "blues" guitar. :lol:
     
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    Here is 2 examples by Eric Clapton on the same concert. On the 1959 sunburst he plays with his fingers and he gets that great 'hollow tone' which reminds me of a P90. On the 2nd vid on his cherry 1964 he sounds so much louder and the tone is fatter.


    It's might be the pick he's using in the 2nd vid making the difference, but my bet is on the known fact that red guitars are louder.
     
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    And faster.
     
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    From the player's point of view… I've always asked myself the question why Eric's red 335 does not have any microphonic/feedback problems especially when played on the old 50 watt Plexi heads. I've watched him live back in 1968 at the Albert Hall and more or less I've used the same setup later with my 335 but believe me it is very hard to control sustain feedback. It seems that we are getting somewhere in this thread in the sense that some guitars are solid in the middle while others like mine are hollow (almost). Hollow bodies are a beast to control live. Maricopa's remark about the pick is an important one that many players overlook… combine this with what kind of strings you use (and how old they are) and the overall setup of the guitar. Remember also that a player is going to have his personal sound/tone no matter what guitar model he uses
     
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    I like the 59 but that Ovation bass....:( Sounds out of place.

    Great guitar sounds though.

    Thanks for posting those Sterling.

     
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    Hey Gil, soon I have a '58 es175 for some repair on the tailpiece. If you want me to take some measurements, pics etc. let me know.
     
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