1959 ES-335TD proto build

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  1. free2rock

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    Simply amazing!
     
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    Wow, so close to the real thing. This is one of my favorite color samples:

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    I'm not sure if this was mentioned yet; are the PAFs going to be the same ones that are in your LPs or modified for the semi hollow body construction?
     
  4. preeb

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    Same PAF's. What did you mean by 'Modified'?
    I only use one PAF design and the only things I can change are the DCR and Alnico type. I'll start with AlNiCo 5L and take it from there.
    Can't wait to plug it...
     
  5. preeb

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    That's the one I had in mind too (-;
     
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    Sorry, I could not think of a better word than "modify"...i'm checking this thread between projects at work :)

    That is what I meant though, changing the magnet type or how many winds are on the bobbins.
     
  7. preeb

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    PAF's are very subjective... some like it hot and some like it dynamic, some like the bite of the Alnico 5 and some like the warmth of the 2.
    I find the AlNiCo 5L magnet with an 8K-bridge 7K-neck to be a very balanced reference set. It's a good starting point to judge how new models behave.
    But the plain truth is... I have no long term experience with 335's and it's the first one I ever made. We have tried to get it all done like on the originals and hope for good results. It taps beautifully and weighs just right for whatever this worth at that point... I'll be much wiser after playing it for the first time... very soon (-;
     
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    Took better shots in the morning sunlight.
    It's still hard to capture the depth but you can get the general idea.

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    What's up with those streaks on the treble cut away and by the pot holes? Is that in the maple?
     
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    That is what is known as "figure" Nick. As in lightly figured maple. This is the normal type of figure that is seen in all 59-64 ES-335 and 345 guitars. All of the veneer sheets have some figure here and there. It seems that the fancy veneer was reserved for the ES-350 and higher models.
     
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    Here is an examples of flamed maple that probably would be over the top for an ES 335 and one that might be not quite good enough for a ES 350 and get tossed in the 335 pile with the light figured ones.
     

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    That is looking incredibly sweet, Preeb. Fantastic job !!

    May I ask how long do you usually let it cure before sanding/buffing ?
     
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    If sanding is needed, about a week or more, depending on weather.
    If not, I like to buff it sooner. a couple of days is enough with the type of lacquer I normally use.
    I know that some modern commercial lacquers need up to a month to cure due to high resin and plasticizer content..
     
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    How many were made in blonde? I have not seen any that were not sunburst.

    I prefer the dark tobacco sunburst like on my 1962 ES-335
    (this pic was taken in indoor light)
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    So Ken, may we be seeing this body featured in this thread in the future? :D
     
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    ;) proly not the high flamed but maybe the bottom one::D. Those are just raw veneer under a plywood cutout. Those are not made into bodies yet.
     
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    Beautiful build once more. I am in awe of the talents here! :D

    On the subject of flame, I am partial to that sometimes! Here's my 335...

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    Yes that is nice Ron.


    Something about an amber guitar (blonde) with perhaps some quirky figure sparsely distributed is most appealing to me in the vintage ES style.

     
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    Here is a beauty from 1959 sporting a Bigsby. Note the same type of figuring in the bass horn area that is seen on Gil's outdoor photo.
    From Tom's site http://www.es-335.net/335/A29940.html
     

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