1959 ES-335TD proto build

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  1. preeb

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    Yes they do. Unless the original old press/oven has gone out of order.
    I know for certain it was still functional two or so years ago.
     
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    I thought for sure you were razzing me Nick. I appologize.:)
     
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    He was (-;
    There's a lot going on there, in between the lines.
    Only kidding... Keep slamming, Nick (just don't mention the HS)!
     
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    On the topic of Gibson's 335 body design, it is an active, registered US trademark.

    I've been following the recent activities in this area, and I wouldn't copy one of the big boy's registered designs for manufacture and sale in the US and expect not to hear from them.

    Just sayin'...
     
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    Its like my mother used to say "you kids push and push"!
     
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    Brad, it seems pretty clear that Gibson does not use that shape exclusively. Just a quick look on ebay confirms that. But thanks for the link. I had not seen that.
     
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    The es 335 guitars look austere with a beauty that owes more to the overall balance in design than fancy figure.
    More this 59 from Tom's excellent ES site http://www.es-335.net/345/A31956.html
    Than this fiery birds eye made by my friend Gary Zymnicki from plates i made for him a few years ago.
     

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    Might be getting ahead here, but how is the neck attached on those? I always thought it was neck through.
     
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    Not neck through, more like a LP long tennon. Gil will show that part soon.
     
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    Water under the bridge, mate. :cool:
     
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    You're right, Ken. They're both 57 Classics, with a + in the bridge.
     
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    Same like on a 59 LP but with a little twist (-;
    You'll see soon.
     
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    I'm starting to see why there's a lot more tooling. jigs and what not involved. Thanks for your passion and commitment to recreate these wonderful instruments!
     
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    Heck, I know wiring one is a PITA. I'm thinking that'll be the easy part.
     
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    Man, I was wondering what to do after the build challenge.. now I can watch this!! Fantastic!
     
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    Thanks very much to the both of you. The 335 is my favorite guitar of all time. I really appreciate the time you're taking in sharing details.
     
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    That would be a beautiful part... 5 minutes before I plug it in for the first time.
     
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    No problem!

    I haven't looked into it, but I wouln't be surprised if the 335 shape has become "generic" in a way similar to the Strat and Tele designs.

    If other builders have been making this body style over the decades and Gibson has allowed it, you're likely in the clear.

    :cool:
     
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    They still took PRS on an interesting legal journey to no avail... for using a LP look alike body.
     
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    In reproducing the tribute body. I didn't want to just get the plate arching close, I wanted it to be a "2nd generation" from the original. This is complicated by the springback issue but there seems to be no way around bolstering the offspring mold, poured from the direct cast. Here are some photos of the cast with shadows that reveal crosswise and long wise arching.

    A mold could be carved using these lines as templates. In reproducing a violin arch, like a copy of a particular Stradivari violin it is common to make 5 "quinte" arching templates.
     

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