NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by zhivago » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:07 pm

popvulture wrote:
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Hard to say with it being an ES and having no cavity...I will most likely put a different pots kit for Throbak in there. When I take the old one out I will take some photos :)
Awesome 8) I thought ES's had a rear cover?
Can't say re: the 345, but the 335/330s don't. The guy who works on my guitars was telling me it's a pretty huge pain in the ass to work on the pots via the f-holes. Eek.
Yeah they really are a pain in the rear...I don't envy the tech that will look at mine for the pots upgrade! :D
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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by MrFingers » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:19 pm

That sunburst 1964 VOS 345 is "the one that got away". I found one for a very okay price on the local classifieds, called to make an appointment, and while I was transferring some funds and having my limit on my debit-card temporarily removed, I got a call that someone else was on his way to pick it up. Only to be sold 2 weeks later by that person (who turned out to be a trader) for a hell of a lot more :k.

As for prying out the electronics: that's why from the mid 1960's, Gibson cut out a substantial part out of the centerblock underneath the bridge pickup. It's easier that way than trying to pry it out via the F-holes (especially with a varitone, which I think is impossible to fit through those holes).

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by zhivago » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:25 pm

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That sunburst 1964 VOS 345 is "the one that got away". I found one for a very okay price on the local classifieds, called to make an appointment, and while I was transferring some funds and having my limit on my debit-card temporarily removed, I got a call that someone else was on his way to pick it up. Only to be sold 2 weeks later by that person (who turned out to be a trader) for a hell of a lot more :k.

As for prying out the electronics: that's why from the mid 1960's, Gibson cut out a substantial part out of the centerblock underneath the bridge pickup. It's easier that way than trying to pry it out via the F-holes (especially with a varitone, which I think is impossible to fit through those holes).
Bummer to hear you missed out on one of these :( ..hopefully another will surface...I always keep the faith...there's a few out there...waht colour and year was it?

There is another guitar that I have been looking for for a while, and now that I have the funds there are none to be seen...

They come and go...like buses...or the tide! :)
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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by andy » Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:36 pm

Beautiful guitar! That's the exact model I've been after for the last few years. Any more pics?
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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by zhivago » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:43 pm

andy wrote:
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Beautiful guitar! That's the exact model I've been after for the last few years. Any more pics?
Hopefully we will have some sunshine in London this weekend...if we do I'll shoot some more :)
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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by MrFingers » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:09 am

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Bummer to hear you missed out on one of these :( ..hopefully another will surface...I always keep the faith...there's a few out there...waht colour and year was it?
The one exactly like yours (sunburst, stoptail), from 2014, in 2014.

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land...

Post by zhivago » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:43 pm

MrFingers wrote:
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zhivago wrote:
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Bummer to hear you missed out on one of these :( ..hopefully another will surface...I always keep the faith...there's a few out there...waht colour and year was it?
The one exactly like yours (sunburst, stoptail), from 2014, in 2014.
Bummer! They made quite a few though...hopefully you can get one. Fingers crossed...
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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

Post by zhivago » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:10 am

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

Post by StevenO » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:47 am

That is such a wonderful Burst. Really beautiful guitar, Yannis!

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:40 am

Agreed about that burst.

Gorgeous!
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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

Post by zhivago » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:09 pm

Thank you guys, visually the guitar just flows! :-*

I plays so well too, I am really impressed! 8)
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Post by kosmonautmayhem » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:23 pm

Dayumn! :?

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Post by BlueSparkle » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:31 pm

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That's a nice, no great looking ES. I am half-wishing I did not pass mine on to a friend. ('77 335 custom TDC)

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

Post by Despot » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:26 pm

Nice Yannis! Welcome to ES-Land ... it's nice ... maybe stick around. ;)

I've the same guitar - just in olive drab with a bigsby, so I know exactly what you're talking about with this one. The MHS humbuckers are really really great sounding pickups, the '64 reissue has a nice neck carve (not super slim, but not too chunky - a nice C shape) and they're getting better and better at making them look like the vintage models (apart from the pickup covers).

I was just thinking that your reissue probably looks like my old beater 345 when it was new in '62!

Re: back panel/working on electronics...
Yeah ... it's a pain. Thankfully Gibson started putting a cut-out in the centre block - initially to fit the varitone choke (a big hunk of metal!) and then they realised that if they made the cut out a little bigger they could fit the wiring harness through there instead of the f-holes. The reissues have replicated that (at least on mine the cut out and general 'internal layout' were the same on the reissue as on the '62). So at least it's not quite as bad if you ever need to work on it. If you do though Yannis ... just a heads up. For some reason the wiring harness length on modern varitone Gibsons seems to be quite short - it's basically 'just enough' to get it in. I know when I had the CS ES355 and I had the pickups changed, the technician working on it had a real pain trying to get it out because of how Gibson had put it together - and that's someone who's well able to do that sort of thing easily on vintage guitars.

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Re: NGD...Zhivago's adventures in ES-land... (more photos added page 3)

Post by StevenO » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:23 am

I have to say, this guitar even looks good in its case. I love the colours, the golden and orange hues. I want my apartment to look as good as that!

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