Then you’ve got a dot neck with the neck you want for 500.You won’t be able to sell it for much more but you could have a great guitar at a great price (considering a no issue 61 will cost you around K and have a neck you might not like). I don’t suggest you go quite as nuts as I did on this one. The bridge was original and studs were correct as were the tuners. So, it needed the two big holes filled and it needed a new neck.Only available in 1941, the model was not included in any catalogue but was featured in a mailer (see the image of this, below the guitar photos) that was sent out to Gibson dealers.It had a 17-inch L-7 size body but was significantly less expensive than that model when new (dealer net price was .50).I’ve had a few of these guitars and have put up the money to bring them back to the hands of appreciative players.It’s also very rewarding to bring a guitar back from the dead.Here’s what was done: New neck carved to my 59/64 spec-that’s around .86″ at the first and 1″ at the 12th. New stock frets and new neck bindings which were thinned and rolled were done.
10, 1978, in Kalamazoo and was the 276th instrument stamped that day. 3, 1985, in Nashville and was the 1st instrument stamped that day.Taking a true beater (busted or twisted neck, holes in the body from added mini switches, all changed parts and any number of other indignities) and bringing it back to life is not an inexpensive proposition and, to be honest, generally won’t make sense with any 335 other than a dot neck or maybe a blonde 345 or a stop tail 355. Well, it’s a really expensive proposition and the finished reclamation guitar generally isn’t worth even half what a no issue one would be.So, if you don’t get the beater for really cheap, don’t waste your money.NOTE - Gibson USA goes to a 9 digit serial number in early July 2005..The sixth number is now a batch number- batch 0 starts at the beginning of the day, and once we stamp 699, the batch number will change to 1. I've been collecting buying and selling ES 335/345/355 guitars for 20 years.