This is the 14th of 24 Gibson Custom Shop ES 355 -1959 Historic Reissues with "Special Appointments" commissioned in 2002 by Garys Classic Guitars, from the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, TN.
It is an incredible guitar, which originally listed for $8500 in 2002. My asking price of $4200 is less than half that. Considering the condition of this guitar (near mint) as well as being stored in a climate controlled vault when not in use, you can't go wrong!
This group of guitars was commissioned to recapture the classic appointments of the original instrument, and the variations of the ES355 in 1959. The records indicate that there were only a handful of natural blonde ES355's shipped (although early records are sketchy) and even rarer were the ES355's with a Stop Tailpiece.
This commissioned Historic Reissue Guitar boasts both the Stop Tailpiece and the Natural Blonde Finish which represents the rarest of the ES355's produced in 1959.
Thin double cutaway, semi-hollow body with solid maple block down center, stereo electronics with *Vari-tone rotary tone switch (*Professionally Disconnected), 2 humbucking pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone knobs and a switch, tune-o-matic bridge, A stop tailpiece which is very rare, multiple bound tortoise pickguard that extends below the bridge, multiple bound top, triple bound back, single bound ebony fingerboard, unbound F-holes, block fingerboard inlays, neck joins body at 19th fret, 5-piece split-diamond peghead inlay, gold plated parts, Grover rotomatic tuners, and a Highly flamed Natural Blonde finish.
This guitar is one of a kind, built in the Coveted Nashville Custom Shop in 2002. With the opening of the Memphis Custom Facility in 2000,the Nashville Custom Shop was still considered the Premier Facility producing the highest quality Custom Guitars that Gibson had to offer!
*(Vari-tone parts have been safely store, and will come with the Guitar. Cost to re-connect approx. $75 - $100)
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