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    What an incredible guitar !


    Quote Originally Posted by Burrellesque
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burrellesque
    I have a 1952 Gibson ES-350N. It's the 2 volume 1 master tone configuration, but could have left the factory early in 1953 (FON is 1952).

    It is one of only a few I have seen where the neck pickup is positioned closer to the fingerboard as in the 2 volume 2 tone knob variant (1953 onwards).

    To answer floatingpickup, when either pickup is turned right down it doesn't seem to be in the circuit at all.

    To me it's the perfect Gibson arch top. The P90s are incredible! The combination of 17" laminate and 25.5" scale is ideal. Hard to believe that Gibson have made so few guitars with this combination.
    Thanks for the info. That is a beautiful guitar!
    Keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burrellesque
    Gibson ES-350 - Why Is It Special?-image-jpg
    The Bop Grail as far as I am concerned even if my archtop envy has been put to rest since last summer.
    Pretty much the only thing I would still crave for just after the neck CC equipped one.
    Not sure I will ever justify to afford one to play in my living room though

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    Thanks guys. Nice to be somewhere where these fine guitars are appreciated.

    Fred Archtop- love your YouTube channel! A great reference source and some tasty playing.

    Interesting that the Epiphone Zephyr Blues Deluxe (ES-5 copy) was mentioned earlier. I own a couple of them, one of which I gigged for many years. I really enjoyed that guitar, but it's quite a different instrument to the ES-350 in terms of resonance and tone. The Gibson is so much more alive and articulate.

    I think I zeroed I on the L5 size laminate thing about 15 years ago. I remember I was interested in the Guild X500 for a while after playing one in a store in San Francisco. Then I think interest shifted to the Gibson ES-5.
    Playing the Epiphone ZBD I realised the middle PU is really just in the way a lot of the time for me, and I wondered if there was a similar guitar in a single or 2 PU configuration. Which lead to the ES- 350.

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    I tried to get Gibson to build me one. The Crimson shop said sure...... $9K

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    Hi gang. New to this thread. A Gibsun ES-350 is available for $565. Almost brand new and looks great, but what exactly is a Gibsun ES-350 copy? I have no more information than this. The o on the headstock even looks like a “u” more than an “o.” I realize Gibsun means it’s a copy, but who, when, where, and just what is this guitar in build and quality? Thanks for your input!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabeezlebub
    Hi gang. New to this thread. A Gibsun ES-350 is available for $565. Almost brand new and looks great, but what exactly is a Gibsun ES-350 copy? I have no more information than this. The o on the headstock even looks like a “u” more than an “o.” I realize Gibsun means it’s a copy, but who, when, where, and just what is this guitar in build and quality? Thanks for your input!!!
    1) 2) The object you describe is likely a poorly-made fake. Good , well-made instruments are available from reputable manufacturers who deserve your trust and hard-earned cash. Go with the quality.

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    Thanks k!! That was my first impression. Who makes a copy of the ES 350 and where would it come from...China, Taiwan, Sears, a Cracker Jack box??!?!!!

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    While not likely in the same league as the aforementioned guitars, Walkin of Japan does make some interesting Archtop Tribute models at a lower price-point:








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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Archtop
    AFAIR BK's 350 also had a fretboard replacement with ebony instead of the original rosewood. This makes a small difference in tone as regards original ES 300/350s, much less than the CC vs P90 pickup though.

    These postwar ES 300/350 & 150 are wonderful instruments.

    Cheers.

    I was lucky enough to own a 1947 ES-350P for a while - a fantastic instrument, purchased by me for £995-00 round about 1981, I think, and subsequently parted with due to various spells of unemployment. Today's price? probably £6,000-00 and above - if you're ever lucky enough to find one.

    Barney's fretboard replacement also had the neck/nut tapered down from the original dimensions, I think - from a 44mm nut to a 43mm one. I remember Herb Ellis years ago saying in an article that one time he compared side-by-side a 50's L-50 (carved) to a 50's L-48 (laminated) guitar - he thought the L-48 came out way better - to his ear, at least. And of course we all hear differently...….

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    Quote Originally Posted by nopedals
    Probably worth mentioning as well: The ES-150/300/350s were all thin laminates. This has been discussed before on the board in threads about early ES-175s. Sometime in the mid-60s Gibson went to a heavier laminate (some say to avoid warranty claims for cracks, others speculate for better feedback control, or perhaps the thin stuff just because harder to source).
    what about the ES125's .... thin laminate too ?