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    1965 Raven Archtop Semi
    Raven guitars were made in Japan at the Matsumoku plant and the brand was exclusive to Canada - not sure who the distributor was - anyone know?
    This one has been restored to great playing condition.
    It's a fully hollow ES-335 copy, or an ES-330 copy with humbuckers, depending how you look at it. Hey, The Japanese hadn't quite gotten the full picture in '65. Point is that it's a swell guitar, in great shape.

    -All seams are tight.
    -Wiring harness has been re-done , with original pots & caps, replaced jacks and switches.
    -Braided wire grounded to the bridge - the guitar does not hum.
    -Original humbucking pickups sound great.
    -Re-fretted with stainless steel jumbo frets. 10” fretboard radius.
    -New bone nut.
    -Vintage looking modern tuners.
    -Bridge base has been properly fitted to the top of the guitar for maximum tone transfer.
    -Available with Japanese Bigsby copy or regular trapeze tailpiece - your choice.
    -Gig bag included.

    Also included are a Fran’s Diner Receipt and Nickelodian Dinner Club ticket from May 11th 1974 that were with the guitar. Woohoo!

    $525 via PP-F&F or cheque, plus shipping anywhere.
    Can be shipped with the neck off in a much smaller box, to save shipping $$$.
    Can be shipped in an ES-335-style hardshell case for extra $$ - I have a few spare cases.
    Get your budget Emily Remler vibe!
    As the pix show, it's in great shape.
    What's that? you want a wood bridge, or a regular tune-o-matic? Trapeze tailpiece (as mentioned above)? Sure, I can make any of that happen.
    Come on down!


    Last edited by Hammertone; 05-21-2020 at 03:06 AM.

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    Hmmm. My birth year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleboli
    Hmmm. My birth year.
    Just what you need, ha! For you, free delivery.

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    My, that is cheap. Looks a bargain.

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    Homesick James seems to have used one although his looks like it has single coil pickups:




    1965 Raven (Matsumoku) semi - ES335/330 mashup - great guitar, cheap!-homesick-james-10-16-15-bestelno-asv-314-jpg

    ...and Fred McDowell:


    1965 Raven (Matsumoku) semi - ES335/330 mashup - great guitar, cheap!-bc68f561983c4e71f6b427406c71d0ea-jpg
    Last edited by TOMMO; 05-21-2020 at 02:45 AM.

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    I wonder if that Fran's receipt was from an after-gig meal? In 1974, that was just about the only place in Toronto where you could get food after 1 AM other than those two diners at Dupont and Bathurst.

    I really like the idea of this guitar. The full hollow thin body with the humbuckers in a really inexpensive platform are pretty much my idea of a perfect hollow body for me. If I was still in Canada I'd snap it up. (And we may come back ... I think I'll keep watching this one).

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    Of course, you can always get a used Gibson ES-330L Humbucker version for just a couple of thousand bucks more, but I think the Raven is a sweet deal. Send money, get guitar!
    Attached Images Attached Images 1965 Raven (Matsumoku) semi - ES335/330 mashup - great guitar, cheap!-es-330l-humbucker-jpg 
    Last edited by Hammertone; 05-22-2020 at 04:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Homesick James seems to have used one although his looks like it has single coil pickups:




    1965 Raven (Matsumoku) semi - ES335/330 mashup - great guitar, cheap!-homesick-james-10-16-15-bestelno-asv-314-jpg

    ...and Fred McDowell:


    1965 Raven (Matsumoku) semi - ES335/330 mashup - great guitar, cheap!-bc68f561983c4e71f6b427406c71d0ea-jpg

    There ya go! Street cred!

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    I'm selling off a few guitars to make some space, and some money.
    I could ship it with the bolt-on neck off, which would probably cut shipping cost in half.
    This one is a great deal, and plays like a million bucks!
    Jens Ritter would be green with envy!
    Last edited by Hammertone; 08-20-2020 at 11:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    My, that is cheap. Looks a bargain.
    Why, yes, it is a bargain! Come on down!