Gibson potentiometer dating

The body is dated March 1956, has a very deep contour which makes it light and comfortable.

The original finish has lots of checking and wear on both sides, showing the beautiful figure in the wood.

I’m not going to talk about why old wood is better-I think I did that a few years ago. The four ply tops were 25% thicker and the cracking problem went away. I know what maple looks like but the two hidden plies could be anything. And besides, I wouldn’t know poplar from ash from basswood. Plywood isn’t exactly a tonewood but it’s strong and cheap and you can form it into an arch without having to carve it. I would argue that the thinner top is more resonant and I’ve found some of the best 335’s to be 58’s and early 59’s.

I am going to talk about the wood that went into 335’s and hope to clarify a few questions that have been asked of me recently. The composition was, generally, maple/poplar/poplar/maple. The center block is maple with mahogany at the butt end.

Great jazz and blues guitar, all original including the frets. Figured ash body, two-tone sunburst finish, maple neck and bakelite parts.

The original circuitry shows potentiometers date February '56, paper capacitor, intact solder-joints, three way CRL selector switch and Switchcraft jack-socket.

The fingerboard shows some wear, but the frets are still in decent condition with lots of room for bending and a nice and easy action.

I got my first one in 1966 when I was 14 years old. OK Guitars is located at 11 Railroad Street in Kent, CT.

Open Friday through Sunday and by appointment during the week.

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