All original except for Bigsby being removed (not included, long gone) and a stop tail bridge installed back in the early ‘60’s. This guitar is the first year that the ES series broke from the “dot” models and went with block inlays. It’s an outstanding player. I’m the 3rd owner. Last owner had it from 1966 until his death a few years ago. I bought it from his brother (non - musician) This one never had a varitone switch and it’s not a stereo conversion, it’s a stock mono model. Original PAF’s, all original electronics (they work flawlessly) original milk bottle tuners, and the finish is amazing. Binding and stinger headstock inlays are nicely yellowed due to being shot with the original nitro cellulose finish that Gibson used. The truss rod cover is made of brass. In keeping with what Gibson did for awhile after they released the ES-355 model, It’s been engraved with the original owners name, Cecil King. An amazing piece of history that’s been thoroughly checked out by James D’Aquisto apprentice and long time assistant, noted luthier Joseph Jesselli (Has built guitars for Keith Richards, Ron Wood, David Bowie, Paul Simon amongst others). This guitar was lightly played by a jazz guitarist who worked and lived in New Orleans LA. The guitar remained with him for most of its working life. Neck is pin straight, intonation perfect, original frets only dressed, never re-fretted and it still doesn’t need re-fretting. Just an amazing instrument that I’ll only sell for the advertised price. There is no “wiggle room” as I do not need to sell the guitar. Any collector that’s in the know will realize what this guitar represents and what it’s worth to a true collector. There are only 3 in the world that were 1. Stock mono 2. Stock non-varitone 3. Stock stop tail. This one is 2 out of 3. The three that are known of are known as “The Holy Grail” of the Gibson ES 355 model. More photos, video demo and information to follow. I wanted to get it listed to see what kind of interest this guitar brings.

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Very Good (Used)
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Brand Gibson
Model ES-355
Finish Cherry Red
Categories Semi-Hollow
Year 1959
Made In United States
Body Material Maple
Scale Length 24 3/4"
Body Shape Double Cutaway
Number of Strings 6 String
Right / Left Handed Right Handed
Body Type Semi-hollow Body
Neck Material Mahogany
Wood Top Style Plain
Finish Style Gloss
Fretboard Material Ebony

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Brother Joe Entertainment Inc.

Port Jefferson Station, NY, United States
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Gibson ES-355 1959 Cherry Red (not a reissue)
$35,000
+ $400 Shipping