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M-I-C-K-E-Y…Why? Because we like you. M-O-U-S-E

You’ve heard about them but you can’t quite figure out what they’re talking about when they tell you the guitar has Mickey Mouse Ears. I didn’t know guitars even had ears.  Has Disney gotten their hands on Gibson too?  Well, no. It all refers to the shape of the cutaways in the 335, 345 and 355. There have actually been about 6 different shapes over the years, maybe more considering they keep tweaking the recent ones to try to match the older types. They still don’t have it right but  they’re getting there. The first type existed only in 1958 and was a slightly pointy but still rather rounded shape. Then, in 59, what we call “Mickey Mouse” ears became the norm. They were very round on top and very symmetrical-all in all a very pleasing look. Then, if you listen to the folks at Gibson, they mold wore out and they had to retool. That was sometime in 63. The next type was very pointy and is typical of late 63s and continued through 67. Careful observers will note 2 different types of pointy ears. One is very long and thin with a pronounced arch in the ears themselves, while the other is rather short and stubby but still clearly pointed. In 68, they split the difference and had a more rounded cutaway again but not so symmetrical as the original Mickey.  Then, in the mid 70’s they got really skinny and the body shape changed completely-narrower waist and smaller bouts. A really ugly look.  Then when the dot reissue came out in 81, there were 2 distinct types. What I call the “stubby” type and the “classic” type which is very close to a 68-75 shape. Today’s ears are still very close to the 68 type. If they are going for the full Mickey, they haven’t gotten it yet. If you don’t see them side by side, you might never notice but once you’ve trained your eye, they are as different as night and day. I particularly like the Mickey Mouse era but I’ve grown fond of the early pointy ones as well.

This was posted a while back by a guitar buddy name Christopher who knows his ears

A is the 58 almost Mickey Ear. B is the Classic 59-63 Mickey Ear. C is the pointy 64-67 D is the more rounded 68 E I’m  not sure of and F is late 70s.

Not Quite Mickey Mouse 58 (Thanks To Tom Hollyer es-335.net)


The Real Mickey Mouse Ear 1960

The very pointy 64-67 Type

The Ol' Blue Trini with Stubby Pointy Ears

1968 More Rounded

The Original Mickey Mouse Ear Guitar

5 Responses to “M-I-C-K-E-Y…Why? Because we like you. M-O-U-S-E”

  1. jeff says:

    I have the original micky mouse guitar. I was woundering its value. It is in the same condition as the one in the pic. Ear.

  2. cgelber says:

    I have no idea. I’ll bet they made about a zillion of them but I also bet most of them are gone, so I’m guessing it’s worth some $$. I had one when I was 4 or 5. I probably broke it over my brother’s head.

  3. Richard says:

    Am I alone in really liking the slim late-70s look? I’d want an earlier 335 too, but I actually quite fancy an ES-347 with the slim horns…

  4. cgelber says:

    Totally alone.

  5. AT says:

    And how about this… Jimi Mickey Hendrix

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