This one off is pretty interesting. Factory Byrdland tailpiece, Super 400 inlays and bound f-holes. Probably an employee guitar, it never strayed far from home. It was bought within 150 miles of Kalamazoo.
This is the only 58 ES-355 I’ve owned. They only made 10 of them in 58. Stop tail was added. This extreme fade is typical of very early red 355’s. You can seethe original color peaking out from behind the guard.
It doesn’t get much rarer than this. This is the only known 63 stop tail ES-355 Mono (or stereo, for that matter). There a 6 known stop tail 355’s from 58-64. I’ve now owned 4 of the 6.
Here’s a beautiful 60 mono with double white PAFs. If you saw the movie “The Big Short”, this guitar was owned by the character played by Christian Bale. He played drums in the movie but played this in real life.
This is one of only a handful of stop tail ES-355’s. They were all Custom orders and I know of 6 of them. I’ve owned four of the six. This one is a 60 and formerly owned by Charlie Wirz, one of the first vintage dealers in the country, hence the “CW” at the end of the fingerboard.
Ultra rare and maybe the only one. 1959 mono factory stop tail ES-355. My holy grail (or one of them anyway)
Another mono 59 ES-355. Smaller transitional neck on this one but the double white PAFs make up for that.
Killer big neck 59 355 mono. Had a headstock crack but still a great, great guitar.
Bill C. from an undisclosed location sent me this photo of his ’60 mono ES-355. Look at the gold on that beauty. He must have worn gloves while playing. I always like the personalized touches folks put on their guitars-it gives them context and some small amount of history. This is a fairly early 60 so it still has the long guard and amber switch tip. It also has black non reflector knobs-a great look. I think it’s the “newer” red but given the condition of the gold it may just have never seen the sun. Thanks Bill. Great addition to the site
A factory stop tail ’59 ES-355 has been on my personal bucket list for years. The fact that it’s a 59 is just icing on the cake. If it was mono, I’d be beside myself but this’ll do. Love that watermelon red too.
’61 mono on the left and early 60 mono on the right. Note the difference in the red (and the Bigsbys).
One of my favorite guitars – a 59 mono ES-355. Double white in the neck. Not the huge neck but not the flat one either.
This ultra rare stoptail ’63 355 had my name all over it and then I got outbid. Thanks Roger.
You all know how I don’t like a Maestro on a 3×5 but I’ll make an exception for a blonde 355.
You won’t see another like this. If you see a sunburst 62 ES-355 with bound f-holes and a sideways, it’s this one. One of a kind for sure. Thanks, Rob.
- Here’s a cool mid 59 TDSV from JR, a reader from somewhere in Cyberspace. 59’s are great because they get that fade, although this one is still pretty vibrant
- This is the first 355 I posted on the site. I didn’t own it at the time, I just grabbed a photo of the internet so I would have one. Now I own it. It found me. Mono, of course. Too bad I didn’t get the cool BF Vibrolux too
Here’s a nice example of a 59 ES-355. Long guard and all original. Played great too.
A Maestro equipped 65 ES-355. I don’t like the way Maestros look but they are pretty stable if you must have a whammy. This 65 had a full 1 11/16″ nut.
Big fat neck 59 SVT ES-355. Sayonara, red. See you in Tokyo next time I’m in town.
You gotta love the 355s with the sideways. Unless it’s really well set up and balanced, it makes a crappy trem but it has a lot of mass and makes a pretty good tailpiece. this one is a mono, of course, and is headed for the personal collection of a well known collector and dealer.
I love the “watermelon” fade, This 59 mono 355 lives in New Jersey now. I really liked this one while I had it.