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This is the home of OK Guitars in Kent, CT. Yes, it's an old train car.

This is the home of OK Guitars in Kent, CT. Yes, it’s an old train car.

All of the guitars in the “For Sale” section are in my possession unless I mention otherwise. They are not all my guitars. Some may be consignments. All of them have been set up by me and played by me to make certain they are everything I say they are. You are entitled to a 48 hour approval period. Buyer pays return shipping and will be charged for the initial shipping if it was free if the guitar is as described. If you just don’t “bond” with it, that’s a legitimate reason to return it but you will be responsible for its safe return to me. It must be shipped back by the same method you received it and must be fully insured.  All parts are photographed before shipping and parts that are missing or changed on a guitar that has been returned will be charged to the buyer. It’s not pretty but it happens. Fortunately, it rarely happens. You can also find me on Gbase and Reverb.com. My dealer name is OK Guitars. You can pay using Paypal, credit card, check, cash and bank wire. I will hold any guitar as a courtesy for 24 hours without a deposit. Just call or email me and let me know you’re interested. This isn’t the entire inventory. Check Gbase for more guitars. Amps and parts are on a separate page on this site. Always check Gbase-I usually update that first when I get something new.

 

I have two near mint 64's and they are both great. This one has a little bigger neck but has been refretted and Plek'd. There is no checking join the finish and only two small dings that I can find. Great tone, great player. I love this guitar. $15500.

I have two near mint 64’s and they are both great. This one has a little bigger neck but has been refretted and Plek’d. There is no checking at all in the finish and only two small dings that I can find. Great tone, great player. I love this guitar. $15500.

Near mint 1962 ES-335 factory stop tail. The bridge was moved back slightly -there are two small holes under the thumbwheels. Not visible with the bridge mounted. Otherwise 100% original and no issues PAF 62. $20,000

Near mint 1962 ES-335 factory stop tail. The bridge was moved back slightly -there are two small holes under the thumbwheels. Not visible with the bridge mounted. Otherwise 100% original and no issues PAF 62. $20,000

Late 59 ES-335 with the medium chunky neck not the baseball bat. All original parts. The front of the headstock was refinished by the previous owner-strictly cosmetic, no repairs. If he'd known it would knock a few thousand  off the value, maybe he wouldn't have done it. But you get to save a few grand and get a great guitar. $36000

**HOLD**Late 59 ES-335 with the medium chunky neck not the baseball bat. All original parts. The front of the headstock was refinished by the previous owner-strictly cosmetic, no repairs. If he’d known it would knock a few thousand off the value, maybe he wouldn’t have done it. But you get to save a few grand and get a great guitar. $36000

Early unbound 58 ES-335. Big fat neck, shallow neck angle, shaved bridge, thin top. These are great guitars and there aren't that many of them. Call me or email.

Early unbound 58 ES-335. Big fat neck, shallow neck angle, shaved bridge, thin top. These are great guitars and there aren’t that many of them. Call me or email.

Want a mono 59 355 with a factory stop tail? They made 3 of them. I sold one last year and just acquired another. This one is on hold. You'll have to wait for the last one to turn up. $44000

**SOLD**Want a mono 59 355 with a factory stop tail? They made 3 of them. I sold one last year and just acquired another. This one is on hold. You’ll have to wait for the last one to turn up. $44000

Super clean 64 Firebird V. All original, no issues. 9+ condition. Has some minor coil cord rash on the back. $14000

Super clean 64 Firebird V. All original, no issues. 9+ condition. Has some minor coil cord rash on the back. $14000

 

This is a John Cruz Masterbuilt 50th Anniversary Stratocaster. These were made in 2004 to celebrate 50 years of the Strat. These are lightly aged (closet classic) and are as new. I have two to sell. Each comes with all the paperwork and case candy and a poodle case AND a molded case. $4800 (each)

This is a John Cruz Masterbuilt 50th Anniversary ’54 Stratocaster. These were made in 2004 to celebrate 50 years of the Strat. These are lightly aged (closet classic) and are as new. I have two to sell. Each comes with all the paperwork and case candy and a poodle case AND a molded case. $4800 (each)

The very earliest 65's still had stop tails. The Cherry sunburst finish started in 65, so how many cherry burst stoptails can there be? I had one the ("The Mexican") and I know of a third that was in Germany. All three were within 15 serial numbers. Big 64 size neck and all nickel parts. Had been Grovered now has correct vintage Klusons.  Bigsby was added and removed. $12500

The very earliest 65’s still had stop tails. The Cherry sunburst finish started in 65, so how many cherry burst stoptails can there be? I had one (“The Mexican”) and I know of a third that was in Germany. All three were within 15 serial numbers. Big 64 size neck and all nickel parts. Had been Grovered now has correct vintage Klusons. Bigsby was added and removed. $12500

They only made around 175 reverse Firebird VII's and a lot of them have repaired headstocks. This one doesn't. 100% original down to the "fretless wonder" frets.  It could use a fret job but I don't want to be the one to decide what frets to put on it. The case isn't original to this guitar but its correct. $19000

They only made around 175 reverse Firebird VII’s and a lot of them have repaired headstocks. This one doesn’t. 100% original down to the “fretless wonder” frets. It could use a fret job but I don’t want to be the one to decide what frets to put on it. The case isn’t original to this guitar but its correct. $19000

One owner and very close to mint 64 Bigsby?Custom made ES-335. No issues. No excuses, no wear, no scrapes, scratches or dings. Some light checking keeps it near mint rather than mint. Cleanest 64 I've ever had. $16000

One owner and very close to mint 64 Bigsby/Custom made ES-335. No issues. No excuses, no wear, no scrapes, scratches or dings. Some light checking keeps it near mint rather than mint. Cleanest 64 I’ve ever had. $16500

Nice clean watermelon red ES-345 with some changed parts. Factory stop tail. Later (60's) bridge and tailpiece. PAFs. Pretty reasonable at $13000

Nice clean watermelon red ES-345 with PAFs mostly original with some vintage correct but not original parts. Factory stop tail.  Repro guard. Tuners were changed but now has a vintage correct set of gold Klusons. Converted to mono with Varitone removed using the original harness. VT and choke included (in the case). Pretty reasonable at $14000

You won't find a cleaner blonde 335 unless you buy a reissue. This a real deal '60 that's all original and near mint. Not cheap.

You won’t find a cleaner blonde 335 unless you buy a reissue or you have a time machine,  This a real deal ’60 that’s all original and near mint. Not cheap.

Old wood for sure, this 61 ES-335 has had some stuff done to it but is still a great player. Bigsby removed, refinished (perfect watermelon red which is hard to get right). Possibly re-necked-it's closer to a 64 profile than a 61. All high end repro parts and priced like a reissue at $7500.

Old wood for sure, this 61 ES-335 has had some stuff done to it but is still a great player. Bigsby removed, refinished (perfect watermelon red which is hard to get right). Possibly re-necked-it’s closer to a 64 profile than a 61. All high end repro parts and priced like a reissue at $7500.

Best Gretsch I've ever played. Perfect neck profile, great pickups, great tone. 61 is THE year for single cut 6120's according to folks who know Gretsches better than I do. Check out the cowboy case with gen-yoo-wyne leather trim. Call

**HOLD**Best Gretsch I’ve ever played. Perfect neck profile, great pickups, great tone. 61 is THE year for single cut 6120’s according to folks who know Gretsches better than I do. Check out the cowboy case with gen-yoo-wyne leather trim. Call

 

Well played slab board 60 Stratocaster. All original but missing its back plate and trem arm. It has been re-fretted. Original beat up brown case. $17500

Well played slab board 60 Stratocaster. All original but missing its back plate and trem arm. It has been re-fretted. Original beat up brown case. $17500

 

The ES-340 was, essentially, a 335 with a very odd circuit. The bridge pickup can be phase reversed using the three way switch. But the three way switch doesn't control the pickups-there is a "blend" pot to mix the pickups. The other volume is a master volume. Early one with no volute. I would convert it to a 335 and then it will be great.  Factory blonde. $4500.

The ES-340 was, essentially, a 335 with a very odd circuit. The bridge pickup could be phase reversed using the three way switch. But the three way switch doesn’t control the pickups-there is a “blend” pot to mix the pickups. The other volume is a master volume. This is so unwieldy that I converted it to a 335 circuit using a new harness. Original harness is included. Early one with no volute. Factory blonde. $3500.

 

Ken McKay makes the best semi hollow out there. It's called a Sunrise-some had asymmetrical cutaways to differentiate it from a Gibson. This one is made like a 335 and is better and more accurate than anything made by Gibson today. This was on elf the first ones he made back in 2012 (made specifically for me) with a neck that is somewhere between a 59 and a 64. Pickups are Wizz Clones $6000

Ken McKay makes the best semi hollow out there. It’s called a Sunrise-some had asymmetrical cutaways to differentiate it from a Gibson. This one is made like a 335 and is better and more accurate than anything made by Gibson today. This was on elf the first ones he made back in 2012 (made specifically for me) with a neck that is somewhere between a 59 and a 64. Pickups are Wizz Clones $6000

 

70's Explorers have taken off price wise. It wasn't long ago you could get an early reissue for $2500. Not any more. This is an early 77 (76 pot codes, 77 serial). It has been re-fretted but is otherwise original. $4500

70’s Explorers have taken off price wise. It wasn’t long ago you could get an early reissue for $2500. Not any more. This is an early 77 LE  (76 pot codes, 77 serial). It has been re-fretted but is otherwise original. $4500

This 69 Precision Bass has the biggest neck I've ever run across on a bass. I simply don't have big enough hands to play it. If you have gorilla hands, this is your bass. $4500

This 69 Precision Bass has the biggest neck I’ve ever run across on a bass. I simply don’t have big enough hands to play it. If you have gorilla hands, this is your bass. $4500

 

1999 Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton signature. Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka top. In very good condition-some checking in the finish on top and one small, tight crack. $2200

1999 Martin 000-28 Eric Clapton signature. Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka top. In very good condition-some checking in the finish on top and one small, tight crack. $2200

This is a 67 Martin D-28. You know what the front looks like so here's the main event-Brazilian rosewood. More photos on Gbase if you must see the front. $5000

This is a 67 Martin D-28. You know what the front looks like so here’s the main event-Brazilian rosewood. More photos on Gbase if you must see the front. $5000

1958 J160-E. Like Lennons only older by a few years. All original except for the tuners. Lots of checking and character. Lots of wear but plays and sounds super.  $3200

1956 J160-E. Like Lennons only older by a few years. All original except for the tuners. Lots of checking and character. Lots of wear but plays and sounds super. $3200

Great sounding 59 J-45 in real nice condition but for the two big scratches on the top. Cosmetic for sure and doesn't affect the spectacular tone of this old girl even with the adjustable bridge that everyone hates. Huge neck, excellent frets and a crappy soft case (original) $5000

**HOLD**Great sounding 59 J-45 in real nice condition but for the two big scratches on the top. Cosmetic for sure and doesn’t affect the spectacular tone of this old girl even with the adjustable bridge that everyone hates. Huge neck, excellent frets and a crappy soft case (original) $5000

This 61 is a cannon. No cracks, no repairs, no issue all original J50. $4000

This 61 is a cannon. No cracks, no repairs, no issue all original J50. $4000

65 Responses to “For Sale”

  1. Dave says:

    You are a sweetheart for taking the time to respond to my post, especially so thoughtfully. Maybe there is a way for us to do business together. You have some beautiful guitars, and I realize I’d have to spend more, but with you my gut tells me it would be worth the additional investment. Maybe 64 isn’t right after all. Not sure how far Kent is from Wesrchester, NY, which is where I am, but if feasible a visit to your shop or at least a phone call would seem to make a lot of sense. Thank you again for your gracious assistance. – Dave

  2. cgelber says:

    Depending on where you are in Westchester, it’s around an hour drive. I-684 to Rt 22 to Rt 55 to Rt 7.

  3. Hey, I stumbled in your website looking for ES-335 dimensions but I didn’t find what I was looking for.

    On one hand, I have to admit that since this is a free country anyone can do anything they please as long as they are not breaking the law, of course. Still, I can’t help making a comment that asking $22,000 for an electric guitar with wear markings, scratches, possibly some replaced parts and even a part of the pick guard broken (but still in the case, ha-ha) is -basically- what’s fundamentally wrong with how America has changed (nfor the worse) during the past few decades.

    I always thought the vintage market is full of (you know what). It’s mostly hype and very little essence. This site is yet another example positively reinforcing my belief that I am on the right path. I always though Gibson guitars were nicely made but still way overpriced. Now that I saw your prices, well, I had to reconsider.

    Nevertheless, I wish you do well with your business, still I’m glad I’ll never be your customer.

    Cheers!

  4. cgelber says:

    Bought a house lately?

  5. David from OZ says:

    Hi Charlie, David from OZ here. Thanks for all your kind help and expertise regarding my new toy which arrived today. It has been a great pleasure to deal with you and I should think we will do so again in the not to distant future. Kind regards, David.

  6. Jerry says:

    Hi Charlie! Thanks for your help with the 64 Cherry 335. Every time I play it I’m blown away by the tone from those patent #s. This guitar has a bit of that “magic”.

    Do the nut widths vary within that year? Mine is 1 5/8″, but I have found it to be comfortable after I play it for a few minutes. I think my muscle memory must be set to 1 11/16″ or so and it is amazing to me that I can even feel that sixteenth.

    Jerry in Florida

  7. doug says:

    Hey Charley,

    Thank you for responding to my query last night regarding the “58” 335 on Reverb. Not one of your listings.

    I feel like a dillweed that I did not see the “reissue” in the description. Then again – I think some sellers attempt to play that down.
    – Doug Clavell, Roseburg, OR

  8. cgelber says:

    Don’t feel bad. I miss stuff like that all the time.

  9. twotonemikeswoyer says:

    You have beautiful 335s. I would love one .I am to poor

  10. cgelber says:

    That’s the reason I have them now that I’m old. I was too poor too buy one in the 60’s. If I could have afforded one back then, I might not have so many now.

  11. Mike says:

    Love that Lentz!

  12. Woody says:

    i would like to get an ES 345 for about 5 k or 6 i play blues guitar and my own fok rock sort of thing im 64 i like used stuff playing 37 years

  13. cgelber says:

    Look for one from 66-68. Anything earlier will be beyond your budget unless it has some issues.

  14. Yotam Okon says:

    Hi
    is the 61 es335 player grade still available?
    thanks

  15. cgelber says:

    Yes, I still have it.

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