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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.

 

Later 58 with the bound neck. All 58 features-huge neck (.94" at the first fret), sealed PAFs, thin top. Killer player. Low profile ABR-1 in the case (partially collapsed like most of them), now has a no wire vintage correct ABR-1 ground down to accommodate shallow neck angle. Has some cracking around the jack that has been stabilized. This is very common in 58's. $34000

Later 58 with the bound neck. All 58 features-huge neck (.94″ at the first fret), sealed PAFs, thin top. Killer player. Low profile ABR-1 in the case (partially collapsed like most of them), now has a no wire vintage correct ABR-1 ground down to accommodate shallow neck angle. Has some cracking around the jack that has been stabilized. This is very common in 58’s. $34000

 

59 345's are a personal favorite of mine. This guitar is really loud. Extra hot PAFs (8.68K and 8.45K) probably have something to do with that. This one has the medium profile "transitional" neck. Only issue is that it had different tuners at some point. A set of real 59 Elusions with original tips are on the guitar now and the holes from the other tuners are filled. Everything else is original. Still stereo with a very good sounding Varitone (some don't do much).  Condition is 9/10 . The guitar has been re-fretted. Original Stone case (brown) with replaced handle. $17500

59 345’s are a personal favorite of mine. This guitar is really loud. Extra hot PAFs (8.68K and 8.45K) probably have something to do with that. This one has the medium profile “transitional” neck. Only issue is that it had different tuners at some point. A set of real 59 Elusions with original tips are on the guitar now and the holes from the other tuners are filled. Everything else is original. Still stereo with a very good sounding Varitone (some don’t do much). Condition is 9/10 . The guitar has been re-fretted. Original Stone case (brown) with replaced handle. $17500

Near mint fairly early 60. "Transitional" neck, 59 features. All original except for re-fret. Stunning example. $35K

Near mint fairly early 60. “Transitional” neck, 59 features. All original except for re-fret. Stunning example. $35K

Mono 355's have gotten kind of scarce (and pricey). No wonder. It's essentially a pimped out dot neck 335. It's still a bargain when you look at it that way. Pickguard is a custom made repro-the original is dust. $18000

Mono 355’s have gotten kind of scarce (and pricey). No wonder. It’s essentially a pimped out dot neck 335. It’s still a bargain when you look at it that way. Pickguard is a custom made repro-the original is dust. This is a 60. Zebra PAF in the neck, double black PAF in the bridge.  $18000

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

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. $34000

Big neck 65's are still a relative bargain. Pickups could be early patents or later ones. They are not t-tops. This an all original guitar in 8/10 condition. There is one inlay that is slightly damaged (15th fret). Easy fix. Case is later.  $8500

Big neck 65’s are still a relative bargain. Pickups could be early patents or later ones. They are not t-tops. This an all original guitar in 8/10 condition. There is one inlay that is slightly damaged (15th fret). Easy fix. Case is later.
$8500

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. $11500

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

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.

 

Near mint no issue big neck 65 SG Standard. No checking at all, no neck issues, all original, all nickel parts. Great player and an excellent collectible SG. $12500

**HOLD**Near mint no issue big neck 65 SG Standard. No checking at all, no neck issues, all original, all nickel parts. Great player and an excellent collectible SG. $12500

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

**HOLD**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

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

67 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.

  16. bigbang3 says:

    regarding the 61 gretsch, I would have to say the 58 & 59 are the magic years for the 6120, That said, every guitar has to be judged on it’s own merits and it could well be that the 61 shown here is just such a guitar. Some people can’t live without the full thickness body, theres like the thinner style. At any rate I think the one shown is a bargain. As much as I love the ES Series I would argue that the early Filtertrons are some of the finest sounding pickups ever to grace a guitar.

  17. cgelber says:

    I don’t think there are any “magic” years for any guitar. Everybody thinks 59 is the pinnacle for 335’s but I’ve played average 59’s and stunningly good 65’s. I don’t play enough 6120’s to know much but the 61 I had was the best I’ve ever played. Perhaps if I had the opportunity to play more of them, I would agree with you but I can only write what I know.

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