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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 and there are more photos.

*HOLD**Stunning near mint early 58 with unbound neck. One of the best I’ve had. A monster of a guitar that all original and ready to rock. $44000

There are lots of iterations of the 59 dot neck. Big neck, transition necks, black PAFs, white PAFs, thin tops and on and on. For me, the best combination is a thin top (58 FON), double whites (OK this one has one double white and a super rare reverse zebra) and a big fat neck. Condition is around 8.5/10 and its a great player. You can pay a lot more for a 59 but this one is better and better priced. $39000

You don’t see a lot of 62 dot necks. That’s the year they switched to blocks but they made dots for a month or two before they made the change. This is only the second one I’ve ever had. PAFs and some minor issues. $18500

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

1961 ES-335 Bigsby/Custom Made. Stop tail bushings are under the plate. I often avoid 61’s due to the very slim neck and the problems some of them have. This super clean Bigsby/Custom Made 335 is a killer player and priced to sell due to a single issue. 61’s sometimes develop a 3″ stress crack down the middle of the neck. Not structural at all. It is from the truss rod being overtightened at some point. It is perfectly repaired and you wouldn’t know it was there if I didn’t disclose it. It will never, ever be a problem unless you over crank the truss rod again(which I know you won’t). $16500

How is it I’ve been selling 335’s for all these years and never had an EB-2? It is, after, a 335 is a bass costume. It’s got that big, bad mud bucker that sounds like no other pickup on earth (or any other planet). This is a 59 and is all original except for three tuner tips. $5500.

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. $35000

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. Original low profile bridge is broken as most of them are and is in the case. Reproduction shaved ABR-1 is on it now. $34000

 

I always thought Telecasters were kind of ugly but a bound Tele Custom is actually a pretty nice looking design. And a great player. This had a Bigsby at one time but there are no visible holes in the top (B16). CBS didn’t mess with Teles very much until the 70’s. Lucky for us. $12750

Refinished 1957 Esquire, Big fat v neck and a hot pickup make this a rock and roll (or country) twang machine. Not a relic. You want chips and scrapes? Get out there and play it yourself. There are no shortcuts to mojo. Cheap too. New thermometer case. $9750

**HOLD**52 Telecaster. I’ve had two well known experts look at the finish. One says original, one thinks overspray. I think original but I’ve priced it down close to the refins out there. The neck pickup has been out and back in and the wires extended slightly. Great player. Real clean 54 tweed case.

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 damaged (15th fret). Easy fix. Case is later.
$8000

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

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted one of these. Not that I really wanted to be a bass player but these looked so cool, I couldn't help but want one. Kind of the best of Strat design combined with the best of the Jazzmaster and Jaguar. And a vibrato on a bass? How cool (dumb) is that? Anyway, it plays great and being that its just a guitar at an octave lower, I don't get lost while playing it. Mostly original-only Grovers have been added which is probably a big improvement . There are two little holes in the guard from an added finger rest which I'll include. Case is new and made for this bass. $6800.

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted one of these. Not that I really wanted to be a bass player but these looked so cool, I couldn’t help but want one. Kind of the best of Strat design combined with the best of the Jazzmaster and Jaguar. And a vibrato on a bass? How cool (dumb) is that? Anyway, it plays great and being that its just a guitar at an octave lower, I don’t get lost while playing it. Missing the bridge cover. Nice vibrant sunburst in excellent condition-call it 9/10 minus. Mostly original-only Grovers have been added which is probably a big improvement . There are two little holes in the guard from an added finger rest which I’ll include. Case is new and made for this bass. $6800.

My favorite Fender guitar is the Esquire Custom. My favorite guitar color is black. That pretty much says what I need to say. Except that its a very professional refinish. Other than that, it’s original and so terribly cool. Call. I’ll need to be talked out of keeping this one.

 

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

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.

 

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

 

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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