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Gibson ES-335 Artisan

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 12:18 am
by Angelo Pacifici
Hi, new here. I have a Gibson ES-335 Artisan. Its a guitar that was loaded with an eq circuit ( Moog ) and other electronic variations to the tone that were all toggled with three mini-switches. It was a horrible circuit and I had it removed and migrated the instrument to more of a classical 335. It also had micro tuners at the stop bar which have also been removed in favor of a standard stop bar. It has a brass nut. All in all the changes have faired well for this mid-seventies guitar. It plays well. Oh, it is somewhat like the BB King in that is does not have f-holes.

Here is my question: Would it be possible to put in the f holes and bring this guitar closer to a traditional 335. I realize that this would entail a very careful bit or luthier/surgical skill. Is the blocking inside a BB 335 similar to the standard 335 and would the f holes work out.

Any input would be appreciated.

Re: Gibson ES-335 Artisan

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 2:05 am
by Jim McConkey
Welcome to the MIMF, Angelodp, but please note that require full names here. Please leave us your name or PM any of the moderators and we will change your login. Have a look around. Be sure to have a look in the Archtop section - there is a discussion there right now about cutting F holes in an existing top.

Re: Gibson ES-335 Artisan

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:40 am
by Angelo Pacifici
Thanks JIm, I did study that series of post and got some insights. I am still wondering if anyone has specifically done this on a Gibson like mine.

Cheers A

Re: Gibson ES-335 Artisan

PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:35 am
by Chuck Raudonis
Sounds like an interesting instrument. Can you post some pictures?