2004 Gibson Historic 1963 ES-335TDC, 100% Original with OHSC, Mint!2004 Gibson Historic 1963 ES-335TDC, Gibson Special Order Guitar, looks unplayed/Near Mint Condition, 100% Original with OHSC. This is a one-owner, uncirculated guitar. This is a VERY Clean guitar; looks new; hardly any wear at all- I will call it a 9.9/10 without fear of reproach. Has a well-defined and balanced tone-in fact, I like the tone a lot better than the 2002 Historic ES-335 I previously owned. Pickups are Neck/7.98K and Bridge/7.98K. Has the 63 features of block markers, reflector caps, wire ABR-1. Nickel hardware is nicely aged. Neck is a comfortable medium profile with .88/1st fret and .95/12th fret. I just set it up; the guitar needs nothing and is a blast to play. This is a very rare guitar in a Lefty; I’ve only seen a few Historic 63 ES-335s over the years, and none this clean. And it has the rare Bigsby as well! Serial # is A-34048: 2004 Historic 1963 ES-335, 48th unit produced. Decoding the serial # comes directly from the Gibson web site (http://www2.gibson.com/Support/Serial-Number-Search.aspx): Historic ES MODELS (since 1995):
(A or B)-MYRRR
M is the model year being reissued
Y is the production year
RRR indicates the guitar's place in the sequence of Historic ES production for that year.
Reissue model codes:
3= 1963 ES-335 (block inlays)
9 with an "A" prefix = 1959 ES-335 (dot inlays) Unfortunately, I don’t have the COA, but do have an e-mail from the original dealer from where the guitar was purchased(EM Shorts Guitars) and an e-mail from Gibson confirming the guitar as a Gibson Custom 2004 Historic 1963 ES-335. Gibson is making fewer and fewer lefties, especially from the Custom Shop, so this is a rare opportunity to get a premium 335 in nearly new condition!