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    Is it me or do you see it as well?

    Was watching this video on Gibson limited edition Chuck Berry ES-350T and see finish flaws on the guitar!!! I was excited to see that they were making these when I first saw the article. The guitar looks to have some nice woods, but the finish....

    Maybe I am being too critical, but the guitar in Chuck Berry’s sons hands looks poorly finished. The bridge is up against the P90 bridge pickup as well. My thoughts were if this is the guitar used in the video, they one you might buy might be worse. What do you guys think?

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    The front of the headstock was pretty bad.
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    I think that's a cool guitar, but why would anyone buy that when you can have a '50's ES-350 for the same price? Or, right now, there is a very nice original '59 on Reverb for half the price!

    https://reverb.com/item/28611339-vin...ry-tone-es-350

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    Quote Originally Posted by DThomasC View Post
    The front of the headstock was pretty bad.
    What I noticed as well. They will ask 10K for these... Looks like to me Gibson may still be having quality issues if this guitar is any indication. Not acceptable on a guitar this expensive.
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    1949 Gibson ES-350
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    1967 Gibson ES-330
    1974 Gibson Les Paul Special
    1997 Gibson ES-295
    1997 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Catalina
    2010 Gibson ES 335 Custom Shop
    2005 Gretsch G6120RHH
    2007 Gretsch 6122-1962 Country Gentleman
    2011 Gretsch G6120EC
    2010 Gretsch G6120TM "Setzerized"
    Gretsch G6128T-GH Duo Jet
    and too many other guitars to list here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    I think that's a cool guitar, but why would anyone buy that when you can have a '50's ES-350 for the same price? Or, right now, there is a very nice original '59 on Reverb for half the price!

    https://reverb.com/item/28611339-vin...ry-tone-es-350

    walrus
    I agree. This one has Humbuckers.
    1966 Guild X-175
    1999 Guild X-160 Rockabilly
    2001 Guild X-500T
    1999 Guild Starfire III-90
    2000 Guild Starfire IV
    1949 Gibson ES-350
    1966 Gibson ES-125CD
    1967 Gibson ES-330
    1974 Gibson Les Paul Special
    1997 Gibson ES-295
    1997 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Catalina
    2010 Gibson ES 335 Custom Shop
    2005 Gretsch G6120RHH
    2007 Gretsch 6122-1962 Country Gentleman
    2011 Gretsch G6120EC
    2010 Gretsch G6120TM "Setzerized"
    Gretsch G6128T-GH Duo Jet
    and too many other guitars to list here!

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    Can't see the finish flaws on my phone. But my first thought was "might as well get the real thing, for that kind of money" too.

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    Finish flaws on the headstock are clearly evident. The bottom circle of the bottom right f-hole is also misshapen and not perfectly round (at 2:40).

    I'd prefer true '55 players condition example for a lot less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
    I think that's a cool guitar, but why would anyone buy that when you can have a '50's ES-350 for the same price? Or, right now, there is a very nice original '59 on Reverb for half the price!

    https://reverb.com/item/28611339-vin...ry-tone-es-350

    walrus
    The original pickups are missing from that guitar, hence the low, low price.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilded View Post
    The original pickups are missing from that guitar, hence the low, low price.
    Ah, good eye! Still a great looking guitar!

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    ...isn't Berry more known for his "335/355" series guitars? At least, thats what I remember...
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