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Projects: 1974 Gibson 335

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This guitar started life with a rather nondescript version of Gibson's walnut finish. The present owner is a Moody Blues fan, and bought it with the intention of getting it refinished in translucent blue. Apparently Gibson made a couple of blue 335s in 1974 when Justin Hayward was cutting his Blue Guitars album. Hayward had one, and the other was given way as a prize in the US. This was quite a tricky project, as the walnut stain had to be removed from the wood without sanding through the top veneer. Strangely, the wood used for the back was of a much better quality than the front. As usual, re-installing the electrics was an exercise in patience.

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue

Gibson 335 1974 translucent blue