Gibson ES Type JVS (Pre-Owned)



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  • Three 1973/4 ES Type guitars were supplied by Gibson to Stars Guitars to be used as the prototype demonstrators for the JVS (Jimmy Vincent Special) wiring harness: one ES 345, and two ES-355 TD. (Jimmy Vincent, of course is best known as Terry Kath’s replacement in the band Chicago.)

    The original mod was requested by Jimmy Vincent himself, when he presented his stock Gibson and asked Ron to “put in all of the coolest tricks you know”. The result ‘blew Jimmy away,’ and Ron - who was also a technical consultant to Gibson - sold Kalamazoo on the mod. (Jimmy sold his 345 to Eldon Bishop and had Ron build him a JVS 355).

    Although the mod added significantly to the cost, the collaboration continued until the late 1970’s. During this time, a limited production of 50 JVS were eventually built by Ron and Stars Guitars.

    For those of you thinking, ‘why modify a perfectly good Gibson?’

    The intent - and the outcome - of the project was to build an axe that would, and will out-perform any other Gibson ES type instrument for playability, versatility and overall range and quality of the sounds it can produce. 

    While this axe holds much of its intrinsic vintage value, the mods add significantly to the player's value of this instrument! 

    Ron sold the 345, pictured, for $4,500 in 2010. Asking price for these one-of-a-kind ES-355 TD’s is $4,500 each, SN 00104878, and 967533

    Below, in Ron’s words, is the answer to the burning question ‘What the hell do all those extra knobs & switches do?’

    The Knob & Switch Legend

    #1 is a Master Volume, a ganged Allen Bradley Mil Spec sealed potentiometer (note that all the other pots are Mil-Spec sealed Clarostats) that is connected post pickup selector switch.

    Why add a Master Volume? In Stereo or Mono Mode you can shut down the axe with one knob instead of both volumes, and come back up without losing the balance between pickups. The physical placement of the knob will allow you to turn it with your pinky and imitate a volume pedal.

    #2 is a "coil-cut" with treble boost for the bridge pickup. This is accomplished on a DPDT miniswitch. One side of the switch flips the vertical stacked coil from a humbucking coil to the secondary coil and the normal secondary coil to off. The other side of the switch routs the pickup signal through an Alembic Stratoblaster set to about a 6db boost. The trimpot is user adjustable. Minimum setting is 3db with a maximum of 15db. The Stratoblaster's battery lives under the pickup and lasts for years as long as the guitar is not left plugged in 24/7.

    #3 is the stock Gibson pickup selector switch.

    #4 is a phase switch for the neck pickup and gives the pickup the thin single coil type nasal sound without the usual single coil 60 cycle buzz.

    #5 is a Decade Capacitor rotary switch which replaces the stock Gibson Varitone. This configuration creates a significantly more audible frequency rolloff without the Varitone's loss of signal strength.

    #6 is a Stereo/Mono Mode switch which directs the pickup outputs to the ring and sleeve of a stereo jack, or sums the outputs to the ring of a mono jack.

    #7 is the Neck Pickup Volume.

    #8 is the Neck Pickup Tone.

    #9 is the Bridge Pickup Volume.

    #10 is the Bridge Pickup Tone.

    #11 is the output jack.

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