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Freddie King 1960 ES-345 Sixties Cherry VOS
Re-creation of the ES-345 used by the legendary blues artist
A faithful re-creation of the ES-345 used by the great Freddie King in the mid-1960’s, with features unique to the blues giant’s personal guitar. In addition to its luscious looks complemented by split parallelogram fingerboard inlays and period-correct plastics this guitar features hot hide glue neck and body construction, matched potentiometer sets, rolled fingerboard binding and much more, with a great set of MHS humbuckers for true PAF tone.
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: Vintage Plain
Binding: 3-ply (Tan-Black-Tan)
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Density: Vintage Plain
Binding: Tan
Weight Relief: Lightweight centerblock
Average Weight (body only): 2.1069 kg / 4.645 lbs
Materials Used
Glue: Franklin Titebond 50, Hot hide glue and Maple centerblock, Quartered Adirondack Spruce braces
Etc.: Maple centerblock, Spruce braces, Mahogany rim liner
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The sound waves resonate within the hollow airspace of the Maple veneered Body, around the F-holes, and throughout the solid glue joints.
Body Contour
Carve: Late 50s ES (Semi-Hollow with "mouse ear" cutaways)
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
Truss Rod: Historic
Profile: 1959 Traditional "C"
Thickness at Fret 1: 20.32 mm / .800"
Thickness at Fret 12: 25.40 mm / 1.000"
Other Materials: Franklin Titebond 50
Average Weight: 376.4817 gm / 0.830 lbs
Peg Head
Type: SP-2
Inlay: Mother of Pearl Crown
Peg Head Binding: None
Silkscreen: None
Headstock Angle: 17 degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the tone, aiding this guitar's exceptional sustain and depth, and yielding a resonance that can be felt right through the body
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 4 degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec
Type: Mortise and Tenon
Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue
Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge and Alignment Gauge
Style: White
Material: Nylon
Width: 4.3358 cm / 1.707"
Slots: E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches

e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
Wood Species: Rosewood
Pieces: 1
Shade: Dark
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.48 cm / 12 "
Frets: 22
Nut/End of Board: 4.318 cm / 1.700" @ nut, 5.6718 cm / 2.233" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: Tan
Side Dots (Color): Tortoiseshell
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Split Parallelogram
Material: Aged-Cellulose
Dimensions: large - 31.75 mm x 21.59 mm / 1.250" x 0.850", small - 44.45 mm x 5.715 mm / 1.75" x 0.225"
Average Weight: 147.4175 gm / 5.200 oz
Sixties Cherry
Color Code: SC
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer - Finished in V.O.S.
Filler: 330, Analine Dye
Sealer: 1-1.5 mils
Top: Sixties Cherry Stain, Cherry
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7-8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut
Color Code:
Surface Texture:
Top Coat:
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: MHS Humbucker MHS Humbucker
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5100/4900 5400/5200
Material of Wire (gauge): Enamel (42) Enamel (42)
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 mm / 2.61" x 0.68 " 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 mm / 2.61" x 0.68 "
Coil Material: ABS ABS
Coil Winding Process: Scatter Wound Scatter Wound
Pole Piece Material: Gold plated steel Gold plated steel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 47.4218 cm / 18.670" 59.5173 cm / 23.432 "
Slug Material: Nickel plated steel Nickel plated steel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 4.7498 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x .489" 4.7498 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x .489"
Magnet Material: Alnico III Alnico II
Magnet Position from Nut: 48.26 cm / 19" 58.42 cm / 23"
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5" 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5"
Polarities: Screw side is the south pole of magnet Screw side is the north pole of magnet
Cover: V.O.S. Gold plated V.O.S. Gold plated
Qfactor: 3.21 3.2
ResistanceDC: 7526 ohms 7963 ohms
Resonant Frequency: 2859.84 Hz 2695.19 Hz
Tonal & Resonant Advancements: Historically accurate "Patent Applied For" replica with airy tone and unbalanced coils. Slightly under wound.
Control Pocket Assembly Lead Volume Rhythm Volume
Type: CTS 550K Audio CTS 550K Audio
Peak Voltage: 1080V 1080V
Range: 0-550K 0-550K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: 550K +/- 5% 550K +/- 5%
Minimum Resistance: 50 ohms 50 ohms
  Lead Tone Rhythm Tone
Type: CTS DP6T
Peak Voltage: 250V
Power Rating: 3/4 amp at 125 VAC
Resistance Tolerance:
Minimum Resistance: .015 ohms
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm Value
  Black Beauty .022mfd/200v Black Beauty .022mfd/200v
Tuning Keys
Style: Kluson Single Ring Tulip Button
Material: Body is stamped steel with plastic tulip button
Weight: 22.6796 gm / 0.8 oz
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 15:1
Gear Type: Synchronized spur gear system
What is allowable turn: +/- 4 degrees
Plating specs: V.O.S. Gold
Part numbers: 430-14008 / 430-140009
String Dimensions
E: 1.1684mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4318mm / 0.017"
B: 0.3302mm / 0.013"
e: 0.2540mm / 0.010"
Style: No Wire ABR with gold plated brass inserts
Material: Die cast alloy
Plating Specs: V.O.S. Gold
Part number: 430-10160
Weight: 61.235 gm / 2.16 oz
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches
e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
Style: Lightweight stop bar
Compensated: No
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: V.O.S. Gold
Part number: 430-11739
Weight: 113.3981 gm / 4.0 oz
Output Jack
Style: 1/4" stereo jack
Jack Plate
Style: None
Material: n/a
Part Number: n/a
Weight: n/a
Strap Buttons
Material: V.O.S. Brass
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 430-19521
Weight: 2.268 gm / 0.080 oz
Pick Guard
Style: Multi ply ES-345 with 30" bevel (V.O.S.)
Part Number: 430-1269
Truss Rod Cover
Style: Vintage, engraved "Freddie King"
Part Number: 430-19784
Style: Gold Top Hats w/ Gold Inserts / Chickenhead Knob (V.O.S.)
Part Number: 430-19210 (Vol), 430-19209 (Tone) / 430-19221
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: Yes
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Switch Washer
Style: Gold Varitone Switchplate (V.O.S.)
Part Number: 430-19302
Trim Rings
Style: Black (V.O.S.)
Part Number: 440-13850
Style: Period Correct Hard Shell
Color: Tan & Pink
Strap Locks: No
Tools: None
Manual: None
COA/Other: Gibson Memphis COA / Stereo cable