Up close and personal with Mel Bay’s very own 1958 Gibson ES-335

1958 Gibson ES-335 that was once owned by Mel Bay
(Image credit: Future / Paige Davidson)

Well Strung Guitars – one of New York's standout vintage guitar establishments – has been the custodian of countless historic guitars since its inception as We Buy Guitars back in 1968. David Davidson, in turn, has authenticated, purchased, and sold thousands of vintage guitars during his career.

Simply put, it means he's seen his fair share of guitar history – including this 1958 Gibson ES-335, built to order for guitar educator par excellence Mel Bay.

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.