’65 Epiphone Olympic SB722

I got this thing almost accidentally! It came from Arlington, TX Guitar center and was on sale for $350. They screwed my shipping up three times, and ended up refunding me $50 from the price, $20 for the shipping and were going to give me $50 in store credit, but they screwed that up too and gave me only $44. Not too shabby!

This guitar has THE BEST neck of any instrument I have ever owned.

According to the shipping graph below, no Cherries should have shipped in ’65. BUT, according to Provide.Net, the serial number dates this to ’65. Record keeping was not very good at Gibson, especially before ’76… I believe it’s a ’65 based on the pot codes and the serial.

The output on the pickup measures about 7.9k Ohm, which is pretty hot for a little single coil. It gets dirty when you drive it, though it cleans up quite nicely. It’s like a Gibson made Esquire, in a sense.

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 total
Olympic Special SB721 331 554 819 522 135 25 88 2474
Olympic Special SB721 MV 48 470 518
Olympic SB722 Sunburst finish 98 276 309 136 519 1556 731 251 211 97 4184
Olympic SB722 Cherry finish 56 198 144 47 445
Olympic SB722 MV 68 68
Olympic SB722D Sunburst finish 3 143 152 212 584 1577 55 228 82 62 3098
Olympic SB722D Cherry finish 818 849 99 57 30 1853
Olympic SB722 MV 131 131
Olympic SB722 3/4 40 45 40 20 145


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