In accordance with the ancient Gibson tradition that assigns sunburst and red as sole canonical finishes for ES-335 shaped guitars, Baldwin used only those two for the 700 Series (Baldwin’s red finish is much warmer than Gibson’s Antique Cherry red and sometimes yellows to some kind of ‘Fiesta Red’ with ageing).With bodies made in Italy and necks made in England, it seems logical that both must have been sprayed at the same place (in Italy) to ensure color matching. However nothing is quite sure about it. With sunburst finishes there is sometimes a noticeable difference between body and headstock, the latter showing a fainter shading that is reminiscent of Burns with a barely visible red fringe. But generally color matching is perfect (like for this splendid example here).
At any rate the three-tone sunburst on bodies is always identical to the one Crucianelli applied at that time on its own Elite or Espana labeled guitars. Overall visual impression is substantially different however, due to the bound f-holes and the wider double binding of Elite bodies, whereas the 700 Series has a thin white binding and unbound f-holes.
The Bigsby-style vibrato is obviously of same origin as those used for Eko, Vox and Crucianelli semi-acoustics of that era. The shape of the plastic rosewood insert with the stenciled ‘B’ was already seen on Crucianellis from 1966-1967.