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 Gibson ES-335 TDC

The Elektric Spanish Thinline

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Notes: Introduced in 1958, the ES-335TD cemented Gibson's reputation for innovation combined with classic traditional design. "T" means thinline, and "D" means double pickups. The thin body was easier for players to hold, the inner block enhanced sustain and reduced feedback, and the new PAF humbucking pickups set a new standard for quiet operation, high output, and sweet, fat tone. Countless music legends have played Gibson's ES-335 in the evolving early days of rock and electric blues. Therefore it is no surprise that the 335 became an instant classic and has remained one of the worlds' most popular electric guitars that has been in continuous production since 1958 to this day.

Materials: 16" wide and 1 3/4" deep arched Maple top, back, and sides, dark Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets over a solid one-piece Honduras Mahogany neck with block pearloid inlays, nut width 1 9/16", scale lenghth 24 3/4"

Hardware: Original twin Patent Number humbucking pickups with stickers intact and chrome covers, factory trapeze tailpiece, original ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge with original nylon saddles and retaining wire, original black bonnet volume and tone knobs, beveled b/w/b/w/b pickguard with support bracket, original Kluson Deluxe tuners with correct Patent Nr. and double ring tulip pegs, 3 way switch with original tip, original truss rod cover, original pots and wiring harness with untouched solder joints, original Aluminum strap pins.

Facts: The serial number 879765 dates this guitar to 1967. Although the orange oval 'Union Made' label from Kalamazoo is intact the stamp of the model name has faded and is hardly legible. The neck has no volute and no "Made in USA" stamp. This ES-335 TDC still has the original trapeze tailpiece whereas most of these vintage guitars have been converted to a Larry Carlton stop bar model. Although 3122 were built in 1967 today there are not much left in this fantastic shape.

Condition: The guitar is in excellent+++ condition considering the age of nearly 50 years. "C" of TDC means cherry and the original cherry finish is deep and unfaded. The original frets have plenty of metal left, no refret necesary for a long time and, the nibs of the binding at the end of the frets are still there so there was no refret before. All the binding and plastic parts have aged to a mellow yellow. The truss rod works and there have never been other tuners installed before.

Playability: The Mahogany neck is totally straight and not too thin with a medium low buzz-free action. It plays like butter and feels like honey.

Tone: Very responsive with that sweet singing tone this thin body instrument is so famous for. The original Patent Number pickups give you all the vintage "PAF" tone expected from such a classic guitar.

Case: Original Lifton hardshell case in very good condition. Lifton sticker is unmolested. Handle works fine as do all the latches and hinges. A very rare find in its own.

Setup: This instrument is strung with round wound strings (.010-.046). The guitar will accommodate heavier or lighter gauge strings, according to your preference. The fingerboard has been oiled, bridge intonation and string height adjusted.

To Summarize: Before 1952 Gibson produced only hollow body guitars, which are prone to feedback when amplified loudly. That year saw the introduction of their first solid body, the Gibson Les Paul, based on Les Paul's experiment, "The Log," which was merely a fence post with a neck, hardware, and pickup attached. By 1958 Gibson was making a few solid body models which had much lower feedback and better sustain but lacked the darker, warmer tone and unamplified volume of hollow bodies. The ES-335 was an attempt to find a way in the middle, a warmer tone than a solid body with almost as little feedback. Though semi-hollow bodies like the ES-335 are essentially a compromise of earlier designs, for the same reason they are extremely flexible as evidenced by the ES-335's popularity in a wide range of music styles including blues, jazz, and rock. And, because of its original and overall very good condition this 335 is a real opportunity for collectors and players alike. One only, call now.

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