Up for sale, a 1958 Gibson ES-350T thinline hollowbody guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Produced at the pinnacle of golden era Gibson production, this full 17" wide archtop has a 2 1/4" deep body, with tight ripples of curly flame extending liberally and evenly across the top and back, highlighted by the original nitro lacquer Sunburst gloss. Essentially a slightly more spartan version of the Byrdland model, the ES-350T boasts its original pair of Patent Applied For (PAF) humbuckers.
As the most revered pickup design of all time in most circles, these PAFs deliver articulation, complex harmonics, and even, smooth tone that's truly in a class all its own. With undisturbed solder on their covers, these PAFs both retain their original winds, metering at 7.45k ohms in each position. The bridge pickup is sweet sounding and detailed, with a particularly full and even quality that lends itself to creamy overdrive equally as well as complex Jazz chord voicings. The neck pickup is pillowy and warm, and notes have a rich, smooth bloom while still retaining excellent string to string balance and note separation. The guitar weighs 6lbs 12oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action 12-52 flatwound strings and accurate intonation.
The two-piece figured tiger maple neck has a round C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .870" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports split parallelogram pearl inlay, exhibiting light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with wear extending and growing more faint beneath the plain strings until fret 7. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 23 1/2" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures 1 5/8" in width. The bound headstock has the original truss rod cover, crown inlay, and a set of reissue vintage spec Kluson-style tuning machines that turn smoothly with transparent keystone buttons.
On the body, the guitar retains the original untouched wiring harness with the large cans still attached over the pots. Both PAF pickups have their original decals and untouched solder on the gold covers. Hardware includes the original "ES-350T"-embossed trapeze tailpiece and no-wire ABR-1 bridge with floating Brazilian rosewood base, and plastics are all-original as well, with a four-ply wide bevel pickguard, catalin switch tip and quartet of gold bonnet knobs. The orange oval serialized label is visible through the F hole, dating to 1958.
The Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, with prominent lacquer checking primarily on the lower bout. Cosmetic wear is very sparse, limited to just a few minor marks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss on the two-peice tiger maple neck is nigh flawless.
A modern brown tolex hardshell case is included.