Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson ES-335TDC in excellent condition and perfect working order, complete with the PAF pickup pair and hardshell case. This golden age Gibson ES-335 has many of the model's most coveted features, with rounded "Mickey Mouse Ear" body horns, small block inlay on the bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck with long tenon joint, and nickel hardware.
Exceedingly lightweight and lively at 7lbs 6oz, this guitar has a natural rich bark, with the articulation and glassy snap of the maple body and the inherent warmth of the semi-hollowbody construction. At the heart of this guitar are the original pair of PAF (Patent Applied For) humbuckers, retaining their original windings and firmly in the "low wind" camp. Exceedingly dynamic, sweet-sounding and woody, these PAFs have stunning clarity and a vital, expressive quality befitting the pickup's reputation. The neck pickup has ideal muscle for fat leads, while the bridge pickup is clear and sparkling with densely packed harmonics and a smooth growl and upper midrange cut when you dig in. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this ES-335TDC with fresh 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with an effortless, fast feel at the nut, gently increasing in overall depth with more shoulder and roundness in the higher registers, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 12th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard has just been professionally refretted with flawless vintage-spec fretwire, and a new hand-carved bone nut has been installed, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original double ring single line Kluson Deluxe tuners with clean, sharp-edged keystone buttons.
The neck has been freshly reset, meeting the body at the ideal angle and providing room for adjustment on both bridge thumbwheels. The neck profile has also just been flawlessly refinished and lightly aged in Cherry nitro lacquer, perfectly matching the original body finish in tint and saturation.
All of the electronics function as intended, and both humbuckers retain their original windings with untouched solder on the nickel covers and complete PAF stickers on their baseplates, measuring 7.62k ohms in the bridge position and 7.35k at the neck. The wiring harness features the original long shaft CentraLab pots and Sprague Black Beauty tone caps. The nickel no-wire ABR-1 bridge is intact with the correct foundry stamp on the baseplate, paired with the original tailpiece. A little known quirk of the early '60s 335s, the tailpiece is the identical wraparound design to those used on the Les Paul Junior and Special models, and the 335 used this tailpiece briefly (with holes for the strings recessed on the inside edge). All of the original plastic parts are intact including the pickguard (with original nickel bracket), black reflector cap knobs, white switch tip and pickup rings. There is one small split in the neck pickup mounting ring corner (still attached). Visible through the F hole, the original oval label is intact with an inked serial number matching the number on the headstock, dating to 1962.
An exceptionally well-preserved example, the rich, saturated Cherry nitro lacquer gloss on the body and headstock face is original, showing virtually no fading when compared to the finish better shielded from UV light beneath the pickguard. The finish is framed by lightly ambered body binding, and cosmetic wear includes a small spot of localized wear into the maple where a previous owner anchored their pinky finger. There is some scuffing central to the lower bout on the back, and broad lacquer checking on the treble side on the back extending to the side of the body. Wear is otherwise limited to tighter and much fainter lacquer checking across the body, a couple tiny touched up nicks on the back edge of the neck pickup route, and a few requisite dings and marks consistent with light, careful use.
An era correct hardshell case is included and incredibly clean with smooth black textured exterior, gold interior, functional latches, original handle, and small Gibson badge.