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1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Guitar Cherry, 100% Original w/ Pat # Pickups, Bigsby, Lifton Case


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Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson ES-335 TDC in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with a Patent # pickup pair and Lifton hardshell case. This golden age Gibson ES-335 has many of the model's most coveted features, with small block inlay on the bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck with long tenon joint, nickel-plated hardware, and a factory Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece, complete with "Custom Made" plaque over the stoptail inserts.

Weighing 8lbs 8oz, this guitar has exquisite projection with a bold cut. At the heart of this guitar are a pair of early Patent # humbuckers, both retaining their original windings and metering at 7.75k ohms in the neck position and 8k ohms at the bridge. The direct descendants of the venerable PAF and identical in construction, these humbuckers have stunning clarity and a vital, expressive quality. The bridge pickup is woody and hyper-detailed with an upper midrange clarity and growl. With both pickups engaged and the bridge Volume rolled back fractionally, the sound is sweet and dry with an ideal rhythmic chop and subtle bell-like quality to the trebles. The neck pickup has a fatness while still sounding crisp, with balance and definition across all strings. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this ES-335 TDC with fresh 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and natural palm wear down to the bare Honduran mahogany on the majority of the profile length, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which have been leveled and crowned with decent meat remaining, exhibiting only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650" in width. The headstock retains the original single line Kluson Deluxe tuners with double ring keystone buttons.

All of the electronics function as intended, and both humbuckers retain their original windings with untouched solder on the covers. One pickup retails its Patent # waterslide decal, and there is a faint outline where the other decal was once present. The wiring harness features CTS pots which date to the 20th week of 1964. The nickel-plated ABR-1 bridge has the correct foundry stamp on the baseplate and nylon saddles, and the original Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece has a smooth, fluid response. The original spring is somewhat soft, and for more elevation of the Bigsby arm a shim and/or taller spring would be a benefit. Plastics include the wide bevel four-ply pickguard, reflector cap knobs, tacked-in "Custom Made" plaque over the stoptail inserts, and white switch tip. Visible through the F hole, the original oval label is intact with a handwritten serial number matching the number on the headstock, dating to 1964.

The Cherry nitro lacquer gloss is extremely rich and dark, 100% original with no touch-up or overspray. There is light buckle wear on the treble side of the back, some checking and small marks adjacent to the input jack, and some minor nicks and scuffs from consistent careful use. Much of the gloss on the neck profile has been worn through from natural contact with the palm, extremely fast-feeling and silky.

The original black "pebble" Lifton hardshell case with gold plush interior is included. The case features functional latches, the original handle, and the Lifton badge outside the case pocket.