Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson ES-335TDC-12 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a premium flight case. 100% original save for a pair of strap buttons, this ES-335-12 is a very well-kept example, offering the articulate natural response of the instrument's semi-hollow maple body channeled through the original Patent Sticker humbuckers.
These pickups preceded Gibson's T Tops, and the Patent Stickers were made with the same materials and wound in the same range as their PAF predecessors. In "low wind" territory and as such offering more clear, dynamic tones that more hotly wound humbuckers, these pickups are surprisingly well-suited to capturing the chime and sparkle of the 12 string design. The bridge pickup has a sweet upper midrange character and treble bounce, while engaging both pickups offers a more dry sound with excellent percussive cut and balance across the strings. The neck pickup is smooth and warm, but not lacking in detail. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, strung with fresh strings and dialed in for accurate intonation and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and notable heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has small block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire that retains its full factory height. These frets have Gibson's wide/flat '60s factory fret dress, showing only light wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with the original set of double line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines.
All of the electronics work as they should, and both humbuckers have untouched solder on the covers and original patent stickers on the baseplates. The long neck tenon is visible in the neck pickup cavity, ensuring optimal resonance. The chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, including the pickup covers, ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, and trapeze tailpiece. All original plastic parts are very clean as well, including the narrow bevel pickguard and quartet of black reflector cap knobs. The orange oval Gibson Kalamazoo, MI label is also present inside the body.
The original Cherry nitro lacquer gloss finish exhibits tight, prominent lacquer checking on top and broader checking on the back. The back of the instrument retains a richer shade of red, while the finish on top is more diffused. Cosmetic wear includes light lacquer wear on the back lower bout body edge and on the inside edge of the bass-side cutaway, likely from prolonged contact with a strap. Beyond that, there are just a few minor marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The headstock has a couple small areas of chipping through the headstock veneer on the bass-side edge and adjacent to the G string posts, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss, free of palm wear with some light checking on the profile length.
A premium flight case with form-fit red crushed velvet interior is included.