Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335TDC in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for a professional refret and Bigsby B7 tailpiece (trapeze also included), this ES-335TDC is authoritative and clear when strummed acoustically. This particular ES-335 also saw a decade of use backing up Dolly Parton, and can be prominently seen during her 2014 Glastonbury set.
The articulate natural response of the instrument is 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. The guitar offers a chiming, dynamic treble snap, midrange-rich growl, and low end that is fat yet clear. The bridge pickup has great clarity and power, highlighting the treble snap of maple as a tonewood, while the broad, airy sound of the neck pickup is further thickened by the warmth and smooth attack of the semi-hollowbody construction. The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with generous shoulder in every register and notable chunk as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard boasts small block inlay, refretted with fretwire which has the same medium jumbo size as vintage wire yet with appreciably more height and crown. The frets show moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, with lighter wear extending to fret 9. There are a few small fills in the rosewood as well from finger wear on frets 1-2 and a bit further up the board beneath the B string. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with the original set of double line double ring 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 bridge pickup has also been wax potted to better handle higher gain and reduce microphonics. The long neck tenon is visible in the neck pickup cavity, ensuring optimal resonance. Hardware includes the original chrome pickup covers with bright plating, ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, correct foundry stamp and patent number on the base, and an modern Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece (original trapeze tailpiece also included). The Bigsby has a smooth response, ideal for dimensional warbles and expressive bends. All plastic parts are very tidy as well including the narrow bevel pickguard and quartet of witch hat cap knobs. The orange oval Gibson Kalamazoo, MI label is also intact inside the body.
Cosmetically, this guitar is a real stunner, and the gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray. The finish exhibits prominent vertical lacquer checking, a couple small finish chips on the back, and some additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, also largely relegated to the back. The finish is smooth on the neck profile, with palm wear through much of the gloss behind frets 1-9. The 17th fret block inlay on the fretboard has also been replaced.
The original hardshell case is included with a smooth black exterior, gold interior, functional original latches, original handle (repaired on one end), and the small Gibson badge on the exterior.