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1967 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Cherry w/ Pat # Pickups, Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335 TDC in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A notably clean and original example, this ES-335 TDC is 100% original save for a stoptail conversion and fresh refret with vintage-spec fretwire.

Traditional tonewoods include a semi-hollow maple body, one-piece mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard. The Patent # humbuckers are the handwound direct descendents of the PAF, delivering a round, sweet bridge pickup sound with a clear upper midrange cut, particularly burly for a bridge pickup and not overly bright. The neck pickup is fat and velvety, with a vocal-like quality and and a balance that affords each string equal presence, great for complex chord voicings. This ES-335 weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C shape at the nut, with round, inviting shoulders in every register and a gentle increase in overall heft up the fretboard, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has small block inlay, refretted with vintage-spec medium jumbo fretwire which shows no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock retains its bell truss rod cover, fitted with a vintage set of double line, double ring Kluson Deluxe tuning machines. The guitar was at one time fitted with different tuning machines, with light imprints of fractionally larger washers on the headstock face.

All of the electronics work as they should, and both humbuckers have untouched solder on the covers and patent # waterslide decals on the baseplates. The pickups meter a 7.75k ohms in the bridge position, and 7.6k at the neck. The original chrome pickup covers and patent number ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge have bright chrome plating, along with the replacement stopbar tailpiece. The small mounting holes for the original trapeze tailpiece are present around the rear strap button. All plastic parts are very tidy as well, including the wide bevel four-ply pickguard and reflector cap knobs, both of which are subtle cosmetic touches that are a holdover from '66. The orange oval Gibson Kalamazoo, MI label is also intact inside the body.

Cosmetically, this guitar is a real stunner, and the gloss Cherry finish is a rich shade, with broad vertical lacquer checking, particularly prominent on the bass-side lower bout edge. There are a few notable finish scratches on the body horns and some additional minor marks on top, with a small area of light buckle wear central to the back, and a few additional scuffs and small finish chips, mostly along the back binding edge.

A circa 1970s black tolex Gibson hardshell case with purple plush interior is included. The case features the original handle and functional latches.