Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335TD in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Featuring a particularly substantial neck profile carve, this ES-335TD is authoritative and clear when strummed acoustically, and the articulate natural response of the instrument is channeled through the original T Tops humbuckers. The guitar offers a chiming, dynamic treble snap, midrange-rich growl, and low end that is fat yet clear. The tone has both the airy and warm qualities of its semi-hollowbody construction, offering the immediate attack and dynamic responsiveness of maple as a tonewood and the body's solid center block. The guitar weighs 7lbs 14oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 11-49 strings, this ES-335TD has spot-on intonation and low action.
Boasting one of the most substantial C profile carves on any ‘60s ES, this three-piece mahogany neck has a C shape with a nice round carve at the nut, offering full baseball bat-worthy chunk by the 3rd fret and increasing in depth and heft as you continue up the fingerboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and 1.035" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard boasts small block inlays, and the original medium jumbo fretwire has its full factory height and a surprising amount of meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8. 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. There is also a very subtle "2" above the serial, denoting a Factory 2nd for some small cosmetic flaw indistinguishable after half a century.
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 original chrome pickup covers, patent number ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge, and trapeze tailpiece have gleaming plating, and all plastic parts are very tidy as well including the pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs with uncommon gold inserts (Gibson played fast and loose with chrome vs gold inserts on their knobs in this era, and numerous examples exist with this pairing). The orange oval Gibson Kalamazoo, MI label is also intact inside the body and extremely clean.
Cosmetically, this guitar is a real stunner, and the gloss Ice Tea Sunburst finish transitions from a warm ambered center to a rich burgundy at the edges. Cosmetic wear is limited to some isolated scuffing on the back of the bass-side body horn, light buckle rash central to the back, and tight vertical lacquer checking across the body. The neck profile nitro gloss is free of palm wear with just a few nicks.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.