Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335TD in excellent condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for a new carved bone nut, boasting a saturated, unfaded original three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish.
Tonally authoritative and clear when strummed acoustically, this ES has an articulate natural acoustic response, channeled through the original Pre-T Top patent sticker humbuckers. These lively hand-wound pickups are some of the last used by Gibson before the introduction of the T tops, and as such are the direct descendants of the PAF, with a particularly broad dynamic range. Sweet and smooth, or barking and clear with the twist of a knob or two, this ES-335TD is applicable to a wide range of genres. and the pickups have a rich crunch when overdriving an amp or pedal array. The guitar weighs 7lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a profile carve unique to late '60s Gibsons, with a modestly slender C shape at the nut and significant shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 12th. The dark Brazilian rosewood fretboard boasts small block inlays, and the original wide/flat Gibson fretwire has plenty of meat, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. 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, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock is fitted with the original set of double line double ring Kluson Deluxe tuning machines which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics work as they should, and both humbuckers have untouched solder on the covers and original patent stickers on the baseplates, wired to Sprague Black Beauty tone caps and the original harness visible through the F hole. The original chrome pickup covers, patent number ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge, and trapeze tailpiece have clean plating, and all plastic parts are very tidy as well including the pickguard and quartet of reflector cap 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.
This guitar is a real stunner, and the gloss Sunburst finish is a rich shade, with a vibrant central red ring, saturated deep reddish brown edges and virtually no finish fading. There is sutbe curly maple figuring on the lower bout on top, with prominent lacquer checking across the body and extending up the neck profile. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a few minor scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole and some requisite pick scuffing across the guard.
A modern Gibson-branded black tolex hardshell case is included.