Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335TDC in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Boasting a few player-friendly upgrades, this 335 features a clean stoptail conversion, Lollar Imperial boutique PAFs, and new, flawless fretwire.
This ES-335TDC has a lively natural quality and excellent sustain, thanks in part to the stoptail conversion, and the tone has the inherent warmth of its semi-hollowbody construction, yet with the immediate attack and dynamic responsiveness of maple as a tonewood. These qualities translate faithfully through the Lollar Imperial humbuckers, a universally lauded PAF-style boutique pickup which produce an airy top end, balanced midrange character, and a tight bass response, with the harmonically complex sound and articulate, dynamic qualities of the venerable PAF design. The guitar weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, spot-on intonation and low action.
Boasting one of the more substantial C profile carves seen on any ‘60s ES, this mahogany neck has a round C shape with generous shoulders and ideal substance in every register, measuring .865" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard boasts small block inlays, cleanly refretted with flawless slender fretwire. 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, and the guitar was at one time fitted with a different tuner set, as evidenced by the singular small mounting holes just inset from the original Kluson gears.
All of the electronics work as they should, with brand new boutique Lollar Imperial PAF humbuckers with chrome covers. The original ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge is intact with the correct patent number and foundry stamp on the baseplate, and an era-correct stoptail has been installed. The original small mounting holes for the trapeze tailpiece have been cleanly plugged with a touch of overspray to further mask their location, along with two equally well-disguised small filled Bigsby B7-related holes on top. Plastic parts include the original quartet of witch hat knobs, pickup rings, and the pickguard.
The guitar retains its original very vibrant Cherry nitro lacquer gloss finish, exhibiting prominent lacquer checking across the body, particularly concentrated on the bass side of the body behind the bridge. There is one small spot of targeted buckle rash on the treble side lower bout, and some additional minor scuff and nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile shows some shallow nicks and finish chips extending the length of the profile, yet nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.
A modern hardshell case is included.