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1968 Gibson ES-335 TD Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ T Tops, Case


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Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-335TD in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Boasting a stoptail conversion that ensures optimal resonance and sustain, the guitar is tonally authoritative and clear when strummed acoustically, offering an articulate natural response channeled through the original pair of patent sticker T Tops humbuckers. The pickups deliver a chiming, dynamic treble snap, midrange-rich growl, and low end that is fat yet clear. The tone has 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. This ES-335TD weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, spot-on intonation, and slinky action.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with appreciable shoulder and heft further up the fretboard, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard boasts small block inlays, and the original wide/flat Gibson fretwire has good meat, showing light wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The upgraded hand-carved bone nut ensures optimal resonance and articulation, measuring 1 9/16" in width. The headstock is fitted with the original set of double line double ring Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, and the imprinted serial number dates to '68.

The headstock has an invisible and expertly executed repair, with a mahogany veneer on the back of the headstock extending from just above the footprint of the E tuners and terminating roughly behind the 1st fret. There is lacquer overspray in this area, with small doweled and touched-up tuner holes just inset from the current gears.

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 CTS pots date to the 37th week of '67. The original chrome pickup covers and patent number ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge is intact, with a clean (and properly positioned) stoptail added. All plastic parts are very tidy including the pickguard and quartet of witch hat knobs with 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, visible through the F hole.

Cosmetically, this guitar is a real stunner, and the original gloss Sunburst finish is rich and saturated in its presentation, with broad lacquer checking across the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle rash central to the back, and some minor nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish, with a few small marks on the profile length, and nothing distracting to the palm while fretting.

The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included. There is modest tolex wear on the case exterior, with the majority of the latches intact and a padded sleeve over the original handle.