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1973 Gibson ES-335 TDW Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Walnut, 100% Original w/ T Tops, Case


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Up for sale, a 1973 Gibson ES-335 TDW in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, retaining the original pair of patent # T Top humbuckers. Visually striking with a bold and glossy Walnut nitro lacquer finish and small block inlay, this ES-335 is a well-kept example.

This Gibson delivers the goods, with the big barking acoustic voice, yielding the immediacy and snap of maple, and the open, airy quality of the semi-hollow construction. The T Top pickups are a perfect compliment to the 335's construction and tonewoods, with a bridge pickup that is clear, defined, and plenty warm, offering a surprising amount of chime. With both pickups engaged it's easy to dial in an ideal rhythm tone that has percussive cut and roundness, and with the neck pickup singled out, things fatten up nicely, yet stay clear. The guitar balances well on a strap and weighs 7lbs 10oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this ES-335 is strung with roundwound 10-46 strings, featuring slinky action and accurate intonation.

The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with appreciably more shoulder and chunk up the fretboard, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl small block inlay, and the original medium jumbo frets have plenty of meat with virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut width is 1 9/16", which is the more slender width used by Gibson from '65 through the 1970s on most ES models. On the headstock, the guitar retains its original set of Gibson Deluxe double line double ring tuners with greened tulip buttons.

All of the electronics work as they should, and the T Top humbucker pair has untouched solder on the covers and complete patent # waterslide decals on the baseplates. The wiring harness features original pots and tone caps, and visible through the bass side F hole, the Norlin-era "Union Made" label is intact. Hardware includes the patent number ABR-1 bridge, which has the correct patent number and foundry stamp on the base. The original trapeze tailpiece is also present, and plastics comprise a quartet of witch hat knobs and the narrow bevel four-ply pickguard.

The gloss Walnut nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touch-up or overspray, framed by binding that shows sparingly little ambering. The guitar exhibits a few finish scratches on the back central to the waist (well shy of buckle rash), a few small areas of light finish reaction in the clear coat on the lower bout of the back from extended contact with a strap, and a few additional marks on top adjacent to the input jack and across the treble side of the strum path. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, save for some light scuffing central to the carve behind frets 8-10.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, with silver "Gibson" silkscreen on the lid, purple plush interior, functional latches and the original handle.