Up for sale, a 1978 Gibson ES-335TD in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, 100% original save for a stoptail conversion and complete with the original hardshell case. Boasting an uncommon feature set for a late '70s ES model, this 335 boasts a full 1 11/16" nut width, T Top humbuckers (as opposed to Tarbacks), and a traditional control layout eschewing the coil tap seen on most 335s of the era.
Tonally, this Gibson delivers the goods, and the bridge pickup is clear, defined, and plenty warm, with a surprising amount of chime and punch. With both pickups engaged it's easy to dial in an ideal rhythm tone that has just enough percussive cut and roundness, and with the neck pickup singled out, things fatten up nicely, yet stay clear. With semi-hollowbody maple body construction and a three-piece maple neck, this Gibson has a warm and full-sounding natural acoustic tone with the articulation and snappy note attack of maple augmented by the inherent breadth and sweetness of the semi-hollow body design. The guitar balances well on a strap and weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 11-49 strings, accurate intonation and low action.
The maple neck has a C-shaped profile that is particularly slender and fast-feeling at the nut, but grows in depth and roundness as you move into the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .790" at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl small block inlay and the original fretwire, medium jumbo in size with the wide and fairly flat factory fret dress of the era, yet with well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays well in every register with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut width is 1 11/16", the full width associated with pre-1965 Gibsons and subsequent reissues (yet rarely seen on '70s models). On the headstock, the guitar features an extremely clean set of original nickel-plated Gibson "flower" tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. "Second" is also stamped below the serial for some small finish flaw imperceptible after 40+ years.
All of the original electronics work as they should, with original T Top humbuckers and individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The wiring harness features original pots and tone caps, and visible through the bass side F hole, the original Norlin-era "Union Made" label is intact. The hardware includes the original Nashville bridge and an aftermarket stoptail in lieu of the stock trapeze tailpiece, both of which have notably clean plating. Plastics include the original pickguard and quartet of near mint witch hat knobs.
The nitro lacquer Wine Red finish is particularly dark and saturated, and cosmetic wear is limited to some faint finish scratches and minor marks on the back lower bout and a bit of light pick scuffing across the guard. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless and free of palm wear.
The original black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included. The case has functional latches, the original handle, and clean gold Gibson silkscreen on the lid.