Up for sale, a 1978 Gibson ES-335TD in exceptional condition and in perfect working order with a dark Wine Red gloss nitro lacquer finish. 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 4oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've strung this ES-335 with roundwound 10-46 strings and dialed in the action and intonation.
The 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 .760" at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The profile has a very smooth feel, with the original nitro lacquer gloss retained on the entire profile length save for two small touched-up nicks. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl small block inlay and boasts a professional refret with fretwire that has the same width as vintage Gibson wire yet with appreciably more height and crown. The frets show just a touch of wear beneath the G and B strings on frets 1-3, and 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 a positively gleaming set of original 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 and flawless. The original hardware includes the Nashville bridge and trapeze tailpiece, both of which have notably clean plating, and 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 light buckle rash central to the back and a few additional ancillary finish scratches and nicks on the body as a whole. There is also a very slight and professionally repaired split in the maple laminate on top just beyond the bridge pickup Tone knob.
A brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included. The case features a functional original lock and latches with a clean pink interior and leather handle.