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1979 Gibson ES-345 TD Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Walnut w/ T Tops & Case, 1 11/16" Nut


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Up for sale, a 1979 Gibson ES-345 TD in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with its hardshell case. One of Gibson's premier semi-hollowbody models with a rich Walnut gloss nitro lacquer finish, the ES-345 TD is an upscale version of the 335, with gold hardware and a six-position Varitone rotary switch, still factory wired for stereo operation. This ES-345 has a feel that is instantly comfortable and intuitive, delivering a vibrant and well-rounded acoustic tone that translates flawlessly through the original T-Top humbuckers.

Tonewoods include a semi-hollow maple body and three-piece maple neck capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard, and of particular note this ES-345 has Gibson's full traditional 1 11/16" nut width, a notable contrast to the more slender 1 9/16" nut used on the majority of ES models from 1965 through the end of the '70s.

Through your favorite tube amp, these original T-Top humbuckers have a real richness and authority. The bridge pickup has a bold, clear quality with plenty of percussive cut, treble sparkle, and midrange sweetness. In contrast, the neck humbucker has a mellowness and warmth that's ideal for complex Jazz chord voicings or thickening up an overdriven lead line. The original Varitone circuitry is intact, and engaging this rotary switch provides access to five very distinct tones (1st position bypasses the Varitone) for varying degrees of thinned out snap and midrange focused cut. This ES-345 TD weighs 8lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar with 10-46 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The three-piece maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with round shoulders in every register and a particularly full shape by the 7th fret and beyond, measuring .775" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this tonewood, featuring split parallelogram pearl inlays and the original wide/flat medium jumbo fretwire which shows sparingly little wear, leveled and dressed in the guitar's lifetime. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original gold Gibson-branded and Schaller-made tuning machines are intact, along with a cleanly inlaid Gibson logo and original "Stereo" truss rod cover.

All of the electronics work as they should, and both T-Top pickups have patent number embossed baseplates and inked date stamps from the first quarter of '79. The solder joints are untouched on the pickup covers, and both pickups have original windings with an untouched wiring harness and stock stereo functionality. The neck pickup cavity also reveals the long neck tenon, ensuring the best possible connection between the body and neck. The gold plating on the hardware has plenty of shine, with patina through the plating on the edges of the pickup covers and ABR-1 bridge. All of the original plastics are accounted for including the quartet of clean witch hat knobs with gold inserts and the narrow bevel multi-ply black pickguard.

The Walnut gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, showing buckle rash across the back and some small nicks and light finish scratches on the body as a whole, also mostly relegated to the back. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with just a few shallow marks on the profile length.

A vintage-correct black tolex hardshell case with red plush interior is included. The case retains an extremely clean Gibson silkscreen on the lid, functional latches, and the original handle.