ES-335TD Guitars

1957 Gibson ES-335TD

Color: Sunburst, Rating: 9.50, Sold (ID# 02324)
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Under the Bed for Fifty-Six Years

A Mint 1967 Gibson ES-335


This under-the-bed for fifty-six years guitar weighs 7.80 lbs. and has a narrow nut width of 1 9/16 inches and a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches. Single-bound laminated maple body, one-piece mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard with 22 original jumbo frets and inlaid pearl block position markers. headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl "crown" inlay. Black over white plastic truss-rod cover secured by two screws. Individual Kluson Deluxe tuners with double-ring Keystone plastic buttons. Serial number "060227" stamped in black on back of headstock. Two patent-number humbucking pickups, each with a small rectangular black label on the underside "2,737,842", with outputs of 7.56k and 7.37k. Five-layer (black over white) plastic pickguard. Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way pickup selector switch. Gold plastic bell-shape control knobs with metal tops. Gibson Tune-O-Matic 'retainer' bridge with nylon saddles. Factory 'trapeze' tailpiece with raised diamond on cross-bar. Gibson oval orange label inside the bass f-hole with "ES-335 TD" and serial number "060227" stamped in black. This guitar is absolutely mint as new (9.50) condition with just the tiniest divots on the fretboard at the first three frets with no playing wear to the original frets. Complete with an original late 1966, forty-eight page Gibson Guitars & Amplifiers color catalog. Housed in the original Gibson black hardshell case with orange plush lining (9.50).

This absolutely mint guitar was purchased from the original family some years ago and has been in storage ever since. Apparently the original owner played the guitar for six months in 1967 and it has been in its case ever since. He was obviously a rhythm guitarist as he seems to have only played chords - E, A, G & D!!!

"Introduced in 1958, the ES-335T (originally no final D) truly ranks among the all-time Gibson classics, not only because of its enduring popularity but also because of its semi-solid construction which pioneered a new style of electrics" (A.R. Duchossoir, Gibson Electrics -- The Classic Years, p. 231).

"There were indeed a number of firsts in the early days of the electric guitar, but in retrospect only few of them can be considered as true milestones. The double cutaway thinline pioneered by Gibson in 1958 genuinely rank amongst the great original designs. Their graceful shape was truly innovative at the time and spawned several imitations such as Gretsch's revamped Chet Atkins series or the Guild Starfire. But perhaps the most important hallmark of the new thinline was their semi-solid construction. Indeed Gibson's prime objective was to design an instrument that would combine the advantages of both solid and hollow body electrics and therefore appeal to a variety of players, regardless of their musical style" (A.R. Duchossoir, Gibson Electrics -- The Classic Years, p. 77).

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