Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson ES-335TD in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This vintage Gibson gem has a particularly comfortable and substantial neck profile, with an uncharacteristically deep and striking original nitro lacquer sunburst finish. The stock T Top patent sticker humbuckers are chimey, clear, and well balanced, reading 7.29k ohms in the bridge position and 7.24k at the neck. The semi-hollowbody maple construction allows for the quick attack of this particular tone wood, and also an airy, warm quality due to the hollow wings on the 16 1/2" wide body. Acoustically, the tone is very authoritative and clear, and this quality translates well to the pickups. While there's a clear, complex, and (dare we say it) twangy quality to the bridge pickup, the middle position is percussive and balanced, and the neck pickup has a bloom and girth to it that works spectacularly well for overdriving small tube amps and for lead work. The guitar weighs in at a modest 8lbs 2oz, balances well on a strap, and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-50 strings and slinky action.
The neck has a profile which is unique to Gibsons from '66-68, beginning as a medium C down at the nut and quickly growing in both width and depth to full "baseball bat" status by the time you reach the 7th fret. The shoulders have just enough heft to feel substantial, while still allowing for a very manageable and fast feeling profile. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlays and Gibson's original wide/flat fretwire. The frets retain much of their original height, showing moderate, uniform wear on frets 1-4, and fainter wear beneath the plain strings until fret 7. Further up the board, the frets are particularly clean, and the guitar plays well in all registers with no untoward buzzes or dead spots. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and this slightly narrower nut width was introduced in '65 and persisted on ES models throughout the 1970s. The headstock features the original Kluson Deluxe double line/double ring tuning machines, all of which turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
On the body, the electronics are stock, with untouched solder joints and original Sprague Black Beauty paper-in-oil tone capacitors. The solder joints on the chrome pickup covers are also untouched, and the patent sticker labels are present on the baseplates of both humbuckers. In terms of hardware, all of the original bits are accounted for, including the reflector cap knobs, patent number bridge with nylon saddles, trapeze tailpeice, and original pickguard. Visible through the F hole on the bass side of the body, the original orange oval Gibson label has clean text and a serial number which matches that imprinted in the back of the headstock.
Cosmetically, this 335 is rather unique in that it has a more targeted sunburst on the face of the instrument, with a deep ring of black around the edges of the body. Much of the red has faded from the burst on the top, leaving an amber center that quickly fades to black, which contrasts nicely with the back of the guitar, where a much wider burst is present and still retains much of its middle red ring from less exposure to light over the decades. The finish is 100% original with zero touchup or overspray, and the finish glows uniformly under a blacklight with a greenish yellow glow indicative of an original finish that has soaked up significant UV light in the past nearly 50 years. There is light, uniform vertical lacquer checking across the entire body, as well as a modest spot of targeted buckle rash on the back and a small amount of wear on the edge of the top between the bridge pickup Volume and Tone knobs. Additionally, there is light wear along the top edges of the headstock, and a small repaired split where the laminate headstock "wing" on the treble side had separated and was cleanly reglued. Overall, this is a very clean and well kept guitar that was played with some consistency and very well kept.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included. The case retains its original latches and handle, as well as a clean gold interior and original "Ess & Ess" case badge near the pocket.