$2,000 off

If you're looking for a 59 ES-345, you've likely heard the term "first rack". This refers to the earliest (April 59) ES-345's made. They are distinctly different from the later ones in a couple of ways. The big difference is the humongous neck. They also have a smaller cutout in the center block for the Varitone and the really early ones have wax potting around the Varitone chokes. To accommodate the choke, the bridge PAF pickup has what's called a "short leg"-see the photo and look closely. These are the rarest Gibson pickups ever. They also have a reputation for being among the best guitars ever made in Kalamazoo. Not just the best 345's-the best guitars. Period. This one is very clean-just under 9.0 condition. Like so many, the Varitone and stereo circuit has been removed and the guitar has been converted to ES-335 specs and the original harness and VT choke are in the original brown Stone case. Nice pro re-fret. Everything else is original except for an aged repro set of Kluson tuners. Looks like it once had Schallers but the extra holes have been filled and a set of correct vintage Kluson tuners is in the case. This is a guitar with great range and character. Light weight at 7 lbs 10 ounces. It is also the most sought after 345 (that isn't blonde) on the planet.

OK Guitars

OK Guitars

Brand New
Original Hard
11 Years
$30,000 down from $32,000
OK Guitars
Charles Gelber
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