Gibson ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966)

Gibson  ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1966)
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Gibson ES-335TD Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 847209, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is a simply example of the classic mid/late '60s ES-335TD, resplendent in the traditional sunburst finish that was the original standard in the model but by the mid-60s often overshadowed by the flashier cherry red. The features are typical for 1966, with chrome-plated hardware including the Tune-O-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, trapeze tailpiece and two Gibson humbucking pickups with patent number sticker on the bases. Other typical appointments include enclosed Kluson Deluxe tuners with double-ring plastic buttons, B/W/B laminated pickguard and earlier style metal-capped gold plastic knobs. The bound rosewood fingerboard has pearloid block inlay with the narrower nut width adopted in late 1965.

1468 of these sunburst semi-hollow guitars shipped out of Kalamazoo in 1966, but this has to be one of the better preserved survivors. The ES-335 in all its forms has been a Gibson perennial since its 1958 launch; by the late 1960s it was enshrined as one of Gibson's most successful pro-grade instruments. This is one of the cleaner mid-60's examples we have had, played but VERY well cared for and never altered at all. The "Patent number" humbuckers are undisturbed, have never had the covers removed and sound spectacular. The guitar plays great and sounds amazing for everything from straight jazz to funky blues to flat-out screaming rock. It is housed in the original classic 1960s gold-lined black Gibson hard shell case, marked as made by Ess & Ess right here in Brooklyn.
Overall length is 41 3/4 in. (106 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.).

This very clean 100% original Sunburst 335 appears to have been only sparingly used since 1966, and likely has been put away for most of the 55+ years since. The all-original finish shows some tiny dings, scuffs, handling wear spots and a bit of the typical checking; as usual the headstock edges have some minor dings. It's also a very fine player, with an excellent neck angle and a pair of hot patent # pickups. This is simply one of the more nicely preserved '60's Gibsons we have had in a while, a fine player still living in its original HSC which is quite a bit more worn than the guitar but still fully solid. Overall Excellent Condition.