Gibson ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1973)

Gibson  ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1973)
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Gibson ES-335TD Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1973), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 055745, cherry lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This ES-335TD was born in the '70s but still maintains a late '60s vibe! The neck is the slim 1966-69 style with the narrow nut width, but with the volute and "Made In USA" stamp added in 1970. The pickups are the 1960s-style T-tops with the patent number sticker on the base and they sound great; the coils were wrapped in electrical tape, but appear otherwise original. The guitar is not heavily worn but has some repair, and is a great gigging vintage "335" for the price with the classic look and sound.
 
Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 15 7/8 in. (40.3 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 guitar has some general wear, and a well-executed headstock repair, putting it into the "player" category. There is a crack at the base of the volute (supposed to prevent this sort of thing) cleanly sealed but not heavily touched up, so it is easily visible. The finish has some scuffing but not a lot of dings and dents, except notably one big scrape into the wood on the back of the neck behind the 9-10th frets. The lacquer is quite nice overall, with a really strong and vibrant cherry color.

The hardware is original with some light wear except for the knobs, which are repros of the "witch hat" style the guitar was originally fitted with. The G string tuner is a bit bent but works fine. The pickup covers are missing (shades of the late '60s), but the pickups themselves are the original T-top humbuckers. The bridge unit has some pickwear to the exposed top of the bobbin. The frets have been crowned down a bit but this is still an excellent player; a really cool and vibey 335 with the real vintage Gibson feel despite its 1970s birthdate. Very Good + Condition.