Gibson ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967)

Gibson  ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1967)
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Gibson ES-335TD Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1967), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 874724, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a well-played but very cool example of Gibson's classic 1960s ES-335TD, in a less common dark sunburst finish. The instrument's features are typical for 1966-7, with chrome-plated hardware including the Tune-O-Matic bridge and two Gibson "patent Number" humbucking pickups. Other typical features include enclosed Kluson Deluxe tuners with double-ring plastic buttons and the "capped" back-painted clear plastic knobs that were replaced within the next year with "amp"-style black molded knobs.

The rosewood fingerboard is bound with pearloid block inlay. The nut width is the narrow 1 5/8" adopted in late 1965, but the neck itself is chunkier back-to-front than many and feels great. This guitar shows some serious play time but is still all original, showing the honest wear of 50+ years of use. It remains a great-sounding and playing instrument, far from mint but a gem in the "ragged but right" mold.
 
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 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a well-worn guitar, a "Genuine relic" in the parlance of today. It was played extensively and appears to have endured smoky and damp conditions over the years. The finish has a dark patina and is very heavily checked over the entire guitar, with some scrapes, dings, and chips. Quite a bit of finish is worn off the back of the neck, and there are divots into the wood on the treble side from players' fingers. The headstock edges are fairly well chipped up. Again, this is a real veteran and was played a LOT!

That said, the guitar appears all original except for a nicely done refret/fingerboard truing up. All hardware is original, with commensurate wear in some spots -- dings to the rims on the knobs, the switch tip is cracked and repaired, et cetera. It seems amazing that the original Kluson tuners were never replaced, but no Grovers or Schallers ever were put on. Everything still works as intended, and this is a super guitar to play with vibe for days. The case is a '70s hardshell in battered but functional condition. Very Good + Condition.