This is an extremely rare and pretty desirable, 1960 long guard Gibson ES-345 TDC in just about MINT condition and sporting a brilliantly vibrant cherry red top. It has the desirable factory fitted features of all nickel hardware, black Varitone ring and Grover PAF tuners. This is a transition ES-345 having a long guard, reflector knobs and medium neck profile, much like a typical late 1959 neck..
Factory fitted with a Bigsby and mother of pearl inlays containing stud anchors underneath so if you really want to, you can ditch the Bigsby and play with a stop tail without adding any extra holes to the guitar but hey… what’s wrong with a Bigsby?
The original and unmolested long magnet PAFs are still in place. They sound amazing too and everyone who has popped in to the store who has had a go on this, are pretty much blown away by the sound of this beauty.
All other hardware, finish and electrics are totally original, with the original stereo wiring still in tact. There has been no touch ups or overspray and as you can see by the many pics in the gallery tab and it is in just about MINT condition. No breaks or repairs either which is just the way we like it. Check out the black Varitone selector knob and ring too, uber cool! Interestingly, all factory nickel ES-345’s we have seen use the black ring, I guess Gibson thought (rightly so) the usual gold ring would clash with the nickel.
Neck is very comfortable to play and frets have hardly any wear at all. It is set up very superbly well with a good low action and like some of the best vintage ES guitars out there it almost plays itself.
Included is a nice wide grain pebble 1960 Lifton case with yellow lining that in itself is near MINT too.
A really, really great, rare and unique guitar from Gibson’s golden years that will not disappoint in any way whatsoever. We have a feeling it is probably not going to last that long…