We are ecstatic to present to you this gorgeous,1962 Gibson ES-345 TDC in near MINT condition with many unique factory fitted rarities...
Debuting in 1959 with its stereo circuitry and varitone tonal shaping, the ES-345 and its brother the ES-355 where the top dogs of the Gibson semi acoustic range and each featuring the option of a cherry finish that so defined the look of Gibson guitar to come.
Resplendent in its stunning cherry coat, this guitar look just looks too good and has been amazingly well cared for. Both front and back are free of any real wear with the top slightly more faded than the back, though this is splitting hairs. The neck too shows no signs of wear and retains the rich cherry hue.. The fretboard is in great shape. The rosewood has a very attractive grain, just like the top ply of the body and the original frets have lots of life left in them. The headstock is in perfect shape too.
The hardware is a little tarnished though this is mostly the pickup covers and only slightly so. The no wire ABR-1 bridge is in great condition and still has all of the original bone type saddles in stunning condition that you only seen in late '61 and 1962.
The plastics are in great shape. The chicken head varitone knob is a feature of these guitars brought out in the early 60’s and this one has a black ring just like the early '59's. One of the ways you can tell it is a factory nickel 345 is because of this black ring which they only fitted to nickel plated 345's. We have seen and sold one other like this - a 1960.
Electronically, the solder joints to the pots are correct and untouched. The covers on the neck pickup have never been off ad the PAT number PAF's sound perfect! The bridge is untouched and is the rarer wobble bridge they used on vibrato equipped guitars in 1962. Both are original Patent Number pickups .
The guitar comes with its original Gibson black Tolex case with orange lining which like the guitar, is in near mint condition. Included is some case candy, setup info and a stereo adapter cable.
Both pickups on this guitar sound great. As its still wired in stereo, playing each pickup requires some some arranging of the jack plug but the effort is worth it. The neck pickup is really accentuates the wood tones without loosing any definition whilst the bridge pickup really delivers that bite.
With looks like this, there is no doubt this would make an excellent addition to any collection. A very rare and unique guitar. I do not think we will see another like this for some time...