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Maybe the dictionary definition of stunning, this 1962 Gibson ES-345 TDC
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.
The first thing that strikes you about this guitar is the finish, a glorious tribute to that classic Gibson shade. There is almost no fade anywhere on the guitar, in fact the only signs of use is some minor buckle rash on the back. The gloss finish has retained it lustre wonderfully, photos don’t really do it justice. The neck to has the same sleek finish and is free of fade, the colour remaining uniform along its length. The fretboard shows some signs of wear lower down the neck and the frets have plenty of life left in them.
The gold hardware has faded in places though this always seems to improve the look of the guitar in this writers opinion. There is no signs of corrosion. The bridge is a later gold ABR-1 with Patent Numbers stamped on the underside and a wire retainer.
The pickguard is in good condition but the tuner tips have shrivelled which is a common problem during this period. Luckily they haven’t degraded to a point where they would need replacing, unless for cosmetic reasons.
Electronically there have been some modifications and repairs. At some stage the guitar was converted to mono though the vartione circuitry was retained and is still working well. When we received the guitar, the neck pickup was weak and was sent to Matt at House of Tone Pickups in Chester to be repaired. Unfortunately he found that one of the coils needed to be rewound as the break was in difficult place. The pickup has now been restored to full working order. As a result, a few of the solder joints at the switch had to be disturbed to free the pickup.
The guitar comes with a correct brown Lifton 5 latch case.
Both pickups on this guitar sound great. There is no real decidable difference between the PAF and Patent Number pickups at this stageThe neck pickup really accentuates the wood tones without loosing any definition whilst the bridge pickup really delivers that bite that great for some bluesy growl.
Es-345s don’t come much cleaner than this. Rarely do these not look and sound great. Grab it before it gets away.
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