1963 Gibson ES-335 TDC + HSC

1963 Gibson ES-335 TDC + HSC

Gibson |  63es335tdc3  |  1 in stock_level

A bargain priced, original stop tail 1963 Gibson ES-335 TDC. These do not come along very often at this price so do take a look...

Cherry red, Mickey Mouse ears, Patent Number pickups, original stop tail (stop me if you’re heard enough!) 1963 Gibson ES-335 TDC. We have one question, what more do you need at this price point…?

Probably the cheapest original stop tail cherry 335 out there. Great condition overall, the top has faded slightly and there is the odd ding and scratch but nothing too severe. There is the evidence of a vibrato having been fitted, thankfully not to the top. It also clear it wasn’t on there long enough to leave a shadow.

The neck has been refinished as the headstock was broken. The crack can be seen in the pictures as can the splints, though these aren’t immediately obvious. Interestingly this guitar was featured in an article by Neville Marten in Guitarist in 1987 where we can see the guitar prior to the neck refinish which he comments on in the article. It seems that following the repair the back of the headstock was refinished in brown poly and was also fitted with Grover tuners. One thing to note is that though the crack is quite prominent, the join is solid and the guitar stays in tune with no problem and it looks a million times better now than what it did when the article was printed.

Aside from the repair, the neck feels great and the fretboard is in excellent condition with plenty of life left in the original frets.

Its evident that both pickups have had their covers removed at some stage. Both sound great. There doesn’t seem to be any other evidence of changes to the electrics as far as we can tell and we have taken the covers off to check the pickups, both are really strong with original windings.

Plastics are all correct and in good shape as is the hardware. Correct, or slightly (few months) later, double line, double ring Kluson tuners have now been fitted. When we got the guitar, it came with repros.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case which is non original.

Sonically this guitar sounds great whether thats plugged in or not. The guitar has an inherent sustain and sweet tone that translates to the amplified sound so wonderfully. Both pickups are well balanced making this guitar a joy to play.

We love these here at ATB Guitars and anyone who’s picked one up will understand why. If you like them too then this is probably your cheapest entry point in to your cherry heaven…

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At a glance

Model: ES-335 TDC
Year: 1963
Finish: Cherry

Modifications: Double line tuners
Repairs: Headstock break, Refinished neck only
Weight: 3.52 Kg

Case: Hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Tuners: Double Line Double Ring Kluson

Pickups: 2 x Patent Number pickups
Hardware: Correct Nickel
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 4 x correct 500k Centralab




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