Lovely, classic late 1963 ES-345 with all the appointments and tone you could want...
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Real nice, all correct Gibson ES-345 from 1963 with factory fitted Bigsby.
A well cared for example, this guitar bears a few scars. The back has some knocks and dinks and minor buckle rash but the top has escaped any major damage and the finish is in good condition all over. The neck is slightly worn too with a few knocks that don’t affect the way it feels. There are no signs of breaks or any other repair work.
The fretboard has survived well with no signs of wear. This goes for the frets that have plenty of life left in them. The correct tuners are still present and in good condition.
The original loom is still in there and the guitar is still wired for stereo operation. The neck pickup cover has been off as you can see in the pictures but neither pickup has been rewound, it was more than likely off to flip the magnet at some point.
The remaining hardware looks to be correct and in good condition with only the usual tarnishing to the gold
The guitar comes with a correct hardshell case for late 1963.
All the touchstone tones are present here, the original Patent Number pickups delivering as you’d expect. The neck is a nice handful, akin to a 1964 profile as opposed a slimmer profile of earlier 1963 guitars. This is certainly the ‘Goldilocks’ of Gibson guitar necks (not to fat but not too thin either, just right). The varitone and Bigsby do add extra weight which when sat down tends to make the guitar want to slip back but the sound and feel of this guitar quickly pushes that worry to the back of the mind. The sound is authoritative without being too heavy in the lower midrange. The bridge pickup barks when encouraged whilst the neck pickup is all kinds of smooth without loosing definition.
This guitar has it all, gold hardware, a complete circuit and a stunning sunburst finish. A must for those of you looking for those illusive BB and Freddie King tones.
ES guitars from this period are popular at the moment and we do not expect this to hang around for too long…
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