This is a vintage 1964 Gibson ES-335TDC semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 66304, is in extremely excellent (near mint) all original condition, and includes; the original hard shell case, the original zipper case cover, the original PAF instructional sheet (though it has Patent No. sticker pickups) and the original Gibson hang tag! The early-60’s ES335, is without question, one of the finest electric guitars ever produced, well deserving of their current $20,000+ value (though some dealers are asking upward of $25K), so take advantage of this offer!
As mentioned above, this no-issues example is in pristine condition and correspondingly perfect structural shape. With no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, no modifications, no finish fading, and nope… not even weather-checking, this closet classic looks as if it was hermetically sealed sometime in 1966 only to be re-opened earlier this year!
Features of this ES-335TDC include: the original cherry red finish, laminated maple top back and sides, double bound body construction, a 1 piece mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with block inlays, crown peghead inlay, (2) Patent No. sticker pickups, single-line/double-ring Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, Maestro “lyre” vibrola tailpiece, an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, a “Custom Made” plaque, black top hat knobs with silver metal inserts (factory mistake 1 volume 3 tone), original “pebble grain” hard shell case, original Victoria canvas/zipper case cover, PAF instructional sheet and the original Gibson hang tag.
This example perfectly embodies all that is great about vintage Gibson electric guitars. With refined craftsmanship, perfected detailing, incredible appointments, attractive finishing and unparallelled functionality, it’s tough to argue that a better guitar exists. The ES-335 has always enjoyed a reputation for being fantastically versatile, but the Clapton-era (his was also a ’64) variety is in it’s own way, just as good, if not better, as those with PAF-labeled humbuckers.
Speaking of Clapton’s famous Cream-era block-inlay cherry 335, this “Custom-Made” plaque version represents a good opportunity for those who desire a stop tailpiece example to simply and non-invasively install the necessary sockets for which there are already receptacles. It’s not a bad idea if you’re going to be playing this gem.
The neck profile is nothing short of perfect. It features the desirable 1 11/16″ nut width with an impressively comfortable slip taper shape. It also has factory large medium-jumbo frets, and an excellent neck angle with a correspondingly well-pitched headstock angle. All of these details combine to create near flawless action with silky-smooth playability.
The guitar weighs 9 lbs. and 1 oz. and has monstrous sustain. Both pickups are very evenly balanced and produce that harmonically rich tonality, for which PAFs are famous. While the Lyre Maestro Vibrola isn’t the most practical, it surprisingly keeps the guitar in tune quite well.
The original large pebble case is in very fine shape and includes the original canvas zipper cover! If you have been searching for a good deal on a great ES-335, this. is. the. one. It is early enough to be within the time frame of the Golden Era of electrics, but is late enough to not be an expensive dot neck. It is also extremely clean, and would be considered mint if it weren’t for a small patch of case wear on the back. This guitar is crisp and clean, and would easily be considered the guitar in best condition in even the finest of collections.