1968 Gibson ES-335TDC

Here is a vintage 1968 Gibson ES-335TDC semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 907805, is in near mint 100% all original condition and includes the original hard shell case with matching case key! Easily one of the nicest examples we have owned, this pristine 335 is in nearly flawless cosmetic condition with absolutely no issues. The classic configuration of the ES-335 has long made it one of Gibson’s absolute masterpieces, and with late-50s to mid-60s examples fetching prices exceeding $60,000.00, it clearly makes the late-60’s versions, such as this, incredible bargains.

Features of this ’68 ES-335 include; the original vibrant Cherry Red finish, bound maple top and back (both with attractive figure), maple sides, 1-piece mahogany neck with 1 9/16″ nut width, bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with block inlay, (2) Patent No. sticker pickups, crown peghead inlay, Tune-O-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, trapeze tailpiece, black “witch hat” knobs, Gibson logo pickguard, chrome hardware, and the original hard shell case with yellow interior.

As mentioned, this no-issues example is 100% all original. It is in near mint condition, and the original cherry finish is incredibly lustrous and rich. There is neither weather-checking nor fading. The guitar sounds great, both pickups seem evenly balanced and both produce nearly identical output. The guitar sounds great, with plenty of sweet musical sustain accompanied with a surprisingly nice acoustic attributes. For those who’ve had the fortune of playing many guitars both new and old, it seems that the ES-335 is consistently considered the “most likely to be the best all around performer” as it is great for nearly all types of music and playing styles. If you don’t have one, you gotta get one.

This ’68 ES-335 is identical to a late-’65 ES-335 in every way, however, the 335 transitions into a much different instrument between the years of ’69 and ’71, at which point, the volute, the pickups, the “Made in USA” stamp, etc., all render the guitar less desirable and increasingly different from the original.

Many Gibson instruments were stamped with a “2” under the serial number. Considered factory seconds, the 2 indicates that there was some sort of finish issue, in this case, it’s difficult to interpret, but there is a line on the back of the body with concentrated dark cherry finish, which is most likely the reason it was stamped with a “2,” otherwise, there is nothing cosmetically deficient. Take a look at the pics, see if you can decide, but either way, the guitar actually looks better than most non-seconds.

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