For sale is this vintage 1969 Gibson ES-335TDC semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular orange label example, serial number 612773, is in near mint 100% all original condition and includes the original hard shell case, as well as, the original Gibson Price lists and the original Gibson hang tag! This is probably one of very few 335s to have both an orange label and a volute with “Made in USA” combo, which makes it an interesting and rare variant. Both a beautiful vintage collector’s piece and a super cool player’s guitar with subtle mojo, this listing represents a great opportunity to buy an awesome vintage Gibson ES-335 for a very reasonable price, as many dealers are asking as much as $5,000!
Features of this ES-335 include; the original cherry red finish, bound maple top and back (both with attractive figure), maple sides, 3-piece mahogany neck, bound indian rosewood fingerboard with block inlay, (2) Patent No. sticker pickups, Gibson pantograph headstock logo (’69-’84), crown peghead inlay, Tune-O-Matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece, black “witch hat” knobs, the original hard shell case with purple interior, (2) original price lists circa 1969 and the original owner’s manual.
As mentioned, this no-issues example is 100% all original. It is in very excellent condition, and the original cherry finish is quite vibrant and rich. There is neither weather-checking nor fading.
This 335 is quite light and weighs only 7 lbs.10 oz. Though it features a 1 9/16″ nut width, the volute and slim taper shape compensate for what would normally feel like a smaller neck profile. The guitar sounds great, both pickups seem evenly balanced and both 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.
Sale Price: Sold
ES335TDC, ES-335-TDC, ES335-TDC, ES-330, ES330