Introduced in the 1959 alongside the ES-355TD the Gibson ES-345TD perched in the middle of the Gibson Thinline Semi-Hollow Electric Range. The ES-345 was released as the more tonally flexible sibling of the ES-335 thanks to the addition of a Varitone rotary tone switch and stereo wiring offering up a wide range of tones all with the cosmetic additions of a triple bound top, rosewood fingerboard with double parallelogram fingerboard inlays and gold plated hardware.
The guitar is in great condition throughout, the Cherry Red finish is still vibrant with a dark rosewood fingerboard punctuated split parallelogram inlays and with pleasantly mellowed gold hardware. The guitar has been played but well looked after, being a ’67 the guitar has a trapeze tailpiece and TuneOmatic bridge. The nut width is 1 9/16th. Pickups are a set of PAT No. sticker humbuckers, the neck pickup has had the cover removed previously and the Sticker is a repro. The pickups look correct otherwise and are consistent with each other. The input jack and switch are replacements, the original switch is included. We surmise that the guitar has previously been converted to mono with the Varitone disconnected but has been returned back to factory stereo/ Varitone spec. The neck has had Grover tuners fitted; likely period if not slightly earlier.
The original frets show age but the guitar plays very well. The neck profile is a rounded C, the nut width, although narrower than the traditional 1&11/16th nut width feels great and less restrictive than it can on some other instruments thanks to the well rounded profile that sits very comfortably in the hand.
The guitar comes with its original black and gold case in equally good condition.