1977 Gibson ES-345TDSV, Wine Red

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Killer late seventies Gibson ES-345TD in a deep Wine Red finish. A great looking instrument that represents good value in the Vintage market. This guitar has had a couple of changes that help make it an even more attractive proposition whilst retaining its original finish and electronics.

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.

This guitar is in nice, condition throughout. The original Wine Red finish is in good condition with minimal wear or checking to the lacquer on the body. The neck has areas where the lacquer has been played through. Introduced in 1976 the Wine Red finish replaced the Cherry Red finish offered own the ES-345 from its introduction. Marked a Factory Second likely due to a small finish flaw there is no obvious reason for the stamp now. The rosewood fingerboard is punctuated with the traditional ES-345 split parallelogram position markers, frets are original with binding nibs still evident. The headstock has a pearl inlayed Gibson Logo and Crown appointment. The rear of the headstock has the unique-to-era 8 digit serial number with two numerical bold prefix. The tuners have been changed for a set of Grover Rotomatics plated gold to match the rest of the hardware. The guitar is a factory Stereo model and unlike many ES-345’s has not been converted. The original PAT Stamp T-top pickups are clean and tidy solder joints free of tampering. The neck pickup measures 7.33k and the bridge a nicely balanced 7.28K. The Pots remain inside their protective cans and all solder looks clean and tidy. The tailpiece its the correct type and the only tailpiece fitted to the guitar. The bridge is the correct Nashville version used from the mid-seventies. Hardware is all correct to the instrument with the Stereo Truss rod cover and Pickguard both sharing the shallow bevel, knobs are gold topped Witch hat type used from ’67 onwards.

One of only 144 cherry ES-345 produced in 1977 this example is in great condition, the neck has the standard later 70’s slim C profile with a nut width of 40.23mm and a depth at the 1st fret of 20.38mm. The original frets have lost a little height and the guitar plays nicely. Weighing in at a decent 8.7lbs the guitar comes with a logo’d Black case.
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