ES-335 TD, 1968
Antoher gorgeous 335, in 100% original condition. Rare flamed
maple top. Thinline semi-hollow maple body, one-piece mahogany neck,
brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays. Typical features
introduced in 1967, such as the "top-hat", Fender amp-style
control knobs; patent number tune-o-matic bridge with metal saddles
instead of nylon; thinner five-ply plastic pickguard.
The hardware is all original, chrome plated and in excellent condition:
trapeze tailpiece, Kluson Deluxe double-line/double-ring tuners, two Patent-Number
humbucking pickups, never touched or altered, with covers never removed.
We have tried to take pictures of the hidden side of both units, but one
screw of the bridge pickup was so rusty that we could not take it off,
so we did our best trying to show the black decal inside without forcing
and damaging the plastic ring. However, the decal is there and all the
solderings are untouched.
The beautiful sunburst finish is in overall very good conditions, with
some weather checking, a few dings here and there and not too much
playing wear. It's quite rare to find such a beautiful flamed top on a
vintage '60s 335, so we were really pleasantly surprised... 'Burst
finish, sweet checking and flames, what a nice vintage combination!
Straight neck with not too much wear, easy action, comfortable profile
and width, good frets and nicely darkened rosewood board.
This fantastic 335 has a great bluesy sound, loud, aggressive, warm and
It comes with its original semi-hard case (half-way between the
hardshell and the soft cases offered at that time) with brass Gibson
plate, in excellent, solid condition.