ES 345 TCD Stereo-Varitone, 1968
red. One of the greatest Blues Machines. Born in 1959 as a stereo version
of the 335, the 345 has a special circuitry featuring the Varitone rotary
switch for five capacitor-filtered sounds and bypass (signal first goes
through a choke visible through the bridge pickup cavity), and can be used
with two separate amps via an Y cable, or with a single amp with a
stereo-to-mono cable. Other special features include gold-plated
hardware, triple layer top binding and double parallelogram fretboard
The guitar you see here was built in 1968, is completely original
and in exceptionally fine conditions. It has a very beautiful
see-through cherry finish with gorgeous wood grain showing through, with
normal amount of checking but with no heavy dings and no belt buckle wear.
Beautiful one-piece mahogany neck and easy-playing rosewood fretboard,
wide enough for easy bending. Only the gold-plating wear (especially on
pickup covers) reveals that this guitar didn't leave the factory one or
two years ago.
Original pat. # tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles and retaining wire,
original and untouched humbucker pickups with Patent Number, original Kluson Deluxe double-line
This instrument has all the mid- '60s features: trapeze tailpiece,
pre-pantograph pearl Gibson logo, 'top-hat' knobs. Warmer red color than
early '60s bright cherry. All the electronics work great. The sound is the
beloved voice of the Electric Blues, with long, singing, sustaining notes,
with a fair amount of badness provided by the bridge pickup.
This ES 345 comes with an original Gibson hardshell case with logo, which
in my opinion is from 1970 or '71: of course I cannot guarantee it was
originally sold with the guitar, but is correct for the model and
perfectly fitting. From the ... original decorations on the top of the
case we can suppose that James G., the old owner, didn't smoke only
cigarettes. The original Gibson care and maintenance booklet is included.
case - in
case2 - back
back - headstock
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