SOLD! - 1959 Gibson ES-345 TDSV Tobacco Sunburst Stereo Varitone PAF’s
1 of only 446 made ES-345TD's in the very first year of production: 1959 - The Holy Year!!
This a 99% original near MINT collector grade factory Stoptail ES-345 has the most beautiful and warm Tobacco Sunburst finish I have ever seen on a 60+ year old guitar!!!
It has both original unopened Patent Applied For stickered PAF pickups, Tobacco Burst finish in amazing clean condition (which lights up beautifully under blacklight with no overspray, touch-up's, spots etc.) pickguard, knobs, pots and so on. Untouched solder, original factory Stereo and Varitone circuits untouched. There are no cracks, no breaks, no repairs, no touchups, no hidden repairs. The tuners have been replaced for vintage Grovers as was a common modification back in the day. The case is an original 1960's Gibson case. Comes including a hand made Stereo to Mono jack plug cable.
It sounds so cool. Unplugged it has a rich and super loud ring to it and plugged it is very versatile with a loud and crisp bridge pickup and a rounder sounding jazzy/bluesy neck pickup. What a thrill to play!!
Since its debut in 1959 the ES-345 has been seen on stage by everyone from Dicky Betts and Chuck Berry to Elvin Bishop, B.B. King, Freddie King, Marty McFly and Joe Bonamassa. And they are pretty rare as well: only 446 were made in Sunburst that first year!!
With the ES-345 Gibson brought back the concept of a stereo guitar that Gretsch had experimented with in the late 40’s (Project-O-Sonic). Rather than splitting the treble and bass strings into a stereo image like Gretsch, Gibson took the simpler solution of splitting the neck pickup from the bridge pickup with the use of a special “Y” cable into a newly designed Gibson GA-88S stereo amplifier. The new stereo guitar was also outfitted with a Varitone circuit which provided 6 preset tones. Super cool and way ahead of its time!