SOLD! -1962 Gibson ES-345 TDC Cherry - special order w/ original nickel hardware
This super original Custom Order ES-345 has the brightest, most stunning and vibrant Cherry finish I have ever seen on a 60 year old guitar...
But wait: there's more... It was a Custom Order in 1962 as it came with Factory Bigsby and Custom Made plaque, Nickel Hardware and the Black Varitone Switch!!! This is a super rare combination as all ES-345's came out of the factory with gold hardware and the standard Gold Varitone ring. On top of that it comes with the original Gibson Stereo Varitone instruction sheet! How cool is that?
Everything on this guitar is original and just like it came out of the factory last week. PAT# stickered PAF pickups, Stereo jack and Varitone switch not changed into Mono (stereo-mono cable included), Tune-O-Matic bridge with original nylon saddles, Bigsby, Custom Made plaque, knobs, pots, electronics, plastics, single line double ring Kluson tuners, frets, nut, and the lovely black pebble hardsghell case with gold/yellow plush lining. The finish is glossy and bright and lights up perfectly under blacklight. No cracks, breaks or repairs.
This beauty 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 and warm sounding jazzy/bluesy neck pickup. What a thrill to play...
Since its debut in '59 (sunburst) this classic 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.
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!