Gibson ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1968)

Gibson  ES-335TD Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1968)

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Gibson ES-335TD Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1968), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 960206, sparkling burgundy finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

This is a simply superb example of the classic later 1960's ES-335TDC, in the rare "Sparkling Burgundy" metallic finish that was a option specific to the period but still not seen that often. The instrument's other features are typical for 1968, with chrome-plated hardware including the Tune-O-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, trapeeze tailpiece and two Gibson humbucking pickups with patent number sticker on the bases. Other typical appointments include enclosed Kluson Deluxe tuners with double-ring plastic buttons and the "amp" style black molded plastic knobs. The bound rosewood fingerboard has pearloid block inlay and the nut width is the narrow 1 5/8" width adopted in late 1965.

As noted this example is finished in "Sparkling Burgundy" opaque metallic lacquer instead of the 1960's standard semi-transparent cherry stain. This sharp looking metallic finish was used on a range of Gibson semi-hollow models only in this 1967-9 period but is still fairly rare compared to the official catalog colors. Legend has it that in this era Gibson experienced production problems with the laminated bodies for their semi-hollow thinlines resulting in a large number of instruments that would not finish out well in the see-through cherry or natural-center sunburst that were the standard finishes. Covering them up with a layer of flashy metallic paint was a creative solution, and results in particularly striking instruments-then and now!
Overall length is 41 3/4 in. (106 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This is absolutely the cleanest of these Sparkling Burgundy ES-335's we have ever seen, fresh out of a collection where it has been resting for 30+ years. This guitar is 100% original and looks to have been very little used since new. The color is superbly deep and rich and has no fade at all; the hardware is similarly shiny. There are small rub marks, light scuffing to the surface on the back, one small scrape to the top on the edge above the bass F-hole, a small chip near the upper strap button and a few tiny dinks to the headstock but really guitars almost 50 years old rarely show up in this state of preservation anymore. There is some very light fret wear in the lower positions-just enough to indicate some well-cared for play time. The original black orange-lined case is very clean as well, and includes the original inspector's hangtag (thanks Jim Farell!), card indicating it was factory setup for "professional" action and instruction one-sheets for the Tune-O-Matic bridge and Humbucking pickup adjustments. A fantastic 335 package-oh and it plays and sounds spectacular as well! Excellent + Condition.