Gibson ES-335-12 12 String Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966)Just Arrived!
Gibson ES-335-12 Model 12 String Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 408115, sunburst lacquer finish, laminatad maple body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case. Item # 7890
Gibson's first single-neck electric 12-srting, the ES-335-12 was introduced in mid-1965 in response to the twelve-string craze which followed George Harrison's featuring of a Rickenbacker 360/12 in the prior year's A HARD DAY'S NIGHT. The model was a straight adaptation of the standard 335 design, with only an extended headstock and 12-string tailpiece as alterations. The model was fairly successful over the next couple of years but was phased out of production in 1970, so is not nearly as plentiful as its 6-string sibling.
This example was built during 1966, one of 360 made that second production year. It sports a traditional two-tone sunburst finish, all chrome-plated hardware but still a couple of earlier features like the older metal-capped gold plastic knobs, shortly replaced with the later '60's "Witch Hat" style. This model was used by Robbie Krieger on the Doors "Love Her Madly" and Richie Furay of the Buffalo Springfield, the Beau Brummels and many other period Rock acts. The ES-335-12 remains one of the 1960's better playing electric 12's even if not generally considered an all-time Gibson classic.
Overall length is 43 3/4 in. (111.1 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 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 guitar appears to have been hardly played since 1966, and put away for a long time. There are some tiny dings and handling wear spots and light checking but that's about it. Well, OK, there's a small spot of strap burn on the back (very small0 and a few finish chips to the back of the headstock. A quick trip back to the age of Folk-rock, in its clean yellow-lined original HSC. Excellent + Condition.
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