1963 Gibson ES-345TD

$18995 USD ($26593 CAD)
For more details contact us at info@folkwaymusic.com or 855-772-0424.
The Gibson ES-345 was the company’s first Stereo model upon its introduction in 1959. This example, built in 1963, features patent number pickups and a cherry finish and, for most of its life, sported a Bigsby tailpiece that was likely original to the guitar. The original Stereo Varitone wiring harness has been removed and we’ve rewired the guitar in mono, complete with an entirely new wire harness. The neck pickup has had its magnet flipped to allow in-phase middle-switch position tone. The guitar’s original patent number humbuckers sound incredible, and the guitar functions as if it were an ES-335. We installed a stoptail for the previous owner in the original mounting studs, and will provide the original Bigsby tailpiece with the guitar, which can easily be reinstalled.

Original finish and hardware throughout, with the exception of newer saddles in the bridge and a modern stop tailpiece. The finish shows plenty of lacquer crazing, but no abuse and less than average playwear. There are a couple of dings on the back of the neck, a small chip on the treble-side upper headstock corner, and the lightest of belt wear on the back. There are no neck issues, the truss rod is in good working order, the original nylon nut has never been removed, and the neck angle is good. The original frets play fairly well despite some string wear.

The neck measures 1-21/32” wide (just shy of 1-11/16), is .835” deep at the 1st fret, and measures .884” at the 12th. The guitar weighs 7.8lbs. Pickup DC values 7.4 and 7.5K.

With original hardshell case.