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Gibson / ES-335 TD / 1963 / Blonde Refin / Guitar For Sale

Mickey Mouse ears, Patent Number pickups, stop tail (stop me if you’re heard enough!) 1963 Gibson ES-335 TDC… 

So, at some point this was cherry red and from what we heard from the previous owner the work was carried out in the 60s. Evidence of the colour can be seen through the f-holes. The refinish has been well done though definitely of its time however from not too great a distance it does look like an all original blonde finish which got us a bit excited when the owner sent through the initial pictures...

There is the evidence of a Bigsby having been fitted and the headstock a headstock crack has been repaired. The crack can be seen in the pictures and has been well repaired. 

Aside from this, the neck feels great and the fretboard is in good condition with plenty of life left in the original frets. The neck is a nice fuller feeling profile, almost like a 64 but definitely not skinny like a 62.

Its evident that both pickups have been out of the guitar as you can see by the heat shrink. Both sound great. There doesn’t seem to be any other evidence of changes to the electrics as far as we can tell. The pickup surround screws have been replaced with one having broken in the body.

Plastics are all correct and in good shape as is the hardware. A few of the saddles have been replaced and the tailpiece is a very good repro that would fool most people.

Correct single line, double ring Kluson tuners are on there but the bottom E tuner is a later double line Gibson.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case which is non original.

Sonically this guitar sounds really, really good whether thats plugged in or not. The guitar has an inherent sustain and sweet tone that translates to the amplified sound so wonderfully. Both pickups are well balanced making this guitar a joy to play.

We love these here at ATB Guitars and anyone who’s picked one up will understand why. If you like them too then this is probably your cheapest entry point into your classic year, stop tail ES heaven…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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