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Gibson / ES-335 TDC / 1965 / Cherry / Guitar For Sale

An early 1965, wide nut, big neck, ‘64 spec Gibson ES-335 TDC anyone?

Debuting in 1958, the ES-335 and its siblings formed the trifecta spearheading the Gibson semi acoustic range. 1960 saw the introduction of the cherry finish, a defining feature of Gibson guitars to come. 

Resplendent in its desirable, almost unfaded cherry finish, this guitar looks great. A classic example of a classic finish, this guitar has been well cared for and is in great condition. Both front and back are free of any real wear. There is a visible dink on the front next to the vibrola. The back has a few marks but nothing too severe. 

The back of the neck has a few wear marks, making it very comfortable in the hand. The fretboard is in good shape and a recent refret helping it play very well. There are no signs of any breaks or touch ups.

The tuners are a mix of double and single line Klusons but there does not seem to have been any other tuners fitted and this would be totally correct for this transition year. This being a transition year for Gibson between nickel and chrome, on this guitar we have everything in nickel apart from the bridge and studs which are in chrome. The position of the bridge has also been corrected in the past. The original holes have been drilled out and filled. This can be seen under the thumbscrews.  

The hardware is in great condition too and the plastics are in great shape. Pickguard shows no sign of warping, the reflector knobs are in great condition. Electrically everything looks correct with both patent number pickups looking to be undisturbed. 

The guitar comes with a correct Gibson black Tolex case with black lining that has has one hinge of the handle missing.

Both pickups on this guitar sound great and are very evenly balanced. The neck pickup really accentuates the wood tones without losing any definition whilst the bridge pickup really delivers that bite that you only really get from a classic patent number pickup.

If you’re looking for an ES guitar then you can’t go much wrong with this one. Grab it before it gets away…


ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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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.

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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.

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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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