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Gibson / ES-355 TDC SV / 1966 / Cherry / Guitar For Sale

Really, very nice original Gibson ES-355 TDC SV which has been sympathetically converted to mono using the original pots and caps. Varitone has been bypassed and removed so it is now effectively an ES-335 but with the added snap and slickness a really nice ebony fingerboard provides…

It is in very good condition too. It has no breaks or finish nastiness going on anywhere and even has the original frets with most of the nibs intact that are in exceptional condition for their age. There is a tailpiece repair that is solid and has been securely repaired and is all hidden under the cover. All original cherry red finish is nice dark and deep with little fade. There are some wear marks on the back and on the back of the neck but this is not too bad as you can see in the photos.

It is setup with a nice low action and the slick fingerboard has that feeling of almost playing itself, especially with the factory wide frets. Both pickups sound well matched and strong and it is a joy to play an original ES-355 without having to faff around with stereo leads and that Varitone.

The only replaced parts we can see are the Varitone itself, including the gold ring and the strap buttons which are strap locks. As to be expected, there is some wear on the gold plating and nicks, dings all over but overall it is a really nice, playable guitar in very good condition with no serious issues.

Included is a typical mid 60’s ES case with black tolex and orange lining that is also in good condition.

Come down and give it a go, we think you will be pleasantly surprised at how good a 355 can play and sound without the stereo gubbings attached…

ATB Guitars, UK  

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

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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