1965 Gibson ES-335TD (Wide Nut, Sunburst, Stoptail Conversion, Lifton 'Brown' Case, Case Candy)

Sale price$18,000.00
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A gorgeous 1965 Gibson ES-335. Desirable transitional specifications with a full width 'wide nut' and 'Patent No.' pickups. Classic vintage Gibson tonality and playability. The original 'Pat. No' pickups have a lovely airiness and openness. A highly lyrical and articulate instrument. A friendly mid-60s neck profile makes for exceptionally versatile playability. The profile sits nicely between the extremes of a '59 fat neck and '61 skinny taper. Some honest patina throughout, some mild finish-checking and playwear give the instrument that perfect vintage feel. 

This vintage ES has seen some modifications with reliability and playability in mind. The well-worn original ABR-1 (included with sale) has been replaced with a nylon-saddled Tone-Pro's reproduction. The original Kluson machines have been replaced with modern reproductions, again, the originals are included in the sale for posterity. The instrument retains its original nylon nut and has seen an older professional re-fret. The original trapeze tailpiece has been removed from the instrument in favour of a professionally installed stop-tail, affording the instrument greater sustain, attack, and note articulation. The original Trapeze is included, again for posterity in the case. The instrument is missing its pickguard. Repaired headstock break. Marked '720' above serial number denoting a factory second, presumably for a minor finish defect (there is a touch of fiber under the lacquer above the bass side F-hole).

Perfect 'players' instrument, an absolutely magical ES-335 with a feature set that makes for an exceptional value proposition. Made in USA, Includes c1959 'Brown' Lifton case which alone commands a couple of thousand dollars! Serial number 331437.

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