Gibson ES-345 Thinline, 1967

Gibson ES-345 Thinline, 1967



Here’s another killer thinline from Just Guitars – an absolutely amazing playing 1967 ES-345. (Technically, an ES-345TDC Stereo, as stamped on the orange Gibson label – for Thinline Double Cutaway, and Stereo for… stereo!) The ES-345 has been played by such famous names as Chris Isaak, Elvin Bishop, Freddy King, Duane Allman, and legendary British guitarist Bill Nelson of Be-Bop Deluxe fame. As with most that have been professionally played, this 345 is virtually identical to Nelson’s much-loved model, right down to the added Bigsby and bridge.

Often mistaken on a casual glance for its baby sibling, the ES-335, the 345 featured on innumerable hit records during the sixties and seventies, as studio players and band members alike reveled in the abundance of excess that Gibson packed into the model, including stereo output and the famous Varitone control.

The Varitone was no half-hearted effort by Gibson, the ES-345 costing around $200 more at the time than the 335, and with the circuitry adding considerable weight to the thinline body. As trumpeted in the company’s marketing for the ES-345: “This Gibson can produce any sound you’ve ever heard from any guitar. The Vari-tone selector switch produces 18 sounds and creates hundreds of voices when coupled with the tone controls.”

Featuring all Curly Maple front and back and sides, plus a Maple centre block, the body is in Gibson’s classic Cherry finish, which has aged to be slightly more vibrant on the back, with the front slightly darker. The thin and lightning fast one-piece Honduran Mahogany neck is topped by a Brazilian Rosewood board with split MOP inlays. As mentioned above, the Varitone circuitry is not light, with the guitar tipping our digital scales at 9¼ lb – double the weight of most thinlines.

Also as mentioned above, the Bigsby and bridge were after-sale add-ons, but the original, (like new), wraparound bridge and posts are included in the case. The original Kluson tuners were changed to Schallers at some point, (see pic # 8), but other than a replacement jack plug, everything else is all original.

Original patent number humbuckers, (output of 7.5 and 7.75 ohm), stereo output, (via a stereo Y-cable, mono otherwise), “fretless wonder” frets, perfect action and intonation – this magnificent guitar is ready to plug in and go. It ships in the approximate-matching vintage Washburn hard shell case that it’s been in for at least the past fifteen years, which would be at least a thousand dollars value on its own.

No damage or repairs, a few small chips and dings here and there from being played these last thirty-odd years, there’s lots of highly desirable fine checking in the original Cherry finish and the guitar plays like butter and sounds absolutely killer! Professionally owned and played right around Australia, (plus a recent US tour), this is an urgent, and regrettable sale, otherwise the listed price would be at least $3000 higher.

Grab yourself a piece of Gibson history!

Price: AUD$7200.00 GST Included

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