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vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar
vintage gibson es-335td paf loaded guitar

Electric Semi-Hollow Body1961 Gibson ES-335TD

Made near the end of the third year of Gibson's wildly successful ES model, this early example block marker is in VG++ condition. Featuring original electronics (pots date to August '61) and legendary PAF pickups with original nickel covers that show no evidence of having ever been unsoldered and removed. The guitar originally shipped with a Bigsby tailpiece and a plaque reading "Custom Made" that covered the stop tailpiece studs. The guitar had been used extensively by the previous owner, who removed the Bigsby and installed a stop tailpiece in the factory studs. Both the Bigsby and plaque are in the case.

Like many high mileage Gibsons put to professional use, this guitar has suffered a headstock break, repaired long ago, and had modern tuners installed in the '70s. We gave this instrument to restoration expert Dave Blackshear, who cosmetically addressed the physically solid previous repair, and installed period correct Kluson tuners, filling holes and touching up as appropriate. In short: it looks, sounds, feels, and plays great. Ready to take the stage again, with an equally well-worn, original hardshell case.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire an original, PAF loaded classic at about half of what a mint, "showcase only" version might fetch. As the vintage guitar market wakes from its slumber, we are seeing less and less of these early block marker PAF lovelies coming to market. $14,500

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