“ES-335TD – THIN – DOUBLE CUTAWAY – a newsmaker since its first appearance, this model offers outstanding performance for ensembles, recording, radio, and TV at an amazingly modest price. It offers all the advantages of Gibson’s thin body design with its ease of handling, easy fingering, and fast action… Its sparkling sustaining tone and instant response. Semi-solid body construction. Beautiful curly Maple arched top and back, pearl dot inlays, and nickel plated metal parts.” — Gibson catalog, 1963
Make and Model: Gibson ES-335TDC
Year: 1963, serial 979xx
Specifications: Thinline arched top with solid Maple center block, factory stop bar tailpiece, never had another tailpiece, PAF sticker neck pickup, patent number sticker bridge pickup, block inlay fretboard, 1 11/16″ nut width, .82″ neck depth at the first fret, .89″ depth at the 12th, 8lbs 4oz. Potentiometer date codes: 1346202 (134 = Centralab, 62 = 1962, and 02 = 2nd week.
Originality: All original parts except for one Nylon saddle. No modifications.
Condition: Excellent! This is a very fine example of the model with deep Cherry red finish with only light checking. There is some light lacquer wear on both sides of the fretboard next to the binding. No holes drilled for another tailpiece. There is one scratch on the back of the body and some light worming in the finish from a belt buckle.
Playability: Excellent! The neck is straight and the original frets have just been dressed. It’s a dream to play.
Notes: Just in from the long time owner since the 1990s! He owned a music store in Huntsville, AL and this clean example walked into the store in this exact case some time in the mid 1990s. The seller received it in a trade and wasn’t a musician so he decided to sell. It has stayed at the house and hasn’t been gigged while he owned it. He wasn’t considering selling but he is retired and downsizing. This guitar has never been available online until now. I’m confident you’ll love this 1963 Gibson ES-335TDC!