“ES-345TD – This versatile instrument offers 6 preset tonalities with the Gibson Vari-Tone control and exciting stereophonic tone separation. Play the ES-345td through a stereo amplifier, two channel amplifier, or two separate amplifiers. Special stereo wiring and “Y”cable provide tone separation.” — 1970 Gibson catalog
Make and Model: Gibson ES-345td
Year: Likely 1972 but could be ’71 or ’73. 106 examples produced in 1972 with an average of about 110 each year from 1971 to 1973.
Specifications: Thinline archtop with solid center block and hollow wings, 24 3/4″ scale length, 1 9/16″ nut width, .78″neck depth at the 1st fret, 1″ depth at the 12th, 8lbs 1oz, factory stereo wiring with stereo output jack, Vari-Tone switch.
Originality: 100% except for the strings and truss rod cover!
Condition: Excellent. This one was clearly babied since it was purchased new.
Playability: Excellent, 100% ready to go. The neck is straight, the frets show almost no wear, and the electronics work like new.
Notes: Every guitar tells a story but this one is just a little better than the others. Laura’s husband was a country player in Arkansas. After he bought the guitar new, he made an Abalone shell truss rod cover and painted her name on it with inlaid turquoise heart. He played it sparingly at home for her and gigged his other guitars. He passed about five years ago. Laura held on to the guitar until house repairs became necessary recently.
Serial numbers are not consistent in the early 1970s but all specifications indicate a build year of between 1971 and 1973. Gibson made an average of only 110 ES-345td guitars each year between ’71 and ’73 so this is a low production model. I’m confident you’ll love this clean 1972 Gibson ES-345td in Cherry Sunburst!