1966 Gibson ES-335 tdc

John Shults

Posted on April 17 2021

1966 Gibson ES-335 red electric guitar

This clean 1966 Gibson ES-335 came to me just out of the original owner's closet where it had been neglected for decades. I'm always a Gibson guitar buyer, but I'm especially looking for clean 1950s and 1960s Gibson electric guitars like the ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355. You can contact me here to sell a Gibson guitar

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The guitar is original and unmodified. It shows light playing wear and very minimal checking. It still has the flatwound strings that the original owner used back in the 1960s. The neck is straight and the deep cherry stain is unfaded. The package is complete with original case, pickup and bridge adjustment paperwork, and the oft discarded original case key. This uncirculated Gibson ES-335 is clean and ready to be put back to work. The quality American made electronics all function like new. This guitar would be comfortable on the road, in the studio or in your collection. (edit: this one has sold!)

The Gibson ES-335 debuted in 1958 with a revolutionary new design: a double cutaway, thin solid body with hollow wings electric guitar. The thin body of this guitar was constructed of a laminated Maple arched top and back but had a solid center Maple block running down the center of the body. The resulting guitar had a warm tonal response but limited the problem of feedback at high stage volumes that many artists had at the time. The new ES-335 was fitted with Gibson's Humbucker pickups and became a success. This versatile model was popularized across almost all styles of music.

Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-335 tdc electric guitar in original Lifton case

Headstock, Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-335 tdc electric guitar

Back of neck, Kluson double line tuners, Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-335 tdc electric guitar

Original humbucking pickup adjustment sheet, tune-o-matic bridge adjustment, case key, Vintage 1966 Gibson ES-335 tdc electric guitar

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