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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-335TDC Cherry Red, 1966


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Here’s a very nice Thinline, Double Pickup, Cherry finish Gibson ES-335TDC, Union Made during 1966 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Thinline concept was introduced in 1955 to produce a more compact hollowbody archtop electric instrument less prone to feedback. For the 1958 model year, this was combined with a solid, very feedback resistant center block to create the revolutionary semi-hollow ES-335 – which also carried Gibson’s new humbucking pickups. The next year, the 335 was joined by the more elaborate ES-345 and ES-355. These new designs won immediate acceptance and have been in production ever since.

While the full name of this model, as described on the label is a Gibson ES-335TDC, all 335’s are Thinline with Double pickups, so the lettering is a bit redundant and often is left off the label. In that case, so is the finish designation, here C for Cherry but sometimes W for Walnut.

The construction includes Laminate Maple for the top, back and sides, with a Maple center block and sometimes Spruce pads to conform to the top and back arch. The neck is Mahogany, and during 1966 the head tilt-back angle was reduced to 14 degrees from 17. Also in 1966 Indian Rosewood displaced Brazilian for the fingerboard material. Position markers were small blocks from mid-1962. From 1965, the original stop tailpiece was changed to a Trapeze style tailpiece, as seen here, and the use of nylon saddles ran from 1962 up to as late as 1970.

This is a beautiful, well preserved example of an all-original 1966 Gibson ES-335TDC. The finish has light, natural lacquer checking and only minor wear. The hardware is chrome plated with no real corrosion or plating wear-through. The frets are in decent shape with light wear, but have not been serviced for some time.

The original arched-top hard shell case is included.


Price: $10,500.00 CAD
  • Model: ES-335TDC
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Cherry
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 852613, Union Made during 1966 at Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 16/03/2023

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.008lbs 3.64kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.562in 39.69mm
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