1977 Gibson ES-345 TD StereoGibson
If you believe everything that you read on internet web forums, this late 1970's Gibson ES-345 TD is essentially the red headed stepchild of the Gibson semi hollow line. Start with the large headstock, continue down to the three piece maple neck, the heavy maple body, the trapeze tail piece and, the coupe de grace, the much maligned varitone, and you literally have a guitar that would make Gibson purists cringe. But, there's a reason that we play these guitars and buy them based on tone and feel. I mean, not everything on the internet is true, right???...Well, not in this case. This 1977 ES-345 has vibe out the wazoo! It's been played a lot because it's a good one. There's a significant amount of finish wear. There are several scratches, dings, chips, lacquer checks, etc. The lacquer on the headstock logo and binding has aged to a warm, golden hue. The finish on the back of the neck has been worn down so that it's slick, glassy and organic feeling. The frets are also starting to get a little on the low side and will likely need replacement in the not to distant future. Lastly, it's a bit on the heavy side for an ES guitar at 9.0 lb. even. So, what's good about it? The freakin' tone, of course! The tone is utterly warm, woody and smooth. Jazz players would be hard pressed to find a better tone than this. It must have the most buttery sounding neck pickup ever. Also, whereas most 345's have fairly useless tones on tap with the varitone circuit, this one has several unique, useable and musical tones available.This is one of those guitars that make you forget time while playing. Oh, and comically, this is considered a vintage guitar now. Come and get it!