From the 1970 Gibson thinline catalogue|
The progressive guitarist will enjoy the new look and sound of this professional instrument. Beautiful suspended gold humbucking pickups not only contribute to the unique tonal capabilities of the instrument, but also highlight the seasoned bookmatched rosewood top, rims and back
The Gibson Crest, was only available for a brief period in the late sixties and early seventies. This was a very special guitar, made from rosewood, rather than the typical maple of other thinlines. Like the high-end ES355TDSV it featured gold hardware, split diamond headstock inlays, and was bound throughout. Unlike other thinlines at the time (335, 340, 345, and 355), the Crest had no central maple block running down its centre (like the 330) which meant it had to use floating bridge, pickups and tailpiece. Electrically it was much the same as the ES330, or ES355TD, having a 3 way switch, 2 tone and 2 volume controls. (Crest at the Gibson pot database)
The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson thinline catalogue
The progressive guitarist will enjoy the new look and sound of this professional instrument. Beautiful suspended gold Humbucking pickups not only contribute to the unique tonal capabilities of the instrument, but also highlight the seasoned book matched rosewood top, rims and back.
FEATURES: Double venetian cutaway, deluxe matching rosewood finger rest. Rosewood fingerboard with attractive inlays. Pearloid binding on top and back, adjustable rosewood bridge. Ebony finished head veneer with attractive inlay. Beautifully designed Crest tailpiece. Attractive inlaid marquetry on back of instrument. Gold-plated special design Humbucking pickups with separate tone and volume controls which can be pre-set. Toggle switch to activate either or both pickups. Neck joins body at 15th fret. Gold-plated metal parts. 19" long, 16" wide, 1 5/8" deep; 24 3/4" scale length, 22 frets.
A Closer Look
Have a closer look at the Gibson Crest
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The price of the Crest did not change between 1969 and and its last price list (Nov 71) entry; it stayed at $895. The table below compares the Crest with several other Gibson products from the Sept 1969 price list
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