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Gibson Crest
Thinline electric acoustic guitar

Crest description and pricing | 1970 Gibson Crest

1970 Gibson thinline catalogueFrom 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)

Gibson Crest

The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson thinline catalogue

CREST
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

Gibson Crest pickups Gibson Crest tailpiece Gibson Crest controls Gibson Crest headstock

Have a closer look at the Gibson Crest

Shipping Figures

Model \ Year1969197019711972total
Gibson Crest5661387162

Pricing

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

Citation
S-400CES
Byrdland
ES355TDSV
Crest
Les Paul Custom
SG Custom
ES335TD
SG Standard
Melody Maker

$2500
$1225
$950
$915
$895
$575
$525
$445
$335
$179

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1970 Gibson Crest Gold (GIE0802)

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