GIBSON | THIN ELECTRIC ACOUSTIC | CREST

Gibson Crest

Thinline electric acoustic guitar

1970 Gibson thinline catalogue
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. Like the Gibson ES-330TD, (but unlike most other thinlines at the time: 335, 340, 345, and 355), the Crest had no central maple block running down its center. It had a floating bridge, 'suspended' pickups and trapeze-style tailpiece with pearl inlaid rosewood 'Crest' emblem. Due to the nature of rosewood, there is significant visual variation within the model, with some guitars fairly uniform (almost like a Walnut-finished 355), and others with significant orange-brown grain patterning.

Actually, despite the fact that publicity at the time only mentions gold hardware, there was also a 'silver' Crest - and this had silver (not chrome) hardware. The 1971 Gibson spare parts list describes the parts as 'brushed silver', but no price lists seem to mention this variation. It may be that either variant had the same retail price.

Electrically, the Gibson Crest was much the same as the ES330TD, or ES355TD, having a 3 way switch, 2 tone and 2 volume controls. (See the Crest at the Gibson pot database).

The Gibson Crest in the 1970 Gibson thinline catalog

Gibson Crest
The Gibson Crest as shown in the 1970 Gibson thinline catalog. It is described as follows:

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

Have a closer look at the Gibson Crest
Gibson Crest pickups
Gibson Crest tailpiece
Gibson Crest controls
Gibson Crest headstock

Gibson Crest shipping figures

Model \ Year1969197019711972total
Gibson Crest5661387162

Gibson Crest 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)

LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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LOVELAND, OHIO, 45140, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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