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Gibson ES-345TD

Thin line semi-acoustic guitar

Gibson ES 345 description | 1959 announcement | 1967 ES-345
1963 Gibson ES345
A nice 1963 Gibson ES-345TD in the standard Sunburst finish

The Gibson ES-345 TD was launched in 1959, and first demonstrated at the summer trade shows of that year - along with the Gibson ES355 stereo varitone. These models came one year after the sucessful launch of the Gibson ES335 and Gibson ES355 models. All of these guitars were part of the new thinline series of guitars, characterised by a semi-hollow body: a maple top and back with a central maple block running the length of the body continuing from where the neck ends. The neck, in typical Gibson style, was initially mahogany, with a rosewood fingerboard. The 345 doesn't have some of the ornamentation of the 355, but it still has gold plated hardware, and the stereo varitone circuitry. In total 10560 345s were shipped between 1959 and 1979, with 1967 the peak. See ES-345 shipping data below.

Announcing the Gibson ES-345T, 1959

The stereo capability of the 345 featured heavily in early publicity material. The May/Jun 1959 Gibson Gazette proclaimed: New and first from Gibson... true stereophonic sound for the guitar... it goes on: Now - the surrounding sound of stereo comes to the guitar, and music becomes magic ...an exciting, thrilling experience for player and listener alike.

Gibson ES-345 catalog appearances

Gibson 1964 Electrics catalog
1964 Electrics

Exciting to play, thrilling to hear! This new gibson can produce any sound you've ever heard from any guitar. Though marvellously versatile, it is uncomplicated... may be used with stereophonic, monaural, or two channel amplifier
Gibson 1966 Full Line catalog
1966 Gibson full line catalog

...it offers six pre-set tonalities with the Gibson varitone control and exceiting stereophonic tone separation. It can be played through a stereo amplifier, two channel amplifier or two separate amplifiers. Special stero wiring and "Y" cable provide complete separation of tone
1970 Gibson thinline catalog
1970 Gibson thinline catalog

In 1970 Gibson produced a range of mini-catalogues, each covering a part of Gibson's range.
Gibson 1975 thinline catalogue
The 1975 thinline catalogue with bluesman BB King on the front.
Below the minimalist 1978 electrics catalogue entitled Quality / Prestige / Innovation
Gibson 1978 Quality /Prestige /Innovation catalogue
1980 Gibson catalogue
The 1980 Gibson catalogue This is the last catalogue to feature the ES345.

ES-345 Specifications

Gibson ES-345 TDC
1980 Gibson ES-345TDSV

The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson thinline catalogue

This versatile instrument offers six pre-set tonalities with Gibson Vari-Tone control and exciting stereophonic tone separation. Play the ES-345TD through a stereo amplifier, two-channel amplifier or two separate amplifiers. Special stereo wiring and "Y" cable provide tone separation.

FEATURES: Curly maple arched top and back, gold-plated metal parts. Slim, fast, low-action neck joins body at 20th fret. Laminated neck, adjustable truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard, pearl inlays. Adjustable Tune-O-Matic bridge for perfect intonation. Twin Humbucking pickups with separate tone and volume controls which can be pre-set. Three-position toggle switch. Stereo wiring and "Y" cable. Vari-Tone built-in tone selector. Six pre-set tonalities. 16" wide, 19" long, 1 ¾" thin; 24 ¾" scale, 22 frets.

ES-345TD - Sunburst finish
ES-345TDC - Cherry finish
ES-345TDW - Walnut finish

519 - Faultless plush case
304 - Archcraft plush case
ZC-19 - Zipper case for 519 case

Gibson ES-345TD shipping figures

Gibson shipped 10560 ES-345 guitars between 1959 and 1979, the peak production years being 1967, then 1968. Check out a 1967 Gibson ES-345. The most widely employed finish was the basic sunburst, with 43% of guitars being that colour. Cherry is also a common colour, on about a third of the total shipped. It actually proved to be more popular than Sunburst in much of the late sixties and seventies. Rare finishes are Natural, Ebony, and Tobacco Sunburst. The earliest examples, and particularly the 50 Natural ones, are particularly sought after by guitar collectors.

  ES-345TD
(Sunburst)
ES-345TDN
(Natural)
ES-345TDC
(Cherry)
ES-345TDW
(Walnut)
ES-345TD
(Ebony)
ES-345TD
(Tobacco Sunburst)
ES-345TD
(Wine Red)
Total
1959 446 32           478
1960 251 18 252         521
1961 174   223         397
1962 102   204         306
1963 117   161         278
1964 218   193         411
1965 272   216         488
1966 278   186         464
1967 501   643         1144
1968 560   378         938
1969 201   213         414
1970 124   143 106       373
1971 100   120 128       348
1972 106   128 163       397
1973 127   307 305       739
1974 122   240 234 52 50   698
1975 48   7 73       128
1976 435     157     321 913
1977 127     116     144 387
1978 116     107     159 382
1979 114   2 109     131 356
Total 4539
43%
50
0.5%
3616
34%
1498
14%
52
0.5%
50
0.5%
755
7%
10560
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Gibson ES-345TD for sale

1962 Gibson ES-345

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 90066, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$14500

1962 Gibson ES-345. Wired in stereo, Amazing sound Original stop bar Original numbered PAFs Knobs look newer Tuners might be replaced with correct era gold ones.... more

Gibson ES-345TD 1979 Stereo Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage USA w / HSC

FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON, 98003, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3200

Gibson ES-345TD 1979 Stereo Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Vintage USA w / HSC For sale is a truly stunning, top of the line, 1979 Gibson ES-345TD semi-hollowbody in Walnut! This incredible guitar features a laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and parallelogram inlays, two original Gibson humbuckers with stereo output and gold hardware throughout. It's in good, well-played condition, with plenty of normal lacquer wear throughout. The back of the neck shows the most ... more

1966 Gibson ES-345 Sunburst Mono w / OHSC

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK, 13202, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3999

The Golden Era of the Gibson Hollowbody. This ES-345 has been modified to mono instead of the original stereo output, but retains all the original parts and the original case   Serial 519549 Weight: 8lb Finish: Original Tobacco Sunburst, the original nitro has plenty of luster and gloss left to it. There is some great checking on the front face of the guitar, with a little bit of wear in the binding where your arm rests against the body. The dark walnut colored finish on the sides of the body... more

Vintage Gibson "ES-345 TD" Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar; Early 1970s, Lifton Case

SIOUX CITY, IOWA, 51106, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2999

For consideration is a vintage Gibson ES-345TD semi-hollow electric guitar. Going by the serial number and label, it appears to be early 1970s. It is in nice condition overall, but does show wear from past use. There is checking throughout the neck and body. The Grover Deluxe tuning gears are not original. It has an added 3-position varitone toggle switch. The center position is normal. Although it isn't clear because it wasn't taken out, the other two, according to our guitar tech, possibly ... more

RARE 1968 Gibson ES-355 TD MONO Custom Color SPARKLING BURGUNDY 335 345

LEE'S SUMMIT, MISSOURI, 64086, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$12500

1968 Gibson ES-355TD Sparkling Burgundy w / OHSC! This is a really cool and very rare 1960's Gibson ES-355. The finish is factory custom color Sparkling Burgundy! Lenny Kravitz plays one of these as shown in one photo. You see a decent amount of ES-330's and ES-335's in this finish, but hardly any ES-355's. The guitar has a beautifully faded top that is very attractive unlike many of these. The guitar plays and sounds great! 1-9 / 16" nut width with a fairly fat neck. The guitar is nice and ... more

Gold late 50s Kluson Tuning Key for Gibson guitars ES-345, ES-295 etc

BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA, 18015, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$150

Gold late 1950s Gibson Kluson Tuning Key "D-169400 - Patent No" Hello. Up for sale is a Kluson tuning key that came off of a rare 1958 Gibson ES-295 with PAF's. This guitar was super clean and original. For some reason at the time it was easier to replace the tuner with one that had a good button. Subsequently I replaced the corroded button on this tuning key. I did a deal on the guitar with Uncle Lou although I can't remember who put the new button on this tuner I'm selling. This is for the ... more

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Bob Cullen Comment left 23rd January 2013 16:04:07 reply
I just pulled out of storage for at least 20 years a Gibson ES-345TD serial #636872 and it is still in perfect tune! Any Takers bcullen@cogeco.ca

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