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Gibson ES355

Thin line semi-acoustic guitar

Gibson ES-355TD - Gibson Thin Body Guitars Feel Just Right
Gibson ES-355TD - Gibson Thin Body Guitars Feel Just Right
Advertisement for Gibson's new thinline guitar range launched the year before. Guitars like the ES-335 (ES = Electric Spanish) were an immediate success. This ad features Gibson 'artist-enthusiast' Andy Nelson playing the newly launched ES-355T through a GA400 amplifier
Gibson 1964 Electrics catalogue1964 Electrics

This magnificent stereo jazz guitar reflects all the beauty and skill of the guitar maker's art. With tone ranging from a clear treble to a throaty bass, with thrilling vibrato and instant response, it offers the jazz artist everything
Gibson 1966 Full Line catalogueThe ES355 is barely mentioned in the 1966 Gibson full line catalogue in favour of the stereo vearitone version

The ES-355 was launched in 1958, and is a mono version of the more well known ES-355TDSV from 1959, which features stereo circuitry and a varitone tone control. It was available from 1958 until 1970, and like most fine grade instruments, sold in small numbers only; a total production of 1343 (compared to 1808 stereo varitone models)

The finest of the 300 series (also Gibson ES335, Gibson ES345), both stereo and mono versions had an ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays, split diamond headstock inlay, and gold plated hardware throughout.

It is sometimes compared to the Epiphone Sheraton which was made with the 355 in the Gibson Kalamazoo factory, using the same tooling, techniques and quite a lot of the same components

Famous users of the mono ES355 include BB King and Pete Townsend

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TONY GOMEZ Comment left 12th November 2012 21:09:26
I HAVE A 1974 ES-355TD GIBSON, WALNUT COLOR. REQUIRES RESTORATION. IT IS IN POOR CONDITION. CAN U TELL ME MORE OR LESS IF IT IS WORTH RESTORING IT AND WHAT IS THE VALUE?
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 12th November 2012 21:09:45
Absolutely yes. The ES-355TD (or perhaps yours is a ES-355TD-SV) is a valuable guitar in any condition. But be careful, you can easily reduce it's value further by doing the wrong things (refinishing for example). Can you post any pictures in the forum for us to have a look at it?

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