This was an expensive guitar: the ES-345TD had a September 1967 list price (US zone 1) of $510 - still nowhere near as expensive as the mid 60s Artist range, (the dual pickup Johnny Smith JS-DN was listed at $1075) but significantly more than the most expensive solid body (SG Custom, $455), the ES-175D ($450), and the ES-335TD ($395).
The following description is taken from the 1966 Gibson full line catalog
Exciting to play, thrilling to hear! This great Gibson guitar can produce any sound you've ever heard from any guitar. Marvellously versatile, it offers six pre-set tonalities with the Gibson varitone control and exciting stereophonic tone separation. It can be played through a stereo amplifier, two-channel amplifier, or two separate amplifiers. Special stereo wiring and "Y" cable provide tone separation.
The peak production year of the Gibson ES-345 was 1967 (1144 Sunburst and Cherry 345s shipped), and this is a typical '67 instrument. The neck is still one-piece mahogany; by the turn of the decade ES necks were made of a three-piece mahogany laminate, going to three-piece maple by the mid seventies.
Other 1967 features include the witch-hat knobs (newly switched from metal-insert bell knobs) and the centralised crown inlay on the headstock. Older guitars had this somewhat raised towards the Gibson logo.
Hardware is gold-plated throughout, although it is hard to see on the pickups of this guitar; gold plating is nowhere near as durable as chrome or nickel plating. The humbucking pickups have part numbers PU-345-1G and PU-345-2G (1965 Gibson parts list).
The headstock has an inlaid pearl crown emblem and Gibson logo. The fretboard similarly has split parallelogram pearl inlays.
The back of the guitar has the same three-colour sunburst finish as the top. Note the heel area and set (glued in) mahogany neck.
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