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GIBSON | THIN ELECTRIC ACOUSTIC | ES-345TD

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 catalog
The 1975 thinline catalog with bluesman BB King on the front.
Below the minimalist 1978 electrics catalogue entitled Quality / Prestige / Innovation
Gibson 1978 Quality /Prestige /Innovation catalog
1980 Gibson catalog
The 1980 Gibson catalogue This is the last catalogue to feature the ES345.

Gibson 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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1968 Gibson ES-345 TDC Stereo Cherry

1968 Gibson ES-345 TDC Stereo Cherry

Carbondale, Illinois, 629**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8490


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1968 Gibson Stereo ES-345 in its original Cherry finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. It's all original and 100% complete with the only exception being the gold end nut for the pickguard bracket. The hardshell case is a Victoria brand case from the same period in time and has only housed this guitar as it is likely to be the case sold with the guitar when first purchased. This ES-345 looks great ... more
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1979 Gibson ES-345 TD Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Wine Red w /  T Tops & Case

1979 Gibson ES-345 TD Vintage Semi-Hollow Guitar Wine Red w / T Tops & Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6200

Up for sale, a 1979 Gibson ES-345 TD in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. One of Gibson's premier semi-hollowbody models with an extremely dark Wine Red gloss nitro lacquer finish, the ES-345 TD is an upscale version of the 335, with gold hardware and a six-position Varitone rotary switch, still factory wired for stereo operation. This ES-345 has a feel that is instantly comfortable and intuitive, delivering a vibrant and well-rounded acoustic ... more
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Gibson ES345 Stereo 1970s walnut owner right and left handed $4500 00

Gibson ES345 Stereo 1970s walnut owner right and left handed $4500 00

Denver, Colorado, 802**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4500

Gibson ES345 Stereo 1970s walnut owner right and left handed $4500 00. Condition is Used. Local pickup only.... more
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Vintage 1961 Gibson ES345 W /  2 PAFs Bigsby & Original Hardshell Case! Clean!!

Vintage 1961 Gibson ES345 W / 2 PAFs Bigsby & Original Hardshell Case! Clean!!

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 495**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$28000

Just in at Tone Chasers Music is this 1961 Gibson ES345. This guitar is super resonant, an absolute joy to play, and sounds incredible through any decent tube amp. This spectacular example is in very good condition with the pictured small scuffs, scratches, and pictured imperfection on the back of the neck being the most significant signs of wear. The pictured original hardshell case is included. As pictured.

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1959 Gibson ES 345 USA

1959 Gibson ES 345 USA

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£13500

1959 GIBSON ES 345 USA - PROJECT :
* spray can refin, label oversprayed in red
* Mickey Mouse ears
* beefy neck version
* lower f-hole was routed, but rout will be covered with a longer pickguard=check pic 4
* label inside is oversprayed in red
* neck binding is loose=check pic 6
* right headstock tip has a small chip
* small seam seperation of one headstock wing at G tuner on back only=check pic 11
* tuner holes enlarged
* old wood=seasoned TONE
* SOLD AS IS - ... more
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1981 Gibson 345, USED

1981 Gibson 345, USED

Birmingham, England, B1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£7279

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Ibanez 2457 Bj. 1977 JAPAN Maestro Tremolo ES 335 345 355  bessere Gibson Kopie

Ibanez 2457 Bj. 1977 JAPAN Maestro Tremolo ES 335 345 355 bessere Gibson Kopie

Murnau am Staffelsee , 82***, GERMANY

€2300

Zum Verkauf steht eine wirklich unglaublich gute und in dieser Ausführung sehr seltene
Ibanez Gitarre. Ich habe noch keine bessere Halbakustik ES Style Gitarre in den Händen gehalten. Kein Vergleich zu den meisten Gibson
Selbst besitze ich die Gitarre seit über 20 Jahren, gebe sie schweren Herzens her, da ich nur zweimal im Jahr dazu komme, sie aus dem Koffer zu nehmen. Dafür ist sie zu schade und bevor sie eines meiner Kinder umwirft, darf sie lieber in gute ... more
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Gibson ES345 1959 - Sunburst

Gibson ES345 1959 - Sunburst

Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£22999

FINESTSELECTIONSHIPPINGSPECIALISTS24 HourSupportLondon Vintage Guitars are please to offer:Gibson ES345 1959 - SunburstZEBRA APPEAL
Gibson ES345
1959 / 60 ( Note 59 Factory No 60 Serial )
Sunburst
PAFs ( Zebra : ))))) )
Factory Stop Bar
Original Tags / Candy
Original Brown Pink Lined Case
internally / externally original excerpt refret 
Condition 8 5 / 10 (  Playing wear to rear of neck )
Note - Zebra PAFs ,  Stop Bar ES345 , the ultimate ... more
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Gibson ES-345TDSV Bj. 1967

Gibson ES-345TDSV Bj. 1967

Gelsenkirchen, 45***, GERMANY

€10500

Exzellent erhaltene, 100 Prozent originale, unverbastelte Gibson ES-345TDSV (Thinline, Double Cut, Stereo, Varitone), Stereo und Varitone-Schaltung funktionieren einwandfrei. Wunderschönes Tea Burst mit Wölkchen-Ahorn-Decke und Rücken, auf den Fotos nur schwer zu erkennen. Schlanker Hals, die Bünde sind flach, aber noch sehr gut spielbar. Die Gold Hardware ist stellenweise angelaufen, normal für eine 56 Jahre alte Gitarre. Ansonsten nur minimale Spielspuren, keine Cracks oder Risse im Lack.... more
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Gibson ES-345TD Stereo Bj. 1970-72

Gibson ES-345TD Stereo Bj. 1970-72

Gifhorn, 38***, GERMANY

€7000

Eine Original Gibson ES-345 TD aus dem 1970 Jahren. inkl. Koffer Am besten vor Ort anschauen
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ChiefsMatrix Comment left 28th June 2021 00:12:22 reply
I’m not sure who compiled the shipping ledger for you guys but i’m know definitively that a custom black was shipped in 1963. I have a photo copy of the actual ledger page. Serial #115826. There were so few perhaps it was overlooked and the rest of your article very well researched and articulated. Check out the serial # with a Gibson Rep. You’ll see, i’m right. All Good!
vintageguitarandbass Comment left 3rd July 2021 10:10:27 reply
Sounds like a very cool guitar. The earliest Gibson shipping totals (pre-1969) are pretty vague about finish. Assuming it was assigned a model code of ES-345TD (note cherry examples in '63 were designated ES-345TDC) it would most likely be included in with the Sunburst models. Be interested to see the shipping ledger for your guitar.
Bucky Comment left 20th January 2018 03:03:13 reply
I have a Gibson es345td electric guitar. The guitar was made in 1976 Excellent condition. Do you know what it is worth and does Gibson still make that guitar What does it sell for new
Bob Cullen Comment left 24th January 2013 03:03:07 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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1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.