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Electric Spanish Guitars - thin body models

1962 Gibson guitars and amplifiers catalog page 5

Gibson 1962 guitar and amplifier catalog. Page 5. Title page for the thinline section of the catalog covering the following four pages - details of key features: tune-O-matic bridge, humbucking pickups, adjustable truss rod - and the Gibson wonder-thin silhouette ... only 1 3/4" to 2 1/4" thin.

1962 Gibson electric guitars and amplifiers catalog, page 5: Electric Spanish thin body
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1967 Gibson ES335-12 String

1967 Gibson ES335-12 String

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

1967 Gibson ES335-12 string in mint condition. No buckle scratches, no fading of color. Minor defect at the head, hard to see in the picture provided.... more
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1952 Gibson ES-350N a very rare factory 2 P-90 pickup 350 a Blonde Bombshell !

1952 Gibson ES-350N a very rare factory 2 P-90 pickup 350 a Blonde Bombshell !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$13495

This is a really cool Arch Top that??s an exceedingly unusual example of a 2 pickup ES-350N from 1952. It??s got a gorgeous rich Blonde finish over a very flamey maple top, back & sides. It??s beautiful full feeling & playing 3 piece maple neck sports a black Stinger w / a 1 11 / 16?? wide nut ! Its got a white bound double parallelogram inlaid rosewood fingerboard. You get a killer variety of jazz tones thru its 2 black P-90 pickups. She got a set of gold no-line Kluson tuners. It??s ... more
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1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent w / Pro setup OHSC

1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent w / Pro setup OHSC

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5825

1966 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry Vintage Electric Guitar Excellent condition straight neck & very low playing time on this one. She sports a pro setup with low action. The Original Hard Shell Case well worth $500 on its own. Excellent Condition and new strings 10's. In this condition they are rare as this is one of 1151 Cherry ES-330 TDC's produced in 1966. The serial number is 887311. The neck joint at the 16th fret confirms she was born in 1966. Polished , neck lemon oiled, new set of ... more
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1967 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry - All Original

1967 Gibson ES-330 TDC Cherry - All Original

Calabasas, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5700

1967 Gibson ES-330 in very good condition with a lot of character! Sounds amazing!

Has some wear and tear as pictured, that's normal for an almost 60 year old guitar.

Comes with the original case as well!
The case has seen better days. It was duct taped together by a previous owner. I got most of the tape off, and as much of the residue as I could.

It's a beautiful guitar in great condition, plays really well and is all original except for a ... more
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Vintage Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry 1968

Vintage Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry 1968

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9999


Vintage Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry 1968
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
An extraordinary playing ES-335 & in marvelous condition for being over 50 years old. The cherry finish is still very strong & vibrant, and looks really clean & shiny. The slender profile neck is silky smooth & plays perfectly up & down the fretboard. The Pat No. humbuckers deliver warm, rich tones & offer a truly dynamic voice to the guitar. Professionally ... more
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Freddie Kings 1966 Gibson ES-355 Lots of Provenance

Freddie King's 1966 Gibson ES-355 Lots of Provenance

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$70000

FREDDIE KING IS THE GREATEST ELECTRIC BLUES GUITARIST IN HISTORY.
He was the main source of guitar inspiration for Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor (to just name a very few)
Freddy owned a few guitars in his day but this is the only one that has been offered on the market for sale. He played this 355 in the later 60's before trading it in to a store in Texas. It comes with very detailed provenance so your investment will be protected and authenticated. I have actually used this ... more
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Beautiful Gibson ES-335 TD 1976 Electric Guitar Original Vintage With Case.

Beautiful Gibson ES-335 TD 1976 Electric Guitar Original Vintage With Case.

Gresham, Oregon, 970**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7695

This vintage Gibson ES-335 TD guitar is a rare find for any music enthusiast. With its semi-hollow body type and 6-string configuration, this guitar produces a unique and powerful sound that is sure to impress. The exact year of this guitar is 1976, making it an authentic vintage piece
The brand of this guitar is Gibson, and the model is ES-335. It falls under the category of electric guitars and is a great addition to any musician's collection. This guitar is in excellent shape and has been... more
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Gibson ES335 1971 cherry Gold parts

Gibson ES335 1971 cherry Gold parts

Mission, Kansas, 662**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$31000

Very Nice 100% Original except a RefretNo cracks , no breaksSounds and Plays amazung Extremely hard to find in Excellent ConditionOriginal Case Included... more
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1963 Gibson ES-335 TD

1963 Gibson ES-335 TD

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$34900

1963 Gibson ES-335 TD, Original Stop tail piece, Sunburst finish, TwoPatent Number humbuckers, Lightly figured Maple top and back, 1 11 / 16 incheswide at the nut, Original single line Kluson tuners back on, All Nickel part, ??MickeyMouse?? ears, Sweet playing and superb sounding, EC, Original hard case... more
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1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut Electric Guitar

1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut Electric Guitar

Valley Village, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9499

For sale is a 1969 Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut guitar. Excellent condition, all original. Rare walnut finish.

The guitar features a unique stutter (kill) switch. My father went to Guitar Center in 1969 to buy a Gibson ES 335 in the walnut finish but they didn't have one in stock. So he ordered one directly from Gibson. When my father picked it up it had the switch on it, so it came that way from the factory

Note: the guitar case is in fair condition and not original ... more
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1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Ice Tea Sunburst, Near-Mint

1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Ice Tea Sunburst, Near-Mint

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

$8800

Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson ES-330TD in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A stunningly well-preserved vintage Gibson, the guitar features a lightly figured maple body finished in Ice Tea Sunburst
Highlighting both the clarity and note attack of maple and the airy quality of the fully hollow construction, this Gibson has a relaxed, smooth natural acoustic tone that translates well through the pickups. The P-90s have a glassy ... more
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Vintage Early 1970s Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut

Vintage Early 1970s Gibson ES-335 TDW Walnut

Birmingham, Michigan, 480**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6500

Norlin era early 1970s ES-335
Specs: Made in Kalamazoo (Michigan). Semi-hollow body construction. Laminated maple top and body; mahogany neck; rosewood fingerboard. 24 75" scale length; 22 frets. Walnut finish. Original Hard Shell case in poor but working condition
Weight: 7 lbs 8 oz
Electronics: Dual humbucking pickups. Individual volume and tone controls. 3-way toggle switch
Condition: Very Good+. A handful of dings, nicks and scratches but nothing remarkable and in overall ... more
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1972 Gibson ES-335 Sunburst embossed Patent # sticker pickups Sprague capacitors

1972 Gibson ES-335 Sunburst embossed Patent # sticker pickups Sprague capacitors

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

$7390


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1972 Gibson ES-335 in its original Sunburst finish. It has a great playing neck with great frets. It's all original and 100% complete along with its original hardshell case. It's in great shape with only a few minor nicks + dings and other minor cosmetic wear including some light impressions in the finish. The nut has been readjusted slightly toward the treble side. Everything remains structurally sound with no ... more
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1968 Gibson ES-335 Custom ordered Black

1968 Gibson ES-335 Custom ordered Black

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$20900

1968 Gibson ES-335 Custom ordered factory Black finish, With Stereo and Varitoneswitch, Orange label, Resonant and lively sounding, Nice playing fast neck withlow action, Super cool and one of a kind! One owner, EC, Original hard case.... more
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1967 Vintage Original Gibson ES-335 Sunburst  ~ CLEAN ~  1960s Guitar 1959 / 59 Neck

1967 Vintage Original Gibson ES-335 Sunburst ~ CLEAN ~ 1960's Guitar 1959 / 59 Neck

Jacksonville, Florida, 322**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$9997

Up for sale is a super CLEAN awesome 1967 Vintage Gibson ES-335 Sunburst, in the Original Case!
WILL set up with strings of choice before shipping!!!
All ORIGINAL ONE-Owner, Collector's grade!
The saddles were replaced but the original plastic saddles are included. One "Tone" plastic knob is slightly damaged (see pics) but works just fine
Features a comfortable rounded 59 neck profile. Original frets show only minor wear
Tone and playability are to die for
Buy it Now ... more
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1960 Gibson ES-330TD Dot Neck super flat cool neck all original & killer player.

1960 Gibson ES-330TD Dot Neck super flat cool neck all original & killer player.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$14995

This is a very rare & desirable early 1960 ES-330TD ??Dot Neck?? that is most guitar players favorite type guitar that can be used for every type of music on earth. Its nicely faded Dark Sunburst finish looks fabulous. It??s got a nice super flat 1 piece mahogany neck w / its famous ??Dot?? inlaid rosewood fingerboard. It??s equipped w / a pair of black P-90 pickups that scorch the earth if needed as so many rock stars have found out. It still sporting its original single line Kluson tuners,... more
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1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w /  T Tops, Case

1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry w / T Tops, Case

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

$10000

Up for sale, a 1968 Gibson ES-335 TDC in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A notably clean and original example, this ES-335 TDC features the traditional tonewood combination of a semi-hollow maple body, one-piece mahogany neck and bound rosewood fingerboard
Tonally authoritative and clear when strummed acoustically, the articulate natural response of the instrument is channeled through the original patent sticker T Tops humbuckers, with a ... more
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Gibson ES 335 TD 1978

Gibson ES 335 TD 1978

East Wenatchee, Washington, 988**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3917

good condition small scratches, nothing major
sound is very clean
comes with its original case
The Gibson ES 335 TD 1978 is a classic semi-hollow body electric guitar that is known for its versatile tones and iconic design. It features a laminated maple body with a maple center block, providing a warm and resonant tone with a touch of sustain. The guitar is equipped with dual Gibson 335 humbucking pickups, delivering a rich and dynamic sound that is perfect for a wide range of musical ... more
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Very Early 1965 Gibson ES-335 Wide Neck Minty Fresh Clean Original Case

Very Early 1965 Gibson ES-335 Wide Neck Minty Fresh Clean Original Case

Henderson, Nevada, 890**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$17500

WOW!!!!!!!!! Have never seen a cleaner 335 and there's been some real trophies through here. When we pulled the pickups the wood underneath looks like they just cut it? Newer than new, unbelievable!
Now this is an early '65 so basically the same guitar as a 1964. Nice full wide neck and a great set of patent # pickups with sealed covers of course. Zero fret wear or wear of any kind anywhere. Nichel ABR 1. It basically sat in the case in the perfect environment (Southern Cal) since new. These ... more
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1960 Gibson ES-330T - All 1959 Specs Big Chunky Neck, Sunburst, Vintage ES330! H

1960 Gibson ES-330T - All 1959 Specs Big Chunky Neck, Sunburst, Vintage ES330! H

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$7000


1960 Gibson ES-330T '59 Specs Big Neck!
Good old early 1960 Gibson ES-330T with all 1959 specs! The guitar feels great and sounds excellent. The guitar is all original. The guitar plays easy with the original frets intact and in good shape. The guitar features one powerful P90 pickup, the original ABR-1 (shaved on one side), original amber bonnet knobs, trapeze tailpiece, and single line Kluson tuners. Chunky 50's feeling neck. R factory order number. The guitar is ... more
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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

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.