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GIBSON | CATALOGS | 1975 THIN ELECTRIC ACOUSTIC SERIES

1975 Gibson thin electric acoustic guitar catalog

Brochure featuring Gibson's mid-70s thinline electric guitars

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1975 Gibson "Thin Electric Acoustic Series" guitar catalog

The 1975 Gibson catalog series was separated into individual brochures for each group of instruments (thinlines, solidbodies, basses etc) each with a Gibson endorsing star on the cover. Gibson had separated it's brochures like this once before in 1970, however the 1975 publications were bigger, glossier and far more appealing. The thinline brochure (containing semi-acoustic, hollow bodied guitars, typically under two inches thick) had blues legend BB King on the cover - he had been used in Gibson promotional material for some time now - playing his favoured ES355TDSV; this was, of course, before the advent of his signature Lucille model in 1981. Read more about BB King and the ES-355.

But by 1975, the thinline range had been slimmed-down somewhat; the 1970 thinline brochure) had contained ten models, compared to just four in 1975. The ES335TD, ES345TD, and ES355TDSV were common to both catalogues, with the ES325TD, being one new model not previously shown.

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Guitars:
Gibson ES-325TD
Gibson ES-335TD
Gibson ES-345TD
Gibson ES-355TDSV


The 1975 Gibson catalog consisted of several brochures, each concentrating on a specific area.

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1972 Vintage Gibson ES-325 T Walnut with RARE Fine-tune Gibson Tailpiece

1972 Vintage Gibson ES-325 T Walnut with RARE Fine-tune Gibson Tailpiece

Bay Village, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2995

1972 Gibson ES 325 with rare fine-tune stop tail piece. This guitar is in good to very good condition. Setup and stage ready. It comes with original hardshell case
- Very rare fine-tune Gibson stop tailpiece
- New Grover Kluson-style tuners
- Original Gibson mini-humbuckers
- Neck relief set to .005 at 7th fret
- Action set to 4 / 64 high and 5 / 64 low E at 12th fret. 10-46 light gauge nickel wound strings
- Original electronics. Control pots date this Gibson ES 325 to ... more
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original 1960 Gibson ES-345 Stereo w / PAF pickups

original 1960 Gibson ES-345 Stereo w / PAF pickups

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

$29500


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Olivia's Vintage would like to present this 1960 Gibson ES-345 Stereo in its original Cherry finish. It has a great playing neck with good frets. The bridge is the original no-wire ABR-1. The pictured period correct brown hardshell case is included. There was a set of Grover tuning keys installed at one time leaving wider tuning peg holes, but now has the original set of single-line single-ring gold Kluson Deluxe tuning keys. There appears to be finish ... more
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1970 Orange Label Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry w /  Bigsby B7 GREAT PLAYER

1970 Orange Label Gibson ES-335 TDC Cherry w / Bigsby B7 GREAT PLAYER

Hammond, Louisiana, 704**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4750

Guitar is cross-listed on other selling venues, forums, and locally
I know I'll regret selling this great guitar, but here it is. Catch it while it's listed I'm waffling between keeping it and letting it go. It compares favorably with a 1964 ES-335 TDC that I once owned, and IMO, goes neck to neck in tone and playability
This is a fine player without structural issues (no neck break / repairs). It's been refretted and had a stopbar installed at one time, but the B7 partially covers its ... 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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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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GIBSON ES-335 TD 1980 Kalamzoo Original

GIBSON ES-335 TD 1980 Kalamzoo Original

Highlands, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$8500

Gibson ES 335 1980Serial Number 83030007Kalamzoo MI
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1970-1971 Vintage Gibson ES-335TDC Dark Cherry Red  ~ MINT Top ~  1959 / 59 Neck

1970-1971 Vintage Gibson ES-335TDC Dark Cherry Red ~ MINT Top ~ 1959 / 59 Neck

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

$7997

Up for sale is an absolutely beautiful and rare 1970-1971 vintage Gibson ES-335TDC in Dark Cherry Red
Comes in a 70s Gibson ES335 Hardshell Case
All Original! Featuring Factory BlackBack pickups for some killer vintage singing tone, 1970 dated pots, oval orange label inside the soundhole, original Gibson PAT NO bridge, 1970s Kluson tuners, etc
This guitar is in EXCELLENT cosmetic condition!
~ The Top is in MINT Condition, no scratches or dents! There are some minor play wear and ... more
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1979 Gibson ES-335 - Sunburst Finish - Original Case

1979 Gibson ES-335 - Sunburst Finish - Original Case

Columbia, Maryland, 210**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4199

Here is an all original 1979 Gibson ES-335. Sunburst Finish, Dual Humbucking Pickups, Factory Coil Split Switch on the Treble Horn for a Variety of additional Tones, Witch Hat Knobs, and Trapeze Tailpiece. Very Good ++ Vintage Condition displaying some small dings and light play wear. Marked a Factory Second with no visible defect. No cracks or repairs. An excellent playing 335. Included is the Original Black Tolex Hardshell Case
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1960 Gibson ES-355 TD Cherry Mono w /  Factory Bigsby, Period-Correct HSC

1960 Gibson ES-355 TD Cherry Mono w / Factory Bigsby, Period-Correct HSC

Woodbury, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$32999

1960 Gibson ES-355 TD Cherry Mono w / Factory Bigsby, Period-Correct HSC
Vintage Gibson Collectors! We have a truly rare and unique guitar to share with you today! For sale is this 1960 Gibson ES-355 TD model. The 355 is right up there with the Les Paul and Stratocaster, in terms of its impact on modern music. Chuck Berry, B B. King, Keith Richards??The names go on and on. Nearly every popular rock musician, can trace some influence to a player that used a 355, in some form
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1976 Gibson ES-335 Vintage Sunburst

1976 Gibson ES-335 Vintage Sunburst

Winter Park, Florida, 327**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4220

This is an incredible 1976 Gibson ES 335 from the original owner with a fresh set up done after years in storage. All original but the pickguard, knobs and the bridge (included and functional). Has the cool single coil switch, Tarback Bill Lawrence humbuckers. A rare find in vintage sunburst finish. Includes OHSC. Will ship if needed.
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Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1979

Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1979

Brookfield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4999


Vintage Gibson ES-335TD Wine Red 1979
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR FOR AN IN-HAND DESCRIPTION
100% original & a superb player thanks to a pro set up from the experts here at Cream City Music. This gorgeous semi-hollow body guitar exudes all the charm & sophistication we've come to admire about the ES-335. The slender profile neck is exceptionally comfy & the double humbuckers kick out rich, dynamic tones. You won't be disappointed with this late '70s ... more
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1972 Gibson ES-335 TD Iced Tea

1972 Gibson ES-335 TD Iced Tea

Farmingdale, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$6999

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1963 1964 Fender catalog

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1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

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