We like to call this the Cranston King after its original owner. This original natural finish Gibson ES335 TDN has been in the same family since purchasing brand new in 1960/1961 from Waltons Music Shop in Dublin. It was gigged by a professional jazz musician since new who played throughout his career in various bands, most notably for Michael OCallaghan show band, including at places such as Corks Guinness Jazz Festival and the Rose of Tralee. It has been since sat under the bed for decades and has recently been kindly offered to The Music Locker for sale on behalf of the family of the original owner. The beautiful flower decals were put on during one of the early concerts and have been on ever since.I will not be removing them - theyre a piece of history in themselves for sure! Just look at that natural crazing too! I have checked this guitar in depth and have given it a good going over trust me, I dragged the appraisal out as long as I could to have it in my possession for as long as possible!
The original PAF pickups had never been out of the guitar until I carefully removed them to check underneath. They are 100% original to the guitar and are in stunning condition and in full working order.
The original ABR-1 nickel bridge and tailpiece hold tune very well indeed. The serial number A33479 dates this, amongst other things, to 1960. The guitar weighs a stunning 7.9lbs and has a tone to die for. Things to note are a well repaired headstock crack, as pictured, a refret for larger frets, crazing around the original jack plug socket, a missing dot inlay, a dent in the fretboard around the missing dot inlay, a few slightly bent original machine heads that hold tune well, and the binding damage as pictured.
There is a slightly later Epiphone case coming with the guitar that has been with it for many many years, though not an original. It has the original case's Gold Brass Gibson logo on it which makes me think that the original was broken and a newer ordered, with the original logo put on the Epiphone replacement. It is a classic late 60s Epiphone Blue Lined Casino hard case.It has kept the guitar very safe and sound throughout the years, with the bottom tolex ripped off as pictured. All latches work exceptionally well and the original handle has been carefully replaced with a DIY handle. As you can see, the guitar has not had a clean for many many years. I had the opportunity to clean it but easily decided against cleaning to keep everything as we found it, with 60 year old dust still in the cavities! You will not find it more original and full of history than this! Any questions please get in contact and I will pass on to the family. Please have a close look at the high resolution photographs below, as these form part of our description. At The Music Locker we will do all we can for you to get the instrument you want. You're more than welcome to come along and have a play on this through one of our vintage amplifiers! The item "Vintage 1960 Gibson ES335 335 TDN Natural Original Blonde Dot Guitar One Owner" is in sale since Saturday, October 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "themusiclocker" and is located in Derby. This item can be shipped worldwide.