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★☆★☆ 1978 Gibson ES 335 TD w Coil Tap Walnut Tarback Humbuckers EXC Cond

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★☆★☆ 1978 gibson es-335 td w/ coil tap walnut tarback humbuckers exc cond ohsc


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player's perspective

music store live is proud to present this 1978 gibson es-335 td! if you've read a few descriptions on our website then you probably already know that we, like a lot of guitar players, think the gibson es-335 is one of the most versatile guitars around. it can quite literally do it all. well, the late 70's found a few of these guitars doing even more than usual and this is one of them. this axe sounds just tremendous for a wide variety of styles, and it is so clean and well set up you'll be continually blown away by how old it is. this is a shop favorite. you don't see them this clean too often. we've made sure it's set up very well for you and it has a crazy amount of sustain to share with you. this is a blues rock country funk dream machine.

item details

this 1978 gibson es-335 is finished in a soothing and slightly mysterious walnut stain. this is the darkest walnut we've seen to date, it's practically a transluscent black. it features a semi hollow maple body with dual f holes and fabulous off white body binding. the 3 piece maple neck is extremely smooth and features a slim rounded profile, rosewood fretboard, small block inlays, replaced frets and its original truss rod cover. the original gibson "tarback" humbuckers sound excellent and are wired to the factory coil tap switch. the switch itself has been replaced at one time but it still functions the same way it should. it allows you to tap the pickups at a lower wind in the wire to replicate a more single coil-like sound while retaining all of its humbucking capabilities. this es-335 has a few very nice german made gibson replacement parts that include the modern nashville bridge and the repro gibson deluxe tuners. some other standout features include the raised diamond tailpiece, black knobs, bound fretboard and its original hard shell case. 

weight : 8.10 pounds

serial # 71378003

overall condition

this 1978 gibson es-335 td is in excellent condition with the exception of a few lighter finish impressions on the back from a belt buckle. they do not breach the finish to the wood and are harder to see because of the dark stain this guitar has. there are a few light finish scratches here and there from picking but they are remarkably light for a guitar this age. the neck is quite clean and the frets show minimal wear. they have tons of life on them to offer.

this is a handsome es-335 td that is simply begging to be put back to work, or on a collection shelf. it is certainly in great collector's condition and is a very impressive player. this axe is aces.


  • 1978 gibson es-335 td
  • walnut finish
  • maple top
  • maple back
  • 3 piece maple neck
  • slime rounded profile
  • rosewood fretboard w/ binding
  • small block inlays
  • replaced modern gibson nashville bridge - made in germany
  • raised diamond trapeze tailpiece
  • original gibson "tarback" humbuckers
  • factory installed coil tap feature - replacement switch
  • nickel hardware
  • binding on top, back and neck
  • repro gibson deluxe tuners
  • original nut
  • 22 frets  - replaced
  • scale length 24 3/4"
  • original gibson hsc
  • weight 8.12 pounds
  • serial # 71378003

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about us! was established on a crisp fall evening in 2010, when two musical brothers (brandon & ben) were spending a weekend camping at yosemite national park in california. while sharing a couple of beverages and catching up...all the sudden, an epiphany came about. the two realized that if if they partnered up, over time they could revolutionize the way instruments were purchased on the web.  they left yosemite with a goal to create a virtual guitar shop that would literally do everything short of putting the instrument into their customers hands....while in the comfort of their own homes, hence bridging the gap between online instrument shopping, and the brick & mortar store.  

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we've shipped hundreds of guitars all over the world, with very minimal shipping problems. we pack and ship very carefully, but rest assured that if anything goes wrong with your shipment, we will make sure that you're taken care of. if the item is received in condition other than described we will happily refund your money.

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our standard international shipping service is usps priority international, which allows us to offer the most affordable international shipping rates.  we also offer dhl international express shipping, and can produce a location based quote for other international express carriers such as usps express as well.

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  • europe - usps priority mail - $125
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