1965 Gibson ES-345TD Stereo Varitone hollow body electric guitar, made in USA, ser. no. 272455, sunburst finish with various imperfections included mild lacquer checking in places, the back of the guitar has previously had a Gretsch cushion screwed in and attached to the back (see lot 117) and also what appears to be adhesive residue, wear to frets, wear to fret board, previous owners initials applied to the bass horn on the front, wear to gold plated hardware, original Bigsby removed and stop bar fitted by the original retailer in 1965, attention required to bridge pickup although electrics working in the neck position, original purchase receipts, guarantee card, hard case, condition: fair

Provenance: This guitar has had one single owner from new and comes with the original purchase receipt from Ken Watkinson Ltd. Cheltenham dated May 12 1965. The receipt indicates that the original Bigsby was removed for a solid low bridge to be fitted. There are also other receipts from Selmer for repairs carried out in 1968 and 1970. Also included is a Tax inspection document dated 14 July 1966 for the part time income that the owner earned with his band ‘The Ramrods’. This document has a section claiming Capital Allowances against the purchase of the guitar.

Estimate £2000 – 3000

Sold for £2800 (10th March 2016)