Gibson Peghead

The Golden Era of the Gibson Thinlines

This is such a great story that I am just going to leave it in the words of the owner... "Back in '63 I played in a band with a guitar player that was playing this sunburst 345, and after playing a couple of chords on it, I thought it was the greatest playing guitar I'd ever picked up. Well, to make a very long story short, he traded it for a new cherry '64 345 and I lost sight of this great guitar. After buying and selling a few semi-hollow Gibsons over the years, always looking for the way the neck of that sunburst 345 felt; I was playing a gig one night around '89 or so, and a guy approached me and asked if I would be interested in a 345. After talking a bit, I had it nailed down that this was my "Holy Grail", the 345 I had played in '63, and after a little negotiation it finally came home with me after a 25 year wait. For me, this is still the ultimate tone machine and I doubt if anyone else will ever own it until someone peals my bony dead fingers from it after I've passed."

This beautiful vintage ES-345 and story are shared here by Les Paul Forum member "Laker."

This one once had a Bigsby, but no holes in the top because it was a floater. The little spot on the front is from the original owner oiling the Bigsby unit.



1959 Gibson ES-345T Serial #A31448

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