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1988 Gibson ES-347TD
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Serial #: 82518539
Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Finish: Original blonde finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid maple neck; arched maple top back, and sides; solid ebony fingerboard.
Hardware: 100% original gold hardware includes twin Gibson Series 7 humbucking pickups with original covers; adjustable tune-o-matic bridge; gold bell knobs; beveled b/w/b/w/b pickguard with gold support bracket; 3 way pickup selector switch; coil tap switch; TP-6 adjustable stop tailpiece with fine tuners; Gibson Deluxe tulip key tuners; solid bone nut.
Notes: Built in small numbers between 1978 and 1993, the ES-347TD is one of the scarcest and most versatile of Gibson's thinline guitars. An upgraded ES-335, the 347 shares the center-block construction for enhanced sustain and feedback resistance. Like the 345 and 55, the 347 has upmarket features like the solid ebony fingerboard, all-gold hardware and a multi-bound headstock.
But what sets the ES-347 apart is its innovative electronic design. The twin Series 7 pickups contain ceramic magnets for higher output, and are coil tapped, for both humbucking and single-coil operation. Used in concert with the 3 way pickup selector, the coil tap switch allows the player to choose among an exceptional variety of tonal colors.
The vintage blonde finish on this handsome guitar shows the slab-figured maple body to great advantage, and contrasts elegantly with the jet-black pickguard and control knobs. The neck has a gentle D profile, remarkably easy in the hand, with fine high original Gibson medium-jumbo frets. The body and neck are well balanced, and the instrument sits comfortably on the lap or the shoulder. The Series 7 humbuckers (now known as Dirty Fingers) produce a powerful, fat signal with lots of crunch, and open up sweet, clear harmonics in single-coil mode.
This gleaming guitar has been maintained without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. This babied example has the coil tap switch handy near the pickup selector, along with the micro-adjustable TP-6 stop tailpiece, with individual fine tuners, for ultra-precise pitch control. The gold hardware is all original as well: only the neck pickup adjuster screws have been replaced. With smooth low action and a fresh pro setup, the guitar plays superbly, with an elegant neck and a rainbow of tones. Apart from a few wisps of checking, the guitar appears virtually unplayed, and is nestled in its immaculate original hard shell case.
A rare find, and one of Gibson's most innovative creations. One only: call now.
Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.
Case: Original deluxe brown Gibson logo hardshell case, with pink plush coverlet.