1968 Gibson Left Handed ES-335TDN(Blonde Finish), documented one-owner, unmolested original with OHSC, hang tags, and original receipt. This is an uncirculated guitar being offered for sale for the first time.
This was a special order 335 in Blonde, which was an available catalog color only from 1958-1960, a period which saw Gibson only produce 209 ES-335s in the Blonde finish.
Small f-holes, pointy ears and low headstock logo are only features seen from late 1966 to the end of 1967. Big f-holes started in very early 1968 so this 335 could be as early as end of 1966 to as late as January 1968.
As far as lefties go, I have only seen one other vintage(1960s) ES-335 in Blonde – this would be only the second one!
The guitar is in Excellent overall condition. The finish has a fair amount of lacquer checking due to its age of 51 years. There is a small area(pencil eraser size) of finish chipped to the left of the Bigsby, and a small ding on the back of the neck at the 8th fret/treble side. Some very minor buckle wear on the back, nothing through the wood.
This is a very attractive guitar with some moderate flame to the maple top. Most of the 58-60 Blonde ES-335s had very little, if any flame. And the reissue Blonde 335s can be too flamey relative to their historic counterparts. This guitar has just the right amount of flame – and it looks even better in person!
The guitar has been inspected and perfectly set-up by Scott Freilich of Top Shelf Music. There is barely any fret wear.
This is one of the rarest Left Handed vintage guitars I’ve seen. And it’s a one-owner with hang tags and original receipt!