1962 Gibson ES-350TDN (Third Variant).
This very rare Natural ES-350TD weighs just 6.80 lbs. Single Florentine (pointed) cutaway with a one-piece flamed maple top, a two-piece birds-eye maple back and flamed maple sides. Three-piece curly maple neck with two mahogany center strips, a nut width of 1 11/16 inches, a short scale length of 23 1/2 inches and a very fast thin-to-medium profile. Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 22 jumbo frets and inlaid pearl split-parallelogram position markers. Black-faced headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl crown inlay. Two-layer black over white plastic 'bell-shaped' truss-rod cover with two screws. Back of headstock and neck heel with factory black 'Stingers'. Individual Kluson Deluxe 'single-line' tuners with single-ring Keystone plastic buttons (each one stamped on the underside "D-169400 / Patent No."). Serial number "80950" stamped in blind onto back of headstock. Two original 'narrow spaced' 'patent number' humbucking pickups with rectangular black labels on the underside "Patent No / 2,737,842" and balanced outputs of 7.71k and 7.78k. Five-layer, black over white plastic pickguard. Four controls (two volume, two tone) plus three-way selector switch. Gold plastic bell-shaped control knobs with metal inserts. ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic retainer bridge with nylon saddles and reproduction "ES-350" tailpiece. All hardware gold-plated. Inside the treble 'f' hole is the oval Gibson orange label with Style "ES-350 TD-N" written in black ink and Serial No. "80950" stamped in black. The four potentiometers each have their original metal 'cans' with all original and untouched soldering. One of the tuning buttons "B" has shrunken but is still sound. At one time the previous owner had attached some sort of microphone harness to the bass edge of this guitar as evidenced by four tiny holes (two on the top and two on the back) which have been filled. These can of course be made invisible but we do not wish to try and hide anything from a potential buyer - and so taking this into account (with the reproduction tailpiece) we are offering this otherwise near mint and fine playing and sounding instrument at a substantially reduced price. Housed in the original Gibson black five-latch hardshell case with orange plush lining (8.75).
1958 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" Bass
This exceptionally rare and totally original 1958 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" bass weighs just 4.40 lbs and has a 10 3/4 inch wide 'violin' shaped full hollow-body with a two-piece spruce top, a 'flat' two-piece book-matched laminated maple back and triple-bound laminated maple sides. Early style (no truss-rod), thirty inch scale three-piece maple/beech/maple neck with a nut width of 1 5/8 inches and a really fat profile. Rosewood fretboard with twenty original 'jumbo' frets and mother-of-pearl dot position markers. 'Kolb' open-back strip tuners with engraved plates and squared-off pearloid oval buttons. Black laminated headstock face with vertical "HOFNER" logo printed in white and framed by decorative lines. Original single-ply 'tortoiseshell' pickguard with white edge. Two 'close-spaced' (2 1/4 inches apart) Hofner black plastic bodied single coil "Bar" pickups with individual height adjustments and outputs of 5.79k and 5.82k. Two 'rotary' volume controls and three two-way 'slider' switches for "Rhythm/Solo", "Bass" and "Treble". Hofner white plastic 'teacup' control knobs with ribbed sides and metal tops, all on a 'wide' rectangular tortoiseshell base with white edging (stamped in black "D.G.M. cng"). The original potentiometers are made by 'Preh' and are all stamped "278" (July 1958). 'Floating' four-saddle ebony bridge with ebony base with four 'friction-fit' moveable saddles. Hofner specific nickel 'trapeze' style tailpiece. Apart from a few small insignificant surface marks on the top and back this fantastic bass is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition. Housed in a fifties Gibson EB-1 four-latch shaped, brown hardshell case with pink plush lining (9.00).