2002 Gibson USA ES 345 – ES 45 – BB King Reissue. Vintage Sunburst

The Blue Book Says….

ES-345 TD

– double rounded cutaway semi-hollow bound body, arched maple top, unbound f-holes, raised layered black or tortoiseshell pickguard, maple back/sides, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl parallelogram inlay, tune-o-matic bridge, stop, trapeze, or Bigsby tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl crown/logo inlay, 3-per-side tuners with plastic buttons, gold hardware, 2 covered humbucker pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3-position/Vari-tone switches, stereo output, available in Ebony (1974 mfg. only), Wine Red (introduced 1976), Cherry (introduced 1960), Natural (1959-1960 only, rare), Tobacco Sunburst (1974 mfg. only), Sunburst, or Walnut (introduced 1970) finishes, mfg. 1959-1982.

ES-345 REISSUE (ES45)

– reproduction of B.B. King’s original ES-345, gold hardware, available in Trans. Brown, Trans. Red (disc. 2005), Faded Cherry (2006-present), Triburst, or Vintage Sunburst, mfg. in Memphis, mfg. 2002-present.

I say….

This is way too cool….

I’ve always loved the “Lucille” BB King guitars, but somehow they always seem to slip away from permanence in the collection.  This is a reissue of the ES 345 TD that BB King originally started with, and is sometimes referred to as an ES 45.

Found this this week – and I’m delighted – It’s in near perfect condition – I cannot find a mark on this guitar, no chips or dings, only the usual wear marks to gold hardware and polishing swirls.

Totally original with ’57 Classic (PAF) pickups, this has a huge thick tone that as a result of the long neck tenon sustains for weeks.  Add into this the great Varitone option with it’s 6 preset tones that apply frequency notches at intervals to give different sonic characteristics.

Rosewood fingerboard and frets appear to show no signs of wear.

Original Gibson Case with BB King Screenprint.

Awesome.