2002 Gibson USA ES345 Stereo Guitar in Trans Brown.

The Blue Book Says:
ES-345 (HS45[ ]GH)
– double rounded cutaway semi-hollow bound body, arched maple top, f-holes, maple back/sides, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl parallelogram inlay, ABR-1 bridge/stop tailpiece, blackface peghead with pearl crown/logo inlay, three-per-side tuners, gold hardware, raised layered black pickguard, two covered humbucker (’57 Classic PAF Reissue) pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup selector switch, six-way Vari-tone rotary switch, available in Antique Natural, Faded Cherry, Viceroy Brown Sunburst, or Vintage Sunburst (1999-2000) finish, 16 in. body width, 1.75 in. body depth, this model was part of the Historic Collection, mfg. 1998-2000.

I Say:

GibsonES-345 Reissue. Finished in Trans Brown.

The Gibson ES-345 originally debuted in 1959 in response to demand for an upgrade on the revolutionary new semi-hollowbody design of the ES-335, with Vari-tone electronics and double-parallelogram inlay. The ES345 has a Maple/Poplar/Maple laminate on the top, back, and rims, which are joined with a single solid maple center block. A mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard.

Two ’57 Classic humbuckers translate the body’s natural resonance into haunting jazz tones or searing distorted leads. The 1960s slim taper neck profile is very fast and comfortable while the bound top and back, plus Green Key tuners, nickel hardware and pearloid split parallelogram inlays make this guitar a comfort to play and watch. Today’s Gibson ES345 continues to provide the tone and the look that inspires musicians in blues, rock and jazz.

The Gibson ES-345 was B.B. King’s original choice. Includes Gibson black smooth levant hardshell case.

Gibson ES-345 include:

  • Classic guitar design with ’57 Classic humbucker tone, Vari-tone electronics, supreme, fast and comfortable playability
  • Maple top, back, and rims
  • Mahogany neck
  • 22 fret, bound rosewood fingerboard
  • Bound top and back
  • 1960s slim taper neck profile
  • Nickel hardware
  • Pearloid split Parallelogram inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale length
  • 1 11/16 inch nut width
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • Black tophat with gold insert and nickel pointers knobs
  • Green Key Tuners
  • ’57 Classic neck and bridge humbuckers
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch

The guitar is pretty much unmarked – apart from some “stand damage” which I’ve shown in the photos.  It has an amazing array of sonic potential as a result of the varitone switch.  The neck pickup with the switch on position 1 is thick and plummy, the bridge bright and aggressive – pure ES 335 territory.  The varitone inserts a series of progressively greater Hi pass filters – the intention was to attempt a Fender style sound, in reality it reduces the low end making the sound progressively thinner.  I tend to find I use position 1 and about 3 or 4 – just for different textures.

The case has the original certification and truss rod tool.

The case does have a couple of minor scuffs that have removed tole, but nothing too worrying.