GIBSON ES-350T (ES-350TD)

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1955 to 1963
1977 to 1981

In 1955 Gibson introduced a group short scale length (23.5 inches), thin-bodied electric guitars suited to players who wanted a smaller, more comfortable and lighter instrument. This group inlcuded three guitars: Byrdland (the top of the range), the mid-range ES-350T, and the bottom of the range ES-225T.

The ES-350T was a more economical version of the Byrdland, costing $395 in 1955 compared with the Byrland's retail price of $550. It had laminated maple top, back, and sides, rosewood fretboard with split parallelogram inlays and crown headstock inlay. The W-shaped tubular tailpiece  had ES-350T engraved on the crosspiece.

In 1955 the ES-350T was first introduced with P-90 pickups but by 1957 these had been replaced with two humbuckers in 1957. In 1961 the rounded Venetian style cutaway was changed to a pointed Florentine cutaway. In 1962 the three-piece maple neck was changed to three piece. In 1963 the ES-350T was discontinued.

The ES-350T was reissued around 1977-1981 with a longer scale length (25.5 inches) and rounded cutaway. The ES-350T has also been widely available from the Gibson Custom Shop in recent years.

References
The Gibson Guitar from 1950, Volume 2, Ian Bishop
Gibson Electrics—The Classic Years, A.R. Duchossoir
Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty’s Golden Era, 1948-1966, Gil Hembree
 

Specifications (26)

Body

Body back materiallaminated maple body back
Body depth2.25 inches body depth
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body sides materiallaminated maple body sides
Body stylethin body
Body top materiallaminated maple body top
Hollow bodyhollow body
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes

Hardware

Bridgeadjustable rosewood bridge, tune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerssplit parallelogram fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsnatural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length23.5 inches scale-length, 25.5 inches scale-length

Neck

Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Controls

Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control, 2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control, 2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelGibson P-90 pickup(s), Gibson PAF pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups, 2 single coil pickups

Prices (1)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1955$395newguitar-listGibson RRP in 1955 when the ES-350T was introduced

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