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B.B. King's axe!

The Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar has 2 '57 Classic humbuckers with 6-position Varitone switch, stereo and mono jacks, and all-maple semi-hollowbody let this Gibson classic belt out the blues like nobody's business. This super-versatile axe holds its own on jazz, rockabilly, country, and even rock stages. Parallelogram pearloid inlays on the bound rosewood fretboard, multi-ply top binding, gold hardware, parallelogram fretboard inlays, and bound back provide sumptuous looks. The ES-345 guitar has a mahogany neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, and stopbar tailpiece. Comes with Gibson deluxe hardshell case.

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FEATURES
  • Laminated maple semi-hollowbody with maple center block
  • Mahogany neck
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 2 ” '57 Classic humbuckers
  • 6-position Varitone switch
  • Stereo and mono jacks
  • Parallelogram pearloid inlays
  • Multi-ply top binding
  • Back binding
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
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GibsonES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice as ever, and not $15K

I have played the thinlines from the ES 330 full hollow to the 335,345,347, and 355. My old axes are getting a bit too valuable to drag around. Gibson has kept this true...Read complete review

I have played the thinlines from the ES 330 full hollow to the 335,345,347, and 355. My old axes are getting a bit too valuable to drag around. Gibson has kept this true to the design sound and feel of all the vintage 345/347s I have played over the years. I am a trained luthier who did an apprenticeship, and in my opinion these are still made with a high level of quality like those from the 60s. The price is a bit steep, but when I see those from the 60s selling for six figures it makes these a bargain, I guess. I just love these though. The vari-tone is a neat feature. I have put a Bigsby on one recently and installed some of my hand wound blueblack enamel pickups on it. This gave me a good look around inside the body. They are still a guitar that plays wonderfully, and can do rock, blues, country, jazz, swing, stage band, and about anything else you can imagine. These are both beautiful and functional beyond belief. My last one was a walnut finish, but I prefer natural, then red. The split blocks, and crown inlay are iconic for this model as is the sound, touch, feel, and overall experience of playing a true legend from the McCarty years! You just have got to love these Electric Spanish thin lines no matter what model you have. The 345 is a personal favorite. My uncle owned a music store. It was small, but he always seemed to have a rack with a 330,335,345,347, and 355 on it behind the counter. He toped this row off with a D'Angelico Selmer, but the Gibsons were a must have item for him. I wish I had all those guitars that went through the shop way back when, but it is comforting to know Gibson has a product that still possesses the sound, feel, and quality of those wonderful guitars of bygone days.

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3rd One's The Charm?????

As the proud original owner of a 1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1970?s silverburst reissue, I was looking forward to the same enjoyment from my 1st...Read complete review

As the proud original owner of a 1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1970?s silverburst reissue, I was looking forward to the same enjoyment from my 1st semi-hollowbody guitar. A Gibson ES-345 re-issue. Great features, excellent, wide variation of tones. Balancing out tones (using the varitone switch) was a little tricky, but after a couple of hours of playing around with the Volume/Tone/Varitone controls, I found what I needed. This baby is a scorcher!However...The 1st one I had, looked great & sounded okay (dead spots above the 12th fret), but the neck was not set properly into the semi-hollow body in Memphis. That one was returned to Gibson for an exchange. The next one that came from Gibson played great, but looked horrible! Memphis grabbed this one out of the refurbishment bin! The re-fret job could be spotted a mile away (File marks on the rosewood, poor neck rebinding & fret recap job). Also, a very poor wood staining & varnishing job on the head stock scroll. Needless to say, this one was shot back to Memphis immediately!I'm giving Gibson one more chance to rise to the occasion and get this 3rd one right! Gibson has a lot of manufacturing problems to cure, before they ask any of us to pony-up this much for a guitar.It's hit or miss people!

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vintage ES-345

By vintageguitar61701

from Maryland

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Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

This is a guitar for someone who cares deeply about tone. Whether they play Blues, Rock, or even some Metal, this guitar brings a combination of power and resonance to whatever one is playing. i've played Gibson Custom guitar, and I've played a vintage ES-345, and I'm quite sure the reissue is fantastic. This is not a guitar to be hung on the wall. It is to be played and loved. The varitone switch is something that may seem silly at first, but does add a great deal of versatility to the tone of the guitar. It allows the guitar to sound as thin and twangy as a single coil guitar, or as beefy and resonant as a guitar with very high powered humbuckers. It plays like a dream, and string bends are completely natural. There is a sort of magic that takes place when one plays a guitar that feels so natural and has had so much thought go into its production as this. I hope whoever reads this gets a chance to play this guitar. Cheers!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice as ever, and not $15K

By seb-ear-aaaa[@]

from Arizona

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Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

I have played the thinlines from the ES 330 full hollow to the 335,345,347, and 355. My old axes are getting a bit too valuable to drag around. Gibson has kept this true to the design sound and feel of all the vintage 345/347s I have played over the years. I am a trained luthier who did an apprenticeship, and in my opinion these are still made with a high level of quality like those from the 60s. The price is a bit steep, but when I see those from the 60s selling for six figures it makes these a bargain, I guess. I just love these though. The vari-tone is a neat feature. I have put a Bigsby on one recently and installed some of my hand wound blueblack enamel pickups on it. This gave me a good look around inside the body. They are still a guitar that plays wonderfully, and can do rock, blues, country, jazz, swing, stage band, and about anything else you can imagine. These are both beautiful and functional beyond belief. My last one was a walnut finish, but I prefer natural, then red. The split blocks, and crown inlay are iconic for this model as is the sound, touch, feel, and overall experience of playing a true legend from the McCarty years! You just have got to love these Electric Spanish thin lines no matter what model you have. The 345 is a personal favorite. My uncle owned a music store. It was small, but he always seemed to have a rack with a 330,335,345,347, and 355 on it behind the counter. He toped this row off with a D'Angelico Selmer, but the Gibsons were a must have item for him. I wish I had all those guitars that went through the shop way back when, but it is comforting to know Gibson has a product that still possesses the sound, feel, and quality of those wonderful guitars of bygone days.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

3rd One's The Charm?????

By Charlie T

from Tri State N.Y.C. Metro area

Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

As the proud original owner of a 1981 Gibson Les Paul Standard, and a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1970?s silverburst reissue, I was looking forward to the same enjoyment from my 1st semi-hollowbody guitar. A Gibson ES-345 re-issue. Great features, excellent, wide variation of tones. Balancing out tones (using the varitone switch) was a little tricky, but after a couple of hours of playing around with the Volume/Tone/Varitone controls, I found what I needed. This baby is a scorcher!However...The 1st one I had, looked great & sounded okay (dead spots above the 12th fret), but the neck was not set properly into the semi-hollow body in Memphis. That one was returned to Gibson for an exchange. The next one that came from Gibson played great, but looked horrible! Memphis grabbed this one out of the refurbishment bin! The re-fret job could be spotted a mile away (File marks on the rosewood, poor neck rebinding & fret recap job). Also, a very poor wood staining & varnishing job on the head stock scroll. Needless to say, this one was shot back to Memphis immediately!I'm giving Gibson one more chance to rise to the occasion and get this 3rd one right! Gibson has a lot of manufacturing problems to cure, before they ask any of us to pony-up this much for a guitar.It's hit or miss people!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

41 years of use and goin' strong!

By Dr. Steve

from Previously-L..A.. now Ogden, Utah

Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

I purchased a new ES 345 at the age of 16 back in 1966. My guitar teacher had one and let me play his on occasion. I was hooked the first time I held one. I worked odd jobs and played in a band for two years to save the money to buy my Gibson. Needless to say 41 years later, I wouldn't sell it for ANY amount of money. Although I don't play as much as I did in the 60's and 70's, I still get a great deal of enjoyment sitting down and playing my beautiful red 345. The tone and ease of playing just get better as time goes by. My Gibson remains one of my most precious possessions. You can take my wife or my big house or even my sports car- but DON'T TOUCH MY GIBSON!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson 345

By Richie

from Sydney

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Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

Just a fantastic guitar to play with . I use it for ""Chuck Berry Tribute show "" in Sydney Australia with a 2 / Fender Twin 1970 models it sounds brilliant in stereo, The weight action, is also just right even to do the " Duck Walk" all nit long

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Sound!!

By Barbaloot_Suit

from Virginia

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Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

The lead guitarist in my classic rock band plays an original 345 and that along with his 2x12 Fender combo puts out the most totally incredible sound. I mean we're playing hits from the old days and his 345 sounds just like the original recordings. If I had the bucks I'd say you can't go wrong with a 345. I have the cheap Epi Dot which is decent but puts out nowhere near the sound of the 345. If you want to get the original sound of the 60s classics and before, this is totally your axe!! My jaw dropped when I heard it the first time at our first practice.

 
5.0

great geetar

By mr bonzo winky

from mission viejo,CA

Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

I would usually go with a les paul, but when my friend brought it over I fell in love. Great for anybody, beginner's or pro's!

 
5.0

One of My Favorites

By Lash

from Central Florida

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Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

It is beyond me how anyone can possibly say that the varitone depreciates this guitar over time. This is widely known among collectors. While similar to my 335, the varitone on this one adds a WIDE variety of sounds. A thrill to play. Of the many, MANY guitars I have owned in my day, this one is the only one I have ever bought that required NO setup whatsover. Perfect bridge, perfect action, and plays so sweet. GREAT JOB! My 335 was a nightmare. I have the Transluscent Brown. My only complaint is the case. While it is the "Gibson BB King" original case, it is actually a 335 case in size. My 335 is slightly fatter, so the 345 will not stay snug in the case so some padding (I use a towel) is needed between the butt and the case. Not a problem. I love this guitar! I want an Iommi SG, but I don't see how anything can beat the 345 in sound and workmanship.

 
5.0

gibson es-345

By gibson879

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

this is an extremely beautiful guitar. it looks great and sounds great. i believe this is the same guitar marty mcfly uses in back to the future. overall, a great guitar.

 
5.0

I never played a better guitar.

By Johny D.

from The netherlands

Comments about Gibson ES-345 Reissue Electric Blues Guitar:

If you like that BB King, John Lee Hooker kinda blues sound then this guitar is THE guitar for you.It has a very nice, deep and smooth bass tone, but still very balanced dynamic mids and high.The guitar is extremely versatile, you can get a lot of styles and different sounds out of them.It is very well finished, has a very nice feel.The neck is actually very fast.It has a one piece neck, which can be a problem because of warping, but the sound of a one piece neck is better, and it looks a lot nicer.Great quality, I have never played a nicer guitar than this one.

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