Gibson Es 340 TD Archtop ( 1968-1973 )
In late 1968 the gibson guitar company in kalamazoo michigan introduced the es 340 TD , these guitars were more expensive and very similar to their more popular es-335 models but instead had a laminated maple neck , a master volume and mixer controls ( the toggle switch had settings of pickups in-phase, pickups out-of-phase, and standby )...
These gibson guitars were made in various colors however most of them were made in walnut or natural finishes , ( seen a rare one with a wine red finish ) .
The es 340 was and still is an outstanding guitar and inspired many guitar players at the time because of its versatility in its electronics .
The guitar used two pots mounted on one shaft to provide pick up selection , this system provides a gradually changing amount of pick up mixing which standard toggle switches can't do .
In 1973 the es-335 over shadowed the es-340 , it was fitted with a coil tap that could recreate the same out of phase wiring as as the ES-340 ...
Due to the price difference and similarity of both guitars , the es 340 was short lived and discontinued in 1973 . For guitar technicians out there you can get the es-340 schematics here from gibson .
Specs : The es-340 had an arched maple top , maple back /sides and neck , raised black pick guard , tune o matic bridge , stop or trapeze tailpiece , crown logo inlays on the peghead , two covered humbuckers , nickel hardware , pearl dot or rectangular inlays , 3 position selector switch , and bound body .
Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1968 - 1969 > $2900 to $3500
1970 - 1973 > $2700 to $3200
Avg Upward Trend Of 22% a Year since 2000
Note : Es-340 guitars are very rare , due to the demand vs supply these guitars can be sold for up to $5000 presuming they are in excellent condition and all original .
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