It's not often we see an early '60s electric guitar in the hands of its original owner, and it's even more rare to see one where the only thing that original owner did was play it. And of course when the guitar turns out to be a rare Gibson in exceptional condition, and from a favorite local customer, it just doesn't get any better. This ES-345TD Stereo Vari-tone was purchased from the Sam Ash store in New York City when the owner was 13 (Gibson's "STEREO VARITONE" ink stamp is to the right of the portion of the label shown in photo13). For the next eight years or so it got played a lot, but then family and business (sometimes called adulthood) got in the way and it spent several decades in its case. And when the owner returned to playing guitar again he chose different types of guitars. The cherry red stain Gibson used during this period is prone to fading when exposed to sunlight, robbing it of the deep lustrous red you see here. This ES-345 was fortunately always returned to its case whenever it wasn't in use, and so never spent time hanging on the wall or sitting in a stand, or even lying around. It has light signs of use, and moderate fret wear, but the only thing that's ever been changed on it are the strings, and after the mid-1970s even that didn't happen very often. Original Stone Case Co. hardshell is included, along with three different cords, including a Y cord so you can plug in using the stereo option, but there's also a cord that allows you play it mono.