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In November 1965, during the filming of the “Day Tripper” and “We Can Work It Out” video sessions, George Harrison is seen playing a Gibson ES-345TD. 
Much like the legendary Gibson ES-335 model, the ES-345 was introduced in the late 1950’s as part of Gibson's new series of semi-hollow bodied guitars. In construction and appearance, the stately ES-345 was much like the ES-335. Although a center block and electronic system made the 345 model slightly heavier, it carried the same full-fledged tones and smooth playability that made these the go-to jazz and blues guitars. A notable player was B.B. King who used a Cherry colored ES-345 nicknamed “Lucille.” 
Where the ES-345 really made its mark was in its distinct stylized details and electronics such as the inclusion of a Vari-tone electronic system and stereo output option. The six-way Vari-tone selector switch altered the frequency of the output from the dual humbucker pick-ups for a versatile array of tones. From a robust low-end to a sizzling high-end option, the Vari-tone's six modes created an enormous palette of sonic possibilities. The stereo output enabled the player to connect the neck pickup to one amp and the bridge pickup to a different amp.
The ES-345 Harrison used had the following specs: 16” thin double cut-away body constructed from maple; solid maple center block; a single-piece mahogany neck; rosewood fingerboard; attractive split parallelogram inlays; 19 frets clear of the body; Stereo electronics; Vari-tone rotary dial switch; humbucker pick ups; gold-plated hardware; gold knobs; f-sound hole; vintage tulip tuner buttons; Sunburst finish; white binding; black beveled pick guard; and stop tailpiece.
The origins of Harrison’s ownership of the ES-345 are unclear. However, if he did use it during the studio recordings of “Day Tripper” and “We Can Work It Out” then the guitar would have been acquired sometime in the early Fall of 1965. Harrison did use the ES-345 during the Beatles final British tour in December 1965. After that time, the guitar seems to have disappeared from public sight.
We are pleased to showcase the 2010 Gibson ES-345TD in our collection, which has features identical to Harrison’s guitar.
George Harrison photographed with his new Gibson ES-345TD.

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