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A New Custom Shop Artist Model for Marcus King

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity, and attention to detail.

The Gibson Custom Shop's Marcus King 1962 ES-345 signature model reflects more than just the craftsmanship that brings to life the young phenom’s sonic stamp. It's a reflection of his own heritage, a highly personalized recreation of the classic model that was handed down from King's grandfather to his father and finally to him as he took his family's musical legacy to stages worldwide. It's equipped with a pair of Custombucker humbuckers™, a 6-position mono Varitone switch, audio taper CTS® potentiometers and Black Cat capacitors, an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic™ bridge, a Sideways Vibrola™, Stop Bar bushings with a "Custom Made" cover plate, gold Grover® "milk bottle" Rotomatic® tuners, an engraved "Stereo" truss rod cover, and is finished in Sixties Cherry VOS. A Custom Shop ES™ case, Certificate of Authenticity, and Marcus King belt buckle are also included. The buckle was hand-carved, hand-cast, and hand-finished in the USA by Maker and Smith. The custom design was inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Marcus King’s native state of South Carolina. The Gibson Custom Shop limited-edition Marcus King ES-345 is a recreation of a specific vintage Gibson guitar; a 1962 ES-345 with a rare feature, a Sideways Vibrola tailpiece. Because this tailpiece was designed for flat-topped SG models and not for archtops, it does have the potential to graze the finish if used, just like the original guitar. Gibson Custom Shop is committed to reflecting the historical accuracy and playing experience of Marcus King’s original guitar including the tailpiece.
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Marcus King 1962 ES-345 With Sideways Vibrola Specifications

Body

Body Shape
ES-335
Body Material
3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Top
3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Back
3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Side
3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Centerblock
Solid Maple
Binding
Multi-ply Top, Single-ply Back and Fingerboard
Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer (VOS)

Neck

Material
Mahogany
Profile
Rounded Early 60s Marcus King Profile
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Medium Jumbo
Nut Material
Bone
Nut Width
1.67" / 42.291mm
Inlays
Split Parallelogram
Joint
Hide Glue Fit

Hardware

Finish
Gold VOS
Tuner Plating
Gold
Bridge
ABR-1
Tailpiece
Sideways Vibrola
Tuning Machines
Grover Milk Bottle Rotomatic
Pickguard
Black 5-Ply
TrussRod
Authentic 1950s No-Tube
Truss Rod Cover
Engraved "Stereo"
Control Knobs
Black Top Hats with Gold Inserts and Dial Pointers
Switch Tip
Cream
Strap Buttons
2 - Brass
Mounting Rings
Black

Electronics

Neck Pickup
Custombucker
Bridge Pickup
Custombucker
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, 6 position Mono Varitone Switch, 500K CTS Audio-Taper Potentiometers, Black Cat Capacitors, Hand-Wired Harness
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Custom Shop 60s ES Case 940-08034
Accessories
Certificate of Authenticity, hand-carved, hand-cast and hand-finished in the USA by Maker and Smith Marcus King Belt Buckle

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice.