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In this photo, Noel Gallagher can be seen playing his Gibson ES-345 electric guitar, in a red finish. It appears to have a VariTone switch as well. He spoke about this guitar in [an interview](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/interview-noel-gallagher-talks-guitars-gear-and-high-flying-birds-512993/): Interviewer: "So the 355 is the basis of your sound right now? You have been playing a Gibson 345 on tour…" Noel: "Yeah, the guitars I bring on tour are either 355s or 345s. Those are what I play." The tour he's speaking of in this context is for the first album of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Gibson ES-345 is not seen as much as his infamous ES-355, but he did play it, as said in interview, for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' gigs. He played it for "Do The Damage" and a few other songs in [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnnfXPJxnCo) gig, done for Absolute Radio in Rivoli Ballroom, in 27th of March, 2015.more
At 3:18 in this rig rundown he begins talking about this guitar by saying, "I call this the equal opportunity guitar. It's an ES-345 1965. I think George Harrison played this same kind of year. I'm obsessed with... Now I'm going to start collecting whatever he played. It's a Gibson with a Fender strap, which says a lot about me. It's got another Bigsby, which is great. I picked the right one. So it kinda goes a half step down, automatically. I picked it up at the vintage store I got it at."more
“I smashed up two guitars at the end of the show, because one I was using had recently been repaired and broke as I came on stage, so I played another one I use for recording. At the end, I though, ‘What the hell,’ and smashed them both. The Gibson Stereo cost £200 and the amps, which were borrowed, will cost about £20 each to repair. I can’t put it down to tax because when I say I use 70 guitars a year, they don’t believe me.” - Pete Townshend about Gibson ES-345 he smashed.more
"Gibson [335s](http://equipboard.com/items/gibson-es-335-dot-plain-top-electric-guitar), 345s and [355s](http://equipboard.com/items/gibson-es-355-electric-guitar) are the only guitars I feel entirely confident playing. I love the natural warmth and bell-like tone that they produce." - [Robert Ackroyd](http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/rob-ackroyd-0217-2011.aspx).more
Rush says, “Well, there’s two guitars I really like – my Gibson semi-hollows and Fender Strats. I can go with the Gibson 345 or 355, but any of the semi-hollows do it for me. Actually, with either heavy strings or sometimes lighter ones like a 10-46 set. But, like with anything, there’s always something else out there. And for me, well, the Strats just can do some things and feel a bit differently than the Gibson, and sometimes I’ll trade-off.more
"When I play electric in Hot Tuna, I use two guitars: a Chet Atkins SST with acoustic strings for finger picking and a Gibson Les Paul Standard for rock and roll. Back in the day, the 345 and then the 335 defined my electric sound, but I stumbled onto this Les Paul and I just fell in love with it. It sounds great and it’s nice and light. I’m getting old, what can I tell you?"more
In this video of We Are Scientists at BTR Live Studio, Keith Murray can be seen playing a Gibson ES-345 electric guitar in a cherry finish. It has silver hardware and a trapeze tailpiece. The parallelogram neck inlays and Varitone switch identify it as a ES-345. A great look at the entire guitar can be had around 4:00 into the video, as the camera moves down to show the ES-345's body. **EDIT May 2016:** In an [email exchange with Keith Murray](http://images.equipboard.com/uploads/source/image/36348/GU1NHzQ.png), he confirmed the year of his Gibson ES-345 to be 1966.more