ES 345 Varitone - forumourduncan Oct 11, 2009I had a '68 345, beautiful cherry red. I loved that guitar. Several years later I decided to quit music and sold all my gear. that 345 for $300! Man I could kick myself today. Sure wish I still had it. I never had a volume concern with the varitone in mine. Can't help you but I VARITONE SWITCH - Arty's Custom Guitars The VARITONE SWITCH makes it possible. ES-345 owners have known and loved the switch for decades (if they can handle it). The B.B. King sound has been significantly influenced by the Varitone Switch use on his beloved Lucille. Our Varitone Switch fits into almost every guitar and can be easily integrated into the existing wiring. Gibson Lucille Varitone True Bypass Modification I found a post on the Les Paul Forum where someone had done a similar job on his Gibson ES-345 and kindly provided a wiring diagram. The modified guitar now has a lot more volume in the bypass position and suffers no loss of tone.