Few electric guitars have achieved such instant acclaim across such a broad range of musical genres as Gibson’s ES-335. Unveiled in 1958, the ES-335 was designed as a best of both worlds electric that married more than half a century of Gibson archtop tradition to the latest electric guitar innovations.
Like the Les Paul, the ES-335 stands as one of Gibson’s all-time most iconic models. The ES-335 is a semi-hollowbody guitar which means that it has a solid block of wood running through its centre with hollow wings on either side. This construction style maintains the open tone of a hollowbody while the centre block helps to reduce feedback. The ES-335 was introduced in 1958 and has remained in production in various forms ever since. The official model designation of the ES-335 is ES-335TD, with the TD standing for thinline, double pickups.
Years of Production: 1958 – present
Body Style: Hollowbody, double cutaway
Wood Composition: Maple body, Rosewood fingerboard
Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, F-holes, Tune-o-matic bridge, trapeze tailpiece (correct for 1977), block inlays
Finish: Cherry was introduced for the ES-335 in 1959.
Here is a very nice original late 70s Gibson ES-335. The serial number dates it to 1977, and it has the block inlays and trapeze tailpiece which became standard for the model by 1965. It has a slim neck profile, with its original frets in reasonable condition.
And this one is a lefty. Some 335s played by left handed players have been converted from an original right handed guitar, but this is not one of those. It has come from the factory as a left handed specification, with all the hardware laid out correctly.
Apart from some apparent fret wear which does not compromise playing for now, this guitar is in good original condition with pickups, electronics, tuners, bridge, tailpiece and plastics all intact. The D tuner has been replaced with a later correct Gibson tulip head unit.
The body has some dings, dents, scratches and checking throughout, but no cracks or structural issues.
This one is in good playing condition with no dead frets or other issues. The fretboard is clean and the back of the neck has some small dents, with checking and finish loss, but no cracks.
This is not a reissue – is a true original, built in Kalamazoo Michigan, and it is a lovely instrument. There’s not too many proper left handed ES 335s out there in correct original spec, and this is a good one.
It has certainly been played, which is usually the sign of a great player instrument. It has a fast neck, medium low action and great sounding pickups. It feels good to play, and probably a lot easier if you are left handed !
Comes with its original Gibson hard shell case which has seen better days, but is functional.