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 helping 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, stopbar tailpiece (tremolo optional), block inlays
Finish Specification: Cherry was introduced for the ES-335 in 1959.
Here is a very nice original early 70s Gibson ES-335. The serial number 183XXX dates it to 1970, 71 or 72, 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 good condition.
This one has had a crack across the base of the headstock which has been repaired well long ago, but you can see it. This is not uncommon on 335’s from that period, and this repair is solid and has stood the test of time.
Apart from that, this guitar appears to be in good original condition with pickups, electronics, tuners, bridge, tailpiece and plastics all intact.
The body is in nice shape overall with no major issues. There are small dings, scratches and checking throughout, but no cracks or structural issues apart from the neck repair described earlier. There is some discolouration on the neck heel above the strap pin, but this is in the lacquer only, and is not a split or crack.
This one is in excellent playing condition with no dead frets or other issues. The fretboard is clean and the back of the neck has some checking and finish loss, but no dings.
This is not a reissue – is a true original, built in Kalamazoo Michigan, and it is a lovely instrument. It has certainly been played, which is usually the sign of a great player instrument. Yes, it’s had a neck repair, and there is some expected player wear, ajnd this si reflected in the price. But it is a solid guitar in excellent working condition. It is well set up, with a fast neck, low action and great sounding pickups.
Comes with a later hard shell case in good condition.