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1985 Gibson ES 335 DOT
Gibson Es-335 Guitar ( 1958 to
Thinline Semi-hollow Electric Archtop Guitar Also Known As The
In 1958 gibson introduced a guitar with a wood block that
was glued to the top and back of the body which ran through the
guitars' center leaving the sides empty , the guitar was called the
gibson es-335 , the first semi-hollow body guitar .
The wood block not only made the es-335 guitar more solid but it also
enhanced its woodiness warm sound and sustain .
Its ingenious body design structure plays a major role in gibson'
history and paved the way for many gibson legendary guitars to come .
Cherished by many artists such as bb-king , eric clapton, chuck berry ,
joe perry, keith richards , george harrison, ritchie blackmore ... just
to name a few .
The es-335 is coined by many as the best all around guitar in the world
because of its versatility
In 1958 when gibson first launched the es-335 at a list price of
approximately $270 the guitar became an instant success and continued
its historical journey until this very day .
The first year in production the es-335 had a brazilian rosewood
fingerboard with dot inlays , 2 humbuckers , bigsby vibrato or stop
tailpiece , bound top and back , neck joins the body at the 19th fret ,
4 knobs ( 2-vol 2-tone ) , tune o matic bridge , pickguard extends
below the bridge , large fat neck , and were made in sunburst or
natural finishes . ( this model is highly desirable and sought after by
1959 : Cherry finishes were added
1960 : The es-335 had shorter pickguards and thinner necks
1961 : Natural finishes were discontinued
1962 : Dot inlays on the fingerboard were replaced with block inlays
1965 : Trapeze tailpiece replaced the stop tailpiece 12 string version
1966 : indian rosewood fingerboard instead of brazilian
1969 : walnut finishes were available
Note : In
1965 a 12 string version of the es-335 was also introduced and was
called the gibson es-335-12 , (
see pic ) were made in cherry or natural finishes , various
colors in 1968 and were discontinued in 1971 .
In 1981 the gibson es-335 was discontinued and replaced with the
gibson es-335 dot which was a reissue of the original 1960
es-335 with dot inlays .
The gibson es-335 dot was discontinued in 1990 and replaced with the
gibson es-335 reissue in 1991 which are still in production today.
From 1981 to present gibson also introduced more variations of the
gibson es-335 such as the :
Gibson es-335 artist :( 1981 )
had a large headstock logo , metal truss rod plate , gold hardware with
3 knobs .
Gibson es-335 Dot CMT :( 1983 - 1985 )
like the es-335 dot but with curly maple top and back , gold hardware ,
and were made in various colors .
Gibson es-335 Studio :( 1986 - 1991 )
No f-holes , 2 dirty finger humbuckers , cherry or ebony finishes .
Gibson es-335 Showcase Edition : ( 1988 )
black hardware , emg pickups ,white or beige finishes and were made in
limited quantities - 200 made .
Gibson es-335 Centennial : ( 1994 )
Gold medallion on the headstock , were made in cherry colors , diamond
inlays in tailpiece . ( not more than a 100 were made )
Gibson es-335 '59 Historic Collection : ( 1998 )
basically a replica of the original 1959 model with dot inlays .
Gibson es-335 '63 Historic Collection : ( 2000 )
based on the original 1962 model with block inlays .
Gibson also made es-335 custom shop guitars during the 80s and 90s with
a custom shop logo on the back of the headstock