I would imagine that many guitar players have owned, played or desired a Gibson 335 at some point or another – As such they need very little introduction from me – I think I’m right in saying that since its launch date, in the late 50’s, the 335 has been ever present in every Gibson catalogue, year on year – On that basis, with over 60 years of uninterrupted production behind it, no other Gibson electric guitar can match that achievement – It is certainly a testament to its popularity – Surely the 335’s legacy is its ability to work so well in so many different musical environments – With this in mind, I never get bored of acquiring such guitars for stock – So does this Gibson Nashville Custom Shop 59 ES335 Re-issue entice you into parting with hard saved funds ?
Have Gibson set out to confuse us all ? – What with the Historic Collection 335 Dot , Custom Shop 335 Dot or even just the ES335 Dot – So which is which ? Effectively they can all be placed on the same shelf of the library, yet Gibson have changed the name tag on a number of occasions, coupled with the ‘best ever’ vintage tweak here and there, in that endless pursuit of delivering the ultimate 335 dot replica – For a while now Gibson ran with a ‘Custom Shop’ facility in both Nashville and Memphis , so yes further confusion and questions for many of us to consider – However it is generally accepted amongst many players and the forum fraternity alike, that when it comes to the 335 ’59’ Dot reissues, the Custom Shop facility in Nashville offers highly spec’d models with the correct period features – So yes I can now offer for sale a Gibson Custom Shop ’59’ ES335 Dot Reissue all the way from Nashville, with a date of birth as 2017 – So in no particular order I’ve listed a host of details below :-
- Note the VOS nitro finish (sorry my pics do not justice to the guitar and its true appearance) – Trying to accurately describe the cherry finish – Lot deeper, rich and darker than many traditional cherry finishes – Maybe a touch of a nice ‘Merlot’ character
- Condition wise:- I might not be able to say it is 10 out of 10, yet if you can find any additional hints of a slight surface graze, it only adds to the VOS lightly aged character – Speaking to the original owner I know it has barely been played Offered for sale complete with the black factory Custom Shop case as well as shed load of tags, the Custom Shop wallet/certificate, as well as the Gold Warranty paperwork
- Whole guitars comes in at 8lbs and 12oz
- Accurate vintage features include the long tenon body/neck join, along with a full length solid centre block
- Kluson vintage style tuners
- Elongated scratchplate
- Light weight aluminium tailpiece
- ABR-1 bridge with nickel plated brass saddles – no wire retainer
- Bumble bee caps
- No headstock serial number – It can be found on the orange label inside the f hole I think I’m right in saying that the Nashville ’59’ ES335 is the only replica with the ‘tunnels’ through the centre block for the appropriate pick-up wires – A correct feature for the ’59’ period, with one tunnel for each pick up wire – Shortly after 1959, Gibson cut out a section of the centre block for the pick-up wiring loom, so as to speed up production time for the assembly workers
- Big neck :- Yes it has that fullish yet comfortable ’59’ neck profile, that can add so much to the guitars tonal character – More D than C with less meat on the shoulders – It measures .912″ at the top nut end, then tapers fills out to 1.01″ around the 12th fret – I don’t think that it is a case that the larger neck is harder to handle, as playing it for a short time you quickly settle in to its feel, shape and dimensions, so play it for what it is and if that does not allow you to play all of your licks and tricks in the fast lane, then play them more tastefully with plenty of soul and expression
- ‘Medium plus’ size frets
- Re-strung with 10-46 gauge strings, then set-up with a fluid playing action that responds to a light touch
- Dark + smooth rosewood fingerboard
- Cream binding body + fingerboard – Signs of ‘finish bleeding’ on the fingerboard binding
- Nylon top nut
Tonal character :- A pair of Gibson PAF replica pick-ups sit at the heart of the tone department – They both kick out 8.2K with plenty of smooth creamy warmth plus excellent articulation – The neck pick-up is lush, rich, smooth and fat with excellent clarity – It loves chilled out jazz/blues, so milk out every last drop of emotion, when playing those minor pentatonic blues licks through a slightly overdriven amp setting – In contrast the bridge pick-up is not short of depth and body – It possesses a nice hint of a fat ‘Nocaster’ bite and attack about it, with tights low, yet always warm/melodic – Hence somewhat of a Jekyll and Hyde contrast across both pick-up options – As such leave the selector switch in the middle, then blend the volume pots as required, for a varied tonal palette that works well in so many different genres – Leave the 335’s volume pots on 10 at all times and you severely limit the guitars expression, soul and emotion – Therefore start of with the volume pot around the 6/7 mark, then wind it back towards 10 as you require that additional boost – Subtle but effective tweaks on the volume pots allow you to control the level of gain on the amp, from that full on vibe, to a softer clean voice, as required – As such, you and the guitar now control the amp – The chunky neck helps to iron out any dead spots on the fingerboard so each note blossoms and blooms – By all means show of a few tasty licks as required, but for expression and soul then just chill out and take your time before playing the next note – This 335 is laded with tone and emotion
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