If there is one used Gibson Guitar I can never get enough of, then it’s a classic 335, so the chance to acquire a delightful Gibson ES335 Dot Reissue, circa 1998, with a lush antique natural finish, could not be turned down – Especially when you throw in a nicely figured maple body – For a guitar that is now around 25 years old, you might well expect to find it possesses far more signs of wear ‘n’ tear – It is not in that ‘as new’ or ‘mint’ condition, or anything like that, but it is fairly clean nonetheless, with little in the way of negative issues to report and certainly nothing nasty whatsoever – The plus news is that a natural finish is probably the best finish to hide, or disguise, such blemishes – Any slight hints of the odd graze to the nitro gloss finish are barely skin deep – Whilst compression marks, be they buckle graze/rash to the rear of the body, or the odd ‘pin prick’ size nick to the front of the guitar, they are again subtle and barely skin deep – Overall the natural finish has mellowed to give you a touch of that naturally aged ‘vintage natural’ mojo – As such it looks less ‘shiny’ and more authentic, hence a touch of the VOS finish that you can now find on select Custom Shop Vintage Replicas – With a nicely figured maple top and back, it adds a touch of class and character – Whilst the aged/off white binding blends in with the mellow ‘antique natural’ finish – You’ll find the usual ‘foggy’ aged vibe to all the nickel hardware but that is very much par for the course – Frets are fine – Following a short visit to my work bench I’ve fitted a new set of 10’s, checked the set-up, polished the frets and cleaned the board with lemon oil, so already to go with a nice sensible easy action – Even the brown Gibson case is in good condition and that includes the all the latches and handle
Let’s go back to the early 80’s, when Tokai introduced their excellent range of Jap built replicas, including a fine 335 Dot Replicas with a stop tail – Needing to responded very quickly, Gibson dropped their trapeze based models, that were now around 20 years old and returned back to their golden era, with appropriate vintage flavoured changes, so from that moment onwards they have not looked back – As this is a model dating back to 1998, it is equipped with a pair of PAF replica Classic 57 humbuckers to enhance the guitars tone – The vintage vibe is instantly apparent, so no shortage of that smooth, rich and warm character, coupled with good articulation – These are the tonal characteristics that ensure the 335 is such a versatile instrument – Not many guitars cover so many playing styles from chilled out jazz and blues through to jazz/fusion, rock/blues, classic rock or indeed Brit Pop/Indie – The 335 has spent longer in the Gibson product range then any other electric and that is a testimony to its versatility, that has seen it cover every form of popular based music for well over 60 years
Additional notes :-
- Weight wise it sits on my scales 8lbs and 8oz
- Note the ABR1 vintage bridge complete with wire retainer and mounted on the slim vintage style posts, plus of course the light weight aluminium tailpiece
- Fitted with a set of nickel plated Grover Imperial machine heads with kidney tuning buttons
- More of a 60’s wide/slim-ish feel to the C neck profile – measures .815″ around the top nut end and gently fattens out to .920″ around the 12th fret – Just enough meat to stop it feeling thin, but certainly not chunky
- Classic 57 pick-ups measure 8.15K neck and 8.28K bridge – with paf replica stickers on the base of the pick-ups
- 4 ply pick guard
- Gold bonnet knobs
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