The Gibson ES-335 is easily one of the most iconic and recognizable electric guitars, but it is perhaps the most versatile of the classic late-'50s American designs. As the world's first thinline semi-hollow archtop electric, the ES-335 produces a smoother, warmer—but still snappy and dynamic—tone than traditional solid body designs. In many ways, the ES-335 combines the warmth and responsive dynamics of hollow-body guitars with the sustain and lower feedback of solid-body designs. This 1997 Gibson ES-335 Dot is essentially a reissue of the 1960 model. Outfitted with Gibson's modern recreation of the coveted '50s "Patent Applied For" humbucker, this '97 ES-335 Dot perfectly captures the instantly-recognizable 335 tone. It's sweet and warm when it's clean, but it can push the front-end of a good tube amp into rich overdrive saturation, remaining smoother, darker and woodier than solid-bodies. This one has an extremely inviting setup, and its frets are in excellent shape. Also, the gloss finish has been stripped off of the back of the neck, so it has a smooth feel as you move up the neck. It is setup with a Gotoh bridge, and Grover Rotomatic tuners. It is easily among the best-playing ES-335s we've encountered. Although it is true to the original '58 spec, the Vintage Sunburst finish is rare for the ES-335, and this '97 ES-335 has unique and intense curly maple figuring on the top and back, too. This 1997 Gibson ES-335 is an excellent modern take on an unmistakable Gibson template. It includes an SKB flight case. This guitar is consigned to Telluride Music Co. from the personal collection of Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon who played it professionally on the Telluride Bluegrass stage and at the Sheridan Opera House. Please call (970) 728-9592 or e-mail for an in-hand description.
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