Offered here is yet another example of one of our favorite Gibson models of recent years, a '63 ES 335 Block Reissue. This version of the '63 ES 335 was introduced in 2013 as their "50th Anniversary" model. It is (was) built at Gibson's former Memphis factory using vintage tooling so as to be much more like the original upon which it is based with a more period-accurate body shape, light weight center block, nylon nut and saddles and using natural hide glues. A VOS (light aging) treatment makes it look, feel and play more like a vintage instrument. You will find these often in our inventory (when we can get them), simply because we love them. Gibson continued making this model until 2018 due to popular demand. With the closure of the original Memphis factory and the company's financial restructuring, however, this model is now out of production.
This particular example (serial number 70262) was built 2017. It has his a slightly larger, medium C-shaped neck than is typical for this model, with depth measurements of .85" at the first fret increasing to .995" at the twelfth fret. This one weighs just 7.8 pounds. Other key specs include: a 24.75" string scale; a 1.70" nylon nut; a 12" radius fretboard made of nicely dark rosewood; MHS humbucker pickups; and an ABR-1 bridge with stop bar tailpiece. The guitar is finished in Sixties Cherry nitrocellulose lacquer, with cream binding, aged hardware and the light patina of Gibson's VOS treatment.
This guitar looks and feels like the real deal. It plays superbly too, with a nice low setup with no buzzing. It sounds great too; check out the provided sound sample - this guitar gives you the nice fat, woody tone that Gibson ES guitars are known for and this one is really alive!
Built in 2017, this guitar has seen only limited play time and has no flaws of any significance aside from the factory VOS aging. The frets look near new. It comes in it's similarly nice black tolex case with the era-correct gold lining, along with the certificate of authenticity.
I really think it is sad that Gibson is no longer making this model. If you haven't tried one, you are doing yourself a disservice. Make this near mint 2017 example yours and see why we love this model.
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