Offered for your consideration is this extremely cool T35 from Ken McKay. Ken builds high quality instruments in very small quantities in his Michigan shop and is best known for his ES-335 style replicas, which many folks consider to be far superior to those that come from Gibson.

As the model name suggests, the T35 combines the body shape of a Telecaster with many of the attributes of an ES-335. The body is 15-1/2" long and is 13" wide at the lower bout. It has a one-piece Mahogany body that has been chambered and topped with laminated Maple. It has a one-piece Mahogany neck that feels like it came right off of a Les Paul, with a 24-3/4" string scale and a chuncky C-shape with depth measurements of .89" at the first fret increasing up to .92" at the twelfth fret. It has a lovely Brazilian Rosewood fretboard with a 12" radius, medium frets and a 1.69" bone nut. It has an ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece. The electronics include two Bare Knuckle "Stormy Monday" humbuckers with aged covers, along with a volume control for each pickup, a master tone control and a three-way toggle switch. It is finished in tobacco sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer and weighs just 7.3 pounds. It is aged by Ken to what he calls his "under the bed" finish.

The combination of Tele, ES-335 and Les Paul attributes make this guitar strangely familiar and it is a pure joy to play. Its short scale and smaller body make it very comfortable to play and give it a more focused tone than you would get from an ES, but the Gibson roots are quite evident. Please listen to the brief sound sample included and I think you will agree.

This guitar shows a few cosmetic-only flaws which are pictured in my photos. Ken ages these at his shop, so it is hard to tell where his aging stops and the play wear begins, but the flaws are not significant and the frets remain in superb condition. The guitar comes in a high-quality black tweed case.

As my inventory shows, I'm a sucker for high quality semi-hollow electrics. I like the light weight and the more airy, woody tone that you typically get from semi-hollow instruments. If the idea of a very high quality, small bodied ES-335 appeals to you, then this McKay T35 has your name on it. Make it yours and you will be very glad you did!

Capital Guitars

Capital Guitars

Tobacco Burst
11 Years
Capital Guitars
Charlie Hughes
Online Only
3:28 AM
We monitor email nearly 24/7. Should we be tardy in responding to your phone calls or voicemail, please shoot us an email at

Capital Guitars accepts payment via PayPal, credit cars via PayPal, wire transfer, or via bank check. Guitars ship only after payment clears. See something you wish to purchase? To pay via Paypal, just click the 'Buy Now' button, or send an email to indicating the guitar you wish to purchase, where you live (for calculating the shipping cost and NYS sales tax if applicable) and confirm the email address you use for Paypal. We will send you a Paypal invoice referencing the specific guitar being purchased. Just follow the prompts in the Paypal email to pay for your guitar. Once we receive your cleared payment we will contact you with tracking information and a paid invoice. That is all there is to it! Shipments to locations within the State of New York are subject to imposition of applicable New York Sales taxes. Trade proposals involving quality gear are welcomed! Email me a pic or two of your proposed trade and a brief description of its condition and we will let you know what we can allow you in trade. We also do LAYAWAYS! All layaways require a non-refundable up-front payment equal to 20% of the purchase price. Your deposit holds the guitar for you, with 60 days to pay the balance. Contact us via email for more details.

Shipping to Continental US addresses is via FedEx Ground, with flat rate shipping of $60 to Eastern time zones, $70 Central and $80 Mountain/Pacific. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii is $100. A phone number at the shipping destination is required. ​ Other shipping services, including express services and international shipping are available at our discretion, just contact us for a quote.

Refunds of the original purchase price less shipping and a 10% restocking fee may be requested within 48 hours of delivery. Exchanges within one (1) week of the original date of purchase may be made for an item of equal or greater value at the discretion of Capital Guitars. Where permitted herein, items must be promptly returned at the buyer's expense, in the same condition as received with all accessories and paperwork included. Sale items, purchases that are made via layaway, those involving trades and/or international shipping are considered final except upon an error by and at the discretion of Capital Guitars. All deposits are non-returnable. Our apologies, but we are a very small operation and returns are extremely time consuming and costly.