Gibson ES-335

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Gibson

Description Features a double cutaway, maple construction with 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, '57 humbuckers, Schaller crank tuners, a 1960 slim taper Les Paul style neck and an ABR bridge with stop bar tailpiece.
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On 5/2/2006, Bill North (12505) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this guitar !
Model Year: 1968
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Lyon & Healy
Features:
Plain maple sunburst model with square fret inlays and trapeze tale. 2 Patent Number pickups: 2 volume 2 tone controls wired so that independent volume cotrol is retained. The only thing I have ever changedon this guitar are the strings.
Playability:
Plays beautifull, easy to play chords and lead runs equally. The strings feel light yet responsive while retaining stability. A perfect balance of respponse on the whole neck.
Sound Quality:
The real beauty of this guitar is the airy woodiness that resonates with each note. Perfect for Jazz or blues, it can turn right around and spank out some country or rock. This is easily the most flexible sounding Gibson I own.
Durability:
It's lasted me 38 years and looks and plays like brand new, what more can I ask for.
On 9/5/2005, Jackson Crawford (12) posted:
Overall Rating:
If I could find another like this, I would hock my wife
Model Year: 1976
Price: $900.00
Where Obtained: Slem Oregon Cartwright Music repair
Features:
No indication of where is was made- it is model ES 335 TD Serial # 575159 The first purchase date was Dec. 18,1976 for $710. There are 22 frets and 6 strings w 2 volume controlls and 2 tone controls and a 3 position toggle switch there a 2factory installed pickups. The finish is mohogony and the bridge style is a bottom brace configuration.The tuners are factory standard in Fact the whole instrument is factory orig.
Playability:
It is perfect
Durability:
On 3/24/2005, Jeff Rice (3314) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is an unbelievable guitar. I don't believe I will ever part ways with this one. Hopefully in 30 years I'll still be playing her and having a blast.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1999.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Discount
Features:
USA made gibson quaulity. Mine is the ebony beauty with white binding. The double cut away body is just just right for working way down on the neck. It also features the standard tunomatic gibson brige. It came standard with 57 classic humbuckers. These pick-ups are H-O-T-hot!
Playability:
I love the setup on this guitar. Even out of the box it was fantastic. The intonation was great and once it was tuned it was beautiful. The neck is the LP style neck which gives this guitar unreal sustain.
Sound Quality:
I play this through a peavey blues deville. It has a great clean sound and an even better overdriven bite. This is a great rock n roll guitar, as well as blues or jazz. Being that these are the 3 styles I play most, this is the perfect guitar for me.
Durability:
I've had it almost a week and it seems great. It came with the gibson hard shell case which is very nice and durable. I also put schaller strap locks on it right away. They went on with no difficulty just a screw driver. It stays tuned and the intonation doesn't seem to change. Like I said this is a new guitar so I can't really say in the long haul.
On 1/13/2001, Mark Gordon (3061) posted:
Overall Rating:
I've looked at and tried all kinds of guitars in my 37 years of playing, and have settled on the 335 as my instrument of choice. I love Strats and Telecasters, too (I own a Tele), but for my purposes, the 335 is perfect in its feel, tone, responsiveness, and versatility. How could it be better? Time makes a well-made 335 play and sound better, that's the beauty of it. The woods get mellower and more responsive with age, just like the player if he stays active.
Model Year: 1992
Price: $1500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Owensboro Music Center
Features:
This is an American-made guitar, my '92 model features maple back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard (22 frets). The controls consist of two volume and two tone, and a three-way selector switch. The finish is cherry red, and is aging very nicely. It's strung through a stop tailpiece, which helps provide very nice sustain. The pickups are humbuckers, very quiet and responsive. The tuners are Grovers.
Playability:
As far as playability, this guitar is fantastic. The combination of mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard is a good one...my hand loves the mahogany and my fingers love the rosewood. There's a real feeling of solidity and warmth to this combination. I'm convinced that the mahogany is part of this guitar's fine sustain, also. This is the finest guitar I've ever owned/played.
Sound Quality:
I usually play this guitar through a Fender Twin, with distortion and chorus pedals. My band plays mostly rock 'n roll and r&b, but this guitar could easily fit into a country or blues setting...for metal, I'm not so sure, but with the right amp/effects, why not? Have not yet used it in the studio, but it's excellent for live gigs, our soundman loves it.
Durability:
The guitar has been very reliable since I bought it new nearly eight years ago. I strobed it early on, have had to make very few adjustments since then. I've experimented with raising/lowering the stop tailpiece, and have settled on a position flush to the top, as I believe this makes for the best sustain, but every guitar is different...so experimentation is encouraged. This guitar has been hauled through all kinds of conditions, since we play quite a bit, and it's holding up like a road warrior.