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1982 Gibson Custom Shop Edition ES-335 Dot Cherry 100% Original w/ Tim Shaw PAFs, Case, Tags


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Up for sale, a 1982 Gibson Custom Shop Edition ES-335 Dot semi-hollowbody electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, hangtag, and warranty card with matching serial. The ES-335 Dot represents Gibson's first honest attempt at recreating the magic of the early dot neck ES-335, and this rare Custom Shop edition features a long tenon neck joint and original Tim Shaw PAF style humbuckers.

The Shaw PAFs were Gibson's first and arguably most successful bid at recreating the richness and harmonic content of Gibson's golden era humbucker. Wound in the high 7k ohms range, the Tim Shaw PAFs have a very dynamic sound with great top end complexity and clarity, a perfect pairing for the warmth of the semi-hollow construction. Strummed acoustically, this ES-335 has the classic low-mid warmth and smooth tonal qualities which have become a hallmark of the classic ES-335 sound, and the bold acoustic tone translates well through the pickups. The neck pickup has a detailed and round sound, pairing well with the bridge humbucker which provides plenty of kick, snarl and harmonic fullness, not to mention Gibson's classic near-endless sustain in every pickup position. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this guitar is lightweight at 8lbs and plays very comfortably with low action, solid intonation and fresh 11-48 strings.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve that quickly gains shoulder and heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 12th. The fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of rosewood with pearl dot inlay and the original fretwire. The medium jumbo frets have their full factory height with plenty of meat and crown, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 2-7. The guitar plays well in every register, the neck is straight, and the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted. The stock nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports a pearl inlaid Gibson logo and crown, with the "Custom Shop Edition" gold text on the reverse side above the serial. The original nickel-plated Grover Rotomatic tuning machines turn very smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, all of the original electronics work as they should, with the Tim Shaw pickups wired to a three-way pickup selector and individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The pickups have healthy output, and the solder joints on the pickup covers are untouched with sequential ink stamps on the baseplates, dating to the 10th and 11th weeks of '82. The neck pickup cavity has the factory "CHERRY" stamp, and reveals the long neck tenon joint. The maple body has cream binding and nickel plated hardware that has just the right amount of patina to closely ape its early '60s counterparts. Plastics include the original pickguard which shows some requisite pick marks, and black bonnet knobs which have the early more conical style of Gibson's first vintage reissue knobs of the '80s.

The gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and cosmetic wear is limited to a spot of light targeted buckle rash on the treble side lower bout on the back, with a few additional light finish scratches in the clear coat of the lacquer primarily on the back, and a couple small finish chips on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with no palm wear and just a couple tiny marks on the treble side behind frets 9-10.

The original black tolex Gibson hardshell case is included and equally as well-kept as the guitar. The case has functional latches, the original handle, and clean "Gibson" gold silkscreen on the exterior. The original warranty card and hangtag are also present.