Up for sale, a 1995 Gibson ES-335 dot semi-hollowbody electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This ES hails from an increasingly celebrated era of Gibson production. Highly figured, the dimensional curly maple is lively and consistent in its figuring depth across the entire body, highlighted by the two-tone Vintage Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish.
The ES-335 Dot represents Gibson's first solid attempt at recreating the magic of the late '50s dot neck ES-335, and this example is outfitted with a pair of stock '57 Classic PAF humbuckers. There's a harmonic complexity, midrange punch, and top end clarity that this 335 delivers with aplomb. Strummed acoustically, this ES-335 has a big, broad tone with plenty of treble cut and smooth growl in the bass register, and this rich, dynamic sound translates well through the pickups. The neck pickup has a detailed and round sound that pairs well with the bridge humbucker that provides plenty of kick, snarl, and harmonic fullness, not to mention Gibson's near-endless sustain. The guitar weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, spot-on intonation, and fresh 10-46 strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with round, inviting shoulders and just a hair more depth as you travel up the board. It’s a fast-feeling carve that measures .820" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark cut, featuring dot inlay and original frets which retain their full factory height. These frets have good meat, just shy of medium jumbo with well-rounded crowns, showing zero wear and playing cleanly in every register. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and ideally adjusted, and the guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4" scale. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock sports an inlaid Gibson logo and classic crown inlay, as well as a set of original nickel Grover Rotomatic tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The neck does exhibit a previous repair at the headstock joint, with a small new piece of mahogany veneer flawlessly applied over two small mahogany splints added to increase the viability of the headstock joint. It's absolutely top-tier work, and the neck holds full string tension with ease.
On the body, all of the original electronics work as they should, with the '57 Classic PAF humbuckers wired to a three-way pickup selector and individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The long neck tenon is visible in the neck pickup cavity with a handwritten "VS" denoting the Vintage Sunburst finish. The nickel hardware shows uniform surface patina, including a vintage-correct ABR-1 bridge, a feature not seen on all years of the ES-335 Dot's production. Plastics include the original quartet of black bonnet knobs and the five-ply pickguard which shows some requisite pick scuffing. Visible through the F hole, the original white oval label with handwritten model/serial details is intact.
The Vintage Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer highlights the lively, broad, and dynamic curly flame that extends across the body. There is light buckle rash central to the back, with some finish scuffing and light wear through the clear coat where the forearm crosses the top, and a few additional dings and minor finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The smooth nitro gloss is intact on the neck profile, with just a few tiny nicks concentrated behind frets 11-12.
The original Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.