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1997 Gibson ES-335 Semi-Hollow Guitar Antique Natural w/ Ron Ellis Pickups, Case


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Up for sale, a 1997 Gibson ES-335 Dot in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, upgraded with Ron Ellis Signature humbuckers and complete with the original hardshell case. With a deeply figured flame maple body highlighted by an Antique Natural gloss nitro lacquer finish, this ES-335 hails from what is increasingly heralded as Gibson’s “good wood” era.

The ES-335 Dot represents Gibson's first solid attempt at recreating the magic of the late '50s dot neck ES-335, and there's a harmonic complexity, midrange punch, and top end snap 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 tonal palette translates well through the pickups. The upgraded Ron Ellis Signature humbuckers are hand-wound by one of the most lauded pickup makers in the business, meticulously designed with proprietary techniques/materials to be the ultimate PAF-style humbucker. These Alnico magnet pickups deliver an ideal blend of warmth, fullness, and single coil-esque clarity. The lows are airy, and the trebles are sweet and singing, resulting in a particularly sonorous, smooth character. This ES-335 Dot weighs 8lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: ‘60s-style slender C, full shoulders, measuring .820” 1st fret, .905” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, dot inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, light wear beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-12
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Tuners: Grover Rotomatic

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: Ron Ellis Signature humbuckers (original ‘57 Classic PAFs in case)
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: ABR-1 bridge, stopbar (nickel-plated)
-Plastics: Amber bonnet knobs, four-ply pickguard

The Antique Natural gloss nitro lacquer finish highlights the deep valleys of curly flame figuring extending liberally across the entire body, and cosmetic wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the pickguard and some minor marks on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included, along with the original ‘57 Classic PAF humbuckers.