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2000 Gibson ES-335 Dot Neck Root Beer w/ Gold Hardware, 57 Classic PAFs, Case


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Up for sale, a 2000 Gibson ES-335 dot neck semi-hollowbody electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This ES hails from an increasingly celebrated era of Gibson production and is a rare model with factory gold hardware and a transparent Root Beer gloss nitro lacquer finish, highlighting subtle curly maple figuring which extends across the body.

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 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, spot-on intonation, and fresh 11-49 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 .805" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features 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 light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-8 and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. 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 Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with metal tulip buttons. The guitar was at one time fitted with Schaller-style tuners, as evidenced by the tiny singular cleanly doweled mounting holes just inset from the Grovers.

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 "BR" denoting the Root Beer brown finish. The gold hardware is extremely clean, 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 Root Beer gloss nitro lacquer is simply another name for "Walnut" and this transparent finish highlights the curly flame figuring on the maple body. Cosmetic wear is limited to one small spot of faint buckle rash central to the lower bout on the back, with a few additional light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back. The smooth nitro gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.