Up for sale, a 2000 Gibson ES-335 Dot 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, upgraded with a pair of boutique Lollar Imperial "Low Wind" PAF humbuckers. Highly figured, the dimensional curly maple is lively and consistent in its depth across the entire body, highlighted by the Antique Natural 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 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 tonal palette translates well through the pickups. The Lollar Imperial is a universally lauded PAF-style boutique pickup, and the "low wind" version is perfectly tailored for ES instruments which have an inherently broader, warmer sound than a solidbody. As a result of fewer bobbin windings, the Imperial PAFs have increased treble articulation and an extremely dynamic sound. The guitar weighs 8lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, spot-on intonation, and 11-49 strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s-style C profile carve yet with notably rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges for added comfort, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .880" 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 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 Gibson Deluxe bolt bushing tuners with keystone buttons.
On the body, the electronics work as they should, with the Lollar Imperial Low Wind 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 "ANT" denoting the Antique Natural finish. The nickel hardware shows light 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 deeply ambered bonnet knobs and the five-ply pickguard. Visible through the F hole, the original white oval label with handwritten model/serial details is intact.
The Antique Natural gloss nitro lacquer highlights the lively curly flame figuring that extends liberally across the body, with very dynamic, arching grain patterns in the maple as well. Wear is limited to just a few faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, while the neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss.
The original Gibson USA brown tolex hardshell case with pink plush interior is included.