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2008 Gibson Memphis ES-335 Dot Figured Sunburst Near-Mint w/ 57 Classic PAFs, COA, Case


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Up for sale, a 2008 Gibson Memphis ES-335 Dot in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and COA. A discontinued iteration of the ES-335 platform, this guitar was crafted at Gibson's lauded and now shuttered Memphis, TN factory and captures many iconic early specs of the ES-335. Tonewoods include maple/poplar/maple semi-hollow body construction with a maple center block and spruce bracing, paired with a one-piece mahogany neck and bound rosewood fretboard with dot inlay.

The '57 Classic PAF humbuckers give this ES-335 a smooth bass register, tailored midrange, and sweet, articulate trebles, consistent with Gibson's golden era vintage "Patent Applied For" pickups. The pickups have ample clarity and power, with a slightly hotter bridge pickup and a sweet, round neck position humbucker that has great bloom and complex harmonic content. Lightweight at only 8lbs 4oz, this ES-335 Dot has a defined and balanced acoustic voice that translates well through the pickups, and it's easy to see why the ES-335 has historically been one of Gibson's most versatile models, adopted by a wide range of genres for its ability to provide everything from nuanced cleans to rich, powerful drive. We've had this ES-335 professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s-style C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, feeling both substantial and fast, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and flawless tall, slender fretwire, playing cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with nickel-plated Grover Rotomatic tuners.

On the body, all of the electronics work as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup. The '57 Classic PAF stickers are mostly intact on the pickup baseplates, with additional dated stickers from '07. The neck pickup route reveals the vintage-spec long tenon joint too. The nickel-plated hardware is notably clean on the ABR-1 bridge and lightweight zinc stopbar tailpiece. Plastics include the quartet of black bonnet knobs and four-ply wide bevel pickguard.

The Vintage Sunburst two-tone gloss nitro lacquer finish highlights tight ripples of curly flame figuring that extend across the body. There is very light pick wear across the pick path, a tiny bit of isolated lacquer checking behind the tailpiece, and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat, essentially relegated to the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original black tolex Gibson hardshell case is included, along with the COA.