Up for sale, a 2018 Gibson Memphis Custom Shop ES-335 Traditional electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and COA. A discontinued model crafted at Gibson's lauded and now shuttered Memphis, TN factory, this Custom Shop model captures many iconic early specs of the ES-335 with a rosewood fretboard with small block inlay, distinctive "Mickey Mouse" ear body horns, a gloss Vintage Ebony nitro lacquer finish, and nickel hardware.
The original MHS handwound humbuckers give this ES-335 a tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet highs, consistent with Gibson's golden era vintage PAF ("Patent Applied For") pickups. The pickups have ample clarity and power, with a slightly hotter bridge pickup and a sweet and smooth neck position humbucker that has great bloom and complex harmonic content. Lightweight at only 7lbs 10oz, this ES-335 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 and low action.
The one-piece quartersawn mahogany neck has a substantial-feeling medium C profile carve with pronounced shoulders in every register and lightly rolled binding edges (advertised by Gibson as a "Rounded C" shape). It’s the kind of neck shape that’s directly attributable to the increased sustain, note definition, and dynamic richness of the instrument, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The dark rosewood fretboard features small block inlay and vintage-correct .100" x .45" fretwire, shy of medium jumbo yet offering ample crown. The frets are flawless, and the guitar plays easily in every register. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners.
On the body, all of the electronics work as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and Orange Drop tone caps. The stock MHS humbuckers have their PAF stickers on the baseplates, and the neck pickup route reveals the vintage-spec long tenon joint too. The original nickel hardware includes and ABR-1 with titanium saddles and a lightweight zinc stopbar tailpiece with locking studs. The Vintage Ebony gloss nitro lacquer finish exhibits a few very faint finish scratches adjacent to the knobs, and a few similarly faint marks central to the lower bout on the back. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original brown tolex Gibson hardshell case is included, along with the COA and factory paperwork.