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2019 Gibson Memphis ES-335 Dot Graphite Metallic w/ '57 Classic PAFs, COA & Case


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Up for sale, a 2019 Gibson Memphis ES-335 Dot electric guitar in showroom clean condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, COA, and factory paperwork. A discontinued short-run model with a custom color Graphite Metallic metalflake sparkle finish, this ES-335 was crafted at Gibson's lauded and now shuttered Memphis, TN factory and captures many iconic early specs of the ES-335. Tonewoods include a maple/poplar/maple semi-hollow body construction with a maple center block and spruce bracing, paired with a quartersawn one-piece mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard with dot inlay.

The '57 Classic and Classic Plus PAF humbuckers give this ES-335 a tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet highs, 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 and smooth 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 11-49 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece quartersawn mahogany neck has a substantial-feeling medium C-shaped 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 .850" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features dot 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 bone 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. The '57 Classic PAF stickers are intact on the baseplates, and the neck pickup route reveals the vintage-spec long tenon joint too. The original nickel hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles and a lightweight zinc stopbar tailpiece with locking studs. The Graphite Metallic metalflake sparkle gloss nitro lacquer finish has barely a scratch on it, and only one absolutely tiny mark on top behind the bridge (imperceptible to the camera). The factory protective plastic is still intact over the multi-ply pickguard too. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original brown tolex Gibson hardshell case is included, along with the COA and factory paperwork.