Gibson’s ES-335 guitar was first introduced in 1958 and was the first commercially available thin-line archtop semi-acoustic on the market. Since then, the model has been loved by guitarists all over the world and have been frequently associated with famous guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Peter Green & of course BB King. We are calling this guitar a “Hybrid 335” as the body dates from 1961 (orange label) whereas the neck has been replaced at some point with one that dates from 1972! The body is neither fully hollow or fully solid – instead a solid maple block runs through the centre of the laminated maple body and its wings (or “Micky Mouse horns”) are hollow and have two violin style F-holes over the hollow chambers.
At some point in time the original Bigsby has been removed. The bridge and tailpiece have also been replaced at some point also. The 1972 mahogany neck features a neck volute which was first introduced by Gibson in 1969/1970 and the neck features a 22-fret ebony fingerboard with block pearloid inlays. It is important to note that the guitar was refinished professionally in the early/mid 00’s and is still in good condition apart from the expected wear and tear of an instrument of this age! In the neck and bridge pickup we have Seymour Duncan humbuckers and other key features of this unique guitar include 3 ply trapeze scratchplate, Gibson Deluxe Kluson style machine heads, tune-o-matic bridge, 2 x tone controls, 2 x vol controls as well as 3 way pickup selector switch. The guitar is also currently set up for 10-gauge strings, so it is comfortable and easy to play and included in the price is a Hiscox Hardcase!