Arguably the ultimate semi- acoustic, the late fifties version of the ES-335 with its ‘clubby Mickey Mouse ear’ bouts, PAF pickups, ‘dot-neck’ fingerboard and long scratchplate is the one to have. If you can’t afford an original, the latest version from Gibson Memphis released at NAMM 2015 might just scratch the itch. Available in two colours, the 1959 ES-335TD (Historic Burst) and the 1959 ES-335TDN (Vintage Natural), period-correct detailing is the order of the day.
Features include 3-ply maple/poplar/maple body, traditional ‘C’-profile mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, mother-of-pearl Gibson logo, Kluson Single Ring tulip button tuners and white nylon nut. Gibson has installed PAF-style MHS humbuckers with Alnico magnets, nickel plated hardware, CTS 550K pots, non-wire ABR bridge and lightweight aluminium stopbar tailpiece. Includes a period correct hardshell case.