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A painstaking recreation of the groundbreaking semi-hollowbody.
Gibson has always been a guitar maker steeped in tradition. So, after revolutionizing the guitar world with the solidbody Les Paul model in the 1950s, Gibson made a bold return to its roots by offering an electric guitar that encompassed the benefits of a solidbody guitar, but in the image of an acoustic archtop. The result was the ES-335, which was first released in 1958, but would eventually reach its most desirable form one year later in 1959.
Now, 50 years after reaching this zenith in semi-acoustic guitar design, Gibson Custom reintroduces one of the most celebrated guitars in its history, the 1959 ES-335 Dot Reissue. This limited production model from Gibson Custom captures this desirable classic in greater detail than any “reissue”-style guitar previously produced. It is truly an instrument born in the image of its inspiration.
Starting with the traditional plain laminated maple top, back and sides, with single-ply crème binding on both the top and back, the 1959 ES-335 Dot Reissue is true to the original’s ’59 specs in almost every detail. Its one-piece, 24-¾ inch scale length mahogany neck features a long tenon, a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays and a rounded ’59 neck profile.
In addition to its period-correct look, the 1959 ES-335 Dot Reissue recreates the legendary tone of the original model by utilizing a pair of Gibson’s renowned ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, which is the closest thing to original “PAF” pickups on the market today. High-quality CTS volume and tone potentiometers with “bumble bee” capacitors offer a fundamental electronics package, thus insuring the guitar’s unique tone is captured and delivered with the utmost accuracy and originality.
Other traditional appointments include vintage tulip tuners, a holly headstock veneer and all nickel hardware, including an ABR-1 bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece. Each guitar comes with a custom shop reissue case, certificate of authenticity and is strictly limited to just 250 guitars per finish.
Be one of the few to strap on this classic. Order today.
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Comments about Gibson Custom 1959 ES335 VOS Hollowbody Guitar (Vintage Burst):
Every 335 I've ever owned in my 40 years of playing professionally has always had issues. Not this one made in Memphis. The big neck, the tone (even acoustically), the sunburst finish is done well and it has all the appointments of a real 59' ES-355 right down to the plastic strap buttons. The only thing I didn't like was the VOS treatment to the body of the guitar so I polished it out to a nice gloss in 20 minutes. I also had to lower the nut slots but not a big deal. They say it's hard to find a really good 335 but when you do it's worth the wait. I found mine. The Gibson Memphis factory has produced a great guitar.