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Signed by Captain Fingers.
Once in a generation, a jazz guitarist comes along, who--no matter what music style you're a fan of--makes you sit up and take notice. That player is Lee Ritenour. Lee's signature sound is Gibson. Nominated for a GRAMMY 17 times, you don't get to his level without knowing your chops. And knowing your guitar! Lee's guitar is a Gibson ES-335.
To celebrate this long-term relationship with Lee, Gibson has announced the availability of a special limited run Lee Ritenour signature model. A production run of only 50 guitars personally autographed by Lee, and 100 unsigned versions will be made for world-wide distribution!
The guitar is a Gibson ES-335--without question, the most flexible application instrument in the Gibson line up. No matter whether you play rock, country, blues, pop, or jazz, the ES-335 does it and does it well.
Let's start with the 335. This guitar's famous multi-ply maple body utilizes a soft maple center block for added sustain and tone, and reduced feedback. The pickups are Gibson's '57 Classics--Gibson's most popular pickup. The neck is one-piece mahogany, with a thin, Lee Ritenour profile that's faster and more tapered than other production ES-335 models. Nickel Nashville Tune-o-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece are the same as the 335s of the '60s. The machine heads are nickel Grovers with kidney buttons. All of the nickel hardware is slightly aged for that played-in look and feel.
The finish is a gorgeous VOS (Vintage Original Spec) antique faded cherry with a super thin, nitrocellulose lacquer in a soft patina. The Lee Ritenour Aged and Signed ES-335 is aged by the Gibson Custom Shop artisans with the lacquer checking, dings, and a few other sweet features to more meticulously re-create Lee Ritenour's original axe. The guitar includes a custom formfitting signature case and a special "Inspired By" Certificate of Authenticity.
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First off I'm a a long time 335 fan (been playing over 35 years). I traded a 1968 ES 330 plus some cash to get this axe. I got serial number 25. No doubt it is expensive but as a collectible piece it's a bargain. The neck is terrific, I have small hands and the extra thin profile is fast and easy to play. The pickups sound really clean-I play it through a reissue Princeton reverb-jazz work just oozes with cool, the bridge pickup kicks it up for lead solos. The guitar feels and sounds wonderful. If you play blues, jazz or fusion this guitar can handle it. Unlike some of my other vintage axes that I try not to play much, this one begs to be worked and since it's aged-who cares if you get some sweat on it. Save up and make the jump-you'll be glad you did.