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Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish  

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The figured-top Gibson Custom ES-335 Dot Electric Guitar is about the most versatile guitar you can own. A classic semi-hollowbody and dual '57 Gibso...Read More

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For jazz, blues, or rock, this beauty has a sweet sound you won't find elsewhere.

The figured-top Gibson Custom ES-335 Dot Electric Guitar is about the most versatile guitar you can own. A classic semi-hollowbody and dual '57 Gibson humbucker pickups combine to produce everything from full-bodied growls to singing sustain.

The ES-335 Dot also boasts a thin-tapered 1960s neck and rosewood fingerboard (24-3/4" scale), body and neck binding, and nickel-plated hardware with Grover tuning heads, The Gibson Custom shop also gives this guitar an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, separate Volume and Tone controls, and a 3-way pickup selector switch.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Classic semi-hollowbody design
  • Dual '57 Gibson humbuckers
  • Thin tapered '60s neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Separate volume and tone controls with 3-way switch

You've been lusting after one of these since you were 15. Go ahead, take the plunge, you won't regret it.

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GibsonES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

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    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
    • Small venues (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    In a word: Resonance!

    This is such a great instrument for so many styles of music it's hard to know where to begin. The main thing is the airy resonance of the full hollowbody. Lively rich harmonics....Read complete review

    This is such a great instrument for so many styles of music it's hard to know where to begin. The main thing is the airy resonance of the full hollowbody. Lively rich harmonics. Mellow expressive depth blending through the spectrum to bright woody acoustic. B.B. King bluesy all week long (of course). The surprise is everything else it does so well. Deep, punchy, and dynamic. Virtually any style can benefit. I play a wide variety, but lean towards more modern overdrive and fuzz/distortion. Feedback (the ugly kind) is really a non issue here. Easily controllable, or totally cool in it's "out of control" possibilities. Fret a note with higher gain, it just rises up and sustains for days on into the sweet feedback. It's like a built in e-bow. The block through center design makes a big difference in overall stability and thicker tone. I found out quickly that I needed less drive to say as much if not more. Can cover a lot of clean and dirty ground through balancing volume and tone across the pickups. One of my favorites for a thick slightly darker rhythm: Bridge volume 10, tone 3, neck volume 3, tone 8.
    Minor "cons" may include body size, could be slightly cumbersome for some. Also, as if it even requires mentioning, certain very agressive tones are slightly out of reach (Metal/Grindcore rhythm? Yeah not so much). Who picks up an ES-335 for hard core metal anyway? Heck, I am willing to try. At least get within sight of it, heavy driving rock, power punk, etc. It's really all about the unique tonal qualities and should be approached with this in mind as either a modern experimental or traditional player. If you do, this guitar will return the favor with beautiful tones all around. Sits next to my equally beloved LP custom solid body. If I have these two, basically all I need. I have played so many, import whammy clads to telecasters. They all have thier uses and strenghts. The Dot has old school class, beauty, honest great tone, versatility, and don't forget that resonance! They are certainly not cheap, but every guitarist should have one in lifetime if at all possible. It was totally worth every penny for me and the return on investment in tonal possibilities is worth a million more.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice Guitar But....

    I have been a guitarist for 35 years. I recently purchased the Gibson ES 335 Memphis Dot. After I played it a while, and got over the thrill of a new instrument, I...Read complete review

    I have been a guitarist for 35 years. I recently purchased the Gibson ES 335 Memphis Dot. After I played it a while, and got over the thrill of a new instrument, I began to notice some things about the guitar. I have to admit that I have some mixed feelings about itFirst, there is nothing that sounds like this thing. The ?57 Humbuckers pack a lot of soul. I?m a blues player, and this one of the world?s quintessential blues guitars. The action was just right for me right out of the box. I do my own action work because I am picky about how it should be done. I give kudos for that one. I checked the intonation and it was perfect from the factory. The nitrocellulose lacquer finish looked great as well. It was essentially flawless. That being said, all the above virtues can be found on many guitars half the price of this one. I found the binding on my Gibson to be a bit rough where the binding contacts the frets. At the 12th fret, a small amount of binding had chipped off during the manufacturing process leaving some of the fret exposed. Where the binding meets the frets, it looked quite rough all around. In some areas, the scraping they do at the factory to remove excess lacquer from the binding literally looked as if it were done with a pocketknife. I strongly feel that for the price Gibson charges for their instruments, a better job could have been done. If you are going claim to be the best, and charge the most, then paying attention to detail is paramount. I do love the guitar, but I think Gibson charges way too much for the name. I have seen many Japanese made guitars down through the years, and Gibson can learn a lesson or two from them regarding quality and attention to detail. I paid for ?top notch? and that is exactly what I expect from them. It is still a fine guitar, but make no mistake, you are paying for the name as well. Best regards, JoeyGranada Hills, CA.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My best electric guitar

    By Bob Hardison

    from Columbia, Tn.

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Best Overall Sound

    Cons

    • I Have No Cons

    Best Uses

    • For Fingerstyle

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

    My ES-335 is the easiest playing and sound of any of my guitars and any of my pre-owned guitars. I have 17 total with 7 electrics and I only play my ES-335 on any gigs. I have added a Bigsby tremolo and also a roller bridge and a roller nut. I will never sell my Gibson ES-335. Mine is a sunburst and I take care of it like I would never get one like it if it got away from me.

    Comment on this review

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful Honey Burst

    By AlmostMrNiceGuy

    from Portland, Oregon

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Professional Venues
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

      Purchasing a guitar online can be tricky, especially one that's from gibson's custom shop. Each instrument is unique, and without playing it first it's tough to know what to you're getting. While manufacturing has continued to be a problem it is getting much better. My advice would be to call and talk to the representatives from the custom shop first, and have them inspect the guitar. It may take another day or two for shipping, but you'll be able to specify a few things to look/lookout for (i.e. binding problems, neck-body joint construction, as well as test the electronics, and tone). They can still miss things, but you'll feel better that you're getting a good guitar and in the even you don't---they stand by their return policy. Just be careful...the actual policy is: ANY STRINGED INSTRUMENT OVER $1999 HAS A 7-DAY RETURN POLICY, and it wasn't clear if it was from the time of shipping or not. That means technically, you've only got a couple of days to test and make sure you're happy. And, don't trust me, read the fine print. Conflicting information was previously on their website (i.e. they had an old link still up) indicating they just have a 30-day return policy. If you're buying something over $2000, specifically ask what the return policy is and make sure you have them note it.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible!

      By Budapa

      from Wichita, KS

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        The heading says it all!

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        In a word: Resonance!

        By thelatenessmonster

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • A classic
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Tone

        Cons

        • Basicallynone

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        This is such a great instrument for so many styles of music it's hard to know where to begin. The main thing is the airy resonance of the full hollowbody. Lively rich harmonics. Mellow expressive depth blending through the spectrum to bright woody acoustic. B.B. King bluesy all week long (of course). The surprise is everything else it does so well. Deep, punchy, and dynamic. Virtually any style can benefit. I play a wide variety, but lean towards more modern overdrive and fuzz/distortion. Feedback (the ugly kind) is really a non issue here. Easily controllable, or totally cool in it's "out of control" possibilities. Fret a note with higher gain, it just rises up and sustains for days on into the sweet feedback. It's like a built in e-bow. The block through center design makes a big difference in overall stability and thicker tone. I found out quickly that I needed less drive to say as much if not more. Can cover a lot of clean and dirty ground through balancing volume and tone across the pickups. One of my favorites for a thick slightly darker rhythm: Bridge volume 10, tone 3, neck volume 3, tone 8.
        Minor "cons" may include body size, could be slightly cumbersome for some. Also, as if it even requires mentioning, certain very agressive tones are slightly out of reach (Metal/Grindcore rhythm? Yeah not so much). Who picks up an ES-335 for hard core metal anyway? Heck, I am willing to try. At least get within sight of it, heavy driving rock, power punk, etc. It's really all about the unique tonal qualities and should be approached with this in mind as either a modern experimental or traditional player. If you do, this guitar will return the favor with beautiful tones all around. Sits next to my equally beloved LP custom solid body. If I have these two, basically all I need. I have played so many, import whammy clads to telecasters. They all have thier uses and strenghts. The Dot has old school class, beauty, honest great tone, versatility, and don't forget that resonance! They are certainly not cheap, but every guitarist should have one in lifetime if at all possible. It was totally worth every penny for me and the return on investment in tonal possibilities is worth a million more.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a Guitar

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        Why can Gibson make a guitar like this when most of their guitars are not of decent quality.. They need to cut down on the amount of models they are making and put more time and effort in making all their guitars like this. If this top was on a LP Gibson would be charging $15,000. I haven't seen many LP's with flame as even and full as on this guitar. Gibson thinks their name can sell anything but I looked for 12 years for a 335 like this so they're kidding themselves.
        Have been looking for one for years but when I saw the flame top on this guitar I knew I had found my guitar.
        This is what Gibson used to be like before they decided on having 20 Artist LP's and coming out with way to many examples of the same guitar. The action so low the strings buzz so my tech raised the action to an ungodly height. Now I can play chords,lead and slide on this beauty. I bought the red because it seems all the greats used Red 335's I have all the Gibsons I've ever dreamed about.
        What does value matter when you're dealing with perfection. This is the most perfect guitar I've bought on par with my Goldtop. I sold a Strat and Billy Joe JR to pay for this and I know I got the better end on this deal.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I'm in love....

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        I bought a 335 dot reissue flame red today. Holy crap. Why did I think these were jazz guitars? I'm 48 and have had most guitars at one time or another....Les Pauls, Strats, Tele's, Gretsch's, Metal guitars, You name it. This is the tone I've been looking for and it plays like a dream. Plug this into my Deluxe Reverb reissue and I never want to put it down. If you appreciate the subtleties of killer tone.......BUY ONE NOW!
        Everything you need
        Perfect
        Worth it

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet sound -beware of finish

        By Marvin-7j9Dy

        from Charlotte, NC

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        Right out of the box, this guitar is one of the sweetest sounding models I have owned in my 30+ years of playing. Beware of the finish and make sure you see the finish in person before you buy. I bought based on the pictures posted on the website. The honey burst finish is more yellow than "honey". In fact, it looks more like the sunburst with brown edges rather than black edges. It is still a great sounding and playing guitar. Highly Recommended!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GO-TO AX

        By Greg-e3mFk

        from Washington St.

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        I purchased my red figured top 335 in 2006. I own a 59 Les Paul Re-issue,and an American Tele and various other guitars, cannot have enough of course. Of all the guitars I own or have owned this is truly the best hands down. I fill in for several local bands and churches constantly. And if they cannot give me a rundown of their set list beforehand, the 335 is what I grab, do to the versatility. Pure country tele sound is the only thing this guitar struggles with, other than that an effects pedal and a good tube amp will cover everything else. As far as tuning issues I have had zero problems but I also take my guitars to a tech to restring and set intonation as soon as I purchase. I will have to have the truss rod adjusted for the first time soon but this is due to me running heavy strings, I am sure. I love the feel of this model so much I am debating buying another and thinking of putting TV Jones pickups in it to get the Gretsch sound, because I like the feel of it better than a Gretsch. Just not sure because I know of no one that has done it. Buy it, scratch it, ding it, and relish it. And I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        335 #2

        By jimmy's335

        from Michigan

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        I have the Cherry figured top. Qualitiy all the way. Even kept in touch with the Custom Shop. Great group of people. This guitar has it all but most of all it is tone, tone, tone.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        the greatest

        By Pudgee Hill

        from Norfolk, Va.

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

        The sound is worth a thousand words. This guitar is the greatest. I play blues and Jazz, and have had this "box" for a while. When I play it, I don't think about what I am doing. It just comes out.

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