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Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish

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

The Gibson ES-335 Reissue Electric Guitar is about the most versatile guitar you can have. Classic semi-hollowbody design and dual '57 Gibson Classic humbuckers combine to produce everything from full-bodied growls to singing sustain. The ES-335 also features a thin tapered 1960s neck and rosewood fingerboard (24-3/4" scale), body/neck binding, nickel-plated hardware with Grover heads, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, separate volume and tone controls, and a 3-way switch. Includes case.

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

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 Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish
 
4.4

(based on 29 reviews)

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87%

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Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good feel (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (7)
  • School bands (5)
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    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibby ES 335 Plain Top Antique Burst 2011

I don't have any serious issues, well, OK, the Grover Tuners are stiff compared to tuners that are on my Paul. I hear a string (G) hanging up during tuning, but...Read complete review

I don't have any serious issues, well, OK, the Grover Tuners are stiff compared to tuners that are on my Paul. I hear a string (G) hanging up during tuning, but I'll take care of that. Top the first time I had an axe do this.
Always wanted one, had a clone made by Crestwood back in the 70's, remember them? Shopped around, saw the usualy ones out there @ Guitar Center and the onlines stores. Found a Dot Plain Top sitting up high at a Best Buy in Ann Arbor. An appliance store of all places. Visually stuniing with excellent fit and finish. Neck perfect, low, and no buzzes. The clerck told me thats why it was 20 ft in the air, let the hackers and newbies dink w/ the other instruments. THe case was a piece of work too, a Gibson "Custom" case that fit like a glove, that has a silk like cover cloth that goes over the top of the guitar before the case is closed. This is a sweet, solid woodly smooth tone jazz comping machine. It also has a growl and raspyness when usewd w/ a pushed tube amp. Hell, any amp works well with this dude. I am throughly impresses and satisfied w/ this fine instrument from Gibson. The best part, and totally unexpected was they discounted the thing hundreds below all the big boys, like MF, GC, SweetW, SA< etc. No it's not a second, all the paperwork was there including the Gold Warantee. I just lucked out. It was made in Feb of 2011, so been there for a while. Hell, they had 3 Gibsons hanging up high in their shop, the rest were shecters, fenders, Epi's and the usual 199-700 guitar lines that come from outside the USA, which by the way, some played great. Modern manufacturing has really helped these manufacturers put out a decent Guitar. But most of us can see and hear the difference when stepping up to a higher quality instrument that requires much more attention to the detailed handwork they receive during there manufacture. I was looking at a Washburn 335 clone, and it was a gem to, but someone got it before me, then a freak trip to the AA Best Buy to get a Roland JS-8 (cause GC didn't have one in stock!) brought me to the Gibby. Fate & Credit Card = Acqusition. Get one, no regrets on any Gibby's to this date. Gooday, Mate!
Watch the you tube video on how these are made in their custom shop.
Some models are a little overpriced, but hey, thats a personal issue. You want a flame or burl/quilt in you axe, then its up to the buyer how much its worth to them, and no one else.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Best sounding Guitar I never owned!

Bought one of these 2 days ago brand new from my local Gibson Dealer. Awesome tone! There is no better overall sounding guitar IMHO. The real deal. 57 Classics have tone to die...Read complete review

Bought one of these 2 days ago brand new from my local Gibson Dealer. Awesome tone! There is no better overall sounding guitar IMHO. The real deal. 57 Classics have tone to die for. Beautiful Red Laquer, like holding history in your hands. Took it home and plugged it in. I was amazed by the tone. Playability was a bit off so I took it to my local Pro Luthier for a second opinion. Seems it had a slight hump in the neck where it joined the body that would not allow the action to be set correctly. No problem so far he says, straighten the neck a bit, raise the bridge and file the few high frets. He removed the truss rod cover and found that the truss rod was already tightened to the breaking point. he said he would not dare tighten it any tighter as it could snap. Relief was at .014 on the Bass side. This was obviously noticed at the factory when it was shipped out. The nut looked almost rounded off. So much for "pleking". Then he measured the relief on both sides of the neck. .007 more on the bass side. (.007 Treble-.014 bass) The neck was also twisted. The neck was also set at such a deep angle that the bridge had to be screwed almost flush with the body for correct height. I was pretty dismayed. If I didn't know better, I would think I had bought a cheap Countefiet. Add this to sloppy grover tuners that seemed like they were off of a cheap Epiphone, Poor quality neck binding, sloppy Gibson inlays on headstock and dots on the neck. I returned it to the dealer who was more than cooperative. I'm sure Musicians Friend would have taken it back with no trouble. But what an overpriced guitar. I had an Epiphone Sheraton with Real PAF Gibson 57's in it that I now wish I would have kept. I'm appaled that Gibson would let this guitar out the door.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Gibson Finish is going down hill

By Scott

from usa

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

I was excided to receive my new 335 until I opened the case, The finish was about as bad as a new guitar could be sanding marks were so bad had to send back and the smell was overwhelming the lacquer must not have been cured. Musicians friend sent me another no problem but this one not much better disappointed no doubt. I didn't want to go through the hassle to send back I am done with Gibson. one more thing Musicians friend said they checked this one before it shipped. They are not the company they were. Unsure if I will deal with them anymore.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Best sounding Guitar I never owned!

By Big Rand

from Traverse City MI

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

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

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

Bought one of these 2 days ago brand new from my local Gibson Dealer. Awesome tone! There is no better overall sounding guitar IMHO. The real deal. 57 Classics have tone to die for. Beautiful Red Laquer, like holding history in your hands. Took it home and plugged it in. I was amazed by the tone. Playability was a bit off so I took it to my local Pro Luthier for a second opinion. Seems it had a slight hump in the neck where it joined the body that would not allow the action to be set correctly. No problem so far he says, straighten the neck a bit, raise the bridge and file the few high frets. He removed the truss rod cover and found that the truss rod was already tightened to the breaking point. he said he would not dare tighten it any tighter as it could snap. Relief was at .014 on the Bass side. This was obviously noticed at the factory when it was shipped out. The nut looked almost rounded off. So much for "pleking". Then he measured the relief on both sides of the neck. .007 more on the bass side. (.007 Treble-.014 bass) The neck was also twisted. The neck was also set at such a deep angle that the bridge had to be screwed almost flush with the body for correct height. I was pretty dismayed. If I didn't know better, I would think I had bought a cheap Countefiet. Add this to sloppy grover tuners that seemed like they were off of a cheap Epiphone, Poor quality neck binding, sloppy Gibson inlays on headstock and dots on the neck. I returned it to the dealer who was more than cooperative. I'm sure Musicians Friend would have taken it back with no trouble. But what an overpriced guitar. I had an Epiphone Sheraton with Real PAF Gibson 57's in it that I now wish I would have kept. I'm appaled that Gibson would let this guitar out the door.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Too little for Too much

By Billy Blaze

from Springtown,Tx

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

    As others have stated, I have added locking tuners, and it didnt help.
    I am adding graphite saddles and filing the nut to see if I cant keep the strings from binding up.
    This guitar WILL NOT stay in tune from the factory, so if you buy one...know you will have to invest in some upgraded parts to keep it in tune.
    On stage I have to tune after every single song.
    This guitar also scratches extremely easy, this is after keeping a great wax on it...the Nitrocelulose finish is just going to do that and its a trade off for tone and sustain.
    But if you play this it will not stay mint nomatter what you try to do.
    That being said the tone is incredible, nothing comes close to the tone and thats what you are looking at buying one of these for right?
    I am hoping that the improved saddles and nut file job will make this a usable guitar, if not I will just have to use it less and know I will be tuning after every song.
    ALSO Gibson cheaps out and offers nothing these days as far as case candy, only the COA and warranty card in the case...thats it!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibby ES 335 Plain Top Antique Burst 2011

    By David Jodway

    from Michigan

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

    I don't have any serious issues, well, OK, the Grover Tuners are stiff compared to tuners that are on my Paul. I hear a string (G) hanging up during tuning, but I'll take care of that. Top the first time I had an axe do this.
    Always wanted one, had a clone made by Crestwood back in the 70's, remember them? Shopped around, saw the usualy ones out there @ Guitar Center and the onlines stores. Found a Dot Plain Top sitting up high at a Best Buy in Ann Arbor. An appliance store of all places. Visually stuniing with excellent fit and finish. Neck perfect, low, and no buzzes. The clerck told me thats why it was 20 ft in the air, let the hackers and newbies dink w/ the other instruments. THe case was a piece of work too, a Gibson "Custom" case that fit like a glove, that has a silk like cover cloth that goes over the top of the guitar before the case is closed. This is a sweet, solid woodly smooth tone jazz comping machine. It also has a growl and raspyness when usewd w/ a pushed tube amp. Hell, any amp works well with this dude. I am throughly impresses and satisfied w/ this fine instrument from Gibson. The best part, and totally unexpected was they discounted the thing hundreds below all the big boys, like MF, GC, SweetW, SA< etc. No it's not a second, all the paperwork was there including the Gold Warantee. I just lucked out. It was made in Feb of 2011, so been there for a while. Hell, they had 3 Gibsons hanging up high in their shop, the rest were shecters, fenders, Epi's and the usual 199-700 guitar lines that come from outside the USA, which by the way, some played great. Modern manufacturing has really helped these manufacturers put out a decent Guitar. But most of us can see and hear the difference when stepping up to a higher quality instrument that requires much more attention to the detailed handwork they receive during there manufacture. I was looking at a Washburn 335 clone, and it was a gem to, but someone got it before me, then a freak trip to the AA Best Buy to get a Roland JS-8 (cause GC didn't have one in stock!) brought me to the Gibby. Fate & Credit Card = Acqusition. Get one, no regrets on any Gibby's to this date. Gooday, Mate!
    Watch the you tube video on how these are made in their custom shop.
    Some models are a little overpriced, but hey, thats a personal issue. You want a flame or burl/quilt in you axe, then its up to the buyer how much its worth to them, and no one else.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A beautiful tone machine

    By Traveler

    from Toronto, Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Finish A Bit Sticky

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Jazz gigs
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

    I can't say enough good things about this guitar. First of all, it's beautiful. I never thought that would matter to me so much, but this fine instrument just wants to be loved. I own a sunburst model and I just get a kick out of it every time I open the case.However, it's not just about the looks.I purchased it with jazz in mind and it simply shines in that context. I always dreamt of Gibson L5, but the price of these monsters is just out of reach...I thought I was settling for the next best thing, but over time i realized this is not a compromise...Tone to die for, those 57 classics just sing and caress your ears with a great range of sounds from dark jazzy to twangy hoedown...Neck, well I personally don't care if it's flat or rounded, it fits like a glove. I would probably prefer longer scale. Above the 12th fret things get a bit tight. Adjusting the truss rod is a pleasure, not a chore... Smooth response to the smallest tweaks. 11-48 gauge strings get me the feel that I need:ballsy highs and not too boomy bottom...Have used it live and in the studio.Plugged into a good tube amp it just excells. Solid state-well, not so much unless it's Roland Cube or JC-120.
    I'm in love!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lifetime keeper

    By Joe

    from CT

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

    I just purchased the gloss cherry finish. The pictures don't come close to doing it justice. The guitar is gorgeous. Fit and finish are perfect. I bought it so-called "gently used", and could find nothing wrong except a few microscopic scratches.

    I am very pleased with this guitar. The setup isn't terrible, but the action could easily be set lower. I'm fixing that tomorrow. I expected that even a Gibson would need a setup.

    What's there to say that hasn't been said for years, about the 335? The Classic '57 pups are just what I wanted for that vintage clean-to-syrupy tone. Usually I upgrade the guts of my guitars, but this one doesn't need anything, except perhaps might benefit from a Tonepros Nashville bridge at some point. I just don't care for ABR bridges. Nothing wrong with this one in particular.

    Within a half-hour of playing I was able to effortlessly dial in all the good tones. Smooth jazzy neck, sweet bluesy middle, searing, but not nasal, leads on bridge. Add a touch of overdrive (pedal), and great gritty, throaty, almost woody tone, very sensitive to pick attack.

    I have been looking for a lower priced (Epiphone mostly) semi-hollow for months. Nothing I tried made the cut. Sheraton was okay, but certainly nothing like the sounds that come out of this thing. I was planning to gut a Sheraton, until I realized (okay, justified) that all-in the price difference wasn't enough to warrant having a "whatever" knock-off vs. a "forever" Gibson.

    Worth every penny.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent tone, quality

    By LVMusicman

    from Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      Musicians Friend is GREAT. Have ordered many items. They truly want to have satisfied customers.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Guitar I've played

      By Benso

      from Toronto, Canada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      I've played hundreds of guitars and the ES-335 is the best of all possible worlds for me. There is no sound I can't find on the Rock and Metal end of the spectrum but where it really blooms is dialling back the tone for a simple blues or clean - with hint of dirt - sound. This is where I get lost for hours in the chimes and harmonics -- and with pickups set just a bit low - the hollow wings really come into play.
      I played a number of examples and all but one felt perfect.
      Mine is a Plain Dot Vintage Sunburst.

      Some tuning issues have been mentioned -- yes, this is a Gibson, not a Fender -- I've never had a Gibson hold perfect tune for 2 songs in a row -- just a fact of life -- my strat doesn't need to be tuned all night.

      I wish it weren't the case but I retune after every tune when gigging anyways so it's a minimal problem.

      If you have the $$ and are thinking of this guitar you will not be disappointed - just be ready to buy a tuner with it

      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Gibson surprises

      By Laura Rosamond

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      I recently obtained a Gibson ES335 and I'm impressed by how gorgeous the guitar is. However, it is impossible to keep the guitar in tune. I've done all the tricks you can find on-line involving lubricating the nut to no avail. I've taken the guitar to a luthier twice already and I haven't had the guitar a month yet. The luthier told me it is difficult to keep Gibson's in tune due to the angle of the headstock and the position of the tuners. I've had to pay to get it set up and now I'm paying again to replace all the tuners. I am very disappointed in that I believed a Gibson guitar was among the very best you could buy. I've wanted this guitar for 17 years and now that I own one, I can't play it because it won't stay in tune. I wish someone had warned me about this before I spent all that money.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The Real Deal

      By GuitarTeach

      from Burlington, ON, Canada

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      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      The ES-335 far exceeded my expectations. I sold 4 guitars to help with the cost. I worried I would miss them. No I won't. Standard 335 2 pickups, 4 knobs. This guitar isn't about toys and tricks it is about tone. I've spent enough money buying knockoffs to buy 2 or 3 of these over the years. I'm glad I finally went all out. The quest for tone is over. I have it now. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for. This 2006 Gibson is every bit as good as all the older ones I've played, maybe better. I guess I'll just have to play it tonnes and work it in myself.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      RickJB

      By RickJB

      from Vero Beach, Florida

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      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

      I received my new ESE-335 about two weeks ago and I took a little time to get to know it before I wrote this review. I purchased the ebony, high-gloss model primarily because I got a great deal, although I do love the black finish.First thing I will discuss is the feel of this guitar. It is heavier than my other guitars (Fender Strat and Parker Nitefly), but it feels solid and very stable. It is also a larger guitar in size, and since I am a big guy, it fits me perfectly. Last week, I took it two my local guitar tech thinking it might need a set up. I put on Gibson BB King strings which have very heavy bottom strings and Gibson recommended that I have the truss rod tweaked to accomomdate these heavier strings. The guitar tech's assessment was that my ES-335 was PERFECT !!! No need to adjust anything.Now for the best...... the tone of the guitar is simply in a league of its own. Clean tones are absolutely beautiful and balanced perfectly across all frets. Another factor worth mentioning is the distinctively different tones between the neck and bridge pickups. Both have great lead solo tones and the neck pickup is excellent for chording. Of course, the bridge pickup produces more of a twangy, treble-dominant, vintage sound of past guitar greats. What is really amazing is the effect you can get by pushing the guitar into crunch and metal modes, also the best I have ever heard. I would also argue the the ES-335 is the best blues guitar available today.Bottom line is........you get what you pay for and this guitar is worth every penny. Everything considered, the ES-335 may be the best guitar ever made.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Find a good one

      By Mack

      from Shepherdsville, KY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

        The ES-335 can be one of the best guitars money can buy, but Gibson has become very hit or miss in their QC. I went through four of these before I found the right one. All of them played well and sounded good but until the last one each of them was missing finish from around the binding or had large globs of wood glue inside the F holes. I don't find that acceptable for a guitar at this price point. If your like me and dreamed of an ES 335 don't hesitate to get your self one, but expect to have to go through several to find a winner.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One week later

        By loudmusic

        from Phoenix

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

          I've had it long enough to write a more comprehensive review.

          First, the folks at MF are fantastic. The guitar had been setup by a tech at MF and was playable right out of the box. All I had to do was oil the nut.

          The best part is the actual guitar. It sounds, feels and plays amazing. I had a 335 back in the early 70's and I had been wanting one for a while. This is a top notch, professional guitar. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to play the blues!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Gibson ES-335 Dot

          By loudmusic

          from Phoenix

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Sounds Like A 335

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blues

            Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

            I keep reading about the tuning issues. There are so many variables that I can't help anyone, but all my Gibson guitars stay in tune, perfectly.

            As to this particular model, what can you say. It looks, sounds and feels like a 335. I have a 339 too, and although it's a nice guitar, it's different in that it doesn't "sing".

            If you have the money and know a good guitar tech then this is one of the best all round axes you can buy.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            last one I had was a 63 sunburst model

            By Rivets

            from NY, NY

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            Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

            I had a 1963 model that was a sort of tea burst color and was more into LP's back then. After 40 years I saw a nice flame top that I traded straight up for a relic strat from the custom shop. Nickel hardware, ABR1 bridge, 57 humbuckers and a nice meaty neck.The only thing I would change would be the color as I love the black and sunburst but considering what it really cost I shouldn't complain. I have never had any problems staying in tune and I really bend those notes so I don't know why someone would have tuning problems as MF has a great return policy. Just got a 62 strat from MF and it is awesome. Much nicer then those relic custom shop models that look like garbage for 4 times the price. Opened the case and it was dead in tune. Want a 62 tele next as soon as I pay this off. Can't beat the black 335.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Versatile

            By Thumpmyloins

            from Midwest

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

              Most versatile guitar out there. Yes they cost more but if you want the best you have to pay for it. Please know how to set up a guitar before ordering one on line, a guitar that does not stay in tune seldom needs new tuners. If you get one that needs work send it back and get one you like, why bring it to a shop and pay to have it fixed then complain about it when you have the best return policy out there with Musicians Friend? You can't expect a guitar to be perfect when ordering it online. You shoulden't be buying a 3%%% axe if you can't fix it yourself imo. Best Gibby money can buy and shoulden't need anything else.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best guitar I've ever owned!

              By Jace1899

              from Wichita, Ks

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                What a beautiful instrument! My 335 is the most solid one I've played in my 20 years as a musician. I've played a few dodgy Gibsons in the past but they're producing the best quality instruments that they've made since I've been a player. The sound is amazing! It has a nice smooth rich tone but not too dark. I did however replace the neck pick up with a Duncan antiquity. I just personally prefer a brighter, sweeter tone in the neck. Another thing. The smell! I look forward to cracking open my case just so I can smell the maple wafting out. This guitar gives me the warm fuzzies every time it's in my hands :-)

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Tuning issues

                By Mike Shields

                from Cleveland, Ohio

                Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                .
                The guitar is beautiful. Sounds awesome. The tuning issues are solved with Sperzel tuners. I replaced the Grovers andd now play it all night without tuning.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing tone!

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                I've always played solid bodies, but recently developed a curiosity about hollowbody tone - just for my own education. I had no idea how rich and full the tone on this ES-335 was until I actually tried it myself! WOW! I couldn't put it down and so I had to buy it!The bridge pickup can give a nice cutting tone with lots of treble for those of us used to single-coil pickups, but it still give lots of body to the sound - something I've now come to prefer.When the switch is in the middle position both pickups, both volume and both tone controls are active. This gives a huge range of sound as you can now control how much each pickup contributes to the mix as well as the tone of each pickup in the mix. The neck pickup has a rich and satisfying tone.Luckily everyone has their own sound preferences, but you owe it to yourself to at least try one out!

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                5.0

                A classic

                By paris r. thalheimer

                from Laurel, MD

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                Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Plain-top Electric Gtr w/ Gloss Finish:

                This is one Gibson's best guitars. Mine is a 2004 ES335 in Wine Red. Features: Like all Gibsons, the ES 335 has that classic Gibson tone and look. The pickups have great output.Quality: The body is beautiful and the craftsmanship is excellent. I found not blemishes or poorly constructed parts. I'm not a big fan of the current neck. It feels a little wide to me. I played a few ES335s from the '70s and I prefer a slimmer style neck. I also found that the frets are ?squared? off. Not round like many Gibson jumbo frets. Value: For the money you can't go wrong. Overall: It may not be a guitar for everyone, but you are getting your money's worth.

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