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

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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    (20)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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