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Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar

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The amazing versatility and phenomenal tone only a genuine 335 can provide ” for less cash.

A plain top and satin lacquer finish make the all-time classic Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar more available to dedicated players like you. Maple top, back, and rims are joined with a solid maple center block and mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. '57 Classic humbuckers translate the body's natural resonance into haunting jazz tones or searing distorted leads.

1960s slim taper neck profile is very fast and comfortable while bound top and back, vintage tulip tuners, nickel hardware, and mother-of-pearl inlays add up to fantastic visual appeal.

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FEATURES
  • Maple top, back, and rims
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bound top and back
  • 1960s slim taper neck profile
  • '57 Classic humbuckers
  • Vintage tulip tuners
  • Nickel hardware
  • Mother-of-pearl inlays
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 1-11/16" nut width

You'll probably never see a new genuine ES-335 for this price again. Take the plunge and find out what you're missing. Order now.

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GibsonES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson ES-335 Faded Cherry Satin Finish.

Overall, the Gibson ES-335 Satin Faded Cherry finish guitar is a musical instrument that I am proud to own. No guitar I've ever played has fostered my creativity nor has pleased me...Read complete review

Overall, the Gibson ES-335 Satin Faded Cherry finish guitar is a musical instrument that I am proud to own. No guitar I've ever played has fostered my creativity nor has pleased me more. The big thing is that, in now way, do I feel like I'm "settling" for a lesser guitar. The satin finish is truly beautiful and quite possibly, may be responsible for an even warmer tone than its big brother.
Equipt with standard Gibson electronics and tuning keys, this guitar plays and sounds perfect right out of the box. I have no issues with this guitar staying in tune even with a style of play that involves a lot of note bending. The pickups are very sensitive and have a tremendous amount of sustain. The wiring allows for endless configurations of tonal nuances.The smoothness and contour of the neck allows for a very comfortable playing experience and seems to foster creativity.
The quality is legendary and can be felt from the moment you hold it in your arms. Although the hardware is of traditional Gibson high standards, it is the craftsmanship of the woods and finish that are a thing of beauty.
Although it's been said many times before, the ES-335 with the neck bindings, Grover tuning keys and high-gloss finish, although gorgeous, was slightly out of my price range. The ES-335 Satin, although more than I wanted to spend on an electric guitar, at least made me look at it. Once played there was no going back. I now own a legendary Gibson ES-335 thanks to the satin finish. I'd say it's a great value.

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Satin Black

Some say this guitar feels cheap. I do not think that. I like the feel of the Satin version better than the gloss. Sound great and as easy to play. The case is...Read complete review

Some say this guitar feels cheap. I do not think that. I like the feel of the Satin version better than the gloss. Sound great and as easy to play. The case is nice and snug. Some people complain about the tulip tuner heads, I actually like them a lot and I am a Grover guy. It plays wonderfully and sounds even better.

So why 2 Stars? The finish scratches so easily. You can take your pick and write your name on the guitar if you'd like. They make shiny scuff marks that cannot be buffed out. You can not see it directly but as soon as you angle your guitar you cannot but help to see them. This finish on the black version is fragile. Called Gibson and they said it should be expected

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(7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

kick scratch guy in the hole

By sunshine

from seattle

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

This is the best value for a prolevel guitar. I hate these review/blog sites...but I couldn't resist hammering the pansy worried about scratching his non-laquered guitar.

Buy a laquered guitar, which will scratch, and write ur name on it with ur pick u toolbox.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson ES-335 Faded Cherry Satin Finish.

By Dennis Delsardo

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

Overall, the Gibson ES-335 Satin Faded Cherry finish guitar is a musical instrument that I am proud to own. No guitar I've ever played has fostered my creativity nor has pleased me more. The big thing is that, in now way, do I feel like I'm "settling" for a lesser guitar. The satin finish is truly beautiful and quite possibly, may be responsible for an even warmer tone than its big brother.
Equipt with standard Gibson electronics and tuning keys, this guitar plays and sounds perfect right out of the box. I have no issues with this guitar staying in tune even with a style of play that involves a lot of note bending. The pickups are very sensitive and have a tremendous amount of sustain. The wiring allows for endless configurations of tonal nuances.The smoothness and contour of the neck allows for a very comfortable playing experience and seems to foster creativity.
The quality is legendary and can be felt from the moment you hold it in your arms. Although the hardware is of traditional Gibson high standards, it is the craftsmanship of the woods and finish that are a thing of beauty.
Although it's been said many times before, the ES-335 with the neck bindings, Grover tuning keys and high-gloss finish, although gorgeous, was slightly out of my price range. The ES-335 Satin, although more than I wanted to spend on an electric guitar, at least made me look at it. Once played there was no going back. I now own a legendary Gibson ES-335 thanks to the satin finish. I'd say it's a great value.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Satin Black

By qball1701

from South Bend IN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Some say this guitar feels cheap. I do not think that. I like the feel of the Satin version better than the gloss. Sound great and as easy to play. The case is nice and snug. Some people complain about the tulip tuner heads, I actually like them a lot and I am a Grover guy. It plays wonderfully and sounds even better.

    So why 2 Stars? The finish scratches so easily. You can take your pick and write your name on the guitar if you'd like. They make shiny scuff marks that cannot be buffed out. You can not see it directly but as soon as you angle your guitar you cannot but help to see them. This finish on the black version is fragile. Called Gibson and they said it should be expected

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    like a ferarri

    By fenderbender-5N_Fb

    from nh

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Basically this guitar is a beast. It's heavy. The bass notes are way louder, more resonant and more percussive. The high notes have an airy, yet super thick slicing woody tone that you will never get from another guitar. It's nothing like my old epi dot. The epi feels like plastic compared to this... this guitar is way louder and way more touch sensitive... it was like going from a honda to a ferarri... and it has challenged my playing, because when you touch it differently... it sounds different. Clearly high quality. However if you don't have a unique playing style don't waste your money on this guitar. This guitar enables you to speak a nuanced musical language. If you don't have really good control of your pick attack and phrasing go for a different guitar. This guitar has a denseee tone.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME

    By Andy

    from CT

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    In the early 60s my guitar teacher said all my students will play Gibsons and I learned on one. ( I, stupidily sold it to afford college or I would now be rich.) After a long time, I took up guitar again and tried out a lot of guitars. When I saw this 335, I went back in time and when I played it, I remembered why I loved guitar, In my opinion, this guitar plays most anything from 60s rock to classical. I have only 2 guitars and will for a long time. This 335 will feel you as you feel it. Don't fool with cheap knockoffs. If you love guitar,save and wait to buy this one. This instrument will love you back. I know the position of the headstock helps the resonance but one warning: Be careful. It will break if you hit it hard enough. Treat it like the fine instrument it is. By the the way my other guitar is a Ricky 12 string 360. I use it as a niche guitar because I like to play 60s jangle. Get a TUBE VOX ,plug in a 335 and go to heaven

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Be smarter than your friends think you are!

    By John Barrett

    from Branford, CT

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Be smart. Buy one now and own an original. Gibson has created a new classic. This instrument is nothing less than astonishing, and the price point is amazing. I own 8 335s, 1 345, and 1 347. This guitar stacks up to any of them. I can't describe in words the smoothness of the play, and the richness of the tones. This is a new classic, and, I promise you, in years to come, Gibson will "reissue" this gem.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A darn nice axe

    By Muddville

    from Southeast

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    After playing Teles and Ovations for years, I found myself taking this rascal home one afternoon, and couldn't be happier. My first bass (41 years old this year, and still works perfectly) was an EB2-D, so I was used to the body style. The sound is distinctly "un-Tele-ish" though, and that's a good thing. Now I can nail all those Justin Hayward licks on Moody Blues tunes. :-)I was a bit disappointed that it had to go in right off the bat for some nut tweaking (with the OEM strings, no less), but it was covered under warranty and there was a local service center, so iot wasn't too big of a deal. Other than that, it's been a joy to play. Intonation was pretty much dead on the spot right off the shelf, as was the action, so it didn't require much tweaking.My only wish is that Gibson would use the same size screws for the strap pins, as that would make it a lot easier to swap the stock pins out with Schallers or some other safer strap lock. I'd hate to have this axe come flying off in the middle of a song.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Big guitar

    By Blue Raja

    from Nashville, TN

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Overall, this is really a unique guitar. Most of the electric guitars on the market are solid body. This guitar does offer some really nice tone variations when playing on low to medium volumes. When you crank this guitar up, it really sings and provides nice harmonics. A very old school rock guitar sound that I enjoy.
    This is a big guitar. I've been playing an SG along with a Strat for years. When I strapped this guitar on yesterday, I was glad I had long arms to reach the volume/tone controls. The neck on this guitar is really nice. It's easy to play. As others have commented, this guitar is very touch sensitive. It picks up every nuance from the pick.
    Gibson makes a nice guitar. And for the price it should be well made!
    Even though the satin finish model is one of the less expensive of the ES335 family, I still think that the price is a little high. I'd suggest about $500.00 less would be reasonable.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Sound, Stiff Price

    By Blues12bar

    from Boston, MA

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    The tone is soooo sweet with great attack and remarkable sustain. She is beautiful too. I thought I wanted a gloss finish, but I actually like the satin finish, and it hides finger prints. I would have scored all 5's, but even for a US made instrument, the price is too high. If you have an unlimited budget, no problem... I don't, so I bought mine slightly used for a grand less... that's value.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The ES-335: Gibson's best

    By Hardlovinman1970

    from Montana

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    After owning four Les Pauls, two ES-335's, four Flying V's, one SG, one Explorer, and one Firebird, I can definately say that the ES-335 is without a doubt Gibson's best all around guitar. The features speak for themselves: double cutaway, slim taper neck, and 57 classic humbuckers. All this plus the fact that this guitar has a more dynamic tonal range than any Gibson solidbody, thanks to the semi-hollow construction. The ES-335 also sports better playability than any Gibson except the SG, this is due to the fact that the neck is almost fully free of the body of the guitar. However, I do believe that Gibson could have offered this guitar at a lower price.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Reminds me of my 63 ES335

    By Songsmith1950

    from Atlanta

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    My favorite guitar ever was that 63. Played it til the frets wore off and then let her go like an idiot. Have owned 335's since then but none with the vibe she had, til now. From the first time I hooked her up and let her drive I knew she was the right one. This is a lifetime keeper and you can bet I will.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    its been a long time comin'

    By Renquest

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    The ES-335 for me has been a guitar that has been out of reach (expense wise) for me. Well, I'm almost 40yrs old and found myself in a position to bring an ES-335 home. The satin finish is awesome in its look and function. I played a sunburst (gloss finish) and decided to purchase the satin finish. I could not stop playing chords. I love solo'ing, but I just wanted to play chords. VERY smooth tones and very organic sound.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Guitar

    By Ron-1i3I5

    from Dallas,Texas

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Just recieved this guitar this week. Very nice deep tones. Easy to play. I could not find any flaws. Finish was perfect and fit is excellant. The wife and kids play it too and they love it. As far as price,I believe you get what you pay for. If the price is that big of a deal,then whatever you are doing finacially in life, just ain't working. Have a nice day and enjoy.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar - mixed review

    By Hal-GS-WA

    from Minneapolis, MN

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    As my title states, this is a mixed review. Here's why. The first ES-335 satin I received had the tuner holes drilled off center. This was quite obvious and yet somehow got past Gibson quality control. Also the fretboard was made from a piece of rosewood that was obviously rotten in spots. I returned it. Fortunately I had bought it from Musician's Friend and they were great about the return. The replacement guitar was pretty good but not perfect. The bridge pickup was slightly crooked but not bad enough to return. The setup on both guitars was horrible but then I've never found a Gibson factory setup to my liking. Anyhow, I had Browns Guitar Factory do a pro setup and a fret dress. The guitar plays and sounds great now. Brown's btw did a great job. Anyhow, while Gibson quality control has, in my opinion, leaves a lot to be desired, this guitar can be made to play and sound great. I had tried both the gloss finish and the satin finish. Both sounded completely different. To me, the satin's sound was far superior. It had the vintage sound I remember from 1958. Not quite sure why this would be since they are essentially the same guitar but they did sound different. Try this test yourself. Also, fingerprints don't show on the satin finish. Much cooler vintage look. Bottom line, loved Musicians Friend's service, loved the guitar (after setup), not impressed with Gibson quality control. Gibson support was great however.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    She's my Cherry Pie

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Lost the strat in Hurricane Katrina and immediately felt justified to go get my new baby and take her home. Take her home I did, and four years later she still has my heart. I call her Dorothy and she's treats my right. Feels smoother everytime I touch her and has such a soft, understated glimmer that makes gloss finishes look over-done. She whispers and howls,sings and she growls,she needed my hands and that's what she got,my sweet my love my beatiful 'Dot'

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Review

    By SamBrazier

    from Chelmsford, UK

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar in Florida on holiday after alot of saving, and I'd just like to say that it is simply amazing. Ive had it for over a year now and it just keeps getting better, play after play.I recently had the bridge pickup changed, but thats not because the '57 was weak, straight out of the factory it was amazing to play. I would recommend it for any type of music, so long as you have the cash to spend on it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE best factory-made blues-jazz guitar. Period.

    By Peacemover

    from Abington, PA

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    The Gibson ES 335 is the BEST, most versatile semi-hollow guitar that is factory made. The workmanship is quality; great pickups and electronics; tapered neck and semi-hollow body meld the best of tone, playability and size. A truly gig-worthy guitar of choice for many great blues, jazz, rock and funk players. Don't even think about going for those cheap Artcores, Epis or other knock-offs, OR dropping a $3K+ on some mediocre jazz box with fancy inlays- stick with the best- Gibson 335, or if fully hollow is your preference, check out the 175.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Solid uilt and has a 60's vintage look.

    By Terry Roberts

    from Rochester, MI

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    This is the best sounding guitar I have ever played. I traded it for a Strat and now this is all I play. For a Dot it is a very reasonable price. At the shop I played this against a $2200 Dot and this guitat out performed in my opinion. Although, this guitar has no neck binding, which by the way the first Dot ever madelacked this too. The neck is smooth and comfortable to play. I strongly recommend this guitar to anyone interested in buying a 335.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome variation on a classic

    By ToneZoneDave

    from Mobile, Alabama

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    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Ok it's about time Gibson did something smart! :) Take the ES-335 give it a satin (PLAYABLE) finish with 57 humbuckers and you've got a vintage looking 335 with tone to boot! I can't say enough good things about this guitar. I think it's A WHOLE LOT BETTER than the regular 335 and mine has a darker looking cherry finish so it resembles the Eric Clapton ES-335 model. Thank you Gibson for a great guitar at a good price.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Guitar

    By Jamroy27

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    Amazing guitar for the price, it plays perfectly and the '57 humbuckers just sing, what are you waiting for, buy it!

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