This brilliantly clean Gibson recreation of a classic period ES-335TD is unabashedly gorgeous and splendid in every way. It was briefly owned by a person who virtually did not play it. We can se one tiny, short scratch under the “b” in “Gibson” on the headstock and, um, that’s about all we have found to comment on. Heck, the white pickguard protector is still on the pickguard! It has a jet black headplate inlaid with “Gibson” in postwar pearl script and below that is inlaid the Gibson flower, frog or crown (take your pick). Below that is a white bordered black bell-shaped truss rod cover held in place by two screws. The fingerboard is blackest ebony, bound in crème ivoroid on three sides and inlaid in 9 fret positions with 10 pearloid dotmarkers
The pickups are likewise brilliantly clean and shiny vintage style humbuckers, with black frames each has six exposed magnets; the pickguard is black with a bright white-black-white laminated border – but of course in the photos it looks white because it has that protective cover on it. The high hat knobs in the lower treble bout for volume and tone are numbered 0 to 10 and the three way toggle is capped in ivoroid with a corrugated metal grommet. One plugs into the lower treble front jack on this guitar. The top and the back are both bestowed with some bodacious figured maple approaching flame, while the maple sides and mahogany back-of-neck are also cherry finish but show no figure. Each side is bordered in crème ivoroid. Tuners are Grover Rotomatic with large chrome plated D-shape buttons. There is no volute (hand stop) carved on the back of the neck – just like there wouldn’t have been in 1960; the fingerboard is a full 1 11/16th” at the nut and the bridge string spacing is 2” even at its adjustable tune-o-matic metal saddles.
This is a guitar to be driven for and striven for, and one that you may wish to take to bed with you at sleepy time. It WAS $2835 BUT IT IS NOW ON SALE (YayJ).
This WAS $2835 BUT IT IS NOW ON SALE.