1997 Gibson ES 335 Cherry Finish ID-6814
1997 Gibson ES 335 Cherry Finish
Here is what Gibson themselves has to say about the venerable ES-335. "History speaks for itself. The Gibson ES-335 is one of the most important guitars of all time. Right from its introduction in 1958 as the world’s first semi-hollowbody electric guitar. It has been a mainstay of players eager to balance the gorgeous, round, mellow tones perfect for jazz and blues with the edge and sustain of a full-blooded solidbody.
Today the Gibson Custom Shop creates exacting duplicates of the ES-335 as it first left the Kalamazoo plant in 1958. That year just 267 were built, but the original vintage 335s grew steadily in popularity. They peaked in 1967 thanks largely to Eric Clapton’s high-profile use of a cherry ES-335 in the band Cream. " From Gibson.com
This 1997 ES-335 features a beautiful Cherry Finish. It aslo has a single-ply bound flame maple body this guitar does bare a vintage look. Some of the appointments on this Gibson ES-335 are a Rosewood fretboard and chrome enclosed Grover tuners. Additionally it has 57 Classic humbucking pickups, two volume pots, two tone pots, and a three-way pickup selector switch.
This 335 plays and sounds great. The neck is straight and has nice action. The pickups sound smooth and warm. It has the warmth of a hollowbody with the sustain of a solid body. The laminated flame maple body features a solid maple center block for killer tone. The one piece mahogany neck features a bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays.
This 1997 ES-335 is in excellent condition. There are just a few minor surface only scratches on the top back and sides. We have tried to capture these in the detailed photos below. It has very minor fretwear. Original hardshell case included.
- Serial: 93517476
- Top Wood: Maple
- Back Wood: Maple
- Nut Width: 1 5/8"
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Year: 1997
- Inlays: Dots
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut Material: Bone
- Tuners: Vintage Tulip Shaped
- Body Binding: Cream
- Fretboard Binding: Cream
- Pickguard: 3 Ply Beveled Black
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Headstock Overlay: Ebony
- Headstock Inlay: Gibson Crown
- Lower Bout Width: 16 1/2"
- Pickup(s): Dual '57 Classic Gibson humbuckers
- Pickup Controls: Separate volume and tone controls with 3-way switch
- Case: Original Hardshell Case Included