It's always exciting to usher great vintage pieces into the store, and this 1966 Gibson ES-335 is no exception.
Just in on consignment and featuring the rare and sought-after Sparkling Burgundy finish, this 335 has certainly seen its share of play time in its life. While the body remains quite clean and the finish a truer representation of the classic color as it left the factory, there are some noticeable changes that would classify this instrument in the 'player-grade' category.
The guitar features an interesting modification- at some point, the original rosewood fingerboard was replaced with an ebony fingerboard, complete with new vintage sized frets, block inlays, and ivoroid binding. It's clear that the original neck finish had been stripped and refinished with what appears to be clear nitro, although the headstock veneer and inlays appear to be untouched. Whoever did the work seemed to have done an excellent job, even down to getting the binding over the fret ends. A new nut was also cut in the process.
There are some other notable parts replacements that we know of:
- Original ABR-1 was replaced with a Gotoh bridge
- Original Kluson tuners replaced with Schallers
- A portion of the wiring harness has been replaced and spliced in a few spots
- Replaced strap buttons
The pickups appear to be period-correct Pat # humbuckers with the original chrome pickup covers, albeit the leads have been previously spliced. The pickguard also appears original with its slightly shrunken up-curve, and the trapeze tailpiece follows suit.
Play wear is consistent throughout, with lacquer checking on the body, yellowing of the body binding, an various small dings, scratches, and handling wear expected on an instrument of this vintage. The guitar shows no signs of breaks or structural repairs.
Sonically, this 335 delivers just what you'd expect for a 60s Gibson semi-hollow, plays very well despite the neck work, and hangs comfortably at a fairly standard weight for this guitar.
If you're on the hunt for a great 60s ES-335 in arguably one of the best vintage Gibson finishes available, all with an approachable player-grade price, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better!
Price includes non-original brown Gibson hardshell case.
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