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1965 Gibson ES-335

1965 Gibson ES-335

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Nothing quite compares to a 1960s Gibson thinline's woody, semi-hollow tone, and this 1965 ES-335 is a fantastic, transitional example of a stop tail equipped ES-335. The factory stop tail bridge version of the ES-335 is by far the least common, with this guitar being full 1964 spec, with only the pots dating it to 1965.

This guitar is in very good, original condition with the exception of the bridge, which is an earlier pre-1961 'no-wire' version. The cherry finish has retained a good amount of vibrancy and shows some patina and minimal play wear, primarily just a small patch of buckle rash to the rear. The back of the neck sports a fair amount of wear, with the rear of the headstock also displaying a small '2' designating the guitar as a factory second, though we are unable to establish why this would be. 

The electronics, pickups and other hardware are correct for the period and appear original, a set of Patent No. pickups that offer all the woody hollowbody tone you could want from a Gibson of this period, with the covers intact, although the neck pickup has not retained its patent sticker. The pot codes shows readable dates of 137 65XX, which combined with the stop tail and fuller feeling '64 neck profile mean that it is most likely that this guitar left the factory in very early 1965. This guitar also includes its original yellow lined hard case. 

This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty. 

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