The Gibson ES-335 is up there with the Stratocaster, Telecaster and Les Paul as one of the most recognisable guitars in the history of popular music. Used by countless players across a swathe of genres, the unique semi-hollow tone and classy look has set the ES-335 apart as a true icon. This 1974 Gibson ES-335 from the start of the companies 'Norlin' era of ownership is an exceptional example, factory finished in the particularly rare 'Ebony' colour.
This guitar is in very good condition with only the most minor signs of play wear and patina visible on the finish. It is thought that under 350 ES-335's were shipped in Ebony between 1974 and 1975 as custom orders, and it certainly gives this example a sleeker, meaner look than its sunburst and cherry counterparts. The original 'Tar back' humbuckers are present and correct, with a wonderfully balanced tone that pairs warmth and clarity in equal measure. During this period, Gibson began to use a kind of half centre block on some semi hollow instruments, with the block stopping short of the neck pickup rout. While undoubtedly a cost cutting measure, with this example it seems to have added an extra level of 'woodiness,' giving it an almost ES-330-like acoustic resonance that adds another dimension to the sound. The pots and electronics are original and fully functional. The tuners, trapeze tailpiece and bridge are original and in great condition. This guitar also includes its original purple lined hard case.
As with all vintage instruments, this 1974 ES-335 has been given a full service and appraisal by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.