Gibson ES-335 Dot 1988 Vintage Sunburst


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Gibson ES 335 Dot Re-Issue 1988 Tobacco Sunburst. Original Tim Shaw pickups. Excellent Condition 9.5/10.


Completely original just as it left Gibson’s Nashville factory back in 1988. Build date is April 20th 1988. The condition is superb all over – no knocks, chips, dings or dents, a really well looked after example. Quite possibly one of the best we’ve seen for sale in a long time.


Some lovely subtle vintage ageing all over the plastics with the white binding turning yellow and the nickel hardware tarnished and dulled, just as you’d expect on a 30+ year old guitar. The nitrocellulose finish is in remarkable condition. All gently ageing with nothing too harsh or unexpected at all – genuine vintage and completely standard.


The Neck is dead straight truss rod checked and functioning fine, plenty of life left in the frets, which still have their nibs. Just re-strung and setup for the new owner. The neck does have a minor blemish under the nitrocellulose where it looks as though the wood has discoloured. This is perfectly normal and was from the factory, it cannot be felt and is only visual. Under the lacquer.


The guitar plays and sounds great with a comfortable ’60 profile neck. The original Tim Shaw humbuckers sound fantastic, really one of the pickup designing greats! Factory fitted grovers have taken on a slightly duller patina and are working fine. There have been no modifications, breaks or repairs.


The guitar comes complete with its original black Gibson. The Case is functioning fine, slightly tatty with some nice Patina, the latches have dulled over the years with combi lock not working. The pictures tell the rest of the story.


Specs below:


– double round cutaway semi-hollow maple body

– single-ply body binding

– two f-holes

– mahogany neck

– 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays

– black headstock overlay with pearl logo and plant inlays

– three-per-side Grover tuners

– tune-o-matic bridge

– stop tailpiece

– raised black pickguard

– two covered humbucker pickups

– four knobs (two volume, two tone)

– three-way pickup selector

– nickel hardware

– Vintage Sunburst (1986-present)


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