Gibson Custom Shop ES-335 '61 Historic Burst VOS 2018


Gibson Custom Shop ES-335 '61 Historic Burst VOS 2018

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Light as a feather 7.6lbs limited run ES-335 in almost unplayed collectors condition.

It feels, plays and sounds absolutely phenomenal.

The Gibson ES-335 '61 2018, Historic Burst reintroduces players to the ES-335 of the 60s, featuring a whole host of historic appointments for a truly vintage performance. Its lightweight 3-ply maple and poplar body provides players with a stunning resonance and a beautifully bright sound, with Adirondack spruce bracing and a silver leaf maple centreblock to enhance its stability and sustain. Coupled with the body is a quatersawn mahogany neck with a 60's slim taper profile, delivering an incredibly smooth feel and comfortable play. A dark rosewood fingerboard and rolled binding are also included to provide extra comfort for the fretting hand, while the tonewood infuses the overall sound with a sweet, mellow characteristic. To deliver a truly vintage tone, the ES-335 '61 is fitted with a set of PAF-style MHS humbuckers, with matching 550k potentiometers and black beauty capacitors to deliver a truly vintage soundscape. Other classic features include an ABR-1 bridge and nylon nut, enhancing the Gibson ES's tuning stability and string sustain. Delivered with a durable hardshell case and Gibson's accessory kit, the ES-335 '61 Hollow Body Guitar is the perfect addition to any fan's collection.

Lightweight Hollow Body

The Gibson ES-335 ’61 features a 3-ply maple/poplar/maple body, delivering a bright, precise tone with a beautifully balanced response. In addition, a pair of traditional ''F'' sound holes are also included, offering a classic appearance while delivering a stunning resonance and enhancing its harmonic richness. The ES-335 is also equipped with quarter sawn Adirondack spruce bracing to project a vintage tonality, while its maple centreblock improves the body’s stability to reduce unwanted feedback and deliver a clean sustain. Finished in a classic historic burst and coated with a VOS nitrocellulose lacquer, the ES-335 ’61 not only sounds great but looks extremely impressive in any setting.

Quatersawn Mahogany Neck

Coupled with the lightweight body is a quartersawn mahogany neck, offering a beautifully natural grain which adds to the ES-335’s stunning aesthetic. The mahogany tonewood provides players with an incredibly focused midrange, enhancing the overall tone with a thick, meaty, and organic character that works well with a variety of playing styles and musical genres. Its well-balanced sound and excellent dynamic range delivers nice overtones with a crisp response and clear, bright highs. The neck also features a 60’s slim taper profile, offering an incredibly comfortable playing experience.

Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Binding

The addition of a dark rosewood fingerboard infuses the ES-355 with a sweet, mellow characteristic, offering a thick low end and striking high end that will suit a wide variety of playing styles. The natural finish of the dark rosewood provides a smooth playing surface, while the addition of medium jumbo frets provides comfortable slides and note bends. The neck and fingerboard is finished will rolled binding, providing a smooth rounded feel and delivering a comfortable performance.

MHS Humbucking Pickups

Loaded with two hand-wired PAF-style MHS humbucking pickups, the Gibson ES-335 delivers a vintage style tone with an airy and biting response. Featuring unbalanced coils and Alnico II magnets with an under wound design, the MHS pickups are perfect for a variety of styles and offer a detailed and articulate response. Coupled with these powerful pickups is Gibson’s MTC Historic control setup, featuring matching 550k pots and black beauty capacitors which have been hand wired to ensure they deliver the ultimate performance.

ABR-1 Bridge

The Gibson ES-335 Hollow Body features a sturdy ABR-1 bridge and lightweight aluminium tailpiece, offering incredible string stability and a truly comfortable performance. Its high-quality construction makes it extremely reliable, holding onto the string tension while maximising the transfer of vibrations for an enhanced sustain and vintage tone. The bridge also offers quick and easy adjustments to the action, allowing you to set the perfect intonation for your playing style.

Classic Nylon Nut

Just like the guitars from Gibson’s golden era of ''burst'', the ES-335 ’61 features a nylon nut to add to its vintage style. Nylon is a very hard material and remains slick, resulting in an enhanced tuning stability and eliminating 'pings' and hangups. While nylon nuts are typically stronger than bone, plastic, and tusq nuts, it still can deliver an improved sustain and adds its own unique character to the overall sound.

Gibson Memphis Series

Every Gibson Memphis Guitar receives an ultra-precise Plek Pro setup, which optimises the fingerboard and nut for perfect action and intonation. Gibson's world-class luthiers took painstaking care with every detail of the ES-335, including fine touches like matching 550K pots, black beauty capacitors, nickel hardware, and stunning VOS nitrocellulose lacquer finish. These finishing touches add to the amazing tone and vibe of this incredible guitar, living up to the ES Series' legacy.


Body & Bridge

  • Style: ES-335
  • Body: 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Centreblock: Silver Leaf Maple
  • Bracing: Quarter Sawn Adirondack Spruce
  • Binding: Single-Ply Tan
  • Bridge: ABR-1 w/Plated Brass Saddles
  • Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminium
  • Construction: Set-In
  • Finish: VOS Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Colour: Historic Burst

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck: Quarter Sawn Mahogany
  • Profile: 60’s Slim Taper, Rolled Binding
  • Scale Length: 24.75''
  • Fingerboard: Dark Rosewood
  • Radius: 12''
  • Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo, 18 Percent Nickel Silver
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Truss Rod: Vintage
  • Nut: Nylon
  • Nut Width: 1.687''

Hardware & Electronics

  • Bridge Pickup: MHS Humbucker Lead
  • Neck Pickup: MHS Humbucker Rhythm
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, Toggle Switch
  • Special Electronics: Hand-Wired w/Matching 550k Potentiometers & Black Beauty Capacitors
  • Tuners: Kluson Double Ring Keystone Buttons
  • Control Knobs: Gold Top Hats w/Gold Inserts
  • Pickguard: 5-Ply Black (B/W/B/W/B)
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Case Included: Hardshell