Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish Vintage Sunburst 886830761041

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The figured-top Gibson Custom ES-335 Dot Electric Guitar is about the most versatile guitar you can own. A classic semi-hollowbody and dual '57 Gibson humbucker pickups combine to produce everything f... Click To Read More About This Product

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The figured-top Gibson Custom ES-335 Dot Electric Guitar is about the most versatile guitar you can own. A classic semi-hollowbody and dual '57 Gibson humbucker pickups combine to produce everything from full-bodied growls to singing sustain.

The ES-335 Dot also boasts a thin-tapered 1960s neck and rosewood fingerboard (24-3/4" scale), body and neck binding, and nickel-plated hardware with Grover tuning heads, The Gibson Custom shop also gives this guitar an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, separate Volume and Tone controls, and a 3-way pickup selector switch.

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Features
  • Classic semi-hollowbody design
  • Dual '57 Gibson humbuckers
  • Thin tapered '60s neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Separate volume and tone controls with 3-way switch
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GibsonES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish
 
4.6

(based on 81 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

In a word: Resonance!

This is such a great instrument for so many styles of music it's hard to know where to begin. The main thing is the airy resonance of the full hollowbody. Lively rich harmonics....Read complete review

This is such a great instrument for so many styles of music it's hard to know where to begin. The main thing is the airy resonance of the full hollowbody. Lively rich harmonics. Mellow expressive depth blending through the spectrum to bright woody acoustic. B.B. King bluesy all week long (of course). The surprise is everything else it does so well. Deep, punchy, and dynamic. Virtually any style can benefit. I play a wide variety, but lean towards more modern overdrive and fuzz/distortion. Feedback (the ugly kind) is really a non issue here. Easily controllable, or totally cool in it's "out of control" possibilities. Fret a note with higher gain, it just rises up and sustains for days on into the sweet feedback. It's like a built in e-bow. The block through center design makes a big difference in overall stability and thicker tone. I found out quickly that I needed less drive to say as much if not more. Can cover a lot of clean and dirty ground through balancing volume and tone across the pickups. One of my favorites for a thick slightly darker rhythm: Bridge volume 10, tone 3, neck volume 3, tone 8.
Minor "cons" may include body size, could be slightly cumbersome for some. Also, as if it even requires mentioning, certain very agressive tones are slightly out of reach (Metal/Grindcore rhythm? Yeah not so much). Who picks up an ES-335 for hard core metal anyway? Heck, I am willing to try. At least get within sight of it, heavy driving rock, power punk, etc. It's really all about the unique tonal qualities and should be approached with this in mind as either a modern experimental or traditional player. If you do, this guitar will return the favor with beautiful tones all around. Sits next to my equally beloved LP custom solid body. If I have these two, basically all I need. I have played so many, import whammy clads to telecasters. They all have thier uses and strenghts. The Dot has old school class, beauty, honest great tone, versatility, and don't forget that resonance! They are certainly not cheap, but every guitarist should have one in lifetime if at all possible. It was totally worth every penny for me and the return on investment in tonal possibilities is worth a million more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Guitar But....

I have been a guitarist for 35 years. I recently purchased the Gibson ES 335 Memphis Dot. After I played it a while, and got over the thrill of a new instrument, I...Read complete review

I have been a guitarist for 35 years. I recently purchased the Gibson ES 335 Memphis Dot. After I played it a while, and got over the thrill of a new instrument, I began to notice some things about the guitar. I have to admit that I have some mixed feelings about itFirst, there is nothing that sounds like this thing. The ?57 Humbuckers pack a lot of soul. I?m a blues player, and this one of the world?s quintessential blues guitars. The action was just right for me right out of the box. I do my own action work because I am picky about how it should be done. I give kudos for that one. I checked the intonation and it was perfect from the factory. The nitrocellulose lacquer finish looked great as well. It was essentially flawless. That being said, all the above virtues can be found on many guitars half the price of this one. I found the binding on my Gibson to be a bit rough where the binding contacts the frets. At the 12th fret, a small amount of binding had chipped off during the manufacturing process leaving some of the fret exposed. Where the binding meets the frets, it looked quite rough all around. In some areas, the scraping they do at the factory to remove excess lacquer from the binding literally looked as if it were done with a pocketknife. I strongly feel that for the price Gibson charges for their instruments, a better job could have been done. If you are going claim to be the best, and charge the most, then paying attention to detail is paramount. I do love the guitar, but I think Gibson charges way too much for the name. I have seen many Japanese made guitars down through the years, and Gibson can learn a lesson or two from them regarding quality and attention to detail. I paid for ?top notch? and that is exactly what I expect from them. It is still a fine guitar, but make no mistake, you are paying for the name as well. Best regards, JoeyGranada Hills, CA.

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5.0

New ES-335 is a keeper

By ROBERT

from Springfield, Massachusetts

Site Member

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

Over the last 15 years I've purchased and then sold 3 different ES-335's. None of them would stay in tune and they were essentially unusable for gigging. I finally got the bug again, went to GC and purchased a brand new ES-335 in Vintage Sunburst. Unlike the traditional "dot" fret markers, this one has the rectangular inlays like those on Les Pauls. The neck on this model has a nice rounded C shape but is very slender. The prior ES's I owned had much more substantial necks (like an SG) and I found them difficult to play. Gibson has really done this neck correctly. Fit and finish on the guitar are perfect and it sounds wonderful both clean or with overdrive on all my amps. I already own several Les Pauls and Strats and this ES will be a nice addition to my collection. Intonates well and stays in tune perfectly even if I play hard. I can't wait to gig with this guitar and am 100% satisfied. I highly recommend this guitar if you want a semi-hollow style guitar. I also have the Epi ES-335 Limited Edition Dot, which is also very nice, but for 10 times the price, I can tell the difference with the Gibson. Go get one, you know you need it!!!!

 
5.0

New ES-335 is a keeper

By ROBERT

from Springfield, Massachusetts

Site Member

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

Over the last 15 years I've purchased and then sold 3 different ES-335's. None of them would stay in tune and they were essentially unusable for gigging. I finally got the bug again, went to GC and purchased a brand new ES-335 in Vintage Sunburst. Unlike the traditional ""dot"" fret markers, this one has the rectangular inlays like those on Les Pauls. The neck on this model has a nice rounded C shape but is very slender. The prior ES's I owned had much more substantial necks (like an SG) and I found them difficult to play. Gibson has really done this neck correctly. Fit and finish on the guitar are perfect and it sounds wonderful both clean or with overdrive on all my amps. I already own several Les Pauls and Strats and this ES will be a nice addition to my collection. Intonates well and stays in tune perfectly even if I play hard. I can't wait to gig with this guitar and am 100% satisfied. I highly recommend this guitar if you want a semi-hollow style guitar. I also have the Epi ES-335 Limited Edition Dot, which is also very nice, but for 10 times the price, I can tell the difference with the Gibson. Go get one, you know you need it!!!!

 
5.0

Gibson Figured Top ES-335

By BOB GIESICK

from CA

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

This is a beautiful guitar, and the setup from the factory needed no adjustment at all. The intonation across the neck is spot on, and the action is comfortable. The tone is warm and full, approaching an archtop for jazz, while still having those wonderful tones with the bridge pickup or both pickups. The humbucker pickups are not affected by line noise, so I do not need to worry about tone settings to cancel out the 60-cycle hum. There is none. The pickups have a lot of gain, and I have found my amp volume is quite a bit lower than when I use a Telecaster to blend in with other musicians. I have gotten away from using pedals and just enjoy the tone from the guitar and amp combination. I also want to lug around as little as possible. I ordered the classic sunburst finish and noticed the binding is almond in color, giving it a nice, aged look. The fit and finish is superb. The case is well made and has the vintage brown covering with pink lining like the Gibson cases from the late 1950's. Nice touch. I think these sound best through a Twin Reverb or comparable amp. The guitar has such amazing tone, it does not need much in the way of effects for me. The guitar is heavier than the Telecaster, but I do not mind the weight. Would I recommend this guitar? Absolutely!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My best electric guitar

By Bob Hardison

from Columbia, Tn.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Best Overall Sound

Cons

  • I Have No Cons

Best Uses

  • For Fingerstyle

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

My ES-335 is the easiest playing and sound of any of my guitars and any of my pre-owned guitars. I have 17 total with 7 electrics and I only play my ES-335 on any gigs. I have added a Bigsby tremolo and also a roller bridge and a roller nut. I will never sell my Gibson ES-335. Mine is a sunburst and I take care of it like I would never get one like it if it got away from me.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Tone Makes it Worth the Price

By david richardson

from Beaumont Tx

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

As a player for over 40 years, I decided to get a really high quality guitar. Used to be professional, now play mostly at church. I love the sounds the humbuckers produce, especially like using the neck pickup alone.After reordering the first one( the top was pretty plain --and it was supposed to be the figured top) the second one is gorgeous, in Cherry Red. Thanks to Morgan for helping me get this. I didn't know you could pick out your guitar on high end stuff on the platinum system at Guitar Center. I wanted the Grover tuners and it stays in tune great. I don't really like the tulip tuners that comes on some models. Have them on my Les Paul special and its always out of tune. The finish is really beautiful and I have found no flaws anywhere on the guitar. The custom case is nice, but its an awfully snug fit to get it in. Don't care for the shroud in the case that lays on the guitar. It's kind of a hassle., but that's not a big deal.I play Chet Atkins style and I wanted a semi-hollow but not a great big Gretcsh, this 335 fits the bill perfectly. Not to heavy and not too big, it's very comfortable. If you are able to afford one at all, even if you have to stretch a bit, it will be worth it, and it will still retain it's value after several years. GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE PLUNGE! My only regret was waiting so long.Really! Thanks Wife!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Honey Burst

By AlmostMrNiceGuy

from Portland, Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Professional Venues
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

    Purchasing a guitar online can be tricky, especially one that's from gibson's custom shop. Each instrument is unique, and without playing it first it's tough to know what to you're getting. While manufacturing has continued to be a problem it is getting much better. My advice would be to call and talk to the representatives from the custom shop first, and have them inspect the guitar. It may take another day or two for shipping, but you'll be able to specify a few things to look/lookout for (i.e. binding problems, neck-body joint construction, as well as test the electronics, and tone). They can still miss things, but you'll feel better that you're getting a good guitar and in the even you don't---they stand by their return policy. Just be careful...the actual policy is: ANY STRINGED INSTRUMENT OVER $1999 HAS A 7-DAY RETURN POLICY, and it wasn't clear if it was from the time of shipping or not. That means technically, you've only got a couple of days to test and make sure you're happy. And, don't trust me, read the fine print. Conflicting information was previously on their website (i.e. they had an old link still up) indicating they just have a 30-day return policy. If you're buying something over $2000, specifically ask what the return policy is and make sure you have them note it.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible!

    By Budapa

    from Wichita, KS

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

      The heading says it all!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      In a word: Resonance!

      By thelatenessmonster

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • A classic
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Tone

      Cons

      • Basicallynone

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

      This is such a great instrument for so many styles of music it's hard to know where to begin. The main thing is the airy resonance of the full hollowbody. Lively rich harmonics. Mellow expressive depth blending through the spectrum to bright woody acoustic. B.B. King bluesy all week long (of course). The surprise is everything else it does so well. Deep, punchy, and dynamic. Virtually any style can benefit. I play a wide variety, but lean towards more modern overdrive and fuzz/distortion. Feedback (the ugly kind) is really a non issue here. Easily controllable, or totally cool in it's "out of control" possibilities. Fret a note with higher gain, it just rises up and sustains for days on into the sweet feedback. It's like a built in e-bow. The block through center design makes a big difference in overall stability and thicker tone. I found out quickly that I needed less drive to say as much if not more. Can cover a lot of clean and dirty ground through balancing volume and tone across the pickups. One of my favorites for a thick slightly darker rhythm: Bridge volume 10, tone 3, neck volume 3, tone 8.
      Minor "cons" may include body size, could be slightly cumbersome for some. Also, as if it even requires mentioning, certain very agressive tones are slightly out of reach (Metal/Grindcore rhythm? Yeah not so much). Who picks up an ES-335 for hard core metal anyway? Heck, I am willing to try. At least get within sight of it, heavy driving rock, power punk, etc. It's really all about the unique tonal qualities and should be approached with this in mind as either a modern experimental or traditional player. If you do, this guitar will return the favor with beautiful tones all around. Sits next to my equally beloved LP custom solid body. If I have these two, basically all I need. I have played so many, import whammy clads to telecasters. They all have thier uses and strenghts. The Dot has old school class, beauty, honest great tone, versatility, and don't forget that resonance! They are certainly not cheap, but every guitarist should have one in lifetime if at all possible. It was totally worth every penny for me and the return on investment in tonal possibilities is worth a million more.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a Guitar

      By rick rivets

      from NYC

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

      Why can Gibson make a guitar like this when most of their guitars are not of decent quality.. They need to cut down on the amount of models they are making and put more time and effort in making all their guitars like this. If this top was on a LP Gibson would be charging $15,000. I haven't seen many LP's with flame as even and full as on this guitar. Gibson thinks their name can sell anything but I looked for 12 years for a 335 like this so they're kidding themselves.
      Have been looking for one for years but when I saw the flame top on this guitar I knew I had found my guitar.
      This is what Gibson used to be like before they decided on having 20 Artist LP's and coming out with way to many examples of the same guitar. The action so low the strings buzz so my tech raised the action to an ungodly height. Now I can play chords,lead and slide on this beauty. I bought the red because it seems all the greats used Red 335's I have all the Gibsons I've ever dreamed about.
      What does value matter when you're dealing with perfection. This is the most perfect guitar I've bought on par with my Goldtop. I sold a Strat and Billy Joe JR to pay for this and I know I got the better end on this deal.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I'm in love....

      By Greg Hall

      from RI

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Dot Figured-Top Electric Guitar with Gloss Finish:

      I bought a 335 dot reissue flame red today. Holy crap. Why did I think these were jazz guitars? I'm 48 and have had most guitars at one time or another....Les Pauls, Strats, Tele's, Gretsch's, Metal guitars, You name it. This is the tone I've been looking for and it plays like a dream. Plug this into my Deluxe Reverb reissue and I never want to put it down. If you appreciate the subtleties of killer tone.......BUY ONE NOW!
      Everything you need
      Perfect
      Worth it

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