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Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar

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A plain top and satin lacquer finish make the all-time classic Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar more available to dedicated players like you. Maple top, back, and rims are joined with a soli... Click To Read More About This Product

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A plain top and satin lacquer finish make the all-time classic Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar more available to dedicated players like you. Maple top, back, and rims are joined with a solid maple center block and mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. '57 Classic humbuckers translate the body's natural resonance into haunting jazz tones or searing distorted leads.

1960s slim taper neck profile is very fast and comfortable while bound top and back, vintage tulip tuners, nickel hardware, and mother-of-pearl inlays add up to fantastic visual appeal.

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FEATURES

Maple top, back, and rims 
One-piece mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
Bound top and back
1960s slim taper neck profile
'57 Classic humbuckers
Vintage tulip tuners
Nickel hardware
Mother-of-pearl inlays
24-3/4" scale length
1-11/16" nut width
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GibsonES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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(18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Es-335

By elcaminodriver

from NC

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

I played this guitar for awhile at guitar center plugged into a Fender Princeton amp and tried it on a bunch of settings and it never dissapointed...i started out strumming a few clean chords and it sustains so nicely...then i cranked the distortion up and played some Crossroads, Johhny B Goode and, even played some 90's Candlebox solos which were the best sounding the people that say this is no good cranked up need to listen to some Cream or BB

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I miss this guitar

By E Stern.

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar in late 2008. The sound is simply amazing. I spent months agonizing over which guitar to I wanted to purchase and I tested just about every model of the 335 available. This one is the best. I don't know exactly why but I found that this model had a better, warmer, sound than most of the other 335s. The resonance was also better. My suspicion is that the lack of a heavy paint job is responsible for the better tonality but I could be wrong. Whatever the reason, this guitar sounds incredible. As for playability, as far as I'm concerned it's second to none. Everyone is going to have their own preferences when it comes to neck, bridge, and strut designs and for me the 335 is perfect. Simply put, this was the best buy I've ever made. Unfortunately, about 6 months ago it was stolen. I feel like I've lost a friend (I know that sounds cliche but it's actually true!) I'll be buying another one as soon as I can save the money for it... yes, that's right: I love this guitar so much I'm willing to pay for it twice!

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I friggin love it

By 13 Hour Drive

from New Jersey

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

I played every high end Gibson, PRS, and Fender imaginable. After months of trying to decide what I wanted to get for my first major guitar purchase I was set on a Les Paul Standard until I saw a sales associate put this guitar on the wall. I never played one of these before so I said what the hell. I plugged it in and fell in love in a matter of seconds. The sound, the look, the feel. All fantastic. To me it blows away even higher end Gibsons and PRS's. The only thing that is really bad about it is that I can't decide what guitar to buy next because nothing stacks up to it! Somethings that purchasers should think about: -You might need to adjust to the fatter body of the guitar when playing sitting down. In the beginning my arm was killing me from the position it had to be in to play. -The neck is kind of small width wise. I have big hands and love it, but for some people with bigger hands it might be a bother. -The one and only thing that did disappoint me was the pick markings on the body from playing. I don't play that hard but you can see it in the finish where I may have dragged the pick over it. For a guitar that came to $2100 I would think that wouldn't and shouldn't happen. it's teh only reason I gave it less than a 5 in QUALITY. If you don't mind that at all then go for it. You won't be disappointed.

(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good chioce for a budget Gibson

By Cousin Stumpy

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

I bought mine in autumn of 2005. This guitar delivers some fine tones, playability and responsiveness and is affordable. Love the tone and versatility for jazz, rock and a lot in between. One beef I have is the cheap tuners that come with this unit. Had a difficult time tuning it then getting it to hold. This improved considerably with a set of Grovers.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound, great neck...

By Thiago Melo

from S���o Paulo, Brasil

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

This IS one off the most fine guitars ever made...the neck is incredible, pickups amazing, sound unbelievable...buuut, the nut is totally ridiculous (plastic), it should be made of bone...and the tuners...for sure is the worse item of this guitar...i play almost strictly jazz, so, i use 0.12 strings (sometimes even 0.13) and the guitar doesnt stay on tune for a long time even with a so heavy gauge...but, its deserve 5 stras!

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best value

By Little Jimmy

from Tampa, Fl

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

I've owned a lot but this has got to be the best for the money. The few flaws were the F hole black residue that come off one your hands. AND the cheap looking faux rope handle on the case. Come on plastic rope for a handle? Otherwise!! Great sound,and smooth action (after I tweaked it a bit). I play blues, 60's rock, and country. This one fills the need. I still like the twang a fender gives me, but for everything else electric the 335 is it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing sound

By Ace Blackmen

from new york city, new york

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

if your looking for a great sounding gibson that looks amazing to this is your guitar, one thing i love about this guitar is that the fret wire is a little smaller than standard frets giving you the ability to hold tough chords increadibly easy. and this guitar will certainly bring some noticeability. i hope you enjoy it i know i am

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson ES-335... Expensive - Yes, Worth it - Absolutely!

By Gitfiddler

from Waldorf, MD

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

For about a year and half I have been testing semi-hollow and hollowbody guitars to find something that could produce "that" tone - you know, the tone that you hear somewhere deep in the recesses of your aural brain, that, when heard, sends a rush of endorphins throughout your body. Well maybe not everyone thinks of tone in this way - but I do. I'm a tone junkie; and my search for the perfect tone has finally ended. In my research for a great blues/jazz/rock guitar - which covered many instruments over a number of quality guitar makers - I finally settled on a 335 style model. Then, I did the comparisons between Ibanez AS103, Epi Dot and the Gibson ES-335. Considering the price difference between them is quite substantial, there would have to be a very, very compelling reason to buy the Gibson over the Epi or the AS. Taking nothing from the Epi Dot or AS103 - because the both models I played sounded very good and are well constructed - and the AS103 is certainly a well-done instrument. But, when I played the Gibson 335, with a satin cherry finish and '57 humbuckers, not only could I feel the difference in quality but I heard it - that tone, the one I had been searching for - it rang in my bones. It was an awesome experience. By the way, I was test-driving through a Fender Vibro Champ - a good tube-driven practice amp. Admittedly, the ES-335 is an expensive guitar - and that is likely its only con. On the flipside, it is very well crafted (made in Nashville, TN); the components ('57 HBs, 500k potentiometers, tune-o-matic Nashville bridge, Gibson Deluxe tuners, etc.) are all top of the line; and the feel and sound of the instrument are sublime. Like so many other reviews that end with "buy this guitar" - I'm not urging this sentiment outright. Buying an ES-335, for most people, is an event that is culmination of lots of research, lots of saving money, lots of justification, lots of... and lots of... (you fill in the blanks). In the end, however, if unmatched tone and superb craftsmanship are the goal, then you should seriously consider buying this guitar.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great!

By CrazyforCream

from Phoenux Az

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

My dad owns this guitar it is my favorite guitar he has and he has a fair few. The sound really stands out on this guitar whether you are playing jazz to funk its got the tone to play them all. BUY IT if u have the cash it is far better than its Epiphone cousin.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Home Run

By PJC1221

from Vero Beach, FL

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

Faithful to the 1950's originals but with a thinner neck for faster play this is indeed a quality instrument. The construction and the guitar still smells of fresh wood probably because of the satin finish and the quality of construction comming from Gibson's Custom Shop. The guitar has a great clean sound for blues, jazz and early rock and roll. You can also get some serious sustain from the wood block running through the center of the body. When I bought the guitar 3 months ago at GC it cost $1,799. The price has since gone up $1,000. This is a lot of guitar for a fair price. Buy it soon before they phase out this reissue of a classic.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Goin' Home

By DG

from Dunedin, FL

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

This is the second 335 I've owned over the years. I've owned all sorts of guitars over the years but it's nice to finally come home to the guitar that is ideal for me. Because I play a lot of different styles of music there is simply no other guitar I've come across with the flexibility of this beast. If you're a solid body player it will likely take some adjustment on your part, but I guarantee it will be well worth it for the flexibility you'll get. Some people like to swap around guitars when they gig. For me, I'd rather have one that does it all.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's an ES335, why wouldn't it be awesome! Buy it!

By Josh B

from Santee, CA

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

Bought this guitar last week (Feb 2011). Love it. The satin finish gives the guitar a cool look (black is better than red IMO) and the neck plays super smooth because of the finish. I played the red one in the store before I bought the black one. Couldn't be happier. I own a 2005 Gretsch Duo Jet with Dynasonics and a 1962 National Val-Pro 88. This Gibson kicks both of their butts! All three are awesome in their own unique ways, but the Gibson has that hollow-body growl and singing sustain. Play rock, play jazz, play country, play blues, this guitar will do it. Like the title says, it is an ES335 and everything you'd expect from one with these specs, which are the same as ALL other dot ES 335s other than the tuning pegs (satin finish has vintage tulip tuners where the other dot models have chrome or nickle).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a great guitar!

By 3-G

from Placerville, CA

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

The satin finish isn't a negative even though it brings the price down. It only gives the ES 335 more vibe than ever. This is the same guitar as the gloss finish...has the same great ES jazzy/bluesy sound and plays fantastic. This will become your favorite instrument of your collection! I'm ready to sell my vintage SG Standard since I always use my ES-335 Satin for everything from heavy rock and roll to my blues pieces.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beautiful Guitar

By Steve Ford

from PA

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

I've owned two previous ES-335s back in the 70s and a Lucille DeLuxe in the 80s. My particular guitar shows some really sloppy workmanship where the rhythm pickup is mounted - a bunch of splintering up by the neck area which they just painted over and then stuck the pick up in place. That aside, a beautiful guitar which is my current favorite. Great fun to play and tremendous sound. If anything happened to this one, I'd buy another one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Instrument

By Kenny Holliday

from Bracey, Virginia

Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

This guitar is more than I expected. I switched bands a year ago and needed a guitar that would give me the blues/soul/funk sound I was missing with my PRS. I never considered an ES-335, but I tried it. What a great addition! Deep rich tones with a vintage bite. This is a great guitar that is hard to put down.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

If you are looking for a 335, this is the one!

By Peter

from Manila, Philippines

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    This is the best semihollow you can buy at this price point!

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Really good Archtop

    By GibSG61

    from Nebraska

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    This is a really good Archtop compared to other brands. It has a very clear and clean tone, very smooth play. It's perfect for jazz, and some clean blues. But when you want distortion, like rock or heavier blues, it's a little too smooth. But if you into jazz and smoother, lighter stuff, I highly suggest you checking this guitar out.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    pleasure to play

    By mtnmnp

    from medford, or

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    this guitar is extremely fun to play. it has great tone and can be used for many different genres. you can move upand down the neck with ease, including all the moveable chords. I have played many guitars, acoustic, and electric, and enjoy playing this guitar very much. doesnt have lots of polish and glitter, but has everything a musician wants.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar

    By Floyd

    from NC

    Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is one of the best guitars I have ever played. I have had no problems with the hardware, aside from minor tuning issues. (My other guitar has grovers, which spoiled me a bit). The '57 humbuckers get a great tone for really any kind of music you want to play, especially blues or jazz. Both pickups are surprisingly bright, and have a lot of output, with a nice meaty tone. The neck felt very thick to me at first, even though it's apparently a 60's neck, which are supposed to be thinner. Once I adjusted to the neck, though, it was an absolute joy to play, and is very difficult to set down. Visually and sonically , it is an absolutely beautiful guitar, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

     
    5.0

    I love it!

    By Claudia

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-335 Satin Finish Electric Guitar:

      When I started playing guitar 25 years ago... I wanted to get a 335. It was worth the wait. For the music that I do (rock rhythm playing)... it's perfect for me. I love the satin finish too. The 57 classic pickups are buttery smooth sounding. Great warmth and sustain through the body. Love it, love it love it!

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