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Gibson Luther Dickinson 335 / P-90 VOS Electric Guitar Desert Burst

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Steeped in the authentic blues of North Mississippi Hill Country originals like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Otha Turner, Luther Dickinson and his North Mississippi Allstars made a major impact... Click To Read More About This Product

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Steeped in the authentic blues of North Mississippi Hill Country originals like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Otha Turner, Luther Dickinson and his North Mississippi Allstars made a major impact on the music world when they hit the scene in the late 1990s. His searing tone and dynamic playing style have become instantly recognizable, and Dickinson has lent his formidable chops to class acts like Beck, the Replacements and Mojo Nixon.

The Luther Dickinson ES-335 packs Dickinsons own heady blend of innovation and tradition into a fresh”yet timeless”guitar whose surprising versatility fits multiple genres of music like a glove.

The Luther Dickinson ES-335 is built in the image of the renowned late-50s ES-335, with a semi-hollow body for depth and resonance and a solid maple center block to aid sustain and combat feedback. Rather than the ES-335s humbucking pickups, however, it carries a pair of Dickinsons beloved P-90 single-coil pickups with œdog-ear covers, for a distinctively biting, punchy tone.

To top it all off, Luther wanted the guitars finish to match the finish on a vintage ES-175 owned by his father, Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, so Gibson Memphis pulled out all the stops. The deep, rich, vintage-toned œJim Dickinson Burst drips with tradition, and looks and feels gently aged right out of the case, thanks to Gibsons proprietary VOS process.

Body and Neck
Built in the image of the original 335s of the late 1950s, the Luther Dickinson ES-335 features a top, back and sides made from laminated maple with a solid maple center block, and traditional f-holes. The glued-in neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany, topped with a hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboard with late-50s pearloid dot position markers. The bodys top and back and the fingerboard are all trimmed in vintage cream binding. The guitars nylon nut is cut on the PLEK automated trimming system for unparalleled precision.

Pickups and Electronics
A pair of Gibsons legendary P-90 pickups with œdog-ear covers graces the Luther Dickinson ES-335. Since their arrival in the mid 40s, these pickups have won fans for their thick, slightly gritty midrange and distinctive bite. These P-90s are extremely accurate recreations of the originals, made with dual Alnico II magnets and Custom wound with 42 AWG wire and left unpotted for added character and are hum canceling when in the middle position. They are routed through the traditional complement of two independent volume and two independent tone controls, with a three-way Switchcraft toggle for pickup selection.

The Luther Dickinson ES-335 carries an ABR bridge and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, with high-quality Kluson tuners featuring single-ring tulip buttons, all gently aged in Gibsons VOS process. The controls have amber Top-Hat knobs with no inserts, and the guitar has a traditional bell truss rod cover and 5-ply B/W/B/W/B pickguard.

Each guitar comes protected in a hardshell case and includes a Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity.


  • Semi-hollow body made from laminated maple
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
  • "Dog ear" P-90 pickups in the neck and bridge positions
  • Tune-o-matic bridge and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece
  • Kluson tuners with single-ring tulip buttons and 15:1 tuning ratio
  • Body Type: Double Chamber, Semi-Hollow
  • Top: 3-ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Back: 3-ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Binding: Tan ABS
  • Species: Mahogany Neck with Maple Spline
  • Truss Rod: Traditional
  • Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Neck Fit
  • Joint: Mortise & Tenon
  • Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
  • Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
  • Species: Hand-selected dark rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.051
  • Inlays: 1/4" Pearloid dots
  • Binding: .04, Tan
  • Other: Standard fret wire/Tortoiseshell side dots
  • Material: Corian
  • Width: 1.695
  • Slots: Gibson PLEK System
  • Logo: Mother-of-Pearl 'Gibson'
  • Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl
  • Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Truss Rod Cover
  • Angle: 17 Degrees
  • Model: Kluson Single Ring Tulip Button
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Tuning Ratio: 15:01
  • Type: ABR tune-o-matic
  • Material: Nickel
  • Type: Bigsby Vibrato
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Knobs: Amber Top Hat with Dial Pointers
  • Pickguard: Black 5-ply B/W/B/W/B
  • Pickup Mounting Rings: Black Plastic
  • Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson Strings
  • Strap Buttons: Aluminum End Pins
  • Neck Position: "Dog Ear" P-90 (Alnico II)
  • Bridge Position: "Dog Ear" P-90 (Alnico II)
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Capacitors: Bumblebee
  • Type: 500k Audio Taper
  • Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
  • Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Toggle with Vintage Cap
  • Output Jack: 1/4" Switchcraft Jack
  • Sealer: Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Jim Dickinson BurstCase
  • Type: ES-335 Historic
  • Case Exterior: Historic Tan
  • Case Interior: Historic Pink Liner
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