When the Gibson ES-335 electric guitar was first introduced it was an instant classic “ embraced by blues, rock, country and jazz players the world over. By 1960, the Gibson guitar was really hitting its stride though it was certainly a year of transition for the iconic model. In the beginning of 1960, the ES-335TDs were built to the same specs as ... Click To Read More About This Product
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When the Gibson ES-335 electric guitar was first introduced it was an instant classic “ embraced by blues, rock, country and jazz players the world over. By 1960, the Gibson guitar was really hitting its stride though it was certainly a year of transition for the iconic model. In the beginning of 1960, the ES-335TDs were built to the same specs as the 1959 versions and were offered in only Natural and Sunburst finishes. By about midyear, neck specs began to change to a thinner and more elliptical feel and ultimately, production of the Natural ES-335TD would cease and the Cherry finish would take its place in the latter part of the year. It is this later version of the electric guitar that many argue the 1960 ES-335TD's features had settled into their optimum form. With a fast neck profile, striking "insert" or "reflector" tone and volume knobs, the Gibson ES-335TD still retained early-spec details such as the dot fingerboard inlays, a kind of "Mickey Mouse" double cutaway profile, full-length maple centerblock, and nickel-plated hardware that players have long seen as indicative of the model's zenith.
All these and more are brought back to life in Gibson's 1960 ES-335 VOS, a reincarnation of one of the most legendary semi-hollow electric guitars. This inspired Gibson guitar features the later 1960 "fast neck profile" version, the most unique of the year, and is available in Antique Vintage Sunburst, Antique Faded Cherry or Antique Natural finish, all aged in Gibson's acclaimed VOS (Vintage Original Specs) process, and loaded with period-correct hardware including "insert" volume and tone knobs, double band tuners and a pair of accurate PAF-style 57 Classic humbucking pickups. Additionally the Gibson ES-335 guitar's neck features a holly head veneer, tortoise shell side dot material and has been completely retooled with accurate truss rod channel depth and profile based on scans by the Gibson Custom Shop Engineering Team. Comes with a Custom silkscreened case, certificate of authenticity, manual and warranty info.
Body and Finish
This fantastic reproduction follows the bodylines of the original '60 Gibson ES-335TD guitar, with its arched top and back, and deep double cutaways for outstanding upper-fret access. The top, back and sides of the 1960 ES-335 VOS are crafted with pressed-arch, laminated-maple/poplar/maple with solid maple centerblock construction used by Gibson to produce the first ES-335s 52 years ago. This marriage of a solid maple core with hollow "wings" and laminated maple top and back yields the optimum blend of warmth and definition, a tone that countless major artists have turned to for five decades. The guitar really does present the optimum marriage of solidbody and thinline hollowbody characteristics, with the benefits of both, and none of the drawbacks.
The 1960 Gibson ES-335 VOS guitar is hand-finished in nitrocellulose in a process that closely replicates the finishing process applied to original ES-335s of the late '50s and early '60s. Like the Gibson electric guitars made 50 years ago, the 1960 ES-335 VOS is finished with minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance, and will age elegantly and naturally to continually enhance the appearance and tone of this reborn classic.
The guitar is finished to a buffed gloss, but Gibson's VOS process applied afterward gives it a rich, naturally aged patina that results in somewhat less shine and more of a semi-satin texture in the final guitar. It is available in three period-correct finishes, all aged with Gibson's acclaimed VOS process: Antique Vintage Sunburst, Antique Faded Cherry, and Antique Natural.
Neck and Headstock
The Gibson ES-335 guitar's neck and headstock are made in the classic tradition of the original 1960 ES-335TD. Carved from a single piece of mahogany with a maple spline, and topped with a rosewood fingerboard. The design incorporates Gibson's lauded 17-degree back-angled headstock, which contributes greatly to the electric guitar's resonance and sustain.
True to one of the significant evolutionary points of the model for 1960, the neck of the Gibson 1960 ES-335 VOS is carved to a fast, comfortable recreation of the '60 slim-tapered profile that has been based on scans of original 1960 ES-335TDs guitars.
Pickups and Electronics
A pair of '57 Classic pickups capture that highly sought-after "PAF" style tone, noted for its unparalleled blend of warmth, richness and clarity. In the bridge (lead) position, the '57 Classic offers a bright, clear jangle through clean amps and more midrange snarl and bite through overdriven amps, accurately capturing the versatility of an original PAF humbucker in the bridge position. In the neck position, the '57 Classics present the optimum blend of warmth, depth, and clarity, a tone that is equally suited to blues, jazz, and sweeter, mellower pop and rock styles.
The '57 Classic uses unpolished Alnico II bar magnets, just like many of the most prized original PAF humbuckers. CTS potentiometers with "bumblebee" tone caps and a Switchcraft selector and output jack translate the signal in pure vintage style. The coils are wax potted to combat microphony and feedback squeal at high volumes so, while vintage voiced, they are suited to high-gain playing, too. The number of windings in the two coils are also equally matched, an enhancement that provides a creamy, balanced performance that many players enjoy.
The 1960 ES-335 VOS is equipped with Gibson's most accurate, period-correct reproduction hardware. Particulars include green-button Kluson-style tuners, an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece both made from the correct metals and plated in nickel, and Gibson's original aluminum strap buttons, all of which contribute to the vintage look and tone of the electric guitar.
With its Antique Faded Cherry finish, the 1960 Gibson ES-335 VOS guitar carries the black top-hat knobs with silver inserts, while the models with an Antique Natural and Antique Vintage Sunburst finishes wear gold top-hat "insert" knobs that display the Volume and Tone legends.
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Comments about Gibson 1960 ES-335 VOS Electric Guitar:
I passed on buying a 335 30 years ago and have regretted it ever since. I never would have bought this on my own but my family got it for me a 50th birthday present. It is a fabulous instrument. Extremely well-made with a comfortable, broken-in look and feel that that invites playing for hours. Only need minor setup for me to make the action perfect. The sound is wonderful - from warm to loud and dirty. I tried some basic 335's and a 339 in the process; all are fine instruments but this anniversary model is a cut above.
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