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1981 Gibson ES-335

1981 Gibson ES-335

The classic Gibson thinline in walnut finish.

Gorgeous early 1980’s ES-335TD with factory fitted coil-tap switch. Comes with original lined hard case.

Tone for days and a simply superb playing neck. It doesn’t get much better than the ES-335.

Just ask Eric C. or Larry C. or anyone else who has made their name with this legendary instrument.

Price: £1,899.00
S/N: R442

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1981 Gibson ES-335TD Description

This classic Gibson thinline dates from 1981, looks terrific and plays superbly. The added good news is that it’s also in very good condition throughout. It’s no surprise that the Gibson ES-335 ranks extremely high in the list of iconic electric guitars and it has been a firm favourite with many legendary guitar players over the years, including Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Larry Carlton and Eric Johnson to name but a few.

The sheer versatility of the ES-335 is a major part of the reason for it’s long lasting popularity and this particular model also comes with a factory fitted coil tap enabling you to easily achieve those ‘out-of’phase’ guitar tones ala Peter Green. A very nice touch.

The build and design of this guitar is a good as you’d expect from a high-end Gibson and the neck in particular has a lovely slim 60’s feel to it. The frets and nut are original and with little noticeable wear.

As soon as you plug this guitar into a good quality tube amp you immediately have all those wonderfully rich and articulate guitar tones that everyone associates with the ES-335. The neck pickup is warm and highly responsive, making it ideal for jazz or fusion players and the bridge pickup has all the growl and bite that you could ever want for rock or blues solos.

The aforementioned coil-tap switch is a very useful extra tone colour, enabling thinner sounds that aren’t typically associated with the ES-335. This is a highly versatile instrument that will certainly appeal to players who need real tonal variety from one guitar.

The overall condition is very good with only some marks on the back on the neck, probably from many a night where the guitar was lent against an amp between sets. It comes with the original hard case and of course all the kudos of playing one of the most popular guitars ever made. A classic.

1981 Gibson ES-335TD Features

  • Thinline double cutaway body with twin f-holes and walnut finish
  • Nut Size: 1.7″ (43.2mm)
  • Weight: 3.9kg/8lb 6oz
  • Three piece maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Mother of Pearl block inlays
  • Kluson Deluxe Gibson Tuners
  • 5-ply black pickguard with nickel mount
  • ABR-1 adjustable compensated chrome bridge
  • Trapeze chrome tailpiece
  • 2 x Gibson humbuckers with coil tap switch
  • 3 position pickup selector
  • 2 x black volume and tone knobs
  • Original hard case

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