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2006 Gibson Custom Shop ES-335 Dot, 'Black Beauty'

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Serial #: A-96008, orange oval Custom Shop label

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24.9" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Ebony finish, nitrocellulose type

Materials: Solid Honduras mahogany neck; arched maple top back, and sides; solid rosewood fingerboard; solid maple center block.

Hardware: All-nickel hardware includes twin '57 Classic humbucking pickups; vintage correct aluminum stop tailpiece; ABR-1 Tunematic bridge; amber bell volume and tone knobs; 5 ply beveled pickguard with nickel support bracket; nickel Kluson Deluxe tuners.

Notes: Introduced in 1958, the ES-335TD ("Thin Double-pickup") cemented Gibson's reputation for cutting-edge innovation combined with classic traditional design. The thin body was easier for players to hold, the inner block enhanced sustain and reduced feedback, and the new PAF humbucking pickups set a new standard for quiet operation, high output, and sweet, fat tone. Small wonder that the 335 became an instant classic, and has remained one of the worlds' most popular electric guitars to this day.

Though the elegany ebony finish was standard on the Les Paul Custom, factory black examples of the ES-335 are quite rare, and would have been made only on custom order. This gleaming Custom Shop reissue is squarely in the tradition with gently arched maple in the top and back, the nice wide 1 11/16" fingerboard and the full C neck profile of the classic late 50's dot necks. The full access 22 fret neck has the classic compact headstock with 17 degree angle and 12 degree fingerboard radius, and the guitar is fully equipped with vintage correct nickel hardware throughout. Even 50's style 'bumblebee' tone capacitors are used in the original design wiring harness.

The frets are the traditional 50's style Gibson mediums, the body and neck are nicely balanced, and the instrument sits comfortably on the lap or the shoulder. The '57 Classic humbucking pickups produce a smooth, high output signal with lots of snap and sustain. To complete the package, the Gibson Custom Shop has included a complete set of vintage style hang tags, in addition to the original manuals, tools, and Gibson logo hard shell case. In lovely all-original condition, the guitar plays magnificently, with the smooth sweet bluesy tone for which this model is justly famed. One only, call now.

Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Case: Original deluxe black Gibson logo plush hardshell case.











































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