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2010 Gibson 1963 ES-335 Block Reissue

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Serial #: A-31057, orange oval Custom Shop label

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

Finish: Amber blonde finish, nitrocellulose type

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

Hardware: All original antiqued nickel hardware includes twin '57 Classic humbucking pickups; vintage correct aluminum stop tailpiece; ABR-1 Tunematic bridge; black 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-cutaway") 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.

Rarest and most coveted of all are the natural finish versions, built only between 1958 and 1960. Just over 200 blondes were built in total, and a good one today could run over six figures. This example is squarely in the tradition with handsome slab figured maple in the top and back, the nice wide 1 11/16" fingerboard and the slim-taper neck profile of the classic early 60's block necks. The full access 22 fret neck has the classic compact headstock with 17 degree angle, and the guitar is fully equipped with vintage correct nickel hardware throughout. To complete the package, the Gibson Custom Shop has included a complete set of vintage style hang tags, in addition to the Certificate of Authenticity and all original paperwork.

The frets are the classic 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. In simply immaculate condition, the guitar plays delightfully, with the smooth sweet bluesy tone for which this model is justly famed. One only, first call gets her.

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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