1989 Gibson ES 335 “Dot” Vintage Sunburst

The Blue Book says:


– double round cutaway semi-hollow maple body, single-ply body binding, two f-holes, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays, black headstock overlay with pearl logo and plant inlays, three-per-side tuners, tune-o-matic bridge, stop tailpiece, raised black pickguard, two covered humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, gold or nickel hardware, available in Alpine White (1986-disc.), Antique Natural (1986-1991, 1996-present), Beale Street Blue (2002-05), Cherry (1986-present), Ebony (1986-1993, 1999-disc.), Light Burst (2003-present), Trans. Brown (1998-2005), Trans. Purple (2002 only), Triburst (2004-present), Vintage Sunburst (1986-present), or Wine Red (2002-05) finish, mfg. 1981-present.


I say:

Classic looks and sound – the ES 335 is just the business, for blues, pop, rock or jazz.

I can’t quite believe that this baby is over 25 years old – there’s barely a mark on it!

The headstock shows none of the frequent lacquer cracks around the logo, the chrome on the Grover tuners is bright and unmarked.  The frets show a little play wear – but not enough to warrant re-crowning yet.  The beautiful rosewood fingerboard is unmarked, and the slim D profile neck has no dints, dings, bumps or bangs, and is a dream to play.

The chrome plated hard wear has all cleaned up beautifully, with only a minimal amount of wear on the upper edge of the bridge humbucker.

The lacquer on the front of the guitar shows some of the usual age/drying related “rippling” in the surface, but no checking yet – obviously this guitar has been really well looked after!  There are a couple of tiny scratched, but I can’t photograph them and it’ll be a challenge for you to find them.

The rear of the guitar is in equally great condition – no bucklerash – nothing!

All the electronics are original and crackle free.  the pickups are examples of my favourite Gibson pickup ever – the Bill Lawrence – “The original” pickups. The neck pickup is dense and rich, whilst the Bridge pickup is Bright and Jangly with a good low end thump.

The guitar comes with an original, pink lined Gibson TKL fitted case – as in the pictures.  There are some sticker marks on it, but to me these ware just “vibe” – as if the guitar has been places….  The fluffy pink shroud is still in the case as is the original Gibson paperwork.  All catches and combination lock are working.

All in all, a great example – for collector of player 🙂