Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue VOS - Vintage Burst (2024)

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple/Poplar Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Burst

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Classic Semi-hollowbody Electric from Gibson

Get a true American original with the Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue. Introduced in '58 as Gibson's first semi-hollowbody electric guitar, the ES-335 has continued to win over legions of devoted players for 60-plus years. Featuring a beautifully resonant maple/poplar/maple body, solid mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, and a pair of Custombucker Alnico III pickups, this vintage instrument puts out one-of-a-kind tone that is ideal for jazz and blues but can translate easily into rock as well. Many guitarists at Sweetwater have fallen in love with the Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue. Get your hands on one, and you will too.

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Legendary tone from alnico humbuckers

The Custom Shop Custombucker pickups in the ’59 ES-335 Reissue are catnip for tube amplifiers. Each with its own volume and tone controls, these unpotted pickups will let you nail chimey country licks as easily as you dial in searing rock tones. The Alnico III magnets give you classic hollowbody-style tones for everything from warm jazz to dirty blues. And handwired with CTS audio taper pots and paper-in-oil capacitors, you’ll have nearly endless tone shaping control at your fingertips.

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Vintage Original Sheen finish for the look and feel of a classic

Gibson Custom's Vintage Original Sheen finish option comes standard on Custom Shop Historic Reissue models. The VOS finish package includes lightly aged parts that impart an authentic vintage patina. The nitrocellulose finished it buffed to a light matte appearance, giving a look and feel of a guitar that has been lovingly played and cared for over the years.

Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue Features:

  • Maple/poplar/maple semi-hollowbody shouts, barks, and howls blues and rock
  • Centerblock design adds sustain and controls feedback
  • Specially calibrated Custombucker Alnico III pickups deliver vintage PAF-like tone
  • Authentic ’59 Medium "C" neck profile with rolled binding and Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • 2 volumes, 2 tones, 3-way toggle switch for a wide array of tone shaping possibilities
  • Adjustable ABR-1 bridge with plated brass saddles enhances tone and playability
  • Kluson Single Line, Single Ring tuners keep you in tune onstage and in the studio
  • Classic pearloid dot inlays
  • Vintage Original Sheen finish package with light matte nitrocellulose and aged hardware

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Tech Specs

  • General
  • Number of Strings 6
  • Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
  • Body
  • Body Type Semi-hollowbody
  • Body Shape 1959 ES-335
  • Body Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Body Finish Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Color Vintage Burst
  • Neck
  • Neck Material Mahogany
  • Neck Shape Authentic '59 Medium C
  • Neck Joint Set Neck
  • Radius 12"
  • Fingerboard Material Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Dots
  • Number of Frets 22
  • Scale Length 24.75"
  • Nut Width 1.6875"
  • Nut Material Nylon
  • Hardware
  • Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Tuners Kluson Waffleback with Pearloid tips
  • Electronics
  • Neck Pickup Custombucker Alnico III Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup Custombucker. Alnico III Humbucker
  • Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone
  • Switching 3-way toggle pickup switch
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings .010-.046
  • Case/Gig Bag Hardshell Case
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 59ES335VOVBNH1

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Amazing

I have been playing guitar for over 50 years and this guitar plays like I have owned it for 50 years. It literally took minutes to feel this way. The workmanship is top shelf, plays like butter, and the pickups are perfectly matched to my Princeton reverb. Sweetwater is a class operation and Aaron my salesperson makes this a 10-star deal.
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Can’t put this one down...

I've had this guitar for 5 months now and find myself picking it up daily... it's a pure joy to play. If you're looking for a 335 you can't go wrong with this one. Thanks James for finding this one for me.
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Best guitar I ever owned

Best guitar I ever owned, I have a 58 and 59 LP Reissue, a 3 pickup Black Beauty, Custom Shop 57 Strat, 52 and 63 Tele, a also a Gibson ES-175, and that 59 ES-335 can get all theses sounds, from Rock to Jazz, Blues to Prog, Punk to Pop, Alternative to Fusion, and so much more, this is the guitar that can do it all!
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Nashville VOS 1959 reissue is spot on

I received my Nashville 1959 VOS reissue after waiting 2 months for allotment to arrive. The 1959 VOS 335 is spot-on of the original model (only 592 were built). The craftsmanship is flawless and the playability/sound are outstanding. I don't know how this model could be improved. It plays like a dream and was well worth the price and wait.
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GIBSON NASHVILLE 335's ARE NO GOOD

The BEST ES-335s came from the Memphis factory.
Nashville is not setup for...or experienced in building proper 335's.
Also, Nashville puts Les Paul pickups on their 335's ( NO GOOD ).
Memphis had their own *special* 335 pickups--which were UNDERWOUND.
The Memphis operation was setup specially for building the ES-335.
Nashville is setup mainly for producing the Les Paul.
This particular guitar is a Nashville 335.
POOR MATERIALS...POOR WORKMANSHIP...POOR FINISH...and POOR SOUND.
Also...using Les Paul pickups.

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Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue VOS - Vintage Burst (2024)

FAQs

Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue VOS - Vintage Burst? ›

The reason for this model's success is relatively simple – Gibson got it right on the first try. The ES-335 was actually the first commercially available, mass produced semi hollow electric guitar, and since its introduction, barring some special editions, the formula has remained unchanged.

Why is the Gibson ES-335 so popular? ›

The reason for this model's success is relatively simple – Gibson got it right on the first try. The ES-335 was actually the first commercially available, mass produced semi hollow electric guitar, and since its introduction, barring some special editions, the formula has remained unchanged.

What is the difference between Les Paul Special and ES-335? ›

A Quick Comparison. The Les Paul is more versatile, produces less feedback and has better sustain, whilst the ES-335 sounds warmer and more resonant. Les Paul's suit most styles of music, whereas ES-335 guitars are mainly used for blues and jazz. The Les Paul has a solid body and the the ES-335 has a semi-hollow body.

What year did Gibson ES-335 make its debut? ›

So, in 1958, the ES-335 was born. The ES denoted it as part of Gibson's “Electric Spanish” series – a line that the company launched in 1936 with the ES-150 hollow body – while the 335 reflected its $355 price tag (around $2,800 in today's money). And, upon its release, it proved a big hit with guitarists.

What does ES-335 mean? ›

The Gibson ES-335 (ES stands for Electric Spanish) was introduced in 1958. It was designed in order to bridge to divide between Gibson's beautifully traditional hollow body archtops and their harder sounding, feedback-free Les Paul model.

What does the ES stand for in Gibson? ›

The Gibson ES series of semi-acoustic guitars (hollow body electric guitars) are manufactured by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. The letters ES stand for Electric Spanish, to distinguish them from Hawaiian-style lap steel guitars which are played flat on the lap.

What is the most versatile guitar of all time? ›

Answer: The answer to this question is subjective, but many people consider the Gibson Les Paul to be the most versatile electric guitar in history due to its neutral body design and flexible tone.

What is the rarest Les Paul guitar? ›

Kirk Hammett just bought one of the rarest Les Pauls ever made – a Factory Black '59 Les Paul Standard. Kirk Hammett has got himself a new guitar, and it's one of the rarest Gibson Les Pauls ever made. A 1959 Les Paul Standard would be rare enough, a holy grail for most.

Is Epiphone 335 as good as Gibson? ›

The Gibson ES-335 is made in the USA and costs $3500 whereas the Epiphone ES-335 is made in China and costs $600. Both guitars do look, sound and feel similar, however the Gibson has some more premium features such as nitro finish, rosewood fingerboard and a hardshell case.

Is an ES-335 good for blues? ›

The classic Gibson ES-335 really is one of the best guitars for blues, though a 335 Studio will also work well, and is slightly cheaper. An Epiphone Dot will give a similar sort of sound, and might be suitable to players on a budget.

Why is Gibson ES so expensive? ›

The main one is that the production is mainly in the United States. The PLEK machine used to test new guitars and part of the labor still done by hand contribute to the higher cost. The Tonewoods and materials are the next most significant reason Gibsons are so expensive.

Who played an ES-335? ›

This 335 family of guitars would find favour with many players through the years, including BB King, Eric Clapton, Grant Green, Jorma Kaukonen, Alvin Lee, Lee Ritenour, Andy Summers, Noel Gallagher and JD Simo.

Who plays an ES-335? ›

McCarty had invented the “semi-acoustic” and while the new design was reasonably popular in the late 50s, it took on iconic status in the 60s when Cream-era Eric Clapton and Ten Years After guitarist Alvin Lee [his “Big Red” guitar played at the '69 Woodstock festival] used ES-335 models to cut blistering blues rock ...

What type of music was the Gibson ES best suited for? ›

The Gibson ES was best suited for jazz, blues, and rock music.

What is the dot on a Gibson ES-335? ›

The Gibson ES-335 DOT is the cornerstone of the Gibson ES line-up. The pearloid dot inlay rosewood fingerboard on a hand-rolled Rounded "C" mahogany neck remind players where it all started. The new Gibson Calibrated T-Type humbuckers paired with our hand-wired control assembly showcases the versatile ES tone.

Is the ES-335 good for beginners? ›

The ES-335 is one of the best guitars for beginners. It has a comfortable and affordable neck and features two Burstbucker pickups covered in PAF hardware.

Who plays Gibson ES-335? ›

This 335 family of guitars would find favour with many players through the years, including BB King, Eric Clapton, Grant Green, Jorma Kaukonen, Alvin Lee, Lee Ritenour, Andy Summers, Noel Gallagher and JD Simo.

Is the ES-335 good for rock? ›

It might be an old guitar but the ES-335 can punch as hard as any Les Paul, a fact chiselled in rock by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl whose highly-tweaked signature version, inspired by the 60s “Trini Lopez” model features diamond-shaped sound holes.

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