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Condition of Instrument

This Gibson Memphis ES-335 is in excellent condition with minimal evidence of any play. Includes the original hardshell case and COA.

The Semi-Hollow Holy Grail

One of the greatest treasures in all of guitar-dom is an ES-335 from 1958--their first year of their production. Back then, a semi-hollow guitar was a newfangled invention, and it took the guitar world by storm as it delighted players with its brighter tone and--more importantly--feedback-resistant construction. Nowadays, one of those original 1958 models will cost you an arm, a leg, and a kidney, so the kind folks at Gibson Memphis have produced these excellent reissues! The 1958 ES-335 Premiere is a particularly fitting tribute to an iconic historic instrument because Gibson has pulled out all the stops to replicate the tone and aesthetic of the originals.

The baseball bat neck has an unbound rosewood fretboard--just like the first few 335s that came off the line in Kalamazoo--and its chunky shape reminds me of some of my favorite vintage Les Paul Juniors. But, the true-to-vintage vibe doesn't end there, because Gibson wasn't content with vintage looks--they wanted it to sound vintage, too! They put the Adirondack spruce bracing and the maple centerblock through a thermal engineering process that gives the wood a similar chemical composition to a real '58! The Adirondack bracing also imparts a woody, percussive thwack that helps it cut through a mix while remaining musical.

From there, two Memphis Historic Spec humbuckers give you rich, warm bass response, sweet highs, and woody mids. They also have the sort of vintage-style airy, open top-end that is difficult to find in modern instruments! Overall, these guitars sound rich and three-dimensional without being overbearing--a truly difficult balance to strike!

We are proud to present this reissue of the holy grail of semi-hollows--the 1958 ES-335. We know it will inspire you just as its brethren have inspired electric guitarists across the world over its storied sixty-year history.

Tonal Evaluation

As anyone who's ever eaten too much birthday cake can attest, it is possible too have too much decadence and richness. Guitars are the same way! Occasionally, some guitars simply offer so much harmonic response that they sound flubby or undefined--the equivalent of too-sweet frosting. This ES-335 is one of the richest-sounding guitars I've ever played that still tastes delicious to my ear drums! Its bass response is incredible! If I did a blind listening test, I'd probably think that this guitar was some sort of comically oversized six foot tall semi-hollow! Its low end is relatively dry, but it still produces denser harmonics than some vintage ES-335s I've played. When you combine that with the woody low-midrange, you get a killer foundation for the crisp, clear, transparent highs. The attack is quite round and piano-like, too! The bridge pickup has a pleasantly bright voicing. The basses are brash, the mids are present but not overpowering, and the highs have a glassy, clear quality. It is also a delight to play smooth leads and jazzy rhythms with the neck pickup because of its pillowy-lows and spectacular high-end clarity. Anyone seeking a semi-hollow with ridiculously full frequency response will love this '58 ES-335!


Brand Used
Model1958 ES-335 VOS
Finish ColorHistoric Burst
Finish TypeHi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer - Finished in VOS
Weight7.97 lbs
Top Wood3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Back & Sides Wood3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
CenterblockThermally-Engineered Maple
BracingThermally-Engineered Quartersawn Adirondack Spruce
Neck WoodQuartersawn Mahogany
Neck ShapeRounded '58
Neck Dimensions.890 1st - 1.050 12th
Fingerboard Radius12"
InlaysPearloid Dots
Scale Length24 3/4"
Nut MaterialNylon
BindingSingle-Ply on Top and Back
PickupsMHS Humbuckers
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Selector Switch
BridgeABR-1 with Plated Brass Saddles
TailpieceLightweight Aluminum Stopbar
TunersKluson Single Ring Keystones
CaseBrown Gibson Hardshell

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