Gibson Custom 1963 ES-335 Block Reissue Cherry - Used  From Gibson Guitars

'63 reissue with solid center maple block for added sustain and resistance to feedback, making for a versatile hollow body guitar!


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Condition: Used, Great

Wonderful clarity with a singing solo tone !!!

Love the neck shape :)


Very little signs of play, some scratching on the pickguard and light finish blemishes. The blemish on the side is included in the pictures and the blemish on the back was to light to be pictured.

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

The original “dot neck” ES-335 had already set the guitar world alight for half a decade with its powerful blend of archtop finesse and solidbody power by the time the “block neck” came along in 1963, but the first major renovation of the design marked a major milestone in Gibson history nonetheless. Two new refinements, represented here in the Gibson Custom Shop’s 1963 ES-335 Block Reissue, took the seminal semi-hollow guitar to new heights of popularity, and sales spiked as a result. The first alteration was cosmetic: Gibson replaced the ES-335 fingerboard’s dot inlays with blocks, which both eased visibility and added an extra touch of class. The second was a change in playing feel: the guitar’s neck was given the fast, slim profile that was standard for Gibson in the ’60s, and popular with players of all genres. The result was the guitar that Eric Clapton, for one, used to power up blues-rock with the supergroup Cream, and which took the ES-335 in general to new heights of popularity. 

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Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.


Serial Number: A33118

Year: 2013


Top: 3ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple

Body Type: Semi-Hollow

Back: 3ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple

Binding: .090, Cream

Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 


Species: Mahogany

Profile: Slim, Rounded-C

Truss Rod: Traditional

Joint Angle: 4° (+/- 15 seconds)

Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50


Joint: Mortise & Tenon

Adhesive: Hot Hide Glue

Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"


Species: Rosewood

Frets: 22

Radius: 12"

Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062

Inlays: Pearl Small Block

Binding: .04, cream

Other: Reissue Fret Wire w/Tortoise Side Dots


Material: Nylon

Width: 1.687

Slots: Gibson PLEK System


Inlay: Holly Headstock Veneer with Pearl Crown and logo

Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Truss Rod Cover

Angle: 17 Degrees


Model: Kluson Deluxe Double Band

Plating: Nickel

Tuning Ratio: 12:01


Type: ABR-1

Plating: Nickel


TypeStop: Bar

Material: Lightweight Aluminum

Plating: Nickel Plated Gloss


Knobs: Antique Faded Cherry: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts, Antique Vintage Sunburst: Gold Top Hats with Silver Inserts

Pickguard: Reissue 5-ply

Strap Buttons: Aluminum End Pins


Neck Position: Burstbucker 1

Bridge Position: Burstbucker 2


Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls

Type: 500k Audio Taper

Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound

Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Toggle with Vintage Toggle Cap

Output Jack: 1/4" Switchcraft


Color: Faded Cherry

Process: VOS processing

Sealer: Ntrocellulose Lacquer

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