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Gibson Custom Shop ’61 ES-335 Dot Reissue Lightly Aged (Pre-owned)

Crafted in the Nashville Custom Shop, this lovely Gibson ES-335 has undergone their 'light ageing' process, a painstaking procedure that imparts the looks of many years of use and lacquer checking making it almost indistinguishable from a 50 year old original- but with none of the issues that old age can sometimes bring.

Gibson Custom Shop ’61 ES-335 Dot Reissue Lightly Aged (Pre-owned)


Gibson Custom Shop ’61 ES-335 Dot Reissue Lightly Aged (Pre-owned)

Purchased new in 2017 this stunning Custom Shop ES-335 is virtually unplayed and in mint condition. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.


A rare beast! Whilst the vast majority of 335s come from Gibson's Memphis factory, this one was crafted in the Nashville Custom Shop. And it has undergone their 'light ageing' process, a painstaking procedure that imparts the looks of many years of use and lacquer checking making it almost indistinguishable from a 50 year old original- but with none of the issues that old age can sometimes bring! The original “dot neck” ES-335 had already set the guitar world alight three years prior to 1961 but for many the '61 Dot remains the ultimate ES-335. The slimmer neck profile and new shorter pickguard combined with the stopbar and PAFs were the last incarnations before the block necks appeared the following year and then trapeze tailpieces later on in the decade.

The ES-335’s design and construction, revolutionary for its day, gave it a “best of both worlds” appeal that suited it to any imaginable genre of music, from jazz to rock, blues to country. The 1961 ES-335 Dot Reissue accurately retains the original construction, with the solid maple centre block for superb sustain and resistance to feedback, and arched laminated maple top, back, and sides for added hollowbody-like warmth. The glued-in quarter-sawn mahogany neck with long tenon has a one-piece rosewood fingerboard with a 12” radius and a width of 1 11/16” at the nut, along with classic 24 ¾” Gibson scale length. Other Nashville Custom Shop features include double ring Kluson™ Deluxe machine heads, hot-hide glue neck fit, a period-correct Historic Truss Rod assembly with no tubing, a more accurate body and fingerboard binding colour and period-correct Aniline dye for the neck. The result is a dot-neck ES-335 that is more true to the original of 1961 in look, feel, and tone than ever before. 

A period-correct hardware set that includes an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece completes the ’61 specs, and adds to the 1961 ES-335 Block Reissue’s considerable sonic bite through a pair of superb E-bucker humbucking pickups. E-Buckers are essentially underwound Custom Buckers and are created in the image of the original PAFs. The 'E-Bucker' pickups closely resemble the tone of what some of the best sounding 1958-1960 "PAF" guitars sound like now. By under winding Gibson's new Custom Bucker pickup to a specified spec and comparing it to other guitars with original "PAF" pickups Gibson has brought back the clarity and sweet high end that everyone has been searching for. These pickups are not available separately.



  • Body Top & Back: 3ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Truss Rod: Traditional
  • Neck Joint: Mortise & Tenon, Hot Hide Glue adhesive
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Radius: 12"
  • Nut/E.O.B: 1.687"/2.062"
  • Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Dots
  • Other: Reissue Fret Wire/Tortoise Side Dots
  • Nut: Nylon, Gibson PLEK System Slots
  • Headstock: Holly Headstock Veneer with Pearl Crown and logo
  • Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Truss Rod Cover
  • Tuners: Kluson™ Deluxe
  • Bridge: ABR-1
  • Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
  • Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
  • Neck Pickup: E-Bucker
  • Bridge Pickup: E-Bucker
  • Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
  • Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Toggle with Vintage Toggle Cap
  • Output Jack: 1/4" Switchcraft
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Case: Custom Shop Silkscreened Case









SKU A-37028
Brand Gibson
Body 3ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood with Mother-of-Pearl Dots
Neck Mahogany
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Bridge ABR-1
Pickups 2 x Gibson E-Buckers
Tailpiece Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
Controls 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
Finish Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Frets 22, Reissue Fret Wire
Machine Heads Kluson™ Deluxe
Case Custom Shop Silkscreened Case


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