Used – Gibson Custom Shop 1963 ES-335 Reissue Aged – Ruby (2016)

Serial Number: A36084
Weight: 7 lbs 12 oz

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.

A period-correct hardware set that includes an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece completes the ’63 specs, and adds to the 1963 ES-335 Block Reissue’s considerable sonic bite through a pair of humbucking pickups, which yield everything from rich vocal-like tones in the neck position, to impressive sting and grind in the bridge, to round, funky tones in between.

Other features include:

  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Peghead: 335
  • Head Veneer: Holly 335
  • Neck Dimensions: .8/.9”
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Scale: 24 3/4”
  • Fingerboard Dimension: Standard
  • Nut: Nylon
  • Inlays: Pearloid Small Block
  • Fretwire: Standard
  • Body Material: Plain Maple Pressed Veneers
  • Body Routing: 63 335 Stop Bar
  • Body Drilling: 63 335 Stop Bar
  • Body Dimension: 63 335 Stop Bar
  • Body Top: Pressed Plain Maple 335
  • Body Back: Pressed Plain Maple 335
  • Body Rim: Pressed Plain Maple 335
  • Binding Body Top: Cream
  • Binding Body Back: Cream
  • Binding Fingerboard: .04 Cream
  • Hardware Material: + Aged Nickel
  • Machine Head: Kluson Deluxe Double Band
  • Bridge: Abr
  • Tailpiece: Stop Bar
  • End Pin: Aluminum
  • Pickguard: Short 335
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats Silver Inserts
  • Mounting Rings: Black
  • Switch Tip: Amber
  • Pickup(S): Bb#1 Npc Mbmr, Bb#2 Npc Hbmr
  • Finish Top: + Ruby
  • Finish Back: + Ruby
  • Finish Neck: + Cc#42 Filler
  • Finish Rims: + Ruby
  • Neck Fit Using Hid Glue
  • Hardcase
  • 7 lbs 12 oz
  • #A36084

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