The Gibson Rusty Anderson ES-335 Electric Guitar is an incredible instrument crafted to Rusty’s specifications and provides the classic looks, tone and feel of the most desirable vintage 1958-’59 ES-335s. Being Paul McCartney’s touring lead guitarist since 2001 as well as a first-call session player, Anderson is known for his incredible tone, which he achieves thanks to his trusty ES-335.
The Rusty Anderson signature ES-335 is like the ES335 of your dreams. Vintage-correct appointments include a distinctive double-cutaway maple body with solid maple ‘no window’ centerblock, two custom-spec PAF-style humbuckers, a hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboard, vintage-correct binding, nickel hardware, and a luscious Vintage Natural finish in nitrocellulose lacquer, treated to Gibson’s proprietary VOS process for a gently aged look.
Gibson Rusty Anderson ES-335 Electric Guitar Features
- Semi-hollow body made from laminated maple
- Bound dark Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
- Pair of CustomBucker Humbucking Pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Nickel plated ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge and lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece
- Kluson single-ring tulip button tuners with 15:1 tuning ratio
- Comes protected in a tan hardshell case with plush charcoal lining
The craftspeople at Gibson Memphis have meticulously studied and measured an exceptionally well-preserved example of a 1959 ES-335, and it shows in every detail of the Rusty Anderson model. From neck shape, to body contours, to coloring and components, this is the real-deal vintage ES-335 experience. And to top it all off, that legendary tone is there in spades: from warm, rich jazz, to snappy funk and rhythm, to blistering all-out rock and roll.
Body and Neck
Patterned on the original vintage 1959 ES-335, the Rusty Anderson ES-335’s body is made from laminated maple with a solid, lightweight maple center block, spruce braces, and cedar rim liners. The neck is carved from solid quarter-sawn mahogany to a superbly comfortable rounded ’59 profile. The hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboard has simple dot position markers and vintage-correct binding, and is topped with a period-correct nylon nut.
In its nitrocellulose Vintage Natural VOS finish, with aniline dye grain filler on the neck the Rusty Anderson ES-335 looks, feels, and sounds like a prized vintage ES-335 built nearly 55 years ago. Once you pick up the guitar you will feel the hard work the people at Gibson Memphis put into this incredible instrument!
Pickups and Electronics
The Rusty Anderson ES-335 is equipped with two specially designed CustomBucker humbuckers, recreated from precise study of prized vintage PAF humbuckers. Made with genuine Alnico II and Alnico V magnets and slightly mismatched, unspotted coils scatter-wound with 42 AWG wire, these pickups translate the guitar’s sonic splendor into the throaty warmth and singing overdrive of the finest ES-335s ever made, with characteristic PAF clarity and bite at every turn.
CTS potentiometers with ‘Bumblebee’ tone caps ensure an authentically vintage signal path all the way to the output. Gibson Memphis ordered the potentiometers from CTS with their tightest tolerance (+/- 5 percent). They are 550K audio taper with heavy carbon pads. Gibson Memphis measured each resistance on each pot, matched and then built sets accordingly.
Gibson Memphis brings the vintage vibe home with single-ring Kluson tuners, a nylon nut, original no wire ABR-1 Bridge, and a lightweight aluminum stopbar tailpiece with old-style long-anchor studs—all contributing to superb resonance and sustain, as well as period-correct looks. All hardware is nickel plated, and gently aged in Gibson’s VOS process. Period-correct ’59 pickguard with period correct truss-rod and cover and historically accurate binding sizes and colors are the finishing touches on a stunning Artist guitar.
As if working as Paul McCartney’s touring lead guitarist since 2001 wasn’t enough, Rusty Anderson has been a first-call session player and collaborator over an extensive career. His signature riffs have graced the recordings of Elton John, Joe Cocker, the Bangles, Neil Diamond, the Wallflowers, Sinéad O’Connor, Ricky Martin, Willie Nelson and dozens of others. And throughout, Rusty has remained a diehard Gibson player.