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Gibson Memphis 50th Anniversary 1963 ES335 Electric Guitar with Case

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Gibson Memphis started from scratch to reproduce one of the most iconic guitars of all time, the ES335. The Gibson Memphis 50th Anniversary 1963 ES335 Electric Guitar is a reissue that celebrates 50 years of the beloved ’63 model. Gibson Memphis thoroughly studied original 1963 ES335’s to get all the specs, finish, build, materials, feel and tone just right. The end result is nothing short of amazing!

Gibson Memphis started by getting a perfect condition, original ’63, digitized the shape and had a new press made to could replicate arguably the most important feature of this guitar, the slender horns. These new accurate sides are glued to a lightweight maple centerblock with an original style ‘window’ re-designed just for the 50th Anniversary 1963 ES-335 reissue.

Gibson Memphis 50th Anniversary 1963 ES335 Features

  • Historically color correct binding developed after studying many vintage guitars
  • Neck with its amazing comfortable shape with the small round heel and a perfect blend of the full size late 50’s and thin tapered 1961
  • CTS potentiometers coupled with Black Beauty capacitors and Burst Bucker 1 and 2 pickups
  • VOS finish are remarkably accurate to the originals
  • Historically accurate black hard case with vintage low knap yellow liner
Vintage Accurate Hardware
Adding to the accuracy of this model, Gibson Memphis we sought out and or had correct hardware created just for this guitar starting with Tone Pro double ring, double line Kluson tuners, nylon nut, pearloid block inlays, an ABR bridge with nylon inserts, coupled with a lightweight stop bar tailpiece held in place with historic style long studs and anchors for to recreate the tone created taking that extra step in recreating vintage tone.

Finish
The finishes were developed to replicate perfectly the look of an original. The Cherry used on this guitar took months of developing and testing to achieve the perfect, hand rubbed Cherry that has hints of Ruby that is reminiscent of the early to late 60’s Gibson ES guitars. Likewise the sunburst is an exacting replication of the amazingly well preserved colors on the 1963 Gibson used to model this new guitar! To complete the look and feel the hardware and finish are both Vintage Original Specification and the guitars come in historically correct Black cases with yellow lining.

Product Specifications
Gibson Memphis 50th Anniversary 1963 ES335 Specifications
  • Top: Plain Maple, three ply with poplar core
  • Back: Plain Maple, three ply with poplar core
  • Center Block: Light weight maple with window
  • Rim: Plain Maple, three ply with poplar core
  • Binding: Historic Cream
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlay: Accurate reproduction pearloid block inlays
  • Headstock: Holly Wood with Mother of Pearl Gibson logo and Crown inlay
  • Scale: 24 3/4 inch Scale length with 1 11/16 inch nut width
  • Tuners: Double line double band Tone Pro Tulip button
  • Bridge: Nickel ABR with Nylon inserts
  • Tailpiece: Historically accurate lightweight nickel plated aluminum stop bar attached using original style long studs and anchors
  • Pickups: Burstbucker 1 for Rhythm, Burstbucker 2 for Lead
  • Controls: CTS 500K audio taper for volume and tone, .022 mfd. Black Beauty caps and Switchcraft 3 position switch
  • Knobs: Black reflector knobs with silver inserts
  • Finish: VOS, Sixties Burst or Sixties Cherry , Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Other: 5-ply 335 short pickguard, vintage black/white truss rod cover
  • Included: Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity and Historically correct Black hard case with vintage low knap yellow liner
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
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General
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With Gibson, you sometimes wonder if they are really trying to produce a product to return to the standards of their 'glory years,' or if they have just become completely caught up in cosmetics. Based on my new 50th Anniversary 1963 ES335, I have to believe that they are honestly trying to offer the finest quality product possible. I thought about buying a reissue block neck 335 a couple of years ago. I'm very pleased that I waited. There are just SO MANY things Gibson got right on this guitar. Yes, it's looks great, but it sounds wonderful- and it's not even broken in yet.
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The build quality and materials in this guitar make me very confident that this guitar will last and be trouble free for a long time to come.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The guitar is definitely on the bright side, which is a good thing. You get a sound you can work with, a sound that's versatile, especially with a good amp. I think the Burst bucker pickups are a good choice here. What impressed me was how evenly the guitar sounds from string to string, up and down the neck. Right out of the shipping carton, the guitar has a nice degree of 'broken in' responsiveness.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish was amazing. Remembering that that this is a factory made guitar, the finish on this guitar is better than any other guitar I've ever owned. They did a wonderful job matching the look and vibe of what a real 1963 ES335 would look like.
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