The Gibson Memphis reissue nails all the key elements of the original model from ’63, including the laminated body construction with spruce bracing, cedar rim liners, and a maple center block with period-correct ‘window.’ The quartersawn mahogany neck is carved to a ’63 profile—which is fairly slender by today’s standards—and the original-style nylon nut is cut to perfection using very modern PLECK technology.
The binding is nicely aged to replicate the yellowish appearance of 50 year old celluloid, and the nitro-lacquer finish on the body and neck is also treated to Gibson’s VOS process to give it a lightly aged look. In concert with the dulled patina on the nickel-plated hardware and pickup covers, the overall effect is one of a guitar that has been lightly used for a half century by a non-smoking player who never wore a belt.
Gibson Memphis 1963 ES-335 TD Features
- 100 percent American made, in Memphis, TN.
- Nylon Nut
- Historically correct slim horns at the cutaway
- Maple veneers
- Historic Truss Rod
- Aniline Dye Neck Filler
- All lightweight materials to include the correct 'Window' Center block and Mahogany neck
- Accurate historic colored binding, with period correct Cellulose Block Fingerboard inlay
- Spruce top and back bracing
- Lightweight Stop Bar Tailpiece with period correct long anchors and studs
- No-wire ABR-1 bridge
- Hot-hide glue Neck Joint
- 550K Audio Taper Close tolerance individually matched-set potentiometers with historic wiring featuring ‘Bumblebee’ capacitors
- MHS Unpotted Humbuckers Alnico III Neck, Alnico II Bridge
- Double-Ring Tulip button Klusons
- Hardshell Case Included
Other details include hot hide glue for the neck joint, a historically accurate trussrod (which is heavier than modern rods and doesn’t have a plastic sleeve), Aniline dye grain filler (which exactly matches the original translucent color), single-line Kluson tuners with double ring ‘tulip’ buttons, an ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles, and an aluminum stop tailpiece that uses long, original-style anchor studs with the correct metallurgy, spline size, and flat cut slots.
New Memphis Historic Spec (MHS) humbuckers are based on ’50s-era models and designed to enhance the sound of semi-hollow guitars. These unpotted pickups feature asymmetrical coil winding using 42-gauge enameled wire, and they feature alnico 3 and alnico 2 magnets respectively for the neck and bridge. The Historic 1963 ES-335 also uses custom audio taper CTS 550k ohm pots—a value that ensures the pots will be at least 500k ohms, so as to keep the neck pickup from sounding muddy or the bridge pickup from being too bright.