A totally original Artist Guitar with classic appointments, the Gibson Limited Edition Luther Dickinson ES335 has been dubbed, the ‘Guitar That Never Was’. Packing a heady blend of innovation and tradition, the Dickinson ES335 is created as an homage the renowned late-’50s ES335 with a semi-hollow body, solid maple center block and ‘Dickinson preferred’ P90 single-coil pickups with ‘dog-ear’ covers.
Gibson Limited Edition Luther Dickinson ES335 Features
- Laminated Maple Body with Solid Maple Center Block
- P90 Single-Coil Pickups with ‘Dog-Ear’ Covers
- Gently Aged with Gibson’s proprietary VOS process
- Solid quarter-sawn mahogany Glued-in neck
- Hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboard
- ABR bridge and Bigsby Vibrato
- Includes Gibson Hardshell Case and Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity
Lending his chops to incredible acts including Beck, the Replacements and Mojo Nixon, Luther Dickinson has made a name for himself as a notable and authentic blues musician also playing with his own North Mississippi Allstars across the industry.
“I fell in love with the ES-330,” says Dickinson, “so what I wanted to do was combine the two. If we can get the P90 sound and response of a 330 on a 335 semi-hollow that can handle the rock and roll environment—now we’re really getting somewhere. And then the cherry on the top… we put the Bigsby on there.”
To top it all off, Luther wanted the guitar’s finish to match the finish on a vintage ES-175 owned by his father, Memphis musician and producer Jim Dickinson, so Gibson Memphis pulled out all the stops. The deep, rich, vintage-toned “Jim Dickinson Burst” drips with tradition, and looks and feels gently aged right out of the case, thanks to Gibson’s proprietary VOS process.
Body and Neck
Built in the image of the original 335s of the late 1950s, the Luther Dickinson ES335 features a top, back and sides made from laminated maple with a solid maple center block, and traditional f-holes. The glued-in neck is made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany, topped with a hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboard with late-’50s pearloid dot position markers. The body’s top and back and the fingerboard are all trimmed in vintage cream binding. The guitar’s nylon nut is cut on the PLEK automated trimming system for unparalleled precision.
Pickups and Electronics
A pair of Gibson’s legendary P90 pickups with 'dog-ear' covers graces the Luther Dickinson ES335. Since their arrival in the mid ’40s, these pickups have won fans for their thick, slightly gritty midrange and distinctive bite. These P90s are extremely accurate recreations of the originals, made with dual Alnico II magnets and Custom wound with 42 AWG wire and left unpotted for added character and are hum canceling when in the middle position. They are routed through the traditional complement of two independent volume and two independent tone controls, with a three-way Switchcraft toggle for pickup selection.
The Luther Dickinson ES335 carries an ABR bridge and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, with high-quality Kluson tuners featuring single-ring tulip buttons, all gently aged in Gibson’s VOS process. The controls have amber Top-Hat knobs with no inserts, and the guitar has a traditional bell truss-rod cover and five-ply b/w/b/w/b pickguard.
Case and Coverage
Each guitar comes protected in a hardshell case and includes a Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity and Gibson’s Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 customer service.
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