While there are many guitars that make a memorable first impression, the Gibson ES-335 truly takes the cake! After all, this instrument has been a showstopper ever since its release in 1958. From Chuck Berry’s groundbreaking performances of ‘Johnny B. Goode’ to the stylings of Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Roy Orbison, and countless other guitar legends - the ES-335 has contributed to numerous pioneering works of music and has easily earned its place in the pantheon of guitar history.
This semi-hollowbody guitar takes the best characteristics of Gibson’s earlier hollowbody electrics and expands the possibilities. The result? Supreme flexibility and increased output potential - all while eliminating the hum and feedback that occasionally creeps up in the hollowbody models at louder volumes. This is what makes this guitar the instrument of choice for players of rock, blues, country, alternative, and various types of jazz, progressive, and fusion. More recently, artists have taken the Gibson ES-335 to new places, introducing the instrument to metal, synthpop, EDM, and numerous other genres.
2019 Gibson ES-335 Dot Semi Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features
- Iconic ES-335 design, painstakingly crafted and built to exacting specifications
- Pearloid Dot Inlay on a Rosewood Fingerboard
- Pickups - MHS II Humbucker Rhythm (Neck) and MHS II Humbucker Lead (Bridge)
- Hand-Wired with 500K Potentiometers and Orange Drop Capacitors
- Eye-catching finishes – Antique Faded Cherry, Dark Natural, Graphite Metallic
The 2019 Gibson ES-335 Dot Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a true work of art. The big, bold size. The smooth body contours. The distinct symmetrical shape, complete with its historic F-holes. And that’s just the visuals. Plug it in, dive right into your music, and you’ll be in awe of the resulting sound!
When you’re building a legend, you have to remain true-to-form, all way down to the smallest details. The 2019 ES-335 Dot utilizes hand-selected woods, a resonant 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple body construction is anchored with a solid Maple center block. From a sonic standpoint, maple is a wood known for its strong sustain and bright tonal color. It is also prized for its durability, density, and tight wood grain – and that means a perfect timbre is the result in the hands of Gibson luthiers. An exacting blend of nitrocellulose lacquer has been evenly applied, bringing out the best in these visually stunning finishes.
A pair of MHS II Humbucker Pickups (the MHS is short for Memphis Historic Spec) anchor the Gibson 2019 Dot ES-335, providing the guitar with a warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic ‘mix-and-match’ aesthetic and crunch of the vintage Gibson PAF humbuckers that truly made those earliest Gibson electrics. Switch up the combinations between the neck and bridge pickups and you’ll be treated to a wonderful collection of tasty humbucking tones!
When you’re dealing with an instrument of this caliber, the hardware needs to address very specific and very important responsibilities, and that starts with pure performance stability. The artisans at Gibson have it covered - the 2019 Dot ES-335 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar comes equipped with sturdy Grover ‘Milk Bottle’ Rotomatic Tuners and an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, keeping the guitar’s tonal foundation anchored and ready. The nickel finish of both the hardware and pickups, along with the accompanying 5-ply pickguard, add a striking visual accent when paired with the guitar’s vibrant body finish.
The Gibson 2019 Dot ES-335 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar includes a Gibson hardshell case.