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Gibson 335-S Guitar
The 335-S was Gibsons solid-body version of the semi-acoustic ES-335TD. Although it was approximately the same shape, it was actually smaller and thinner, though the same scale and with the same controls as a 1980 ES-335TD.
Around this time, Gibson were planning big changes with regard dealer authorisation. Models were to be placed in a 'series'; either Professional, Firebrand, or Sonex [Not to be confused with the older models of the same name]. There had long been a waiting list to become a Gibson dealer, and the Sonex series was to be a separately authorsied line, (and branded as Gibson Guitar Co. rather than just Gibson) presumably to allow more dealers. Each series followed the good (Deluxe), better (Standard), best (Custom) concept. So theoretically any instrument could have nine versions. This system was never fully adapted, but it does explain why, in the case of the 335-S, the Custom (traditionally the top of the range) is a lesser instrument to the Deluxe, and why many 335-S have the word PROFESSIONAL on the truss rod covers.
Launch prices were $499 (Standard), $599 (Custom) and $699 (Deluxe). Perhaps a Professional series 335-S Standard or Custom would have been manufactured, had the instrument been more sucessful. The Standard had disappeared from price lists by April 1981, and the Custom by June 1982. No 335-S models were shown in the January '83 price lists.
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|Firebrand335 Comment left 20th February 2012 17:05:58|
I bought a Gibson Firebrand 335 from new back in 1981. Played a lot of shows up and down and she never let me down. I would love to have that guitar again
|underfoot Comment left 25th March 2012 20:08:30|
Those 335 solid Gibsons are just too cool. Especially the silverburst gone green. Are they kalamazoo or nashville (specifically the silverburst)?