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Gibson ES335 dot

Thin line semi-acoustic guitar

Gibson ES-335 dot - American-made. World-played.
Gibson ES-335 dot - American-made. World-played.
This advertisement was widely used circa 1982-1984. It features the American map guitar that appears on the cover of the 1983 Gibson catalogue, alongside the ES-335 dot, and Les Paul Standard.
Gibson ES-335 dot

The ES-335 dot was launched in late 1981, replacing the ES-335TD which had been in production for the previous 23 years. It was based on the dot-inlaid model of 1961, with the original 'Mickey Mouse ear' cutaway, mahogany neck, small f-holes and stop tailpiece. These features, and others, had changed gradually over the years, until the 335 had evolved into a guitar that was maple-necked, with coil-tapped super humbuckers, a bail tailpiece and chrome hardware. These are summarised below.

1961 featurechangedreplaced by

Dot inlays1962Block inlays

Stop tailpiece1965Bail tailpiece

Nickel hardware1966Chrome hardware

Headstock angle of 17 degrees1967Reduced to 14 degrees

One-piece mahogany neck1968Three-piece mahogany
 1975 (or earlier)Three-piece maple

Small f-holes1969F-holes widened

Wide neck, 1 11/16" at nut1965, 1968, 1975, 1978Varying between 1 9/16", 1 10/16" and 1 11/16"

PAF humbuckers1975Super humbuckers

Alongside all the old features was one brand new piece of hardware, the top-adjust bridge; it's sloped contour allowed the stop tailpiece to be positioned low against the guitar, adding 'response and sustain' and creating a 'firmer action'.

The ES-335 dot and ES-335TD were available simultaneously at the begining of 1982; the 335 dot was slightly cheaper ($999) than the 335TD ($1049), although a 335 dot with coil tap switch is also listed at $1049. Available finishes: antique natural, cherry, ebony, vintage sunburst

Catalogue Appearances

1981 Rosetti (UK) Gibson catalogue The ES-335 Dot was shown alongside the ES-335TD in the first Gibson catalogue produced by Rosetti, for the United Kingdom market, the 1981 Rosetti Gibson catalogue. 1983 Gibson guitar and bass catalogue The first US catalogue inclusion of the ES335 dot was in the 1983 Gibson catalogue
The very essence of classic elegance, one of the most admired and requested models in Gibson history. The balanced feel and extraordinary playability permit the instrument to come alive in the players hands.

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