Gibson ES-355TD - Gibson Thin Body Guitars Feel Just Right
Advertisement for Gibson's new thinline guitar range launched the year before. Guitars like the ES-335 (ES = Electric Spanish) were an immediate success. This ad features Gibson 'artist-enthusiast' Andy Nelson playing the newly launched ES-355T through a GA400 amplifier
This magnificent stereo jazz guitar reflects all the beauty and skill of the guitar maker's art. With tone ranging from a clear treble to a throaty bass, with thrilling vibrato and instant response, it offers the jazz artist everything
|The ES355 is barely mentioned in the 1966 Gibson full line catalogue in favour of the stereo vearitone version|
The ES-355 was launched in 1958, and is a mono version of the more well known ES-355TDSV from 1959, which features stereo circuitry and a varitone tone control. It was available from 1958 until 1970, and like most fine grade instruments, sold in small numbers only; a total production of 1343 (compared to 1808 stereo varitone models)
The finest of the 300 series (also Gibson ES335, Gibson ES345), both stereo and mono versions had an ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays, split diamond headstock inlay, and gold plated hardware throughout.
It is sometimes compared to the Epiphone Sheraton which was made with the 355 in the Gibson Kalamazoo factory, using the same tooling, techniques and quite a lot of the same components
Famous users of the mono ES355 include BB King and Pete Townsend