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1980 Gibson ES-335 Pro Question Is this a "Pro" or not...?

#1 User is offline   Lewligan 

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 08:08 AM

Hi everyone,

This is my first post on the Gibson forum!

I have always been a lover of everything Gibson related, and I've owned my fair share of Gibson guitars over the years.

I've been a long time reader of the forums, but I've never actually posted.
I usually find all the answers I'm looking for just by reading over other people's threads.
However, this time I felt I needed to seek advice from some of you more knowledgeable folk [biggrin]


I have a 1980 Gibson ES-335 here.
It's a beautiful guitar!!

My question is... is this an ES-335 "PRO"?

The serial number dates it to January 9th, 1980 - built at the Kalamazoo Plant.
(Production number: 122)

I got it pretty cheap, and the guy who I bought it off told me it was definitely a PRO.

However, it doesn't have "Pro" written on the truss rod cover like others I have seen..?
This may have just been replaced with a plain black one by a previous owner?

Also, I have seen another 1980 Pro with a different bridge/tailpiece.

I have seen guitars listed as "ES-335 Pro" that look pretty much identical to mine (apart from the pickups) - same bridge & same plain black truss rod cover that mine has.

Yet others are listed as "Pro" and differ to mine - you can understand my confusion...?

The pickups have been swapped for Bare Knuckle Mules.

(Is the 3 piece neck a clue...?)

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Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance [thumbup]

- Lew

#2 User is offline   IanHenry 

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:38 PM

Hi Lew,
you may get a better response to your question, from people who know if you post it in the Gibson Custom - Custom Shop ES and archtop guitars section of the forum.


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