Gibson ES 335
Posted 07 August 2016 - 05:36 AM
Apparently Gibson could have made special 335 runs with Ebony board around those years
Regarding the dots in the maple, that is called bird's eye figure and is usually a very desirable thing
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:06 PM
It's hard to read the serial number on the back of the headstock, but it appears you have a 1988. It looks like it's in very nice condition.
I thought all 335's came with a rosewood fretboard, but I am not sure. Call Gibson customer service and give them the serial number--they are very helpful and can tell you what you have. 1 (800) 4-gibson.
Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:41 AM
If the serial number is 81618553; this is registered here as an ES-335 dot, in vintage sunburst, with nickel hardware, from 1988, made at the USA division in Nashville.
I have attached two documents, one from 1980 and one from 1992, 1988 was a bit a transitional period.
Gibson Europe Customer Service