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Gibson ES 335

#1 User is offline   Dries 

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Posted 06 August 2016 - 01:31 AM

Hope you can help me out.
My '88 Gibson ES335 Dot.
More info about this guitar would be nice.
Some questions:
-The top has some strange 'dots'
-Is this a Ebony fretboard?

Thnx for the info!

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#2 User is offline   Vinlander 

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 05:36 AM

Looks like it might have an ebony fingerboard, rosewood despite it can be dyed darker the grain here is too tight.
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

The dots on the top and back are in the wood--that is I believe bird's eye maple.

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.


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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.

Kind regards,

Stijn Vergeest
Gibson Europe Customer Service

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