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Info Es-335 1981 Reisue How many were in production for 1981

#1 User is offline   rdmaster 

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

Hello to all,

First time here just curious on some info on a Guitar I bought in 1981 from Samash
The guitar is a Es-335 Ser# 83101030 Guitar has been in case and not played much and is Cherry or a ferrari Red
Its was the first year of the Dot neck 59/ 60 Reissue thats why i bought it stop tail piece was a plus for me. just pulled it out of storage did a setup and plays like a dream Neck was like an arrow amazed not touching for 20 years . Very similar Fatter Neck like my 59 I attached some pics if this helps it is not a Nashville guitar for sure it was from MI plant

Just curious how many were in production for that yr. and was the red Color less common. I see mostly Natural fishines seems like there are not many of these around and one of the finest guitars I have ever played very simialr to a 59 or 60 Les paul neck
Thanks for any info

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:55 PM

1981 was indeed the first year Gibson reissued the 335 with a stop tailpiece and dot fingerboard. Seemed like they had the '61 era slim taper neck. Not particularly rare, but nice guitars none the less. Red was more typical than other colors. Not sure what the production percentage was vs other colors.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:49 PM

View Postsok66, on 02 January 2012 - 04:55 PM, said:

1981 was indeed the first year Gibson reissued the 335 with a stop tailpiece and dot fingerboard. Seemed like they had the '61 era slim taper neck. Not particularly rare, but nice guitars none the less. Red was more typical than other colors. Not sure what the production percentage was vs other colors.



Thanks for the Reply. Was curious of how many were produced in the Mi plant the later over 500 were in Tenn.
I figured not that many around from MI but Thank you kindly for the response
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:04 AM

Unfortunately we don't have any shipping totals from back in those days, as the ledgers were quite mixed up back then.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:40 AM

View PostStijnV, on 04 January 2012 - 07:04 AM, said:

Unfortunately we don't have any shipping totals from back in those days, as the ledgers were quite mixed up back then.



Well guess hard to find out hearing this from the horses Mouth.
I truly don't see many 1981's under the 500 digit in the ser# from the MI planet
I see plenty of 81 over the last 3 digits of 500 and up but the lot of 81's under seem to less abundent. The salesman in Ash said only selected stores had gotten the 1981 reissue at the start thats why i grabbed the only one I saw between 3 locations.
Thats why I was curious on the production count. Like I stated I don't see many 81's From Mi Plant where the poster above stated it was not uncommon.
So without an idea or count from Gibson would be hard to justify
Well Thanks for your post
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:56 PM

I recall being very pleased back then that Gibson reissued the dot with a stop tail. I'd been clamoring for years that they change back to that early configuration.
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Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:25 AM

View Postrdmaster, on 04 January 2012 - 08:40 AM, said:

Well guess hard to find out hearing this from the horses Mouth.
I truly don't see many 1981's under the 500 digit in the ser# from the MI planet
I see plenty of 81 over the last 3 digits of 500 and up but the lot of 81's under seem to less abundent. The salesman in Ash said only selected stores had gotten the 1981 reissue at the start thats why i grabbed the only one I saw between 3 locations.
Thats why I was curious on the production count. Like I stated I don't see many 81's From Mi Plant where the poster above stated it was not uncommon.
So without an idea or count from Gibson would be hard to justify
Well Thanks for your post


I just bought an '81 dot reissue, blond, production number 009. Per Gibson, the guitar was made on the 254th day of 1981 in Kalamazoo, MI.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:37 AM

On this thread, I own #028 from my 1981 ES 335 Dot Neck Reissue. This guitar is amazing. Has been played on world tours and it can be heard on a Grammy award winning Album of The Year! Love it!
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:38 AM

View PostWise Axe, on 16 July 2017 - 11:37 AM, said:

On this thread, I own #028 from my 1981 ES 335 Dot Neck Reissue. This guitar is amazing. Has been played on world tours and it can be heard on a Grammy award winning Album of The Year! Love it!

This is a very early 335 from Kalamazoo.
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:39 AM

View Postsok66, on 02 January 2012 - 04:55 PM, said:

1981 was indeed the first year Gibson reissued the 335 with a stop tailpiece and dot fingerboard. Seemed like they had the '61 era slim taper neck. Not particularly rare, but nice guitars none the less. Red was more typical than other colors. Not sure what the production percentage was vs other colors.

Slimmer neck for sure.
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