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Is your 335 a Nashville or Memphis reissue? I have a Nashville Custom shop 335 from a few years ago............one GREAT guitar aren't they ;>)? jim in Maine

 

 

The red ES 335 is a Nashville-built 1959 Historic. It's a really, really nice guitar. Flawless cosmetics.

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Here is my 2012 Memphis 335 in Vintage Sunburst! Nice Flames, everybody! However, I'm a plain-top kind of guy.

 

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I added the Bigsby immediately after I got her and slapped that Custom Made plaque on as a homage to the 335s back in the day!

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This is my "new" Gibson ES335 from 1978. I bought It two weeks ago..

It has a coil split switch factory installed.

The colour is walnut (a very dark walnut, almost transparent black)

A real beauty and a GREAT sounding guitar.

I hope you like..

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There are many appalling looking walnut finish guitars from early to mid 70s, but they really improved it by '78-'79, from dung brown to dark chocolate. The finish on my 355 (the one earlier in the thread) is a dead ringer for Dylanita's when seen in decent light, and is one of my favourite Gibson finishes.

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I think I recall seeing the "Dung Brown" listed in one of the Norlin sales brochures.

 

It appeared to be relatively short lived...

 

 

 

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I am the proud owner of a 2014 plain top dot neck Memphis ES-335. I've had the new baby for a couple of days, and have only a few hours playing around with it, but I have to say it's a fantastic guitar. I have 10's on it right now as I do a lot of very wide bends (3 and 4 semi tones), and I wanted to see how it felt before considering a move to 11's. I've got a replacement harness from Martin Six Strings with the 500K pots and bumble bee caps that I intend to swap out down the road, but I'm going to give the stock electronics a roll for a while before deciding to change anything. I will likely make a few recordings with the stock electronics and then swap and do the same recordings again to see if there is really a difference coming through on disc, but my first impression of the tones and various tapers on volume and tone are pretty positive. Judging by the chatter on the internet, I was expecting a muffled, tone depleted guitar that could never please me with the stock electronics, but in the short time I've had with this guitar, I was able to dial in a wide variety of very nice usable tones with no effort. I'm sure the honeymoon just needs to come and go before I get the itch to mod anything. I plan to stick with the Classic '57's for quite some time, I like what I'm hearing… today.

 

At any rate, I know what you all really care about… guitar porn. So here it is (granted, it's just a brand new Memphis plain top, so it's not going to blow you away):

 

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More pics if you want:

 

http://s968.photobucket.com/user/lifeson355/library/ES335

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