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Used 2001 ES335 Dot - What to look for?

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I'm looking at buying a used 2001 ES335 Dot. From pics it appears to have very few signs of wear and owner says via email that "frets are almost like new". Are there other issues I should be concerned about besides obvious cosmetics and potential flex in the neck to body joint?

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I find it really difficult purchasing a guitar without looking at it and playing it. I've only purchased one guitar without seeing it on e-bay. I was not disappointed in the purchase, but I sold the guitar within 6 months of the purchase. I would ask the owner if the guitar was modified or repaired. Of course I would want to know the the type of pickups and neck style. Now, I personally would only buy a guitar sight unseen or played from a source that would allow me to return it if I did not like it, but that's just how I think. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Thanks. I'm not buying it unseen. I'm going to look at it before committing. I was just looking for some advice as to what issues to look for, whether 2001 ES335's were a particularly bad year, etc.

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I don't believe there was a production year for the 335's to avoid. Since you have the chance to visually look at it and play it, spend as much time as you need with it before decide to buy or not buy it. I usually like to play a guitar that I am thinking about buying for at least a 1/2 hour. I was really lucky, I acquired my 335 in a trade deal with a friend. We traded guitars for a month before we made the deal. I will tell you this, I have owned a lot of guitars since 1963 and my 335 is the best sounding, most versatile guitar I have ever owned. So if this one isn't the right for you, keep looking until you find the right 335.

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Thanks. Spent an hour playing it. One small blem where the neck meets the body otherwise it's a great sounding beauty. Seller hd a blackface DLR the same as my '65 so was able to judge perfectly.

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Jayz,

It sounds like your close to a decision. I would not let a small blemish come between myself and a good guitar. What color is it? I hope you can agree on price.

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Pic of my "new" 2001 ES335 Dot.

PS - The previous owner removed the interior "blanket". Does anyone know where to get a replacement?

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I would not worry about the case blanket. If I remember correctly there have been posts about them possibly causing scratches on the guitar. I could be wrong though.

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Hi. I have the the chance to purchase a 1991 ES335. There is no Certificate of Authenticity with it. The seller says that ES335s from this era did not com with a C of A. Is this true? 

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PLM53,

A couple of years ago I posed a similar question on the Gibson web site and someone emailed me back stating the ES-335's only shipped with COA's from 2008 on.

Beware of unscrupulous sales folks telling you that Gibson may reissue a missing COA. Not true and we don't want them to.

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On December 3, 2015 at 7:56 AM, Tom99SS said:

I would not worry about the case blanket. If I remember correctly there have been posts about them possibly causing scratches on the guitar. I could be wrong though.

Great looking Guitar! Nice Burst.. My recent Memphis 335 looks like yours. It didn't have a Case blanket in the Case & I bought it new. 

One of my Les Paul's has the Case Blanket & the Guitar is about 20 years old... Classy Case. I haven't had any issues with scratches on my Guitar..

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