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When players discuss "80's" ES-335 guitars, they usually are referring to the DOT Reissue model which had its debut in 1981. It is constructed much differently than a standard 1980 model would be. A 1980 ES-335 is more like its siblings from the late 1970's: 3-piece maple neck, non-continuous center block, short neck tenon, coil tap, trapeze tail, etc. This era is not the most popular from Gibson, but the guitar could be excellent regardless.

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When players discuss "80's" ES-335 guitars' date=' they usually are referring to the DOT Reissue model which had its debut in 1981. It is constructed much differently than a standard 1980 model would be. A 1980 ES-335 is more like its siblings from the late 1970's: 3-piece maple neck, non-continuous center block, short neck tenon, coil tap, trapeze tail, etc. This era is not the most popular from Gibson, but the guitar could be excellent regardless.[/quote']

 

+1...

 

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1979 is not the best year for SG's either. And..... "The SG" was a budget guitar.

 

Mine will rattle your fillings unplugged. It was used on 8/12 of the DOUBLE AUGHT (cdbaby.com) CD in '99, and goes everywhere I gig, every week. I use it often.

 

The year doesn't matter.

 

The guitar matters.

 

Best of luck.

 

Murph.

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I owned a 335 for 37 years. Then I traded for a Les Paul. I owned it for 4 months,

and then traded back for a hollow body 339.

 

My opinion is, the year doesn't matter. If you're the kind of person to like a hollow

body, I feel that the Gibson 335 cannot be beaten in any important way, period.

 

Ha, ha, ha. Actually I feel that way about ANY Gibson. (can't be beat)

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I briefly owned a 1980 335 back in '96. It was wine red and had been converted over from the trapeze to a one piece Badass bridge like what would be on a LP Junior or similar. It was a good guitar, no issues. The upper horns were a little smaller as I recall.... when they went to the Dot Reissue style I think they went back to the larger horns as well. Looking back at photos now it looks kinda weird. Swapped it for a Guild X-160 and then swapped that for a '79 LP. They come and go......

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