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Gibson Unveils 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD

Disclosure Policy | Tue, Feb 16, 2010 | 3777 |

Gibson-50th-Anniversary-ES335TDWell, I was thoroughly entrenched at San Francisco International Airport, anxiously awaiting lift-off for New Orleans (and Mardi Gras, baby!) when Gibson announced their latest Custom Shop extravaganza –– the new 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD.

That was nearly a week ago, but today I finally got a few minutes to do some research on it.

Like other recent editions from Gibson’s venerable Custom Shop, this beauty appears to be well out of range of your average guitarist (myself included,) with MSRPs hovering in the mid-$5,000 to low-$6,000 range… but it’s a looker for sure, and I have no doubt it’s something to behold… Just wish I could afford to play one.

According to Gibson, the ES-335 changed quite a bit over the course of 1960, but to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of this classic guitar the Custom Shop has chosen to reproduce the so-called “fast neck profile” model –– arguably the most unique version of the 335 to come out that year.

Among other things, the 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335 will feature a laminated-maple body (top, back and sides,) with a solid maple centerblock, choice of three different VOS-aged nitrocellulose finishes (Antique Natural, Antique Faded Cherry, and Antique Vintage Sunburst,) period-correct hardware, and a one-piece mahogany neck with maple spline and 12″ radius rosewood fretboard.

Electronics are expected to include traditional “insert” Tone and Volume knobs, bumble-bee capacitors, a 1/4″ Switchcraft output jack, and a duo of Gibson’s accurate PAF reproductions –– the 57 Classic humbuckers.

Additionally, according to Gibson’s write-up the neck on the ES-335TD has been totally re-tooled for accurate truss rod profile and channel depth, utilizing scans of by the Custom Shop’s Engineering Team.

The Gibson 50th Anniversary 1960 ES-335TD will ship with a silk-screened Custom Shop hardshell case with black pleather exterior, charcoal plush interior, a Certificate of Authenticity, and all the usual goodies and documentation. Prices range from $5645 to $6115.

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Rick Says:

    Hmmm… Last year, I bought a 2004 ES-335 for less than half this price. It actually compared quite favorably to the $70,000 1958 model in the vintage room at the Hollywood Guitar Center. This 50th anniversary model isn’t twice the guitar in my opinion…..Although one of my guitar teachers has a 1968 ES-335 that is among the best guitars I’ve ever played. If I were to spend this much, I’d get the Larry Carlton Mr. 335 ES-335 model or the “block” 60’s models.

  2. Cary Says:

    Yeah, I can’t imagine who is going to be purchasing these, though clearly they *do* sell –– Gibson keeps making them!

    It really makes me miss my old Dot 335. I had to sell it during my really lean years, along with a gorgeous Fender Twin. Ouch. It still hurts :/

    I’m digging the aged finish on this 50th Anniversary edition though… gorgeous!

  3. Rick Says:

    Cary…. there seems to be a fairly large gap between what Gibsons sell for new and what they end up actually selling for discontinued. The sticker on my 2004 ES-335 said $3200….list $4000. I paid $1900 because it was “old stock” at Guitar Center (Hollywood, interestingly enough)…somebody returned it during the 60 day window, and I got an awesome bargain. I went into my local Guitar Center and they had the newer ES-339s list price $3000, sticker $1999….saw a guy buy one for $1300 during a one day clearance sale. Even though they cost more than most production Fenders, Gibsons tend to take the biggest beating come clearance time for some reason.

  4. larry miller Says:

    This blog is looking great.

  5. Doug Morrison Says:

    I purchase one in 1976 for $500. PAF pickups but the guitar got stolen and I had block inlays.

    Mr. 335 sounding guitar/The neck varnish was worn to the wood on the back of the neck! It was played but in perfect shape.

    Guitars have to be played!

    Miss the guitar!

    Randy & Raven made my Boogie also and replaced the amp when it was stolen.

    Back then it took awhile to get a Boogie!

  6. Steve Says:

    I just picked up one of these (faded cherry) last nite.
    I compared it to a new ’63 block inlay reissue, and a ’59 reissue.
    All played through a Fender Twin BF and an Xotic BB Preamp OD pedal.
    This VOS looks beautiful with the aged finish. The neck is slightly chunkier than alot of the slim taper necks I’ve played.
    Tonally…it sounds deeper with retained top end clarity through all the pickups. The overdrive bridge tone is tremendous.
    And I didnt play retail, either.
    I think I got a good deal from my local shop, and couldnt be happier.
    When you find THE ONE, it’s always a good day!


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