Gibson ES-335 TD with Lyre Vibrola Silverburst 1978

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Like the Les Paul, the ES-335 stands as one of Gibson's all-time most iconic models. The ES-335 is a semi-hollowbody guitar which means that it has a solid block of wood running through its center with hollow wings on either side. This construction style maintains the open tone of a hollowbody while helping to reduce feedback. The ES-335 was introduced in 1958 and has remained in production in various forms ever since. This particular examples is most likely a custom order as the ES-335 was not made in Silverburst standard in this era. Additionally, the Lyre Vibrola and split-diamond headstock inlay were not standard in this era.

Years of Production: 1958 - present

Body Style: Semi-hollowbody, double cutaway

Unique to this Era: In 1977, Gibson makes a coil-tap switch on the upper horn standard on the ES-335. 

Wood Composition: Maple body, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, F-holes, Tune-o-matic bridge, Lyre vibrola, block inlays

Finish Specification:
Silverburst is non-standard or custom finish for the ES-335.

Notable Players: Larry Carlton, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton

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