Gibson ES-335 Dot 1980s Tobacco Sunburst

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $1,760$3,360

The ES-335 was introduced in 1958 and has remained in production in various forms ever since. Starting in 1981, the model was referred to as the ES-335 Dot in reference to its use of dot inlays like the original models from the late '50s. It was later renamed the ES-335 Reissue in the 1990s.

The '80s ES-335 specimens are technically based on 1960 specifications. The darker hue to the Tobacco Sunburst finish seen here became increasing uncommon during later decades when classic '50s Sunburst became more popular.

*Specimens from the early '80s may command a higher value than those from the end of the decade if they have Tim Shaw pickups. He was hired by Gibson in an early attempt to recreate PAF humbuckers.    

Years of Production: 1958 - present

Body Style: Semi-hollowbody, double cutaway

Wood Composition: Maple body, Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements: Two humbucker pickups, F-holes, Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, dot inlays

Notable Players: Larry Carlton, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton


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