Vintage 1974 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red Electric Guitar

John Shults

Posted on June 01 2020

Vintage 1974 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red electric guitar


This clean vintage 1974 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red electric guitar came through the shop a few years ago. It's a nice example with original hard shell case, owner's manual, and case key. I'm always a vintage Gibson guitar buyer but I especially love ES-335 guitars from the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Gibson guitar

Check out a few other vintage Gibson ES-335 guitars that have come through the shop:

1960 Gibson ES-335

1961 Gibson ES-335

1962 Gibson ES-335

1963 Gibson ES-335

1964 Gibson ES-335

Ted McCarty's tenure as president of Gibson from 1949 until 1966 resulted in many great advancements in the electric guitar but his finest may be the ES-335 model in 1958. The design took advantage of Gibson's reputation for warm hollow body tone but also decreased the propensity to feedback at high stage volumes. The thin body was comfortable to hold and and the tune-o-matic bridge (another McCarty innovation) resulted in excellent intonation. It introduced a whole new segment of the guitar market: the semi-hollow body electric guitar.

This 1974 Gibson ES-335td featuring a Cherry finish and patent number pickups has just come from the original owner. He played in a wedding band but kept the guitar in excellent condition with no modifications or repairs. It's a factory second likely because of the dark streak in the back of the neck. All parts appear to be original to the guitar and are in good working condition. The frets show wear but have a lot of life left in them. The original hang tag, case key, and case with replaced handle are included (edit: sold!)

Vintage 1974 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red with hang tag

Gibson headstock 1974 ES-335 pearl inlay

Vintage Gibson Electric Guitar Cherry Red 1974

1974 Gibson ES-335 Cherry Red

Patent Sticker Humbucker pickups, 1974 Gibson ES-335

Gibson rectangle pearl inlay freboard markers

Double line Kluson tuners, Mahogany neck with volute 1974 Gibson ES-335

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