1962 Gibson ES-335tdc

John Shults

Posted on April 15 2020

1962 Gibson ES-335tdc

There's something about the Gibson ES body style that grabs you as a player. It's the culmination of 60+ years of artistry, engineering, musicianship, drive, passion, and music. Gibson's ES-335 model debuted in 1958 with an aesthetic that channelled Gibson's history of making world class archtop guitars but took advantage of the research and development of the solid body electric guitar. They mated the beauty and resonance of the thinline, f hole archtop shape with the solid center block of the Les Paul Model guitars and made something totally new.

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

Vintage 1960 Gibson ES-335 guitar

Vintage 1961 Gibson ES-335 guitar

I'm always a buyer for Gibson guitars but I especially love the ES-335 model. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Gibson guitar.


Gibson ES-335 vintage 1962 guitar dot neck fretboard

The ES-335 was the baseline of the solid center block ES line that included the ES-345 and ES-355. As such, it debuted in 1958 with simple dot fretboard markers. Gibson updated the model with larger block style inlays in 1962 so this example was one of the last with the humble dot fretboard.

Gibson ES-335 guitar headstock vintage 1962

The ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355 were offered with a few different vibrola tailpieces throughout the years but were also available with the stop bar style tailpiece. Many players believe that the simple stop bar tailpiece can result in a bit more resonant instrument that stays in tune a bit easier. I think that a properly set up Bigbsy can be super resonant and stable but I can appreciate the simplicity of the stop bar too.

Gibson ES-335 guitar cherry vintage 1962 back cathedral figure

I'm always on the lookout for fine examples of the Gibson ES series guitars: ES-335, ES-345, and ES-355. Do you have one that you're interested in selling? I'd love to check it out. You can reach out to me here at the Sell My Guitar page. I'm looking forward to seeing it!

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  • TVG: May 04, 2020

    Hey Jeff! Thank you for the kind feedback on the videos. I hope to do more of those soon. Thank you for watching! Cheers man!

  • Jeff Armstrong: May 04, 2020

    Miss your U2ube vids. Glad to see you’re putting up these cool blog posts. Hope all is good there!

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