1998 Gibson ES-335 Block Limited Edition

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It's an ES-335, but it's a rarely seen one - with the black edging and aged nickel hardware.  I've a feeling that those departures from expectation were this model's undoing.  But that just makes this one all the more unique today.  Definitely a neglected beauty.

Specification

Gibson

Make

ES-335 Limited Edition

Model

Translucent Red

Colour

1998

Year

93488417

Serial  Number

22

Number of Frets

Ebony, Unbound

Fretboard

Maple

Neck

Maple

Body

Vintage Grover-Style Rotomatic

Tuners

Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker

Pick-ups

Gibson ABR Tune-O-Matic

Bridge

Gibson Stopbar Tailpiece

Tailpiece

24.75"

Scale Length

41.188"

Full Length

Further Information:

  • A rare run of ES-335s from 1998, distinguished by the black body binding, small block fretboard inlays and aged nickel hardware.  These also came in Translucent Blue and Natural finishes.  Such a rare run that there's very little discussion or documentation available online for this model.

  • The Gibson catalogue describes them having a "smart, snazzy and distinctive flair".

  • The '57 Classic Humbuckers give this guitar a beautifully rich and warm tone, as a result of the balanced (the same number of wire turns) coils in each.

  • A classic ES-335 in a unique finish.

Sources & Links
  • Seymour Duncan Discussion Forum: A helpful thread on the spec (and love!) for this guitar, including the original Gibson ad for the release of this Limited Edition.
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