1998 Gibson ES-335 Block LE (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.

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Specification

Make

Gibson

Model

ES-335 Limited Edition

Colour

Translucent Red

Year

1998

Serial  Number

93488417

Number of Frets

22

Fretboard

Ebony, Unbound

Neck

Maple

Body

Maple

Tuners

Vintage Grover-Style Rotomatic

Pick-ups

Gibson '57 Classic Humbucker

Bridge

Gibson ABR Tune-O-Matic

Tailpiece

Gibson Stopbar Tailpiece

Scale Length

24.75"

Full Length

41.188"

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
  • Les Paul 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.