Gibson ES-335 (1999) SOLD!

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Recently, we’ve spent a lot of time listening to the remastered Stones classic Exile on Main Street, marveling at the honey tones dripping from Mick Taylor’s Ampeg amplifier. We know that Mick is primarily known as a Les Paul guy, but flipping through the CD booklet, we smiled to see multiple shots of him recording with an ES-335. This sweet example from 1999 has several unique features that were only offered in that time period. First, there’s the beautiful translucent brown finish over a gorgeous figured maple top and back, accented by crème binding that seems to have a hint of mocha coloration. The all-original gold Schaller tuners feature fold out string cranks which work so well that they leave us wondering why they don’t come stock on every Gibson. The one-piece neck is listed in Gibson’s specs as a “1960 slim taper Les Paul” profile. It feels great, and has enough heft to enhance sustain. The pickups are ’57 Classics, which happen to sound perfect on this instrument. “How perfect?” you may ask. Perfect enough that this guitar more than holds its own against a couple of absolutely killer vintage 345s we have around. We’re going to miss it—we practically had to pry it out of Steve’s hands just to get some photographs. The instrument is in excellent+ condition and still has the protective film intact on pickguard. While we wouldn’t quite call this guitar mint, we would say that it appears to have fewer miles on it than some “new” guitars we’ve seen on the wall at the “Big Box” music store down the street. Original brown-with-pink-interior hardshell case contains the original warranty card and Gibson inspection slip. The case has a few dings in the tolex, and the pink satin shroud has some light staining like it was laid in some kind of liquid—but overall, the case is also in great shape. SOLD.

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Recently, we’ve spent a lot of time listening to the remastered Stones classic Exile on Main Street, marveling at the honey tones dripping from Mick Taylor’s Ampeg amplifier. We know that Mick is primarily known as a Les Paul guy, but flipping through the CD booklet, we smiled to see multiple shots of him recording with an ES-335. This sweet example from 1999 has several unique features that were only offered in that time period. First, there’s the beautiful translucent brown finish over a gorgeous figured maple top and back, accented by crème binding that seems to have a hint of mocha coloration. The all-original gold Schaller tuners feature fold out string cranks which work so well that they leave us wondering why they don’t come stock on every Gibson. The one-piece neck is listed in Gibson’s specs as a “1960 slim taper Les Paul” profile. It feels great, and has enough heft to enhance sustain. The pickups are ’57 Classics, which happen to sound perfect on this instrument. “How perfect?” you may ask. Perfect enough that this guitar more than holds its own against a couple of absolutely killer vintage 345s we have around. We’re going to miss it—we practically had to pry it out of Steve’s hands just to get some photographs. The instrument is in excellent+ condition and still has the protective film intact on pickguard. While we wouldn’t quite call this guitar mint, we would say that it appears to have fewer miles on it than some “new” guitars we’ve seen on the wall at the “Big Box” music store down the street. Original brown-with-pink-interior hardshell case contains the original warranty card and Gibson inspection slip. The case has a few dings in the tolex, and the pink satin shroud has some light staining like it was laid in some kind of liquid—but overall, the case is also in great shape. SOLD.