Here is a fresh piece of Gibson history that just rolled into the shop. This Memphis Custom Shop Gibson 335 sports a rare Inverness Green finish that was reported to be a limited run of 100 guitars. This came to us from a friend who's brought us lots of mint guitars thanks to his background as a seasoned tech, player and collector. This 335 is no exception and by far the rarest piece he's dropped at UpFront Guitars.
This Custom Shop Gibson 335 features:
- Nitro Cellulose Inverness Green finish
- Semi-hollow Flame Maple body w/ Maple Center Block
- Cream binding
- Bound 60's profile set mahogany neck, 1-11/16" nut width, 12" radius
- Rosewood fretboard w/ dot inlays
- Grover tuning keys
- Tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece
- Classic '57 neck pickup
- Classic '57 bridge pickup
- Separate volume and tone controls
- All paperwork, warranty card, and manual
- Original black tolex hardshell case
The ES-335 was the first ever commercial thin-line guitar that quickly became a Gibson icon thanks to it's ability to succeed in jazz, rock and blues applications. From B.B King to Larry Carlton to Dave Grohl the power of dual humbucker pickups combined with the dynamic response of the semi-hollow body has become a tried and true formula for harmonic balance. The semi-hollow flame maple body gives a bright, airy response that helps tame the power of the '57 Classic pickups. The one-piece Mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard offer a softer, darker flavor to the mix that helps maximize vibrations straight into the body. It's the type of guitar that you'll also enjoy unplugged which to us is a gold standard for premium craftsmanship. The finish is what sets this Memphis 335 apart from it's peers. The Nitro Cellulose Inverness Green is a limited run color of which 100 ES-335's were made. It's a beautiful solid color that has a slight metallic shine to it when you hit it with different types of light.
The '57 Classic pickups are a pair of Alnico II humbuckers which have earned their reputation as balanced, harmonically rich pickups. In our experience, the use of "weaker" Alnico magnets in humbuckers is almost universally superior because the loose magnetic field picks up frequencies you would miss out on with a typical midrange heavy Alnico V. The Classic '57s offer classic warmth and punch with enhanced clarity and sparkle in both the lows and highs. Combined with carefully selected tonewoods and the semi-hollow construction of the 335, it's a perfect recipe for percussive lows and mids and sparkling high end sustain.
The well known versatility of the 335 cannot be understated and when it comes from the Memphis factory, it's practically a no-brainer. This rare 335 easily qualifies as a collector's item but it is a professional player that is much more than eye-candy. If you're looking for a piece of modern Gibson history, don't pass up on this Inverness beauty.