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Gibson ES-335 Pro Sem-Hollow Electric Guitar Pre-Owned 1979 Model

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  • 1979 Gibson ES335 Pro
  • Pre-owned: Worn and played condition
  • All original hardware, and pickups
  • Antique Sunburst
  • Original Period-Correct Gibson Hard Case

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From 1979, this Gibson ES-335 Pro has seen decades of play, and shows it, but it plays nicely having had a complete overhaul on its set up earlier in the year. It still has a low straight action, and sounds excellent plugged in with all the electronics working soundly. This guitar has served its time, and then some, having spent a lengthy career within Parisian Jazz clubs for over 30 years...

As a result, it has serious wear on the body and the finish has reduced to having a satin feel, but this also adds huge amounts of character. 

Please note that due to the guitar's use, it has a strong scent of Tobacco and viewing is highly recommended.

Specification 

Serial: 72519007

This guitar has its original hardware and pickups. It is a Tune-o-matic bridge, and the stop tail has its original fine tuners that are fully functional, and the original Gibson 'Dirty Fingers' humbuckers.

There is a ding on the bass side of the neck in the binding at the third fret, but does not affects playability.

 

 

GIBSON made the ES-335 PRO between 1979 and 1981. The ES-335 Pro had two uncovered high-output Dirty Finger humbuckers and came in Antique Sunburst or Cherry Red finish with chrome plated hardware. Gibson described the ES-335 Pro as follows (in 1979):

The ES-335 PRO is the Gibson guitar that 335 lovers have been desiring for years. The PRO is fitted with two new high output “Dirty Fingers" Humbucking pickups with twelve exposed coils. These are controlled by one tone control and two volume controls.  The ES-335 PRO has a hot sound, it was built for rock players who want to play fast and “dirty", this version of the 335 comes without the coil tap switch. A three position toggle switch selects either individual or both pickups. The PRO is fitted with black speed knobs. The 335 PRO features a chrome-plated Tune-o-matic bridge and is fitted with a stop bar tailpiece. The fingerboard is rosewood and is marked with pearl dot inlays. Machine heads are chrome-plated.  The ES-335 PRO is available in Antique Sunburst and Cherry Sunburst finishes.

According to Wayne Schaeffler: The ES-335 'Pro' did not have the coil tap (or split) switch as did the standard ES-335s of the 1970s-1980. It's controls consisted of 2-volume and 2-tone controls, with one set for each of the pickups. The different features distinguishing the ES-335 'Pro' included high output uncovered Dirty Finger pickups developed around 1979, a 5-piece headstock and 3-piece laminated maple neck in place of the traditional mahogany, the neck was slightly less wide across the fretboard, speed knobs in place of the traditional top hat or witch hats and a truss rod cover which bore the 'PRO' model name. Many examples have TP-6 tailpieces while some have standard stop tailpieces. It is unclear whether this was done at the factory or was the result of changes made after purchase.

 

Controls

Pickup selector controls 3-way selector switch
Tone controls 1 tone control
Volume controls 2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and model Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup(s)
Pickups configuration 2 humbucker pickups

General

Finish colors red finish
Finish effects sunburst finish
Made in USA
Number of strings 6 strings
Scale length 24.5 inches scale-length

Body

Body back material maple body back
Body sides material maple body sides
Body style ES-335 style
Body top material maple body top
Hollow body semi-hollow body
Soundhole 2 f-holes

Hardware

Bridge tune-o-matic bridge
Hardware color chrome hardware
Tailpiece stop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard material rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markers dot fingerboard position markers

Neck

Neck joint set neck
Number of frets 22 fret
Peghead (headstock) crown headstock
Tuner layout three-each-side

Gibson Guitars are known throughout the world for their high end guitars of which the most famous would be the ‘Les Paul’. Gibson guitars get better with age and it is these vintage and second hand guitars that we have here at Toneworld. These mature Gibson guitars are of excellent quality, great sounding and have much more playing life to offer.

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