Gibson Peghead

The Golden Era of the Gibson Thinlines

335 Cutaway View

Inside a Gibson ES-335 with much of the center block removed.

History of Gibson ES Thinlines

The legendary Ted McCarty, President of Gibson during the era, felt the ES-335 was right behind the Les Paul solidbody as his most important body design.

"I came up with the idea of putting a solid block of maple in an acoustic model... it would get some of the same tone as a regular solidbody, plus the instrument's hollow wings would vibrate and we'd get a combination of an electric solidbody and a hollowbody guitar." –Ted McCarty in an interview with Gil Hembree for Gibson Guitars, Ted McCarty's Golden Era.