Gibson Peghead

The Golden Era of the Gibson Thinlines

Vintage 1959 ES-335TD

1959 ES-335TD

Specifications of the ES-335

The specifications of the Gibson ES-335 have actually changed very little between 1958 and 1964. Most of these changes were cosmetic in nature, or due to changes in Gibson’s manufacturing processes. However, the reality is that few instruments actually conform to the published specs. This is due mostly to the significant amount of hand craftsmanship involved in the construction, resulting in many slight variations from instrument to instrument, particularly in terms of the neck shape. The shape of the horns also evolved from the original "Mickey Mouse" shape to something much more pointed.

Original Specifications (Spring 1958)

Body: Thin body (1.75"), double cutaway, semi-hollow body with solid maple block down center, single white binding, unbound f-holes, available in Sunburst or Natural.

Hardware: 2 humbucking PAF (Patent Applied For) pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone knobs and a switch, tune-o-matic nickel plated bridge with no retaining wire, stop tailpiece or Bigsby vibrato, laminated beveled-edge "long" pickguard that extends below the bridge, white plastic strap buttons, single-ring tulip Kluson tuners. Bigsby equipped models often have a "Custom Made" plaque covering the stop tailpiece bushings.

Fingerboard: Rosewood fingerboard (early 1958 models with no fingerboard binding), pearl dot fingerboard inlays.

Late 1960 Changes

Cherry finish replaces Natural, shorter pickguard, knobs change to reflector-style, double-ring Kluson tuners.

Mid 1962 Changes

Short pickguard, Patent Number pickups, small block inlays replace original dots, slightly slimmer horns, metal strap buttons.