Gibson ES-335

Gibson ES-335
1960 Gibson ES-335TD.jpg
1960 Gibson ES-335TD in Sunburst
Body typeSemi-hollow
Neck jointSet neck
Scale24.75 in (629 mm)
BodyMaple-poplar-maple (plywood)
with maple center block
BridgeTune-O-Matic with stopbar
Pickup(s)2 humbuckers
Colors available
Various, often sunburst-type finishes
Black, Wine Red, Cherry Red, Natural

The Gibson ES-335 is the world's first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, sometimes known as semi-acoustic. Released by the Gibson Guitar Corporation as part of its ES (Electric Spanish) series in 1958, it is neither fully hollow nor fully solid; instead, a solid maple wood block runs through the center of its body. The side "wings" formed by the two "cutaways" into its upper bouts are hollow, and the top has two violin-style f-holes over the hollow chambers.[1] Since its release, Gibson has released numerous variations of and other models based on the design of the ES-335.

Notable users of the ES-335 or one of its variations include Chuck Berry; Ritchie Blackmore (first four Deep Purple albums), Justin Hayward; Bob Weir; Alvin Lee; Larry Carlton; June Millington, Elliott Smith; Noel Gallagher; Peter Frampton, Carl Wilson; Dave Grohl; Freddie King; Eric Clapton;[2] B.B. King; Chuck Brown;[3] and Alex Lifeson.

The ES-335 is currently manufactured at the Gibson Nashville facility. It was also produced at Gibson Memphis from 2000 until 2019, when the Memphis facility was closed.[4][5]

  1. ^ "1959 ES-335 Dot Reissue" Archived 2009-03-17 at the Wayback Machine, Gibson Guitar Corp. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  2. ^ Drozdowski, Ted (2015-05-28). "Top 10 Gibson ES-335 Heroes: Clapton, Grohl, Berry and More".
  3. ^ "Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythm".
  4. ^ Dirks, Rebecca; Egolf, James (11 July 2007). "A Modern History of the Gibson Custom Shop". Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  5. ^ "Gibson says goodbye to Memphis". 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2020-10-31.