Gibson’s Custom Shop 1964 ES-335 Reissue is a remarkable instrument that exudes quality from top to bottom. This gorgeous guitar faithfully recreates the authentic sound and feel of a genuine ’64 ES-335, thanks to its historically accurate construction period-correct components.
The luthiers in Gibson’s Custom Shop meticulously studied and scanned each curve, contour, and taper of the original ’64 ES-335 to create this reissue, and it plays like a well-loved vintage axe. From its small block cellulose nitrate fingerboard inlays to its ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic Bridge, this ES-335 is an old-school rock ‘n’ roll machine down to the finest detail.
Gibson crafted the 3-ply semi-hollow body of this guitar from a classic combination of maple and poplar, giving it a snarling tone with midrange growl and top-end bite. This beauty is impressively resonant and projects a rich sound, both acoustic and amplified.
The neck on this ES-335 Reissue is a superb reproduction of the one on the original ’64 ES-335, giving it an excellent in-hand feel. With its ’64 Medium “C” shaped profile, solid mahogany construction, and sleek Indian Rosewood fingerboard, riffing on this semi-hollow is an absolute joy. And, thanks to its genuine hide glue fit, the neck on this ES-335 Reissue feels sturdy and stable.
Gibson paid particular attention to the electronics on this Custom Shop to give it a spot-on, period-correct voice. Equipped with CTS 500K audio taper potentiometers and paper-in-oil capacitors, this guitar’s internal signal path is a dead-ringer for that of an original ’64 ES-335.
Powering this guitar is a pair of Custombucker Alnico III Humbuckers that churn out impressively accurate vintage-inspired tones. These pickups are incredibly dynamic – play delicately, and you’ll channel a pleasantly sweet chime. Dig in hard with your right hand, and you’ll conjure a howl of searing sustain for screaming leads and soaring bends.
Complete with Kluson Double Ring tuners, Top Hat knobs, and loads of other classic appointments, this Gibson Custom Shop 1964 ES-335 Reissue is almost indistinguishable from an original ’64 ES-335. If you want all that an original 1964 ES-335 has to offer, you’ll appreciate this outstanding reproduction.