Gibson ES-335 Pro Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1979)

Gibson   ES-335 Pro Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1979)
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Gibson ES-335 Pro Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1979), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 72189017, sunburst finish, laminated maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

The ES-335 Pro was a fairly rare variation of this long-lived Gibson model only offered from 1979-81. The major difference from the standard ES-335TD was the higher output "Dirty Fingers" pickups fitted giving the guitar a more straight out rock oriented sound. The model was offered in cherry and antique sunburst at an original list price of $949, $100 more than the standard ES-335TD. Other fittings include Gibson/Schaller tuners, late '70s style Tune-o-Matic bridge with a stop tailpiece and newer style black speed knobs. As is typical for the period the ES-335 Pro has a laminated three piece maple neck; this is topped by a bound rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers.

This "Pro" has had the original Gibson pickups replaced with Tom Anderson Guitarworks H-series pickups, which have extra large magnets and overwound coils for an extremely hot sound. A mini-switch has been added to the top allowing each to be coil tapped for a crisper sound. This is a fine playing guitar with a flat-out monster sound for a 335; not subtle perhaps but a rock machine for sure.
Overall length is 41 3/4 in. (106 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This now 45 (!) year old guitar shows some general wear and tear but remains a fine player's piece. The finish shows general wear overall; the back of the maple neck is worn down to the wood over much of its length and the armwear area of the top has some finish disturbance but is not worn through. There are small dings and dents overall, but these are the only heavy areas of wear.

There are no structural repairs; as noted the pickups have been replaced and the pickguard is long gone. A mini-toggle added to the top cuts output somewhat in all selection modes. The guitar also looks to have been refretted some time back; the wire is not oversize and they show very little subsequent wear. This is a fine playing and huge sounding guitar; the large magnet, overwound pickups are capable of driving most amps into crunch mode fairly quickly. It resides in a period HSC, externally fairly well worn but fully functional. Very Good + Condition.