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❌SOLD❌ Gibson ES-135H Thinline Ebony, 2000


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The Gibson ES-135H Thinline was the ‘Humbucker’ equipped version of the ES-135, a single-cut Semi-Hollow Archtop built in Memphis from 1991 to 2004. Many of these models used P-100 pickups – a stacked humbucker with the outline of a P-90. Some models used a stop tailpiece, others as seen here a standard Tune-O-Matic and Trapeze tailpiece combination. The tuners used here are Grover Roto-Matics with metal keystone buttons.

Here, the humbucking pickups are ’57 Classic models.

“Introduced in 1990, the ’57 Classic provides warm, full tone with a balanced response, packing that classic Gibson Patent Applied For humbucker™ crunch. They are made to the same specs as the originals, including Alnico 2 magnets, nickel-plated pole pieces, nickel slugs, and maple spacers.”

This Gibson ES-135H Thinline example dates to March 22, 2000 and is in overall good condition, with light wear to the finish, a few small dings and dents consistent with a guitar nearly 24 years old. Fret wear is light.

This guitar plays well, has great looks and sound, and is sold with its original brown Gibson branded hard shell case.

The single cutaway Gibson ES-135H thinline, and Gibson ES-135, built from 1991 to 2004 started out as a quite different guitar – the 1954 ES-130 non-cutaway archtop electric, renamed the ES-135 in 1956 and discontinued in 1958. For 1991, Gibson blended the ES-334 concept with the ES-175 body shape and added a pair of P-90 or humbucking pickups and either a trapeze or stop tailpiece. The model was discontinued in 2004.

The Gibson ES-135 shared many construction features with other ES (Electric Spanish) thinline models. The 16 inch wide, 2.25 inch deep body sports a Florentine cutaway and is built using Maple/Poplar/Maple laminate to reduce feedback. Key to the design, there is a Maple center block to provide the feedback and sustain rejection of a solid body but with the tonal shape of an archtop. The fingerboard is Indian Rosewood with dot position markers. The neck is ‘set’ into the body as Gibson traditionally does, but there are two significant differences from most other Gibson models. First, the neck is Maple rather than Mahogany, though Gibson has used Maple on a number of models. Second, the headstock tips back at 14 rather than 17 degrees. The 17 degree head pitch has been one of Gibson’s marketing points for several years now. The use of Maple and the reduced head pitch decreases the likelihood of headstock breakage should the guitar fall.

Price: $2,000.00 CAD $2,300.00 CAD
  • Model: ES-135H
  • Year: 2000
  • Finish Ebony Black
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 008201013, dates to March 22 2000 at Memphis TN
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 16/01/2024

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.55lbs 3.43kg
  • Scale Length: 24.6in 625mm
  • Nut Width: 1.694in 43.05mm
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