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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Memphis ES-335 Custom with Bigsby Sunburst, 2009


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Dating to April 23 2009, this Gibson Memphis ES-335 Custom features beautifully flamed Maple and a factory installed Bigsby B7. I think this is one of the best looking 335’s I’ve seen for some time, and the dual-roller Bigsby is far enough back from the bridge to provide a relatively shallow break angle. This shallow angle really improves the smoothness of both arm movement and return to pitch.

Recently, the original Grover Roto-Matics were replaced with a set of Gotoh vintage-style tuners. The installation included a set of conversion bushings, which remove the need to alter the guitar beyond the locating screws.

The Gibson ES-335 was immediately adopted by many players when introduced in 1958, as it addressed many real-world electric guitar issues primarily the problem of feedback with ever-increasing stage volumes. It also delivers a traditional hollow body type tone profile, and has great looks and balance.

Following the usual pattern, this Gibson Memphis ES-335 Custom uses highly figured, laminated Maple for the top, back and sides, with a Maple center block to reduce feedback. Mahogany is used for the linings and neck, which has a bound Indian Rosewood fingerboard with dot position markers. Originally fitted with Grover Roto-Matics, a set of physically lighter Gotoh vintage Kluson style tuners with creme plastic buttons were professionally installed; the Roto-Matics are in the case. The Bigsby B7 is stock, and a ‘CUSTOM MADE’ plate is fitted over the space where the stop tailpiece would be.

Aside from the replaced tuners, this beautiful Gibson Memphis ES-335 Custom is in very good original condition, and the sunburst finish really sets off the Maple’s figure. The guitar was also set up at The Twelfth Fret Repair Shop following the tuner installation, and it plays really nicely.

The original black ‘Gibson Custom’ hardshell case, made in Canada by TKL, is included and is also in very good condition.

Price: $3,750.00 CAD
  • Model: ES-335 Custom
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 01139730, dated to April 23 2009 at Memphis TN
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 03/05/2023

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.36lbs 3.8kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.703in 43.23mm
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