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Gibson 2016 CS 1959 ES-335 Dot Plain Top - Vintage Sunburst


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  • Sublime Gibson Custom period-correct 1959 ES-335 Dot Plain Top
  • Semi-hollow body constructed from 3-ply maple / poplar / maple
  • Sturdy mahogany neck with rounded profile
  • 22-fret smooth rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Fitted with Custom Bucker pickups for original PAF tone
  • ABR-1 bridge with lightweight aluminium stop bar tailpiece
  • Headstock fitted with Kluson Deluxe tuners with accurate tuning ability
  • Comes with a Custom Shop hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity
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Delivery to UK mainland addresses* is FREE on orders over £75 and up to 30kg. (As a guide, a standard electric guitar weighs approx. 3-5kg).

Delivery on orders below £75 are charged at £4.45!

Delivery to Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. is weight dependant and will be indicated at the checkout

Delivery above 30kg to ANY location will vary according to weight and will be indicated at the checkout

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Gibson have rightly chosen to adhere to the exact design of the 1959 ES-335, and this Dot Plain Top reissue returns to the original roots of a true Gibson semi-hollowbody. Over 50 years later, Gibson Custom have reintroduced this well-revered model is back for 2016 to become a worthwhile addition to the modern guitar collection.


When the ES-335 Dot model was first released in the late 1950s, it was an innovative and radical design for its time. The 2016 version maintains that very same construction, using 3-ply Maple / Poplar / Maple tonewood held together with Franklin Titebond 50 glue for a reliable build. The traditional semi-hollowbody design features a lightweight maple centre-block to prevent any unwanted noise or feedback. The body comes in the classic Gibson Vintage Sunburst finish and treated with a hi gloss lacquer for an added protective layer. This layer helps prevent unwanted or premature damage happening to the tonewood, allowing it to stand the test of time.


A quarter-sawn mahogany "dot" neck is firmly glued into the body of the ES-335 Dot Plain Top with a long tenon joint. The neck is shaped to the period-correct 1959 rounded profile for an immediately remarkable playing feel in your hand. Gibson Custom have topped the neck with a rosewood fingerboard, providing 22 frets to explore. The frets feature Mother of Pearl dot inlays to facilitate each fret transition.


Gibson have equipped the 1959 ES-335 Dot Plain Top with Custom Bucker pickups to replicate that vintage 1959 sound. Alnico magnets are chosen to power each of the pickups in the neck and bridge positions to produce the ideal PAF-style tone. Custom Bucker pickups work wonderfully alongside the multiple tonewoods used in the build of the guitar to accurately translate their sound.

Controls for neck and bridge volume and tone are encased in gold top hat knobs, accompanied by a 3-way pickup toggle switch.


Every last detail down to the hardware used in the 1959 ES-335 is historically accurate, such as the ABR-1 Tune-o-Matic bridge and lightweight aluminium stop bar tailpiece, enhancing sustain and resonance.

Kluson Deluxe machine heads are fitted to the headstock to provide accurate retuning of each string. The headstock retains that unmistakable Gibson decal and crown for a classic finishing touch.

Gibson supply a hardshell case and a Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity with each 1959 ES-335 Dot Plain Top guitar to protect it against the elements for many years to come.

Model2016 CS 1959 ES-335 Dot Plain Top
Top Material3-ply Maple / Poplar / Maple
Back and Sides Material3-ply Maple / Poplar / Maple
Neck MaterialMahogany
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Pickup ConfigurationHH
BridgeHard Tail
Neck Profile'59 Rounded
No. of Frets22
Position InlaysMother of Pearl Dot
PickguardLong ES-335 Reissue (5-ply)
TunersKluson Deluxe
Bridge/TailpieceABR-1 / Lightweight Aluminium Stopbar Tailpiece
Pickups Neck/Bridge: Custom Buckers (Alnico III)
Controls Neck Volume
Neck Tone
Bridge Volume
Bridge Tone
Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Included Accessories Custom Shop hardshell case
Certificate of Authenticity
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