The guitar features a single piece Mahogany neck with pearl inlayed Gibson logo and Crown to the headstock face, the dark Rosewood fingerboard is punctuated with small pearl block markers. The nut and frets are original. Tuners are double line, double ring Kluson Deluxe. The serial number matches the 'Union Made' label. The original finish is excellent throughout there are no breaks, repairs of touchups. There is minimal fading and very little checking and despite being a played instrument the guitar has been well cared for. Electronics are stock, the two Pat. No Sticker pickups have never had the chrome covers removed and inside the wiring is very neat and undisturbed. The bridge pickup decal is missing but otherwise appearance is identical to the neck pickup. The hardware is in great condition with little very tarnishing to the chrome plating and the 3-ply bevel edged pickguard has resisted warping or curling. The witch hat knobs are synonymous with this trapeze tailpiece era of 335 production. The original tailpiece is the only tailpiece to have been fitted. The chrome ABR-1 is the correct Patent number version used. It has had a small well executed repair to the post holes and the saddles are later replacements.
The neck profile is a rounded C with a hint more shoulder towards the body. Gibson guitars released between mid-1965 and 1969 feature a slimmer neck and were advertised as faster playing necks. The nut width, although narrower than the traditional Gibson nut width feels far less restrictive than it can on some other instruments. Nut width is 39.93mm and the neck measures 20.76mm at the 1st fret and 25.47mm at the 12th. The original frets have lost some of their original height but still play well. In the first position there is some playing wear to the frets and there are some light wear to the fretboard. We elected to string the guitar with 10-46 D’Addario strings that in combination with the pickups give the guitar a solid feel acoustically and amplified. The guitar sounds excellent; the Pat. No Sticker Humbuckers are are consistently great sounding pickups and it has a loud, resonant acoustic voice.
A great sounding and killer looking ES-335, the guitar weights in at a respectable 7.8lbs and comes with a more modern 335 case.