1985 Gibson ES-335 Dot
1985 Gibson ES-335 Dot

Model Description:

The Gibson ES-335 was originally designed by the president of Gibson Guitar Corporation at the time, the legendary Ted McCarty (1910‑2001) and it has been in continuous production, largely unchanged, since it was launched in 1958. The ‘Dot’ in the model name refers to the dot fingerboard markers, which are just like the originals prior to 1962 (ES-335s had block neck inlays between 1962-1981). The innovative semi‑acoustic thinline archtop body has a solid maple centre block to support the twin humbucking pickups, tune‑o‑matic bridge and stop tailpiece, thereby increasing sustain and reducing the risk of on‑stage feedback at high-gain levels. ES-335s are hugely flexible pro-level guitars and have been used as all‑purpose workhorses by many professional musicians over 6 decades. It has a very strong reputation as one of the most adaptable electric guitars, well-suited to most musical styles and genres.



The Gibson ES-335 is the go-to guitar of choice for many rock, blues and jazz artists past and present, including the likes of Alvin Lee, BB King, Larry Carlton, Eric Clapton, Matthew Followill (Kings Of Leon), John Lee Hooker, Noel Gallagher, Robben Ford, John Scofield, Alex Lifeson (Rush), and Lee Ritenour, amongst others.

Guitar Description:

Loverly, loverly, loverly! An exceptional, all-original mid-’80s ES-335 in classic cherry red – for many it is THE colour to have. All the features that make the ES-335 an icon of modern music, including the classic dot neck markers and nickel hardware are present and correct. The finish shows a hint of flame maple without it dominating and distracting from the cool ‘plain top’ image. Many early ’80s Gibsons used the celebrated Tim Shaw Patent-Applied-For (PAF) pickups, as here, which sound amazing. As an instrument, she plays superbly with the characteristics you would expect from a top-quality 335. Not only that, she looks very pretty too and is in very good condition indeed, including its original brown Gibson hard shell case. Evidence that ’80s Gibsons aren’t bad at all.



  • Semi-acoustic maple ply body with centre block
  • Cherry finish
  • Mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood bound fingerboard with 22 frets and dot markers
  • Scale length 24¾”
  • Nickel hardware
  • Original tuners
  • Original scratchplate
  • Original twin humbucking pickups
  • Original switch, strap buttons, jack plate and socket
  • Original top hat ‘reflector’ knobs
  • Original bridge and tailpiece
  • Original hard shell case

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