Gibson USA ES-335 Figured Heritage Cherry

A stunning semi-hollowbody from the Gibson USA Factory

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Gibson USA ES-335 Figured Heritage Cherry
Gibson USA ES-335 Figured Heritage Cherry
Serial Number:  12648724
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Cian Hodge

Gibson’s ES-335 Figured is simply a beautiful instrument. The Nashville-based company have taken a modern, stylish approach to a timeless guitar.

The flamed Maple top is an exclusive appointment to this model of the semi-hollow 335. And this Gibson has a striking sound to match.

Its appeal has generally been reserved to blues and jazz guitarists, but with the latest electronics and finish, it wouldn’t be surprising if more modern players picked it up too. 

Body and neck

Under the stunning top you have a rich Maple body that Gibson guitars are renowned for. This gives the hollow body strength, durability and a bright resonance.

The neck is made of Mahogany in a comfortable rounded ‘C’ profile. On top is a classy dark Rosewood fretboard which is almost the same colour of Ebony. But it still has the warmer, grainier feel. 22 cryogenically-treated frets are protected against rust and wear.


MHS II humbuckers are Gibson’s latest pickups, now installed in the ES-335 Figured. MHS stands for ‘Memphis Historic Spec’, so you know you’re getting a PAF-type humbucker sound. But these have plenty of midrange and clarity in medium output pickups.

Because you have access to two volume and two tone knobs, there’s huge sonic variety to explore.

Hardware and electronics

Under the hood, Gibson have been updating the electronics in their high-end guitars. The ES-335 now features all hand-wired 550K pots, and capacitors. This ensures your guitar will stand the test of time and gets the cleanest, most accurate sound possible.

On top you have faultless titanium saddles and a rust-resistant aluminium stopbar. Comfy for the picking hand and ensures unwavering intonation. A bone nut also keeps string friction to a minimum and keeps tuning extremely stable.


  • Body Style: ES-335
  • Back: 3-Ply AAA Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Top: 3-Ply AAA Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Bracing: Thermally Engineered Quarter-Sawn Adirondack Spruce
  • Binding: Single-Ply Cream
  • Centerblock: Thermally Engineered Chambered Maple
  • Neck: Quarter-Sawn Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Rounded “C”, Rolled Binding
  • Nut width: 1.687”
  • Fingerboard: Dark Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut: Bone
  • Inlay: Pearloid Small Block
  • Binding: Single-Ply Cream
  • Hardware
  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic With Titanium Saddles
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar with Locking Studs
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Reflectors
  • Tuners: Grover ‘Milk Bottle’ Rotomatics w/Kidney buttons
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Neck pickup: MHS II Humbucker Rhythm
  • Bridge pickup: MHS II Humbucker Lead
  • Controls: MTC Premiere : 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 1 Toggle Switch, Hand-Wired With Matched 550K Potentiometers And Orange Drop Capacitors
  • Case: Gibson Hardshell
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