Gibson Custom Shop 1961 ES-335 in Vintage Burst VOS

Time-Honoured Specs for True Gibson Aficionados

Written by

Elliot Stent

The ES-335 model is one of the most recognisable in Gibson’s iconic instrument range. Considered by many as the quintessential semi-hollow guitar, this Custom Shop 1961 VOS model recaptures the essence of early versions.

Sure to appeal to traditionalists, the Gibson Custom Shop 1961 ES-335 has many time-honoured features, including an old-school vintage burst finish covered in a VOS nitrocellulose lacquer.


The ES-335 is regarded for its elegant semi-hollow body, which allows you to achieve bright and open sounds with plenty of natural acoustic-like volume. Formed from a 3-ply Maple/Poplar combination, these tonewoods give this guitar plenty of vibrancy and top-end definition.

To add some warmth, the ES-335's body is paired with a Quartersawn Mahogany neck; topped with a Dark Rosewood fingerboard for a silky feel under the fingers. The neck adheres to Gibson's '60s slim taper profile, offering excellent comfort for both traditionalists and even contemporary players.

Electronics & Hardware

A double-dose of medium-output MHS humbuckers give this instrument a balanced, warm tone. More responsive to your playing dynamics, these pickups lend themselves to expressive guitarists. Although semi-hollow guitars are more synonymous with jazz players, with distortion these humbuckers can sound fairly raunchy and bold; meaning they're not just one trick ponies.

The Custom Shop 1961 ES-335 VOS comes installed with an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge, providing a stable and solid feel under the picking hand. With its simple and accessible design making it easy to adjust your action and intonation, you can easily manipulate your setup on-the-fly. Fitted with nickel-plated brass saddles, their traditional-style design yields greater sustain and top-end sparkle.



  • Material: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Top: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Type: Semi-Hollow
  • Finish: VOS Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Colour: Vintage Burst


  • Neck: Quartersawn Mahogany
  • Profile: '60s Slim Taper
  • Nut Width: 1.687"
  • Nut Material: Nylon
  • Fingerboard: Dark Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo, Nickel Silver
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Scale Length: 24.75"


  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic with Nickel-Plated Brass Saddles
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar
  • Tuners: Kluson Double Ring Keystone Buttons
  • Plating: Nickel


  • Neck Pickup: MHS Rhythm Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: MHS Lead Humbucker
  • Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch, Memphis Tone Circuit
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