Gibson USA ES-335 Dot in Antique Faded Red

A stunning hollowbody from the Gibson USA Factory

Written by

Cian Hodge

The Gibson ES-335 Dot is a timeless classic used by touring musicians for decades. It’s the ultimate workhorse semi-hollow body guitar. Known for crisp vintage tones and great feel.

This model has seen some minor refinements to add to its unique style, whilst retaining the core features that make it instantly recognisable.

Body and neck

Under the retro faded finish Maple top you have a rich Maple body that Gibson semi-hollow 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 Rosewood fretboard providing plenty of warmth and grainy feel. 22 rolled cryogenically-treated frets are protected against rust and wear and feel effortless to play.


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

Gibson have worked hard on improving their electronics for clearer sound and longevity, so your guitar can become truly vintage one day. The Memphis tone circuit is exclusive to the USA line of semi-hollow bodies. Featuring hand-wired 500K pots and Orange Drop Capacitors for smooth switching.

On top you have faultless plated brass saddles and a rust-resistant zinc stopbar. A bone nut also keeps string friction to a minimum and keeps tuning extremely stable.


  • Body Style: ES-335
  • Back: 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Top: 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Bracing: Spruce
  • Binding: Single-Ply Cream
  • Centrelock: Maple
  • Neck: Quarter-Sawn Mahogany
  • Neck profile: Rounded “C”, Rolled Binding
  • Nut width: 1.687”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24.75”
  • Number of frets 22
  • Nut: Bone
  • Inlay: Pearloid Dot
  • Binding: Cream
  • Bridge: ABR-1 with plated brass saddles
  • Tailpiece: Die-cast Zinc Stopbar
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats
  • Tuners: Grover ‘Milk Bottle’ Rotomatics w/Kidney buttons
  • Plating: Nickel
  • Neck pickup: MHS II Rhythm Humbucker
  • Bridge pickup: MHS II Lead Humbucker
  • Controls: Memphis Tone Circuit : 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 1 Toggle Switch, Hand-Wired With 500K Potentiometers And Orange Drop Capacitors
  • Case: Gibson Hardshell
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