Gibson USA ES-235 in Antique Faded Cherry

A stunning semi-hollowbody from the Gibson USA Factory

Written by

Elliot Stent

The Gibson ES-235 is one of the most stylish and elegant instruments from the ES range. With a sleek singlecut body shape and a timeless Antique Faded Cherry finish, this instrument also boasts classy cream binding and white oval button tuners, for that true vintage vibe.

Looks aside, the ES-235 has the remarkable build quality that you’d come to expect from Gibson, with that signature semi-hollow sound. Although instruments with this type of construction are most synonymous with jazz and blues styles, the ES-235’s Burstbucker Pro humbuckers and modern hardware appointments will appeal strongly to contemporary players too.


Gibson’s favoured semi-hollow tonewood choices have been selected for the ES-235; crafted from Maple and Poplar. Also featuring a Maple centreblock to add strength and sustain, this guitar provides a lot of top-end sizzle with its vibrant-sounding materials.

Giving brilliant definition to picked chord progressions, the tonal properties of Maple will ensure that you can easily cut through in a mix. And as you’d expect with its semi-hollow body, the ES-235 produces an open acoustic-esque sound, projecting plenty of volume and a full-range frequency response.

But despite its construction, the body of the ES-235 is relatively thin and far less cumbersome to play compared to other semi-hollow guitars. Apart from its comfort, this slimmer design also lessens feedback too, making this instrument more than usable with overdrive or distortion.

Paired with a set Maple neck, the upper mid-range bite and highs of this instrument are enhanced even more so, giving notes a dynamic snap. Adorned with a silky smooth Rosewood fingerboard, you can effortlessly glide up and down the 2019 ES-235’s neck, especially with the highly-regarded Rounded “C” neck profile, which gives both modern and old-school players a pleasant and familiar feel.


Gibson’s Burstbucker Pro Rhythm and Pro Lead pickups help to give this guitar its distinctive yet versatile voice. Delivering plenty of output, these powerful humbuckers sound harmonically rich and full with clean settings, but can become potent and gnarly when you crank up the gain.

Akin to that of a traditional PAF, the Burstbucker Pro Rhythm in the neck has a warm character that can handle jazz sounds beautifully, but when you engage some overdrive you’ll be able to attain creamy lead tones. The Burstbucker Pro Lead bridge humbucker has a ballsy mid-range, with focused lows and searing highs, capable of handling even heavy distortion. Flick the toggle switch to the middle position for the best of both worlds.

With dedicated volume and tone controls for each pickup, the ES-235 notably features a hand-wired tone circuit. This particular circuit allows the pickups to retain top-end clarity when you roll down their volume controls, so that you don’t lose any presence in a mix.


The Gibson USA ES-235 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 Plated Brass saddles, that vintage-style twang will shine through.

Gibson has ensured that this guitar still conveys some old-school charm, which is why they have fitted the ES-235 with a set of their White Oval Button tuners. With an understated aesthetic, these tuners have a robust feel with a steady rotation, meaning that you can precisely tune each string. Combined with a reliable bone nut, this low-friction material ensures that the strings will glide smoothly when performing string bends, so that your tuning remains stable overall.



  • Body Style: ES-235
  • Back: 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Top: 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Bracing: Spruce
  • Binding: Single-Ply Cream
  • Centerblock: Maple


  • Neck: Single Piece Maple
  • Neck Profile: Rounded “C”
  • Nut Width: 1.687”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut: Bone
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Binding: None


  • Bridge: ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic With Plated Brass Saddles
  • Tailpiece: Die Cast Zinc Stopbar
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Reflectors
  • Tuners: White Oval Button
  • Plating: Nickel


  • Neck Pickup: Burstbucker Pro Rhythm
  • Bridge Pickup: Burstbucker Pro Lead
  • Controls: 2 Volumes, 2 Tones, 1 Toggle Switch, Hand-Wired With 500K Potentiometers and Ceramic Capacitors


  • Finishes Available: 34 Burst
  • Case: Gibson Soft Case
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