ES-355's from 1964 are actually pretty rare for some reason. Although records show they made 198 in 1964, in reality, they are pretty hard to come by. This is only the second we have seen and it has original PAF's too..!
Officially debuting in 1959, the ES-355 and its siblings formed the trifecta spearheading the Gibson semi acoustic range. 1960 saw the introduction of the cherry finish, a defining feature of Gibson guitars to come.
Resplendent in its desirable, almost unfaded cherry finish, this guitar looks great. A classic example of a classic finish, this guitar has been well cared for and is in great condition. The front has escaped any real wear but there are a few scratches and patches of wear on the back.
The back has a mark at the heel but is otherwise very clean. The fretboard is in great shape and the frets have plenty of life left in them. There are no signs of any breaks or touch ups.
Tuners are the ubiquitous gold plated waffleback variety and the headstock shows very little signs of damage.
The hardware is in great condition too and the plastics are in great shape. Pickguard shows no sign of warping, the reflector knobs are in great condition.
Electrically everything looks correct. The pickups are PAFs as you can see making this a rare find as it's quite late for these pickups to have been fitted to a guitar. We have no reason to believe these were not fitted at the factory. The guitar is still wired in stereo.
The guitar comes with a correct Gibson black Tolex case.
Both pickups on this guitar sound great and are very evenly balanced. The neck pickup really accentuates the wood tones without losing any definition whilst the bridge pickup really delivers that bite that you only really get from a classic paf pickup.
If you’re looking for an ES guitar then you can’t go much wrong with this one. Grab it before it gets away…