A Quick History of the Gibson ES-335

Wanted: the best of both worlds

Ted McCarty, problem solver

A 1960 Gibson ES-335.
A 1960 Gibson ES-335 (Photo by Lightburst, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Famous ES-335 players

B.B. King playing Lucille.
B.B. King playing Lucille (Photo by Roland Godefroy, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons)
Dave Grohl with his ES-335.
Dave Grohl with his custom 335 (Photo by Andreas Lawen, Fotandi, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Imitation — still the highest form of flattery

  • Fender (Thinline Telecaster)
  • Ibanez (Artcore series)
  • Rickenbacker 330 (the brand’s top-selling guitar)

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