1980 Gibson ES-335 Pro - Vintage/Tobacco Sunburst - 2 Hard Cases - Bareknuckle Pickups - Pro Set Up
£1,600 Wigan

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This is a very reluctant sale, but needs must!
REDUCED yet again for a quick sale - I need the money pretty quickly.

Here is my amazing 1980 Gibson ES-335 Pro in Vintage/Tobacco Sunburst (I'm not sure which one best describes it).
The guitar is in EXCELLENT condition for its age.
There are very few dings/marks.
I intended to take a picture of every noticeable knock/ding for the listing, but didn't see any that stood out (and definitely none that the camera would pick up).

The only thing I did notice is a slight crack at the bottom of the guitar where the strap button is (see last pic).
I believe this is due to a screw that was more than likely a bit too big for the hole.
This is merely a very small aesthetic flaw and it doesn't actually affect the guitars look or functionality in ANY way.
I also got my guitar tech (Steve Robinson - "The Manchester Guitar Tech") to have a good look at it, and he reliably informed me that it was nothing to worry about.

Steve has also given this guitar a full, professional set up.
It is set up for gauge 10 strings and it plays like an absolute dream!!

I will include TWO hard cases in the sale (I'll add pics of both ASAP).
The case that came with the guitar when I bought it was a Hiscox 335 Case. I'm sure you'll know how highly regarded Hiscox cases are.
However, some of the inner lining has started to peel away and the compartment cover has now unattached.
This is probably a fairly easy fix for someone who has the time and skill to re-attach the cover to the inner lining.
Or I guess you could find somebody who would do it for you.
It is only the lining around the inner compartment that has started to come away - hence the compartment cover unattaching itself.
The rest of the lining is all intact and the case is as strong as ever.

The second case (which I am currently using) is a brand new Spider Shaped 335 Hard Case.
This has a very nice, plush black interior with an inner compartment.
It's in "as new" condition as I have only owned it for about a week!
It is essentially a replica of the cases that Gibson usually send out with their new 335 models (I've owned a few).
It's a great case that matches the quality of every Gibson case I have owned - except they don't cost the Earth like new Gibson cases.

The ES-335 Pro models were originally issued with the Gibson "Dirty Fingers" pickups, which weren't well suited to the guitar (or any guitar IMO) at all!
I'm not too sure what Gibson were thinking when they chose to use one of their weakest pickups in this amazing guitar.
They are just very loud, cold, scratchy & not very versatile pickups - thank god they were taken out!

Anyway, this ES-335 Pro has professionally installed Bare Knuckle Mules humbuckers fitted.
These are very high quality, hand wound pickups that are made right here in the UK (have a look at some demo vids on YouTube).
These give the guitar the look (it is beautiful!!) and sound that it deserves!
They really are outstanding and they make this guitar an absolute joy to play.

This guitar has a bound top, back and neck and features a Gibson logo inlay and crest inlay on the headstock.

Mahogany body, Maple top.
Maple neck - 24.75" scale, set neck.
Bound rosewood fretboard with dot inlays - 22 medium frets - 12" radius.
Vintage tuners.
Tune-O-Matic bridge.
Two volume controls, two tone controls and three-way switch.
Serial no: see pics.

LOADS of life left in the frets & fretboard!

Come and try it before you buy!
I'm in Wigan, Lancashire (WN3).
I guarantee that you will fall in love with it.

Cash on collection ONLY please.
I am based in Wigan but I would be willing to travel to make life easier for the buyer if I needed to.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
You can contact me using the "Reply to this ad" button above or by contacting me on 07804944318.
If you need to get hold of me on my mobile number any time between 9am and 5pm, please text as I will be in work.
I can accept calls any time after 5pm.

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