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Thursday, December 27, 2007

1962 Gibson ES-355

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"The Gibson ES-355 guitar, like the ES-335, and ES345, with its semi-solid construction, has a solid maple block down the center of the body which minimizes feedback, but the hollow body wings provide good sustain, tone and weight.

The Gibson ES-355 is a very nice model with the basic sound and feel of the ES-335.

Thinbody, double cutaway, semi-solid body (commonly referred to as semi-hollow), with a solid maple block down the center, stereo electronics with a Vari-tone rotary tone switch standard, 2 humbucking pickups, 2 volume and 2 tone knobs and a 3 way toggle switch, tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby vibrato (some with sideways vibrato and Maestro Vibrola, stop tailpiece examples are very rare), multiple bound tortoise pickguard that does not extend below the bridge, multiple bound top and headstock, triple bound back, single bound ebony fingerboard, unbound F-holes, block fingerboard inlays, neck joins body at 19th fret, 5-piece split-diamond peghead inlay, gold plated parts, Grover rotomatic tuners, cherry finish.

B.B. King is often associated with the Gibson ES-355 guitar, as it's the model his Lucille is based upon (BB King has had many "Lucille" guitars through the years, but generically speaking, the ES-355 is B. B. King's Lucille)."

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