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Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to present this 1959 Gibson ES-335! This is without a doubt the most collectible guitar we have had the pleasure to pass on to our customers to date. This ES-335 is set up wonderfully and plays flawlessly in all positions. The neck is straight, the action is set low, there's no buzzing anywhere and the intonation is right on the money. The tone is outrageously fat ( listen for yourself in the clip below, perhaps due to the 1959 PAF pickups ) and the sustain this guitar carries is overwhelming. It is an absolute joy to play and will please even the most demanding player and collector.

Item Details

First introduced in 1958, the Gibson ES-335 was more often than not finished in Sunburst. The Natural, or Blonde, finishes are much more rare and desirable to collectors. The lack of paint lets the guitar show off the character to the high quality maple that was used on these guitars. Forbes magazine went so far as to label any Blonde Gibson guitar with PAF pickups as some of the most rock solid vintage investments anyone could make. 

This 1959 ES-335 is all original with the exception of the following : the frets have been replaced and are in excellent condition. The tuners are period correct single line / single ring Kluson Deluxes who's screws and bushings have been replaced. The bridge pickup RING is period correct and the screws that fasten it are replacements.

Everything else is 100% original to this guitar right down to the nut. The PAF humbuckers, the pots, the Bumble Bee capacitors, the white plastic strap buttons, the laminated beveled edge long pickguard, the ABR-1 no wire bridge, the Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the pearl dot inlays and the original Gibson hard shell case.

Weight : 7.8 pounds

Serial # : A31616

MSL NOTE: The A string tuner is a bit finicky. It will get in tune but not without a little extra help. Music Store Live is happy to include a set of repro Kluson tuners, installed or not, with this sale.

Overall Condition

This 1959 Gibson ES-335 is in excellent condition. The guitar shows only minimal signs of being played. There are a very low number of extremely light marks to the finish and tiny impressions to be found on the whole guitar. The headstock shows a very small amount of light corner chipping. There are no cracks or repairs to be found on this guitar besides the refret. the frets are excellent. The finish and body are excellent as is the neck. There is a small amount of what looks to be extremely light sanding on the back of the headstock that is truly almost unnoticeable unless you really go looking for it. The binding is all totally in tact with no breakage.

Please see our photos and video demo. Interested buyers please don't hesitate to call for an in hand description. We are very happy to offer this outstanding guitar.


The following features attribute to the classic and warm sound of this stunning instrument:

  • 1959 Gibson ES-335
  • All Original unless otherwise noted below
  • Natural ( Blonde )
  • Maple Thinline Semi Hollow Body Electric
  • Double Cutaway
  • Chunky Mahogany Neck with Binding
  • Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard
  • Pearl Dot Inlays
  • 22 Frets - Refretted
  • Scale Length 24 3/4"
  • Period Correct Single Ring / Single Line Kluson Deluxe Tuners
  • Gibson PAF Humbucker Pickups
  • Body Binding on Top and Back
  • Long Beveled Pick Guard
  • ABR-1 No Wire Bridge
  • Original Wiring and Pots
  • Bumble Bee Capacitors
  • White Plastic Strap Buttons
  • Weight 7.8 lbs
  • Original Gibson Hard Shell Case
  • Serial# A31616

Our in house guitar tech has inspected, tested, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

Our Mission

Our team of musicians fuses the spirit of the local guitar shop with the convenience of the web by creating a reliable and worry-free buying experience.

At Music Store Live, our goal is to revolutionize the way gear is bought online. It’s not just about videos and know how; it’s about the person on the other end of the line. Whether you are in Tokyo or Toledo, we invite you to experience the reality of a living online music store and help us shape the best buying experience possible. As you'll see in the video below, we're musicians just like you. We strive to offer the best gear, the best online experience, and the best personalized service in the industry. We invite you to get to know our team, and we would love the opportunity to get to know you too!

Free Shipping - Free Return Shipping - 30 Day Returns

At we are proud to offer free return shipping and a 30-day return policy in the 48 contiguous states on all new* items over $30. It's all part of our mission to bring the guitar shop to your living room. This policy allows you to get your gear hassle-free and try it with your own rig to be sure that it truly fits with your playing style and sound. If it doesn't work the way you had hoped we'll send you a prepaid return label and work up an exchange or issue you a refund once we get the item back in the same condition it was purchased. It's that simple.

Please allow 2-4 business days from the receiving date for returns to be processed.
  • Your order must ship to the billing address associated with your credit card, PayPal, or other method of payment (unless an alternate shipping address has been approved by an MSL Gear Specialist).
  • If you want the shipment to be held at a shipping company hub it is your responsibility to make those arrangements directly with the shipping company.
  • An indirect signature will be required upon delivery for all transactions over $250. If you would like to require a signature on a transaction of less than $250, please request it when you place your order.
  • We do not insure packages valued under $3,000. If you would like to add insurance for delivery or return please request it when requesting your order or initiating your return.
  • All returns are subject to a Tech Check upon arrival. Any instrument that is returned with damage, wear and tear (including pick marks), missing or replaced parts, missing protective or packing materials are not eligible for a full refund.
  • *Used / Vintage / Clearance items carry our same return policy, except with a 3­ day return window.
  • Orders shipped within California will be subject to 7.25% state sales tax.

In most cases we ship same day if your order is placed by 12 p.m. EST Monday thru Friday!

Return Policy Details
Is your instrument just not doing it for you? We understand and we absolutely want you to be thrilled with any gear that you buy from If you're not happy with your order, you can return it to us at no charge within 30 days of delivery.

  • Customers outside the continental USA must pay their own return shipping and are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.
  • The return policy does not apply to custom orders or modifications (pickup installs, etc)
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to begin the return process. You can request a refund, store credit, or exchange.
  • We'll provide you a return label via email.
  • Ship the item back to us in its original packaging using the provided return label.
  • Customer is responsible for returning the item to Music Store Live in its original condition.
  • A refund or exchange will be issued within 3 business days from our receipt of the returned item.
  • All returns will go through a technical inspection and are subject to a restocking fee if the item is not returned in its original condition. Restocking fee to be determined by MSL.

Layaways & Financing


  • Deposit a non-refundable minimum of 10% down of the purchase price on anything in stock
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to place your initial deposit.
  • Pay it off at your convenience within 30 days.
  • $100 layaway fee for each additional month over the initial 30 days (on most items).


  • 6 Month Interest Free Financing is available via Paypal's Bill Me Later Program which is available upon checkout.
  • For a longer financing term, contact your Guitar Specialist at or (866) 256-5725 and we'll be happy to get you pre-approved for financing terms. Up to 5 year payment terms are available!

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