Here is a vintage 1981 Gibson Professional 335-S Deluxe electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 81051650, is in very excellent all original condition. Designed as a solid-body companion to its semi-hollowbody ES-335 counterpart, the 335-S Deluxe was the most decorated version of the early-80’s 335-S models. This beautiful 335-S also features early Tim Shaw half-white PAF pickups and an incredibly rich Cherry Red finish. Easily considered one of the coolest models to be produced during the Norlin era, the model was engineered to be highly versatile, and is consequently a fantastic player’s instrument.
Serial Number: 81051650
Potentiometer Codes: 1378045
Pickup Resistance: Neck 7.88Ω, Bridge 7.85Ω
Weight: 8 lbs. 1 oz.
The 335-S Deluxe features: a sculptured mahogany solidbody construction, the original Cherry finish, 3-piece mahogany neck, bound Ebony fingerboard, polished brass nut, (2) high output Tim Shaw humbucking pickups, coil tap switch, Tune-O-Matic bridge, non-original traditional style stop tailpiece (instead of the cumbersome TP-6), and chrome-plated deluxe tuning machines.
As mentioned above, this guitar is really a fantastic player’s instrument. Above all else, it was created to be versatile, functional, and practical. This intuitive design results in a very dynamic tonal range: from super rich and heavy chunkiness to clean and delicate crispiness, the factory coil-tap lets the player pick from a very wide spectrum of sounds.
The neck is perfectly straight and the slim-taper profile develops from thin to medium depth. The factory medium-sized frets still retain plenty of fret-life. The Tim Shaw PAF pickups both sound incredible, and with respect to a tenth of an Ohm, are identically matched.
Aside from various superficial dings on the front of the guitar, and some expected belt buckle wear/rash on the back of the body, this guitar is in very fine cosmetic condition. Most would rate this guitar a strong 8/10.
The guitar includes a new plastic hard case for safety via shipping, which is not pictured.