How did " 335 " guitar gets its number name ?

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  1. d l x r e v e r b

    d l x r e v e r b Member

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    I have always wondered how Gibson decided to name the " E S " series with numbers. E S means "electric spanish" which I assume refers to the stylized spanish F holes in the guitars' bodies, but how about the numbers 3 3 5 , 1 7 5 , 3 3 0 , 3 4 7 , etc ? Does anyone know what the numbers mean ? Why no 200 series ?

    What do the digits in 3 3 5 refer to ?

    Thanks !
     
  2. DrPCR

    DrPCR Member

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    there is a 200 series

    es 295s, gold, single cutaway p90s


    the only story I know is that es 175, was that was the price, 175$ when they first came out.
     
  3. John Phillips

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    There is also the ES225 - which was actually the first thinline (not semi-solid) electric.

    The number source was the same with all of them back in the day - the original price in dollars.
     
  4. RickC

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    yeah, think about it; just $20 more for ebony board, blocks, gold hardware and Varitone (i.e., ES-355)

    /rick
     
  5. zach5150

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    Cool....sure wish it was still that way! hehe..I guess now, you just add a zero...335= 3,350 bucks!
     
  6. Robert1950

    Robert1950 Member

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    LOL.
     
  7. skeeterbuck

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    I don't think that this applies for the 335, 345 and 355 guitars. I am aware that Gibson did use the number to denote the original price on some of their guitars.
    I recently read that this didn't apply to these models however. (Gibson Electrics - The Classic Years)
    Just think about it, like RickC said, 345 - with varitone and gold hardware for only $10 more and then another $10 bucks more for ebony fretboard, pearl block inlays and multi-ply binding. I can't see that even back in '59-'60. JMHO
     
  8. OldSchool

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    From what I can tell the number part just kind of evolved from the 100 series up to the more deluxe 300 series. I could be wrong but thats just my interpetation. Heres a cool link:

    http://www.provide.net/~cfh/gibson3.html
     
  9. skeeterbuck

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    As to prices....FYI

    1960 Gibson Catalog
    ES-355TD Cherry Finish $550.00
    ES-345TD Natural $400, Cherry $380, Sunburst $365
    ES-335TD Natural $295, Sunburst $279

    and for reference

    ES-330TD Natural $265, Sunburst $250

    These were retail prices and didn't include a hard case which was $47 more!
     

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