McCartney and Lennon. Hall and Oates. The Edge and his delay pedal. All of these musical partnerships have brought beautiful noises into the world, but there’s a new dynamic duo in town ready to shake things up: Wildwood Guitars and the Gibson Custom Shop. Make no mistake, I love Hall and Oates, but I sincerely think that these Custom Shop ’64 ES-335s are at least as awesome as the song “Rich Girl.”
Before we get too far, let’s talk about why these ES-335s deserve to be held in such lofty regard. The biggest reason is also the most obvious reason: the meticulous workmanship of the wizards at the Gibson Custom Shop.
The necks are also worth writing home about. Gibson outfitted these semi-hollow sweeties with a ’64 neck profile that is scarily accurate, and that means something coming from me. I worked at a guitar shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan—the home of Gibson—for several years, so I’ve played plenty of old 335s. If you put a blindfold on me, I couldn’t tell the difference between this reissue and a real vintage neck. The VOS finish makes the neck feel like your favorite pair of sweatpants, except way more stylish.
For a guitar that looks and feels vintage needs killer electronics, so our friends at Gibson outfitted these exceptional Electric Spanish guitars with Wildwood Spec Custombuckers, which are the product of our obsessive effort to recreate the sound of the vintage guitars we all revere. You can really hear the blood, sweat, and tears that the geniuses at the Gibson Custom Shop put into these humbuckers the instant you strike your first chord. They embody the very best characteristics of vintage underwound PAFs: fantastic string-to-string balance, crystalline clarity, and sweet, singing trebles. It’s not easy to develop a pickup that hard rock players and jazz cats alike will fall in love with, but the fine folks at Gibson have accomplished that nearly impossible feat.
It wasn’t my intention to write a small novel about these 335s, but some guitars are so exceptionally inspirational that it seems criminal to try and distill their essence down to a hundred words, and I couldn’t help myself. The Wildwood team is delighted to present such sterling examples of impeccable craftsmanship to our phenomenal customers.
- Model: 1964 Wildwood Spec ES-335 – VOS
- Finish Color: Candy Apple Blue
- Weight: 7.75 lbs.
- Top Wood: Laminate Maple
- Body Wood: Laminate Maple
- Center Block: Solid Maple
- Neck Joint: Long Tenon with Hide Glue Fit
- Neck Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: Authentic ’64 Medium C Profile
- Neck Dimensions: .870 1st – .980 12th
- Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood with Hide Glue Fit
- Fingerboard Inlays: Small Block Cellulose Nitrate
- Fingerboard Radius: 12″
- Frets: 22 Authentic Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 24.75″
- Width at Nut: 1.69″
- Binding: Single-Ply on Top and Back, and Rolled Fingerboard Binding
- Pickups: 2 Wildwood Spec Custombuckers
- Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-way Switch
- Hardware: Nickel
- Bridge: ABR-1
- Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar
- Tuners: Kluson Double-Ring Single-Line
- Case: Gibson Custom Hardshell
- COA: Yes