This is a really cool and very rare 1960's Gibson ES-355. The finish is factory custom color Sparkling Burgundy! Lenny Kravitz plays one of these as shown in one photo. You see a decent amount of ES-330's and ES-335's in this finish, but hardly any ES-355's. The guitar has a beautifully faded top that is very attractive unlike many of these. The guitar plays and sounds great! 1-9/16" nut width with a fairly fat neck. The guitar is nice and original besides of course the pickguard disintegrated and the remnants are in the case. The pickups are the original and desirable Pre T-Top Pat No. PAF's (covers off at one time to confirm). The original case is included and is very clean. Someone will enjoy this guitar very much!
The Gibson ES-355 has been a favorite of blues, rock and jazz musicians since its introduction in the late 1950s. B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Freddy King and Keith Richards are just a few of the artists who have made extensive use of the ES-355. This guitar was meant to be the top-of-the-line model in the double cutaway thinline electric series. It shared the ES-335’s solid center block and hollow wings, but had the fancy cosmetic appointments – binding, gold hardware, split diamond headstock inlay and ebony fingerboard – of a Les Paul Custom.
From mid-1959 until the model’s discontinuation in 1982, the ES- 355 was regularly fitted with a stereo output and a tone selector switch called a Varitone, also standard on the new for ’59 ES-345. A mono version remained available until 1970, but it was produced in smaller numbers than its stereo counterpart.
This guitar is the rare mono version, it is also more unusual because of its color: Sparkling Burgundy. The standard color for an ES-355 was Cherry Red. Only a few examples in other colors are known to exist, making this guitar an unusual collector's piece.