Pre-Owned Gibson Custom Shop 1959 ES-355 - Watermelon Red, Light Aged with Hard Shell Case


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1959 ES-355 Watermelon Red Light Aged

The King of the ES Models

Gibson Custom - The Murphy Lab Collection

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson's legacy through accuracy, authenticity, and attention to detail.

What could be better than the legendary ES-335? The ES-355! The ES-355 starts with all the features that make the ES-335 iconic - the feedback-resistant semi-hollowbody construction, the two humbucking pickups with individual volume and tone controls, the legendary sonic versatility and exceptional playability - and kicks it into overdrive with an ebony fretboard that's adorned with 50s pattern mother of pearl block inlays and 22 authentic medium jumbo frets. A split diamond headstock inlay, multi-ply binding, and gold hardware further reinforce the fact that the ES-355 is the top of the line ES™ model. This expertly crafted Custom Shop rendition's attention to detail makes it an outstanding recreation of the legendary and highly-prized 1959 ES-355. A five latch Lifton™ case is also included. It also features Light Aging by the skilled artisans of the Murphy Lab. The Murphy Lab Light Aged finish treatment, paired with lightly aged hardware, simulates decades of natural play wear, giving it the unique character, vibe, and feel of an original example from the Gibson Golden Era. Model 59ES355LAWMGH1.

Detailed Specifications


  • Body Shape - ES-335
  • Body Material - 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Centerblock - Solid Maple
  • Binding - Multi-ply
  • Weight Relief - None
  • Finish - Nitrocellulose Lacquer; Murphy Lab Light Aged



  • Material - Solid Mahogany
  • Profile - Authentic '59 Medium C-Shape
  • Scale Length - 24.75"
  • Fingerboard Material - Solid Ebony
  • Fingerboard Radius - 12"
  • Number Of Frets - 22
  • Frets - Authentic Medium-Jumbo
  • Nut Material - Nylon
  • Nut Width - 1.687"
  • Inlays - 1950s Pattern Mother of Pearl
  • Joint - Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit



  • Finish - Gold; Murphy Lab Light Aged
  • Tuner Plating - Gold
  • Bridge - ABR-1
  • Saddle Material - Nickel-plated Brass
  • Tailpiece - Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar
  • Tuning Machines - Grover Kidney Machine Heads
  • Pickguard - Multi-Ply Bound Celluloid
  • Truss Rod - Authentic 1950s No-Tube
  • Truss Rod Cover - Authentic Stepped 2-Ply
  • Control Knobs - Black Butyrate Top Hats with Dial Pointers
  • Switch Tip - Amber Catalin
  • Strap Buttons - 2 - Brass
  • Mounting Rings - Black M69 Medium & Tall
  • Pickup Covers - Authentic Profile Gold-plated Nickel Silver


  • Neck Pickup - Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
  • Bridge Pickup - Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
  • Controls - 2 Volume, 2 Tone, CTS 500K Audio Taper Potentiometers, Paper-in-Oil   Capacitors
  • Pickup Selector - 3-Way Switchcraft
  • Output Jack - 1/4" Switchcraft



  • Strings Gauge - .010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
  • Case - Brown/Pink Lifton Reissue 5-Latch Case
  • Accessories - Certificate of Authenticity

This guitar is in mint condition and has undergone a full in-store professional inspection and setup. The neck is nice and straight, fits comfortably in the hand and exhibits no discernible fretwear. Cosmetically, the finish and hardware are free of imperfections beyond the proprietary relic as can be seen in photos. Hard shell case and all original literature are included.

*This instrument ships fully insured with signature required*