GIBSON USA Semi Hollow ES-135 "Natural Gloss + Rosewood" (2001).


Gibson’s ES-135 series was perhaps one of the best deals out there. A real MADE IN THE USA archtop priced less than many imports. Good quality and killer looks. The ES-135 is a semi hollowbody. Just like an ES-335, it has a solid centerblock for good sustain and resistance to feedback. Also like a 335, it has a thinline body. The single cutaway outline resembles an ES-175 or ES-125. The rest of the body is laminated maple for that classic tone. The rounded maple neck features a 24.75 inch scale rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Dual humbuckers dish out killer tones. 


Top notch hardware includes keystone button Grover Rotomatic tuners, and a Tuneomatic bridge. The guitar is appointed nicely with a beveled pickguard and single ply binding on the front and back. This example is a bit of a rarity. It’s all Natural gloss Finish and Hardware really round out the package. It’s actually more like an ES-137 in many ways. Either way, super cool. If you dig Gibson archtops but don’t want to spend mondo dinero, the 135 could be a great choice!


The ES-135 was discontinued a few years back and replaced with the more expensive ES-137. The 135 has garnered many fans thanks to its handsome looks and reasonable price. A new ES-137 will cost £1849 in stores. Why not grab a used ES-135 for less? This Gibson has nice feel and smooth tone. The neck is straight and the frets are Full. The pickups sound excellent and the electronics work as they should. A nice archtop for rock or blues. This is a Solid instrument. other then some age related corrosion to the gold hard-ware and some minor finish checking - the guitar is exceedingly clean. I suspect shes been kept in storage or under the bed for a long time.  Comes in Gibson hardshell case

  • Specifications

    Serial Number: 00401390

    Time of Manufacture: 2001

    Place of Manufacture: Nashville, USA 

    Neck Profile: 60's Shape Neck Profile 

    Fret Condition: No Fret Wear 

    Weight: 9.0 Pounds 

    Action: Professionally set-up Low action 10's 

    Overall Condition: "Excellent Condition"  

    Colour: Natural

    Originality: 100% Original. 

    Dings, Scratches, some age related corrosion to the gold hard-ware and some minor finish checking.- Please refer to pictures below.