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Gibson Custom Shop is proud to present this limited-edition replica of Jerry Kennedy's iconic 1961 ES-335, nicknamed "Pretty Woman" after he used it to play the famous guitar riff on the Roy Orbison mega-hit. Jerry bought the instrument new in the summer of 1961, having just moved to Nashville to begin a session musician career. He liked that the cherry-red Gibson ES-335 was both versatile and comfortable. Two years later, he had it outfitted with a unique palm pedal system to bend strings like a steel guitar - its only modification to this day.

 
Jerry's distinctive ES-335 would be the foundation for his incredible musical legacy, being heard on classics by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Tammy Wynette and many more. The guitar eventually found another life with Jerry's son, Gordon Kennedy, who used it in sessions with Peter Frampton, Garth Brooks and Faith Hill.

 
Every detail of the original instrument, from the wear patterns to the intricate palm pedal system, has been meticulously and painstakingly recreated by the skilled artisans at Gibson Custom Shop for this very special release, limited to just 50 guitars sold worldwide.

Body
Wood Species:
Laminated Maple/Poplar/Maple
Finish:
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck
Material
Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Profile
Slim Taper D-Shape, Scanned from Original
Scale Length
24.75", 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material
Solid Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number of Frets
22
Frets
Historic Medium-Jumbo
Nut Material
Nylon
Nut Width
1.687", 42.85mm
End of Board Width
2.240", 56.89mm
Inlays
Pearloid Dot
Truss Rod
Tubeless
Finishes

Aged Faded Cherry

Hardware
Finish
Nickel
Bridge
ABR-1
Tailpiece
Custom E- and B-Bender
Tuning Machines
Double Band, Single Line Kluson
Pick Guard
Short Multi-ply Black
Control Knobs
Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts
Switch Tip
Cream
Switch Washer
None
Jack Plate Cover
None
Electronics
Neck Pickup
Custombucker
Bridge Pickup
Custombucker
Controls
2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness w/ Black Beauty Capacitors, Switchcraft Toggle Switch
Accessories
Strings
10-13-17-26-36-46
Case
Gibson Custom Shop ES-335 Hardshell Case
Other
Gibson Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity