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ES-335 Government Series
An American original now an American icon of freedom
In August 2011, Federal Agents raided Gibson Guitar and confiscated fingerboards, necks, and even entire guitars. After months of negotiations we received our necks and bodies back. We have used these blanks to create a new series of guitars to remind us that we are "Endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These rights are exactly what Gibson Guitar has been founded on and we will continue to provide happiness to all of our fans regardless of what it takes to defend these rights. This remarkable instrument is Gunmetal Grey, with Dirty Fingers pickups and Nickel Hardware. Emblazoned on the pickguard is a gold "American Made" emblem, and every one of these 300 Special Run guitars comes with a unique Certificate of Authenticity.
Historic "Government" fingerboard Confiscated by the US Government in 2011 and returned one year later, this rosewood is a symbol of Gibson's quest for freedom. Special Run finish and appointments The Gunmetal Grey finish, black binding and nut, and Eagle logo are exclusive to the Government Series. Exclusive hard shell case Protect your personal property in this custom-grade Special Run case. Dirty Fingers pickups Among Gibson's hottest humbuckers, these pickups carrying powerful ceramic magnets for soaring leads and earth-shattering crunch. Commemorative pickguard A custom graphic with Eagle and Government Series ribbon marks this ES-335 as special. Our best truss rod Historic specifications with no tubing improve performance and enhance this truss rod's contribution to resonance and sustain. New Memphis truss rod cover The f-hole engraving links our 2016 to the greatest Gibson semis of all time. Grover Rotomatic tuners Better quality tuners with 18:1 ratio and historic look. Improved neck dimensions Redistributing the dimensions of the neck has greatly improved its strength, while enhancing resonance and maintaining a great playing feel. Enhanced fingerboard binding We "break" or "roll" our binding into the neck profile for a superbly comfortable feel at the edges of the neck.
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: Plain
Binding: Black
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Density: Plain
Binding: Black
Species Wood: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: Plain
Weight Relief:
Average Weight (body only): 2.1069 kg / 4.645 lbs
Materials Used
Glue: Franklin Titebond 50, Maple centerblock, Spruce braces, Mahogany rim liner
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The sound waves resonate within the hollow airspace of the Maple veneered Body, around the F-holes, and throughout the solid glue joints.
Body Contour
Carve: ES (Semi-Hollow)
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: 1
Truss Rod: Historic
Profile: Slim Taper
Thickness at Fret 1: 20.32 mm / .800"
Thickness at Fret 12: 22.225 mm / .875"
Other Materials: Franklin Titebond 50
Average Weight: 394.6254 g / 0.870 lbs
Peg Head
Type: SP-1
Inlay: Mother of Pearl Crown
Peg Head Binding: None
Silkscreen: None
Headstock Angle: 17 degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the tone, aiding this guitar's exceptional sustain and depth, and yielding a resonance that can be felt right through the body.
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 4 degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec
Type: Mortise and Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge, Alignment Gauge
Style: Black
Material: Corian
Width: 4.2545 cm / 1.675"
Slots: E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483"
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378"
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273"
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785"
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365"

e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105"
Wood Species: Rosewood (Returned by Federal Government)
Pieces: 1
Shade: Medium
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.48 cm / 12 "
Frets: 22
Nut/End of Board: 4.2545 cm / 1.675" @ nut, 5.6718 cm / 2.233" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: Black
Side Dots (Color): White
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Dot
Material: Pearloid
Dimensions: 6.35 mm / 0.25"
Average Weight: 136.0777 g / 4.800 oz
Gunmetal Grey
Color Code: GG
Surface Texture: Satin/Semi Gloss 30 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: Natural
Sealer: 1-1.5 mils
Top: Gunmetal Grey
Top Coat: Semi Gloss/30 Sheen Lacquer 7-8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: Dirty Fingers Dirty Fingers
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 7000 7000
Material of Wire (gauge): Poly (44) Poly (44)
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm / 2.61" x 0.68 " 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm / 2.61" x 0.68 "
Coil Material: ABS ABS
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: Nickel Nickel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 47.3075 cm / 18.625" 59.52998 cm / 23.437 inches
Slug Material: Nickel Nickel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 4.7495 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x 0.489" 4.7495 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x 0.489"
Magnet Material: Ceramic Ceramic
Magnet Position from Nut: 48.26 cm / 19 " 58.7375cm / 23.125 "
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5" 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5"
Polarities: Screw side is the south pole of magnet Screw side is the south pole of magnet
Cover: Nickel plated Nickel plated
Qfactor: 3.81 3.81
ResistanceDC: 15990 ohms 15990 ohms
Resonant Frequency: 2178.09 Hz 2178.09 Hz
Tonal & Resonant Advancements: Accurate replica of the famous super-hot humbucker introduced by Gibson in the 1970's
Control Pocket Assembly Volume
Type: CTS 500K Linear
Peak Voltage: 1080V
Range: 0-500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: 500K +/- 10%
Minimum Resistance: 100 ohms
Type: CTS 500K Audio
Peak Voltage: 1080V
Range: 0-500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: 500K +/- 10%
Minimum Resistance: 100 ohms
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm Value
  .022mf .015mf
Tuning Keys
Style: Milk Bottle Grover Rotomatic
Material: Die cast alloy
Weight: 38.5554 g / 1.36oz
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 18:01
Gear Type: Synchronized spur gear system
What is allowable turn: +/- 4 degrees
Plating specs: Nickel
Part numbers: 430-14192 / 430-14193
String Dimensions
E: 1.1684mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4318mm / 0.017"
B: 0.3302mm / 0.013"
e: 0.2540mm / 0.010"
Style: Tone Pro AVR-2
Material: Die cast alloy
Plating Specs: Nickel
Part number: 430-10155TP
Weight: 61.235 g / 2.16 oz
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches
e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
Style: Locking Stop Bar
Compensated: No
Material: Die cast zinc
Plating Specs: Nickel
Part number: 430-10173 / 430-10568
Weight: 113.3981 g / 4.0 oz
Output Jack
Style: 1/4" jack
Jack Plate
Style: N/A
Material: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Weight: N/A
Strap Buttons
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 430-19150
Weight: 2.268 g / 0.080 oz
Pick Guard
Style: Multi ply black ES-335 with Government Series Foil Stamp
Part Number: 380-12063
Truss Rod Cover
Style: Black and white bell with engraved F-Hole
Part Number: 430-19802
Style: Black Top Hat
Part Number: 430-19669
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: Yes
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Switch Washer
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Trim Rings
Style: Black
Part Number: 440-13850
Style: Hard Shell
Color: Green
Strap Locks: No
Tools: None
Manual: None
COA/Other: Gibson Memphis COA
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