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1967 Gibson ES-335 Semi-Hollowbody Left-Handed Guitar Carlos Rios #34005

Availability: In stock




BRAND: Gibson 


FUNCTION: Left Handed Semi Hollowbody

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This listing is for a vintage 1967 Gibson ES-335 Left-Handed Semi-Hollowbody Guitar owned by Carlos Rios. Please see the video below to hear the story of how Larry Carlton bought this guitar for Carlos! 

This is a right-handed guitar which Carlos has modified to a lefty. This was the guitar Carlos used exclusively on Gino Vanelli's "Brother to Brother" album. This guitar, along with the Boogie amp we are selling for Carlos, were the "sound" for that album! 


  • Serial #0936
  • Finish/Color: Cherry
  • Weight: 8.45 lbs
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • General Neck Shape: Rounded "C"
  • Pickup Configuration: Bridge pickup marked "L" and neck pickup marked "Ry". No other markings. 
  • Knob and Switch Configuration: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Other:
    • Yamaha Tuners
    • Modded to be played left-handed
    • The holes where the original right-handed pots have been filled in

ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: This item includes a Gibson hard case. We can include a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Carlos with this guitar. 


  • 3.5" side leather strap with strap-locks
  • 1 - 18' Belden 1/4" instrument cable
  • D'Addario Nickel Round Wound Strings Pack
  • Bozo 600-XL extra Light Special Bronze Wound Strings
  • Misc. Single Guitar Strings
  • Tuning fork
  • Shure Small Flathead Screwdriver
  • Matex No.2 Wrench

PHYSICAL CONDITION: Good - This guitar has been converted into a left-handed model. Some scratches can be found on the body mostly on the back. There are some nicks in the finish around the side of the body near the controls. All hardware and controls are in terrific shape for their age. The original holes for the pots have been filled in. The tuners have been swapped out with Yamaha aftermarket tuners, but the holes from the original tuners were filled in. The bridge and tailpiece have been upgraded and our non-original. Somebody has written "BBK King" on the inside of the guitar, it was there before Carlos purchased the guitar.  

The pickguard is missing and there are small little holes left over from where the pickguard was mounted. A patch logo has been attached to the front of the headstock. Overall physical condition is good.

Good - The case has many stickers on it and has heavy signs of wear as expected for a case this old. Overall, it is in good condition. 

WORKING CONDITION: Excellent - Plays flawlessly and sounds fantastic. All control knobs and pickups are in perfect working order. Overall working condition is excellent.


UNPACKAGED DIMENSIONS: 44.5" x 18" x 5" 

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