Gibson has launched the Alvin Lee ES-335 ’69 Festival’ model, a replica of the Ten Years After guitarist’s heavily modded ES-335.
The hollowbody features 3 pickups in H-S-H configuration, the central single-coil being a Seymour Duncan SSL-1. The humbuckers are both uncovered Alnico III Custombuckers.
The three-ply body features a mildly relic’d sixties cherry finish, with the same stickers that Lee added to the guitar. The Mahogany neck features a rosewood fingerboard with medium-jumbo frets.
Gibson describes the performance that inspired the replica: “When Ten Years After took their heavy, manic blues-rock to the stage at Woodstock in 1969, they unleashed a performance that came to define not just the legendary festival, but the spirit and sound of a movement. Following their set, which ended in a blistering rendition of I’m Going Home, Ten Years After catapulted to stardom and Alvin Lee joined Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards as one of the most influential guitar gods of the time.”
See the original in action below:
The guitar is available to preorder now. Only 50 will be sold worldwide. More information at Gibson.com.