Many years ago, when I first learned what the ‘ES’ part of the ES-335 stood for, the strangeness of the label only added to the guitar’s allure. It was also a surprise to find out that it was part of a long and distinguished line of ES instruments that Gibson produced. The 335’s place in guitar history has long been assured, but this month’s cover story goes a fair bit deeper than that. Not only do we celebrate the ES-335’s majesty, we also look into the other members of the Electric Spanish family, and discover why this model gained a level of popularity the others never quite managed – despite many of them boasting much higher specs. It’s a fascinating story that’s well worth the reading for all lovers of guitar history.
We also remember the genius of blues legend Albert King, get the low-down on a guitar-loving’ individual’s collection – and discover how to get inside the mind of Bruce Springsteen. It’s all heady stuff and we hope it provides enough guitar-shaped food for the soul to sustain you until the next issue.
Finally, my more tech-minded colleagues have asked me to remind you that you can get all this Guitar & Bass goodness on your digital devices (including iPhones, Kindles, iPads and the like). For more info, including where to obtain the free app, go to page 80 of this very issue. Enjoy…