This Gibson ES-335 was crafted in Nashville in 1987. It's a great-looking, and sounding, guitar and it plays at least as good as it looks thanks to the recent refret here at Gryphon. The condition is excellent, with no serious nicks or dings, just the usual light shirt button/jean rivets finish wear to the back that you have to look closely to notice.
The highly figured top and back suggest this is not just another ES-335 DOT, and the label reads "ES-335 CustST", but we’re not 100% sure what that handwritten model code means. The back of the headstock was stamped "SEC" below the serial number after it was finished, and although there's no written record of why Gibson labeled this a second we're fairly certain it's because of the check in the maple veneer between the bridge and the stop tailpiece stud on the bass side. Since this check is in the thin outer veneer and doesn't run through the whole top, it's a cosmetic issue and doesn't signal a structural weakness.
There has also been some finish touch-up to the top between the two pickups, hard to be sure about the reason but it looks like there might have been a sticker on that surface that left some kind of finish scar when removed. Whatever....what you notice about this ES-335 is the great sunburst and the curly maple that ripples in the light from every angle. Include the original brown hardshell case.