Figure 1 – The Dave Grohl DG-335.
2007 has seen a wide range of guitars leave the Gibson factory doors; from the standard instruments that are the companys bread and butter, to limited-number special-edition instruments: the Guitar of the Week range, numerous historical reissues, and of course the Inspired By range.
This is a series of instruments “inspired by and built to the exact specifications of passionate musicians and artists” – among them are Les Pauls (John Lennon and Warren Haynes), Flying Vs (Jimi Hendrix and Zakk Wylde) and three thinlines; the Roy Orbison ES-335, Keither Sutherland ES-336 and best of all the Dave Grohl DG-335.
So it’s a 335? Not quite……
It is this guitar that the DG-335 is based on, and of course both are basically 1960s ES-335s; a one-piece mahogany neck, maple top, back and rims, and the central maple block that makes this guitar semi-solid. Differences are largely cosmetic: firebird-style headstock (with six-on-a-side tuners), split diamond inlays, and the diamond shaped sound holes.
Figure 2 – Also available in Ebony…
So what did Dave Grohl want from his Inspired By guitar? Well the obvious change is the striking pelham blue colour; a traditional Gibson finish, but scarcely used. The other changes are in the hardware. A stop tailpiece and Gibson burstbucker humbuckers.
Dimensions, materials and construction are all unchanged.
- Body: Laminated maple top, back, rims. White binding. Diamond soundholes.
- Neck: Mahogany. 50s rounded neck profile.
- Fingerboard: rosewood with split diamond inlay and white binding.
- Frets: 22
- Scale: 24-3/4″
- Width at nut: 1-11/16″
- Hardware: ABR-1 bridge with stop tailpiece. Chrome plated.
- Pickups: Burstbucker 1 (neck); Burstbucker 2 (bridge).
- Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch.
- Finishes: Pelham blue, Ebony.
This truly is a special guitar. Dave has been playing his since the summer, and they are at last available to the guitar-buying public.