Here is one of those unicorn guitars--a Gibson es-335 with an ebony fretboard as well as the Tim Shaw pickups. It's all original and i believe the Gibson logo case is as well--the case is in excellent condition with no bad odors. There are pundits who say Gibson didn't make any but i've owned two and seen more as well as seen photos online of another handful.
I called Gibson and was routed around to an old timer who confirmed sub rosa that indeed a few went out like this--here is one. My luthier--who worked as a neck specialist for Guild all through the 70s and builds his own guitars took me to his wood stash and showed me the various ways ebony looks--some are bowling ball smooth black but others have chocolate streaks and some others have streaks of light gray--all against a black background--the ebonized rosewood does not look like this--he confirmed that this fretboard is ebony.So other than that this guitar has the fantastic Tim Shaw PAFs which are modeled after the original humbuckers from the early 60s--they are wonderful pickups that i prefer even to the t-tops and completely over the 59s or burstbuckers. Cosmetically the guitar has been played but not abused--there is moderate to light checking--dings and swirls and scrapes--no real buckle rash to speak of -- nothing through the finish-- but the guitar is not a showroom condition guitar--it's a working instrument and shows it--the heel joint is rock solid--the frets in great shape--the board smooth and the binding though discolored in a few places is in good shape as well. It has been freshly luthiered-- set up with 11s and is ready to go right out of the box. The item "Rare 1985 Gibson ES-335 with Ebony fretboard and Tim Shaw Pickups-all original" is in sale since Tuesday, June 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars". The seller is "glemons3p26" and is located in Port Townsend, Washington.
This item can be shipped to United States.