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.