SOLD - Gibson Custom Shop ES-339 - USA 2011
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“The Gibson Memphis ES-339 semi-hollowbody electric guitar, introduced in 2007, gives you the legendary sound, playability, and versatility of Gibson's larger ES Series guitars — like the ever-popular ES-335 — in a smaller body size that's ideal for guitarists used to solid body instruments.
The body is comprised of a lightly arched three-ply maple/poplar/maple top and back with a solid maple centre block that reduces feedback and enhances sustain. Fitted with a pair of Memphis Historic Spec (MHS) humbuckers, and a fast mahogany neck topped with a rosewood fingerboard, the Gibson Memphis ES-339 lends itself to just about any musical style you're into.
Hollow body richness meets solid body sustain - Gibson Memphis designed the ES-339 to have the same tonal appeal as its big sibling, the ES-335, but with a smaller body style. If you grew up on solid body guitars but crave the warmth and tonal complexity of a hollow body, the ES-339 is for you.
You'll love the harmonic richness that resonates from the ES-339's semi-hollow body, and you'll also really appreciate the feedback resistance and enhanced sustain provided by its solid maple centre block. Gibson Memphis redesigned the neck dimensions and used low-profile frets for a more comfortable feel. Guitarists of all calibres can appreciate the sound of the ES-339, but if you perform nightly, you'll find it to be a dream come true.”
Body Type: Semi-hollow body
Body Shape: ES-339
Body Material: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Top Material: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material: Quartersawn Mahogany
Neck Shape: Rounded C
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo, Silver
Scale Length: 24.75"
Nut Width: 1.687"
Nut Material: Bone
Bridge: ABR-1 Bridge with Nickel-plated Brass Saddles
Tailpiece: Die-cast Zinc Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuners: Kluson Deluxe
Neck Pickup: MHS II Rhythm Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: MHS II Lead Humbucker
Controls: 2 x volume, 2 x tone
3-way toggle pickup switch
Memphis Tone circuit
Weight is 6.86 lbs
This particular ES 339 was built by Gibson’s Custom Shop at its Memphis facility in 2011, and is finished in Sunset Burst gloss. And it is sweet to play. With its "small hollow body" concept, the sound is somewhere between an ES-335 and a Les Paul, in our opinion leaning slightly towards the 335.
This guitar is in excellent original condition with no changes, repairs or modifications. It has been played in over 12 years and has settled nicely.
And being a Gibson Custom Shop guitar (serial # CS 150xxx), its fit and finish is second to none. These CS instruments really are something special.
There is barely a mark on this guitar. Some very fine scratch marks on the back, but almost impossible to see. There is almost no tarnishing of the metal parts. The neck is straight, the truss rod is fully adjustable, and the frets are in good shape, with some evidence of wear, but plenty of life left. The pickguard shows light pick swirling.
The construction of the ES 339 means it can be warm and woody, mellow and lush on the one hand and then rock hard when required, depending on the amp/pedal combination. A very versatile music machine suitable for many genres.
Comes in its Gibson hard shell case in good condition along with its Certificate of Authenticity.
Video demo of same model - https://youtu.be/w7JUSkuwJ60