From Gibson –
“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.
Hollowbody richness meets solidbody 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 solidbody guitars but crave the warmth and tonal complexity of a hollowbody, the ES-339 is for you.
You’ll love the harmonic richness that resonates from the ES-339’s semi-hollowbody, 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.”
Specs from Gibson –
- Body Type: Semi-hollowbody·
- 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
· Radius: 12″
· Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
· Fingerboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
· Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo, Silver Silver
· Scale Length: 24.75″
· Nut Width: 1.687″
· Nut Material: Bone
· Bridge/Tailpiece: ABR-1 Bridge with Nickel-plated Brass Saddles, 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
This particular ES 339 was built at Gibson’s Memphis facility in 2014 and is finished in Sunset Burst gloss. It is in excellent playing condition with no changes to its original factory spec.
And it is sweet to play. With its “small hollowbody” concept, the sound is somewhere between an ES-335 and a Les Paul, in our opinion leaning slightly towards the 335.
The only real blemish on this one is that there is some blistering of the lacquer on the headstock. It is not easily apparent to the naked eye, but on an angle you can see that the usually flat surface of the headstock is uneven, and has some slightly raised areas. It does not look like anything is peeling away, or that this will get worse, but it is there. This has been factored into the price of this guitar.
There are some very fine scratch marks on the top & back, but really quite light. There is some light checking of the lacquer in a few places, but again very light & hard 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 excellent, with no visible wear. The pickguard has been removed but it is in the case.
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 new condition along with its Certificate of Authenticity.