The ES-339 has long been a favourite because of its mix of hollow body warmth and complexity and solid body bite and sustain, but those who favour solid body dimensions have been put off by its larger and heavier body. That is set to change with the Gibson Memphis ES-339 Electric Guitar. With proportions closer to that of a Les Paul, this new model finally offers a more manageable arch top.
The Gibson ES-339 Electric Guitar employees the same construction as the original ES-335s, with its laminated maple body and solid maple centre-block but with compact dimensions that make it more appealing to players of solid body guitars. This body has then been finished with a thin Ebony lacquer providing an elegant and sharp finish.
Joined to the body of the Gibson ES339 Electric Guitar is a highly playable neck made from a single piece of quarter-sawn mahogany and carved to the new 30/60 profile. This profile incorporates the thinner necks of the early ’60s and adds 0.030-inches of depth to it, for real comfort and grip. This has been topped with a rosewood fingerboard and leads to the 17-degree back-angled headstock, which has been equipped with a set of green-button Kluson-style tuners.
At the other end of the Gibson ES-339’s neck is the classic pairing of a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, firmly anchoring the guitar with optimal resonance and sustain.
The Gibson ES-339 Electric Guitar has been loaded up with two legendary pickups, in the form of the Burstbucker 1 and 2 humbucking pickups; ready to supply heralded “PAF”-style tone, while Gibson’s Nashville Tone Circuit maintains highs as you roll down the volume.
Set in the neck, the Burstbucker 1 pickup provides great depth and definition, great for mellow jazz, and crisp blues-lead work. Switch to the Burstbucker 2 in the bridge and the Gibson ES 339 Electric Guitar offers biting twang and sharp rock tones, when you add a portion of overdrive.
The ES-339 Electric Guitar is a classic in its own right and rightly so. Brought to you by one of the best guitar manufacturers in the world.
Manufacturer Gibson Memphis Model ES-339 Electric Guitar Top Material 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple Body Material Laminated Maple Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Hard Tail Neck Profile Traditional Rounded No. of Frets 22 Position Inlays Pearloid Block Pickguard Black Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic (ABR)/Zamak Stopbar Active/Passive Active Tuners Milk Bottle Grover Rotomatic with 18:1 gear ratio Pickups Neck and Bridge: Burstbucker 1 and 2 Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. with Kill Pot (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup) Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Finish Ebony Included Accessories Tan Gibson Memphis Hardshell Case Certificate of Authenticity
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