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Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck
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Classic semi-hollowbody sound from a solidbody-sized guitar.

The ES-339 is the next generation from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. It goes where no guitar has gone before with a bold, new semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive, even stinging, overtones. The ES-339 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics, the 30/60 slender neck profile, and reduced dimensions and weight. Includes case.

Memphis Tone electronics
Memphis Tone circuitry utilizes 500K audio taper pots that operate with an interactive load that preserves high end as you turn down the volume. The loading effect preserves the full-bodied tone with rich midrange and singing sustain from the '57 Classic humbuckers while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference is the volume is very smooth, rolling off in even increments along with the numbers on the knobs. Since they operate more like how we hear (logarithmically), the controls work the way the player thinks they should. So when the guitarist turns down the volume the highs are still there!

30/60 Neck
Developed in assistance from guitar guru Jon Schwartz. The 30/60 slender neck is a '60s style neck with an extra .030" front-to-back to preserve the semi-hollowbody tone, sustain, and feel while providing smooth playability (The rounded '59 neck profile is also available on the ES-339 '59 Neck - product #515255).

Reduced dimensions and weight

The ES-339 builds on the success of the semi-hollowbody guitars first introduced by Gibson in 1958 with the ES-335. Lighter and more compact than a traditional semi-hollow guitar, the ES-339 retains the distinct semi-hollowbody electric tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances.

Outer rim output jack

Here's one ES players have been wanting: The output jack is mounted on the outer rim. No more cable crossing the body, spoiling the guitar's clean looks and and getting in your way.

Two '57 Classic Humbuckers with 3-way pickup selection plus individual volume and tone controls provide the incredibly versatile sounds that make the semi-hollow electric famous for its use in jazz, rock, blues, country, and nearly every other style you can think of. Quality Kluson tuners keep retuning time to a minimum, and nickel hardware enhances the great looks.

To show off its vintage vibe, the ES-339 is available in a choice of two finishes: Antique Cherry, Antique Vintage Sunburst. The lacquer finish is applied with a light, even touch, allowing the guitar's wood to resonate naturally while providing a protective, mirror-like shine. Both finishes come with aged bindings to further enhance the proud ES tradition.

The ES-339 also comes with a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck Features:

  • Body Type: ES-339
    Body Wood: Maple/poplar/maple laminate
    Top wood:Maple/poplar/maple laminate
    Scale Length: 24-3/4"
    Neck Joint: Set-in
    Neck Wood: Mahogany
    Neck Profile: Slender Players Profile - '60s slim-neck plus .030" front-to-back
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Frets: 22
    Nut Width: 1-11/16"
    Fretboard Radius: 12"
    Bridge: Fixed
    Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic Humbucker
    Pickup Neck: '57 Classic Humbucker
    Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
    Tuners: Kluson
    Hardware color: Nickel
    Pickup selector: 3-way
    Finish: Lacquer
    Includes case

Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck Includes:

    Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case, custom care kit, and a certificate of authenticity
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  • Tone and more tone

    As reviewed by Ed Goswick on 5/6/2010

    I love this guitar; I've wanted a real Gibson for a long time, and I think I picked the right one. I already knew about the '57 classic pickups 'cause I installed them in my Ibanez jazz box and my Samick LP copy. This 339 with those pickups is like a dream come true. The tone! Also, the playability and beauty of this guitar are fantastic. I usually don't use words like this to describe something. I got the Vintage Sunburst with the 30/60 neck which fits my hand great. I can go straight from my Strat or Tele to the Gibson and hardly feel a difference. I do a lot of luthier work on the side; this guitar was set up right. In fact, the intonation was dead on even after I changed to heavier strings. I did a little work on the nut, which I think you always will need to personalize your guitar. Fretwork is great. Thanks, Gibson.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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  • Worth the wait

    As reviewed by Rob on 7/29/2010

    I had my eye on this model for over a year. I had a Heritage Les Paul that weighted a ton, and after an car accident, it just got uncomfortable to play. After checking out Hagstorms, Ibanezs, and a few Fenders, this guitar was it. The neck was awesome, very quick. The pickups could sound buttery smooth like an ES-335 or it could crunch like a Les Paul. A couple of friends checked it out, one of them is a hardcore Dean USA fan, the other likes PRS. Both of them gave it a go and they were impressed. Anyway, when I got the money together and bought the thing, there was a mix up at the Fairfax store, but the manager Steve B was right on top of things, and everything worked out. So, to all those folks out there pi$$d at Guitar Center, maybe you shopped at the wrong store.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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  • a fantastic guitar!

    As reviewed by Rob on 5/17/2010

    This guitar sounds phenomenal and plays like a dream! The 57 classic humbuckers are sweet! The body size is perfect; not as big as a 335 but with enough semi-hollowness to sound great. If you want a Gibson semi-hollow without the awkward size, this guitar is for you! And the price is hard to beat. This guitar feels comfortable like a solidbody but plays and sounds like the semihollow that it is. I have the antique red finish, and it's spectacular. Pictures don't do it justice; you have to see it in person. Go to Guitar Center and play a 339, and you'll know what I'm talking about!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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