There's no guitar more iconic than Gibson's classic ES-335, but if there's one thing that will always be true of the guitar industry, it's that even the best instruments have room for new development. Enter the Gibson ES-339: it's based on the ES-335, but comes with a number of changes that reflect modern building techniques and changes in the music scene that happened during the 49 years between the two models' release dates. Like the ES-335, the ES-339 is a semi-hollow body with a solid maple center block. There are plenty of other similarities, but just as many differences, making this a guitar that follows in its ancestor's footsteps without stepping on its toes.
Every Gibson ES-339 model comes with a mahogany neck, and you have your choice of two different profiles. For the most vintage feel, there's the "30 over 60" neck found on instruments like the Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck. It's shaped like the neck on the classic ES-335. Other versions of the ES-339 have a heftier '59 neck profile with a more modern C-shape. Overall, the ES-339 is about the same size as a Les Paul, making it nice and compact for a semi-hollow guitar - easy to hold and easy to play.
One of the key differences between the ES-339 and its older brother, the ES-335, is that the ES-339 contains updated electronics with Gibson's "Memphis Tone Circuit". This newer design helps to keep the high end strong even if you turn the volume down, which means that you'll always have full-bodied tone with a beautifully rich midrange and lively sustain. It's also available in more varieties, such as the Gibson ES-339 Studio Electric Guitar, which is a straightforward, no-frills take on the design built with a razor-sharp focus on performance.
As a matter of fact, "performance" is a perfect word to apply to every guitar in the Gibson ES-339 series. It's a classic instrument re-imagined with modern-day practices, materials and electronics, and it manages to make the semi-hollowbody guitar smaller and lighter than it's ever been before, while preserving every ounce of its characteristic sound. If you've been searching for a semi-hollow instrument that's incredibly easy to play, then it's safe to say your search is over: the Gibson ES-339 is it.
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