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

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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, e... Read More

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Overview

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.

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
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I went in the music store with four different Gibson models I wanted to check out, the 339 being the lowest on my list. The catalog photo makes it look kind of so-so,...Read complete review

I went in the music store with four different Gibson models I wanted to check out, the 339 being the lowest on my list. The catalog photo makes it look kind of so-so, and I just wasn't that worked up about it. Anyhow, I picked it up, plugged it in, and was just absolutely blown away. The feel, weight, balance, sound and playability are just too good for words. Suffice to say, it came home with me. I got the caramel burst finish, and it is absolutely beautiful. Like I said, the photos come nowhere close to portraying the beauty of this guitar.I can find no issues with the finish. I give this guitar a five on every aspect, and am totally pleased with it.

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Great sound, versatile, but poor workmanship from Custom Shop

I returned the first guitar after three trips to a guitar tech for a pro set-up. Still not happy with the second but it's better. I've been playing for a long time and have...Read complete review

I returned the first guitar after three trips to a guitar tech for a pro set-up. Still not happy with the second but it's better. I've been playing for a long time and have owned and set-up a lot of my own guitars. The truss rod in the first would not straighten the neck enough to get a playable action, which is why I ended up taking it to a tech. Nut was not clean (a decent amount of residual coloring and/or adhesives) nor was it cut properly with slots that were too narrow, which created slippage for me and some problems keeping in tune (not major but unexpected at this price and something more to manage while on stage or to pay to have fixed). In the end the tech conceded it should be returned. Second guitar still has an inexplicable buzz starting at the 7th fret despite a great truss and bridge set-up (after a lot of experimenting following the initial adjustment to a standard setup) and an improved nut profile. We've not been able to sort this one out yet. I do love the sound and versatility of this guitar. I currently own a Fender Strat Deluxe, an old Fender American Plus, the impossible to find Cort M1200, which really is a pretty good guitar for the money, a Martin acoustic, an old Gibson jazz box and a few others. The sound of the ES-339 is clean, warm, yet edgy when the playing the bridge pu alone. Pretty guitar too. Really very versatile and quality sounding. Too bad Gibson muck's up the execution of delivering a consistently solid product at this price point. Have never had such issues with any of my other guitars purhases - even my old Mexican strat from years ago was better out of the box, by this I mean it was basically plug and play...as with all my other guitars and basses. This is a great guitar if you get a good one. Guitars can and do have their own personalities, however, I don't think the ES-339 is worth the money in my mind given the issues I've had and from other, similar experiences I read during my research. Get the 1957 PAF PUs separately and throw them in a less expensive, predictable quality guitar to avoid the "Gibson" premium. Guitar Center isn't where I usually shop but the service during the above was excellent at the 14th street shop in Manhattan.

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5.0

Gibson has hit another Home Run!

By Nathan

from San Diego, CA

I have a few different Gibson products (LP, SG, F-Bird) and one thing I have come to expect from Gibson is a quality made guitar. And with my newest addition the 339 they have continued to live up to expectations. It's a beautiful guitar through and through and the craftsman ship and attention to detail is exactly what you might expect from a $2500+ Gibson. I particularly like the 30/60 neck, upgraded electronics, and the '57 pickups. The neck is fairly slim and smooth to play, the Memphis Tone electronics are awesome allowing you to keep your tone at lower volumes, and the '57 Classic pickups really do offer the player a wide range of tonal options. pair that with the scaled down semi-hollow body and you have a guitar that would have even the most dedicated Les Paul player rethinking their rig...Right off the bat you pick up this guitar and you can tell - Home Run!

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3.0

Great sound, versatile, but poor workmanship from Custom Shop

By PETER HERMAN

from NY

I returned the first guitar after three trips to a guitar tech for a pro set-up. Still not happy with the second but it's better. I've been playing for a long time and have owned and set-up a lot of my own guitars. The truss rod in the first would not straighten the neck enough to get a playable action, which is why I ended up taking it to a tech. Nut was not clean (a decent amount of residual coloring and/or adhesives) nor was it cut properly with slots that were too narrow, which created slippage for me and some problems keeping in tune (not major but unexpected at this price and something more to manage while on stage or to pay to have fixed). In the end the tech conceded it should be returned. Second guitar still has an inexplicable buzz starting at the 7th fret despite a great truss and bridge set-up (after a lot of experimenting following the initial adjustment to a standard setup) and an improved nut profile. We've not been able to sort this one out yet. I do love the sound and versatility of this guitar. I currently own a Fender Strat Deluxe, an old Fender American Plus, the impossible to find Cort M1200, which really is a pretty good guitar for the money, a Martin acoustic, an old Gibson jazz box and a few others. The sound of the ES-339 is clean, warm, yet edgy when the playing the bridge pu alone. Pretty guitar too. Really very versatile and quality sounding. Too bad Gibson muck's up the execution of delivering a consistently solid product at this price point. Have never had such issues with any of my other guitars purhases - even my old Mexican strat from years ago was better out of the box, by this I mean it was basically plug and play...as with all my other guitars and basses. This is a great guitar if you get a good one. Guitars can and do have their own personalities, however, I don't think the ES-339 is worth the money in my mind given the issues I've had and from other, similar experiences I read during my research. Get the 1957 PAF PUs separately and throw them in a less expensive, predictable quality guitar to avoid the "Gibson" premium. Guitar Center isn't where I usually shop but the service during the above was excellent at the 14th street shop in Manhattan.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

World Class Gibson!

By Jim Franklin

from Tacoma Wa

Was shopping a ES 335, I really liked them alot, but they are HUGE...Then I seen The 339 hanging on the wall, tried it out and was sold. With Same wide range of sounds that a 335 five offers for a little less Money I found the 339 to be a better fit for me. Love the size, The Wieght, and the feel of the 339. I got the Antique Cherry, which had that beautiful classic look, and it plays like a dream. I've owned this Guitar for 6 months now and I'm very very satisfied with my choice. With 30/60 neck and the perfectly set tone and volume controls along with classic 57's & the Looks and feel...Makes the ES 339 is a world class Guitar!

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5.0

Won't be disappointed

By Jeff Carter

from Milton, WV

Having had many guitars over the years and really liking most of them, the closest I've come to owning a Gibson is with an Epi LP Studio (Sunburst). Not that I don't have some really nice guitars, among them a black American Strat, Martin D-12, and a Music Man JP6...this sweetheart fell in my lap a couple of weeks ago. Unbelieveable. I too own an Artcore, no comparison (sorry Ibanez). The feel in your hands and the quality of the build is something to behold. The action is low and the tones you can get even on a 'cheap' amp will surprise you. Gibson Custom Shop hit it out of the park with the ES-339. Not as bulky as some feel the ES-335 is, but still getting the hollow body tone. The 57's will rock you while they sing those soulful blues. I've had no problems with feedback and personally like the "Memphis Tone" circuitry, will follow up on that. Stop looking. This is the one you want. Save up if you need to, keep playing your old axe until you can afford this one. You truly won't be disappointed.

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5.0

Gibson Custom Shop Quality!!!

By Robert LEROY

from Grand Rapics, MI

Okay, I own a Gibson LP Florentine from 2009, and I couldn't have been lerss impressed. I gigged it once, and it sits in its case, collecting dust and shaming me from the $4k it cost. I got this guitar, used on a trade with the 50's neck. the QC on this model was spot on. everything works amazingly and is probably one of the best guitars I've owned. I've worn the finish on the top where my forearm goes, so that might be a little detracting for some of you who like laquer finishes. this guitar doesnt disappoint.

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5.0

ES339

By CEFlint

from Mississippi Delta - Home of the Blues

Picked up my ES339 30/60 early summer and have gigged with it many times since then. I have always been a solid body Fender guy, and semi-hollow body Gibson guy. My collection includes an American Strat & Tele, as well as an ES345 and ES175. Over 40+ years of playing and gigging, I have to say that this ES339 is the finest playing guitar I have ever owned. The neck is perfect. Action, setup, binding, and frets were all fine at purchase and better after a bit of bridge adjustment to suit my tastes. I have used this guitar to play jazz, classic rock, blues, and a bit of country. I have also used it for slide playing. I am able to get a great mellow, clean contemporary jazz tone from the neck pickup with tone rolled back to about 5. For old style jazz, the ES175 is still the champ, but I can see using this guitar there without any loss in quality. Classic rock crunches well with both pickups and all knobs dimed except the neck volume rolled back to about 7-8. Roll it on back to about 4 and you�ۡ���ll get a nice country twang that�ۡ���s suitable for chickin�ۡ��� pickin�ۡ��� (though I still prefer the Tele there). The Memphis Tone circuits give a vast array of sounds after experimentation and practice. I love the smaller body size opposed to the 335/345. The guitar is unbelievably comfortable to hold whether sitting or standing and the weight and balance are nice as well. All in all, this guitar is as fine as any you�ۡ���re ever likely to own. Yes, it�ۡ���s pricey, but every guitarist worth his salt should own a Gibson (and a Fender and a Martin or a Taylor). This Gibson may be the one you need. It is for me.

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5.0

Beautiful Gibson

By Ed

from Dallas, TX

I just got an ES-339 about 2 weeks ago; what an amazing instrument! Beautiful, great sustain, love those Gibson '57 pickups. I got Antique Sunburst. Strings were a little high, easy adjustment, great action. Beautiful instrument!

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5.0

Worth the wait

By Rob

from Centreville, VA

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.

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5.0

Great guitar when you add a little work

By yo

from seattle, wa

Not ready to play out of the box, but no guitar is. If you are going to spend 1800.00 on a guitar be ready to spend another 300.00 to have the frets Pleked, the bridge & pick-ups adjusted and fret board set with fret honey. Gibson skimped with no bracing where the chord outlet meets the wood and where the bridge & tailstop meet the wood. I recommend 10's for your strings. I then got a Line6 GS30 wireless and love it. You also want to put lockers in place of your original strap holders. Why deal with a chord which you can step on and wreck your guitar. The feedback from this semihollow is 2nd to none. Every one in my band is jealous of this guitar. With the setups I described you will have a supreme blues, jazz, rock guitar. Basically it is a 335 with the body size of a Les Paul which is a perfect combo. So, I give it 5 stars AFTER you have it Pleked, set up, bridge honey oiled, pick-ups adjusted & add locking strap holders. Then you will have the 5 star guitar.

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5.0

Its a genuine Gibson

By PRJ

from Dearborn Heights.MI

I have owned (or should I say held in trust) several Gibson's over my 35+ years of playing beginning in 1968 with my SG'; its that child like excitement one experiences when you know your instrument feels and sounds right. I can't speak for them all but the 339 30/60 version I now play is no exception. Reasonably priced (for a Gibby)the instrument I received did not appear to have the attention to detail one would expect from Gibson and required my patient professional intonation and fret setup to obtain the desired sound I expected. Once achieved the instruments harmonics truly sustain and sing and are worthy of the name sake. Well done Gibson!

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