Through the course of more than five decades and myriad shifting musical styles, the ES-335 has remained one of the most popular electric guitars of all time. Its ingenious blend of hollowbody warmth ... Read More
Through the course of more than five decades and myriad shifting musical styles, the ES-335 has remained one of the most popular electric guitars of all time. Its ingenious blend of hollowbody warmth and complexity and solidbody bite and sustain made it arguably the most versatile guitar available when Gibson introduced the model in 1958, and that design imperative hasn’t changed today. For some players more accustomed to the slimmer lines and more compact dimensions of a solidbody electric, though, the standard ES-335 can feel just a little large and unwieldy.
Enter the Gibson Custom Shop’s ES-339, a guitar built to the design ethos of its predecessor the ES-335, but fashioned to proportions closer to those of the legendary Gibson solidbodies such as the Les Paul and SG. The Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a dealer exclusive model with a stack of significant upgrades.
It features a gently arched, figured-maple top with no F-holes. Its thinline, semi-hollow body has a solid maple center block to further reduce feedback and enhance sustain. Rounded symmetrical cutaways offer unparalleled upper-fret access. For an amazing variety of tones, Classic ’57 neck and Super ’57 bridge pickups are wired to push/push volume pots that enable coil-splits in addition to a 10dB user-adjustable boost that's available on the rhythm tone control. It all adds up to a lot of guitar in one compact and lightweight package. Includes case.
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I ordered a jazz guitar from GC. Gibson quit making them. So GC called me with the bad news. So what we did is bought this guitar. The salesmen, Tim asked me a few questions and he decided that this was the ax for me. I own two 336's so I started thinking that maybe this was a bad idea. We closed the deal on Sunday and I had the guitar on Thursday. Let me tell you the things I love about this guitar. Locking tuners. The push / pulls are spring loaded so you don't have to peel them into the up position. Chrome not nickel. Bypass on the neck pickup. 50's neck. Satin back. The set up was great. Scary to be honest with you. It has a gang of sounds. I love the guitar! Thanks Tim. Con:It does need a 9V battery so you can't leave it plugged in.
Stopped gigging my 1979 ES-347 and was looking for a something similar to go along with either my Strat or Tele at gigs and of course for home fun too. Had looked at PRS but nothing struck me. Picked up a LP Studio Swamp Ash and never could really bond. Came across one of these babies on clearance and after about the same 30 minutes was sold. Love the smaller size and light weight but has incredible sustain. Neck is just perfect even better than the 347. Pickups are well balance and LOTS of tonal options with the taps and boost. Don't use the boost so much but have them both going with tweaking the vol and tones constantly to the tune. Finish is great the satin back and sides is different would have preferred gloss all around but certainly not a deal killer. Perfect replacement for me!
I just got one of these the other day. I had gone to Dallas to visit and decided to take a look at one. they had two or three versions of the es-339 so the dude took three of them to the sound room and left me in there with the guitars and a Fender Bassman w/4-10s. The first one I picked up was the Trad. Pro and after just 30 short minutes of falling in love I didn't bother with the others. It has it all in a beautiful and finger pleasing package. I came back home and bought one from my local Guitar Center. The one I bought at home was exactly like the one in Dallas which indicates some real accuracy in manufacture up there in Memphis. Gibson, you knocked it outa' the park on this one. Thanks!