The Gibson Custom ES-359 is a semi-hollow electric guitar that adds gold hardware Grover tuners and an ebony fingerboard with large mother-of-pearl block inlays to one of the most exciting guitars in ... Read More
The Gibson Custom ES-359 is a semi-hollow electric guitar that adds gold hardware Grover tuners and an ebony fingerboard with large mother-of-pearl block inlays to one of the most exciting guitars in decades: the Gibson ES-339. The ES-359 is part of the next generation of guitars from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. The Gibson ES-359 delivers bold semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive even stinging overtones in a smaller solidbody-sized guitar. The Gibson ES-359 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics the 30/60 slender neck profile, ebony fingerboard, and an AAA figured flame maple top, as well as reduced dimensions and weight.
Memphis Tone electronics
Memphis Tone circuitry uses 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 humbucker pickups while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference: the ES-359 guitar's 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 you think they should. So when you turn down the volume, the highs are still there.
Developed with assistance from guitar guru Jon Schwartz, the ES-359 guitar's 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.
Reduced dimensions and weight
The Gibson ES-359 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-359 retains the distinct semi-hollowbody electric tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances.
Outer rim output jack
The ES-359 guitar's output jack is mounted on the outer rim. No more cable crossing the body spoiling your guitar's clean looks 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.
The Gibson Custom ES-359 Electric Guitar comes with a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity.
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I do have to say the first one I got was not really good. The frets were very high and unplayable. The binding was kind of wonky as well. I returned it and exchanged it for another one. The second one is FLAWLESS... It plays like butter and I have to admit that the 57's are my fav PU's. And it is very true about the Memphis Tone circuitry. It actually works for me. I play out of VOX amps and this puppy does not loose tone when I roll her down. And the weight is perfect. I am one proud es-359 owner.
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