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Gibson ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar

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This semi-hollow ES-359 from Gibson 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 ES-339. The ... Click To Read More About This Product

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This semi-hollow ES-359 from Gibson 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 ES-339. The ES-359 is part of the next generation from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. As with the ES-339, it delivers bold, semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive, even stinging, overtones in a smaller, solidbody-sized guitar. The ES-359 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics, the 30/60 slender neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 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 humbuckers while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference: 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.

Reduced dimensions and weight

The 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

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.

The ES-359 is available in a choice of two finishes: Ebony, 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. The ES-359 comes with a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity.

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  • Gibson ES-359 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck Features:
  • Body Type: ES-339
  • Body 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: Ebony
  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl
  • 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: Grover
  • Hardware color: Gold
  • Pickup selector: 3-way
  • Finish: Lacquer
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great guitar all around

By Jesse Beaver

from long beach, california

Comments about Gibson ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

Bought mine three months ago and I absolutely love it. There are a couple of tiny "flaws" (tiny little hole? in fretboard) but when you play the guitar, who cares? I own a PRS and a gibson SG, which are both very nice guitars, but this guitar is special. It plays like butter and has the smoothest action/fretboard. You can achieve any sound, from the sweetest clean to very crunchy, heavy. This guitar makes guitar playing fun and makes everything you play sound great. Worth the money.

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Excellent Guitar!!!!!!!!!!1

By Jack

from Holtsville New York

Comments about Gibson ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

This is a truly pritine instrument offering the best of the best in sound, playability, and looks. This guitar rocks!!!! This will truly be an ageless classic for Gibson. I highly recommend this instrument!!!!!

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Very Nice!

By Tom

from portland,oregon

Comments about Gibson ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

Great looks, the fit and finnish is perfect, and it has the classic gibson es tone in a smaller body.Which makes it very easy to play. The only problem this guitar has is that you will not want to put it down!


This is the one.....

By David Priester

from Hillsboro, Or

Comments about Gibson ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

I bought the ES 359 a month ago and waited to write a review until the shine of a new guitar purchase wore off a bit. Nothing has changed my original opinion. This guitar is a Gibson home run. The guys at the luthiers I use had to end up drawing straws to see who got to set it up because they all wanted it. The owner of the shop told me that this is the best innovation Gibson has come up with in years. The neck is fast. The pickups are perfect at every combination and tone. Whether you need some dirty bite or sweet clear tones, these pickups deliver. The finish work in my opinion is stunning. I also have a Les Paul that I still love but I have a hard time getting it our of it's case knowing the 359 is there waiting for me. Worth every penny...........

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