2008 Gibson ES3399, Antique Red

The Blue Book Says:

ES-339 (ES339)
– symmetrical double cutaway semi-hollow ES-335-style body that is Les Paul sized, laminated maple top, back, and sides, maple centerblock, two f-holes, single-ply creme top and back binding, one-piece mahogany neck available in a thin 30/60 neck or a thicker ’59 profile neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, black headstock with crown inlay, three-per-side tulip Kluson tuners, ABR-1 bridge, stop tailpiece, raised black pickguard, two ’57 Classic humbucker pickups, Memphis tone circuit, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, nickel hardware, available in Antique Red, Antique Vintage Sunburst, Ebony (new 2012), or Light Caramel Burst (disc. 2011) finish13.75 in. body width, 16 in. body length, 1.6875 in. body depth, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. summer 2007-present.

Gibson Say:

If it says :

ES339ARDNH1
ES339AVSNH1
ES339LCBNH1

it means the guitar has a 30/60 neck.

If it says:

ES3399ARDNH1
ES3399AVSNH1
ES3399LCBNH1

it means the guitar has a 59 neck; the extra 9 indicates the 59 neck.

I say:

I love these small bodied 335 style guitars, all the ones that I’ve had before have had the slim 30/60 neck, so grabbing hold of this was quite a shock initially, but forgotten within moments of starting to play on it.

The neck is beautifully full and rounded, but makes the guitar feel really solid to play.  The ’57 classic Humbuckers ring out beautifully and the neck seems to make it sustain much better than others I’ve played.

The guitar has been used – the biggest disappointment is that it appears that someone has used their amp as a guitar stand, and consequently the reverse of the neck has a series of light indentations.  These aren’t chips or scratches just pressure marks, you can feel them, but they in no way affect the playability of the guitar.  Other than that the neck and rest of the body is near unmarked, very light scratches on the reverse and front, mainly I suspect from cleaning.

OK it’s no case queen, but it is a fabulous “players guitar” – and is still pretty “easy on the eye.”

The original Gibson Custom Shop case is in good condition, as shown.