2010 Gibson CS 339 / ES339 Antique Cherry

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) finish, 13.75 in. body width, 16 in. body length, 1.6875 in. body depth, 24.75 in. scale, mfg. summer 2007-present.

I say…

Pretty much as the above describes…  A scaled down version of the ES 335, ’57 Classic Humbuckers.  All original electrics are crackle free and fully functional.  There is almost no fret wear, rosewood fingerboard is smooth and unmarked.  There are a couple of tiny dinks in the cherry coloured nitro finish on the body and a very slight dent from “amp damage” on the back of the neck – but nothing to really concern.  Fully set up with a set of Ernie Ball 10’s.  The Gibson Custom hard case shows a couple of scuffs – but again nothing too major.  The neck pocket has packing details and Custom shop certificate.  On the certificate the model number for this guitar is stated as ES339ARDNH1 – the 1 at the end indicates that the neck is a 30/60 profile neck – however the certificate states that the neck is a 50’s style one.  I can only go from my experience here, but the neck definitely feels like a 30/60  – not like a ’50’s neck, I guess that whoever filler in the certificate just made an error on the paperwork.

A great little guitar – think of the best of Les Paul and ES 335 rolled into one.  These cost £1700 new – here’s a great chance to get one with little to no wear for a significant saving!