2011 Gibson ES339 Antique Vintage Sunburst. “30/60” neck

The Blue Book Says:

Gibson ES-339 (Gibson 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.

Spec from Gibson:

Gibson Custom’s ES-339 semi-hollowbody electric guitar takes the legendary sound of Gibson’s larger ES Series guitars, and delivers it in a smaller body size that’s perfect for guitarists.

Gibson Memphis ES-339 – Vintage Sunburst

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 Gibson Memphis’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 gently arched top with real f-holes, thinline semi-hollow body, solid maple center block to reduce feedback and enhance sustain, rounded symmetrical cutaways with unparalleled upper-fret access—all here, minus a little of the bulk and weight.

Legendary tone from ’57 Classic humbuckers

Tonal excellence is yours when you plug the ES-339 into your favorite tube amplifier. Loaded with a pair of ’57 Classic humbucking pickups, each with their own volume and tone controls, you’ll be able to dial in chiming country tones as easily as savagely distorted rock tones. The neck pickup gives you classic hollowbody-style tones for everything from smooth jazz to dirty blues. Flip to the bridge position, and you’ll command sounds covering everything from bright and clean to raw and mean.

Hollowbody richness meets solidbody sustain

Gibson Custom designed the ES-339 to have the same tonal appeal as its predecessor, the ES-335, but with a smaller body style and enhanced sustain. You’ll love the tonal complexity provided by the semi-hollowbody, and you’ll especially love the resistance to feedback provided by the solid maple center block. Any guitarist of any caliber can appreciate the sound of the ES-339, but guitarists that perform nightly will find it to be a dream come true.

Gibson Custom’s commitment to quality

Gibson’s Custom Shop took extra care with every detail of the ES-339. Every Gibson Custom guitar receives an ultra-precise Plek Pro setup, which optimizes the fretboard and nut for incredibly accurate intonation and a “just right” feel. And little touches like the quartersawn mahogany neck and the 17-degree headstock angle not only add to the amazing tone and feel, they remain true to the ES Series as well as Gibson’s history.

Gibson Custom ES-339 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features :

• Captures the legendary sound of Gibson’s ES-335, but with a smaller body style for solidbody enthusiasts

• Color: Antique Red

• Semi-hollowbody design for enhanced harmonic richness

• Solid maple center block fights feedback while enhancing sustain

• Dual ’57 Classic humbucking pickups sound amazing

• Individual tone and volume controls allow you to dial in virtually any type of tone, from mellow to metal

• Plek Pro fretboard optimization ensures perfect action and intonation

• Comes with a hardshell case, and a Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity

Gibson Custom ES-339 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Specifications :

  • Body
  • • Top : Laminated Maple
  • • Body Type : Semi-Hollow, Chambered
  • • Back : Laminated Maple
  • • Binding : Single-ply, Cream
  • Neck
  • • Species : Mahogany
  • • Profile : 30/60 Slender and ’59 Rounded
  • • Truss Rod : Traditional
  • • Joint Angle : 4° (+/- 15 seconds)
  • Neck Fit
  • • Joint : Mortise & Tenon
  • • Adhesive : Franklin Titebond 50
  • • Joint Angle : Tolerance +/- .005″
  • Fingerboard
  • • Species : Rosewood
  • • Frets : 22
  • • Radius : 12″
  • • Nut/E.O.B : 1.687/2.062
  • • Inlays : Mother-of-Pearl Dots
  • • Binding : Single-ply, Cream
  • • Other : Standard Fret Wire
  • Nut
  • • Material : White Corian
  • • Width : 1.687
  • • Slots : Gibson PLEK System
  • Headstock
  • • Inlay : Mother of Pearl “Holly”
  • • Logo : Pearl Gibson Inlay
  • • Truss Rod Cover : Vintage Truss Rod Cover
  • • Angle : 17 Degrees
  • Tuners
  • • Model : Vintage Tulip (Single Band)
  • • Plating : Nickel
  • • Tuning Ratio : 12:01
  • Bridge
  • • Type : Tune-o-matic (ABR)
  • • Material : Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy
  • • Plating : Nickel
  • Tailpiece
  • • Type : Stop Bar
  • • Material : ZAMAK
  • • Plating : Nickel Plated Gloss
  • Hardware
  • • Knobs : Knobs Black Top Hats w/Silver Inserts
  • • Pickguard : 5-ply binding
  • • Strings : .010 – .046, Vintage Style strings
  • • Strap Buttons : Aluminum End Pins
  • Pickups
  • • Neck Position : ’57 Classic
  • • Bridge Position : ’57 Classic
  • • Magnet Material Neck Alnico II, Bridge: Alnico II
  • Electronics
  • • Potentiometers Neck : Alnico II Bridge: Alnico II
  • • Type : 500k Audio Taper
  • • Coil Wiring Parallel-Machine Wound
  • • Toggle Switch  Switchcraft Axial Toggle with Crème Toggle Cap
  • • Output Jack : 1/4″ Switchcraft
  • Finish
  • • Process Gloss
  • • Sealer Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • • Colour : Vintage Sunburst
  • Case
  • • Type Gibson Memphis Silkscreened Case
  • • Case Exterior : Black Pleather

I Say:

A great guitar – sometimes the usual size of a 335 et al can feel a little unwieldy.  This guitar covers that wonderfully.  Made in Gibson’s Custom Shop this shows all the attention to detail that you’d expect.

This particular is in great condition, showing only the slightest marks of use.  Some very, very minor fretwear, and the rosewood fingerboard shows some very, very slight wear in the “cowboy chord” positions. All electronics are to my knowledge original and fully functional.

The very popular 30/60 neck profile feels thin and easy in smaller hands, but makes this feel like a fast playing easily useable instrument.

The classic ’57 pickups do what’s expected of them.

The Gibson custom case is virtually unmarked, and has the Certificate and packing slip still in place.

Beautiful.