2013 Gibson Memphis Custom ES 339. Some upgraded features.

Gibson Says:

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 more comfortable with solidbody instruments. It sports the same musical versatility and incredible playability as its big brother, the ES-335, which was the guitar of choice for legends such as Freddie King, Chuck Berry, and Otis Rush. The Gibson Custom ES 339 provides the same rich resonance and harmonic complexity that semi-hollowbodies are revered for, with bodily proportions that are closer to Gibson’s LP and SG models. The lightly-arched maple top adorns a semi-hollow maple body, with a solid maple center block that reduces feedback and enhances sustain. No matter what style of music you play, you’ll love the uncompromising tone, feel, and look of the Gibson Custom ES 339.

Gibson Custom ES-339 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • Legendary tone from ’57 Classic humbuckers
  • Hollowbody richness meets solidbody sustain
  • Gibson Custom’s commitment to quality

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: Black
  • 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

 

I say:

Wow – Part of the special “Memphis” collection, this ES 339 oozes with craftsmanship.  The Black lacquer is almost unmarked all over the whole guitar (I can only find one tiny dent/mark on the rear of the guitar and it’s not possible to photograph it).

The ’57 Humbuckers are fantastic and the whole guitar is resonant acoustically as well as when amplified.

The previous owner has had a couple of minor but quality mods done – Graphtech saddles so no “pinging” when tuning, and Graphtech Ratio locking tuners – these are a fantastic piece of kit, over £100 alone for the tuners.  Each tuner has a calculated gear ratio so that it responds to the idiosyncrasies of each string – fantastic idea!

The rosewood fingerboard is unmarked as are the frets.

All in all a well cared for and awesome sounding guitar.

Comes with a near unmarked Gibson Case and paperwork in the neck pocket.