Brand New ES Series From Gibson Well, Gibson this morning released full specs on its latest six-string creation––the ES-339––and it’s looking like a real beauty.
The guitar is basically an ES-335 packed into a Les Paul sized body, and includes all of the traditional accoutrements of the classic 335, including its hardware, body shape (if quite a bit smaller,) and, according to Gibson, its resonant tone and singing sustain.
Built by Gibson’s famous Custom Shop in Memphis, and available exclusively from Musician’s Friend until the end of this year (a sweet deal for MF, eh?) the ES-339 is currently being offered in two different neck sizes––a 30/60 slim & wide profile based on Gibson necks circa the early ’60s, and a fatter ’59 neck profile for those who prefer something with a bit more muscle.
The 335-inspired design has also been updated with a side-mounted cable jack (no more plugging right into the top of your guitar,) and the guitar has been outfitted with Gibson’s Memphis Tone Circuit, which utilizes 500K audio taper pots operating with an interactive load to preserve the guitar’s high end even as you turn the volume down.
Specs The ES-339 is spec’d out with a laminated maple top, back and sides, maple center block, single-piece mahogany neck (24 3/4″ scale length,) rosewood fretboard with dot inlays and 22 frets, ABR-1 bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and “tulip-head” tuning machines.
Electronics include a pair of Gibson’s ’57 Classic Humbuckers, along with dual Tone & Volume controls, and traditional 3-way pickup switching.
The ES-339 will be available in three lacquer finishes: Antique Red (shown here,) Antique Vintage Sunburst, and Light Caramel Burst, and is carrying a surprisingly reasonable street price of just under $1800.