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The heavy tones of a Les Paul without the weight.
The Gibson Memphis ES-139 with the familiar style of the world's greatest guitar, the Les Paul, but at an average weight of 6.5 lbs. and the superior semi-hollow construction that breathes new tonal air into an admired ancestor's appearance. The new single cut body shape looks like Rock, and features 2 Burstbucker Pro's, with Stopbar and an ABR bridge with single volume and tone controls. The weight-relieved centerblock goes without f-holes for a high volume performance without feedback problems. Other features are CTS Pots, “Orange Drop” capacitors and a quartersawn maple neck. The ES-139 is 100% American made in Memphis, TN. Includes gig bag
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Comments about Gibson ES-139 Electric Guitar:
I've been a Strat guy the past 25 years. I've experimented with other guitars, but always came back to the Strat for its versatility (mine all have humbuckers in the bridge). While I've always appreciated Gibsons and owned a few, I could never bond with them for one reason or another.
The ES-139 is a real sleeper. I couldn't even find it on the Gibson website. But on paper, it looked like everything I wanted over the years when I tried Gibsons: a thin hollowbody with a centerblock, streamlined controls (I hate having four knobs) and versatile tones.
I LOVE this guitar. First of all, I love the look. It's like an oversized Les Paul. Smaller and thinner than a Gretsch though, which for me is good. Like I said, I love the simple controls. I've read some complaints about where the pickup selector is, and while I'm sure it was a cost-saving measure, I like it. When I play Les Pauls, I always end up hitting the pickup selector with my right hand.
It's nice and light, and unplugged it has a nice airy tone. I got the ebony, which looks classy with the dual white binding. Fit and finish were excellent. Intonation was great out of the box, and no buzzing even with a low action.
Plugged in, this guitar sounds like a fat Les Paul. It has a touch less low end, which I think is good. In my experience Les Pauls can sound a little muddy and boomy, especially on the cleans. This guitar really bridges the gap between Les Paul and Strat. The dirty tones are expectedly top-notch, but I was really surprised by the clean tones. They just sound FAT. Even the bridge position sounds great clean. They kind of make my favorite Strat clean tones sound wimpy and anemic by comparison.
Overall, I think this guitar is superb. It's certainly no frills, but I don't care. I love how it sounds and how it plays.
The only negative is that is comes with a gig bag and not a hardshell case. I will say that it's a much nicer, more padded and fitted gig bag than Gibson usually provides. But still, a hard case would be nice. I don't mind throwing my Strats in the back of the car in a gig bag, but Gibsons are a lot more fragile. Gibson doesn't even offer a case for this guitar! However, their ES-339 case will work, as will the Epiphone ES-339 case (fits PERFECTLY) and it's under a hundred bones.
I'm not sure why this guitar isn't more popular. At the price point, it's a great American made Gibson. And price aside, it looks, sounds and plays amazing.