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Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck  

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    Classic semi-hollowbody sound from a solidbody-sized guitar.

    The ES-339 is the next generation from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. It goes where no guitar has gone before with a bold, new semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive, even stinging, overtones. The ES-339 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics, the 30/60 slender neck profile, and reduced dimensions and weight. Includes case.

    Memphis Tone electronics
    Memphis Tone circuitry utilizes 500K audio taper pots that operate with an interactive load that preserves high end as you turn down the volume. The loading effect preserves the full-bodied tone with rich midrange and singing sustain from the '57 Classic humbuckers while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference is the volume is very smooth, rolling off in even increments along with the numbers on the knobs. Since they operate more like how we hear (logarithmically), the controls work the way the player thinks they should. So when the guitarist turns down the volume the highs are still there!

    30/60 Neck
    Developed in assistance from guitar guru Jon Schwartz. The 30/60 slender neck is a '60s style neck with an extra .030" front-to-back to preserve the semi-hollowbody tone, sustain, and feel while providing smooth playability (The rounded '59 neck profile is also available on the ES-339 '59 Neck - product #515255).

    Reduced dimensions and weight

    The ES-339 builds on the success of the semi-hollowbody guitars first introduced by Gibson in 1958 with the ES-335. Lighter and more compact than a traditional semi-hollow guitar, the ES-339 retains the distinct semi-hollowbody electric tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances.

    Outer rim output jack

    Here's one ES players have been wanting: The output jack is mounted on the outer rim. No more cable crossing the body, spoiling the guitar's clean looks and and getting in your way.

    Two '57 Classic Humbuckers with 3-way pickup selection plus individual volume and tone controls provide the incredibly versatile sounds that make the semi-hollow electric famous for its use in jazz, rock, blues, country, and nearly every other style you can think of. Quality Kluson tuners keep retuning time to a minimum, and nickel hardware enhances the great looks.

    To show off its vintage vibe, the ES-339 is available in a choice of two finishes: Antique Cherry, Antique Vintage Sunburst. The lacquer finish is applied with a light, even touch, allowing the guitar's wood to resonate naturally while providing a protective, mirror-like shine. Both finishes come with aged bindings to further enhance the proud ES tradition.

    The ES-339 also comes with a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity.

    Features
    • Body Type: ES-339
    • Body Wood: Maple/poplar/maple laminate
    • Top wood:Maple/poplar/maple laminate
    • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
    • Neck Joint: Set-in
    • Neck Wood: Mahogany
    • Neck Profile: Slender Players Profile - '60s slim-neck plus .030" front-to-back
    • Fretboard: Rosewood
    • Frets: 22
    • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
    • Fretboard Radius: 12"
    • Bridge: Fixed
    • Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic Humbucker
    • Pickup Neck: '57 Classic Humbucker
    • Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
    • Tuners: Kluson
    • Hardware color: Nickel
    • Pickup selector: 3-way
    • Finish: Lacquer
    • Includes case

    The perfect semi-hollow guitar for solidbody players. Call or click today to order an ES-339 in your favorite color.

     
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    GibsonES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck
     
    4.6

    (based on 76 reviews)

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    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good tone (4)
    • Fun to play (3)
    • Good feel (3)
    • Good pick up (3)

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      • Jamming (3)
      • Practicing (3)
      • Recording (3)
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      ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck

      As indicated above, a very well designed and generally well executed package. Versitility and playability are outstanding. It's a shame the quality control isn't better - with that improvement this would easily rate...Read complete review

      As indicated above, a very well designed and generally well executed package. Versitility and playability are outstanding. It's a shame the quality control isn't better - with that improvement this would easily rate a 10.
      I play primarily blues and jazz - this guitar has the full range of tones you might want for that style of music, but will rock as well (see any of the demos on Youtube). The 339 has a richer tone than the 335s I have played; clear, not muddy on the neck pickup. Played through a Vox AC15 or AC30, the tone is just incomparable. The 30/60 neck is very comfortable, particularly for those with shorter fingers (like me). Sustain is great. Overall a very well designed, well thought-out package.
      You know, I really, really wish it were better. I waited a long time before buying this guitar, so had a long time to look forward to it with high expectations. First the good: the finish is perfect, and beautiful. Not to heavy, even with no defects. The hardware (except for a very small but deep scratch on the pickup mounting ring) is pristine. Tuners are fine (no complaints, as others have had, with not staying in tune). Set up was excellent - low without buzzing - and intonation was near perfect.

      Now the bad: the neck binding has cosmetic defects - noticable and not easily remedied - on both sides of the first fret. More importantly the fretboard is not quite gouged but definitely scratched under the E and A stings at frets 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15, from barely noticable to obvious. Other posts have suggested this may be from the Plek machine, I don't know. Doesn't affect playablty, but still. Also, there is what seems to be excess varnish or glue on a couple of the inlays and the surrounding fretboard. As some others have noted there was also a pretty good amount of sawdust in the case - didn't bother me at all, but where do they pack these things?

      Einstein said that everything in the universe is cracked, that's how the light gets in. So nothing's perfect and sometimes the defects serve a purpose. I don't put guitars in glass cases, I play them and none of the above affects playability, which I really, really love. Consequently, I didn't send the guitar back because I love playing it. Also, I would be concerned about trading these defects for others that affect playability. But as I mentioned above, I waited a long time for this guitar, thought about it a lot before ordering, and I imagine I'll keep it for much longer. I would have really liked it to be right. Sadly, just not good quality control by Gibson.
      Would have been a 10, if not for the quality control issues mentioned above. That said, I've played guitars that cost a lot more, and that I didn't like nearly as well. Easily my favorite guitar in this price range - nothing else even comes close.

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      decent guitar.... but NO custom shop

      this is an assembly line, stock production guitar .... period. thats not a bad thing, but its good to be well informed before taking the purchase plunge.. there is a consistency...Read complete review

      this is an assembly line, stock production guitar .... period. thats not a bad thing, but its good to be well informed before taking the purchase plunge.. there is a consistency that is extremely evident on CS guitars, like the 1960 reissue plain top VOS I purchased. that thing is absolutely incredible, and when comparing it to the es339 for build quality... well you cant compare. The es339 string action is very inconsistent from guitar to guitar. a common problem is pickup vibration with certain frequencies.. mine vibrated like crazy with the D string... got it fixed. finish on mine is very good, but on some its pretty darn bad.

      all this is Ok and unfortunately somewhat expected on any production line guitars, but this should NOT be expected on a CS model.. but it is.

      Not bashing anyhting here, but just want people to know that they shouldnt drop 2k on any instrument jusrt because gibson says "CS" ... trust your own hands eyes and ears...

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      4.0

      Intonation Issues

      By Rogerb917

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

        I bought my ES339 three and a half years ago and in general I am happy with this guitar. After 3&1/2 years I noticed some extreme fret bar wear on the second fret third string. Second fret note on the third string was sharp. Some of my other guitars (Fender, Guild, Washburn) I've had over 30 years and have never had a similar issue. The tech at the PLEK shop said it may be because I'm playing the guitar more, but I don't see how 3&1/2 years of wear could be worse than 30 plus on my other guitars. I'd be interested to know if others have had this problem. Could it be fret bar material quality issues?

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Update of previous review

        By Don T.

        from Rochester, New York

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              Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

              I've had this guitar a little over 2 years now and still love it overall, with some caveats. In my original review I mentioned Gibson's lackluster quality control; in fact, it's atrocious. The wiring of the neck pickup is apparently faulty (Gibson is no help with this at all) which led to inspection of the solder joints (high school freshman shop class quality) and the other interior fit and finish. As I indicated before, great design, less than great execution. Because MF is great about returns this is still a great place to buy - just inspect carefully, be sure you're satisfied, and be prepared to return if necessary (on Gibsons at least) before accepting.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              No Disappointment!

              By fat boy singer

              from Little Rock, Ar

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              Pros

              • Don't Be Missled By Cons
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • This Is A Great Guitar

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                If you like Gibson's, then you will like playing this 339. I had no problem with the set up right out of the box. It's got more crunch than a 5 lb. Snickers. This new size is right for me. Don't be discouraged with the negative reviews, you won't be disappointed.

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Underwhelming

                By ThreeEcho7

                from Northern Virginia

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                    In my search for a guitar that would work well with jazz, rock, pop, and other genres, I came across the Gibson ES-339. On paper it sounded great, and at a much more accessible price point than other hollow or semi-hollow Gibsons. However, once I got my hands on a new one I was very disappointed by the craftsmanship. The overspray, poorly cut nut, and an overall cheap feel made a lasting impression.

                    I can understand that a more affordably-priced Gibson might not be quite as nice as its more expensive brothers, but the sloppy construction of the ES-339 is inexcusable. For the money you can do way better than this. If you want a true high-quality Gibson semi-hollow save up your money and get the real thing. If you want a high-quality semi-hollow guitar for an affordable price, look elsewhere.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Flat out Keeper !

                    By Reilly81

                    from Eastern PA

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                    Pros

                    • All Around Player
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                    Been a musician for over forty years. Played all types of venues and this is one of the best all around guitars I have ever had. Covers an amazing amount of styles and just brings out the experimenter in you. One of those guitars that just gets you to reach that next bit farther and grow in your playing abilities. A keeper without question or hesitation !

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Want only 1 Gibson guitar? Get this one.

                    By willow1210

                    from Old Tappan, NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Quintessential Gibson
                    • Small Body

                    Cons

                    • Feed Back
                    • Gets Out Of Tune

                    Best Uses

                    • BLUES JAZZ ROCK
                    • Jamming
                    • Recording

                    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                    If you want only 1 Gibson guitar, you should get this one. Like it says in the description, this one is half Les Paul, half ES335. Sounds absolutely amazing through Marshall's clean channel, and different but equally great through Fender amps. It looks great too, and the size is just right.

                    This guitar can scream too, but watch out for feedback as it is for real.

                    The neck is comfortable, but not as smooth as my Fender maple necks. But in time I'll break it in. The biggest issue is that the guitar doesn't stay in tune, especially when I bend the strings a lot. Conversely my Stratocaster stays in tune even after being thrown around.

                    In any case, this one is definitely a keeper, as its tone is quintessentially Gibson and no simulator can fake it.

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                    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    decent guitar.... but NO custom shop

                    By jts6060

                    from Canada

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                          Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                          this is an assembly line, stock production guitar .... period. thats not a bad thing, but its good to be well informed before taking the purchase plunge.. there is a consistency that is extremely evident on CS guitars, like the 1960 reissue plain top VOS I purchased. that thing is absolutely incredible, and when comparing it to the es339 for build quality... well you cant compare. The es339 string action is very inconsistent from guitar to guitar. a common problem is pickup vibration with certain frequencies.. mine vibrated like crazy with the D string... got it fixed. finish on mine is very good, but on some its pretty darn bad.

                          all this is Ok and unfortunately somewhat expected on any production line guitars, but this should NOT be expected on a CS model.. but it is.

                          Not bashing anyhting here, but just want people to know that they shouldnt drop 2k on any instrument jusrt because gibson says "CS" ... trust your own hands eyes and ears...

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                          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Malcom in the Middle

                          By Dave Kunetka

                          from Honolulu, HI

                          Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                          There's a number of terrific Gibson's out there. Should you consider this new addition in the same class as the established Gibson lineup (335, 175, Les Paul, SG, etc.)? Yes. I did not think there was a need for a Gibson that played like a 335, but the size of a Les Paul, but I was wrong. I used to be firm in my thinking that if you wanted to play rock, you'd always need an electric, and if you wanted to play blues or jazz, you'd always need a full-sized hollow or semi-hollow. With the 339, you need only one. This guitar rips with high gain tones that can fill out any rock tune, and also has the smooth sparkle for jazz. The title for my review, "Malcom in the Middle" refers to what I feel this guitar is. The middle child between Gibson's lineup of electrics and semi-hollows. Just like Malcom, this guitar comes across and the smartest and most surprising addition to the Gibson family.
                          Out of the box, the fingerboard plays as good any player could hope for, coming from the factory. The tone and volume knobs have a great feel with no skips or slips in the pot range. The tuning heads all feel perfectly uniform and all respond the same way. The size was an unexpected joy. Having a guitar that feels like a Les Paul, but plays like a 335 makes me giddy. The finish... wow, the finish is fanstastic!
                          Every inch of the guitar feels sturdy, precise, and "crafted" By crafted, I mean that you can tell that personal attention was paid the guitar in your hands. It doesn't feel like a clone. It feels like a custom-built gem. The finish is so beautiful. I got the Antique Sunburst and the picture on the website doesn't do it justice. I gasped when I open the case for the first time. It's simply gorgeous!
                          It's a lot of money. It really is. Do I think it's worth it... yes. I feel so happy knowing that I know have a guitar that I can keep for the rest of my life, and hopefully hand-down to one of my children (if they decide to play). I absolutely think it's a good value, I simply wish the whole guitar world in general would just do away with the quality concessions found within the void of the $500-$1500 market and bring down the price of high quality instruments like this.

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                          (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck

                          By Don T.

                          from Rochester, New York

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                          Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                          As indicated above, a very well designed and generally well executed package. Versitility and playability are outstanding. It's a shame the quality control isn't better - with that improvement this would easily rate a 10.
                          I play primarily blues and jazz - this guitar has the full range of tones you might want for that style of music, but will rock as well (see any of the demos on Youtube). The 339 has a richer tone than the 335s I have played; clear, not muddy on the neck pickup. Played through a Vox AC15 or AC30, the tone is just incomparable. The 30/60 neck is very comfortable, particularly for those with shorter fingers (like me). Sustain is great. Overall a very well designed, well thought-out package.
                          You know, I really, really wish it were better. I waited a long time before buying this guitar, so had a long time to look forward to it with high expectations. First the good: the finish is perfect, and beautiful. Not to heavy, even with no defects. The hardware (except for a very small but deep scratch on the pickup mounting ring) is pristine. Tuners are fine (no complaints, as others have had, with not staying in tune). Set up was excellent - low without buzzing - and intonation was near perfect.

                          Now the bad: the neck binding has cosmetic defects - noticable and not easily remedied - on both sides of the first fret. More importantly the fretboard is not quite gouged but definitely scratched under the E and A stings at frets 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15, from barely noticable to obvious. Other posts have suggested this may be from the Plek machine, I don't know. Doesn't affect playablty, but still. Also, there is what seems to be excess varnish or glue on a couple of the inlays and the surrounding fretboard. As some others have noted there was also a pretty good amount of sawdust in the case - didn't bother me at all, but where do they pack these things?

                          Einstein said that everything in the universe is cracked, that's how the light gets in. So nothing's perfect and sometimes the defects serve a purpose. I don't put guitars in glass cases, I play them and none of the above affects playability, which I really, really love. Consequently, I didn't send the guitar back because I love playing it. Also, I would be concerned about trading these defects for others that affect playability. But as I mentioned above, I waited a long time for this guitar, thought about it a lot before ordering, and I imagine I'll keep it for much longer. I would have really liked it to be right. Sadly, just not good quality control by Gibson.
                          Would have been a 10, if not for the quality control issues mentioned above. That said, I've played guitars that cost a lot more, and that I didn't like nearly as well. Easily my favorite guitar in this price range - nothing else even comes close.

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                          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          ES-339

                          Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck:

                          I'm in love with this axe. Not only does she play smoother and fit more comfortably than either my Gibson Goddess, Epi Black Back Paul, and my Stratocasters, the tone is beautiful, played clean. With the tubes saturated she barks like a rabid dog.Good sustain and runs easily just at the edge of feedback the way I like for our original rock sound.Every position on that three way switch give you a different sound ... not just a little difference.Good usable almost infinitely variable tones due to having a tone and volume potentiometer for the bridge and the neck.
                          Love the neck and balance of this guitar. She's light and fast. Not neck heavy like my Gibson Les Paul Goddess, and with more fret room above the 12th.The Memphis circuit seems to do just what is advertised though adjusting tone and volume on the fly took a little getting used to.And as for the pick ups.I can see no reason to own anything else for what I do ... seriously.
                          The fit and finish on this guitar is way above that of the average guitar on the market in my opinion.I have no complaints what so ever. Almost to pretty to play, and it might even stay home on those nasty hot summer gigs where I'm sweating bullets all over my axe ... we'll see.
                          I'm a working man with a large family to support, and the price of this guitar though not as high as some I'd considered, had my wife & I both a little bug eyed.But once I got her home and plugged into my Carvin VT-16 ...The tone ...The playability ...I'd paid twice that and not been disappointed. Broke, but not disappointed.

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