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Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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The best of both a hollowbody and solidbody in one exquisite guitar.

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 the Gibson Custom Shop’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 Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar is a dealer exclusive model with a stack of significant upgrades.

It features a gently arched, figured-maple top with no F-holes. Its thinline, semi-hollow body has a solid maple center block to further reduce feedback and enhance sustain. Rounded symmetrical cutaways offer unparalleled upper-fret access. For an amazing variety of tones, Classic ’57 neck and Super ’57 bridge pickups are wired to push/push volume pots that enable coil-splits in addition to a 10dB user-adjustable boost that's available on the rhythm tone control. It all adds up to a lot of guitar in one compact and lightweight package. Includes case.

Features

  • Semi-hollow without F-holes for reduced feedback at higher volumes
  • Gloss figured-maple top / satin back and sides
  • Classic ’57 neck and Super ’57 bridge pickups
  • Easy-to-use push/push pots enable coil-splits on volume controls
  • 10dB user-adjustable boost on rhythm tone
  • Includes hardshell case

Get a huge variety of hollowbody sounds without feedback. Order today.

 
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GibsonES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (4)
    • Recording (4)
    • Jamming (3)
    • Small venues (3)
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    5.0

    My new favorite

    By Jon the Revelator

    from Ohio

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I recently added the 339 trad pro to my guitar stable. The pickups sound great, the coil splitting helps add to the number of available sounds. Like the finish, love the feel of the neck. Feeds back just right. Sound good on jazz, blues, rock. Not really hip to the high gain stuff.

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      4.0

      Unexpected fun

      By Jon the Revelator

      from Ohio

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      Pros

      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar for the money. Especially like the boost circuit. The guitar cover a lot of sonic territory if you're willing to use the volume and tone knobs. Love the pickups.

        The nut is cut too high on the bass side of the neck. Not a big deal to fix, but it is a 2k guitar. Gibson should be able to get it right
        The guitar is "unexpected fun" because I wasn't intending to purchase a new guitar. I am really a big fan of the boost circuit.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Modern take on a classic ES design

        By CLG

        from Melbourne, Australia

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            My first purchase from Musicians Friend, a used item in near perfect condition, shipped internationally. Very happy with the whole experience. I've owned many different Gibson guitars and if you had to pick just one to do everything this would have to be one of the top contenders. The build is great, everything works well, it plays well, is finished well and sounds good. I use it through my Riot distortion pedal into a DV Mark Little 40 and matching 1x12 cab. The guitar controls allow for a wide range of tones still going through this pedal from cleaner Jazzier chords to fluid rock leads. This is due to having the audio taper pots which allow you fine control of the lower volume range to clean up the pedal. When using the guitar with my Sweet Honey overdrive pedal the guitars boost control works well with the single coil mode to give a good bright funky lead tone. If you need to do a single string change it will take you about 1 minutes with the locking tuners. You just put the string through the bridge hole, then pass it through the tuner hole and tighten the lock and you're done. The push/push pots are very easy to use also since you just do one push action rather than have to push or pull. A couple of things with the booster, it has a battery, and it has a stereo jack which switches the circuit like a guitar pedal does. So when you plug in you have to plug in more than one click or you won't get any sound. Also I found I needed to get a tiny little square of kitchen sponge and place it on the back of the 9V battery so the battery holder keeps the battery more snuggly in position. Otherwise I was getting intermittent buzzing sounds, because the battery wasn't connecting properly. Inside the control cavity there is a little trim pot, it is turned to the right for full boost amount and to the left for less. The booster is done with a single transistor. Therefore the battery must last for a long time before needing replacement. One thing to remember is when you put the guitar back on the stand or in the case for the non-playing periods have that rhythm tone pot in the down position, booster off, so you don't use up the battery. But like I said even if you forget it's still going to go for months if not years? I'm not sure I don't use the boost very often but it's really great to have that right there on board when you want it. It's 10dB of boost which is about 3 times the output volume level. So you can turn on the boost and reduce your volume controls down for a more powerful range of pickup outputs which is a great way to use it more often if you choose. Another suggested way is to turn on the boost as a solo type thing to give you a lift in output. It depends how you set up you amp, clean or overdriven, you may not need the full 10dB so you can adjust it internally with the trim pot. The guitar is not too heavy on the strap and is balanced ok. The neck feels great with a little playing it gets some oil from the skin on it and becomes semi-slick so it doesn't grab your hand but provides a little grip for a good feel. Eddie Van Halen (for one) swears by unfinished necks and the one on this has a satin feel to it which will become semi gloss with play as my Les Paul Trad Pro neck did this after some years. Having no f-holes is great as it keeps the sound in the guitar so you can adjust things to get the sounds out of your amp. If you often play with higher gain at lower volume at home it's better to have no f-holes as you get the sound from the amp more. The neck is a slim tapered rounded sort of profile. I could see this guitar on stage playing support for Steve Vai or equally at home playing in a quieter Jazz setting. It can do pop, rock, blues, jazz, metal, funk....basically like I said, if you had to pick one guitar to do it all, this would have to among the top contenders for a Gibson guy which I am. I am really liking this guitar. I have currently a Les Paul Traditional Pro, a 335-S, an ES339 Studio and the ES339 Trad Pro. They're all great but this one really does stand out as a highly capable instrument that would suit a pro musician playing sessions and gigs perfectly, or the avid hobbyist who would love a great Gibson but may wish to buy only one due to budget/marital restraints.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent, but man that's a lot of money

            By Josh

            from Elgin, OK

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            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is beautiful from about 5 feet away, the pictures really don't do it justice. Up close however, and it's not quite as good. I had similar problems with the binding as the first reviewer, but no so atrocious. I nice fret level/dress/truss rod adjustment soled the dead notes in the middle of the neck. To be expected with most guitars, but at this price, wow. I love it and it's played daily, but man, maybe I was naieve as this was the first time i spent over 2k for a guitar.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            very nice guitar

            By Dendriticus

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              My guitar arrived in good condition; everything is perfect! I was apprehensive after reading the only review here, but I am grateful that I didn't receive a potato. workmanship was perfect, everything works, the workmanship is fine. I am only changing the strings.

              I hope the previous reviewer sent his back.

              I own many guitars from cheap to expensive.
              This is a keeper.

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              (18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              What a mess

              By jh0st

              from R.O.K.

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              Pros

              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson ES-339 Trad Pro Figured Top Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

                Wow... I currently own an LP and an SG. And have owned other gibsons in the past including the 335. All of them are and have been incredible instruments.

                This one? An utter mess. First off it was advertised as coming with a hard case but came with a 'made in china' cheapo gig bag. (Thank you MF for fixing this fast.). Now I will try to list the real problems.

                1. When I took the guitar out of the box it reeked of fresh lacquer. I thought it was just the new guitar smell. Noticing a smudgy area near the neck pickup, I proceeded to polish the guitar. The finish was still wet and sticky! Needless to say, that portion of the finish was ruined. Why is Gibson shipping these guitars before they are cured?
                2. The neck was bowed unbelievably. Fret buzz, ultra high action. Almost unplayable. What's all this about pleck'd?
                3. The binding wavers all over the place. For the neck, near the nut, it is considerably inset from the surface of the wood making an uncomfortable sharp edge against the flesh between your thumb and index finger. Near the body the binding actually then protrudes. I'm afraid it might actually peel. The surface of the binding is very irregular so your hand feels it. Instead of smooth shreddng, it's like your playing gandalf's gnarly staff.
                4. The binding around the body is similarly messy.

                I'm in absolute disbelief at the poor craftmanship. I'm heartbroken Gibson as all your other instruments have been genius. A closed hollowbody is such a great idea but this model is an afterthought with horrendous craftsmanship. I hope its current unavailability is Gibson retooling their assembly line for a better version.

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