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Gibson ES-359 AAA Flame Maple Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar   

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The Gibson Custom ES-359 is a semi-hollow electric guitar that adds gold hardware Grover tuners and an ebony fingerboard with large mother-of-pearl b...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sweet bite and full-bodied tone.

The Gibson Custom ES-359 is a semi-hollow electric guitar that adds gold hardware Grover tuners and an ebony fingerboard with large mother-of-pearl block inlays to one of the most exciting guitars in decades: the Gibson ES-339. The ES-359 is part of the next generation of guitars from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. The Gibson ES-359 delivers bold semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive even stinging overtones in a smaller solidbody-sized guitar. The Gibson ES-359 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics the 30/60 slender neck profile, ebony fingerboard, and an AAA figured flame maple top, as well as reduced dimensions and weight.

Memphis Tone electronics
Memphis Tone circuitry uses 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 humbucker pickups while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference: the ES-359 guitar's 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 you think they should. So when you turn down the volume, the highs are still there.

30/60 Neck
Developed with assistance from guitar guru Jon Schwartz, the ES-359 guitar's 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.

Reduced dimensions and weight
The Gibson ES-359 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-359 retains the distinct semi-hollowbody electric tone that powered so many hit records and landmark performances.

Outer rim output jack
The ES-359 guitar's output jack is mounted on the outer rim. No more cable crossing the body spoiling your guitar's clean looks 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.

The Gibson Custom ES-359 Electric Guitar comes with a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity.

  • Body Type: ES-339 with AAA figured flame maple top
  • Body Wood: Maple/poplar/maple laminate
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Neck Joint: set-in
  • Neck Wood: mahogany
  • Neck Profile: 30/60 style slim neck
  • Fretboard: ebony
  • Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl blocks
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16"
  • Fretboard Radius: 12"
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: '57 Classic humbucker
  • Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Hardware color: gold
  • Pickup selector: 3-way
  • Finish: lacquer

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By Chas-VD2Vn

from Kalamazoo (The Land Of Gibson)

Purchased one in ebony. Beautiful finish and with the gold hardware and shell pick guard it is visually stunning. Excellent detail to the binding, not a single flaw. The black with white binding makes the perfect tuxedo. As for sound, I'm simply blown away. The ebony fretboard adds more than I thought it would. Not necessarily brighter, but more articulate, even running with distortion. My rig is a Radial plexi and into a '67 Fender Bassman 50 then through 2x12 vintage 30's in a solid pine cab. Exquisite is all I can say. Covers everything from country pickin to jazz to classic rock without a problem. I am more than pleased. Got it "used" from MF for about $800 off the list so it was just a few bucks more than the basic 339. No brainer there. And I can't see a mark or scratch on her. Just that lovely fresh lacquer smell.

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No Regret

By Prehistoric Music Man

from Tulsa, OK

Just got mine - I already have a 339 with the '59 neck, and although I don't notice that much difference, I think I prefer the 60/30 - good thing, as that's the only one available on the 359. Also, believe these will be the last of the AAA Flame tops available - the new ones are plain. to my surprise, this site took a little extra care in setting it up and it played great out of the box (got the 339 from another retailer - well known - where I could try it out - no such attention to detail there.) Overall finish was good (great, compared with the 339 which had issues with a soft finish crammed into the case too soon.) If you want absolutely flawless finish, buy PRS, as at this price point, Gibson is out of the race. That said, PRS isn't building anything like this - absolutely beautiful tone and playability in a scaled down size semi hollowbody. Tone just a tad brighter with the ebony fretboard than my 339. Versatile enough to cover all but the most extreme, it's an "can't put it down" beauty. I was wondering if the price was worth the upgrades, and in a word - YES. I have been playing since 1959, and have quite a variety and number of guitars, this one I want to take with me when I expire. An instant classic.


ES 359 - A beauty but...

By Jim K.

from Nashville-Music City USA

This is a beautiful guitar and sounds good. My dislikes are the very tacky neck due to the lacquer finish. They should have made a satin finished neck. It is slow up and down the fretboard and the neck is chunkier than I thought it would be even allowing for the extra 30/1000s neck thickness. I would prefer the thin taper neck. The frets are not the medium jumbo you would expect but a more squarish fret. The combination of the frets, tacky neck, and fatter neck made me decide to return it for a LP.


Don't overlook this fine guitar

By Surfnorthwest

from Undisclosed

I am a recording artist and a 35 year player. I am not good at reviews but hear is what I will tell you about this guitar. But first if you think this is going to give you that sweet ES-335 tone move on, this is more Les Paul like only warmer with more sustain.The looks are stunning up close with the Flame top, will get noticed by everyone. The ebony fretboard and gold hardware give it a professional look all the way.The neck is comfortable and fast, great workmanship on the frets. I usally upgrade all by pots but the Memphis electronics are great and will stay in. Tone, it's always going to be about tone and with the 57's this thing sound so good, articulate, and warm. I have many Marshalls and my older stuff like my 69 superlead and even the new Vintage Modern sounds great with this. This next staement I don't say lightly, but if you want a great Les Paul type tone with a more articulation and sustain, faster action and better upper fret access, at a weight that comes in at less than 7lbs do not overlook this guitar. I love it.

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Don't miss your chance on this one

By Surfnorthwest

from Undisclosed

Two things grab you as a player immediately when you first pickup this guitar. The first is the awesome comfort of the neck and the speed you can play on it, unlike any other Gibson I have owned. The second is the warm tone this body projects to the '57 pickups, yes this is fantastic tone with singing sustain. The electronics are very responsive and work as they should with tube amps. As others have said this is a jack of all trades as anything from jazz to hard rock can easily come from this guitar. I am still shocked with the tone that comes from this wonderful guitarThis one is pretty light and very comfortable playing standing or sitting down. The ebony fretboard is a big plus and obviously Gibson has improved the way the frets are. Some have said that this is a bit brighter than the ES-335, I don't hear it and to me it is the same tone. The guitar is a real looker and gets noticed by everyone who sees it. I really cannot think of a single negative about this guitar. It will become my main go to Gibson without a doubt.Buy one before there all gone, you will love it.

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