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Gibson ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar

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This semi-hollow ES-359 from Gibson adds gold hardware, Grover tuners, and an ebony fingerboard with large mother-of-pearl block inlays to one of the...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sexy sister of the ES-339 struts with bold tone and luxurious appointments.

This semi-hollow ES-359 from Gibson 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 ES-339. The ES-359 is part of the next generation from the Custom Shop of Gibson's iconic ES electric guitars. As with the ES-339, it delivers bold, semi-hollow tone that is rich with expressive, even stinging, overtones in a smaller, solidbody-sized guitar. The ES-359 has some exciting enhancements including Memphis Tone electronics, the 30/60 slender neck profile, ebony fingerboard, 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 humbuckers while adding a very sweet bite. Another difference: 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.

Reduced dimensions and weight

The 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

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.

The ES-359 is available in a choice of two finishes: Ebony, 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. The ES-359 comes with a Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case and a Certificate of Authenticity.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • Gibson ES-359 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with 30/60 Neck Features:
  • Body Type: ES-339
  • Body 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: Ebony
  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl
  • 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: Grover
  • Hardware color: Gold
  • Pickup selector: 3-way
  • Finish: Lacquer

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Gibson CustomES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Custom Hits a Home Run

By Rob -ngA.9

from Concord, CA

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Comments about Gibson Custom ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

My hats off to the Folks at Gibson Custom. This guitar sounds as sweet as it looks and the quality is nearly perfect. I was looking for an ES-339 and found this beauty next to a nice Larry Carlton ES-335. It was easy to see how much smaller in scale this guitar is. My 359 weighs in at around 6.5 lbs and the smaller body size is an improvement over the 335. The setup was perfect right off the rack. Through my Mesa Express 5:50 she sings with the best of them. This guitar could be used for rock, blues, jazz or country.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Happy Camper

Comments about Gibson Custom ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for over 45 year, and I have over 40 guitars. This Gibson 359 is the most responsive versatile guitar I have, Second only to my KOA Gibson 356. I love it!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Ms Ricki Leigh Music Instructor, Service and Repair Tech

By Ms Ricki Leigh Simmons

from Pa

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Comments about Gibson Custom ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

As I said their Q/C is bad for one of two reasons. 1. They pay lousy so they get lousy work. 2. They pay great and they get lousy work. If 2 is the case I want a job at Gibson because there Q/C is incompitent an I would never give a guitar back to a customer in such a poor state after I worked on it.
Guitar sounds incredible plays very well once set up. Only beef the cutaway is to small to freely move around and almost impossible to play chords in the registers 17 fret and up.
I have owned several Gibson Guitars over 30+ years and they all needed a little tweeking which is expected. This guitar appears to me Gibson has no quality conbtrol. Problems found as soon as it was unpacked in order. 1. Case handle broken. 2.Guitar was not intonnated at all the A string saddle had to be turned around and re-grooved to be in proper string spacing. 3. There are visible groove in the ebony along the frets when the filing was done: I've done hundreds of fret jobs and on a perfect neck I never had to file them down, what were they thinking. 4. The top edge of the headstock is either not completely finished or there is alot of overspray there because it is flat not glossy. 5. The action at the nut was on but at the 12th fret it was over spec by .020" in height from the 12 fret.
Musicians Friend saved me a bunch that is the only reason I kept it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


es 359 review

By Jesse Beaver

from Long Beach, Ca

Comments about Gibson Custom ES-359 Semi Hollow Electric Guitar:

I bought an es 359 in september of 08. I own a PRS CE 22 custom and an SG standard. I have owned several different strats. This guitar was not cheap and I have some buyers' remorse upon getting it home. However, once I played this guitar I was sold! The versatility of sounds you can get is amazing and the tone and response are amazing. This guitar makes guitar playing fun and exciting. One confusing thing-the kluson tuners on my SG seem to stay in tune better than the Grovers on the 359? Bottom line- a truly amazing guitar that is beautiful and unique in many aspects. Worth the money!

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