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Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck

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The ES-339 is the next generation from the Gibson Custom Shop iconic ES electric guitars. It goes where no guitar has gone before with a bold, new se...Click To Read More About This Product

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

The ES-339 is the next generation from the Gibson Custom Shop 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, outer rim output jack, and reduced dimensions and weight.


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!


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.


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.


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.


This version of the ES-339 comes with the rounded '59 neck profile for guitarists who prefer a chunkier neck, but still enjoy fast, smooth playing action. The new slender 30/60 neck is available on the ES-339 30/60 Neck (product #515256).

To show off its vintage vibe, the ES-339 is available in a choice of three finishes: Antique Cherry, Antique Vintage Sunburst, and Light Caramel Burst. 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 Antique Cherry and Antique Vintage Sunburst both come with aged bindings to further enhance the proud ES tradition.


The ES-339 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.

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
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: 50's rounded
  • 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
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GibsonES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck
 
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the guitar, but minor setup issues.

By Kerry

from Austin

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Strong neck
  • Vintage look

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    It is a great guitar, plain and simple. It feels more balanced than the 335, and it is lighter and more comfortable to play. The craftsmanship is superb. The finish is of the highest caliber. Be sure and order a 5/16" truss rod wrench the day you order this guitar so that you can do your own setup when it comes in. This is the main gripe. The guitar arrived with what I think are the standard 9-42 string gauges that typically come with Musician Friend guitars. It's too bad the gauges can't be specified on a guitar like this at the time it is ordered, so that "setup" isn't a waste of time. Speaking of setup, they had the tailpiece adjusted all the way as tight as it would go, all the way to the body. The string angle from the tailpiece to the bridge saddles was so sharp that the bridge studs were leaning toward the neck, succumbing to the exerted pressure. Look, the tailpiece needs to be down only so far as to secure the strings so they don't jump off the saddles when the guitar is strummed hard. Fortunately, there was no lasting damage, as the studs were not bent, only leaning. After many adjustments, the guitar now is set up properly with 48 38 28 18 15 13. One other thing, the Memphis tone circuitry is cool the way it works, which is evident when you turn knobs and listen. There is, however, a slight grounding issue that can be heard when you go from not touching the strings to touching them. The frets are nice and round, unlike when you see Gibsons at your local vintage dealer (all flat on top). The neck, having meat on it, can handle higher string gauges for you Adam Rogers fans out there. It is more resistant to seasonal fluctuation with the bow. Oh, and it has a natural volume unplugged which is quite nice for those of us who can't practice until their kids are asleep. So, yeah, get this guitar. It will be the envy of all your guitar nerd friends. Plus it sounds great.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My Number One

    By WDB from Minnesota

    from Minnesota

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    One great guitar! Bought a cherry one a few years ago. Added replacement tuners (not needed) and an aluminum tailpiece (good move). Tried TonePros AVR II. Original ABR bridge was better but not by much. Buzzing, sitaring, etc. Had frets leveled and crowned. I knew this guitar could be, but wasn't, great. Put it away for a year. Brought it back out. Still buzzing and dark sounding. Bought a Callaham ABR replacement bridge and it made all the difference in the world. This guitar is the most versatile, expressive guitar I own. And, I own a LP R7, '62 AVRI Strat, '52 AVRI Tele, and a couple of Strats and Gibsons that I've modded heavily. This 339 is my #1 hands down. It has it all. Best value for the money out there. Get it, try it, and if you have any questions about the bridge, get a Callaham.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My dream guitar

    By BluesRocker1

    from PNW

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I ordered this guitar sight-unseen online. I was looking for a guitar to supplement my beloved Telecaster, yet with a different tone altogether. I am a performing musician and have been playing on and off for 48 years. I have played guitars that are now worth more than my house, now in museums, so I have a good feel for great guitars. I have always played Fender electrics, but Gibson acoustics. When my guitar arrived, I carefully opened the case and was truly in awe with the finish, the playability, the action, the TONE! For one, the finish is impeccable...not a flaw in it, that I have noticed. The antique vintage sunburst is so classic looking and has great stage presence if that matters. The action came set up wonderfully. It is smooth as glass, plays like butter and inspires me to excellence in my playing. I checked the intonation and it is spot on...that NEVER happens without a pro setup! I really feel badly for you gents who've had bad experiences with your ES-339's. Mine came all set up, is absolutely beautiful, and I would perform with it without touching a thing! In fact, I will be doing just that. I'm a huge blues-rock-boogie player (ala Gary Moore, but not close to his league!). This guitar is perfect for that. Those '57 Classics can get as ballsy as you want, yet for jazz they are clean and chimey, if you want that. Of course, this guitar and these pickups shine on the bridge, but I just love that syrupy, smooth distortion of the neck pup. I could play that position all day long! I had originally been looking at a Les Paul R7 historic reissue VOS. While I still love that guitar, this guitar gets so close to the tone I was looking for, plus all those wonderful jazz tones that I'm glad I went with this model. I also saved a grand. With the savings I put it toward my dream amp-a Victoria 45410 Bassman. I now use minimal pedals...just don't need them. I might use a Fulltone OCD to push the amp into overdrive, but it really doesn't need it. This is a great combo. Besides if you're a Marshall fan, remember that the JMT-45 is essentially a Bassman cirquit that was slightyly tweaked.Anyway, I highly recommend the ES-339. It is so much lighter than the Les Pauls and has looks to die for. Playability up the neck is more accessible as well. I can't imagine ever selling this guitar and I hope my review has been helpful. (Remember, if you get a lemon, you can always return it or get it exchanged!)Rock On!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nicer combination of LP/335

    By Johny

    from Naples, Fl

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    This guitar can give you a wide range of sounds from a Jazzy / bluesy clean tone to ripping overdriven leads with controlled feedback. I play my 339 through Carr amps and it sounds great. I play everything from Jazz to Blues to Rock. This guitar does it all. I also own three R9 Les Pauls and Three R9 ES-335s. I love them all but all I need right now is this baby because it does the work of both the Les Paul and 335. You won't be disappointed.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    339 Is a Classy Killer

    By Bluezoo32

    from Music City - Nashville, TN

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    Whenever you take a legitimate classic like the ES-335 and make major changes to it, you have to be nervous about what you end up with. But the ES-339 is more than just a pleasant surprise, I think it's destined to become another Gibson classic. This guitar is NOT a Les Paul, and it's NOT an ES-335, but at the same time, you can produce some great "airy" tones that are reminiscent of a semi-hollowbody with just a few tweaks to the volume and tone. Both pickups have very usable tones, and when you do crank this little beast up, it absolutely responds like the monster it is. Feedback is not an issue - only if you decide to use it on purpose in the context of your music - and it never seems to "wash out" or turn into mud. If you have never explored the world of the semi-hollowbody guitar for whatever reason (probably because they really can seem a bit too large and cumbersome after playing a solidbody), this is the guitar for you. It's a Custom Shop instrument that is beautiful to see and hold (and of course, lacquer smell anyone??), but most importantly, it's a usable, pro-grade guitar at a price that is very attainable when compared to other Custom Shop Gibsons. I'm sold on this guitar. It provides a great opportunity for experienced players and newer players alike. I can't put the darn thing down!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A classic in the makes.

    By Sandman-8FKmU

    from Northeast

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    So I finally bit the bullet and got a red with fat neck. I got one used, however, there are very few out there for sale used. If you get a chance to get one you like, buy it!. Great vintage gibson tones. It's like the les paul and es335 had a kid. For those who think you are going to save money to get this as an alternative to a 335, this is not it. This is a completely different animal. It's not a les paul and it's not a 335, but in the middle. Superb cleans, great growling overdrive tones, also good for heavy rock and no feedback issues!. WOW!. I do have a 335 and though I love it, i find myself playing my 339 more. IT's got similarities but it's still a different guitar. The fat neck is perfect for my hands. I would definitely recommend that you try both necks before buying one. I thought I like the 30/60 but when I got to it, i decided on the fat neck. It also makes the guitar sound meatier if that makes sense!. You will not be disappointed. I don't see any quality control issues, just value I didn't give it a 5. That's because of the cheesy case. I expect better from custom shop. Les paul studios have a nicer case than the 339? What's up with that Gibson!. Finally, for jazz and blues......WOW!. Cannot beat it. Excellent guitar and great price point.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ES-339 Broad Range of Tones

    By ChiantiM

    from Rhode Island

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I waited with much anticipation for this guitar to arrive -- and in many ways it fully met my expectations. Great feel with '59 neck, rich tone with the Memphis circuit and a wide range of sounds through this instrument. Takes to pedals very well and responds to string dynamics/playing style with ease.The quality of the instrument is first rate, and the finish is exceptional, particularly on the SunBurst model I purchased. ISSUE: The Setup was horrendous! Strings were laying across the nut with little in the way of slots. The action was high enough for slide. The bridge was imbalanced and the pickups too high. For a custom shop instrument I would have expected more.In all ways I say approach this guitar as you would when buying a fine suit. Purchase it for the quality of materials, tone and reliability. But plan on taking it to a professional tailor (i.e. Luthier) for a fitting

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    gibson ES-339 59' Neck

    By Joseph Rozman

    from Northeast

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I have wanted either a hollow or semi-hollow guitar for some time and tried many. Rics,Gretch,PRS, and Gibsons. None seemed to feel or sound right. The best I found previous were the Gibson ES-335s.
    What I didn't like was the skinny neck, and the size of the Guitar.The sound was great. This ES-339 with thick neck is about the size of a Les Paul standard. It more than meets my size,feel and soun requirements.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Instrument

    By heavy-TU9LP

    from NC

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    Very versitile instrument. Can cover a wide range of tones and musical styles. My first semi hollow..own a couple Strats, Les Paul, and a Tele and I find that the 339 is my number one right now. Mine is the 59 neck and it is a nice chunky feel. Plays great, frets and fretboard feel perfect to me. Lightweight, slim body, make it comfortable sitting or standing. Really out of the few guitars that I own, the 339 is really the one I have bonded with. Has a great clean, warm tone to it, add some gain on your amp and let the pups go to work and you will get that nice classic rock odrive. The tone cleans up nicely when you roll off the volume knob(s), which I like..I'm not an effects guy, like to let the amp and the pups work and this guitar does it better for me than my others. The craftsmanship is also top notch. This guitar is a piece of art. Highly recommend. I would also like to note..I received this as a gift..so Musician's Friend provided contact info if there were questions, etc. I circled back with them just to talk about the guitar, it's care, maintenance, etc and whoever I spoke with provided great service.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yep - Go Ahead and Get it

    By JODBAND

    from Central PA

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    This guitar is amazing - it's all it should be (especially for the price). The pickups are hot and the quality of sound is amazing. Could not find a flaw with this guitar. As for the case....If you don't have an older (made in USA) Gibson case to compare it to, this case might not be so bad. But, if you do, it is terrible...Nothing a little patience and a roll of black duct tape wont fix though. Overall - This guitar rocks. P.S. the 339 is quite a bit smaller than the 335, 345, etc, but, still nice and balanced and not light by any means.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Guitar with Magic

    By bluesforeverandever

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I've had my 339/'59 neck for about 6 months now, and it continues to amaze me. It has that magic something that most guitars don't. Aside from being stunning looking and beautifully made (mine had no flaws other than a dry fretboard, easily fixed with some fret oil), it is the most comfortable, best sounding and smoothest playing of any guitar I have ever played. I also own a PRS and a Strat, but the es-339 is the the only one I find myself playing. Setup was good when I received it, just needed some minor tweaks to trussrod and bridge and pickup heights. Played through my Fender and Vox tube amps it can sing sweetly or growl with raunch. Versatility and vibe in spades!Neck is perfect for me, easier to play than my other guitars, and no buzzes or dead spots anywhere. Great dynamics. I guess you can tell that I love this guitar---for jazz, blues, rock, rhythm or leads.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful guitar and excellent quality

    By Thomas--GrRS

    from NJ

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    This is a wonderful example of everything Gibson has built its well established reputation around. I used to own a 60's 335 (unfortunately it was stolen) which this guitar surpasses in terms of sound, playability and lighter weight. I chose carmel burst and it is beautiful. The guitar is everything I wanted and more. Has excellent sustain but no feed back and great action. I love the blues and this instrument is perfect for that style and more. My other guitars include a Les Paul, Strat, SG and Taylor T5. This ES 339 may just be my number 1 choice. Get one before this beauty goes up in price.

     
    5.0

    All I expected tone wise and workmanship

    By Jdog

    from Rydal, PA

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    Great tone and finish, sounds almost exactly like my 335 ('78) along with an interesting harmonic bloom as the note decays. No flaws at all, only a few small issues. I have the caramel burst and the binding on it looks like cheap plastic when you look near the fret ends. The corners of the bridge saddles are very sharp and will cut your hand. Already bought the Tone Pros bridge for it. And the case is really cheap, should be an issue addressed by Gibson. Doesn't make them look too good! But even so the guitar is an incredible value, much cheaper than a 335, FOR NOW! Buy one now and watch the value soar, I bet they priced it low to give sales a bump when new. It has to cost the same to make as a 335 since it comes off the same line with all the same wood and parts. Mine is really sweet. The action came a bit high and the bridge pickup was touching the strings but all guitars need some TLC (setup!). The tones are all usable and yummy! A great deal!

     
    5.0

    Dream come true

    By Thrilla from manila

    from Kent,Wa

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I finally saved up enough money to buy my first Semi-hollow Gibson guitar. I looked at some pricier model. And I decided to purchase two ES-33 antique vintage sunburst with 59' neck and antique red with 30/60 neck. I wanted both old school and new school feel. I bought two, for the price of one, of the expensive model. The out-put jack is mounted at the outer rim(did'nt particularly like cord sticking out on front of the guitar).The looks, sound, playability, versatility etc., its amountable. My friends are jealouse. I very happy that Gibson price out this guitar without selling my old honda. Thank you for making my dream come true.

     
    4.0

    Gibson ES 339

    By Mr Blues Maker

    from Visalia California

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    The good news first. Yes I had to be the first on my block to get the ES 339. I ordered the 59 rounded neck. I own three other Gibsons, a Les Paul studio, a Les Paul Classic Custom and a very awsome songwriter accoustic. The sustain with the 59 rounded neck is huge and the new Memphis tone controls really works well. Now the bad news.The rag about the electric guitar divisions quality is still realized in this unit. Saw marks on the head stock and orarge peal in the paint. There are larege file marks on the fret board at the third and sixth fret positionss. Almost looks like it was droped or somethng. Custom Shop?

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar, unreliable manufacturer

    By Loslaure

    from Kansas

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I recently purchased an ES 339 in vintage sunburst, and was immediately blown away by it. The tone is, simply put, amazing. I am primarily a Fender player, an Eric Johnson Strat being my main guitar, so it has taken some adjustment getting used to the different feel of the shorter, somewhat wider neck. And while I still feel that the EJ has a bit better playability, it just doesn't compare with the ES 339 in tone. If tone is what you're after - and this thing has an enormous range - look no further. Plus, obviously, it's beautiful. My only negative comment is Gibson's well documented quality control issues.

     
    5.0

    Gibson 339 is wonderful

    By Brian C. Butler

    from Wisconsin

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    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I've owned a 335 all my life, and a Les Paul for a while. I bought the 339 50's neck (VERY close to the size of the 30/60- and I prefer a smaller neck, but they were SO close). I had a 1960 335 for 35 years, and I say that this 339 is probably the finest guitar I've ever owned and maybe ever played, period. I think that issues with Gibson quality are overblown in general, but specifically in this case the quality is magnificent. It was set up perfectly, frets are perfect, it plays sooo smoothly- I don't understand what that is. The finish has no problems, I prefer the '57 pickups it has over any other, the case is kind of goofy, but it will just fine and anyway who cares?, action is capable of going low, the tone is full like the 335 (not quite as full of course due to smaller body, but still beats the crap out of a solid body), it is nice and comfortable and the sustain seems to be as good as my Les Paul Standard.I don't understand why the Custom Shop makes this and sells it for the price of a non-Custom shop guitar. Maybe you better hurry.

     
    5.0

    Outstanding!

    By NevadaPic

    from Reno, NV

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    The ES-339 I received was way beyond my expectations. All my other guitars have taken a back seat to this little wonder. Out of the box the set up was well done but I will make minor adjustments soon. The fat neck is simply outstanding. This is my first Gibson electric with the '59 rounded profile and I didn't know what I was missing until I laid my hands on this guitar. Tone, playbility, fit and finish it's all here in this guitar. The ES-339 is bound for glory!

     
    5.0

    They are SOOOO close

    By Bear In The Chair

    from Ohio

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    Playability (after Dave Bush setup) is second to none. Perfect size, great tone. Hard rock to blues, all are right there for you. Saddles were sharp and needed notched (are you kidding), setup was high, and a plastic nut on this piece??? But, after the DB Love Package, this is a great guitar and a great value. I'll sell my 80's Les Paul Std and keep this and my 88 ES335 and have it all. Buy it before the price climbs (if you can get one)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Reproduction

    By Experienced luthier

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with '59 Rounded Profile Neck:

    I have played both the original guitar that this one replicates and I have played this one. They both have a great feel to them and I liked both of them because of their warm tone. The humbuckers are amazing on this thing. Great job Gibson!

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