Up for sale, a 2009 Gibson Memphis Custom Shop ES-339 semi-hollowbody in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Crafted at Gibson's celebrated and now shuttered Memphis, TN factory, this ES-339 takes the platform of a ES-335 and shrinks the body size while retaining the tonal properties of its big brother. The semi-hollow maple body provides the articulation and note attack for which that particular tonewood is known, while the one-piece mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard add inherent warmth and girth to the sound.
With a pair of Gibson's 57 Classic PAF pickups, the 339 has a smooth, airy treble response with a touch of growl and rich harmonic content. In the neck position, this ES-339 delivers a sweetness and bell-like top end that's great for retaining clarity on solos and complex rhythm work, while the bridge pickup has more midrange aggression and treble bite. Featherweight at 6lbs 4oz, this ES-339 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with particularly full shoulders, skewing more towards a ‘50s shape while still being quite fast-feeling, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and medium jumbo fretwire which shows moderate wear beneath the plain strings 1-3, with fainter wear extending to fret 5. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the Gibson Deluxe bolt bushing tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the Custom Shop logo and CS-prefix serial number are also present.
The electronics are untouched, with clean PAF decals on the 57 Classic humbucker baseplates. The nickel plating is bright and clean on the humbucker covers, ABR-1 bridge and stopbar. Plastics comprise a quartet of black reflector cap knobs and four-ply wide bevel pickguard which exhibits some light pick scuffing. The orange oval label noting Gibson Memphis manufacture is visible through the F hole.
The Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss is extremely vibrant and clean, and cosmetic wear is limited to a few light finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back, and just a couple additional minor marks from careful use. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex Gibson Custom Shop hardshell case is included.