Up for sale, a 2016 Gibson Memphis ES-339 semi-hollowbody electric guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Crafted at Gibson's celebrated and now shuttered Memphis, TN factory, this ES-339 takes the platform of an 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 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. And unlike current production models, this ES-339 has a full '50s-style neck carve with plenty of substance.
With Burstbucker 1 and 2 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 7lbs 1oz, this ES-339 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.
The neck has a round ‘50s-style C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and .985" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearl small block inlay and flawless slender fretwire, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the nickel-plated Grover Rotomatic tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The electronics are untouched, with clean PAF decals and additional dated stickers on the Burstbucker baseplates. Hardware includes an extremely clean nickel ABR-1 bridge and locking stopbar tailpiece, and plastics comprise a quartet of black reflector cap knobs and four-ply wide bevel pickguard which shows just a touch of light pick scuffing. The orange oval label noting Gibson Memphis manufacture is visible through the F hole.
The three-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss is extremely vibrant and clean, and cosmetic wear is limited to a light finish scratch or two in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
The original brown tolex hardshell case is included.