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Gibson Memphis Proudly Presents the ES-339
Mythbusters: The ES and the Birth of Rock and Roll
The body’s top, back and sides are made from three-ply maple/poplar/maple stock, with a solid maple centerblock that forms the “core” of the body.
The Gibson Memphis ES-339’s marriage of a solid maple core with hollow “wings” and laminated maple top and back yield the optimum blend of warmth and definition, a tone that countless major artists have turned to for five decades. The guitar really does present the optimum marriage of solidbody and thinline hollowbody characteristics, with the benefits of both, and none of the drawbacks, and can therefore be used to play any style of music that standard hollowbody electric or solidbody electric guitars are known to excel at.
The Gibson Memphis ES-339 emulates the body lines and dimensions of the original ES-335, with its arched top and back and deep double cutaways for outstanding upper-fret access, but its dimensions have been reduced to create a more compact instrument. The body is hot pressed into its arched proportions front and back, and glued with Franklin Titebond 50, the strongest wood glue in use today.
Weights vary slightly, according to wood supplies, but Gibson Memphis aims to attain the lightest quality wood stocks available for the construction of the ES-339.
The Gibson Memphis ES-339 is available in three stunning nitrocellulose finishes: Antique Red, Antique Vintage Sunburst, and Light Caramel Burst.
Antique Vintage Sunburst
Light Caramel Burst
The Gibson Memphis ES-339 is hand-finished in nitrocellulose in a process that closely replicates the finishing process applied to original ES-335s of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Like great Gibson electrics made 50 years ago, this instrument is finished with minimum build-up, in an effort to produce a finish that breathes with the guitar and enhances natural resonance, and will age elegantly and naturally to continually enhance the appearance of this reborn classic.
The guitar is buffed to a high-sheen gloss finish.