After it was released in 1958, the Gibson ES-335 defined the sound of the semi-hollowbody electric guitar. Its smooth, dynamic tone inspired generations of players across a variety of genres and playing styles. The 335 is a natural fit for jazz and fusion, but it can just as easily delve into the blues, hard rock, and beyond. But even though it sounds great, the ES-335 is a big, bulky guitar. Because of the design and hardware, they're usually heavy and feel unwieldy, too.
The ES-339 is a modern classic that produces the tone, vibe, and look of an ES-335 in a smaller, lighter, more-manageable package. Its body is almost 3 inches shorter in length than an ES-335, and the lower bout almost 2" narrower. This makes the overall dimensions more similar to a Les Paul, but of course the look and tone—with '57 Classic humbuckers—nail the late-'50s semi-hollow vibe.
This Gibson ES-339 was made in 2022 and features a gorgeous Blueberry Burst finish. Some Gibson critics claim this finish is hard to pull off, but this one came out perfectly. The sunburst is consistent, and the eye-popping colors highlight the unique character and figure in the Maple. This guitar weighs in at 6 lbs 14 oz. In your hands and on your lap, it feels way more comfortable than a 335. Not only is it easier to manage around the living room, but it also balances more evenly on a strap.
This 2022 ES-339 is gently used. It shows some minor signs of play and use, but it's very clean overall. In fact, the factory protective film is still on the pickguard. On the edges of the headstock, there is just a hint of yoke wear from a hanging stand. Also, for some reason you can make out the footprint of a Kluson tuner underneath the 4th string Grover tuner. It's odd and looks to be a factory mistake, because this model ships standard with Grover Rotomatics.
The setup on this ES-339 is super low and inviting. It sounds great through any amp, and the finish is absolutely stunning. There is almost a 3D effect to the Maple. It's very cool. Original hardshell case included.