(SOLD) Gibson Memphis ES-339 Ebony 2014
Gibson ES-339, made at Memphis USA 2014, gloss black. The 339 is a modern classic: it debuted in the mid 2010s to critical and popular acclaim. The recipe is pretty simple: take the iconic Gibson ES-335, and make it fun size. A typical 335 body is around 41cm across at the widest point, whereas this a whisker under 36cm... two inches smaller and around half a kilo lighter. Gibson were making these at their now-closed Memphis plant, which also housed their Custom Shop, and was experiencing none of the quality-control wobbles that the bigger Nashville plant. The build and finish quality is great, with little details like fret nibs, the pearl inlaid logo and perfect binding all hinting at the class on offer. These are most common in cherry red, but the gloss black looks unreasonably suave. Those curves, the cream and chrome accents... dang. The previous owner swapped the pickups for a pair of Lollar Imperial Low-Wind humbuckers, which I would say means they've really done you a favour. Lollar do some of the finest boutique hand-wound pickups on offer anywhere, and these are supremely sweet. The neck pickup is percussive and rich, with a bodacious low end and a lingering sustain. The bridge pickup is clear and crisp, but fat and full at the same time, with Tolstoy-grade complexity and nuance. At time of listing, it appears a new example of this model is not currently available in the country, even if you had the $6k burning a hole in your pocket. So hey, rob me while I'm still a simpleton and take this off my hands.
Model: Gibson Memphis ES-339
Made: Memphis USA, 2014 (serial ME401863)
Finish: ebony (black), gloss nitro
Body: maple/poplar/maple 3-ply top/back/sides, arched top, maple centre block, 358mm across, 42mm deep
Neck: one piece maple, rosewood fretboard, 24.75" scale, 12" radius
Mods: pickups replaced, originals not included
Pickup: Lollar Imperial Low Wind humbucker x2
Case: Gibson hard case, excellent quality and condition
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some dimples on the end and some scuffs on the back near the serial. The neck has some light rub wear and dimples on the back, no major marks. The back has some very light scuffs around the whole body, most concentrated in the middle, but no major marks. The sides have some minor dimples in the elbow area and near the jack and some light scuffs on the bottom horn. The front has some dimples near the knobs and behind the bridge and some light play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: excellent condition (9/10).
Playing condition notes: neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have minor wear only, 9/10 for life left. No headstock breaks. Setup with fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.