Gibson ES-339 30/60 Slender Neck - Antique Red
Gibson ES-339 30/60 Slender Neck - Antique Red

All user reviews for the Gibson ES-339 30/60 Slender Neck - Antique Red

Average Score: 4.6 ( 4.6/5 based on 17 reviews )
  11 reviews 65 %
  4 reviews 24 %
Value For Money: Excellent
SonicPulverizer 09/20/2012

SonicPulverizer's review "Versatile and Classy"

The Gibson ES-339 is a great sounding, fast playing member of the ES series of guitars. It has the typical arrangement of triple ply maple and poplar body, complete with a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard. The electronics are standard fair for Gibson as well-- A pair of '57 classic humbuckers wired to independent volume and tone pots with a three way toggle. The antique red finish is beautiful and has a timeless sort of vibe to it. Very cool.


The 60/30 neck on this 339 is decently slim and fast playing. Lead lines on the upper registers are unhindered with the 339's amply sized cutaway. The 339 has a good knack for rejecting unwanted noise and feedback with higher levels of gain. The 339 is around 2 or so pounds lighter than my les pauls, but it feels much lighter than the numbers might suggest. Tuning stability is pretty decent on this guitar.


I Played the 339 through an Egnater Renegade and Mesa Mark V. Mesa Boogie 4x12. No pedals.

The 339 is a very responsive instrument. Clean or Heavy, the guitar maintains a sense of range. The aggressiveness of your pick attack will alter the sounds you get greatly. On the clean side of things, the low end is very warm and full. Arpeggios have sweetness and clarity. On the gain side of things, the guitar has less than ideal intelligibility when playing chords, but the 339 really blooms when playing lead passages. Solos really scream on this guitar and the ability to get controlled feedback so easily really furthers the experience in this regard.


The Gibson ES-339 is a great crossover for players who enjoy either les paul's or the more closely related Es-335. You get a lot of versatility from this instrument. Blues, Rock, Metal, It doesn't really matter. The guitar does have it's own voice that you may or may not fall in love with. For the asking price, you're getting a beautiful, well made instrument that is bound to hold it's value for a long time.
heads on fire 01/31/2012

heads on fire's review "Sweet, sweet instrument."

Top Laminated Maple
Body Type Semi-Hollow, Chambered
Back Laminated Maple
Binding Single-ply, CreamNeck
Species Mahogany
Profile 30/60 Slender and ’59 Rounded
Truss Rod Traditional
Joint Angle 4° (+/- 15 seconds)Neck Fit
Joint Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle Tolerance +/- .005"Fingerboard
Species Rosewood
Frets 22
Radius 12"
Nut/E.O.B 1.687/2.062
Inlays Mother-of-Pearl Dots
Binding Single-ply, Cream
Other Standard Fret WireNut
Material White Corian
Width 1.687
Slots Gibson PLEK SystemHeadstock
Inlay Mother of Pearl “Holly”
Logo Pearl Gibson Inlay
Truss Rod Cover Vintage Truss Rod Cover
Angle 17 Degrees
Model Vintage Tulip (Single Band)
Plating Nickel
Tuning Ratio 12:01Bridge
Type Tune-o-matic (ABR)
Material Zinc Surrounded by a die casting alloy
Plating NickelTailpiece
Type Stop Bar
Material ZAMAK
Plating Nickel Plated GlossHardware
Knobs Knobs Black Top Hats w/Silver Inserts
Pickguard 5-ply binding
Strings .010 - .046, Vintage Style strings
Strap Buttons Aluminum End PinsPickups
Neck Position '57 Classic
Bridge Position '57 Classic
Magnet Material Neck: Alnico II, Bridge: Alnico IIElectronics
Potentiometers Neck: Alnico II Bridge: Alnico II
Type 500k Audio Taper
Coil Wiring Parallel-Machine Wound
Toggle Switch Switchcraft Axial Toggle with Crème Toggle Cap
Output Jack 1/4" SwitchcraftFinish
Process Gloss
Sealer Nitrocellulose LacquerAntique Red Antique Vintage Sunburst Light Caramel Burst Case
Type Custom Shop Silkscreened Case
Case Exterior Black Pleather
Case Interior Charcoal PlushAccessories
Certificate of Authenticity Custom Shop COA
Additional Materials Owners Manual, Adjustment Literature, Lifetime Warranty Information


Whoa! Gibson is really onto something here. They've had the ES-335 for a long time, since about 1958. While that truly is a great guitar, it has a rather large body. A few years ago, some genius at Gibson decided to make a scaled-down version of the 335, but keep the neck at the proper length. Thusly, the 339 was born! All the good things one would expect from a high end Gibson - great craftsmanship, gorgeous finish, solid hardware - it's here. The playability is very nice - it's the 30/60 neck, which means it's akin to the neck carve of their 60s models, yet with an extra three hundredths of an inch added on for more resonance.


This gets a ten. A solid, perfect 10. The 339 has a very sweet tone - sweet as a baby eating chocolate ice cream. The overall resonance of the guitar is very pronounced - this axe vibrates in your hands, and you can FEEL every note. The F-holes allow the acoustic sound to project more when unplugged, but the magic is in the plugged in sound. These pickups are wonderful! I've always loved the '57 Classics from Gibson, and these pickups are the perfect combination for this guitar's body. Rock, blues, jazz, funk, whatever - it all lives inside this axe.


Breathtakingly good. I'm so impressed with this guitar. I'd have given it a ten if it was just a bit less expensive and had better inlays, like split parallelograms. Gibsons can be a bit pricey for what they are, especially for something like a Les Paul. However, this one is still priced very well for the quality of guitar it is. I'd recommend anyone try this baby out!
James... 01/22/2012

James...'s review "Great besides some minor issues"

Body Type: ES-339
Body Wood: Maple/poplar/maple laminate
Top wood:Maple/poplar/maple laminate
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Neck Joint: Set-in
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Profile: Slender Players Profile - '60s slim-neck plus .030" front-to-back
Fretboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Bridge: Fixed
Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic Humbucker
Pickup Neck: '57 Classic Humbucker
Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
Tuners: Kluson
Hardware color: Nickel
Pickup selector: 3-way
Finish: Lacquer


Gibson has been marketing this guitar as the ultimate hollowbody for the solid body player. But between me and most of the players I know this is just a budget 335. Or in my case since I'm a smaller guy, it's a 335 that doesn't make me look tiny. I'll start with the bad stuff. I ordered mine and when I got it I felt that the fretwork was not amazing. There are some poking frets in the upper part of the neck. I figured maybe the neck had shrunk and needed to acclimate but after a week it had not changed. This isn't something that's a total deal breaker but I would expect better from a high end Gibson guitar. Playability is good. Like a lot of gibsons it needed a nut filing to stay in tune. Nothing major. The body work and finish are good. Hardware all works as well as one would hope.

I really like how light weight yet solid body shaped it is. It's a super comfortable guitar and it looks cool too.


As far as I know these have the same pickups as the 335's but the tone is fairly different to my ears. I have owned a couple of older 335's and to my ears the 339 doesn't quite have the depth and deep sound on the cleans that the 335 does. But the 339 has more clarity I think. It does not sound anything like a Les Paul as some people have tried to say. It's very much a semi hollow all the way. I really like to play mine through a Suhr Badger or a 65 London head. It seems to like british amps and I don't really care for it through anything 6L6. It's already a dark enough guitar as it is. Unless you play jazz and like that sort of thing.


Besides the pretty unforgivable fretwork I am satisfied. It's hard to find a Gibson these days that doesn't have some sort of issue. Almost all of them have poor nuts. Fortunately mine sounds great and the feel is mostly there. I might replace the tuners and have some fretwork done to it. In my opinion this is a great alternative to the overpriced 335. In fact these are a bit of a steal for what they are. Especially on the used market. Whether you do jazz, blues, or want to use it for rock I think it's great for all three.
King Loudness 05/22/2011

King Loudness's review "A really cool blend between a Les Paul and a 335"

The Gibson ES339 is made in Gibson's "Custom Shop" plant in Memphis, TN and is advertised as having the classic hollowbody tone and feel of a 335, but also the sustain and richness of a classic Gibson solidbody like a Les Paul. It's meant to cater to the crowd of players that love a 335, but may not gel with the size or perhaps someone who likes the hollowbody tone that only a 335 can deliver, but is so used to a Les Paul or other solidbody that going to a full semi hollow guitar would be a challenge. The full list of specs are as follows:

Body Wood: Maple/poplar/maple laminate
Top wood:Maple/poplar/maple laminate
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Neck Joint: Set-in
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Profile: Slender Players Profile - '60s slim-neck plus .030" front-to-back (Also available in a fatter '59 profile.)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Bridge: Fixed
Pickup Bridge: '57 Classic Humbucker
Pickup Neck: '57 Classic Humbucker
Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
Tuners: Kluson
Hardware color: Nickel
Pickup selector: 3-way
Finish: Lacquer


As far as ergonomics go, I can't say the 339 is the most balanced guitar on the planet. I'm not sure if it's a personal thing, but I've never found hollowbodies to balance as well as solidbody guitars when I am playing them. However, it's much lighter and easier to hold for me than a 335 or a full bodied Gibson like an ES175. I was able to play a 339 for longer periods of time without discomfort compared to a 335. The upper fret access is reasonable considering the guitar's design. The neck joint is traditional for Gibson, and the cutaways are fairly short and stout. However, neither of these impede upper fret access in the slightest. I was able to play fast passages up higher on the neck without much issue. It's obviously not as easy to play as a superstrat type guitar, but for what it is design wise, it plays very well.

Getting a good tone out of the guitar is very simple. It's loaded with a set of Gibson's '57 Classic humbuckers and sounds like a classic Gibson guitar that is a hybrid of a hollowbody and a solidbody. It's wired just like a typical Gibson guitar, so there isn't a ton of extra features to get to know. The one major difference is the Memphis Tone Circuit, which basically keeps the tone crisper and richer when you roll the tone control back (IE: it doesn't get muddy). Definitely a cool sounding guitar.


I've tried the ES339 with various Fender, Marshall and Mesa Boogie amps. It has a great variety of sounds available which is a nice thing. It does everything from jazz and blues to hard rock (think early Zeppelin or Rush) fairly convincingly. The '57 Classics deliver a nice punch that contributes to a tone that is part 335, part Les Paul. Clean tones were very rich and full, with that nice airiness that only a hollowbody can deliver. Shimmering chords or fast bebop passages came through clearly and articulately, and sounded great. The dirty tones had a nice old school bite to them. They weren't quite as meaty as a Les Paul or as rounded as a 335... but rather I thought they had their own cool vibe about them. Rhythm tones ala seventies arena rock were very full sounding, and the smaller but still hollowed-out body gave the tones a nice texture that my Les Pauls couldn't quite attain. Lead lines were still quite articulate, but I did find them a little bit overbearing in the bass with certain distortion tones.


The Gibson ESS39 is a killer ax from Gibson's Custom Shop that offers a nice compromise between the classic Les Paul and the classic ES335. They retail at about $2,000 brand new, which is a killer deal considering you are getting a brand new, Custom Shop guitar. The stock parts all function very well and I would see very little reason to swap any components out. All in all I feel that it's just a good versatile ax with a little bit of a different flavour to a traditional Gibson, and that might just be what you're looking for!
MGR/gallopingguitarguy 07/02/2010

MGR/gallopingguitarguy's review "Gibson ES-339"

I'm in my 50's and have seen and played my fair share of some fine axes. I usually play classic rock, blues and a bit of country. I play out a bit but mostly am a hobbyist. My Es-339 ,purchased from GC is, in my case, all around excellent. The neck is so straight I brought the action down to almost nothing with no buzz or fret noise. Fit and finish are top grade, smooth and clean everywhere. The tone is just short of an LP's and a 335's - in a good way. Sustain, tone and depth galore. This guitar is well suited for almost anything. Gibson has answered the pleas of the common player, versatility and tone at a truly affordable price. Free at last, free at last . . .

I bought it at GC after comparing LP's, Strat's and tele's. I paid 1799.00 less 15% special with a year to pay with no interest and it's worth every penny.

depth of tone
clean, clear pickups

met all my expectations - I won't nit pick small adjustable personal preferences.

Durable enough to gig with.

I wish they made it available sooner and publisize it more.

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MGR/Jonesies New Axe 11/08/2008

MGR/Jonesies New Axe's review "Gibson ES-339"

I've played guitar nearly all my life. Dabbled in piano, tried drums, been in some garage bands, play harmonica, etc. I guess you could say I'm a jack of all trades and master of none. Especially considering I'm so on and off with playing that I never really got past a certain point with my skills, but I can still hold my own. Oh well.

I bought this guitar at Guitar Center in Robinson Twp. PA. It was about $1800. I had been saving for a while for a new guitar and wasn't sure what I wanted, but when I saw this ES-339 I could not resist.

Tone! Tone! Tone! And that's not Toni, Tony, Tone.. I mean sound quality and lot's of it. This semi-hollowbody has a sweet rich tone with a lot of sustain and is easy to play. The thin but large body rests nicely on the lap and is easy to control when you're sitting on a stool or some other awkward position which is a pretty common thing when you're having impromptu jam sessions.

Honestly, I bought this guitar because it has a real classic look, feel and tone to it, but I'm not thrilled with the paint job. Even though that's petty, if I would ever do anything to this guitar, it would be to give it a face lift. I've always liked those darker quilted cherry looks with the golf humbuckers. But I'll live with it for a while, because the Tone! Tone! Tone! is worth it. :)

Construction and quality are first rate. I'm assuming that Gibson's are still made right here in the old U.S. of A, so everything is heavy, solid, and finished well. Plus, it's a Gibson, and that says a lot about quality right there.

In summary, I would say that I didn't really get a deal on this guitar - but I wasn't looking for one. I wouldn't even say that the price versus value is competitive, but it's a Gibson - what do you expect? It will probably become a classic and be worth lots of money, haha. At any rate, the best feature of this guitar is it's excellent tonal characteristics and if anything was worth the $1800 paid, that was it. Bravo! Gibson for creating yet another masterpiece.

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Manunux 06/06/2014

Manunux's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " A 335 for "small people"? Not that!"

This is an ES-335 that would not eat his soup ... and that he was not too bad!
• We keep:
- A semi-hollow center beam, maple.
- A mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard
- 2 tone
- 2 volumes
- The Classic 57
- A stopbar tailpiece
- Mechanical tulips Gibson "Kluson style" ("? Pouuuurquoi But are they as bad")
- Memphis Tone
• And we change:
- The size of the fund
- Insert the jack found on the splint and not on the table (only thing I prefer the 335, and again, do not ask me why).


• Viewpoint violin, it's very nice.
The size of the fund makes it more manageable than its big sister fed the fat lard guitar: If you are part of a group of boys to dance vocation (yes, a Boys Band), it will facilitate the execution of your backloops ; or you simply enjoy on stage, do not have to apologize to every bassist untoward movement.
The handle is perfect: it has in hand, but it is reasonable. Perfect in style, though, and it's very personal, I prefer the smaller radius (ha ... the handle of the Johnny Marr Jaguar ...).
Flat (yes) why such mechanical on a quality instrument? Malicious intent? Nastiness? Global conspiracy? And if so, who and why? Well, the change already taking arrange things a bit (10-52 for me).
• Easy to get good sound? :
So there it thickens ... Judge for yourself, you must:
1 - To enter an ES-339 guitar (A) (in a good sense, it is important)
2 - Turn the tube amp (B)
3 - Warm up the receiver (B)
4 - Enjoying step 3 to place a jack (C) (the right diameter, it is also important)
5 - Operate the junction (A) and (B) through (C)
6 - Saute the standby amp (B)
7 - Play, or let them play a talented friend.
For more scrupulous, you can add "- 8: Using the 4 knobs, make your strengths (which illustrates only two (knobs) is good, but it is 4 it is really nice) "


A Fender Bassman 59 is beautiful, it is ample.
With overdrive (Mad Pro, Little Green Wonder): it's beautiful, it growls.
With distortion (Fulltone Plimsoul): it's beautiful, it tranche.
With Fuzz (Hoof): it's beautiful, it's fat (and fat, that's life)
With a tremolo (Boss TR-2): It's fine
With a delay (MXR Carbon Copy): it's beautiful ... it's beautiful ... it's beautiful ... it's beautiful ...
In short, it's beautiful and super versatile.


So all good ... except ... and yes, "except", as if there is no "except" is not the recent Gibson. Unless, therefore, that the bridge was rotten: when the bridge re is lower than all other (bad machining), it no longer follows (all) the radius of the shaft, so the guitar is inréglable, it borders, So it's ugly, so it's annoying. As Gibson, in which the reactivity of service has equaled the excellence of quality control, propose to change the room, free of charge ("haaaa ..."), but with a delay of "several weeks" ("hoooooo ... :-("), and being given my previous disappointments (see "Episode 1: The Return of the Firebird Anniversary twisted" and "Episode 2: The Gibson Les Paul traditional 2014 against attack"), I n listening boundless confidence that inspires me the brand and decides (with a gesture of goodwill store, thank you) to change at my expense the bridge by TonePros.
This manipulation was reached shortly after the purchase, it is therefore difficult for me to note the instrument as it was originally: a good guitar with a lamentable easel past 2 times (parts and finished instrument) through a lack of quality control. My ratings therefore apply to the instrument as I take this opportunity today: a great guitar, great, provided a very good bridge (which the passage, I think, improved the overall sustain of the instrument ).
manouch74 05/12/2014

manouch74's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " Sublime"

Manufactured at Gibson Custom Memphis for features I made the copy pasted the site vpc Bavaroie Thotho:
Laminated maple body
Maple center block
Channel 1 piece mahogany
Neck Shape: 60's
22 frets
Benchmarks "points" Perloïd
Net 1 thomann ply cream
Scale: 24 3/4 "
Nut width: 1 11/16 "
Kluson tuners with tulip buttons
Memphis tone circuit
Potentiometers 500k
2 57 Classic humbuckers
Nickel fittings
ABR-1 bridge
Stop Bar Tailpiece
Finish: Lacquer nitrocellulose
Color: Black
+ Forget ThoTho Superb Bidding white all turn to the body front and rear, and every turn of the handle.
C all


Handle gibson for those who have already try this is an extraordinary comfort that your guitar for this. the handle is relatively narrow so for those who are of big paw I highly recommend taking the time to try before you buy (c tjrs that must be the case prior to the acquisition of a guitar). It is a light guitar with a bass drum like a Les Paul but with ES as it allows easy access to acute and have a signature sound tinted half body. Really nice to play in clear sound with a slight crunch and Clemens with distortion. The knob works well, contrary to what I read on another test, the sound changes very gradually, both volumes tones.
I said it's a shame it is not mechanical oil baths grover type, but after my first string change the meca Kluson its widely as well and takes very good tuning.
I would end by saying that it is very important to try an instrument before buying and considering the price in-store purchase is recommended as a model for each instrument is different. I buy in the store and I pay the same price as on the internet.


Because of its small size crate Les Paul, this guitar is ultra versatile, you will not played with Pink Floyd (and even for the gifted handle) but but against blues rock, hard perhaps even the metal. I have plugged into my Marshall Valvestate VS 8080 with effect just this amp can do a lot of things, we go from blues to heavy distortion with great pleasure. Both micro are very different, one very acute one more round with more serious, in short words, but I still say you should try everything c. Grasse to the beam through no larsenne even with heavy distortion! which is not the case on the other half body as the model 335.


I have a fender strat, a half box 335 wild custom guy with Bigsby and therefore the 339 now, I had a Les Paul and a Grestch corvette, the 339 is my preferred guitar, light and handy I play hours on .
Only flat satin black is very messy to leave manic fell. I wanted it black so I assume but fingerprints hands and companies are legion after the first 15 minutes of play
bbhack 02/25/2014

bbhack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " superb"

Datasheet Gibson ( and other notices / F will tell you all about this model.

The finish is just excellent and the instrument is beautiful.

Note that two types of sleeves are quite round and the difference is not as drastic as between series 50's and 60's slim tapper usually encountered on the Les Paul models.


The guitar is light, well balanced with a case of reduced dimensions. Suddenly it's a pleasure to play in all positions.

The tone knobs are very efficient and allow many variations.

Circuit volume aka "Memphis Tone" is a particular hair in the sense that it acts only on the 6-10 range, but well maintaining the sound character. It's a bit surprising at first, but we made it relatively quickly and in the end we do very well control the output level / saturation on a nice warm amp.

Everything would be just perfect if there was not a problem keeping tuning. Indeed, the angle of inclination Gibsonian are added mechanical whose accuracy is relatively coarse (12:01) and a synthetic saddle badly cut on my copy. After changing to a bone nut tailored it comes out correct course. View the range of the instrument and the label "custom shop" is quite surprising, especially as qq research on the net confirm that this concern is relatively common on the series.


In a word: sublime!

The neck pickup is clear in its simply superb! It is certainly the most beautiful clear sound I managed to get a guitar in twenty five years of practice!

The crunch is also formidable with this small slice of the own funds velvety hollow.

As for distorted sounds are very similar to those of a (very good) LP.

Note that the controls, including tones, are very effective and can tweak the sound well. I think in all honesty the 339 remains the ideal companion of many musical styles.


A nearly flawless and one of my favorite guitars: sublime sounds and playability extraordinary!

The relatively more side roots guitar promotes a very instinctive game that I love.

No history of ill-fitting saddle I could easily put a 30/10. Shame, but at the same time is just about everything that I find to complain about.

I think the value for money is still very very good and that I can not recommend this guitar to any fan of gibson not engaged in industrial metallurgy.
gibson92 07/19/2013

gibson92's review (This content has been automatically translated from French) " Copied but never equaled"

Type gibson, but little ... a little high freight
hyper straight handle
Strings 11/46 ..
satin handle
custum of U.S. menphis
It exudes serious

Volume tone etc. ... Classic
I put no 10 for freight and also the strings ..
Mecha classic gibson
the soil désacorde


easy ergonomic handle ... better than my other guitars and LESPAUL DUESENBERG ... but unless my strat R GALLAGHER ...
Access to do complicated after acute as usual
ITS THE TOP .... neck pickup
the 57 ... This is the type of microphone that goes from light to "I send wood" with the knob ..


I play everything and this is the only guitar that can do everything
Amp Vox VT 40 +
Mesa Boogie tried yet
the ideal is a single channel with the game to very specific knobs ...


I tried the new disaster ... 335 ... 2200 YAMAHA good but too prche my due ... 339 RINGS .. hell most versatile guitars I have .... this one is lighter and beautiful red and especially the size and weight Phew thank you
I would say 1/2 Start CS R GALLAGHER / ES 339 3 / Gibson LP B beauty 4 / Dues imperial ...
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