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

ES-339 30/60 Slender Neck, Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Gibson in the ES series.

MGR/Jonesies New Axe 11/08/2008

Gibson ES-339 30/60 Slender Neck : MGR/Jonesies New Axe's user review

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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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