Gibson es-339? how can i resist!

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  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    ok, I just sold a guitar and a buddy who buys sells trades continuously has a custom shop es-339. it's within my reach...

    has anyone here ever had one and DIDN"T love it?
     
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    Love mine!
     
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    Didn't like the sticky lacquer on the neck but that resolved itself. I have one of the early ones and liked it so much that I jumped on the ES-390 when that came out.

    The ES-339 came with either a fat-50's or a thirty-over-sixty neck profile (I have the slimmer one). It must be the only guitar I've ever owned where I never found any reason at all to modify it.
     
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    this one has a nice fat neck.
     
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    I had a non-custom shop ES-339 - actually loved it, it was a very nice built/sounding guitar. I'm just not a Gibson guy I guess. :D
     
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    ever since I got my heritage h535, i'm becoming a semi-hollow guy, when i'm not playing a strat.
     
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    They're nice. Very good size that I think is much more enjoyable than the 335 size.

    Ultimately, I play my Teles and Strats, and the Gibsons adorn the walls like artwork.
     
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    My friend bought one last Summer and let me play it. If I were in the market for another guitar I would definitely be looking at the ES 339.
     
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    After I got an ES339 i sold my two ES335s. Much more playable size.
     
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    I love mine too. I like the light weight and the sound of a hollow body. It has a great pair of humbuckers. Mine is a Memphis Custom ES-339 2016 Sunset Burst.

    Make sure to remember always tune up to the note. If you turn down to tune it, it stays flat and won't stay in tune.
     
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    I went over and spent an hour with it (plugged into a handwired 64 deluxe!) Oh, yeah, baby! I gotta raise another 600 bucks, but it can be done. he'll most likely hold it for me, though it's hard to predict what he will do.

    he asked me how I would compare it to my heritage h535. I told him that they are not so alike. the heritage has it's own sound, which to me is not all that Gibson-like. and quite a different feel, too.

    man, i'd love to have that deluxe, too.
     
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    I thought it was closer to an LP in sound than a 335? Does it do what your 335s did?
     
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    Once you get past the looks, things can change. I like the smaller body of the ES-339 much better and have actually been looking at switching to the Godin Montreal Premiere instead for the dual knob approach...I just have never liked 4 knobs on my guitars.

    I still have an old Orville copy of the ES-335, but haven't really played it much over the last year.
     
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    pictures please
     
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    i'll post pictures once I actually own it.
     
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    I have an Epi ES339 so I will just comment on the size. Nice size and weight and easy to pack around (it even fits in a Tele gigbag) but ironically I like my 335 Ibanez size better. I played a jumbo acoustic for years and something about that big 335 guitar body and resonance does it for me. If you like the sound and neck of this Gibson 339, it should be a keeper for you. Good luck!
     
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    My 335s didn't do much for me. I bought them, over time, because everyone told me I needed a 335. Couldn't warm up to the first one and bought another one. Liked it less. Not comfortable for me to play. Gave the first one to my brother, who also isn't liking it much either, and traded the other one for a Johnny A. Played a 2018 Limited Edition 339 (walnut) at a local shop and loved it. It's actually fun to play! Got a killer deal and payed cash. It feels like a very light LP, but doesn't sound quite like anything else I have. That said, my playing is probably not like anything anyone else has heard either (bad). The 339 and the Johnny A are the only semi-hollows I have left, and I like them both. I've had several others, but I guess I'm not much of an ES-TD person.
     
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    This:
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    Versus this: IMG_2092.jpg
     
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    I'll never buy a 335. I think the 339 hits the mark perfectly!

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    The 339 is just slightly larger than a Les Paul!

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    ES-339 on the left, Casino (ES-335 size) on the right. Fairly substantial size difference. I sold the Casino and kept the ES-339 Pro P90.

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