Gibson Custom Guitars Launches Gibson ES-339 Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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Electric and acoustic guitar giant offers perfect holiday guitar player gift idea with full bodied guitar tone and traditional semi-hollowbody Gibson custom's newest electric guitar model will be available exclusively through guitar and online music instrument store's Musician's Friend and affiliate sites through 2007.

Gibson Guitar, http://www.gibson.com/ , the world's premier musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology, launched its newest electric guitar model today, the Gibson ES-339, a traditional semi-hollow body guitar in the alluring size of a Gibson Les Paul electric. This new electric guitar, which delivers the singing sustain and all of the characteristic nuances of the classic ES-335 Gibson semi-hollowbody guitar including the shape, resonant tone, hardware and more in the versatile size of a Les Paul, will be available exclusively through online guitar and musical instrument store Musician's Friend http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ and its affiliates through the end of 2007.

The Gibson ES-339 electric guitar will prove to be a holiday gift favorite for beginning and amateur to professional and advanced guitar players of all types. Hailing from the Gibson Custom Shop in Memphis, TN, the hollow body guitar is incredibly versatile due to its unique design. Gibson's original semi-hollowbody guitar was the famed ES-335, which was created back in 1958 to provide the perfect combination of solidbody and hollowbody features. With a solid maple block running down the center of its thin hollow body, the ES-335 provides the robust, resonant tone of a hollow body electric guitar while delivering the sustain and feedback resistance of a solid body. Gibson's hybrid design became known as a semi-hollowbody guitar and remains a perennial favorite of players of nearly all styles of music.

While the ES-339 Video About the Gibson ES-339 features smaller body dimensions, it sacrifices none of the huge semi-hollowbody tone that makes the ES-335 universally appealing. The craftsmen at the Gibson Custom Shop in Memphis managed to shave several inches off the traditional semi-hollow body design while retaining perfect proportions that look classy and natural. All the features guitarists love about the ES-335 are present and accounted for on the ES-339 including a pair of '57 Classic Humbucker pickups that deliver full-bodied tone with rich midrange and singing sustain, as well as tulip-head tuners, nickel guitar hardware, ABR-1 bridge, stop tailpiece, dot fingerboard inlays, and lacquer finish which make the guitars look like they came right out of 1958.

Gibson also included the mounting of the output jack on the side of the guitar instead of on top to keep the guitar cable out of the way. The 339 also sports Gibson's new Memphis Tone Circuit, which preserves the high frequencies no matter where you adjust the guitar's volume control. The Memphis Tone Circuit gives the 339 a beautiful, open tonal spectrum at any volume.

The ES-339 is available in two guitar neck sizes. The first, a 30/60 neck has the slim, wide feel of an early '60s Gibson, with an extra .030-inches of depth--perfect for today's faster guitar playing styles. The second, a heftier '59 neck profile, is also available for guitarists who prefer a chunkier neck but still enjoy fast, smooth playing action.

The ES-339, comes with a hard shell guitar case, has an MSRP of $2,821, is offered in three vintage-style finishes--Antique Red, Antique Vintage Sunburst, and Light Caramel Burst and is only available through online guitar store Musician's Friend and its affiliates including Guitar Center.com, Music123.com, Guitarsale.com and PrivateReserveGuitars.com.

Gibson Custom Shop's ES-339:

Model: ES-339
Pickups: '57 Classic Humbucking Pickups
Hardware: Nickel
Fingerboard: Rosewood w/ dot inlays
Scale: 24 ¾"
Nut Width: 1-11/16"
Bridge: ABR-1 with stopbar tailpiece
Neck Material: 1-piece mahogany
Body Material: Laminated maple top, back, rims with maple center block
Controls: 2 tone, 2 volume, 3-way pickup selector switch
Colors: Antique Red, Antique Vintage Sunburst, and Light Caramel Burst
Case: Hardshell Case

Date Available: August 31, 2007        
MSRP: $2,821
For more information about the Gibson Custom Shop ES-339, including hi-res images, please visit http://www.gibson.com/press.

About Gibson Guitar:
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson's HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Gibson Baldwin Music Education, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson's website at http://www.gibson.com or http://www.gibson.com/press.

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