It’s offered with two different neck profiles, the slimmer 30/60 or the thicker ’59. Despite what thickness you prefer both come in a C-shape. It still has the pearloid dot neck inlays and rosewood fretboard.
Tuning stability is a concern for everyone, and the Grover Rotomatics provides that on the ES-339. It’s got the standard ABR-1 bridge and stop bar tailpiece that Gibson is known for.
The pickups are a little different than the 335. Depending on the model it could sport 57 Classic+ humbuckers with Alnico II magnets, the Memphis Historic Spec pickups, or Burstbuckers.
This makes it a perfect representation of the “golden age” of Gibson’s tone. The feedback-resistant design also helps it cope with more modern tones and setups.
Great range of tones
Which Gibson ES is the Best?
There are a few factors at play here. Body size is one of the biggest. The 335 is much bigger, making the 339 better for people used to electric guitars.
But by far the most popular by far is the ES-335.
What is the difference between a Gibson ES-335 and ES 345?
The 345 is one model not covered here, but it’s worth noting how it differs. Most of their differences are aesthetic. There are some bigger differences in how they’re wired as the 345 has an option for stereo output, while the 335 is mono.
What artists used the Gibson ES?
So many! As stated above Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton (335), Noel Gallagher, Peter Frampton, Dave Grohl (335 and Trini Lopez), BB King, Alex Lifeson (335).
As you can see, most favor the 335. But that just means it’s the best for their style, not necessarily yours.
Which ES model is right for me?
What size of body do you want? If you want something slimmer, the 339 is a great starting point.
What type of wiring and pickup configuration works for you? Most come with humbuckers, but you can custom order them with single coils.
They’re all fantastic models that offer a similar starting point, but with some “X factor” elements that set them apart.