These guitars are built at the Gibson Memphis Custom Shop, and are very popular with working musicians who want a more compact instrument. The ES-339 also features the 'Memphis Tone Circuit', which adds a .001uF capacitor and a low-value resistor (150-300k ohms) between the input and middle lugs of the volume pot. This circuit helps retain treble when turning down the volume control.

This early example dates to 2008, and is in very good original condition. It features a 'Sunset Burst' nitrocellulose lacquer finish that's very similar to a traditional Gibson tobacco sunburst. The finish is very clean, with only the slightest wear. The fingerboard sports dot inlays, and there is very little fret wear. The original case is included.

A note about Gibson Custom Shop serial numbers:

Gibson has used many, and varied, serial numbering schemes, changing over the years and from plant to plant. Custom Shop instruments like these ES-339 models from the Gibson Memphis plant have used two schemes, one with CS and five digits and another, introduced around 2010, with CS and six digits. The CS+5 scheme is CS YRRRR. So, the first digit (Y) is the year and the remaining four (RRRR) are the production number. The CS+6 scheme is CS YXRRR. Here, the first digit (Y) is the year, the second (X) identifies the Gibson plant - 5 for Memphis - and the remaining four (RRRR) are the production number.

This is a consignment piece. Prices shown are in US dollars and are based on a recent exchange rate. For Canadian dollar pricing, please follow the More Details link here to our website posting at

The Twelfth Fret

The Twelfth Fret

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The Twelfth Fret
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