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Gibson Memphis ES-335 12-String - Vintage Sunburst Vintage Gloss Reviews

5.0 stars based on 3 customer reviews
  • from Lockport, New York March 30, 2014Music Background:
    Relaxation and guitar collector

    Truly Incredible Guitar

    I have been playing guitars since I was 15. My first guitar was, and still is with me, a Gibson S-1 made in the Kalamazoo plant. I have always loved 12 strings and Rickenbacker was the only electric guitars I could find for sale being new. Until now! I and friends were awed by the quality, playability and sound of this release. Apparently, I'm not the only guy my age that has had few to no, electric 12's to choose from, because my friend was so impressed, he is now eyeing a vintage cherry ES-335-12 on the Sweetwater site. This guitar is incredibly high quality and rare tonal sounds rivaling the Rickenbackers!

  • from Ma. July 30, 2013Music Background:
    53 years playing many instruments.

    IN A CLASS BY ITSELF

    This ES-335-12 is the easiest playing and best sounding electric 12 out there. I"ve been playing my Ric 370-12 with toasters for 12 years now and as you know they are really tight on your fingerings but worth the trademark treble.However this guitar has an 13/4" nut and is soooo much easier to play.As for sound,,,with the burst on the treble cut is on a par with the Ric but has a much more warm 12 sound to capture the majority of the 60"s songs with a 12 part.

  • from Farmington, MN November 11, 2014Music Background:
    Studio & Gigging Musician for over 40 years

    ES-335 12-String - The Real Deal

    I was seriously suspect of Gibson's overall quality after purchasing a new 2011 Les Paul Traditional Plus and a new 2010 Les Paul Custom, both of which I only kept for a short time before selling. Both of the aforementioned guitars did not come close to my 1990 & 1995 Les Paul Standards in terms of materials (wood, tuners, electronics), workmanship and Tone. I needed a 12 String Electric for recording some original material and was wavering between the Ric & Gibson and there wasn't much available to choose from used, so after taking a deep breath about 6 weeks ago I went with the 335 and ordered mine from Sweetwater. Upon receiving the guitar I was very pleasantly surprised at the fit, finish and materials as soon as I took the guitar out of the case. It was flawless. More important, this is the FIRST new Gibson guitar I have purchased (and there have been several) that arrived properly set up and ready to play. The guitar sounds awesome with the BB Pickups and coil tapping capability. The guitar has a nice "woody" tone but can get plenty jangly with the pickup coils split. This guitar covers a very wide tonal landscape. The reason I gave the guitar a 4.5 instead of 5 is because Gibson chose not to use a bridge with 12 adjustable saddles for intonation, instead they used a 12 string bridge with 6 adjustable saddles. This saves a few bucks but really compromises the intonation of the other six strings. I would have gladly paid more for the guitar if it had a 12 string adjustable Tune-O-Matic (ABR-1) bridge. Other than that, Hats off to Gibson Memphis for building a nice guitar. My Engineer Kurt Martin has been a trusted source for years and the Sweetwater 50 Point Inspection of the guitar was excellent, they didn't miss a thing resulting in another great purchase from the gang at Sweetwater. Thanks again guys.

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