Gibson Memphis ES-275 - Faded Cherry

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Maple Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Faded Cherry
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A New Standard for the Modern Jazz Guitarist

The Gibson Memphis designed the ES-275 based on input from players demanding modern playability from a traditional hollowbody jazz guitar. Gibson began with the iconic L-5 body and made the dimensions more compact for comfort on long gigs. The neck comes from a Les Paul to offer additional frets and better access to them. And the MHS pickups used in the ES-275 are quickly becoming a favorite at Sweetwater for their clarity and ability to bring the best in your hollowbody. The ES-275 could easily become Gibson's next classic.

Gibson Memphis ES-275 Hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • New body design from Gibson Memphis
  • Familiar Les Paul-style neck
  • Pickups built just for Gibson hollowbodies
New body design from Gibson Memphis

It's not everyday that Gibson Memphis releases a brand new body style. So the ES-275 is already a guitar to take note of. It shares more than a tip-of-the hat to the legendary Gibson L-5 in its curvaceous body and venetian cutaway. But player demand led Gibson to give the ES-275 tighter dimensions, making it more comfortable to play. And classic maple tonewood construction is used for the way it adds note definition and sustain to the warmth and naturally round character of a hollowbody's tone.

Familiar Les Paul-style neck

The guitar's neck was another element Gibson Memphis took another look at with the ES-275. Players were also asking for additional frets and better access to them. Gibson looked to their very own Les Paul for inspiration instead of starting at square one. The neck boasts 22 frets and is set into the body to offer you easy access to each and every one of them. And your hand will immediately enjoy the rolled neck binding. It feels just like a familiar and well-worn guitar that you have been playing for years.

Pickups built just for Gibson hollowbodies

Because a new guitar design deserves a new electronics package, Gibson Memphis designed their MHS humbucking pickups to bring the absolute most out of their hollowbody models. You can expect the clarity and nuance of the best vintage PAF-style pickups, which balance wonderfully with the round tones the guitar's body naturally elicits. And the whole thing is controled via the Memphis Tone Circuit, which ensures great tonal control, and that you'll hear the full voice of your hollowbody electric guitar as you back your volume down.

Gibson Memphis ES-275 Hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Hollowbody designed around player input
  • Compact body dimensions for additional playing comfort
  • Familiar Les Paul neck dimensions
  • Comfortable rolled fretboard edges
  • MHS humbucking pickups are ideal for Gibson hollowbody tone
The ES-275 blends the best of classic and new hollowbody design elements.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape ES-275
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Maple/Poplar/Maple
Top Material Maple/Poplar/Maple
Color Faded Cherry
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Radius 12"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Split Parallelogram
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.69"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 with titanium saddles
Tuners Kluson single ring tulip button
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Gibson MHS humbucker
Bridge Pickup Gibson MHS humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Case Included Hardshell Case
Manufacturer Part Number ES27516ARDNH1

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Classic features converge

A reviewer of the Montreaux Burst iteration of this guitar here on the Sweetwater site nicely summarizes the unique attributes of this instrument. While its design, materials, and construction tip a hat to iconic Gibson jazz guitar traditions, the ES-275 is a new kind of instrument. Fully hollow, this guitar produces a "rounder," bassier tone than, say, a 335, yet provides more mid-range than a traditional jazz guitar featuring a deeper, larger body. One of the great virtues of this instrument is its size. ES-125 players, for example, will find this guitar's dimensions comfortable. The MHS pickups are fantastic--quiet and capable of a lot of depth, though players seeking a tone reminiscent of Wes Montgomery's or Jimmy Raney's may find the neck pickup too bright even with the tone knob dialed back. Regardless, this instrument is very versatile and credibly serves as a main guitar for players working in a variety of styles. The middle pickup position is particularly tonally alive and complex and ideally-suited for players who prefer to exist in the mid-range. While the Faded Cherry version of the ES-275 lacks the deluxe cosmetic appointments (e.g. gold hardware, Grover tuners, fancy tailpiece) of the Vintage Natural and Montreaux Burst guitars, it is a remarkably beautiful instrument. The cherry finish accentuates the grain of the woods and the split inlays are simply classic. Speaking of the neck, the rolled edges are very comfortable and provide this guitar with a played-in feel right off the rack. The 12-inch fingerboard radius facilitates easy chording and single-note playing, too. All in all, players looking for a guitar that looks and feels like a classic hollow-body Gibson that also offers easy playability should check out the ES-275. So long as prospective purchasers understand that they're not getting a guitar that's "the same" as an L-5 or something along those lines and are open to new tonal colors from a hollow-body guitar, they will be pleased with this instrument. As ever, Sound Engineer Tom Maxwell made the Sweetwater experience a real joy. He cheerfully and knowledgeably discussed this guitar's features and how it was different from other hollow-body Gibsons. I look forward to working with him again.
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