Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured - Faded Lightburst

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with 3-ply Maple Top, Back, and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Faded Lightburst
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A Gorgeous Figured ES-335

Historically, ES-335s with figured tops are very rare. Which is only one of the reasons the Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured is so special. With its gorgeously figured arched top, f-holes, window center block, and dual humbuckers, this impeccable semi-hollowbody guitar gives you the raw power of a solidbody, with the refined elegance of a traditional Gibson archtop. This exquisite axe features a luscious aged finish, classic hardware, hide-glued neck, tulip-button Kluson tuners, Adirondack spruce bracing, and vintage-style block fingerboard inlays. As perfect for jazz and fusion as it is for blues and rock, the Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured may well be your ultimate "semi."

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured at a Glance:
  • Updated vintage appointments are more authentic than ever
  • A semi-hollowbody that is true to the original
  • Legendary tone from MHS humbuckers
Updated vintage appointments are more authentic than ever

Gibson's latest Custom Shop Reissue guitars include new appointments to add even more authenticity and vintage vibe to their guitars. Necks are now attached using hide glue, which many argue sounds better than synthetic glue. Gibson Memphis also re-engineered the truss rod, truss rod washer, and anchor to their original form. They eliminated the tubing that surrounded the truss rod. New Kluson Green Key Tuners now feature proper vintage profile, color, and performance specifications. These features and others make the Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured one of the most accurate reproductions ever.

A semi-hollowbody that is true to the original

The first ES-335s that rolled off the Gibson production line have truly achieved legendary status. The warmth of its semi-hollowbody design; the versatility of its two humbucking pickups - it's a magical recipe that made the original ES-335s sought-after guitars among collectors who are often happy to pay astronomical prices for instruments in good condition. Odds of even finding a "block" '335 from the 1960s today are almost zero. The next best thing is to get your hands on this Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured. It has the looks, the sound, and the star power of the real deal.

Legendary tone from unpotted MHS humbuckers

Tonal excellence is yours when you plug the Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured into your favorite tube amplifier. Loaded with a pair of unpotted humbucking pickups, each with its own volume and tone controls, you'll be able to dial in chiming country tones as easily as savagely distorted rock tones. The neck pickup gives you classic hollowbody-style tones for everything from smooth jazz to dirty blues. Flip to the bridge position, and you'll command sounds covering everything from bright and clean to raw and mean. The guitar gurus here at Sweetwater all concur: playing this guitar is a sublime experience. We're sure you'll agree!

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured Features:
  • Captures the legendary sound of Gibson's 1963 ES-335
  • Semi-hollowbody design for enhanced harmonic richness
  • 3-ply maple/poplar/maple top and back
  • Historic truss rod for better neck adjustability
  • Adirondack spruce bracing take you closer to vintage tonality
  • Hide-glued mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard
  • Comfortable lightweight body with historically correct slim horns at the cutaway
  • Period-correct "window" centerblock shape and neck profile
  • Unpotted MHS humbuckers (Alnico III neck, Alnico II bridge)
  • 550K audio taper close-tolerance matched-set pots, historic wiring, "Bumblebee" caps
  • Double-ring tulip button Kluson tuners, ABR bridge and lightweight stopbar
Own a rare beauty: the Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape ES-335
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/ Maple
Top Material Figured Maple
Color Premiere Faded Lightburst
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape Slim, Rounded-C
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Blocks
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.68"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 bridge with titanium inserts and stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Grover tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup MHS Alnico III humbucker
Bridge Pickup MHS Alnico II humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Case Included Hardshell case included
Manufacturer Part Number ESDTP16FBNH1

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Beginning with the three ply maple top and back, the unbelievable figuring demonstrates workmanship of impeccable quality. It's a work of art. I play it through a Bogner Shiva. The tone is smooth and crisp at the same time. In overdrive, the harmonics just ring. Have you ever started smiling while playing? This guitar does that.

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured - Faded Lightburst

Beautiful Instrument. MHS pickups sound great and one couldn't ask for a better setup.


Out of the box, this thing sounded incredible. The neck is a bit thinner than some of my other guitars but was easy to get used to. You get what you pay for is true with this guitar. Looks and sounds fantastic.
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