Gibson Memphis ES-335 Slim Neck - Cherry

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Figured Maple Top, Maple/Poplar Body, SlimTaper Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Dual Burstbucker 1 and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Cherry
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Vintage-inspired 335 with a SlimTaper Neck

The legendary ES-335 is sweeter than ever in the 2016 Gibson Memphis edition! Advancements including vintage coloring, a sustain-enhancing historic tubeless truss rod, and PAF-evoking Burstbucker pickups make this 335 look, play, and feel more like an original '58 than ever - only now with the comfort of Gibson's beloved SlimTaper neck. From soulful blues to smooth jazz to gritty rock, there's just no substitution for the vibrant sustain and all-night comfort of the 335's contoured maple body with feedback-fighting center block. Rolled fingerboard binding gives the Gibson Memphis 335 a smoother feel, and an adjustable ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles helps accommodate the roughest to the most delicate of playing styles. Experience the instrument that shaped the sound of rock 'n' roll: the Gibson Memphis ES-335.

Gibson Memphis ES-335 SlimTaper Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Handcrafted in the Gibson factory on Beale Street
  • SlimTaper neck plays fast and easy
  • Burstbucker pickups deliver vintage PAF tone
Handcrafted in the Gibson factory on Beale Street

This superb 335 is handcrafted in Gibson's Memphis Custom Shop on Beale Street for quality craftsmanship you can count on, from a city that knows how blues should sound. Carefully selected maple gives the Gibson Memphis 335 its signature bark, and a carefully calipered body cavity with a solid center block gives it its controlled howl and haunting sustain.

SlimTaper neck plays fast and easy

Many guitarists consider the Les Paul's SlimTaper neck to be one of Gibson's most playable designs. Sweetwater guitarists applaud Gibson Memphis for breaking tradition to bring this beloved neck profile to the otherwise historic ES-335 reissue.

Burstbucker pickups deliver vintage PAF tone

Handwound Burstbuckers give this ES-335 the tight low end, complex midrange, and sweet highs of Gibson's vintage PAF (Patent Applied For) pickups with extra clarity and power. Historically mismatched rhythm and lead pickups give each position a unique flavor for chords and leads, while pairing the pickups together unlocks a sweetness that even Gibson purists will appreciate. For a vintage 335 experience without the price tag, Sweetwater guitarists recommend checking out the Gibson Memphis ES-335.

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Slim Neck Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • 100% American made in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Maple/poplar semi-hollowbody shouts, barks, and howls blues and rock
  • Deluxe figured maple top has a custom look
  • Center block design adds sustain and controls feedback
  • Specially calibrated Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups deliver vintage PAF-like tone
  • SlimTaper neck profile with rolled binding is stabler and smoother than ever
  • Historic tubeless truss rod improves sustain
  • Adjustable ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles enhances tone and playability
  • Grover Rotomatic tuners keep you in tune onstage and in the studio
  • Small block inlays and mother-of-pearl headstock crown for classic 335 looks
Nothing matches the soulful blues and rock tones of the Gibson Memphis ES-335 electric guitar!

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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 3-ply Maple, Poplar, Maple
Color Cherry
Body Finish High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Slim taper
Radius 12"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid block inlays
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 with Titanium saddles
Tuners Milk Bottle Grover Rotomatic
Neck Pickup Burstbucker 1 Alnico II humbucker
Bridge Pickup Burstbucker 2 Alnico II humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings .010-.046
Case Included Hardshell Case
Manufacturer Part Number ESDTS16CHNH1

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335 slim neck

Best guitar ive ever played!
Music background: Musician singer/songwriter

Love it! Slim neck makes a huge difference!

The guitar is absolutely what I was looking for. The classic Es-335 sound and a beauty to look at also. I am mostly writing this review to pass along the main reason I purchase from Sweetwater is the support--- PRE-SALE & POST-SALE! Jonathan Appleton is tops in all aspects of sales! Very knowledgeable and patient with poor old teachers on huge purchases. I will be back and I always tell anyone interested in musical purchases, give Sweetwater at least a chance to earn your business! Trust me!
Music background: Figurin it out...

Plays as Good as It Looks!

This was the first guitar I have purchased online. Like many, I was skeptical making such a significant investment without playing the guitar first. However, I prefer a slim neck, and there were few available at the time. After multiple discussions with my Sales Engineer, Jordan Clohessy, and Sweetwater Sound’s return policy, I decided to take a chance. Sweetwater’s 55 point evaluation also sweetened the deal considering it is basically includes a “standard” setup. I received the guitar and waited 24-hours before opening it to let the guitar acclimate (one of the longest 24-hours of my life). But it was well worth the wait. The online pictures didn’t do justice to the guitar. The figuring was absolutely beautiful. And it plays as good as it looks. The Burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups increase the versatility of the ES-335. The BB2 provides a great rock sound! Admittedly, I only have a few hours playing the guitar. I am still dialing it, and the amp in, looking for the perfect tone. However, so far I couldn’t be happier! Thank you Gibson and Sweetwater, and a special thanks to Jordan. I am already saving up for my next Sweetwater guitar!

Gibson ES-335

My husband purchased this guitar and loved it. He only played it at home and took excellent care of it. Unfortunately he recently passed away and I would like to sell it since I do not play the guitar. What should I ask for it in price? He purchased it new in the late 1999 from a music store in Ocala, FL.


Great size, great color, perfect fit, ABSOLUTELY GREAT SERVICE BY SWEETWATER, I went with the regular one that had some issues,,,,,, long story short,,,,,, we ended up here with Slim! Worth all the trouble getting there! Always wanted a 335! Check it off my bucket list!
Music background: Beginner
See also: Semi Hollows, Gibson Memphis, Gibson Memphis Semi-hollowbody Guitars