Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul - Pelham Blue

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple/Poplar/Maple Body and Adirondack Spruce Top Bracing, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and MHS Humbucking Pickups - Limited-edition Pelham Blue
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A Handbuilt Les Paul with Semi-hollow Soul

The legendary Les Paul is bluesier and more soulful than ever in the handbuilt 2016 Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul! A tri-ply semi-hollow body with Adirondack spruce top bracing and F-holes brings a new tonal dimension and visual appeal to the revered Les Paul design that positively slays for blues-rock, southern rock, jazz, and soul. A pair of underwound MHS humbuckers gives this irresistibly unique Les Paul a vintage flavor, while its rounded "C" mahogany neck with comfortable rolled binding and low-profile frets plays fast and smooth for chording to lead work. Sweetwater guitarists are sure that fans of the ES-335 sound and the Les Paul's timeless playability will delight in adding the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul to their collection.

Gibson Memphis 2016 ES-Les Paul Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Semi-hollow response from a great-playing Les Paul
  • Handcrafted in the Gibson factory on Beale Street
  • Legendary tone from Memphis Historic Spec humbuckers
Semi-hollow response from a great-playing Les Paul

The Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul retains the timeless Les Paul look and gives it a new semi-hollow sound that fans of the Gibson Thinline series will take to immediately. Innovations like a full-sounding maple/poplar/maple body, a sustain-enhancing historic tubeless truss rod, and an ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles give the ES-Les Paul an exciting new response at an unbelievably light weight.

Handcrafted in the Gibson factory on Beale Street

Nobody makes a semi-hollowbody guitar like Gibson. This superb Les Paul is handcrafted at Gibson Memphis on Beale Street for quality craftsmanship you can count on, and from a city who knows how blues should sound. Carefully selected maple and poplar tonewoods give the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul a distinctly 335-sounding bark, and a carefully calipered body cavity with Adirondack spruce top bracing and center block give it its controlled howl and haunting sustain.

Legendary tone from Memphis Historic Spec humbuckers

The Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul is loaded with a pair of 1950s-inspired Memphis Historic Spec (MHS) alnico humbuckers for an exciting vintage flavor. The Alnico III rhythm pickup gives you classic hollowbody-style tones for everything from smooth jazz to dirty blues. Flipping to the Alnico II treble pickup unlocks a brighter tone for sparkling chords to aggressive leads.

Gibson Memphis 2016 ES-Les Paul Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • 100% American made in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Exclusive color - one of only 100 in the world
  • Classic Les Paul look and response at a lighter weight
  • 3-ply maple/poplar/maple semi-hollow body shouts, barks, and howls like a Gibson Thinline
  • Quartersawn Adirondack spruce top bracing for stability and a rich tone
  • Center block design adds sustain and controls feedback
  • Comfortable 1-piece mahogany rounded "C" neck
  • Rolled neck binding and low-profile frets play fast and smooth
  • Historic tubeless truss rod improves neck stability
  • Adjustable ABR-1 bridge enhances tone and playability
  • Bone nut for improved sustain
  • 15:01 Kluson Single Ring Tulip Button tuners keep you sounding your best onstage and in the studio
  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish keeps this Les Paul aging gracefully
Get a Gibson Thinline tone from a great-playing LP in the Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape ES-Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Top Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Color Pelham Blue
Body Finish High Gloss Lacquer
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Rounded C
Radius 12"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Dark Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearloid Trapezoid
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece ABR-1 with Titanium saddles
Tuners Kluson Single Ring Tulip Button
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup MHS Rhythm Alnico III humbucker
Bridge Pickup MHS Treble Alnico II humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 3-way toggle switch
Strings 10-46
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number ESLP16PBNH1

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A guitar like no other

There's truly something special about this one. I have a long history playing guitar, starting at an early age, playing in bands and on sofas for a few years, and then not playing at all for almost 40 years! I picked up the guitar eight months ago, and went on a binge of buying them, which I now realize was a quest. You see, way back in 1966, I got a Gibson ES 330-TD. And in the last eight months, while I'm pretty sure I didn't know it, all I've been looking for in recent times was a version of my first electric guitar -- a version that improved on the ES-330's shortcomings. I have a couple of PRSs that play easier and smoother than the ES-Les Paul. And they sound pretty good, too. I also have an Ibanez solidbody that's light as a feather and plays like a dream. Then, I have some other well-known brands that, frankly, hurt my hands when I play them. Now, to be fair, the ES-Les Paul is not the absolutely MOST playable guitar I have. But it is VERY playable. However, when it comes to tone, nothing comes close to it. Nothing that I've ever played, anyway. Going back to eight months ago: Starting when I first reawakened my interest in playing guitar, I've actively resisted even considering getting a Les Paul, mostly because they are just way too heavy for me (the solidbodies). But this semi-hollowbody version solves that problem completely. At just a few ounces over six pounds, the ES-Les Paul is very manageable. And there's something about the way it sounds that no other guitar maker has been able to duplicate, as far as I can tell. Being a Gibson, it also _feels_ so familiar. (Same thinline neck I was playing in 1966!) My sales engineer Bryan at Sweewater was very helpful in getting me exactly what I needed to make this purchase a success. I know it was a success, because my friends who were laughing at me buying all the other guitars, suddenly seem a little worried -- like, this is _serious_, and they'd better go along, or get out of the way! I'm not planning to take over the music world or anything like that. Not that I could... I don't even want to go on stage with the guitar anymore; I'm mostly into recording, and playing for my own enjoyment. And, I have an advertising jingle production company where more often than not, we use musicians who are a lot better than I am. I don't know how good I'll get as a player. I totally get that it takes a lot of work to get really good. But what's important about this guitar is I feel I finally have an instrument I can go the distance with. Look, this is nearly three times the price of any other instrument I've bought. So far as I can tell, worth every penny. It's not a casual decision, that's for sure. But if you're looking for something at a level that you haven't been able to find with intermediate-priced guitars for working musicians, this one just might be it for you. I'm sure it is for me.
Music background: Jingle Producer; rock 'n' roller a long time ago
See also: Hollowbodies, Gibson Memphis, Gibson Memphis Hollowbody Guitars