We love Gibson Memphis ES guitars - especially with MHS pickups. And this one is gorgeous with a figured walnut finish! Sounds even better than it looks. A shop favorite!
From the site:
The ES-335 is renowned for its versatility, but has generally appealed mostly to jazz and blues players. However, with its fresh aesthetics and updated hardware and electronics, we think the 2018 ES-335 will be seen in the hands of far more modern players.
The 2018 Memphis ES-335 has a semi-hollow body, which delivers a bright and open acoustic-esque sound with plenty of volume. The response you get from this guitar is very inspiring, where you can feel every note or chord surge through your body. Despite being a semi-hollow design, the body is quite thin compared to some other Gibson models, offering a comfortable playing experience. This also means that feedback is reduced, making it usable with overdrive or distortion.
With Maple and Poplar tonewoods, as well as a maple centerblock within the body, this guitar provides a lot of top-end sizzle. This gives brilliant definition to picked chord progressions or searing solos, really making sure that you can cut through any mix!
The neck has a familiar rounded “C” neck profile, which feels substantial in the hands without being too chunky. Rolled binding also offers a smoother feel and a sleek transition between the side of the neck and the fretboard, a great feature that you will find only on high-caliber instruments like this.
The quarter-sawn mahogany neck is adorned with a dark rosewood fingerboard, giving you a silky smooth feel around the neck. This championed combination of woods brings out the warmth of this guitar, merging well with the bright body woods. This means that this guitar sounds incredibly full-bodied, great for both live use and studio sessions.
Hardware and Electronics:
The 2018 ES-335 has a modern ABR-1 bridge, with a solid locking aluminium stopbar that makes string changes effortless. Titanium saddles offer better sustain, intonation and longevity, making this the perfect workhorse guitar that’ll never let you down. Also offering improved tuning stability, these special saddles along with the Grover “Milk Bottle” Rotomatic tuners will keep your strings in check.
Dual MHS humbucking pickups give a rounded, warm tone with medium output. More responsive to your playing dynamics, they lend themselves to expressive players that like to convey their music in the most genuine way possible. With distortion they can sound fairly raunchy and bold, meaning it’s not just a one trick pony by any means. You can use this for jazz, blues, classic rock or indie – it’s that versatile!
Here's what Gibson say about the Memphis 2018 ES-335 Figured in Antique Walnut:
The 2018 Gibson ES-335 Figured is more than top-of-the-line appointments and enhancements, it's a statement. AAA figured maple veneer and an Antique Walnut finish create an impressive visual individuality. High-end appointments like the hand-wired MTC Premiere control assembly with Orange Drop capacitors and 550K matched pots, ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, and MHS humbucking pickups ensure that you sound as good as you look.
Top: 3-ply Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
Back: 3-ply Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
Binding: Single-ply Cream
Finish: Antique Walnut
Neck: Quarter Sawn Mahogany
Neck Profile: Rounded "C", Rolled Binding
Fingerboard: Dark Rosewood
Inlays: Pearloid Small Block
Nut Width: 1.687"
Scale Length: 24.75"
Number of Frets: 22
Bridge: ABR-1 with Titanium Saddles
Tailpiece: Aluminium Stopbar with Locking Studs
Tuners: Grover 'Milk Bottle' Rotomatics
Includes Hardshell case.
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