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For many years now, Gibson have introduced various ‘budget priced guitars’ to sit along side the best selling models, that have been the back bone of the company – For instance the Les Paul Studio, various Tribute models and going back in time the Firebrand range, amongst a host of other models – Some better built than others and some more successful than others, regarding sales – Equally, for a number of years now, Gibson have offered a compact version of the best selling 335 model, in various guises, like the Custom Shop CS356  – Blend compact and budget together and we arrive at the Gibson ES339 Studio – In this case a used 2015 model with a wine red finish – Complete with the deluxe Gibson hard shell case, along with the Memphis CD size wallet/certificate of authenticity – Also includes the Gold Warranty/Check list paper work – Re-strung and set-up with a set of 10-46 gauge strings and a sensible slick action that will respond to a light touch – The 339 takes on a more simplistic approach, with less trimmings and a compact body that barely measures more than 14″ wide

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Tonal character – Retains the characteristic of a 335, so far more crisp and articulate than a Les Paul, with  less moody mids – Retains warmth, depth and body with crisp shimmering highs – Enough character to keep you hooked when playing through a clean amp setting, for those chilled out jazz moments or songs along the style of ‘The Thrill Has Gone’ – Great for funky rhythm chops – It is responsive to you and your style of playing – So caress it for more of a laid back voice, or dig in and attack for more bite – Add some overdrive and instantly it moves into the jazz/fusion world of Larry Carlton and Robben Ford – Articulate, so each note on complex chords can be clearly heard – Same applies to slick licks and party tricks – Add more gain for grunge or classic rock – So no shortage of versatility which has always been a hall mark of the ES models over the years – The guitar volume pot helps to offer plenty of expression – As such set-up base camp with the volume pot on/around the 6/7 mark – This will now produce less gain from the amp – Now wind the guitar back towards 10, as and when you require more gain, to effectively deliver a boost option – In short, leave it on 10 all the time and you are missing out on so much expression, that such a guitar can deliver

For some potential buyers, it might be your first step up from a budget based Far Eastern model – For others it might be a decent back-up to your main guitar – It is very unfair to compare it to a regular 335 or 339 with a price tag approaching double the asking price of £939 for this ES339 – You do get a lot of guitar for your money – More than credible regarding feel, playing performance and tonal character

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Guitars4You Offers Reliability, Integrity and Expertise

Every guitar in stock at Guitars4You has been personally selected, inspected and approved by me, with particular attention paid to the set-up and playing performance – Every sale, phone call, mail order transaction or e-mail is handled my me – Mark Hopkin, the owner, Managing Director, cleaner and coffee maker (Jo, my wife helps with the coffee) – A journey, now in excess of 40 years, has fuelled my knowledge, experience, love, devotion and passion for exceptionally fine guitars – This reflects in every aspect of our business.

I have no desire to run an Amazon style 'click to buy' guitar shop, that lacks any soul or passion, or indeed to fill a showroom with a selection of dirty, shop soiled or dusty guitars that are in need of a set-up.

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