Totally reconfigured for 2014, the ES-390 from Gibson Memphis blends the characteristics of two favorite models—old and new—in a superbly playable guitar with entirely its own voice and vibe. This ingenious redesign follows the form of the seminal ES-330, a fully hollow archtop electric with a thinline body depth like that of the semi-acoustic ES-335. But it’s different from either, the ES-390 takes the cleverly compacted dimensions of the popular ES-339, making it a more comfortable playing proposition for those used to having smaller-proportioned solidbodies in their hands. Best of all, it all comes at an outstanding price for a genuine American-made Gibson electric guitar.
It might be a size conceived in the 21st century, but the ES-390 hangs with the best of vintage Gibson semis for construction and components. The traditional ES body made from laminated maple top, back and sides is jointed to a glued-in neck made from quarter-sawn mahogany with a one-piece rosewood fingerboard sporting small-block inlays. Newly redesigned MHS (Memphis Historic Spec) P-90 pickups, created from intensive examination of the finest original vintage units, nail those beloved hot, thick, raunchy tones with impressive sparkle and clarity. Top-notch hardware—including vintage-style Kluson™ tuners, a TonePros™ Tune-o-matic bridge, and a traditional nickel trapeze tailpiece—lock it all down for optimum resonance and sustain. To cap a sweet build from the skilled luthiers at Gibson Memphis, the ES-390 is finished in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer in a luscious Dark Burst reminiscent of the finest vintage arcthops, with vintage colored binding.
FULLY HOLLOW THINLINE BODY FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BELOVED ES-330, BUT WITH MORE COMPACT PROPORTIONS.
A PAIR OF CAREFULLY REDESIGNED MHS P-90 PICKUPS RECREATE THE GLORIES OF VINTAGE SINGLE COILS.
LUSCIOUS DARK BURST FINISH IN HIGH-GLOSS NITROCELLULOSE LACQUER, REMINISCENT OF GREAT ARCHTOPS PAST.
INDEPENDENT VOLUME AND TONE CONTROLS AND A THREE-WAY SWITCH OFFER SUPERB VERSATILITY.
CLASSIC “OPEN BOOK” HEADSTOCK TIES IN TO ES TRADITION.
VINTAGE STYLE BINDING AND PICKGUARD ENHANCE CLASSY AESTHETICS.
|Body Type||Single Chamber, Fully Hollow|
|Top||3-ply Maple/Basswood/Maple, Hot Pressed|
|Back||3-ply Maple/Basswood/Maple, Hot Pressed|
|Species||Mahogany Neck with Maple Spline|
|Joint Angle||4° (+/- 15 seconds)|
|Joint||Mortise & Tenon|
|Adhesive||Franklin Titebond 50|
|Joint Angle Tolerance||+/- .005″|
|Inlays||Pearloid Small Block|
|Nut/E.O.B||1.675″ / 2.035″|
|Adhesive||Titebond 50 Glue|
|Slots||Gibson PLEK System|
|Logo||Mother of Pearl ‘Gibson’|
|Inlay||Mother of Pearl|
|Truss Rod Cover||Legacy|
|Model||Kluson™ Single Ring with Tulip Buttons|
|Type||Tone Pro AVR-2 Locking Bridge|
|Plating||Aluminum – Nickel Plated|
|Knobs||Black Top Hats With Silver Inserts|
|Pickguard||Black Reissue with 5-ply Binding|
|Pickup Mounting Rings||Black|
|Strings||.010 – .046|
|Strap Buttons||Aluminum End Pins|
|Neck Position||MHS P-90 (Memphis Historic Spec)|
|Bridge Position||MHS P-90 (Memphis Historic Spec)|
|Potentiometers||2 Volume Controls
2 Tone Controls
|Case Exterior||Brown Leatherette|
|Case Interior||Charcoal Plush|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity|
|Additional Materials||Certificate of Authenticity|