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Best ES Shape Guitars in 2022

Here you'll find the best ES shape guitars.

We've found exactly 61 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

1. Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman

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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman
Playability 73
Sound 74
Build quality 87
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78
  • From Gretsch's 2022 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch FT-67 Filter’Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch FT-67 Filter’Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B6GP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Imperial Locking tuners
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Gretsch G6122TG Players Edition Country Gentleman
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

2. Gretsch G6636T Players Edition Falcon

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Gretsch G6636T Players Edition Falcon
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 84
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78
  • From Gretsch's 2019 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6636T Players Edition Falcon
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

3. Gretsch G6636TSL Players Edition Silver Falcon

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Gretsch G6636TSL Players Edition Silver Falcon
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 85
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78
  • From Gretsch's 2021 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6636TSL Players Edition Silver Falcon
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

4. Gretsch G6620TFM Players Edition Nashville

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Gretsch G6620TFM Players Edition Nashville
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 83
Value for money 67
Overall Score 77
  • From Gretsch's 2017 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Flame Maple top
  • Laminated Flame Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B7GP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6620TFM Players Edition Nashville
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

5. Gibson ES-339 Figured

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Gibson ES-339 Figured
Playability 75
Sound 75
Build quality 78
Value for money 61
Overall Score 76
  • From Gibson's 2019 Modern Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Figured Maple top
  • Maple and Poplar body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gibson 57 Classic Plus (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gibson 57 Classic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Rounded C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatics w/ Kidney Buttons tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson ES-339 Figured
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

6. Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman

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Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
Playability 77
Sound 74
Build quality 78
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76
  • From Gretsch's 2016 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 3-Ply Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch TV Jones Filter'Tron Classic (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gretsch G-Cutout Tailpiece bridge
  • 3 volume and 0 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Grover Die-Cast tuners
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Gretsch G6122-6212 Vintage Select Edition '62 Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

7. Gretsch G6620T Players Edition Nashville

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Gretsch G6620T Players Edition Nashville
Playability 75
Sound 74
Build quality 80
Value for money 66
Overall Score 76
  • From Gretsch's 2019 Professional Collection series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch High Sensitive Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6620T Players Edition Nashville
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

8. Gretsch G6636-RF Richard Fortus Signature Falcon

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Gretsch G6636-RF Richard Fortus Signature Falcon
Playability 77
Sound 71
Build quality 80
Value for money 61
Overall Score 76
  • From Gretsch's 2022 Artist Signature Edition series
  • Richard Fortus Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Arched Laminated Maple top
  • Laminated Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gretsch Custom Wound Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch Custom Wound Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • V-Stoptail bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatic Die-Cast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gretsch G6636-RF Richard Fortus Signature Falcon
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

9. Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue

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Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue
Playability 75
Sound 72
Build quality 77
Value for money 60
Overall Score 75
  • From Gibson Custom's 2022 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 50s Rounded Medium C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Single Ring tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Reissue
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

10. Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Ultra Heavy Aged

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Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Ultra Heavy Aged
Playability 75
Sound 72
Build quality 77
Value for money 60
Overall Score 75
  • From Gibson Custom's 2022 Murphy Lab series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Custombucker Alnico III (Unpotted) (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 50s Rounded Medium C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Single Ring tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Ultra Heavy Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock