Best ES Style Guitars With Nickel Hardware in 2024

Here are the top ES style guitars with Nickel hardware.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Gretsch G6620T Players Edition Nashville

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Playability 75
Sound 73
Build quality 75
Value for money 64
Overall Score 74

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  • Tuning stability: Won't stay in tune (1 vote)
  • Neck profile shape: C (5 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (7 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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  • 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)
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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  • 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)
  • 3 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Bigsby B7CP String-Thru bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Locking tuners
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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

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2. Gibson ES-339 Figured

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Playability 73
Sound 75
Build quality 73
Value for money 59
Overall Score 74

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  • Neck profile shape: C (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (4 votes)
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Rounded C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatics w/ Kidney Buttons tuners
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Rounded C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatics w/ Kidney Buttons tuners
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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 Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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3. Gibson Custom 1964 ES-335 Ultra Light Aged

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Playability 73
Sound 72
Build quality 72
Value for money 57
Overall Score 72

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Double Ring tuners
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Double Ring tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1964 ES-335 Ultra Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Nylon Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Schecter Corsair Custom

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Playability 72
Sound 75
Build quality 68
Value for money 72
Overall Score 72
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  • From Schecter's 2020 Custom series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Maple body
  • Mahogany 3-pc neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Pasadena (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Pasadena (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Bigsby Archtop B70 w/ Roller TonePros TOM TPFR – T3BT bridge
  • Schecter C Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
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  • From Schecter's 2020 Custom series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Maple body
  • Mahogany 3-pc neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Pasadena (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Pasadena (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Bigsby Archtop B70 w/ Roller TonePros TOM TPFR – T3BT bridge
  • Schecter C Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
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Schecter Corsair Custom
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in South Korea
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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5. Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335

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Playability 73
Sound 71
Build quality 64
Value for money 74
Overall Score 69

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (11 votes)
  • Pickups power: Hot (6 votes)
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  • From Epiphone's 2023 Artist series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer top
  • 5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • LockTone Stop Bar bridge
  • 60s SlimTaper, Rounded C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover 502C Roto-Grip Locking Rotomatic tuners
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  • From Epiphone's 2023 Artist series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer top
  • 5-ply Layered Maple; AAA Flame Maple Veneer body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Alnico Classic PRO (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • LockTone Stop Bar bridge
  • 60s SlimTaper, Rounded C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover 502C Roto-Grip Locking Rotomatic tuners
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Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Coil Split, Phase Out Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in China
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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6. Guild Starfire I-12

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Playability 80
Sound 68
Build quality 57
Value for money 73
Overall Score 68
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  • From Guild's 2022 Newark St. Collection series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 12 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany laminated body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Neck (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Guild Tune-O-Matic Nickel bridge
  • Modern Thin "U" Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Narrow Tall frets
  • Guild Closed-Gear in Nickel tuners
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  • From Guild's 2022 Newark St. Collection series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 12 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany laminated body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Guild HB-2 Humbucker Nickel Neck (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Guild Tune-O-Matic Nickel bridge
  • Modern Thin "U" Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Narrow Tall frets
  • Guild Closed-Gear in Nickel tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Guild Starfire I-12
  • Expensive Wood
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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7. Gretsch G6636-RF Richard Fortus Signature Falcon

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Playability 77
Sound 71
Build quality 75
Value for money 59
Overall Score 74

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  • Neck profile shape: C (5 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (7 votes)
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  • From Gretsch's 2022 Artist Signature Edition 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 Custom Wound Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch Custom Wound Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • V-Stoptail bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatic Die-Cast tuners
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  • 4 Prices - New from $3,399 >
  • From Gretsch's 2022 Artist Signature Edition 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 Custom Wound Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gretsch Custom Wound Filter'Tron (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • V-Stoptail bridge
  • Standard U Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatic Die-Cast tuners
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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 Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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8. Gibson Custom 1961 ES-335 Heavy Aged

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Playability 73
Sound 72
Build quality 72
Value for money 57
Overall Score 72

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Double Ring tuners
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  • 5 Prices - New from $6,420.77 >
  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Double Ring tuners
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Gibson Custom 1961 ES-335 Heavy Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Nylon Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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9. Gibson Custom 1961 ES-335 Ultra Light Aged

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Playability 73
Sound 72
Build quality 72
Value for money 57
Overall Score 72

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Double Ring tuners
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  • 5 Prices - New from $5,648.37 >
  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Double Ring tuners
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Gibson Custom 1961 ES-335 Ultra Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Nylon Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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10. Gibson Custom 1959 ES-335 Ultra Heavy Aged

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Playability 73
Sound 72
Build quality 72
Value for money 57
Overall Score 72

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  • Neck profile shape: Baseball / U (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Slightly chunky (1 vote)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (2 votes)
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  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • 50s Rounded Medium C Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line, Single Ring tuners
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  • 4 Prices - New from $9,999 >
  • 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)
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Lightweight Aluminum Stop Bar bridge
  • 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
  • Nylon Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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