Gibson USA ES-235 Gloss in Vintage Sunburst

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Elliot Stent

The ES-235 is one of the most stylish and elegant instruments in Gibson's range. With a sleek semi-hollow body shape, this instrument also boasts classy cream binding and white oval button tuners, for that true vintage vibe. Although instruments with this type of construction are most synonymous with jazz and blues styles, the ES-235’s Burstbucker Pro humbuckers and modern hardware appointments will appeal strongly to contemporary players too.


Gibson’s favoured semi-hollow tonewood choices have been selected for the ES-235's body; crafted from 3-ply Maple and Poplar. Giving brilliant definition to picked chord progressions, the tonal properties of Maple will ensure that you can easily cut through in a mix. And as you’d expect with its semi-hollow body, the ES-235 produces an open acoustic-esque sound; projecting plenty of volume and a full-range frequency response.

Paired with a set Maple neck, the upper mid-range bite and highs of this instrument are enhanced even more so, giving notes a dynamic snap. Adorned with a silky smooth Rosewood fingerboard, you can effortlessly glide up and down the ES-235’s neck, especially with the highly-regarded Rounded “C” profile; giving both modern and old-school players a pleasant and familiar feel.

Electronics & Hardware

Gibson’s Burstbucker Pro Rhythm and Pro Lead pickups help to give this guitar its distinctive yet versatile voice. Delivering plenty of output, these powerful humbuckers sound harmonically rich and full with clean settings, but can become potent and gnarly when you crank up the gain.

With dedicated volume and tone controls for each pickup, the ES-235 notably features the ‘Memphis Tone Circuit’. This particular circuit allows the pickups to retain top-end clarity when you roll down their volume controls, so that you don’t lose any presence in a mix.

The Gibson Memphis 2019 ES-235 comes installed with an ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic bridge, providing a stable and solid feel under the picking hand. With its simple and accessible design making it easy to adjust your action and intonation, you can easily manipulate your setup on-the-fly. Fitted with Plated Brass saddles, that vintage-style twang will shine through.



  • Shape: ES
  • Material: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Back: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Top: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Binding: Single-ply Tan


  • Neck: Single Piece Maple
  • Profile: Rounded "C"
  • Nut width: 1.687" / 42.84mm
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24.75" / 628.65mm
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Nut: Bone
  • Inlay: Pearloid Dots


  • Bridge: ABR-1 with plated brass saddles
  • Tailpiece: Die-cast Zinc Stopbar
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Reectors
  • Tuners: White Oval Button
  • Plating: Nickel


  • Neck pickup: Burstbucker Pro Rhythm
  • Bridge pickup: Burstbucker Pro Lead
  • Controls: Memphis Tone Circuit : 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch, handwired with 500K potentiometers and ceramic capacitors


  • Gigbag Included
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