Gibson Memphis 2018 ES-335 Big Block Retro in Classic White

Limited Run Model

Written by

Elliot Stent

The Gibson Memphis 2018 ES-335 Big Block Retro in Classic White continues to drive forward the legacy of the classic Gibson semi-hollow design. This limited run model, part of the impressive 2018 Memphis line-up, mixes old-school styling with modern functionality. With the remarkable build quality you'd come to expect from Gibson, this instrument boasts an incredible sound with a great look to match.

The ES-335 is renowned for its versatility, but has generally appealed mostly to jazz and blues players. However, with its updated hardware and versatile MHS pickups, we think the 2018 ES-335 will be seen in the hands of far more modern players.

Body Construction

The 2018 Memphis ES-335 has a semi-hollow body, delivering a bright and resonant sound with plenty of acoustic-esque volume, even when unplugged. Despite being a semi-hollow design, the body is quite thin compared to some other Gibson models, offering a very comfortable playing experience. This also reduces feedback, making it more usable with overdrive or distortion.

With Maple and Poplar tonewoods, as well as a weight-relieved Maple centreblock, this guitar provides a lot of vibrant top-end. This gives brilliant definition to picked chord progressions or searing solos, really making sure that you can cut through practically any mix!


The neck has a familiar rounded C profile, which feels substantial in the hands without being too chunky. Rolled binding also offers a smoother feel and a sleek transition between the side of the neck and the fretboard, a great feature that you will find only on high-calibre instruments like this.

The quarter-sawn Mahogany neck is adorned with a Rosewood fingerboard, giving you a silky smooth feel around the neck. This championed combination of woods brings out the warmth of this guitar, merging well with the bright body woods. This means that this guitar sounds incredibly full-bodied, great for both live use and studio sessions.

Hardware and Electronics

The 2018 ES-335 has a modern ABR-1 bridge, with a locking die-cast zinc tailpiece that makes string changes effortless. Titanium saddles offer better sustain, intonation and longevity, making this the perfect workhorse guitar that'll never let you down. Also offering improved tuning stability, these special saddles along with the Grover "Milk Bottle" Rotomatic tuners will keep your strings in check.

Dual MHS humbucking pickups give a rounded, warm tone with medium output. More responsive to your playing dynamics, they lend themselves to expressive players that like to convey their music in the most genuine way possible. With distortion they can sound fairly raunchy and bold, meaning it?s not just a one trick pony by any means. You can use this for jazz, blues, classic rock or indie ? it?s that versatile!



  • Body: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple, Weight relief centerblock
  • Top: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Binding: Multi-ply
  • Centerblock: Weight-relieved Maple
  • Bracing: Quartersawn Adirondack Spruce


  • Neck: Quarter Sawn Mahogany
  • Neck Width: 1.687"
  • Neck Profile: Rounded "C", Rolled Binding
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Full Block
  • Scale Length: 24.75"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut: Bone


  • Bridge: ABR-1 Bridge with titanium Saddles
  • Tuners: Grover 'Milk Bottle' Rotomatics
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel
  • Tailpiece: Aluminum Stopbar with Locking Studs
  • Knobs: Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts
  • Pickguard: 5-ply Cream


  • Neck Pickup: MHS Rhythm Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: MHS Lead Humbucker
  • Controls: MTC Premiere : 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch, hand-wired with matched 550K potentiometers and orange drop capacitors
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