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Gibson ES Series

The Gibson ES series of semi-acoustic guitars (hollow body electric guitars) are manufactured by the Gibson Guitar Corporation.

The letters ES stand for Electric Spanish, to distinguish them from Hawaiian-style lap steel guitars which are played flat on the lap. Many of the original numbers referred to the price, in dollars, of the model. Suffixes in the names indicate additional appointments, for example "T" means "thinline" (a thinner profile than most) while "D" means "double pickup". Many of the models come with f-holes, though some, such as B.B. King's signature Lucille series, are made without f-holes. Some models are full-bodied models, while single- and double-cutaways are also available. Two different styles of cutaways are used, both named by Gibson after Italian cities. Florentine models had a sharper, more pointed end on the cutaway, while more rounded and contoured cutaways were called Venetian style.[1]

Numerous signature models of the ES series exist, as well as some later hybrid models such as the "ES-Les Paul" that combines features of a Gibson Les Paul with those of the ES series.

ES Series guitars were built at Gibson's Memphis, Tennessee factory from 2000 until 2019.[2] After Gibson's change of ownership in 2019, the Memphis factory was closed and production was moved back to Nashville, Tennessee.


  • ES-5 (1949–1955)   Three-pickup, full depth hollowbody.
  • ES-5 Switchmaster   (1955–1962)
  • ES-100 (1938–1941)   Entry-level archtop hollow-body model.  (Renamed to ES-125)
  • ES-120T (1962–1971)   Most basic student model, thinline
  • ES-125   (1941–1970)   Successor of ES-100.  1956–1960  ES-125T thinline model added.
  • ES-130   (1954–1956)   (Renamed to ES-135)
  • ES-135   (1956–1958)   Thick-body version of ES-125TDC.  (1991–2002)
  • ES-137   (2002-) Upscaled ES-135 with Les Paul sound.
  • ES-139   (2013 only) Semi-hollow dealer exclusive, sized between a Les Paul and ES-135. No f-holes. Marketed as a lighter alternative to the Les Paul.
  • ES-140   (1950–1957)   3/4 size, short scale ES-175.
  • ES-140T (1956–1968)   Thinline ES-140 3/4T.
  • ES-150   (1936–1956)   Gibson's first electric guitar, based on L-50.[3] (1937-?)    EST–150 (tenor) and EPG–150 (plectrum) were shipped. (1969–1974)   ES-150DC resembling thick ES-335.
  • ES-165   (1991-) Single pickup ES-175 based on Herb Ellis's.
  • ES-175   (1949-) Full depth, florentine cutaway, maple top, 24 3/4" scale. (1953-) ES-175D (dual pickup). (1976–1979)   ES-175T (thinline hollow-body)
  • ES-225T (1955–1959)   Variation on ES-125T (thinline, florentine cutaway), with trapeze bridge.
  • ES-250   (1938–1940)   Rare, fancier version of ES-150.
  • ES-260   (1982–1983)   Resembling ES-125T/ES-225T (thinline, florentine cutaway), but semi-hollow with center block, stop tailpiece, and humbuckers instead of P90 pickups.
  • ES-295   (1952–1959)   ES-175 resembling Les Paul Goldtop with trapeze bridge.
  • ES-300   (1940–1952)   Slant-mounted long pickup.
  • ES-320TD (1971–1974)   Similar to ES-330TD but with tune-o-matic and metal control plate.[4]
  • ES-325   (1972–1979)   Similar to ES-330TD but with mini-humbuckers, single f-hole, and a half-moon shaped plastic control plate
  • ES-330TD (1958-) Double rounded cutaway, thinline hollow-body
  • ES-333   (c.2001–2003) Stripped-down version of ES-335
  • ES-335   (1958-) World's first thinline archtop semi-acoustic (semi-hollow-body with center-block), (2013–) ES-335 Bass
  • ES-336   (1996–2001)   Replaced by CS-336.
  • ES-339   (2007-) Size of CS-336 with construction of ES-335.
  • ES-340TD (1968–1973) ES-335 with a master volume/mixer and phase switch[5]
  • ES-345   (1958–1981)   ES-335 construction, but with parallelogram inlays, Varitone, and stereo outputs.
  • ES-347   (1978–1990s?) Alternate ES-345 with a coil-tap switch instead of Varitone
  • ES-350   (1947–1956)   Rounded cutaway ES-300. (1955–1981)   ES-350T as a plainer Byrdland.
  • ES-355   (1958–1982)   Upscaled ES-345 (ebony fretboard, extra binding, etc.) with vibrato unit, optional Varitone and stereo outputs.
  • ES-359   (2008-) Upscaled ES-339 (ebony fretboard, extra binding, gold hardware, block inlays).[6]
  • ES-369   (late1970s–1980s?)[7]
  • ES-390   (2013-) Similar in size to the ES-339, but with the fully hollow construction of ES-330. Equipped with mini humbuckers (2013 model year) or dog-ear P90s (2014–present).
  • ES-775   (1990–1993)   ES-175 with higher quality components
  • ES Artist   (1979[8]-c.1985) Upscale model of ES-335 without f-holes, with active circuit by Moog.[9]

Signature models[edit]

  • Byrdland (1955-) Thinline, short-scale L-5 CES, named after Billy Byrd and Hank Garland.
  • Barney Kessel (1961–1974) Barney Kessel model. 3" deep, double florentine cutaway hollow-body (Two versions, Regular and Custom).
  • Johnny Smith  (1961–1989?) Later renamed as Gibson LeGrande.
  • Chris Cornell (2013-) First edition released in 2013 with a limited edition run of 250 released in 2019 - green Olive Drab finish with Jason Lollar Gretsch Filtertron style Lollartron pickups, Bigsby vibrato, and Cornell's signature inlaid on the headstock [10]
  • Tal Farlow (1962–1971) Tal Farlow model.
  • Trini Lopez (1964–1971) Trini Lopez two versions: one based on ES-335, other similar to Kessel model with diamond-shaped sound holes and a single-side headstock.
  • Les Paul Signature (c.1972-c.1975)[11]
  • Lucille (1980–1985) B.B. King model based on ES-355TD-SV without f-holes.
  • Howard Roberts Fusion (1980-) Howard Roberts model.[12]
  • Chet Atkins Country Gentleman (1987–2000s) Gibson version of the Gretsch Chet Atkins signature model 6120, with Gibson 492R and 490T humbucking pickups instead of Gretsch Filtertrons. [13]
  • Chet Atkins Tennessean (1990–2000s) Mid-priced Gibson Chet Atkins signature model designed by Gibson.
  • Johnny A. (2004-) ES-336 sized fully-hollow thinline body with sharp double cutaways that resemble the Barney Kessel model with three variants (all models have '57 Classic humbuckers and 25.5" scale unless otherwise noted): [14]
    • Signature with Bigsby vibrato
    • Standard with Bigsby vibrato, which has less cosmetic appointments compared to the Signature, nickel instead of gold hardware, and a rosewood fretboard instead of ebony [15]
    • Spruce Top, with a spruce top instead of maple and a stopbar tailpiece instead of a Bigsby vibrato, rosewood fretboard, and Alnico III CustomBuckers instead of '57 Classics [16]
  • Tom DeLonge Signature ES-333 (2003-) Equipped with a single high-output Gibson Dirty Fingers bridge humbucker.
  • DG-335 (2007-?) Dave Grohl model based on Trini Lopez.

Related models[edit]

  • 335-S (1980–1983) Loosely related solidbody guitar similar in shape and controls to ES-335 with two Dirty Fingers pickups.
  • Blueshawk (1996–2006)
  • Midtown (2011-2016) Smaller chambered body with f-holes that came in five variants: [17]
    • Standard with dot inlays and BurstBucker humbuckers, as well as optional Bigsby vibrato [18]
    • Standard P-90 with trapezoid inlays and P-90 pickups [19]
    • Custom with humbuckers, block inlays and split diamond headstock inlay, like an ES-355[20]
    • Kalamazoo, with appointments referencing the Byrdland [21]
    • Signature Bass [22]
  • CS-336 (2001-?) Custom Shop's first "tonally carved" guitar.
  • CS-356 (2001-?) Upscaled CS-336 with goldplate parts, etc.
  • Les Paul Bantam/Florentine (1995/1996–2003?) Custom Shop models with thinline semi-hollow-body with center-block. (Note: "Gibson USA Florentine" released in 2009 is a solid-body model[23])
  • ES-Les Paul (2015)  Mash up of Les Paul and ES-335[24]
  • Les Paul Signature bass (1973-?)
  • Little Lucille
  • EB–2 bass (1958–1972)[25][verification needed]
  • EB-6 6-string bass/baritone guitar (1959–1961: hollow-body similar to EB–2,[26] 1962–1965: SG-shaped solid-body similar to EB-3/EB-0[27])
  • EDS–1275 Double 12 (1958-) Doubleneck, hollow-body (1958–1962) or SG-shaped solid-body (1962-) guitar with 12 and 6 string guitar necks.[28]
    • Other doubleneck models include:
      • EMS–1235 Double Mandolin (mandolin[28] or short neck guitar[29] & normal guitar, hollow-body (1958–1962) or solid-body (1962-))
      • EBSF–1250 Double Bass (4 string bass & guitar, built-in fuzz effect)[30]
      • EBS–1250 Double Bass (6 string bass & guitar)[28][30]
      • EDS–1250 (6 string bass & 4 string bass)
  • L-4
  • L-5
  • Super 400 CES


Tree chart[edit]


  1. ^Leonard, Michael. "A Guitar Geek's Guide to Gibson ES Models". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  2. ^Dirks, Rebecca; July 11, James Egolf; 2007. "A Modern History of the Gibson Custom Shop". Retrieved 2020-10-31.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^"Gibson Electro Spanish–150, Prototype Batch 1058-9 B (1936)", exhibition label, Museum of Making Music,
  4. ^"Gibson Es 320 TD ( 1971–1974 )", Vintage Gibson Guitars
  5. ^"Gibson Es 340 TD Archtop (1968–1973)", Vintage Gibson Guitars
  6. ^Gibson Custom ES-359, Gibson Guitar Corporation (2008), archived from the original on 2009-02-19, retrieved 2012-05-02
  7. ^"Gibson ES 369: TONE to the BONE", Best Guitars World
  8. ^The Active Sound Of The 80s(advertisement), Gibson Guitar Corporation (1979)
    An advertisement in 1979 for Artist series: "RD Artist Active" released around 1977, and two new models added in 1979, "ES Artist Active" and ""Les Paul Artist Active".
  9. ^"ES Artist", 1980 Gibson guitar, bass and banjo catalogue, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1980), p. 33
  10. ^August 2019, Richard Bienstock 28. "Gibson officially releases Limited-Edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335". guitarworld. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  11. ^1975 Les Paul catalogue, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1975), p. 5
  12. ^Holder, Mitch (January 2006), The Jazz Guitar Stylings of Howard Roberts, Mel Bay Publications (2006), p. 100, ISBN 
  13. ^"Gibson Chet Atkins Country Gentleman". Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  14. ^"Gibson Custom Johnny A Signature".
  15. ^"Johnny A Standard".
  16. ^"Gibson Johnny A Spruce Top".
  17. ^Is it a 335 or a Les Paul? | 2012 Gibson Midtown Custom Cherry Sunburst | Review + Demo, retrieved 2020-10-31
  18. ^"Gibson Midtown Standard".
  19. ^"Gibson Midtown Standard P-90 | Reverb". Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  20. ^March 2012, Neville Marten 14. "Gibson Midtown Custom review". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2020-10-31.
  21. ^"The Byrdland Brother".
  22. ^"Gibson Midtown Signature Bass".
  23. ^Gibson USA Les Paul Florentine with Bigsby, Gibson Guitar Corporation (2009)
  24. ^"Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul 2015". Gibson Guitar Corporation (2015).
  25. ^Moseley, Willie G. (January 2012). "The Gibson EB–2: Kalamazoo Biggest Bass Innovation?". Vintage Guitar. p. 60.
  26. ^Moseley, Willie G. (January 2014). "Danelectro's Four-String Basses". Classic Instruments. Vintage Guitar.
  27. ^Duchossoir, A. R. (1998). Gibson Electrics - The Classic Years. Hal Leonard. p. 195. ISBN .
  28. ^ abc1963 Gibson Guitar and Bass catalog, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1963), p. 15
  29. ^1960 Gibson Guitar and Bass catalog, Gibson Guitar Corporation (1960), p. 17
  30. ^ ab"Elvis' 1965 Gibson EBS–1250 Double Bass", Scotty Moore Official Website — comparing the 1962/1963 & 1964 EBSF–1250 (4 string bass + guitar + fuzztone), 1964 EBS–1250 (4 string bass + guitar), and Elvis' 1965 EBS–1250 (6 string bass + guitar)

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Introducing Gibson’s 2019 hollow-body guitars

Picking up from where we left off with Gibson’s 2019 line of solid-body electric guitars, here are the highlights from the brand’s latest Electric Spanish offerings.

Six new guitars have been added to Gibson’s esteemed hollow-body line, the ES. From classic jazz boxes like the ES-275 Thinline to affordable archtops like the ES-335 Studio, the new range has a little bit of everything.

ES-335 Dot 2019

Gibson ES-335 Dot 2019

This guitar has been the hallmark of Gibson’s ES line-up since it first appeared on the scene in 1958. This year’s model brings you classic tone with a couple of modern appointments. The time-honored features include a hand-rolled rounded “C” mahogany neck and a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays.

New on this year’s Dot are the Memphis Historic Spec II (MHS II) humbuckers and the Memphis Tone Circuit Plus (MTC Plus) circuitry, preferred over last year’s Burstbuckers and MTC, respectively. Grover 102 Rotomatics have also been swapped out for Grover ‘Milk Bottle’ tuners.

Lists for $2,999. Available in Antique Faded Cherry and Graphite Metallic.

ES-335 Studio

Gibson Es-335 studio 2019

This one’s for guitarists after that ES sound and tone without the accompanying hefty price tag. It features a semi-hollow maple/poplar/maple body, mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. A pair of ’57 Classic humbuckers gives you that sought-after warmth with a sprinkling of PAF crunch, while the MTC circuit lends some flexibility. That sunburst finish on this Studio makes for a neat hat tip to history, too.

Lists for $1,999. Available in Vintage Sunburst.

ES-275 Thinline 2019

Gibson Es-275 Thinline 2019

With this guitar, Gibson is looking to spice things up on the traditional jazz box design. The ES-275 has something up its sleeve—quite literally.

Along with an AAA figured maple/poplar/maple top and back, the archtop features “a thermally engineered chambered maple center block and thermally engineered quarter-sawn Adirondack spruce bracing,” Gibson said. This gives the guitar its lightweight semi-hollow character without taking away from the ‘big’ look of an ES-275.

Helping out with tone are a pair of MHS II humbuckers and MTC Premiere circuitry (two “Volumes,” two “Tones” and a pickup toggle switch—all hand-wired to 550K pots).

Other highlights include a mahogany neck, an A-grade dark rosewood fingerboard, celluloid split parallelogram inlays, ABR-1 bridge with titanium saddles, and Kluson Supreme Single Ring Tulip Button tuners.

Lists for $4,099. Available in Figured Cherry Cola.

ES-355 Figured 2019

Gibson Es-355 figured 2019

This top-of-the-line offering is very similar to the ES-275 Thinline, save for a few additional premium appointments.

It features the same body and neck tonewoods, center block, bracing, and even hardware and electronics. The ES-355 Figured does, however, have gorgeous mother-of-pearl full block inlays—as compared to celluloid—and a natural finish that flaunts its figured maple top.

Lists for $4,499. Available in Figured Vintage Natural.

ES-335 Figured 2019

Gibson Es-335 figured 2019

The ES-335 is identical to the ES-355 apart from its pearloid block inlays, Blueberry Burst finish, and gold top hat control knobs with silver reflectors.

Lists for $3,699. Available in Figured Blueberry Burst.

ES-235 Ebony

Gibson Es-235 Ebony 2019

This is another entry-level option from this year’s ES line-up. Archtop fans will notice it draws inspiration from the ES-125s of yore, featuring a similar single-cutaway design. It also has a maple/poplar/maple top and back, with a maple center block and spruce bracing. In terms of electronics, Gibson has elected to go with a pair of BurstBuckers and the MTC Plus.

Other features include a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, pearloid dot inlays, ABR-1 bridge with plated brass saddles, a zinc stopbar and white oval button tuners.

Lists for $1,799. Available in Ebony.

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    Best Semi-Hollow Guitars 2021: The Top Choices From PRS, Fender, Eastman, Gibson And More

    First commercialized in the late 1950s, semi-hollow guitars have been played by some of the greatest musicians of all time, including BB King, Barney Kessel, John Lennon, Larry Carlton, Johnny Marr, John Scofield, Freddie King, George Harrison and Cream-era Eric Clapton. And the legacy has been continued by modern arena rockers such as Dave Grohl and Noel Gallagher. Not only do the best semi-hollow guitars offer a superb acoustic response, they can deliver great tones when plugged into a guitar amp, too. 

    As the name suggests, semi-hollow guitars sit somewhere between the hollow-body archtops favored by the likes of trailblazing electric jazz player Charlie Christian, and solid-body guitars. Able to deliver articulate and expressive tones across jazz, blues and rock, semi-hollows offer a warmer, resonant alternative to their solid-body counterparts. They usually feature a wooden center block that the pickups are mounted to, and this mass helps to reduce the risk of feedback that fully hollow-body guitars are so susceptible to – especially with gain and gig volumes.

    Explore the latest news and guitar gear offers on our Black Friday guitar deals page.

    Best semi-hollow guitars: Product guide

    1. Eastman Romeo

    A guitar to fall in love with

    Launch price: $2,744/£1,999 | Body: Solid spruce carved top with F-holes; laminate mahogany back and sides | Neck: Lightly figured maple; traditional even ‘C’ profile | Scale: 24.75” | Fingerboard: Ebony; 12” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x Lollar Imperial humbuckers | Controls: 2 x volume; 2 x tone; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: Gotoh GE104B bridge; Gotoh GE101A tailpiece (both Nickel); Gotoh 510 H.A.P. tuners (X-Nickel) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Gold Burst

    Looks stunning 

    High-quality build 

    Versatile Lollar pickups 

    No left-handed option 

    A few years back, Eastman’s head of design, Otto D’Ambrosio, posed the question: “What would the Telecaster of the archtop guitar world look and sound like? And how do we create a unique electric guitar that honors Eastman’s carved-body archtop roots?” 

    The manifestation of those musings came in 2019 with the launch of the Eastman Romeo: a gorgeous, 1950s-inspired thinline electric guitar that boasted a cutaway archtop body complete with a solid spruce top, F-holes and a striking Gold Burst finish.

    And this semi-hollow stunner was as versatile as it was handsome, thanks to a pair of custom-wound Lollar Imperial humbuckers, along with a bridge, tailpiece and tuners that came courtesy of Gotoh. 

    Earlier this year, Eastman followed up the Romeo with a new-look model, the Romeo LA. According to the manufacturer, the guitar’s Celestine Blue finish “evokes Los Angeles’ classic skyline”. But for us, the 2019 original is the one that really takes the breath away.    

    Read the full Eastman Romeo review 

    2. Fender Britt Daniel Tele Thinline

    More than a thinline

    Launch price: $3,065/£2,249 | Body: Ash | Neck: Maple; deep ‘C’ profile | Scale: 25½” | Fingerboard: Rosewood; 9½” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: Custom Shop vintage-style single-coil Tele (bridge); Custom Shop hand-wound Texas Special single-coil Tele (neck) | Controls: Master volume (S-1 switch); master tone; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: 6-saddle string-through-body bridge; Fender ClassicGear tuners | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Amarillo Gold

    S-1 switch adds a new depth to the thinline experience 

    Great neck for playability 

    Looks gorgeous

    The finish will put some players off 

    The Spoon and Divine Fits musician’s signature model is one of the finest thinline launches from Fender in recent years. Its blueprints were two late-’60s thinlines that Daniel favored, but it adds some distinct mods to the vintage influence.

    The 6-saddle bridge allows for individual string intonation, while the Fender ClassicGear tuners offer an accurate 18:1 ratio. Two hand-wound Custom Shop pickups were selected by Daniel, with S-1 switching allowing both to be run in series in addition to the more traditional parallel. The result is a thinline with exceptional versatility.

    Thanks to the deeper ‘C’ profile and the fingerboard’s 9½” radius, bending and chord work are a pleasure. And the pickups are also hugely satisfying – the bridge’s mid-range punch combining with the neck’s Texas Special openness to fantastic effect. The S-1 switching is a massive boon for rhythm work, too. 

    Read the full Fender Britt Daniel Tele Thinline review 

    3. PRS Special Semi-Hollow

    Special by name…

    Launch price: From $5,490/£3,999 | Body: Mahogany with flame-maple top | Neck: Mahogany; pattern shape | Scale: 25” | Fingerboard: Rosewood; 10” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x PRS 58/15 LT humbuckers; 1 x PRS Narrowfield single-coil | Controls: 1 x volume; 1 x tone; 5-way selector switch; toggles for coil-splitting the humbuckers | Hardware: PRS Phase III locking tuners; PRS Gen III patented tremolo | Left-handed?: No | Finish: 18 different color options

    Huge array of tones 

    Stunning build quality  

    A smooth and expressive tremolo system 

    No left-handed option 

    The first thing that catches your eye when picking up this guitar is its distinctive three-pickup configuration – a PRS Narrowfield single-coil being sandwiched by a pair of PRS 58/15 LT humbuckers. These come with independent taps to provide a total of 12 pickup combinations. 

    There’s a huge array of tones at your disposal, enabling you to perform anything from Texas blues to jazzy cleans with articulate distinction. Having the expressive and nuanced PRS Gen III patented tremolo on board only adds to the wonderful playability.

    As for how it looks and feels, the guitar’s lightweight build and fuller, pattern-neck profile make it a pleasure to wield. The latter – an update of PRS’s wide fat design – is based on the guitars Paul Reed Smith built for Carlos Santana and Peter Frampton. If it’s good enough for them...

    4. Guild Starfire V

    A semi with classic styling

    Launch price: $1,710/£1,299 | Body: Laminated mahogany | Neck: 3-piece (mahogany/maple/mahogany) | Scale: 24.75” | Fingerboard: Rosewood; 9½” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x Guild LB-1 humbuckers | Controls: Bridge volume; bridge tone; neck volume; neck tone; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: Guild tune-o-matic bridge with rosewood base (also available with a Bigsby); Guild vibrato; Grover Sta-Tite open-gear 14:1 tuners | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Cherry Red, White, Black

    Classic feel and tones

    Fine vintage looks

    Good value  

    Quite heavy for a semi 

    The Starfire V’s style is undoubtedly Guild, but its classic vibes could well be aimed at tempting players away from the ES-335s out there. How could anyone resist those generous cutaways and the wooden, tune-o-matic bridge? The guitar’s Gibson-style four-knob control layout is augmented by a Gretsch-style master volume control on the treble horn, giving the player an additional choice for on-the-fly tweaks. 

    The LB-1 pickups replicate Guild’s early-’60s Anti-Hum models, offering low-end articulation and a bright bridge pickup with impressive sustain – it’ll shine when playing indie, mod or Americana. The Guild vibrato tailpiece allows for chord expression as well as the usual pitch fun for lead lines. 

    The full-length maple center block means the Starfire V is in the upper end of the weight scale for a semi, but this is an impressive guitar for those with a penchant for vintage aesthetics. 

    5. Gibson ES-339

    A diminutive dark horse

    Launch price: $2,299/£1,999 | Body: 3-ply (maple/poplar/maple) | Neck: Mahogany; rounded ‘C’ profile | Scale: 24.75” | Fingerboard: Rosewood; 12” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: ’57 Classic (neck); ’57 Classic Plus (bridge) | Controls: Bridge volume; neck volume; bridge tone; neck tone; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge; aluminum stopbar; Grover Rotomatic tuners | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Cherry, Trans Ebony, Figured Blueberry Burst, Figured Sixties Cherry (the latter two cost extra)

    A great option for those who want a more compact Gibson semi-hollow 

    ’57 humbuckers offer classic Gibson versatility 

    Excellent response and taper on the volume controls for cleaning up 

    Smaller size doesn’t equate to much weight reduction over a vintage ES-335 

    Introduced in 2007, the Gibson ES-339 is a smaller version of the ES-335, intended for those who are more comfortable wielding a guitar with Les Paul-esque dimensions. 

    Smaller certainly doesn’t mean inferior, though, and the ES-339’s maple center block and quarter-sawn spruce bracing make it a genuine downsized take on its bigger, older brother.

    If the ES-339 feels like an ES-335 / Les Paul mix, then the ’57 Classic / Classic Plus humbuckers suit the platform with thick bridge position tones, open-neck character and an added twang to the mid position that enables more scope for chord jangle than you’d find on an LP. It’s a very inviting halfway house.

    6. PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

    A semi-hollow with acoustic ambitions

    Launch price: $1,899/£1,349 | Body: Laminated mahogany sides with beveled maple top and back, both with a flame-maple veneer | Neck: Mahogany; glued-in; wide fat shape | Scale: 25” | Fingerboard: Rosewood; 10” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x PRS 58/15 ‘S’ humbuckers; LR Baggs/PRS piezo system | Controls: Magnetic volume; piezo volume; tone; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: PRS adjustable stoptail piezo | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Black Gold Burst, Peacock Blue

    Versatility would really suit a covers band 

    Excellent value considering its high-quality build and tonal range

    Lightweight for stage comfort  

    The wide fat neck girth may be too chunky for smaller hands 

    The PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo is different to the other models in our best semi-hollow guitars list, since it can be played both acoustically and plugged-in. This is thanks to the piezo-equipped stoptail bridge, which enables electro-acoustic sounds via the six saddles, as well as magnetic. PRS keeps this added technology low key; the biggest giveaway is the dual output jacks that give you the option of splitting the piezo sound to a PA or separate acoustic combo.

    Superb playability is now a given with PRS, and it’s very much in evidence here. The gloss finish with exposed maple binding looks premium. The wide fat mahogany neck is also cleverly designed, segueing from a slight ‘V’ to a rounder profile the further you move up the neck. 

    The PAF character of the humbuckers is great for playing classic rock and blues guitar, while dialing the piezo into the mix with them offers a wide and rich quality to the sound. SE may stand for Student Edition, but this is certainly a pro-standard semi. 

    Read the full PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo review 

    7. G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow

    Leo’s other T-style

    Launch price: $599/£449 | Body: Swamp ash | Neck: Hard rock maple; medium ‘C’ profile | Scale: 25.5” | Fingerboard: Maple; 9½” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: G&L AS4255C alnico neck humbucker; Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single-coil bridge | Controls: Volume; tone; 3-way selector | Hardware: Traditional boxed-steel bridge with individual brass saddles | Left-handed?: Yes | Finish: Red Burst; Blonde (both with Brazilian cherry fingerboard); Natural Gloss; Clear Orange

    Pickup combo covers good ground for rock and blues


    Good value 

    Finish options aren’t particularly contemporary  

    Here’s a modded take on Leo Fender’s final single-cut bolt-on electric guitar design. The G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow offers great value for money, with a swamp ash body and a versatile tonal palette that comes courtesy of a G&L alnico humbucker and Leo’s Fullerton-made high-output single-coil MFD (Magnetic Field Design) bridge pickup. 

    The emphasis of low end over high-end twang and snap works to the humbucker’s advantage, while the single-coil delivers significant poke in the mid-range. 

    Elsewhere, six individual brass saddles deliver precise intonation, while 18:1-ratio tuners offer impeccable stability.

    8. Gibson ES-335 Figured

    A premium version of an iconic semi-hollow guitar

    Launch price: $4,199/£3,499 | Body: 3-piece AAA-figured maple/poplar/maple with figured maple top | Neck: Mahogany | Scale: 24.75” | Fingerboard: Rosewood; 12” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x calibrated T-Type humbuckers | Controls: 2 x volume; 2 x tone; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: Aluminum ABR-1 tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece | Left-handed?: Yes | Finish: Sixties Cherry, Antique Natural, Iced Tea

    The best contemporary ES-335 you can buy today 

    Stunning figured maple top 

    Versatility in a classic package  

    A premium experience demands a premium price here

    The most famed semi-hollow of them all deserves special treatment, and it gets it here. The AAA-figured maple finish offers stunning depth, and this model’s maple center block and Adirondack spruce bracing make it acoustically louder, which transfers to a more open plugged-in experience. 

    The premium treatment extends to a lightweight aluminum ABR-1 bridge and stopbar tailpiece that are anchored with steel thumb-wheels and studs.

    Instead of ’57s, it comes with medium-output-calibrated T-Type humbucking pickups, but they provide a perfect showcase for an ES-335 and reveal the expression on tap here: warm without a hint of muddiness, but touch-sensitive with bite when overdriven.

    9. Gretsch G2655-P90 Streamliner Center Block Jr Double-Cut P90

    Semi-hollow but packed with value

    Launch price: $499/£499 | Body: Laminate mahogany with chambered spruce center block | Neck: Nato; thin ‘U’ profile | Scale: 24.75” | Fingerboard: Indian laurel; 12” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x FideliSonic | Controls: Volume; master tone; master volume; 3-way selector switch | Hardware: Nickel adjust-o-matic bridge with ‘V’ stoptail; sealed die-cast tuner (Bigsby version available for $599/£440) | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Brownstone, Claret Burst

    FideliSonic pickups offer superb versatility

    Excellent value

    Widens the appeal of Gretsch 

    Finish options are limited 

    In terms of accessible price points, Gretsch offers one of the most impressive electric guitar ranges out there – and this new addition to its value-packed Streamliner collection widens that further. 

    A convincing school of thought suggests that P-90s are the ultimate pickup, and Gretsch’s FideliSonic spin on the single-coil offers clarity and treble bite without overpowering the mid thump in the bridge. While the format feels great for rock, the neck pickup will handle a jazz set and will love some raucous fuzz even more.

    Which is handy because the chambered spruce block that runs through the centre of the Gretsch G2655-P90 from bridge to neck should keep unwelcome feedback at bay in high-gain scenarios. 

    10. Epiphone Emily Wolfe Sheraton Stealth

    The right kind of Wolfe notes

    Launch price: $799/£699 | Body: Maple | Neck: Mahogany; ’60s slim taper ‘C’ profile | Scale: 24.72” | Fingerboard: Indian laurel; 12” radius | Frets: 22 | Pickups: 2 x Epiphone Alnico Pro Humbuckers | Controls: 2 x volume; 1 x tone | Hardware: Lightly aged gold-plated Epiphone LockTone tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar; Grover Rotomatic tuners | Left-handed?: No | Finish: Black Aged Gloss

    Finish balances a fresh approach with played-in look

    A quality build at a good price

    Pickups handle a range of styles well 

    It’s on the heavier side by design, and that may not suit some 

    A firm Sheraton fan, Emily Wolfe had clear ideas of the kind of guitar she wanted her name on (her signature is embossed on the back of the headstock in a suitably stealth-like manner that’s visible only at certain angles), and it’s resulted in a superb semi-hollow. 

    While the Sheraton is long-established in the Epiphone line, Wolfe’s model features some diversions to the design. The diamond holes doff their cap to the Gibson Trini Lopez model that Dave Grohl loves, while the thinner Black Aged Gloss finish (a first for the brand) lands somewhere between satin and a gloss guitar that’s been played for years. It looks great, and the pairing with gold hardware adds a classy contrast.

    At 9lbs, the model we tried is comparable to a Les Paul, but it’s a comfortable, balanced experience on the strap, and the ’60s thin taper neck with low action on our test model felt a breeze for lead runs and bends. Much like Wolfe’s songs, the Epiphone Alnico Pro humbuckers confidently bridge the worlds of blues and fuzzier modern rock, with the neck showcasing the singing sustain on offer. A great guitar for those who want something with a different aesthetic that feels premium for its price. 

    Best semi-hollow guitars: Buying advice

    Though they all share a similar aesthetic – boasting at least one F-hole – semi-hollow guitars vary greatly in terms of pickups, bridge and shape. Fender uses the word ‘Thinline’ as a name for its own semi-hollow models, but the term predates that in the guitar world. It refers to the slimmer body that semi-hollow guitar design introduced, making these electric guitars easier to gig with than the semi-acoustics that jazz musicians had been using. Semi-hollow electric guitar bodies remain generally thinner than their hollow-body counterparts to this day.

    Humbuckers, P-90s and traditional single-coil pickups can all be found on semi-hollow guitars, and as a result it’s virtually impossible to define a semi-hollow sound. But it’s fair to say that the hollowed area of the body instils more tonal warmth over the brightness that some solid-body electrics can offer.

    While it’s understandable to assume that a hollow body area would equate to a lighter weight, many semi-hollows are larger in body width than their solid counterparts, and can still weigh around 8 or 9lbs. However, in the case of Telecasters, thinline models can weigh up to 1.5lbs less than their solid siblings. PRS Hollowbody models offer a similar weight reduction compared to the solid models with the same double-cut body shape.

    Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before that he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar, and is a regular contributor to Guitar Player and Guitar World.

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