Spanish Practices

New Gibson Memphis Studio models include items for rockers and rock’n’rollers, while the latest 1959 335 tribute looks hard to resist.

After last month’s cover feature exploring the impact of Gibson’s flagship Electric Spanish range, we thought it timely to take a look at some of the newer ES options on offer from Gibson Memphis.

Above left is the ES-195, styled closely after the ES-175 – a stylish rock’n’roll archtop with humbucker sized P94 single-coils, a Trini Lopez neck with Firebird-esque headstock and double triangle inlays, a Bigsby tailpiece, tophat knobs and a choice of transparent amber or ebony finishes. Pictured above centre is the ES-339 Studio, partnered with the full-sized ES-335 Studio (right), both stripped-down rockers with some smart new features including a powerful single Dirty Fingers Plus humbucker at the bridge to unleash large rock sounds. The f-holes have been removed to eliminate unwanted feedback and to add some modern styling. Simplified controls (volume and tone), black hardware and smooth satin nitro finishes (ebony black or midnight blue) maintain the overall look, and the tortoiseshell truss rod and neck joint covers are a nice touch.

Also joining the ES ranks are the sunburst 1959 ES-335TD (above, right) and the natural 1959 ES-335TDN. Gibson based these gorgeous new models on an immaculate original to ensure the replicas measure up to a guitar so often considered to be the cream of the crop. Features include special ‘blistered’ maple veneer for the top and back, hand-selected dark rosewood fingerboards, cedar rim liners, and hot hide glue on the joints to ensure optimum resonance and sustain. The aged nickel-plated hardware and rounded neck profile are period-correct, and PAF-style Alnico II Burstbuckers complete the deal. The guitar is available in historic burst or antique natural nitrocellulose finishes, both gently aged. You’ll find all the info over at

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