Photo credit: Wildwood Guitars
Last year Gibson introduced the ES-390 model, which a smaller-bodied version of its fully hollow ES-330 guitar. The ES-390 shares the same body size as the ES-339, which is a smaller-bodied version of the ES-335 model. I own a ES-339 and find it much more comfortable than the larger body size of the ES-335 and the ES-330. At roughly the same size as a Les Paul, it’s a very comfortable guitar. It’s actually much more comfortable than my Les Paul.
When the ES-390 was introduced, it included Gibson mini-humbuckers rather than the P90s found in the ES-330. I can’t really attest to how the mini-humbuckers sound, but I was disappointed that it didn’t have P90s like the ES-330 that it’s based on.
Other people must have agreed because this year Gibson introduced a version of the ES-390 with P90s. I’m really curious to hear how the combination of the fully hollow smaller body and the P90s sound in person. Here’s Greg Koch demoing the guitar at this past Winter NAMM show:
I’ve been interested in P90-equipped guitars lately, and if I were in the market to buy another guitar, this one would definitely be on the list to check out.
Jerry Johnson says
I just got this guitar. 2014 with P-90’s and it’s all I hoped it would be. I love it
Hi Jerry, I haven’t played the 390 yet, but I’ve owned a 339 before and I really like the size of these. Glad you’re digging it!