PSA CME 335s

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Not sure if you guys are familiar with it but CME just got some more floor model 58 and 59 335s in...

These are brand new guitars at nearly half price. Get ‘em while you can.
 

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Cool! Thanks for finding that for me! That's a good deal if they are in very good to excellent shape with no structural issues.

Now you made me wish I had the money to spend! LOL
These are brand new in original shipping boxes. From what I understand, Gibson had to move these due to the sale of Memphis warehouse.

CME will come down even more off the price advertised. $2200 for a ‘58 335 is an absolute steal, IMO.
 

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I don't think they'll sell them for 2200. 2400 though...
 

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I bought one of the standard 335's about a month ago. It was brand new even though it was marked floor model. It is a great guitar.They took a couple hundred less than their reverb listed price. Call for the best deal. Talk to Matt or Alex.
 

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CME is killing me with some insane prices on their damn "Floor Models". But, on the other hand, in the last couple of months they've allowed me to obtain 3 fantastic "Bucket List" guitars that would have probably taken years, if ever, to acquire. To wit...

  • 2017 Gibson Memphis ES-335 Figured Cherry ($1,595.00)
  • 2016 Gibson Memphis ES-LP Faded Light Burst ($1,550.00)
  • 2017 Gibson Custom CS-336 (All) Mahogany, Wraptail & P90's ($2,500.00)
All prices included shipping & no out-of-state taxes.

Not cheap at $5,645, but only about $1,200.00 more than I would have had to pay for the street price of a Figured 335 or Custom 336 alone. Luckily I don't have to justify such purchases to a missus, but after a quick check at Sweetwater I'd point out that that's about a 54% savings over their present street prices.

For those that might not be aware these guitars are "Floor Models" in name only. Mine were brand new and it appeared the factory box was unsealed only to do a pre-ship inspection and insert a little CME case candy. All 3 instruments arrived in perfect cosmetic and playable condition. Could not be happier with my purchases or the service and follow-up received from CME.

For someone whose only previous semi-hollow experience came primarily from briefly owning a Thinline Tele in the 70's I am having a blast exploring the different tones these instruments can produce. They compliment solid body LP's & Strats beautifully.

Finally, last week my rep at CME sent me their "bottom line" price list on the latest Custom Shop Gibson - most a few hundred (or more) less than the prices currently on their website (and Reverb).

So considered yourself warned, if you see something of interest and offer the price shown the bastards will accept!
 

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I don't think they'll sell them for 2200. 2400 though...
sure they will. I almost got this 339 for $1k from them. tax and shipping included... I had just bought a custom shop 339 a couple weeks before so I passed.
 

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Just picked up a Les Paul ES Studio for what seems like a ridiculous price. Full gloss, rosewood, '57s, ABR, big rounded C neck, hard case, man how do you pass that up?
 

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Updating this PSA...

Just heard from my CME rep, David, who remembered me inquiring about a faded lightburst 335 about a month ago.

They just received the following models late last night - none of which are up on CME or Reverb's site yet. And, per David, they might not make it up on the site because they have called other customers who are snatching them up. He believes they'll sell out over the weekend.

After receiving pics of a Premiere Figured Faded Lightburst I ordered one for myself and one for a friend. So, if interested, call CME @ (773) 525-7773. Good luck!

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Gold Top Floor Model---$2100

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Pelham Blue NH Floor Model---$2100

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured Faded Lightburst NH Floor Model---$2100 (CME SKU: ESDTP16FBNH1-FLR)

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Updating this PSA...

Just heard from my CME rep, David, who remembered me inquiring about a faded lightburst 335 about a month ago.

They just received the following models late last night - none of which are up on CME or Reverb's site yet. And, per David, they might not make it up on the site because they have called other customers who are snatching them up. He believes they'll sell out over the weekend.

After receiving pics of a Premiere Figured Faded Lightburst I ordered one for myself and one for a friend. So, if interested, call CME @ (773) 525-7773. Good luck!

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Gold Top Floor Model---$2100

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Pelham Blue NH Floor Model---$2100

Gibson Memphis ES-335 Premiere Figured Faded Lightburst NH Floor Model---$2100 (CME SKU: ESDTP16FBNH1-FLR)
Thanks for the heads up rtTX. (I think.......) I was all done with their Memphis floor model sale. But that ES-335 Premium Figured really grabbed me, so caved and ordered one this morning. I think that $2100 is an especially good price even for their blowout prices.
The thing that really makes that Premium is that it is not just a 335 with a AAA Flame top being sold at a premium because of the flame, it is an upscale build too. It is essentially a re-issue build with flame top. But there is not a reissue year associated with it, as it does not emulate a particular year. So in a odd way, it is a reissue in disguise.
 

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You’re welcome and congrats wmachine! Thought I’d met my CME quota too.

Agreed that it sounds instrestingly constructed: www.musicradar.com/reviews/guitars/gibson-es-335-premiere-figured-641331

Love that they loaded it with (unpotted) MHS pups.

Curious to see how close the hide glue and ‘thermally engineered’ (torrefied) internal woods comes “to nail more closely the weights and sonic response of older vintage pieces” compared to a recent ‘regular’ 335.

From the limited info I could find it would seem that these 335’s or the Alex Lifeson ES-Les Paul were the first (perhaps only) Gibson’s only use this tech so far:
www.musicradar.com/reviews/gibson-alex-lifeson-es-les-paul

Congrats again!
 

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You’re welcome and congrats wmachine! Thought I’d met my CME quota too.

Agreed that it sounds instrestingly constructed: www.musicradar.com/reviews/guitars/gibson-es-335-premiere-figured-641331

Love that they loaded it with (unpotted) MHS pups.

Curious to see how close the hide glue and ‘thermally engineered’ (torrefied) internal woods comes “to nail more closely the weights and sonic response of older vintage pieces” compared to a recent ‘regular’ 335.

From the limited info I could find it would seem that these 335’s or the Alex Lifeson ES-Les Paul were the first (perhaps only) Gibson’s only use this tech so far:
www.musicradar.com/reviews/gibson-alex-lifeson-es-les-paul

Congrats again!
Not easy to find full specs as it in not on the Gibson site let alone CME. But Gibson does show an ES-345 Premium that looks to be basically the "same thing" in a 345. Since not on the Gibson site, it appears to be a "big box" edition. Easy to see how that would come about. "Give me the ES-345 Premium in a 335 version". But who knows.
MF/GC has some info, but Sweetwater had more detail than most:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-es-335-premier-figured-semi-hollow-electric-guitar
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ESDTP16FBNH

I'm not sure the entire Sweetwater blurb is true. It says "Gibson's latest Custom Shop Reissue guitars include....."
This implies that it is made to reissue specs, which appears to be true. Less VOS, of course. But the Memphis ESs are not Custom Shop. Seems to be an all too common misconception. Don't understand why, but it appears the Memphis COAs that come with them are being mistaken for Custom Shop COAs.
Anyway, the ES-335 Premium seems to be a top shelf offering for the 335, and is among what are reported to be great Memphis Gibsons in recent years.
 




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